Weizenbock Grande Cuvée
Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Style:
Bock - Weizenbock
Ranked #33
ABV:
11%
Score:
87
Ranked #20,362
Avg:
3.88 | pDev: 11.6%
Reviews:
61
Ratings:
124
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
 
Quebec, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  16
SCORE
87
Very Good
Weizenbock Grande CuvéeWeizenbock Grande Cuvée
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by Organdrew:
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Organdrew from Canada (QC)

3.61/5  rDev -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.

Dec 17, 2017
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Hellpop65 from Kansas

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mar 31, 2019
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irishkyle21 from Canada (ON)

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jun 20, 2019
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RBorsato from Virginia

4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Oct 15, 2019
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mwilbur from Minnesota

3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into snifter. 10.5%.
A: Pours a light caramel brown with some amber-gold hues around the edges with backlighting. Nice 1 inch light tan head quickly dissipates.
S: Caramel malt, fruity banana esters, warming spice (cinnamon, nutmeg), raisin, and hints of toffee and vanilla. Good strength to the aroma.
T: Banana esters with caramel malt hit first, quickly followed by raisins, vanilla, cinnamon, pepper, and toffee. Quite sweet. Ah...hold that...definitely let this one warm up. With warming, the taste improves dramatically. I started at about 50 F and it took about 10 minutes to warm and open up, allowing for a very different experience. Earthy and smoky notes emerges with warming. Some mild sweet tobacco and leather too. The peppery spice becomes stronger and helps balance the sweetness.
M: Light medium body. Initially there were loads of sugary sweetness (a bit too much for me). With warming, this balances out. More peppery spice emerges, the sweetness isn't as sharp, and it is much more soft and oily in feel.
D: OK, here's the key--let it warm up! Be patient! It truly transforms the brew and creates a markedly improved experience. Great late winter/early spring sipper.

Apr 06, 2019
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Abstractspirit from Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 09, 2019
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle poured into tulip.

After removing an extremely stubborn cork, it pours a hazy brick amber with two fingers of tan head that leaves some decent chunky lace as it recedes.

Smells of maple syrup, roasted wheat malt, candied raisins, dried apricot, toasted walnuts, banana bread with chocolate chips and some soft nutmeg and clove.

Tastes of maple doughnuts, sticky banana bread, more raisin and apricot trail mix, milk chocolate, more roasted nuts and mild spicy yeast.

Feels rich and chewy. Full bodied with subdued carbonation. Finishes sticky.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. Big, delicious and perfect for movie night.

May 23, 2020
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oberon from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this last night and it put me to bed.Poured into my Brooklyn-Schneider Hopfen weisse glass a deep murky looking cola color with a nice looking one finger light tannish colored head that settles into a frothy mass.alot going on in the nose with alcohol dipped dark fruit really standing out,a bit of clove spice and sweet caramel,the main thing is it's big and sweet.Flavors really hit ya with a sweet sharp alcohol bomb,alot of dark fruit and phenolic spice mixed with more sweet caramel,the alcohol really hits as it warms.It's a sweet somewhat sticky sipper that can get a bit hot but it's a well made weizenbock,just plan on drinking this and not anything else.

Aug 27, 2012
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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!

Aug 07, 2016
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml Bottle:

Clouded chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Puffy beige cap that lasts and laces

Rich and complex with flavors; cocoa, roast, berries, smoke, earthyness dried fruit, tobacco, hrbacious hopping and a long wet complex finish.

Like a lighter version of a dark barley wine, Wonderful winter warmer.

Jun 08, 2010
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TerryW from Canada (ON)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Feb 08, 2014
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice colour, with a moderate head. The aroma draw you in of wheat, dark fruit, some chocolate. The taste is a good full carmel mouthfeel, its rich, nails the style but must it be at 10%? A tad of sourness in some sips, some sips with bitterness too.

Sep 21, 2008
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.17/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy cherry brown color with a wispy tan head that quickly crackles into obscurity. The aroma is of vanilla, raspberries, cloves and some rummy alcohol. Raisins and crisp wheat notes mix with vanilla pods, a nuttiness and fruity yeast esters in the taste. A warming alcohol is ever-present and gets more prominent in the finish. Hops are restrained in the background, earthy. Bitterness is light. The mouthfeel is thick and nearly viscous with a spritzy carbonation. The finish is boozy and quite malty.

This is a passable Weizonbock at best. Too sweet for me. Also the alcohol could be better hidden, or reduced more realistically. Worth a try but there are better ones out there.

Nov 28, 2012
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DrJay from Texas

3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish with a bit of haze and a short cap of fine beige bubbles. Banana and cotton candy aroma, caramel, grain, and dried fruit. Pretty much the same in the flavour, grain and banana with dried fruit and caramel sweetness. Faint roasted character and a bit of alcohol warmth/flavour in the finish. A bit cleaner than I expected. Full bodied with low carbonation. I liked it. Well balanced for a big beer.

Feb 15, 2014
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deg from New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A nice brown color with a head that dissipated quickly. I smell something, I think fruit like fig. The taste is rich: fruit, a little malt. I don't notice any hops, which is OK, instead I get a little spiciness though I can't pin down the spice. I don't pick up anything I'd associate with wheat, the fruit flavors dominate. Overall, it's a tasty beer.

