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Série Signature Sticke Alt - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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45 Reviews
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Reviews: 45
Hads: 92
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 6.44%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: eat on 02-19-2010

Malts: Pilsner, Pale, Caramel 60, Caramel 160/
74 IBU / Hops: Magnum, N Brewer, Hallertau
OG: 15.3ºP FG:4.3ºP / SRM: 19 / 12 month aging
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Photo of falloutsnow
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None (again, why do Shelton Brothers not have dates?)
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

I'm not sure Trois Mousequeitaries knows what they're doing or where they're going with this beer. They used several of the "wrong" malt styles (crystal malts, whereas original alt brewers didn't have access to these), hopped it to extreme levels (while alts, and in particular sticke and doppelsticke can be highly hopped, 70+ IBUs is a bit extreme), and I'm not sure about the yeast strain. These wouldn't matter except to the purist if the taste were either interesting or authentic, but it is neither, really. A bit of over-roasted caramel malts lend some fairly week burnt toast and cocoa elements atop a rather bland, mostly dry base that leads into light bitter and herbal hop flavor: uninspiring and unexciting. This is a fairly recent arrival in my area (past month), with the new Trois Mousqueitaires bottle labels, so I doubt it's old. Rather overrated, I'm not impressed with this, especially given the price ($11 per bottle). A shame, considering that Trois Mousquetaires makes (made?) a very good kellerbier and doppelbock.

Pours a 2cm tall head of small bubbles, frothy in appearance and beige in color, with excellent retention of several minutes. The head fades, in time, to a thin film of lace atop the body for the duration of the session. Lacing is excellent, with many dots and patterns clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a muddy brown to very dark golden orange in color, with light revealing more of the golden orange hues around the edges of the otherwise still muddy brown base. Carbonation slightly visible through the nearly opaque (70-80% opacity) body, low in number, but moderate in activity.

Aroma of light caramel, toasted that is slightly charred, a bit of herbal and floral continental hops in the close. Not bad, but certainly underwhelming for a sticke alt.

Taste of dark caramel malt, slightly charred toast, a whisp of cocoa, and moderate bitterness and herbal flavor from hops: the mixture is rather underwhelming. Front of palate is of dark caramel-like sweetness, cocoa, a bit of charred toast, and faint, herbal hops. Mid-palate of dry, slightly sweet caramel-like flavors with bitter cocoa (from the 120L caramel malt) and medium-strength hop bitterness and flavor of dry grass and herbs. Back of palate is of moderate hop bitterness mixed with acridness from the nearly-roasted malts, a touch of cocoa and mild dark caramel-like sweetness. Aftertaste of dry and mild to medium hop bitterness with a bit of dry cocoa and dark caramel-like sweetness.

Beer is medium to meidum-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is lightly foamy (1/3) and otherwise smooth (2/3). Generally soft and smooth, this manages to fit well with the profile of the beer and the style. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips. (2,960 characters)

Photo of Tim2000
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750 mL brown bottle.

Slightly hazy reddish brown beer with a bubbly head.

Toasted, malty aroma with some resinous hops.

Starts off with bready malt, caramel and raisins but is quickly overtaken with hops. Lots of pine resin and strong black tea. Long bitter finish. Smooth body with moderate carbonation.

Interesting but lacking balance as the hops overpower everything. (374 characters)

Photo of Garin
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

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. (740 characters)

Photo of mwilbur
3.29/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a clear brown-amber hue with super high carbonation producing a 5+ inch off white head. About a 3:1::head:beer ratio.
S: Sweet caramel malt, toffee, fig, and a hint of spice (?cinnamon, ?nutmeg).
T: Super sweet caramel malt and several off notes. Could be this one is past date.
M: Light body. Loads of caramel sweetness. Moderate pine hop bite.
D: I believe this one is likely past its best by date. Still, this seems fairly straight forward, very malt driven, and not well balanced. (548 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.49/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A: A very clear darker amber color. One finger of tan beige head. Great lacing as well as retention.

S: A bit hoppy but lots of cereal malt and raisiny bready aromas are present as well.

