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Série Signature Rauchbier | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: Rauchbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Phyl21ca on 01-12-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 62
Photo of Brad007
4.82/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours a dark brown color with a brown head into my tulip. Standard appearance here and just right.

Aroma is full of smoke and is similar to a stout aroma in some ways, though this is not roasty.

Taste is full of body with a nice, mellow smokiness. Never overpowering and the smoked malt takes on a chewiness. Some rauchbiers taste more like alcoholic liquid smoke but not this one.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering chewiness/smokiness. Mellow. Satisfying.

Well-done and highly drinkable. Beers of this style tend to overwhelm with their smokiness but not this. Worth a try.

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Photo of Derek
4.7/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with a tan head, good retention & lacing.

S: Bready malt with some roastedness & hints of smoke.

T: Very bready malt, pleasant roastyness, obvious smokiness, but it's light at not at all over-bearing. Really well-balanced with a slight bitterness. Darker & more roasted flavour than any Heller-trum or Spezial, which works with the light smokiness. Great stuff.

M: Moderate body is very smooth, carbonation is pleasantly on the low side of moderate. It's not dry, but there isn't really any residual sweetness either. Perfect.

D: I was BBQ'n so I cracked it open, thinking I'd save some to review later... but the majority of the 750 ml was gone before I sat down to eat. Damn good.

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Photo of Duckmancgy
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from 750ml bottle to snifter.

This review started even before I poured. Having never had a Rauchbier, I really didn't know what to expect, but this looked like a good one to try. I have tried Trois Musquetaires Doppelbock and loved it so this should be good right? Well cracked it open and immediately was hit in the nose with a delightfully sweet smokey smell. Reminds me of a nice bbq in the winter.

Pouring it into my snifter the colour hits you right away nice and dark really doesn't do this beer justice. Pitch black is about right.. Looks like a stout with a nice tawny head. The head disapeared quickly though without much lacing. Smell here increases with the sweet smoke, this is matched by some malty sweetness which frightened me a bit. Was this going to be too sweet for me?

First sip proved this to be not the case. Really a nicely balanced beer, flavours of smoke are balanced with the malty sweetness and a slightly fruity finish (kind of figgy or blackberry fruit) works really nice with the flavour.

This is not a session beer for me however. As I drink and drink this I notice the smokiness is filling.. But that's a good thing. This is something I can see my self enjoying time and time again. I am interested in seeing if the smokiness pairs well with smoked meat but thats for another time.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Dark ruby red, absolutely delicious looking in colour. A little carbonation, but slow moving bubbles. Poured a thin layer of head which dissipated rather quickly leaving little in terms of lacing.

S - There's actually a bit of smoke on the nose, which surprised me. Roasted coffee beans and sweet chocolate.

T - This would be the first smoked beer that actually has a noticeable smoke flavour to it. The smoke combined with a chocolate and brown sugar flavour makes for a very unique taste. Scrumtious indeed!

M - Very light on the palette and goes down smooth. THe strong scent and flavour would lead you to believe that it would be rather thick, but its surprisingly light and bubbly.

D - Apart from their Noire, this is the one of the few Trois Mousquetaires that really took me aback and created a truly memorable experience. Definitely recommend this one to others seeking a unique smoked flavour beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This very full flavored beer is masterfully done. Great integration of all the qualities. Poured with a nice tan head and a little lace. Color is an opaque brown black. Aroma is mainly smoke complimented with dark roasty malts, a hint of licorice and french roast coffee. Flavor is exactly the same. Body is great and ditto carbonation. Finish is like flavor and taper into a nice semilong end.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark cola like color with a skim head which dissipates very quickly and leaves little to no lace. Light is visible when held the light. The aroma starts off with a nice charcoal aroma but gives way to a milk chocolate aroma. Inviting and better as the beer warms. The taste follows suit with a nice big smoke flavor before milk chocolate takes over. At the end a slight hing of a green fruit. The mouth feel is silky and creamy. Overall a very good beer and a must try.

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Photo of Shadman
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very dark brown with huge tan head.

Lot's of cool aromas. Rich maltiness with nice cocoa undertones. Definite wood smoke in there as well.

