Weizenbock Grande Cuvée | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Weizenbock Grande CuvéeWeizenbock Grande Cuvée

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: Weizenbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
A dark wheat beer, hearty and top-fermented, inspired by the style traditionally brewed in Munich, Germany. This Weizenbock will seduce you with its lush flavors reminiscent of candied fruits, banana, and maple syrup.

Added by Sammy on 09-21-2008

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Ratings: 114 |  Reviews: 58
Photo of Glorithm
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

My first from Les Trois Mousquetaires. This Grand Cuvee is good enough to seek again and I will try others from them.
No weakness in this ale... but also lacks a WOW factor. Possibly a bigger yeast will WOW me next year. My bottle was 10.5%.
Maybe that improved it? Regardless, barely detectable alcohol and well-balanced throughout with lots of dark fruits and it never gets sweet. Very soft and full in the mouth. For all this, I give this Weizenbock a substantially above average rating.

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Photo of Organdrew
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 18/01/2017 (almost a year old) poured into a stemless snifter-like glass at fridge temp.

Look: pours a dark, almost opaque, coca-cola or root-beer-like drink with a deep ruby-red tinge. Some mocha colored head and some lacing.

Smell: Maple, coffee, root beer, figs, chocolate, floral wine-like.

Taste: Caramel, oak, toffee, coffee, chocolate. Perhaps a bit of peat or smoke. Sweet taste. A real bold kicker. Very different than the styles I usually drink. Reminds me of a stout or porter. Some spices, a slight bitterness which is nothing like a hop-bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat sticky, sweet finish, medium-heavy body. Seems like a good drink for a cold winter's night. Very little carbonation feel, probably covered up by the boldness and heaviness of the drink.

Overall: Not generally my type of style. I'm not a sweet-coffee-like drink person. I think for the style it offers something nice and unique, but isn't my taste. It balances well with little bite, nonetheless, it's still a strong drink. Is on the sweet, sticky, and heavy side. Almost like a meal in a glass. Slightly warming in the stomach and at 10.5% the alcohol hits quickly (I usually drink quickly when writing reviews, taking many quick sips in a short time).

I didn't rate it too high because it was not to my taste. Could barely finish a glass. To me it's like a stale and flat glass of root-beer. But it was nice to have a heavy drink since a while, as I've been drinking lots of cheap beer lately.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into weizen glass, the appearance was a dark ruby red color with a two finger white foamy head that dissipated at a moderate pace. Some clingy foamy messy lace. The aroma brings together some clove, apple cider, raisins, caramel and sweet wheat up front. Light dark chocolate and then a light fig-like to molasses sweetened wheat bread comes in nicely. The flavor melds the spice to the sweet through all of the previously mentioned aromas. Seems like a bit of mulled cider comes through in the taste. Wheaty to semi-sticky sweet aftertaste biting into the finish. On the palate, this one sat about medium on the body, maybe just a touch under. Carbonation seems a bit more than expected. And with the spices coming across the way they do, this one seems to be a bit harsher on my tongue than some other weizenbocks I’ve had. Overall, for the most part, aroma and flavor is what really makes this beer great. The mouthfeel, well, it’s a bit more than expected. I could still have again.

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Photo of ikidunot
3.79/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Les Trois Mousquetaires Microbrasseurs Grande Cuvée Weizenbock"
25.4 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, corked & caged, no apparent freshness dating
$10.54 @ Beverage Warehouse, Winooski, VT

With the yeast pour, LTM's weizenbock pours a cloudy russet brown body beneath an initially foamy head of yellowed off-white that slowly settles into a creamy cap. Prior to the yeast it's mainly clear, and to my eye more attractive, but the yeast softens and rounds the flavor a bit so I prefer it that was.

The aroma offers golden caramel, medium caramel, and dark caramel with a combination of both red and dark fruits.

In the mouth it's full to medium-full in body with a dextrinous edge, and gently bristling then creamy with a fine-bubbled, slightly above standard level carbonation.

The flavor follows suit, and although the initial sips are dominated by a rich caramel maltiness, the dark and red fruits (and some green banana) emerge once the palate has adjusted. Some minor leafy and floral hops can be found in the background but it's really about the rich caramelish malt and the Bavarian yeast. It's not particularly bitter, but the spiciness of the yeast, and perhaps its 10.5% ABV lend a hand in drying the finish.

