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Série Signature Sticke Alt - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 93
Avg: 3.86
pDev: 11.14%
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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Reviews: 45 | Hads: 93
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of eat
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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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Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of BarrelSelect
4.03/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.08/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle with no freshness date poured into pint glass. Purchased at Marche Cosmopolitan in Montreal's Centre-ville.

Pours a bright, clear amber with red hues. Head is a cream yellow, a bit foamy, and leaves chunks and lacing on the glass as it slowly settles. Good retention. Clarity of the beer shows lots of fine bubbles streaming up the glass.

Toasted caramel, fruit esters, and a bit of lemon and bright floral hops on the nose.

Lots of smooth, toasty malt flavours here; bready, caramel, touch of cereal grain, then some almost dark-fruit esters, giving way to the lemony and earthy hops and a slightly bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and creamy with a nice bit of ebullient, fine carbonation to keep things lively and well away from cloying sweetness.

Overall, I'm really digging this beer. Flavours mesh well together, and find a nice balance. Mid range of complexity, and nothing overdone.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice darkish armber color. Fully translucent. Head has good volume, is beige and is foamy. Head retention is ok, lacing is a bit less than average.

S: Some big caramel and toffee are in this. There is also a nice level of earthy and herbal hops. Wood and leather and a hint of vanilla are present in the smell. Light smoke.

T: Much more hops than anticipated. Mostly earthy and herbal hops are there. Smoke is definitely part of it too. Some light dark fruits like dark cherries and raisins. Again, caramel, toffee, wood, leather, vanilla are still in there. Quite interesting tasting brew.

M: It's ok. Medium to low body with medium to high carbonation. Nothing to get too excited from but works well.

D: Well, it is balanced, not much alcohol, so nothing to stop me.

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4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of kirkbodnar
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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.


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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +7.5%
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

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Photo of Otterburn
4.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.22/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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!

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Photo of papat444
4.23/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A complex brew with a real live rustic feel to it that seems to be a constant for the Signature series from Les Trois Mousquetaires. The beer is full of nuances including a real interplay from the hops and malt in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and makes the beer feel like a higher ABV . Great beer of a style not often seen outside Dusseldorf

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

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Photo of pootz
4.42/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.46/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Veiled copper color with faint activity but light detritus. Creamy light brown 2.5 finger head lasting around 10 minutes with strong legs.

Aromas and flavors of caramel, fruits, grains, floral and herbal spices. Strong delicious sweet fruity orange and grapes/raisin taste. Pleasant bread like and biscuity feel with a perfect dose of spices.

Slick light body with moderate carbonation. Well intensified balanced finish ending with a slightly bitter herbal saaz feel and delicate caramel sweetness.

Overall an excellent craft; complex delicious flavors, appealing smell and look, good freshness, accessible...a pleasure to drink!

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