Weizenbock Grande Cuvée | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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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
Ratings:
111
Reviews:
56
Avg:
3.79
pDev:
11.61%
 
 
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6
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Photo of ekalb31
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Long813
4.75/5  rDev +25.3%

Photo of Krakpoff
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of korguy123
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Winter 2011 into tumbler.
Another fantastic CanBIF box entry.

Dark, muddled sweet tea color. Half finger, tight bubbled, light tan head. Lacing is minimal.

Sweet raisins, caramel, toffee, short bread, some plums and a touch of cinnamon and vanilla.

Caramel, toffee, some burnt toast, brown sugar and vanilla. Slightly cloying but not too bad. Raisins and some prunes. There is a digestive cookie and sour dough bread influence in there also.

Light to medium body, slightly syrupy, low carbonation.

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Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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4/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a weizen glass. Vintage 2011.

A: Beautiful reddish-brown color. Slightly hazy. The huge, creamy off-white head holds tinges of a cinnamon color within it. Retention is great, and a few stubborn patches of foamy lacing cling to the glass at random intervals.

S: Sticky caramel and brown molasses. huge candied fruit aroma. Candy apples, prunes, raspberries, dried pineapple, banana chips. Banana bread with walnuts. Slight crust and cocoa. Warm blanket of vanilla and a very mild phenol spice. Great nose.

T: Big tide of fruit. Strong pull of raspberry esters. Currant, prune, and raisin. Coarse wheat taste underneath creates the impression of shredded wheat with raspberries. Caramel. Mild spicy alcohol presence. Hints of sherry. Light tartness. Slight cocoa. Dessert bread. Ghost-like pepper. Sweetish finish with that raspberries and wheat flavor.

M: Thick in body. Rich and full, slightly sticky in the mouth. A downplayed fluffy sensation. Smooth enough. Little to no carbonation leaves the palate wanting. It sits a little too heavily. Very mild alcohol warmth.

O: The complexity that the nose offered was nowhere to be found upon tasting. Curious lack of carbonation. A decent weizenbock. Maybe time just wasn't as kind to it as it should have been.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

An excellent sipping beer and a good high-alcohol example of the style.

Bottle pours a hazy and oily amber with decent head; it's an attractive auburn colour when held up to the light. Yeast-forward aroma has wine tones as well as caramelized grains. The flavour is well balanced with good depth, including some light barrel tones; it actually reminds me of a port. The 11% ABV is well hidden until the alcohol warmth in the finish.

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3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

Photo of Electros
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle I brought to share at mrbubbler's "end of the world" tasting.

2011 vintage.

Pours a hazy brown with a foamy orange-khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, brown sugar, and a variety of dark fruits. Taste is much the same with a distinct grape juice flavor. There is a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of decimator
1.18/5  rDev -68.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 10.5%.

A - Poured a dark murky brown with a 2cm tan head.

S - A big whiff of balsamic vinegar... Yikes! Even with some notes of caramel and dark fruits this beer just doesn't smell good at all. I'm afraid to taste it now.

T - Roasted malts and a big dose of nasty sour with some booze in the finish. A couple gulps in and it's a drainpour.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation, syrupy, finish burns the mouth.

O - If I had aged it for a few years and it had gone bad I probably wouldn't review it. But this one was bottled on Oct 15th 2012 and it already turned bad? Normally strong ales like this can keep for a few years. I'd expect better.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.17/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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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 WeedKing4
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle pours a dark reddish brown thats clear with no head at all really. Tastes of dark fruits with slight caramal and a light toffee finish. The big alcohol is there in body, but not in taste. It is a sipper though. Overall its an interesting beer, but I don't see anything wheat ale about it.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.99/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

2012 Vintage - 10.5%

A - Pours a nice hazy ruby red, finger of off-white head with some retention and no real lacing.

S - Sweet bananas, cloves, buttered bread, hints of cocoa and burnt toast.

T - The bananas and cloves dominated, lots of bready malts, hints of espresso linger on the finish. The ABV adds only a hint of sweetness and no real heat, and is easily masked by the bold flavours of the brew.

M - Lighter bodied ale and a tad thin, but goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - A delicious example of the style, loads of flavour, and well worth seeking out. I'll be aging a bottle for sure, but this stuff is dangerously drinkable at 10.5%.

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Weizenbock Grande Cuvée from Les Trois Mousquetaires
3.79 out of 5 based on 111 ratings.
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