Série Signature Sticke Alt - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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3.43/5 rDev -10.9%
750ml corked and caged, sturdy-ass bottle, a large and impressive version of a particularly hard to find style around here, so giddy-up!
Upon wrestling the usual too-tight cork out of the bottle, this beer pours a hazy, dark copper brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, a bit overly foamy, and soapy tan head, which leaves some layered cloud lace around the glass in its rather lazy retreat.
It smells of sweet biscuity caramel malt, nougat of the Tootsie Roll variety, a slight oily nuttiness, and bitter herbal, floral hops. The taste is semi-sweet, crackery and bready caramel malt, more dried-out nougat, pithy bar-top nuts, indistinct bitter earthy, weedy hops, and an increasingly noticeable metal-edged alcohol warming.
The carbonation is moderate, just a burbling frothiness for the most part, the body a decent medium weight, and yet a bit internally abrasive in its otherwise unassailed smoothness. It finishes somewhat dry, and surely biscuity, nutty, and flinty - a few new dwarfs apparently ready to add to the existing septet.
I was slightly taken aback by the flavours in this beer - the proclaimed bitterness was certainly present, but in a dry, unorganized manner, given the very minor sweet/fruity offset. Quite distracting, and not in a particularly good way - I'm not all that sure what to make of this style - it just seems to be coming and going at the same time.
05-11-2010 22:03:09 | More by biboergosum
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
750ml bottle: "dominated by a gripping bitterness" let's see!
A- Thick, airy, tan head. Dark amber easing on brown. There's a little lacing.
S- Smells very peculiar but this is my first Sticke Alt. Smells like wet orange-y hops. Fruity malt. Alcohol is present in the back. Smells kind of musty. A bit like a soggy candied orange. Now don't get me wrong, this smells good but you know how some smells remind you of some places... this reminds me of the dirty/sleazy bar next to my office. Cork (Might be because of the actual cork but was upright in the store and in my beerfridge). As it warmed it lost quite a bit of the dirty smell.
T- Lots to taste in here. It IS bitter. I like it. The woody biterness is dominant as I'm having a hard time tasting the malt. Guess that's what they meant by gripping. Wish I knew what hops were used. I'd seek them out to give more oomph to a homebrewed IPA. This isn't easy to describe. A floral, woody bitterness. There.
M- Almost full mouthfeel. The liquid could maybe feel just a bit more thick and I'd probably be more satisfied but I can't really complain. Medium carbonation.
D- Very good. Give me a pint of this on tap! I do feel that little 6% creeping up pretty quickly though. I'm rating drinkability high not because it's easy to drink. I'm rating it high because the bitterness is powerful but well calculated. Every sip leaves you pretty satisfied but still wanting more. This is a good drink.
Certainly tuned me in to Sticke Alts. Obviously a quality product. I want more.
03-09-2010 06:30:54 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
A - deep copper brown, nice tall tan bubbly tan head that retained and laced well
S - spicy herbal hops are prominent, nutty smoky malts, some hints of tobacco and citrus
T - the spice, herb, and slight smoky flavours up front, there is some nuttiness, then the hop bitterness leaves a dry and even salty taste
M - thin and somewhat bubbly, but as advertised the dry bitterness is high, reminding me of haven eaten some kind of salt cured meat
D - i'm generally a fan of the more bitter offerings, this is good but a little too far in that respect to be very drinkable, while the flavours are interesting it does not have thirst quenching properties
07-19-2010 00:53:33 | More by joemcgrath27
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
This seems to be fairly new and was being sampled at Peluso in Montreal when I happened to stop by (along with the Imperial weizen, which in my opinion is almost sickeningly sweet...the stuff just about cloyed my face off). A small sample was inspiring enough to pick up this 750ml bomber, corked and caged like all their Serie Signature.
Almost-clear and a beautiful ruby-copper colour. It's the colour of the darkest, reddest honey you could imagine being naturally possible; made from some kind of flower with ruby-red pollen. Great rocky off-white head leaves chunks of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass. Careful pouring this one, the head is explosive. The clarity is off-putting somehow for such a dark red/brown beer. Also, retention could definitely be improved upon. Otherwise it looks awesome, the colour is spectacular.
Smells mostly of wheat and earthy European hops. Some half-cooked Brussels sprouts and sweet malt. Good but could be stronger.
