Les Trois Mousquetaires

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American Wild Ale
4.02 | pDev: 15.17%
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 37 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rudzud
1.75/5  rDev -56.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Picked this up 3 years ago in Montreal with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown almost soda like darkness with a mocha head that fades very quick to leave a thin halo.

S - Aromas of medicinal cherries, solvent alcohol, plastic bandaid aroma. Smells poor.

T - Taste is similar to the nose. Awful cherries, medical and faint, really strong plastic bandaid, light garbage flavour.

M - Mouthfeel is very brightly carbonated and flemmy.

O - Overall this was a very awful beer. Disgusting trash and solvent alcohol.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
1.91/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

spilt with rudzud
Seems over carbonated, big fizzy head fades fairly quickly, some legs, pitch black

Nose sour cough syrup funk, cherry cough syrup mixed with chocolate syrup, sour cherry ass, solventy, medicinal bandaid, smoked ass

Taste is awful, yeasty over carbonation, bitter burnt plastic, little butryk acid trash thing, big cherry cough syrup and medicine little band aid, syrupy chocolate powder, such a mess

Mouth is med bod syrupy alcohol, way too much carbonation too

Overall one of the worst beers in have in a long time, you know the beer is bad when I feel sorry for my septic

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle. Deep reddish black body. Smells of dark fruit, cherry, and a heavy roasted malt presence. Tastes sweet, roasty, with some tart cherry. The sourness is a little lost, though. More sweet and roasty. Dry oaky finish. Medium heavy. A little boozy. Interesting, but in the end too big for me to really enjoy.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours a very dark brick brown with one finger of fizzy tan head that leaves splotches of lace as it rather quickly disappears.

Smells of tart cherries and orchard fruit, sweet dark bread, baker's chocolate, leathery funk, barrel wood and barely detectable hops.

Tastes of sour cherries coated in mild dark chocolate, more bready caramel malt, toasted brown sugar, vanilla and leather barrel notes and more ghostly hops.

Feels big and soft. Full bodied with gently frothy carbonation. Finishes dry and without a whisper of alcohol. If the bottle said that it was 6% abv I would have believed it.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. There is a hell of a lot going on here, and all of it is good.

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Photo of Derek
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Juan 2014. Not much head, pleasant tartness that works with the cherry, hints of dark chocolate. It has aged fairly well, but it'd be interesting to have tried it fresh.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.16/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle. An 'Imperial Black Kriek'. Wait, whut?!!

This beer pours a murky, very dark cola-highlighted brown colour, with two fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and rather fizzy beige head, which leaves a few sparsely strewn instances of remote islet lace around the glass as it quickly wisps away.

It smells of fairly tart 'n juicy cherries, lightly roasted caramel malt, bittersweet chocolate, underripe red apples, a tame white cheesy funkiness, some grainy dank wood, free-range vanilla notes, ethereal black licorice, and a plain earthy and musty bitterness. The taste is much more cocoa-forward - it's like those chocolate-covered cherries my Mom used to make - with some lemon vinegar astringency, subtle cheesy funk, some mild sugary nuttiness, a stifled caramel malt graininess, fading musty and vanillan woody esters, and weak earthy and herbal hop bitters.

The bubbles are adequate for the given job, what with their merely supportive frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and sort of smooth, I suppose, as the zingy fruitiness and meddlesome funk don't like to play that way. It finishes off-dry, enough lingering fruit-kissed chocolate easily keeping the barrel and Brett nasties at bay.

Well, as already implied, when I first saw the brewer's description of this offering, I couldn't help but roll my eyes. Now, after having tasted it, of course, I see the light (metaphorically - otherwise, go back a few paragraphs to refresh your memory), and can thus be saved. Holy moly people, this is one well-made mashup of styles - the roasted/malty/chocolaty side intermixing with that sour/funky/tart/woody thing beautifully. And the 10 points of wowee sauce? Not a freaking peep - this is how it's supposed to be done.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very dark burgundy/cranberry with a very foamy khaki pink toned head that fades fast.

Nose is a bit apple vinegar acitic with hints of fruit.

Mouth feel is less than what nose promises with only a minimal tartness but nice balance and feel/texture.