T: Pretty interesting actually. The hops present themselves as spicey with a slight citrus zest. Malt dominates the main profile of the beer though. Raisiny, bready, and to a lesser extent toasted. Sweet but balanced accurately and has a good bitterness.

M: Very thin mouthfeel but its okay. Somewhat lower carbonation.

O: Good beer overall. I would by again if the price was right. Interesting as Alt's are one of those styles that I feel doesn't get enough exposure. (659 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle split with a friend. From Broue HAHA.

A - Pours a really dark red with a three finger beige head. Strong carbonation. Bright. Good one finger head retention and a good amount of lacing.

S - Strong hop presnce. Dusty. Really bready. Citrus.

T - Strong dusty, hoppy, bready character. Dark fruit a bit too.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body.

O/D - Just sort of lacking in ways. I like it, yet its dusty character leaves room for improvement. Good, but not great. (478 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Since Mexas Ranger didn't exactly light my world on fire, it's up to this stuff to salvage the latest BotM shipment. It pours a clear garnet topped by a finger of relatively short-lived dirty cream-white foam. The nose comprises candied orange peel, mildly-buttery caramel, a spit of booze, and a touch of toast. The taste brings in more of the same, along with a small contingent of dark, tobacco-like greens. The body is a lithe medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a solid sticke alt, nothing really all that special, but an enjoyable, malty little brew. (623 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (652 characters)

Photo of endovelico
3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This rusty brew is intense and imposing, with organoleptics of toffee, butter, caramel and yeast layered around a minty pine-y center. Some citric hints sneak through on the tongue, to unfortunate effects as it clashes with the darker flavors. Furthermore the palate is flabby and coarse with a premature finish. Extremely unfocused with some questionable choices made regarding the hops. (389 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 (649 characters)

Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper-brown, with a very thick white head. Nutty, malt smell with strong hints of yeast, bread and toffee. Mild, somewhat low hop profile.

I was expecting a bit more malt to this, but I actually find it slightly bitter and somewhat sour. The hops really shine through, though the malts are quite defiant and still make themselves felt.

Nice, light carbonation. A big beer, and very nice to drink. (399 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an impressive cherry,mahogany hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy two finger head and nice lacing here,there and everywhere,the smell is a mix of aromas of sticky date pudding,dark plums,cherries and dark malts,it has a nice fullish mouthfeel just above medium bodied whcih is lively carbonated,the taste starts off with the dark fruit flavours with a middle body of toffeee malts and it finishes very bitter indeed so bitter that i noticed it was which isnt the norm for me as i do love my hoppy beers but in saying that after the next glass i quite enjoy this bitterness,its definately an interesting brew that showcases sweet and bitter with a touch of more bitterness than sweet which i dont think i could compare with any other brew i have tried if someone asked what's it like compared to? as it definately stands alone with its different,unique but nice mix of flavours and i will revisit this thats for sure. (960 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (1,469 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a beckera deep amber brown with a full one and a half finger off white head.Big brown sugar and prune in the nose with a just a light touch of herbal hops...very light.Flavors start out somewhat sweet with brown sugar and toffee with a drying doughiness coming in halfway keeping the sweetness somewhat in check.Seems bigger than what it is to me,a little sweet but not bad overall. (394 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

No bottling date that I see.

A: Pours a dark reddish-brown. Tall, fluffy light brown head. Great head retention and thick, substantial lacing.

S: Pleasant dark fruits and caramel sweetness. Figgy with raisins. Sugary. Some toffee and a hint of bread. Maybe even some brown sugar. Really nice sweet maltiness in general.

T: Huh, not nearly as sweet as I was expecting. Up front there is some herbal hoppiness followed by a little toffee. Lots and lots and lots of crusty bread. Quite earthy too, especially towards the finish with more of that herbal spiciness. Lingering bitter, drying earthiness and herbal character.

M: Medium bodied, smooth and dry.

O: I expected a bit of a sweeter beer but this one is herbal, earthy and dry. I think I was expecting something more like a sticke doppelbock. This thing is seriously herbal and bread crusty. Not bad but a little too one-note at points. (896 characters)

Photo of Parrotshake
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The only other Altbier I've ever had is Schlösser, which was OK, but this is completely different so far so I might have a hard time rating to style.

