Série Signature Sticke Alt - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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86
very good

90 Ratings
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Ratings: 90
Reviews: 45
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.91%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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Ratings: 90 | Reviews: 45
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy but very pleasant red brown colour, with a full and thick head of creamy white foam. Looks very pleasant and refined. I particularly like the colour.

Really nice nose. Some peach character, with a refined slightly musty phenolic character. Light grain notes add a little sweetness. Almost a light baked beans note to it. It's very subtle, but very pleasant.

Lovely nutty characters on the palate, with some nice sharp phenolic characters on the front. Some sharpness on the very back, which really clears out the palate very nicely. It's very well done and nicely balanced. Very refined and pleasant.

I do like altbiers, and this is a pretty good one. I love the refined, slightly subtle characters on it, and the nutty palate. It's quite pleasant.

Photo of dgilks
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of notdan
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%
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

Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Photo of pootz
4.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked&caged bottle:

Decanted a deep reddish-brown hazey ale into the stein. Wonderful billowy 3 finger sticky cap that lasts and laces

Aroma: Wunderbar! Almonds, bread, woody earthyness, a light musty-sweetness.

Profile: Toasty, nutty, rich thick malts..full bodied and a rich mouth feel...like liquid toasted walnut bread smeard with a leafy herbal-woody marzipan...totally non cloying...finishes with the ample noble hops drying the flavor out with a sharp wet birch wood bark tone as the dark malts leave a light pucker...bready herbal after taste.

Rich, deeply flavorful, satisfying and outrageously drinkable...perhaps that is the secret of this "Sticke" Probably this brewer's best effort ..an Alt to die for...hope it's available again...I'll buy cases next time.

Photo of biboergosum
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eric was very generous in sharing this bottle with me, so big thanks due to him. Trois Mousquetaires make some pretty damn fine ales and lagers, and their ability to put together some great German-style beers is outstanding.

Rich amber pour with a finger of yellow-tinged off-white head that had some good legs and put down some lace spots. Floral, fruity aroma has that children's rubber ducky feel to it that's obviously something that I can't describe properly or even understand. The ducks in the flavour too, but that's not a bad thing - its just the combination of floral and fruity notes bring it to mind. I really should check out the individual ingredients in these beers and isolate it. Some decent breadiness provides body, and there's a good citric bite, which isn't so strong as to detract from the beers drinkability. Some mineral and eggshell too. Medium body and carbonation.

On first sip I really wasn't sure whether I liked this, but the beer grew immensely on me and probably ended up my favourite of the evening. Its certainly a very fine rendition of an alt, and continues in the trend of this brewery's excellent pedigree.

Photo of ritzkiss
4.23/5  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!

Photo of Garin
3.18/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kirkbodnar
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I lived in Dusseldorf, Germany for 4 years, and as such, I have had a fair amount of Alt. Most exciting of all, though, is the Sticke Alt from Uerige which is only produced on two different days during the year - very rare and very interesting stuff - which, as I understand, is the primary inspiration for this beer from Les Trois Mousquetaires. This beer was very interesting, and although not exactly like Dusseldorf's original example, not all too far off.

A - Dark amber with a ton of head that sticks around for a while. Held up to my expectations based on my experiences in Dusseldorf

S - This brought back fond memories - fairly authentic. Caramel - and lots of nuttiness - maybe even pine.

T - Pleasantly hoppy, fruity, and nutty with lots of caramel. Not too far off from the original.

M - pleasant, though quite dry.

D - Alt as a style, should be very drinkable - as it is traditionally sold in small 200ml glasses, and pounded back. This example did not dissapoint, though after getting through the 750ml bottle, the woody elements (nuttiness perhaps) got to be a bit much - though this may be due to my pairing it with rather crappy pizza.

I enjoyed this beer a lot - and I will definitely drink it again.

Cheers...

Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Unibroue glass mar15 2010

A very hazy deep reddish amber, hazy enough that I can't see the carbonation. a giant beige head has decent retention and leaves several partial rings of lace

S a little orange peel, toffee and some woody earthiness

T again it's very earthy with a little citrus and perhaps even some prune? a very interesting flavor going on here I like it but I'm having trouble trying to think of something to compare it to. like the bottle says its bitter and there's a little sweetness to go with it

M good feel, the carbonation that wasn't visible due to the haze is quite mild in the mouth and it's leaning towards full bodied. this beer has great length, I knew I was drinking a beer because I could taste it for while after swallowing it

I will admit I hate reviewing styles I know little about. this is a great beer and it may be even better then I'm giving it credit for when reviewing for style. that being said you should try this one if you ever get the chance

Photo of ZorPrime
4.22/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Otterburn
4.2/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listening to Hank williams III..

Into my pint, pours a very nice reddish amber,luminous beer, 1 finger offwhite foam head,medium carbonation

Smell hop and citrus,malt

First, theres a fine citrus freshness fruity and acid kind of..and then a stronger and sharper bitterness, long after taste follow. its malty and hoppy

mouthfeel: medium carbonation, fine texture,similar to an ipa.

drinkability is good, if you like hop, its fine and bitter

Photo of Tim2000
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Photo of eat
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Série Signature Sticke Alt from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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