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Weizenbock Grande CuvéeWeizenbock Grande Cuvée
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada
lestroismousquetaires.ca

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
55
Ratings:
110
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
16.62%
 
 
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 110
Reviews by notdan:
Photo of notdan
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 750 of this with a friend at the cottage this past weekend.

Poured a nice dark cherry-tinted brown with a decent head. Smells quite sweet and malty. Taste confirmed, holy malt. This is pretty damn sweet; molasses and a bit of chocolate, mixed in with a bit of spice, though not as much as I would prefer in this style. Thick and rish, though still a pleasant mouthfeel. This goes down remarkably well for an 11% beer as well.

Overall, I really enjoyed this one, it just wasn't quite what I was hoping for in the style; the Weizen characteristics didn't come though enough for me.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of beerhunter13
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of DanGeo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of R_Kole
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.59/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle from the LCBO. Nice, classy bottle design, a bit of a change from the old label style.

Poured into a Duvel goblet. Dark caramel-chestnut in colour, with a half inch of head that lasts about twelve seconds before dissolving into a thin ring.

Nose is very sweet, wheat malt and sugar, a bit of fruit - plum or currant - with spice and a slight boozy burn.

Quite sweet and potent, this is a lot to work through. Sugary sweet, fruit, a crisp tartness, then more sweetness, a nutty flavour of some origin, and assertive boozy finish.

Tart carbonation, sticky (it feels as strong as it is).

Not really my favorite - too sweet and probably could do with some cellaring.

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Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BGDrock
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: murky, prune juice brown, w/ orange/red hue when held to light, like a filtered sunset; any head comes and goes quickly

Aroma: toffee, toasted malt, butterscotch, banana; sweet, ripe fruit esters of yeast; captivating all in all

Taste & Mouthfeel: sweet like candy, if it was buttery and full of banana, toffee, and lightly burnt caramel; just a touch of heat from alcohol in the finish; soft & silky mouthfeel a little light on carbonation and somewhat cloying; reminiscent of bananas foster but with a stronger caramel flavour in the finished; hints of apple juice, clove, brown sugar

Overall: pleasant and warm flavours, interesting if not of incredible variety, but the sweetness is a little too much and needs to be cut by something, more carbonation might even help; definitely worth a try, but maybe not a return visit

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Photo of JClark
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Reddish brown color on pour, hazy and opaque. Head and carbonation are minimal but come in pale white.

Aroma: Mild aroma of currant. Certainly fruity but not overpowering.

Taste: Boozy above anything else. Significant fruit notes, but also highly medicinal. Incredibly busy and easily overwhelming. It attacks your mouth.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly warming owing to the high alcohol concentration. Impossible to ignore.

Overall: This beer is not for the faint of heart and it's probably best if you have someone to share it with. An entire 650ml bottle is not for everyone. I did not enjoy it but you well might.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml caged and corked bottle, winter 2010.

This beer pours a brightly cloudy deep dark garnet colour, with one fat finger of creamy mocha head, which leaves a low rise of lace around the glass in its wake. It smells strongly of stewed raisins, molasses, dates, toffee and intense, but even, booze warming. The taste is big lightly toasted caramel malt, brown sugar, molasses, dark chocolate, acidic black fruit - plums, figs, and red grapes - and a warm, cozy, herbal, leafy booze blanket. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium-full, sugary, and smooth, in a stick to the roof of your mouth kind of way. It finishes still quite sweet, but with a leveling hoppy, boozy dryness.

The heat definitely pervades this beer - however, it mostly hangs, somewhat malevolently, in the background. The rest is a big, sweet, fruity, cockles-warming tipple - it sure is making me ignore/forget/change the channel on another underwhelming Oilers' result.

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Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of CanuckRover
3.37/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle says 2009...

Pours a dark brown, sediment from bttom of bottle turn it opaque. Creamy off white head.

Not a fan of the aroma. Sickly sweet and sour to the point that we thought it had gone off. Other than that, some nutty malt sweetness and a bit of plum

Dark alcohol soaked fruit throughout. Pumpernickel bread. Solid treacle-like malt backbone. Slightly peppery. Alcohol is surprisingly light for 11%.