Nice! Malty cocoa flavours dominite the front end. Woddy herbal flavours the back. Smoke meat flavours lurk throughout, but don't overpower the experience.

Still a lager after all so mouthfeel is on the lighterside, but still a very smooth, almost creamy feel.

My first Rauchbier, but given the BA description this one hits the mark.

On a side note...the smoky bacon aroma had my beagle sneaking sips when I left the table for a sec.

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Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Shawn for pulling this out, and pairing it with some wonderful barbecued food. Its a pretty obvious choice, but its one of those moments when you really recognise the ability of food and drink to play off each other.

The beer pours a very dark brown, with a creamy light tan head, good retention and a few spots of lace. As soon as the liquid escapes the bottle, an intense smoke aroma billows upwards, and there would be no masking that this is a rauch. Its somewhat similar to Schlenkerla, and even has a bit of a meaty undertone to it. Great smoked malt flavour, rounded out with caramel and chocolate notes, which helps keep the smoke in check. Slightly herbal and woody hops provide a light bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty spot on for the style, erring towards a medium-light with moderate carbonation.

Rauch star.

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Photo of danadeny
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a dark brow body and frothy light brown head. already i can smell the smoked malt and i am not even trying. smells sweeter than i imagined. This is almost a sweet sugary smoke, not like the famous Bamberg stuff that smells more like a campfire / smokehouse. no real hop smell. again in the flavor is a sweeter smokey flavor, maybe due to the alcohol. sweet up front, blends into smoke in the middle, with a bit of a tangy finish with no real hop flavor. to me it seems this may be a smoked english brown style beer. Overall very balanced. mouthfeel is watery and thick, surprisingly not as heavy as you may think. similar to a english brown ale in drinkability.

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Photo of elricorico
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Opaque and deep brown, with a very healthy beige head that is slow to recede. Clumps of lacing all around the glass.

Aromas of smokey bacon and dark fruits. Hints of coffee. Smoke is probably the most notable aroma, but it isn't so strong as to block out the malt itself.

Sweet and smokey, rich and meaty flavours, each balanced by the other. Sweetness of a bit of caramel, richness of milky coffee. This is really nice, and suits the less than summery weather outside.

Slick, relatively light bodied, with lower carbonation. Drying to the lips and tongue, which leads quickly to the next sip. Nothing about this one slows down the drinking, it is pleasant all around.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours rather dark, like porter. Huge head dissipates quickly but leaves nice lace. Aroma of caramelised sugars and only hints of smoke, no hop presence in the nose. Flavor is charred caramelised sugars and malt, a hint of hop bitterness with a balanced accrid charred malt taste that reminds me of dry irish stout.

Very good beer, want to have some of this when I smoke a slab of pork for a few hours.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip aug1 2010

A near black with some cola around the edges when held to the light, three fingers of mocha head has a few minuets of retention and leaves a few patches of lace

S charred wood and milk chocolate with a little leather

T not far from the smell but plenty of earth to go along with some chocolate covered raisins, the smoke is there but its not in your face overpowering the other flavors

M creamy from the bubbles and it coats your mouth with a slick film

D very easy drinking beer great for this shitty summer night in Calgary

not sure why I waited so long to try this beer it's delicious, I'm impressed with simple yet solid flavors that mingle quite well together. This one's worth looking for, yet another winner from one of my favorite breweries in Canada

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Photo of pootz
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked & caged bottle:

Pours a lush turbid brown beer in the glass. Puffy 3 finger cap takes a while to collapse into a surface lace. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is pungent with bready cocoa and musty woody tones, light applewood smoke tone.

Rich malt spine, creamy mouth feel.

Big flavor of the bread-cocoa-smoke in the front then some musty woody hopping, long wet finish.

A smoked lager that profiles a rich malt mixture and keeps the smoke flavor as a background tone...excellent and drinkable.

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Photo of biegaman
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

You would expect smoke beer to be black, and probably exactly this kind of sooty, coal-like black at that. This ebony beer relinquishes few highlights and is generally consistent in its solid, marble-like complexion. Even its head appears to have been cured; it is stained a dingy brown and doesn't look likely to start decomposing any time soon.

