Impériale Weizen | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Impériale WeizenImpériale Weizen

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Replaced by Imperiale Weizen Grande Cuvee

Added by Goldorak on 08-23-2006

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 46 |  Reviews: 43
Reviews by markaberrant:
Photo of markaberrant
3.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a 2006 bottle.

A - Cloudy orange. Small white head with big bubbles, settles to a creamy cap, and slowly recedes to a ring. No lacing.

S - Sweet malt, some banana esters.

T - Taste is thick bready malt, sweetness is just barely harnessed by the hops. Banana notes are nicely complimented by slight tang, and some spicy clove in the finish.

M - Boozy warmth, full bodied, ample carbonation (but not harsh)

D - You've gotta take your time with this one. I'm finding it very simliar to a Belgian tripel in strength, but it has a lot more body.

This is a pretty good beer, it's got nice yeast characteristics, and everything is nicely balanced. I'm not so sure an 8% hefeweizen needs to be consumed regularly, but I am impressed with this sample.

Thanks to Jpagewatts for the bottle!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased a 12 ouncer w/o freshness info at the Spuyten Duyvil Grocery in good ole Brooklyn NY. After a swirl to release the yeast, this one poured cloudy dark apricot, under an off white tightly knit 1/2 inch head, plenty of sheeting and then ringed lacing. Nose of powdered sugar and some ripe fruits. Decent whear, some light pepper, hints of bubblegummy esters, some mint and more fruity/nutty/yeasty notes. Soft and smooth in the mouth. Worth a try but lacks the intensity of flavor and spice of the champions of the style

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Photo of fdrich29
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Depanneur Peluso in Montreal on Wednesday, August 6, 2008. Drank Monday, August 11, 2008.

Brown bomber with a black, silver and white label. Les Trois Mousquetaires Imperial Weizen. Printed in two hand prints "1998" and "2008". Biere extra forte. 10% alc./vol

Very nice pour, Hazy orange body and nice head/lacing. Smells of cloves, fruit and a little bit of alcohol, smells really nice. Very sweet, full of flavor. Mouthfeel is smooth with a bit of alcohol bite. Easy to drink but the alcohol content catches up with you pretty quick.

I'm glad I picked this one up, definitely worth trying.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a weizen glass)

A- This beer has a deep dark orange body that is clear with a carbonation of big bubbles gliding to the surface. There is a spongy white head that last a good bit

S- The faint note of bread dough has a light club soda note finished with a green pine bitterness that is pretty strong. The smell is pretty soft with no real weizen yeast aromas.

T- The taste of soft caramel malt has a light dried fruit note to it followed by a soft wheat and toast note. There is a nice floral taste to the honey malt and banana hint that has a watery taste. The finish is a dry bitter snap that lingers for a bit after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- This beer has a bitterness that is a bit overpowering but the sweet malted wheat flavors have a nice complexity to it. There are more Monistary yeast qualities than Weizen notes.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of eat
3.38/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a beautiful opaque dark-orange colour. A nice frothy orange-tinged head fades to a thin covering.

Pretty different in smell for a weizen: good dose of smoke, orange, cumin, coriander, light caramel. Interesting but not necessarily super appealing.

Very strong tasting. Fairly big alcohol presence and about as sweet as you might expect a 10% weizen to be: too sweet. The label describes the beer listing some flavours, the most accurate (and unique) of which I would say is guava. The guava is incorporated into this meaty, earthy roasted corn-like flavour. Some subtle spices in the background. I can't say I'm that into the flavour, 3.5 mostly for an attempt at something interesting. After trying three of their 750ml bottles, I think they have a similarity to all their beers similar to the way all Unibroue beers taste the same. Not the same thing as Unibroue, there's just an element tying everything together.

Nice feel: thick and creamy with a subtle carbonation. Similar to the feel of a nice Belgian.

This is really not drinkable. I'm sitting here alone with a 750ml wondering how I'm going to get through this thing. It might not be possible; even if I do succeed I'll surely be drunk since I'll need to drink it quickly. I can't see this getting better as it warms. I would only recommend a glass of this if you find it on tap somewhere just to try out of curiosity. It's not a bad beer, I just can't see anyone wanting to have any more than a single glass or 355ml bottle. Too sweet and too strong.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a small hefe glass, the liquid is light orange, cloudy with ok carbonation. The head is smallish 2 small fingers tops, and leaves little lace.

The smell is nice, light banana cloves a splash of apricot. I bet this is a hard style to do, A good German Weitzen Bock is superior to be sure.

The taste is ok but not a winner, Light banana, a dash of spice. The style just does not hold well.

The mouthfeel is good lots of body yet the carbonation seems to be suppressed.

The drinkability is ok, Not a bad beer, but needs work, Im wondering if this is just to hard to do right.


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Photo of Goldorak
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Had the color or polished copper and was somewhat translucent, the ring of lace was thin but sturdy.

