Saison Brett
Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Style:
Belgian Saison
Ranked #339
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
90
Ranked #7,118
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 7.37%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
73
From:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
 
Quebec, Canada
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90
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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: One finger of white head over cloudy light amber liquid.

S: Lemon, lime, earth, grass, hay.

T: Lemon, lime, earth, grass, hay and honey.

M: Thin watery mouthfeel

O: A very good saison brett.

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Photo of eberesford
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Vices & Versa. Pours a thick rather misty brown with a thin ring of head and good lacing. Aroma very light - funky, some stone fruit, spice, Flavour: prunes, pepper, barnyard - leather horse piss on hay, some alcohol warmth. Extraordinary complexity. Lightish body despite this and long finish

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Photo of Organdrew
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 750ml bottle from the local beer store for about 10$. Bottling date is 07/08/2017 and drank on 10/11/2017 (3 months). Bottle under moderate pressure and opens easily with a strong "pop". Poured into a stemless snifter.


Look: pours an almost perfectly transparent fizzy golden orange drink with lots of head the subsides quickly but leaves slight lacing. Second glass a lot more cloudy, probably from more yeast.

Smell: The Brett funk is dominant, but very pleasing. Barnyard, urine (reminiscent of an old hamster cage). Kind of like horse-butt. Also notice apricot, pears/peaches, most likely from the Saison side. The funkiness is very forward and fills the room.

Taste: Very citrus forward. Moderate complexity with many different flavors popping in and out, hard to distinguish many on first sip. Tangy, zingy, and citrusy. Tart and somewhat dry. I really enjoy the taste. Brettanomyces isn't very dominant, but noticeable. Brett tends to become more apparent with some air and higher temperature. Alcohol is almost unnoticeable even when searched for. Perhaps a touch of (pilsner) malt here and there. Some hoppy bitterness near the end here and there, when the tartness doesn't overpower it. Second glass was a bit more funky, probably from picking up more of the Brett.

Mouthfeel: Moderate-high carbonation. A champagne prickle and lightness, but also a slight moderate feel to it. A weak dry finish.

Overall: This is my first introduction to Brettanomyces yeast beer. A really great style; I really enjoyed this one. Kind of like a gose or Berliner Weisse, but different. I take the "different" to be the Brettanomyces. It's a sour ale with a unique mouthfeel and a funky twist. The sour fruitiness slightly overpowers the funkiness, but they both tend to show their faces. A work of art. A beer sure to make you say "wow" and wake you up from it's scintillating sensory experiences. The tartness and sourness might be a bit overpowering. If it were just slightly less sour, it'd be a masterpiece.

You might think labels like "horse-butt" or "old hamster-cage" to be aversive, but it's just the opposite. It's nasty, but just enough so it isn't off-putting. If you get what I mean. Kink of like a kink you know is kind of bad, but it's just so good.

I imagine a 6-12 month Saison Brett would be much more funky (from what I've read) as the Brett is a slow-acting yeast that increases with time. I will age a bottle about 10 months to see the full power of Brett funkiness.

Great tart beer with some funky (but pleasing) qualities.

I recommend if you enjoy sour ales or seek a new drinking experience.

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Photo of dd43
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Corked and caged 750ml from the Rare Beer Club. Oak barrel aged tart saison fermented twice, first with saison yeast then with brettanomyces. Bottle conditioned with brett as well.

This beer pours deep pale ale in color, with a massive brett head. It actually foamed up over the top of the bottle when I pulled the cork. Pretty well carbonated.

Smells include green apple, some band aid, field grass, a little honeydew melon, and acetic tart sort of vinegar aroma. Faint white pepper in the nose.

Taste includes the tart green apple notes, along with some woodiness. Very lightly sweet but the crisp carbonation, funky brett and that tart character sort of wash the sweetness away with each sip.

Prickly and sharp on the tongue, dry finish as you would expect to find in a saison, especially one with a secondary brett fermentation. Not much bitterness to speak of.

Excellent beer, the first one I had from the beer club and I couldn't be more impressed.