Unlike the Schlenkerla rauchbiers that are made entirely from smoked malt, this offering clearly must use a portion of "regular" malt in addition. The aroma of smoke and grain is blended with supplementary notes of raisin, black licorice, dark chocolate and even coffee. It smells like a smoked porter as oppose to the typical smoked Märzen.

Nitpicking aside, however, this is undoubtedly a rauchbier. And a great one at that. The smoke is far from overwhelming and, although the most prominent characteristic, is only one of many: chocolaty, bittersweet flavours including gooey fudge and dark berries are also tasted. I never thought I'd call a rauchbier finger lickin' good, but here we are.

The smoke itself is not so strong so as to be "bacon-y", as you might find in the original German examples, and you definitely won't have to worry about the smell sticking to your clothes or anything. The beer is balanced, and clearly intended to be more than just some atavistic throwback of a fringe style - it's an immensely drinkable, pleasurable lager.

Excuse my French, but Scheiße this is good! It's wonderful to see a brewery daring enough to try - and succeed! - at brewing a vast array of styles. I'm inclined to believe that if you can pull off rauchbier, you can pull off anything. Clearly these young Quebecers have already learned the ropes, found their footing and feel fully comfortable in whatever style they are doing. I can't wait to try every beer in this impressive Série Signature lineup.

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Photo of July2Nov
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark brown color with a thin lacing.

Smell: Buttery dough scent with some smoke rising up.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Molasses flavor is the first thing that hits you, then the subtle smoke flavor. Has a buttery smoke biscuit flavor at the tail end of it.

Drinkability: Nice smoky flavor that would go well with some grilled meat. Nice example of a Rauchbier. Very pleasant!

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Photo of kwjd
4.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark brown without too much head. Smell is of beatiful smoke, similar to the smoke used to make bacon. Flavour has the smokey bacon notes with some mild chocolate. I've had other rauchbiers that the smoke took over, but this one seems to blend really nicely in with the beer for me. Low carbonation made this very smooth.

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Photo of eat
4.17/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is dark brown, almost looking like root beer. The head settles to a thin cover of beige froth across the surface.

The nose is nice, with smoke (obviously), iron and spring water minerals, dark chocolate, earthy hops, whole-wheat bread and prunes. More complex and lighter on smoke than Schlenkerla, though of half the potency. The original wafts across the room while this one is a little hard to pull any smell off of. The smoke character is also less of the camp-fire-in-your-face sort; more of a relaxed smokiness here.

The flavour really pulls through for this one, being even a bit unexpected. This is possibly the most complex and well-balanced smoked beer I`ve found. At 5% ABV, it defintely has the complexity and feel of a bigger beer. Possessing enough smoke to be calling itself a rauchbier, it`s backed up by a light, soily hopping, iron, whole-wheat bread and prunes. Dark and interesting but still maintaining a lightness to it. I know they`re English, but I`m picking up a big similarity to the beers of Samuel Smith`s in its complexity, balance and fruitiness.

Maybe a touch overcarbonated, though not detracting much. Great medium-full body, otherwise. Some dusty dark chocolate leaves a drying finish.

I keep gaining more and more respect for what Les Trois Mousquetaires are up to, especially for their complete focus on German styles; a task not too many breweries choose to tackle. Quite drinkable and recommended for fans of the style. This is one of those beers that makes you feel stupid for not having sampled sooner.

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Photo of chickenm
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL corked bottle. Pours a deep dark brown color with a huge tan head. Aroma is malty with a good amount of smoke and bacon. Flavor is malty and smokey with a some chocolate. Has a dry smokey, bitter finish. Medium body with moderate carbonation. I enjoyed this, this is a very nice Rauchbier.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle, picked up at Atwater. Label says 5%.

Pours a very dark ruby red, almost brown, very thick and fluffy light tan head forms, slowly settles down to a very thick ring and layer, lots of lacing sticks to the glass, looks pretty nice.

Smell is real nice, rich smokiness, applewood, beef jerky, lightly sweet and fruity, apples, caramel, lightly sugary, some biscuit, a light touch of roast, lightly toasty, neat woody character, nice stuff.

