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Mouette à Trois - Karl Strauss Brewing Company

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Belgian Strong Dark Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: rand on 12-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

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3.93/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Trappist glass
From: BevMo in La Mesa, Calif. (San Diego)
Price: $9.97 (w/ club card)
Purchased: Feb. 8, 2013
Consumed: Feb. 9, 2013
Misc.: Third installment of Karl Strauss’ “Twelve Days” series.

Poured a caramel copper color with less than one finger of khaki white head that dissipated almost right away. Minimal lacing. Very bad retention.

Smelled a mix of sour fruit and alcohol. Got sour cherries, caramel, toffee, peach, apricot and sugary candy. Some Belgian spices late, smelled a little bit like pepper.

Tasted a bit different than I thought it would. Got more of a spicy cake feel, like coffee cake or cinnamon roll. I’m pretty sure I’ve never had a fruit cake, but make that would be a better comparison. Also got candied sugar, peach, apricot, pear with a backbone of sour cherries, oak and vanilla. Not too oaky, but it is there. Cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of Belgian spices as well.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Long spicy finish.

I have to admit that I didn’t have much expectations going in, but this was a pretty decent beer. Definitely something different, but perfect for the winter and Thanksgiving/Christmas.

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3.83/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Karl Strauss tasting room tonight. They were saying that as it aged, the cherries in the beer soured and completely changed the profile. I asked if the bottled beer aged the same way, and they said that the bottles were exactly the same as when it was bottled. Based on the other reviews, I don't know if I would be excited to try that version, but this beer on tap was delicious. I would gladly try it again if I ever see it on tap again. It seems to me like this Belgian Strong Dark Ale became a Flanders Style Red.

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3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle,

A: Pours an amber red to maroon with a very short lasting off-white head, leaving no lace.

S: Lots of candied cherries and spice, hint of brandy, very elegant and nice, certainly smells like fruitcake.

T: Nice malt flavour, though it has a bit of cloying sweetness on the back end where the cherries take over in the denouement. Nice undercurrent of stone fruit and spicy throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, lighter than I'd expect. Crisp carbonation, a bit watery though.

O: An up and down beer for me, the nose was the best part, fun to try.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


Bottle info a snifter.

A: Dark reddish brown with a small beige head.

S: Candi sugar, bready malt, gingerbread, a bit of biscuit. There's some cinnamon and allspice in there with a firm dark fruit presence that brings to mind plum and grape.

T: Gingerbread up front with notes of grape, cherry, plum, and prune. Notes of candi sugar pervades the palate, blending with oak and baked bread. A very low level of bitterness is evident.

M: Medium body with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is sticky and smooth.

Overall: A pretty nice holiday Dubbel. Not over spiced, which is what I feared when I read about this. It does remind me of Fruit Cake. I wish a single beer in Stone's Vertical epic lineup tasted this good.

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Photo of rand
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into chalice from 22oz bomber

Calling a beer a 'fruitcake beer' doesn't exactly raise expectations, but since the last of the "twelve days" series were pretty good, I figured this was worth a shot. And what the label says makes some sense - if you were going to attempt a fruitcake beer, you might as well blend the flavors with the innately spicy and fruity aspects of a Belgian Dubbel.

I wouldn't say I'd chase this down again, but it was interesting with a distinct profile.

A: Copper-red in color, little visual carbonation and almost no head.

S: Subdued nose yields sweet malts, various ripe fruit - apples and peaches primarily. Alcohol is masked and without a lot of carbonation you really have to breath deep to parse the scents.

T: The flavors are relatively bold, thankfully, and the ripe, fruity notes hit first. Apple, pear, a touch of raisin. It's a malty brew with sweet notes of toffee and caramel throughout the sip. There's a slight phenolic aspect mid-sip that's a little off-putting - it resonates with the fruity aspects, but without any real hop character it becomes too prominent. Again, the alcohol is well hidden. Probably too hidden. Finishes long and sweet.

M: Loses points here. It's strangely light bodied and there's almost no carbonation to speak. The fruity notes leave a good deal of residue on the palate and could've used some scrubbing bubbles between sips.

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3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starts right off with a buttery flavor. So sweet and candied tasting. Reminds me of bread pudding with hard sauce. Some vanilla as well.

Color is a handsome dark red amber in the tulip. Head starts our fine but the carbonation seems to evaporate. It's like a sweet wine after the spritz fades out. In the bottle at least you can pour it an inch at a time to make the most of the carbonation. Still, it's an interesting seasonal brew with a tangy, good-time fruity flavor. That Kandy Korn nose is a little much, however.

On tap at the Sea Rocket in San Diego where it was called "Holiday Ale," but some inquiring got to the truth.

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Mouette à Trois from Karl Strauss Brewing Company
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