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Photo of Derek
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Golden bronze with a white head, not much retention but it shows some lace.

Aroma is cidery, with a little tropical fruit.

Surprisingly tart, with a nice leathery funk. Good bitterness, alcohol is hidden.

Nice body, with a dry finish.

Note, there's a lot of sediment and it doesn't taste good. Decant carefully.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into cervoise.
A: Pours a beautiful hazy yellow-orange hue with massive (overly) 4+ inch billowy white head with good retention.
S: Nice brett funk, soft orange and lemon citrus, white pepper, oak (almost has hints of chardonnay), melon, and subtle spicy rye. Wonderful!
T: Interesting (and a bit surprising) burst of orange and lemon juice hits first, followed by peach, melon, and strawberry. Hints of brett funk and white pepper. Wish this followed the aroma...
M: Light-medium body. Surprising amount of fruity sweetness. Refreshing. Mild funk. Lingers a bit on the palate.
D: This one was all over the board... Loved the look (except for the overly generous head) and aroma was sublime. The taste and feel didn't keep up. Interesting to try, but there are so many better examples of this style.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a gorgeous hazy (nearly cloudy, in fact) light amber with splendid three finger head and spectacular lacing. This is one beautiful beer.

Bright crisp green apple is very forward on the nose, followed by wine vinegar, citrus, and classic horsey funk. The grain is very prominent as well.

This is one funky brett farmhouse from a flavor standpoint, and that's a fine thing. It is actually rather malty and sweet at the very first touch to the tongue, but that is quickly followed by sharp sour notes (red wine or even vinegar) along with white pepper and oak. Perhaps a bit unbalanced on the sourness, but overall very good.

The mouthfeel is splendid. The beer is light, effervescent, and presents with a crisp dry finish.

Overall, an excellent Brett Saison.

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle, bottled July 2016.

Nice hazy orange body, lemon citrus Brett in flavor with a white wine finish. Slight vinegar, semi-dry and delicious.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.27/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml, caged and corked bottle, @ 7% ABV - this brewery always has such classy and reserved labels, eh?

This beer pours a mostly clear, bright medium golden amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of coral atoll lace around the glass as it lazily sinks out of sight.

It smells of musty and leathery barnyard funk, some prominent dark berry fruitiness, grainy wheat malt, red wine vinegar, overripe lemon rind, subtle vanillan oak staves, and some estery floral essences. The taste is bready and lightly doughy pale malt, a lesser grainy wheatiness, gently sour bacterial infection, musty and dusty long-unworn clothing, some cherry and raspberry-forward red wine fruitiness, stale lemon flesh, wet wood, and a mildly perfumed wild floral character.

The bubbles are mostly benign in their plainly coddling frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and fairly smooth, which is a nice trick if you can pull it off (I'm sure the oats helped), what with all those edgy esters kicking about. It finishes off-dry, the varied fruitiness really starting to ascend.

Overall, this particular Saison Brett is a splendid example of the style, that is if you absolutely have to go and toss that beastie into the mix. Fruity, sour, musty, floral, and woody, all in just the right amounts - yeah, the liquid inside certainly befits the packaging, I'd say.

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Photo of biegaman
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Saison Brett, like all Trois Mousquetaires offerings, is simply named and really couldn't look more simple: daisy yellow in colour with a blooming white head to boot, this doesn't have to be drunk in warm weather but it sure suits it. Haziness is thick to start and only gets thicker as the bottle depletes.

After a year in the cellar the Brett is really starting to rear its deliciously ugly head. Rather than repel, however, this eye-peeling bacterial tartness is incredibly alluring. Sounds crazy to describe sweaty gym socks, wet wool, and rotting citrus in a desirable light but just smelling this thing is gratifying...

And tasting it is even better! Not only is there the oddballs noted above but also fresh bails of hay, wild flowers, white peppercorn, lemon meringue and coconut shavings. It's a complicated puzzle and it impressively juggles that variety of flavours with grace considering the inherently freaky, funky nature.