Flavors are initially off and oxidized and "old" at this point. Then, after a few minutes in the glass there is a change all together. Beer is still perhaps "going" over the hill. But there is a purple grape under flavor with red stone fruit character and sweet cherry tones. Very complex with hints of figs and dried fruit. There are chocolate tones as well. This beer has a lot going and while complex, there is still something a hint "off" at this point. Worth trying.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.63/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark burgundy color ale with a medium size brown foamy head with OK retention and light lacing notes. Aroma of intense kriek notes with some oak notes and light funky ester is pretty much perfect for style. Taste is dominated by nice kriek notes with a medium level of tartness and some oak. Residual sugar level is quite low with almost no acidity. Body is about average with good carbonation. My expectations were quite high but this is possibly one of the best sour/wild ale I‘ve tasted in my life.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very nice beer. The flavour is a great mix of tart cherry and dark chocolate, with a very slight bit of funk. The cherry and funk gives it a bit of a kriek flavour, as suggested in the name, but the dark malts and accompanying chocolate flavour result in an entirely different dimension. The tartness is mild to moderate. Compared to most sour beers, there is a larger malt presence, but it works. NIce and full bodied with a good level of carbonation.

I hope LTM doesn't let this one disappear after one batch. It's a high quality beer that should be brewed again. Wish I had another bottle to hold onto, but this one is going down very well.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wow, what an interesting beer; I hope this becomes a regular seasonal for LTM. A really nice mix of sweet cherries, dark chocolate and Brett funk all based on a rich malty backbone. A smooth, creamy mouthfeel really pulls all the pieces together delivering a special beer. Realy well done. Wish I bought more!

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Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +2%

A 10% abv Black Kriek that was sampled at Cask Days 2014. A seriously tart dark beer. Lot of cherry infused into this kriek with coffee and a roasty malt character ending with pepper and spice notes. A really nice full bodied kriek, good balance and hides the alcohol sublimely well. Would recommend this if you come across it. Delicious and seriously delightful sour beer.

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Photo of M-girard
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Appearance: it had a nice light brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves intense lacing.

Smell: It smells sweet cherries with a hint of tartness. some barnyard notes also comes through, wet horse maybe? and a bit of burnt sugar.

Taste: Taste like funky sour dark chocolate. Brett character definitely chines through as well as burnt malts.

Mouthfeel: it has a medium low carbonation and leaves a film-like texture in your mouth even after ten seconds or so.

Drinkability: This beer does not seem like it is 10% abv, but the burnt aftertaste is a little overwhelming.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.36/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 8/10/14, big thanks to Phyl21ca for this obscure gem

A dark cola liquid with a short lived noisy foam that leaves half a collar of lace, perhaps a dirty glass?

Sa fair amount of funky wet wood, vanilla, chocolate covered cherries, not a whole lot from the dark malt much too my surprise, more funky brett and oak, sour plum, a hint of booze but nowhere near 10%, interesting stuff for sure

T slightly more dark malt but if blindfolded I'd never guess this was almost black, a hint of coffee, lots of dark cherry, a little burnt brown sugar, a little nutty towards the finish, a hint of cherry cola, lots of wood and funk, I'm loving this

M surprisingly light and fluffy, slick on the palate, just a little sugar on the lips, very little booze going down, and perhaps more dark roast on the finish then anywhere else

O 10% eh? I'd believe 5%, lots going on at all points, something different and a good use of fruit, funk, and barrel

When did 3M start brewing stuff like this? I had no idea this beer even existed and its pretty awesome, look for it if you can

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Imperial black kriek, now let's talk about something that sounds luxurious. Very limited release with 12 to 24 bottles per shop.

A: Pours dark brown, very porter-like. Very watery liquid considering the ABV with very little lacing or alcohol legs. This makes me think that the beer has very little residual sugars, which would be unusual from Trois Mousquetaires, considering their other high abv beers. Very little head with very poor retention.

S: Now, let's talk about something interesting. Very complex nose of obviously sour cherries and roasted notes. You definitely get a cherry dark chocolate vibe from this beer. The bretts show through a little bit in the nose with funky notes of hay and horse blanket. You get a little bit of the oak barrels too that makes the whole beer quite similar to a very rich dark red wine.

T: As weird as the beer sounds, it really makes sense when you taste it. Like I thought, the beer has very very little residual sugars. This is a light light 10 ABV and it doesn't show at all. You get the tartness from the sour cherries in the beer as well as the roasted notes of chocolate and even coffee. Also, the oak is definitely more present in the taste than the nose with notes of pepper, vanilla and leather. Finally, there is a little bit of smoke in the aftertaste. Very complex and very interesting beer.

M: Very light feel with a bit of stickiness which is expected considering the ABV.

O: This is definitely an interesting beer. It is not executed on the same level as Russian River, but this is by far the best executed wild ale coming out of Quebec. If a red wine and a porter could have a baby this would be it. All in all, this beer just shows how Trois Mousquetaires is on a different level than any other breweries in Quebec by making a very out of the ordinary beer and being very successful in doing so so. To this day, I never had beer that wasn't excellent from them. I hope to see them experiment even more in the future.

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