Série Signature Rauchbier | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Série Signature RauchbierSérie Signature Rauchbier

Brewed by:
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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Photo of jaidenjb
2/5  rDev -49.1%

Photo of prosper
2.05/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

poured from a caged and corked 750ml belgian bottle. Dark brown, creamy tan head.

Smells of sweet malts and vaguely of smoke. Reminds me of onions for some reason.

Tastes of dark crystal malts, phenols and yeast esters - almost belgian character. Smoke flavour is not prominent, but also not tasty - makes me think of wet cigarette ashes. Definitely not the 'liquid bacon' flavour I usually associate with smoked malts. Perhaps I just got a bad sample, because I quite like beech smoked malt, strong smoky peaty islay scotches, cigars, and smoked foods in general.

Mouthfeel was medium full, moderate carbonation. About right.

Drinkability was low, owning to the peculiar flavour.

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Photo of dtx00
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%

Photo of calcnerd
3.25/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jayli
3.41/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 mL corked and caged. This bottle says "Unfiltered Rauchbier" inspired by Bamburg style.

A: This beer pours a deep dark opaque chocolate brown with a half inch of sudsy, bubbly light brown head. Head recedes at a moderate pace leaving minimal positive lacing.

S: Nose is of caramel malt, chocolate, touch of coffee, and a hint of smoke.

T: Taste starts with an unexpected sweetness, some caramel and chocolate. Smoked notes come filtering in - extremely understated for a rauchbier however pleasant. Taste then moved in to a bitterness. Bitter chocolate and coffee come in through the finish.

M: Lighter side of medium body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean on the tongue at first with hint of a sticky slick finish.

D: Interesting beer, decently blended, goes down easily, a bit more bitter than I expected in the beer. As a rauchbier, it doesn't necessarily hit the mark, but still a decently enjoyable beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.43/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish color with an off-white head. 

S- The aroma is made up of smoked malts and caramel with very little hops. It's a pretty good aroma, however I'd like to have more smokiness in the nose.  

T- The taste like the aroma is smoked malts and caramel with a hint of chocolate. Not too bad. 

M- The mouthfeel is between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Not a bad Rauchbier and a pretty decent attempt at the style, however this does not hold a candle to some of the famous Rauchbiers from Bamberg. With that said, it is definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.49/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't know about retired - purchased mine in May 2014 - it also has a different label than the photo here and is 5.9%

$ 12.99/bomber at Oppermann’s Cork ‘N’ ale
Undated bottle at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of smoke and malt
Head small (2 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm layer
Lacing OK – partial narrow rings of mostly small bubbles
Body dark brown, slight haze
Flavor begins with a light smokiness which quickly fades to be replaced by (again) lightly roasted malt. No alcohol, no hops, no diacetyl. Ends with a light smokiness with a good hang time.
Palate – medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Nice try, however this lacks the well-blended smokiness of the Bamburg-style rauchbiers, but isn’t as far off the mark as most. It is drinkable, but for the same price I can have two 17oz bottles of Schlenkerla.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Duff27
3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.53/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a deep black color lager with a huge medium brown color head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of light bitter roasted malt with distinctive notes of smoke. Taste is a mix between some medium smoke malt with some light bitter dry roasted malt note. Full body with good carbonation. I would have enjoyed this with even more smoked notes but very good nonetheless.

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Photo of tpd975
3.55/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to SeaBass for this treat.

A: Pours a nice dark black hue with brown tones showing through. Above average head with okay retention. Some nice lace.

S: Mostly smoked malt, light notes of chocolate and coffee.

T: Smoke, and peat for sure. Nice chocolate notes with a touch of coffee. Nice smoked beer without being overthetop.

M: On the lighter side of medium, good carbonation.

D: Drinkable for the style.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.63/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle from Willow Park in Calgary - a little pricey but we, the next door neighbors, don't get it here...

Pours a dark brown with garnet rimming, a finger of head which dies down but maintains a thin covering on top. Some light sediment at the bottom.

This is a pretty moderate take on a rauch, as others have mentioned, perhaps not that traditional either. Light smoke and caramel sweetness in the nose. Rounds out in the flavor with a hint of dark fruits, cocoa, caramel sweetness, light minerals, cola, molasses. Really quite thin, especially in the finish, though it does manage a nice drying of the cheeks. Smoke is well integrated and mild, makes it quite quaffable, though a little sweet, for a rauch, though there just isn't a ton here to excite me that much. Would love to see the carb toned down a touch and the body beefed up a bit.

Kind of middle of the road from a brewer I expect a lot more from.

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Photo of Long813
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: ZorPrime, 750 ml, 5% ABV

A: Dark brown body with three fingers of dark mocha head. The head dissipated rather quickly, but leaves decent lacing.

S: Huge front of smokey malts and burnt wood. Not much else, no notes of pork and the like. Quite mellow compared to others of the same style.

T: Smoked malts and burnt wood, again there isn't any smoked pork scents. It's more pleasant than others because of this and it's easier to enjoy.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Frothy texture and leaves a smokey aftertaste. Although it's not a thick beer, it's very filling.

D: Thanks again ZorPrime. Not bad, it's definitely one of my more preferred beers of this style. The flavours and aromas were a little weak, but it does make it easier to drink.