Both parts of the name tell a story: "Saison" speaks to the grain and spice while "Brett" explains the tartness and earthy overtone. Perhaps the unsung hero in the all this, however, is Chinook with which this was dry-hopped. There's enough spicy pine to warrant LTM adding "Houblon" in the title too.

Brettanomyces, rye malt, Chinook hops and proper Saison yeast have ensured a zestful, peppery ale with no shortage of lively, larger-than-life characteristics. A year in the cellar costed this bottle much of its carbonation but the rise of Brett to superiority was worth it. That said, don't sit on it any longer.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.28/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 17/5/16 from mathieuc via CANBIF

A slight haze in golden orange, tiny bubbles all over the place and I was worried when the cork didn't pop at all when opened, two fingers of dense foam falls to a thin film leaving some random spots

S more funky, sour notes then I was expecting but that's not a bad thing, fruity hops are strong, a little grass, spicy apple, maybe some lemon grass? apple cider vinegar, some wet wood, smells more like a sour with some of the saison hiding in the background

T sour kicks there, not as much funk on the nose, more vinegar, still fruity and spicy, but its lacking something the nose had

M doesn't turn your mouth inside out but there's a little pucker, medium weight, pinprick bubbles, slick almost slimy on the palate, yeast, funky, apple finish

O not really what I expected but what they did worked for me, fairly sour for a saison but I suppose its a loose style and a little sour funk never hurt anyone

LTM has been one of my favorite breweries in Canada for a long time and I'm stoked to see them pumping out more Belgian styles and sour style ales. This is another example of LTM's vast range of well made styles, keep them coming!!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Opaque cloudy golden color with lots of glass clinging activity. Thick foamy white 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good legs. Flavors of brett yeast, green grapes, grapefruits, pears, tart, orange, sweet grains, floral and herbal spices. Sour and vinous, with a soft sugary feel. Slick medium body with the perfect amount of crispy carbonation. Medium strength finish, dry but clean, lingering yeast and ester fruits, a bit grassy and floral. Delicious and very pleasant to drink. Complex and fresh, although quite sour and bold. Good interpretation of the style. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.56/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Really cloudy golden orange beer with a small white head.

Nice funky and acidic Brett smell, with some hidden hops and also wheat aromas.

Tastes mostly what it smells, which means it's really good. Really nice flavors of green apples and lemons followed by some notes from the oaks but it's pretty subtle.

I would've taken a more carbonated beer for the mouth feel but otherwise it's a really really good beer.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Hazy golden with thin white head. Overall nice saison, just a little funk, not too sour, very easy drinking. A little too pricey but not bad at all.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.51/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - this beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with 2 finger bubbly white head which dissapear quickly to give it a small film over the top.

Aroma - brett funk, orange, apple, grape, oak, bubble gum, bread.

Taste - Salt and sour apple/grape hit the tongue first. followed by oak from the barrels then a spiceyness from the chinook hops and fresh bread from the yeast.

Feel - light creamy body mild bitterness very smooth but not what I would expect considering the saisons I've had in the past.

Overall - This is a pretty average offering that is priced way above its quality in my opinion. It may be that les trois mousquetaires usually make fantastic beers that I'm a little mixed as to where this one is concerened. It has a fatastic smell but the flavor and feel just dont do that smell justice. cheers!

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Photo of smcolw
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dirty gold and hazy. Little head that settles to rim bubbles. Nearly no lace.

Very sour nose, appropriately so.

Starts neutral but becomes very tart, very quickly. High carbonation but the body is nearly rich. The swallow provides the height of sourness. The aftertaste tapers slowly the one note of sourness.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice lemon zest tart, a fair amount of sour, good carbonation, and a slight Brett presence.

This is not a "great" beer, just a nice summer saison option from a brewery not named Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of bobv
4.66/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This looks very nice.
Smells really nice with a faint brett character.
This tastes outstanding, who cares that there is virtually no brett.
Feel is very nice.
Overall this beer nearly blows me away. I am going back to the store for more!
This newer version is 7% ABV.