Although it meets the BJCP guidelines for a Weizenbock in terms of bitterness and color, the starting gravity, final gravity, and subsequent ABV are all higher. It's really more of a 'barley wine-esque' Weizenbock that's deserving of sipping status. I enjoyed it while preparing to grill in the backyard mid-summer, but I also thought it would be great with a good book an a cold winters night. Regardless of when you drink it, it's exceptional!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rusty copper body, medium haze, small head that fades to nil. Sweet, boozy aroma. Sticky, syrupy, malty body. A few years of age has added some caramel candy and basement notes.

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thoroughly enjoyed from the 750 ml bottle in a snifter. This fine weizenbock pours glowing reddish brown with a nice head of tan foam that settles to a thick ring, thin layer, and modest lacing. Nose of raisins, plums, and heavy brown sugars. Flavors exceed the nose with heavy brown sugars and sweet plums on all sides that fade to a raisin and light vanilla and cherry note with a dose of heavy yeasty bread. Sweet, coating, and moderately light carbonation is slick and delicious for the malt bomb lovers out there with a boozy warmth that is most excellent.


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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Veiled copper color with a powerful amount of glass clinging activity. Creamy and frothy beige 2 finger sparkling head, lasting around 10 to 15 minutes, with a good amount of legs.

Aromas of fresh flowers, estery fruits, with a barrel aged feel. Flavors of apple, alcohol, grapes, dark berries, smoky oak, maple or honey, floral and herbal spices. Thick fruity sugary feel with minimum sharpness yet highly bitter spicy. Wine and cider like.

Slick full body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Very strong finish with lingering banana yeast, an oak barrel aged feel, a thick fruity spicy tongue coat, and a strong throat burning alcohol feel.

Overall good quality craft. Fully flavored and good taste, while overly vinous and sugary. Very heavy and warming with low freshness. Overly spicy, boozy, and acidic. Not very accessible but ideal for appetizers and as a desert.

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Photo of Cris4545
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Note: 1 year vintage with at 10.5% instead of 11%.

L: A pale brown color which hints more towards ruby red. Hazlenut. Initially rather clear but hazed up as the sediment was poured. One finger head with mild retention and little lacing.

S: The cork even gave off a strong alcohol aroma. Alcohol is fairly strong. Sweet, dark, caramelized fruit. A faint hint of bread.

T: Alcohol, while strong on the nose, is hidden well in the sip. Lots of dark fruit. Pronounced date and maybe a bit of fig. A bit bready. Rather chocolate-like as well. Not that much banana and clove is laid back - perhaps a product of 1 year's aging? Pretty complex. Definetely on the sweeter side but not sickly.

F: Mild carbonation. Pretty viscous overall but to be accepted given the high ABV. Leaves sticky lips and is pretty dense.

O: Great beer overall. I would consider buying some of this again. Despite the higher ABV and desert beer preconception of Weizenbock this went great with ham on a fall evening. Gently warming and very complex. May revisit this one Halloween night!

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Photo of dcrilly
4.98/5  rDev +30%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of rale
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of deNerval
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of groleau
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of e_dawg
2.97/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This review is for the 2011 vintage.

On initial pour, not much head but a good amount of sediment. Looks rich and thick. Pours a dirty pale copper color. Held up to light a light ruby red is revealed in deeper parts, with a fiery orange in the shallower parts of the glass.

Smells of fruits - cherries, fresh cut pears, and faint banana. Bready yeast and toffee is present as well. Smell overall is somewhat muted, perhaps from the 2011 vintage.

Taste is as it smells plus a large amount of sweetness, more than I'd have guessed from the nose and 10%abv.

Mouthfeel is light with the fruits but the alcohol and toffee, and overbearing sweetness weigh it down. No carbonation to speak of.

Finish is not particularly enjoyable; lingering flavors from the taste but nothing new or worth dwelling upon.

Overall not a bad offering but one I didn't particularly enjoy. To me it tastes like a fruity version of a Gulden Draak (a beer I love) that is starting to go bad.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of EpicHobo1
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of SVD
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

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