Série Signature Sticke Alt - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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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
4.03/5 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
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
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
04-28-2010 01:16:32 | More by Shadman
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
Color copper-orange with a nice foam when poured. Aroma of bread, cereal, and nuts. Hops aromas resin with a little floral. Medium bodied with a good hops attack. Taste cereal, little caramel, toasted malt. Bitter finish. Like all Signature Serie product from Trois Mousquetaires, it's a really good creation.
03-14-2012 21:19:48 | More by BarrelSelect
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
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-25-2010 09:20:56 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
07-03-2011 04:37:30 | More by andrenaline
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
09-23-2010 09:52:01 | More by dgilks
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
3.84/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
05-18-2013 21:52:36 | More by dbrauneis
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
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
05-09-2014 21:27:56 | More by polloenfuego
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-11-2010 06:48:46 | More by Parrotshake
3.8/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
09-04-2010 23:48:38 | More by notdan
Série Signature Sticke Alt from Les Trois Mousquetaires
86 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.