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Grande Cuvée Réserve De Noël - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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12 Ratings
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Ratings: 12
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 13.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  11.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Red lager brewed once a year with a special blend of spices that will evoke souvenirs from the Holiday Season.

25 IBU

Malts: 100% Malts du Quebec Pilsner, Seigle (rye), Ble cru (raw wheat), Avoine (oat), Cara 160, Sarrazin rôti (roasted buckwheat)
Hops: Centennial, Northern Brewer, Summit (dry hops: Centennial, Summit)

(Beer added by: 4ster on 01-26-2013)
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APPEARANCE : Deep mahogany brown, not entirely clear, not much head to speak of. That mahogany tint is especially pleasing, though.

SMELL : First nose is all about spices, mostly nutmeg and gingerbread, backed up with some discreet malt. Very faint herbal medicinal-like aroma (Vick's or some other menthol-like scent). Second nose opens up the malt profile and definitely reveals the medicinal side as belonging to the hops. Third nose makes the spices more complex, revealing some herbs like thyme, rosemary and cloves, as well as lightening the malty side by blending the freshness of the dry-hopping into it. Also has a definite lager character through and through.

TASTE : Lager yeasts and spices are dominant here. Final notes have the hops lingering and lingering and lingering. Very impressive length. Those spices are very crisp and sharp, shining through the malt.

MOUTHFEEL : Surprisingly sparkling, given the looks in the glass. Very, very fine bubbles, giving the brew an almost creamy feel on the palate. Enjoyable to a point, I find myself swinging the beer around my glass to calm this down as the beer just blows right out open in my mouth and I have a hard time tasting and swallowing. Once this is dealt with though, the mouthfeel is outstanding.

OVERALL : This has some definite pumpkin ale characteristics. One might actually call this an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Very satisfying winter brew and most befitting of Christmas with its gingerbread cookie palette of aromas. Beware, though : its 10,5% alcohol definitely don't show and it can be very treacherous.

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Christmas lager brewed once a year. Style is more like a Winter warmer, as I've never seen a red lager clock in at over 11%, but style on bottle is labeled as a spiced red lager, not an ale, so will go with that for now. Date on bottle, 11/12.
Poured into a Pokal/Footed Pilsner glass. Drank both out of the fridge and let warm up to recommended temp of 10+ C.

A: Cloudy, unfiltered, medium/dark reddish orange. Aggressive pour gives a decent off-white head, but quickly dies off with minimal, faint lacing...

S: Lots of spice on the nose, especially cloves, a bit of cinnamon... lots of syrupy sweet aromas as well, brown sugar, dark malts.... I get a bit of orange in there as well

T: First off I get candied ginger, lots of sweet spicy malts in this as this warms up, very complex malt profil, roasty, vanilla under tones....finishes with a slightly alcoholic spice aftertaste again with the cloves and some other winter mulling spices. The 11% definitely leaves a lasting feeling as it goes down, almost burning the spice into you....very low bitterness/hop profile.

M: very light carbonation, almost non existent. Very syrupy mouthfeel, sticks to your tongue like honey.

O: As we sit here in the midst of a very cold January winter streak, this beer hits the spot. Red lager, or winter warmer, call it what you will, it certainly is doing its job. The alcohol is certainly present in this one which is ok, as right now I've feeling quite warm and happy, nearly enough to go for a run in the snow outside! This is certainly a sipper, but for that the brewer has made a interesting, tasty beer that certainly does the job if you just want to have the night melt away in your large arm chair with your best companion tucked up next to you... if you're in Quebec over Christmas I'd recommend you pick one of these up, even if they run for around 12$, it's pretty close replacement for that after dinner port so in that regards, not a bad deal.... And like a port, careful, as it warms this one does get quite sweet, but what do you expect from all that malt....

Grande Cuvée Réserve De Noël from Les Trois Mousquetaires
86 out of 100 based on 12 ratings.