Despite the off-putting aroma, the beer grows on you pretty quickly. It's a decent enough beer. Doubt I'd grab another.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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 MrElPechor
3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle in a tulip

Aroma : dark fruit , sugar, alcoohol

Appearance : pour a brown red translucent liquid , with little or no head, very little lacing

Taste : red fruit, caramel, banana and alcohol

Palate : medium body with little carbonation

Overall : Not a bad sample of a weizenbock far from the best on my opinion aventinus

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.17/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - very dark brown, one finger of chocolaty head dissipated to random islands, not a lot of retention
S - fruity hints of plumb and raisin, heavy malts, light sweet molasses, hint of chocolate
T - very sweet and very malty: sweet thick molasses and dark roasty malt, raisin and plumb fruity sweetness, light notes of chocolate and a present but balanced alcohol sweetness
M - heavy body, starts chewy tart, thins out to a tangy feel as the 11% ABV works through the palate
D - for 11% ABV I must say that the alcohol works with the beer and not against it, it is masked and balanced nicely with fruity sweetness and heavy malt character, i wouldn't drink it every day ... maybe every other day

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Photo of Jayhoop
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of eat
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Weizenbock Grande Cuvee Hiver 2010. I didn't think it was worth opening a whole new entry for the distinction; though this one should probably be renamed as "Weizenbock Grande Cuvee" as a catch-all.

750ml of 11% beer, this stuff is like a bottle of wine. Great mahogany-coloured body; opaque with a nice cover of caramel head, leaving some good sticky lacing. I wasn't expecting much head at 11%, for the ABV the appearance is very nice. I love the colour.

The nose is very vinous with lots of red wine grapes; prunes and raisins along with hints of molasses, chocolate and musty basement. Lots of sugary malt. Dark bread, like pumpernickel, comes out as it warms. Some quality-smelling alcohol. Smells like a huge malt bomb.

I was fully expecting this one to be too sweet and it is, though not overwhelmingly so. Borderline cloying but this is an 11% weizenbock: what did you expect? Getting past the sweetness there are wine-like characteristics as found in the nose, some mustiness as well and a decent earthy hopping, though this doesn't do too much to combat the extreme sweetness here. The malt could be filled out in the bottom end, it's not as full as I had hoped for. I guess there's some subtle spicing in there, though it's hard to pick out under all the sugar and alcohol. Alcohol is definitely noticeable; in the mouth, on the finish and all over the place. I'd say it's well-played though, never really coming off too harshly. If you're inclined to buy a bottle of this scary-looking stuff, chances are you're looking for a little booze anyway.

The feel suits the style, I suppose. Decent medium body with a medium-light carbonation. Could be a little fuller-bodied.

I think I'd only be interested in drinking this one again as an apertif; a few ounces with dessert or something like that. To open a 750ml of this by yourself is just stupid. Buy one of these, stash it away for a couple years and pull it out at a dinner party to split amongst a table of people; that seems to be what would best suit this brew. I'm going to have to drain pour some of this, it's too intense to finish alone.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
4.04/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of gillagorilla
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Grand Cuvee 2011. 10.3% ABV. Poured in to Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a medium to dark amber colour and settled opaque with only a slight ruby redness around the edges from the light. A small amount of cream coloured head formed and quickly disappeared.

S - A big hit of alcohol up front followed by a very sweet flavour profile that had toffee, dark caramel and molasses aromas. Not very inviting but definitely robust.

T - A big sweet palate full of dark caramel, toffee and brown sugar flavours complimented by a decent hop bitterness and a very warming alcohol presence. After a while the malts transform in to a sweet and sticky candy-like flavour that becomes cloying, making the beer difficult to drink. Some bready malts are also noticeable in the background but are overwhelmed by the sweetness.

M - Medium body with a nice hearty chew. Light carbonation.

O - This was very difficult to drink. The bottle size made this a partial drain pour. This one is definitely for sharing.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

Photo of bloberglawp
4.37/5  rDev +15.3%
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!

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Photo of Beelzebeer
3.11/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2011 bottle, making it a year-ish old.

A - Murky, dark mahogany brown. Good amount of dense light mocha head, with some lacing.

S - Toffee, burnt sugar, caramel overload.

T - Toffee, a little banana, tapioca, pudding, with some booze at the end.

M - The best part of it. Medium density, good carbonation. As it warms, it gets a little thinner.

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