Feb 05, 2014
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bloberglawp from Canada (QC)

4.37/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Malty, rich, alcohol well cloaked.

Pours Deep red copper, thick head, dissipates slowly to a thin film, some lace.

Aroma of malt, alot of malt. Rich, and clean. Flavor, oh my... alot of malt, caramel and burnt sugar, awesome. A faint chocolate bitterness in the finish. Alcohol present in the finish, but not overwhelming, I'll admit I'm not sober reviewing this. I'm listening to that show that has no beer content ever.

Thanks! BN for life!

Aug 10, 2009
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hopdog from Pennsylvania

3.62/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle shared courtesy of TomDecapolis.

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of some earthiness, toffee, and light chocolate. Tastes of caramel, toffee, and some earthy/wheatiness. There was also some lighter fruitiness. Medium bitter finish.

Nov 26, 2008
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy cola colour with a light tan head (looks a bit like a root beer float), some retention & lace.

S: Cloves with a light floral & grassy spicing, bready, cocoa, yeasty, christmas cake.

T: Dark bread, cloves, caramalized raisins, fresh-baked bread (very yeasty), hints of candied fruit, modest bitterness, warming alcohol.

M: Fairly full body, almost milky, has a light residual sweetness.

D: It's a big one.

Jun 22, 2010
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hard and unyielding style, Trois Mousquetaires Weizenbock presents an uncharacteristically cheery tawny face to the world, one that is replete with bubbles as well as a clarity that is highly unusual (but appreciated). The bottom of the bottle may hold sediment, but the first pour is nothing short of gorgeous.

The strain of yeast used is commanding and utilitarian, imparting a musky odor that evokes images of a middles-ages spice route; clove, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, cardamom, and who knows what else can be deduced from the piquant and highly seasoned aroma. It's spicy enough to season a steak (provided you don't mind a little bubble gum and bruised banana).

While it contains a spiciness that has my pantry beat, hidden deep within Grand Cuvée is a sweet, fruity maltiness that smacks of cognac, golden raisin, and banana cream pie. Notes of tart lemon, vanilla and bubblegum are also buried in there somewhere, though they're difficult to pry out of the garish pepper and clove-like spice.

Each sip seems to have its own character, though each is characterized as being either fruity or spicy. There's very little cloyingness, as all the sweet fruit notes (banana in particular, though mango and papaya can be tasted) serve only to calm the heavy clove and nutmeg spices. Alcohol is far, far from shy.

No chef's palate could ever conceive of a more diverse beer than a Weizenbock, arguably the strongest, most fruity, spicy style in the world. For such a heavy-duty ale this Trois Mousquetaires beer has a significant claim to the cellar - it's the kind of offering you can sit on for as long as you like, until you're fully prepared for its thundering, forcible presence.

Mar 08, 2013
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deereless from Colorado

3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Thin layer of head, slight lacing up the sides of the glass, dark hazy brown color, no carbonation noticeable in the beer - 3.25, S: Thick smells of caramelized molasses, lots of aromas of prune juice and ironically soy sauce or teriyaki, dark fruits and dates, hops are hard to discern on the nose - 4.00, T: Alcohol is very evident and at 11% that shouldn't be a surprise, some noticeable hop bitterness, a touch of tartness, prune puree and/or other dark fruits, some burnt espresso grounds, lots of spice as well as some earthiness, a hell of a lot is going on in this beer - 4.25, M: Syrupy and silky - 4.00, D: A powerhouse of a weizenbock, extremely complex and enjoyable but not one I would be able to drink frequently, I would recommend this beer - 3.00

Jul 29, 2009
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metter98 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy amber brown in color. It poured with a half finger high beige head that died down, leaving wispy lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of dark fruits and bananas are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, but the dark fruit flavors are stronger and provide notes of plums and prunes. No alcohol is perceptible.
M: It feels just about being medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer does a very good job managing to hide its alcohol from the taste. It is a very tasty weizenbock.

Jun 29, 2014
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Feb 29, 2016
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Electros from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A ruby red pour, a very low if not faint in hops. Malty and sugary this is, and this very much masks the abv content of the brew. Apricot and dates, caramel, grainy, this is a tick taste! The surprising thing about this brew it is strong & surgery in taste, the time at which it leaves the palette is a snap. This is a very drinkable beer, I would recommend only a medium chill.

Jan 01, 2013
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deleted_user_127363 from Canada (QC)

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Dec 17, 2012
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle from PhylCA21, thank you.

Poured into a flute glass at 46 degrees.

Appearance: A 2 finger medium tan color head that is foamy and bubbly. The retention on the head is medium. The color of the beer is a dark copper color with reddish hues. The clarity of the semi opaque. There are some effervescence in the beer when light is present.

Nose: A heavy biscuit toasty aroma. The malt is toasted, a medium citrus, some floral esters and solvent. There are in the background of the beer alcohol/phenol.

Taste: A very nice toasty aroma with some grapefruit, floral esters, biscuit/toast flavor a sublte sweetness and some caramel like flavors. There is a touch of vanilla on the end.

Overall: The body of the beer is medium to medium thick. The finish on the beer is medium. The mouth feel of the beer is slightly astringent and carbonated. I think that this beer is a little rough around the edges. Aging this beer would definetely help. Overall this is a pretty good weizenbock.

May 29, 2009
Weizenbock Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 124 ratings