Tons of earthy European hops. I don't know hops well enough to say which they are but they aren't any of those floral/piny/citrusy hops found in American-style brews. These taste like plants and soil and they used a lot of them in brewing this stuff. Fairly forward malt presence as well, though hops come out on top of everything. This is not a complex beer but the hops are so tasty that it doesn't need to be. The beer guy at Peluso described it as a German IPA...I like that description! Dry, bitter hoppy finish, no alcohol present.
Medium body and carbonation. Good but nothing special here.
For me this is too bitter to drink much of. I find all of Les Trois Mousquetaires brews to have this quality: while they definitely know what they're doing, they're all too intensely *something* to drink much of. I always struggle to finish off a bomber to myself, not because it's bad but because it's too intense. Drinkable enough to really enjoy a pint, but that's it. The label states that this beer is, "...dominated by a gripping bitterness." I agree. None of the Serie Signature are sessionable in my experience so far.
02-19-2010 03:42:59 | More by eat
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
A- Pours a reddish brown color that is hazy, but not to the point that it can't be seen through. The head is amazing, retaining it's two plus inch thickness and whipped cream texture....it's also a beautiful cream color. The lacing is also very impressive, leaving behind lots of foamy goodness on the side of my pint glass!
S- It has a rich malty character, being of toffee and dark brown sugar initially. There is also a subtle fruitiness that is of peach and/or nectarine, mixed in with dark fruits such as plum or dates. Also, the finish is nice and earthy, smelling somewhat of soil and somewhat woody.
T- Good strong malts are balanced by a roasted charm that is of toasted bread/biscuits on the front. The second half of the flavor profile is dominated by hops, and there's lots of it! I usually don't have a real hopped up brew but this one is welcome, as the two phases of flavor are distinct and well rounded.
M- Medium-full bodied and a good load of carbonation glides over the palate, although the bubbles aren't zippy and help bring out the bitterness of the finish. The earthy, leafy character really comes to life in this brew.
D- While I do like this beer, one bottle is more than enough for me, as it's a powerfully flavored beer and the hops are more than enough to satisfy my tastes! The alcohol is very well hidden I think this would pair really well with salty foods and think I'd get this one again, as long as I have someone to share it with.
12-12-2010 03:48:46 | More by ChrisCage
4.2/5 rDev +9.1%
Amber color beer with some reddish notes too. The head is thick and made of big bubbles. It also sticks well to the glass. The aroma is floral and earthy. Same for the tasting. Very bitter and dry in the mouth. The bitterness is overpowering but this is not unbalanced. Carbonation is present in the mouth too. The mouthfeel is medium body. Yeah the bitterness hits you hard right when the beer enters the mouth and then it intensify.
You have to like bitter beer to like this one, and I'm not talking IIPA bitterness here. Not for everybody.
03-16-2010 00:41:12 | More by ZorPrime
3.15/5 rDev -18.2%
It looks great -- both in the cool champagne-style bottle, and poured into my glass. I love the sticky lacy head, copper-gold colour. The haziness is off style, but I don't really care.
The aroma is spicy and citrusy, sweet and a little floral.
Hm, spicy and almost resiny hops character dominates the front of the flavour. It's a bit too overhoppy for what I was expecting, and the malt doesn't really hold up well enough. There are lots of interesting (yeast-driven?) flavours lurking in here, but the overwhelming hops drive them into hiding. The potential depth keeps the score higher than it would otherwise be.
The body is nice and slightly viscous, but not too heavy.
It's a good idea, but the hops really are overdone I think.
05-04-2010 06:01:15 | More by Garin
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that died down a bit, leaving a thi head covering the surface, a collar around the edge of the glass, and some lacing on one side.
S: Light aromas of toasted malts and herbal hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors toasted malts and herbal hops with a light amount of bitterness. Hints of raisins are also noticeable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is rather bitter for the style but is interesting nonetheless and quite complex to other altbiers.
05-18-2013 21:48:53 | More by metter98
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Pours out a hazed yet still translucent chestnut brown hue, tall creamy and frothy off-white head with good retention.
Clean toasted, nutty and sweet caramel notes in the aroma, similar to a Vienna Red, also clover and grassy notes.
Distinct clean flavour, crisp dry grains, some toasted and nutty notes, from the middle to the end it's hop time with leafy, musty, spicy, herbal characteristics, aftertaste of dandelion greens.
Medium-full body, silky smooth and clean mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a little zip on the finish, quite impressive.