Taste is very nice, very rich and smokey, nice sweetness, caramel and some brown sugar, beef jerkey, smoked meat, biscuity, insane maltiness through the middle, lightly phenolic in the finish, a bit sweet but really nice smoke/wood character with a bit of raisin.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty smooth, maybe a bit sweet but a really nice smoke character.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.15/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Opaque brown with a head you can stand on. Take a while to build. Nose is smoke, caramel, coffee and molasses. A bit of acid up front, and medium-dry. Coffee bitterness with grass, chalk and earth, caramel and light apple. Lingering bitter finish. Unsurprisingly, smoky aroma is more pronounced on warming and comes with a sharp hint of funk. Porter-like in its darkness and roasted flavours. Mouthfeel is somewhat creamy, but not heavy. Very drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, corked and caged. No freshness date. Imported by Shelton Brothers. The label reads "Unfiltered Rauchbier" and bears the image of 4 men with raised swords united before a chequered tan background.

You can try to pour it carefully to avoid rousing the sedimented yeast, but you won't be able to tell if you did so anyway - it's an almost completely opaque black-brown even when held to the light. The yeast does alter the flavor slightly though, so you might want to give it a go.

The head retention is fairly good, and the creamy tan head takes more than a few moments to fall in upon itself and form a wide collar. The lacing, however, is much nicer. It leaves solid curtains of thin, almost golden-looking lace behind.

The aroma clearly expresses smoked Beech wood, a bit of subtle roastiness, and a hint of dark caramel as well.

In the mouth it's remarkably supple and smooth with a medium body with a dextrinous edge, and a very-fine-bubbled moderate carbonation. Silky!

The flavor then, follows both the aroma and the mouthfeel. It's initially smoky over a gently sweet and softly caramelish maltiness that suggests chocolate and caramel. It's very delicately roasty, and smooth all around. Some soft apple-like fruitiness brightens it a bit. The bitterness is minimal, perking up in the finish, but otherwise just acting as ballast. Hop flavors are limited to a touch of leafiness in the end, as is to be expected. Fortunately there's a hint of smokey acidity left over to lend it a bit of a snap, otherwise the silky mouthfeel and soft, malty-balance might put you to sleep!

As to drinkability, it's nicely balanced as far as the smoke is concerned, giving it more than enough presence and flavor without going over-board; and it's nicely balanced and well rounded. Fans of the style might hope for something more aggressive, but most will find it does the trick nicely.

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Photo of tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/4 inch head, clear, dark brown in color, moderate carbonation

Smell: smoked malt, dark fruit, chocolate--amazing smell

Taste: smoked wood, dark fruit, asnd chocolate

Mouthfeel: medium/heavy bodied, semi-sweet, medium/high carbonation

Drinkability: Very different from any other rauchbier I have had. This has some smoke, but also has a fruity/chocolate aspect that is appealing. I could have up to two in a sitting. Very good.

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Photo of THECPJ
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: dark brown black with a 1 finger mocha head

smell: smoke, caramel, roast, malts,

taste: smoke, roast, caramel, malts,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body,

overall: damn this was a nice smoke beer. I'll definitely be looking for more of this.


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Photo of barroomhero1234
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 750 ml.
Corked bottle, love the look. Excited for this,I have really enjoyed their other beers.

Beautiful colour and head, but dissipates really quickly not really any lacing.

Smell, clean crisp mild smoke and background sweetness.

Taste is very nice, delicious lager but not as smokey as I expected/wanted. Delicious malk sweetness that leads to a smooth clean finish with a roasted/smoke aftertaste. All and all a delicious beer, will probably buy again. I was hoping to see a bottling date and maybe buy a fresher one for the higher smoke flavour.
I do recommend.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A big, almost creamy, coffee head lasts a long while over a dark brown beer with mahogany highlights.

The Weihenstephan stange holds an even mix of smoky wood and chocolate malt. Some hints of bacon can also be found.

Flavor follow the nose rather well. One will also find a mix of dried figs and fresh baked wheat bread. The finish is mild, malty and short. Overall, this beer leans slightly, but only slightly, towards the sweet side.

A little chewy, with a medium body and modest carbonation. Finishes with a touch of chalkiness.

Surprisingly easy to drink, this rauchbier warms well, but is best at proper temperature. Would be sessionable if alcohol was lower. Rauchbiers may be an acquired taste, but this one was quite a treat.

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