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Photo of peensteen
3.97/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazed orange-blonde colour, 2 fingers of white head with lots of lace. Smell is bretty and funky, oak with some vinous fruity character, orange and lemon, hay-barnyard grain, very subtle spice. Taste is funky, brett, oak and wine like sourness, vinous, lemony acidity throughout with a bone dry finish. Medium carbonation, medium bodied. Solid stuff, the nose outshines the flavour here but still quite nice.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.75/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: A cloudy golden color. One finger of head and retention is decent. Carbonation is easily visible.

S: A bit of Brett funk. Some sweet malt and maybe a bit of sourness.

T: Simply amazing. Fairly sour, tart being a better descriptor, with lemon-like qualities. Sourness that I would attribute to Lacto more than Brett. Some funk -think barnyardy/musty- works its way through on the finish. Some hops also come through as being earthy and slightly metallic. Malt is still here too and comes through as bready and slightly sweet. Bitterness is mild and somewhat subdued but compliments the overall beer nicely. Subtle undertones of peach and pear.

F: Crisp and refreshing. The acidity makes it thirst quenching like lemonade.

O: Great stuff. Would happily buy again if readily available. Honestly, one of the better beers I've ever had.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Service: Bottle
Bottled on: Apr-09-2015

A:
Pours a cloudy golden orange with a big effervescent beige cream of three + fingers that gassily settles to a barely middling, scummy film. Okay retention; some spindly lacing. (3.5)

S:
Salty, sour, bread. Lime, sweaty horse blanket, vaguely sweet dough, floral dryness, Smarties. (4)

T:
Tartly sweet. Lime, tart-sweet beery character, some spicy saison yeasts in the back and a dry slightly bready backbone. (3.75)

M:
Light bodied, dryish finish, very drinkable, on the verge of puckering. (3.75)

O:
Very interesting sour saison.
This is a tasty beer that is very together in some ways despite being pretty all over the place. It pours nice and looks alright. The nose and taste are very different but complimentary and obviously tightly linked. A dry-smelling saison with some earthy brett and a yeasty backbone. Once it is in your mouth it is roundly tart and a tight central flavor.
The beer is pretty easy-drinking and is nice and bubbly for a hot day. It is not necessarily my type of beer, but I feel like it is really well done. Nothing too over-the-top or deliberately fancy, but a very specific type of saison with Brett. Incredibly well-put-together and well-balanced.
Would have again; worth trying if happened upon. (4.25)

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Photo of Bugs318
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nice citrusy nose, some leather and dust. Taste is similar. Quite dry and a touch tart. There is something a little buttery in the taste on bottled versions. Much prefer the cask version to the bottle both times I had it.

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Photo of ludachris
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Its body is a hazy golden amber hue. A strong level of carbonation is still visible. Three inches of airy, whipped white head diminishes fairly quickly, leaving chunky patches and legs of lace behind.

Brett plays a major influence on the nose. Tart and acidic lemon peel is dominant. Chalky and dusty with fresh hay all around. A streak of warn leather and alcohol gradually move in. It's lively and clean and screams refreshment with its puckering acidity.

Tart lemon peel acidity pinches the middle of the palate. A little grassy and floral
A subtle, smooth oakiness with a drop of vanilla rounds out the finish with warm, freshly baked chewy bread. Leathery solvent comes through on the retro nasal.

At 7% it's deceptively light. Partly due to its borderline effervescent level of carbonation and partly due to its firm dryness. Paired with its acidity, this is an exceptionally refreshing Saison.

This is the most Brett forward Saison I've had to date. The spotlight doesn't stray far from its lemony hay character and I found that took away from its complexity. I still enjoyed it through and through. This would be perfect with fish or a rich, fatty dish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dirty beige color ale with large white foamy head with good retention. Aroma of rustic malt with some dry Brett notes with some funky ester is quite interesting. Taste is also dominated by Brett funky notes with some funky ester with a solid rustic malt backbone. Body is quite full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Solid effort and something I wouldn’t mind drinking again.

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Saison Brett from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 73 ratings