A German version of an English ESB produced in Quebec, that's how I connect the dots with this one, and it's one tasty picture. I'm not the biggest fan of such high amounts of Continental hops personal palate-wise, but it's still an impressive and enjoyable ale all the same, and LTM sticks to their guns by producing fine versions of traditional German styles.
03-28-2010 05:18:32 | More by IronDjinn
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
375ml bottle. Stange glass. Deep amber color, foggy appearance. Yellowish off-white froth creates a close, foamy & lasting crown leaving lacing on sides. Caramel, Munich malt & fudge chocolate intense aromas. As expected from aromas, sweet toasted upfront yields to chocolate flavors. Full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous palate. Hints of toasted biscuit & bread, herbal notes & dried nut touch. Long & smooth sweet/bitter finish. Nuts are back on the aftertaste. Solid malty backbone holds hoppiness in well balance, despite its high IBU profile. Nice spot of the Sticke Style: hoppier - but bitterness remains clean- & more caramelish maltiness -but no cloying at all- than a regular Alt & finally a well integrated ABV. Flavorful & delicious!! A masterpiece.
04-18-2014 09:29:58 | More by GONZALOYANNA
4.22/5 rDev +9.6%
750ml corked and caged from a trade with eat, thanks for bringing this back from Montreal for me!
Pours a crystal clear amber with a couple fingers of head on top which has some decent retention and a little lacing.
Floral, fruity malt base mixes with a nice piney, grassy bitterness, just a hint of citrus and nuts.
Quite a fruity malt base, some nice caramel, nut, bread, just a hint of mineral dryness, then a pleasant burst of bittering hops with a hint of pine and citrus, not the 'gripping' bitterness that the bottle proclaims but enough to dry the cheeks and make it a pleasant quaff. A little thin, but makes it down easy.
Superbly drinkable, nice balance between the malt and the hops, lots of flavor. Would go well with lots of food, nice drinker. Thanks Colin!
05-09-2010 20:16:34 | More by ritzkiss
4.25/5 rDev +10.4%
Poured from a 375ml. bottle, bottled 06/2012.
Appearance: A hazy copper body with a thick bubbly head that really clings to the glass ans has a gorgeous cascading effect as it's poured.
Smell: Resiny hops a bit with a nutty overtone and some herbs.
Taste: Mix of nuts, caramel, dry leaves and a light earthy bitterness. Raw hops that is not overdone and a tingle of spiciness on the tongue after the sip. Very tasty.
Mouthfeel: Starts out gentle then segues into a low-lying bitterness.
Overall: Really enjoyed this one. Worth your time for sure.
07-09-2012 11:10:03 | More by papat444
4/5 rDev +3.9%
Appearance - Hazy orange colour with an above average size frothy beige coloured head. I can't really tell how much carbonation there is due to the haziness and there is some really fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.
Smell - malts, caramel, floral/herbs, hops
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. The beer has a very sweet flavour consisting of malts, caramel, and some hops. It has lot of herbal/floral notes to it. It finishes with a sticky sweet floral hop aftertaste.
Overall - This one reminded me a lot of their Kellerbier; which I also enjoyed. The Sticke Alt has a touch more sweetness however. This is a solid beer; I'm happy with my purchase.
03-21-2011 18:30:10 | More by spinrsx
3.6/5 rDev -6.5%
Bottled courtesy of ZorPrime, 750ml bottled corked and caged poured into a pint glass. Thanks Eric!
Pours a ruby red/light mahoghany with a generous 3 finger head. Lovely lace from a soapy head. Nose is of dark breadiness, and woodiness, grassy and floral hops and some general spicing. Taste is similar, general woodiness and a grassy/mossy/herbal feel with a touch of light caramel. Taste like the Boreal forest? lolwut? Finishes dry and bitter, with tons of dark bread and grain here. Medium carbonation, and lasting bitterness from teh hops. Relatively drinkable, and well crafted. Certainly quite different from anything I would typically pursue.
11-29-2010 16:55:37 | More by liamt07
3.89/5 rDev +1%
Appearance: It has a nice rusted brownish/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.
Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, caramel, floral hops, a slight nuttiness and some earthiness.
Taste: Like the aromas, it has bready malts, sweet caramel, floral/earthy hops and faint nuts.
Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.
Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.
09-06-2013 20:59:44 | More by SebD
Série Signature Sticke Alt from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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