Pours a reddish brown with a finger and a bit of tan head. Tons of lacing on the sipping side of the glass. The Schlösser was darker but I don't remember it looking this good. Hazelnut, toffee, malted milk and green woody hop aromas jump out of the glass.

Doesn't taste as overwhelmingly malty as the nose suggests. Nutty with peppery and boozy phenols, dark fruit and a bitter and slightly metallic finish. An undertone of sweetness from the malts which is hard to pin down. Something like bubblegum or possibly a scented eraser. A lot of flavor.

Full mouthfeel with just a hint of tingly carbonation. This beer has a lot going for it but the flavors are all a bit too prominent - it never really gels - which is fine for one or two but I couldn't drink more of it. Very nice in small doses, though. (958 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (646 characters)

Photo of notdan
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A translucent mahogany pour with lots of billowy off-white head. Dies down after a minute or two, but leaves lots of pretty lacing and a pillow of foam on top of the beer. Very attractive.

Dark malts were the first thing that hit me with this one, combining both caramel/toffee and dark fruit flavours. Some earthy/woody hop presence is definitely there too. Smells promising, though could be a bit more powerful.

In the taste, fruity dark malts (mostly cherry for me) and caramel flavours are balanced out with earthy/herbal hops. A very dry, bitter finish keeps me going for more and more sips.

Nice full mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation.

This isn't a style I generally seek out, but I enjoyed this more than the altbiers I've had in the past. The distinct bitterness made for an interesting drink, even if it was a bit too dry for me in the finish. Regardless, I'll have no problems finishing off the 750. (916 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy brownish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some deeper red highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy tan head that slowly reduces to a thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Upfront there are light amounts of toasted malts with a hint of sweetness. Light to moderate amounts of herbal hops towards the finish.

T: Upfront there is a light flavor of toasted caramel and grainy malts with a very light hint of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of herbal and floral hops that contribute a light amount of lingering bitternes.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with slightly heavier than moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of dryness in the finish.

O: Interesting in that this beer is slightly more hoppy than I have come to expect for the altbier style (especially having spent a couple of weeks in Dusseldorf). The flavors are a little more bitter and more complex than others in the style. (1,080 characters)

Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: this beer pours a deep rust red with a persistent thumbs worth of fluffy white head. There is ample carbonation visible in the beer, and the head lasts forever. As the beer goes down you are left with thick lacing and a persistent head.

S: the dominant smell is bready malts, but caramel and hops can also be detected along with some spices.

T: bready malts are up front, but the hops are far more dominant on the taste than they are on the nose. The finish combines the bitter of the hops with the sweet of the malts for a nice memory on the tongue.

M: higher carbonation and a medium body.

O: my first experience with the style, I did not know what to expect. I am not sure whether I would purchase another bottle, but I am not unhappy with this beer. I think I need to enjoy more beers in the style for a better feel. (871 characters)

Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet, malty aroma with a slight nutty note.

Hazy, deep amber colour with a big, fluffy yellow head. Nice head retention. Great.

Good, malty flavour with a slightly toasty note. Not too sweet with a nice dryness and a big bitterness. The bitterness is very high for the style but not unexpected given the brewer's intention.

Medium body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A tasty beer. I love the unusual bitterness here with the complex, tasty, dry maltiness. Very nice. (480 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (531 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I've been eyeing this one up for some time and finally decided to splurge.

A - Pours a hazy copper colour with an amber hue, two solid fingers of big bubbled beige head with solid retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Metallic caramel, some leafy hops, very earthy.

T - Very unique flavour, strong bitterness off the top that lingers. The hops are very earthy and sour, reminiscent of fresh lime rind. A caramel malt backbone is undermined by the hops.

M - Medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - This beer is bold, and certainly not for the faint of heart. It packs a strong bitter punch and catches you off guard. Certainly more hoppy than I expected, and the bitterness was quite memorable. I'm glad I tried it, but I'm not certain I would run out for another bottle in the near future. (838 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

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. (790 characters)

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Série Signature Sticke Alt from Les Trois Mousquetaires
87 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.