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Série Signature Sticke Alt - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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86
very good

78 Ratings
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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: eat on 02-19-2010)
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 00:53:33 | More by joemcgrath27
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bum732

Lesotho

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

08-15-2013 21:29:45 | More by bum732
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 11:10:03 | More by papat444
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Kmat10

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.9%

05-30-2013 23:43:49 | More by Kmat10
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DRBiser

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.2%

07-10-2013 10:38:07 | More by DRBiser
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BDTyre

British Columbia (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2010 00:59:00 | More by BDTyre
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PatGreer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

01-21-2014 18:28:29 | More by PatGreer
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falloutsnow

Illinois

2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 03:01:56 | More by falloutsnow
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GONZALOYANNA

Spain

4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 09:29:58 | More by GONZALOYANNA
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 20:59:44 | More by SebD
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valkyre65

Texas

4/5  rDev +4.2%

05-21-2013 10:28:50 | More by valkyre65
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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!

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2010 20:16:34 | More by ritzkiss
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pknyc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

06-12-2013 00:55:09 | More by pknyc
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

11-30-2011 17:47:54 | More by kelvarnsen
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

04-15-2012 23:45:19 | More by NightINgale
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stealth

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

06-23-2013 21:02:39 | More by stealth
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warning: Aggressive pour WILL = beer on your counter top. If this is a strong German brown ale then kudos to Deutschland as this is one good looking ale. Reddish brown, kinda looks like old blood.cloudy, with amazing head formation and retention and lacing you could build carpet from.

Nice floral sweetness, touch of honey and spice,
Started out as a 3-3.5 on taste because I noted a lack of balance. Yes, it could be more balanced, but the flavours that are there are well done and the roller coster ride between cinnamon bready malt, citrus hop, more intense cinnamon bready malt, and then that neat ( Jeff nailed it) dandelion herbal bitterness that closes the show down, yet makes you take another sip

Liked the smooth, mid-full body.

This brewer is like that box o' chocolates...always as surprise...good and average. This one falls under good/very good depending on if you like beer that finishes bitter

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:16:32 | More by Shadman
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 00:41:12 | More by ZorPrime
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Hellpop65

Kansas

2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

06-09-2013 01:50:56 | More by Hellpop65
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Giggy

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-10-2013 00:04:30 | More by Giggy
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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.2%

12-04-2012 04:32:06 | More by 4ster
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MeisterBurger

Ontario (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A slow pour reveals deep shades of copper, mahogany and gold capped by a thick, billowy head of white foam that just won't quit. The lacing and retention are world class.

Bright pears dominate the aroma at first, but as things die down lemony floral notes reveal themselves as does some malt and nuttiness.

Steely herbal bitterness meets a wash of fruity caramel sweetness, all the while having something of a Czech pilsner meets a Vienna lager thing going on in terms of hops and malt, respectively. There are some great hop flavors here without being overly bitter. Bready malts. Just a tinge of lemon rind lingers in the finish. Full flavored without going overboard. Very nice.

There's ample carbonation, and good body. No complaints here.

Another winner in a long line of winner from Les Trois Mousquetaires. These guys have German styles down pat.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 00:01:35 | More by MeisterBurger
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.4%

07-17-2013 20:53:47 | More by Caudalie
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:42:59 | More by eat
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

08-25-2013 19:00:56 | More by cam477
Série Signature Sticke Alt from Les Trois Mousquetaires
86 out of 100 based on 78 ratings.