Smell: A full blast of bananas, peely, almost like those plantain chips. Some grainy notes as well.

Taste: The alcohol gives it plenty of kick and a very full body, but without being out of place. It brings out the banana (it finishes somewhat green, like an unripe one) but also a little bubblegum. A great Hefe on steroids!

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden color ale with a big foamy white head with good retention. Aroma of dry wheat is pretty intense and interesting. Taste is also dominated by wheat with a dry finish. Not a lot of banana and cloves notes are discernable thought. Body is slightly above average with some adequate carbonation and no alcohol is discernable. Overall, this is way more interesting then the brewery usual offering but still not as complex as expected.

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Photo of irishkyle21
3.97/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this beer up while on vacation in Quebec. It kind of reminds me of a clear version of Aventinus. It pours with a small white head that quickly ceases to exist and has very little lacing. Has a slightly hazy golden color.

Smells of spices, alcohol, fruits (bananas, apples, oranges and then some), sweet sugary malts and yeast.

Tastes of warming alcohol, yeasty spices, wheat, fruits, sugars and sweet malts. A good weizen but falls a little short of my favorites.

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Photo of rallison
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy golden amber with a fizzy 1 finger white head that actually has excellent retention - but leaves no lacing.

Smells of banana and tropical fruits. Haven't decided if I'll like this yet...

Taste is initially a bit alcoholic. This is replaced by banana and tropical fruits, followed by some wheat. Hops are basically nonexistent. Sweet toffee at the end. Altogether, I'm not huge on the flavors here. But, I will give this one credit for it being easily drinkable. It's just the flavors are kind of simple and sweet - almost like the product of artificial sweeteners. It's just not that well crafted.

Mouthfeel is fine - relatively creamy and rich (not normally quite fitting for a pale wheat ale - but I'll give it some slack since it is an imperial pale wheat). Drinkability, despite the flaws, is good.

Overall, semi-recommended. The flavors have some flaws, but I could see this one actually being an enjoyable beer for those just getting into craft beer.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.67/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy peachy, with shy golden hues, no head retention at all.

Smell is grainy, alcohol presence, with fruity esters which ends with a shy banana smell.

taste is fruity, with banana flavours with hints of clover, spices, cereal with a touch of warm alcohol. Some orange peels flavours are also present but very shy.

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Photo of weeare138
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to TomDecapolis for sharing this 2008 version 750 mL.
Appears a hazy gold with a small, white head that quickly fades into a mild collar. Tiny speckles of lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of citrus, dough, vanilla, and grassy, floral hops.
Taste of citrus, tart wheat, and the grassy hops.
Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied, chewy, doughy, with slickness found in the swallow.

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Photo of dsa7783
2.9/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Single, 11.5 oz bottle purchased from State Line Liquors in Maryland...
For an "American Pale Wheat Ale", this brew pours a hazy, dark-orange colored hue - certainly not as light as I would have expected, with slight carbonation and a mediocore head that lingered on for a bit before quickly dissipating...
Faint aroma replete with lemons, wheat, coriander, and alcohol in the nose - nothing too enticing here...
Taste seemed slightly watered-down and certainly not too exciting... bitter hints of dried lemons, wheat, alcohol, ginger, and oranges present on the tongue...
Hard to get away from the alcohol present in the mouth, and all in all, this one seemed slightly watered down...
Drinkability took a hit due to the presence of alcohol on the tongue...
Certainly an intersting sample, but nothing above and beyond...

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass, this beer was deep yellow and hazy, with a thin head that died to a spotty film.

Aroma was wheat malts to the fore, with some graininess thrown in to round it out. There was a light fruitiness, and a slight yeasty character... although less of the latter than I expected from the appearance.

Taste was where the yeast came out. This one was quite yeasty, with a slight smokiness and spiciness that combined pleasantly. Still, not normal for a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel was OK, not highly carbonated, not too thin as the style can often be. I think they did OK.

Good marks for drinkability. It wasn't my favorite wheat, but it stood well on its own. I wouldn't session it, as I prefer IPAs or stouts, but that's just me.

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Photo of mrmanning
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This strong wheat ale poured a hazy yellow and was topped with a fizzy but steady white cap. The aromas were quite yeasty with added spiciness and fruit (pear, apple, mango). Floral spices and sweet fruit are the initial flavours, leading into doughy yeast and fresh green leafy hops adding some bitterness to balance the sweetness. Silky finish with creamy bubbles. Quite a treat.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a very cloudy clover honey color with a tall white head that dissipated quickly to a thin skim on top of the beer. Spotty lacing in the glass. Nose is quite spicy and sweet. Some notes of banana, fresh baked bread, and pepper. Less "weizen-like" in the nose than I would have thought. The fruity esthers are really rather subdued here. The palate confirms what my nose is telling me ... very sweet upfront, with moderate spice and a warm, thick malt character. The 8.0 % ABV is not hidden here. Mouthfeel is slick, smooth and warming. The alcohol and healthy carbonation give this one a bit of a bite. Finishes a bit on the cloying side, I'm afraid. I liked this beer, and maybe I set it up to disappoint with expectations too high ... the closest I've had to an "imperial hefeweizen" is Bell's Wheat Love, which I love, and this one isn't as good in my mind. The flavors are nice, but I wouldn't describe this beer as what you'd likely expect a "big" hefeweizen to be. It's okay in my book, but I doubt i'll seek it out again. I hear this one is not widely available in the States so far, so I'm happy to try it ... didn't meet expectations, for me, but a good brew in many respects.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy amber gold with a half inch of foamy white head.

Aroma of bananas, green apples, lemon zest, honey, spices, and Belgian yeast.

Lots going on here. Tastes of bananas, bubblegum, chocolate (totally unexpected), malts, and caramel. Finishes clean and the alcohol is well hidden.

Medium bodied, rich and smooth, and lightly carbonated.

This is an interesting beer with many personalities. Pretty easy drinker and a worthy try.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jdhilt
4.35/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours with a two-finger cream head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Cloudy amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Malty yeast nose. Flavor is spicy sweet, some honey. Nothing like the usual wheat. Higher ABV is hidden. $4.27 for a 341ml bottle from a Tully's Beer & Wine Wells, ME.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Pours a very hazy pale orange-amber straw with a healthy dose of particulates and a minimal, quickly receding white foamy head, which does lace decently as it dies away. The smell is weak, but nonetheless appealing to some degree: hints of orange peel, coriander, lemon peel, and even a bit of sour funk. The taste has many of these components, especially in terms of the peels. There are also bits of cloves, tiny hints of peppercorns, and a good amount of wheatiness (somehow I'm not all that surprised by this...). The body is lightly heavy, almost too heavy for its own good. The particulates keep the smoothness from being totally realized, and the weight and alcohol melt the drinkability's waxen wings.

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Photo of flexabull
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kudashov, thanks again!

Pours a clear and bright gold color with a small white head.

Aromas are floral, spicy, and yeasty.

Taste is clean and crisp. Spicy, tart, yeast like, some lemon citrus and a slight puckering bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very full and think. Especially full for a pale wheat ale. (which I am not sure this really is...)

Nice tasty summer beer. Not overly heavy, and with some nice flavors. Goes down fairly easy even with the high ABV, and a very pleasant beer to sip. Good stuff.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A very strong wheat ale with powerful alcohols, syrupy sweet texture and burst of caramel, the beer falls within the realm of Wheat Wines or Weizenbocks.

The beer pours with the viscoity of maple syrup, with tightly woven carbonation, leading to a dense head that eventually falters because of the alcohols and sugar content. Very murky orange/deep golden color. Nearly rust colored.

Bold aromas of caramel, shortbread, and fruitcake. A burst of esters give a lot of fruity aromas with grape leading the way. Rum-like alcohols and a sherry-like vinous note rounds out the scent.

A sugar shock of sweetness reminds me of Halloween candy corn. Sweetness and alcohol flavors make the beer both savory but harsh. Berries, grapes, appricots, dates, and mangos give a glimpse into the endless fruity esters. All this with a bready, doughy background flavor.

Full, rich, and somewhat chewy the beer has a heaviness that makes drinkability tough. High fusal alcohols add tremendous heat and roughness to the beer.

A very tasty beer with the sweetness and fruity notes. But harsh because of the weight and alcohol. Any more than 6-8 oz. becomes a bit too much.

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Photo of danadeny
3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer is a hazy light orange with a light bubbly head which quickly disappears into a lace and very little carbonation. The smell is faint, mostly I can smell light malt, and a swirl brings out a lighter lemon grass. The taste is well balanced, but I can't find a dominant flavor. So the overall impression is a beer that is easily forgettable. I think the dominant flavor is the alcohol on the finish, in second would be a hint of lemon / banana in the middle that you really have to look for. the sweetness in the beginning just blends with everything else. The mouth feel is slick and a little syrupy, but at 8% I would expect it to be. Drinkability is average. I could drink a bunch of these but don't feel compelled to. Overall this is a good starting point for this beer, now give it some character.

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Photo of JOaikido
3.82/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle. 2006.

A- Orange/gold. Cloudy from yeast sediment. Small head of fine off-white bubbles. Decent bubbliness. Head decreases to foam ring.

S- Yeast spice, wheat. Hint of tropical fruit. Alcohol.

T- Spicy, wheaty. Alcohol a bit too noticeable.

MF- Soft. Pleasant feel to the bubble. No harshness. Good body.

D- Pleasant, good flavour, but watch that alcohol.

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Impériale Weizen from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 3.6 out of 5 with 46 ratings