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Photo of ksimons
3.65/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a deep dark brown with ruby highlights and a thin layer of tan head

S-a combination of smoke and roasted malts, good amount of smoke to the smell

T-taste is heavier on the roasted malts than on smoke, though the smoke starts to come out more as the beer warms.

M-light to medium body, mild carbonation, sort of thin

Overall I liked it but would have liked it more if there had been more smoke in the taste.

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Photo of Rutager
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep deep brown with a little red and over a finger of frothy tan head.

Smell. Roasty malts, a little caramel and dark fruits with a hint of smoke.

Taste. Roasty, smokey malts, a little wood and soy sauce, slightly sour with hints of milk chocolate and licorice root.

Mouthfeel. A little lighter than medium body with medium-strong carbonation.

Overall. Decent beer. The smoke isn't overwhealming like other examples of the style, which is nice.

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Photo of papat444
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flashback #313

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Photo of RevereBeer
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750mL corked and caged bottle. My bottle reads 5.9% ABV. Pours a very deep brown with some really interesting red hues. Short tan head with medium retention and little lacing.

S: Smoky malts, though not overpowering. Reminiscent of smoked meats, true to style. Sweeter malts are detectable.

T: Smoky malts dominate, but sweet malts are very prominent as well. Woody and drying hops as well as a bitter finish. Very well balanced.

M: Moderate carbonation and smooth with a drying finish. Medium-low body.

D: Not bad as long as you enjoy the distinct smoky character.

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Photo of taigor
3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Bung
3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml. Bottle says 5.9%. Into New Belgium oversized tulip.
A very dark brown pour, just some red around the edges really. Layer of very light tan head.

Pungeant malty aroma, very strong, but not all that smokey really. Some roasted malt like, caramel, some red fruit, really closer to a Doppelbock in scent.

Taste is very malty, more chocolately than caramel. Just faint fruitcake. Finishes with some faint roast and cocoa. Taste is nice, just not to style so much, still giving it a 4.

Body is milky smooth. Just a light carbonation. No alcohol. Could drink quite a bit of this. Very solid, pleasant brew, the smoked malt just really isn't there.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black as stout with a frothy head, lively and fresh. A thin layer of foam persists. No lacing to speak of.

Smells like smoked wood chips or smoked meat with sweet dark fruits and a pervasive breadiness.

The taste is bready, like pumpernickel with hints of chocolate, somewhat roasty and peaty with a herbal/metallic hop bite underscored by a nice malt sweetness that plays nicely with the smokiness in the finish. A really nice balance and interplay of smoke, malt and bitterness here. Low carbonation, moderate-to-light body. Finishes off dry and yet I find it could be less sweet.

A really nice effort if a little restrained on the smoked aspect, and probably not my favourite offering from an otherwise stellar brewery.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 12/19/2009. Bottle. Pours black with a small light tan head. Aroma of smoked meats, charred malts. Flavor is quite smoky initially with a smoky, meaty finish. There is a nice sweet malt backbone to complement the smoky notes. A classic smoked, very tasty!

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml. Intrigued by this beer/bottle. Had a hard time uncorking this (scared the cork would break while still inside) Once open, nice carb smoke. The bottle opening smells of cork and smoked malt which makes me think of smoked gouda. Definitely has a smokey cheese smell. As of now, I've only had a few rauchbiers so let's keep that in mind during the review.

A- Aggressive pour yields more head than liquid. Bumpy head is dark - a light brown and looks like it's here to stay. Liquid is a daaark brown. Lacing is a bit discrete but elegant.

S- Toffee. caramel. Marshmallow. Smoke of course. Chocolate (dark and milk) Alcohol.

T- Burnt wood. A bunch of types of food come to mind but they all have one thing in common: They're smoked. So you'll guess that smoke is more than present. The smoke hides a lot of the other flavors. But when I do get to the hops, they taste pretty fresh and tasty. That cheese I was talking about earlier is still around. Reminds me of emmental (which is the only cheese I don't like) Caramelized malt.

M- Average. Just feels like a general/good beer mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
D- I can't say I really like smokey beers and this is easy to drink. Maybe I'm ''acquiring'' the taste or this is just a good drink. I'm leaning towards ''this is a good drink''

If someone was looking to get acquainted with this style. I would recommend. Seems like a good gateway brew.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.88/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 750ml brown bottle with a cork.

A nice beige head tops a nice brown beer. The head last for a reasonable time. The smell of this Rauchbier is not too smoky with a hint of iode. In the mouth the beer offers a good experience, not too smoky, nice equilibrium, some malt and a long caressing finish.

The serie signature from 3 mousquetaires always offers very good products, ther'e all on the top list of quebec beers.

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Photo of oberon
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep dark brown with some ruby colored tint,a thick foamy tan colored head atop.Hard wood smoke and brown sugar sweetness stick out in the nose,some mineral/iron from the German malts show thru as well.Sweet and smoky flavors upfront with more of a subtle smokiness with a bit of black pepper spice,the sweetness is more of a light brown sugar element,a big drying earthy finish.A solid smoked lager,a style a few years ago I wouldnt touch,this is subtle with good flavors.

Iam marinating chicked to put over charcoal tomorrow with this beer,I think its gonna be great.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle brought back from a trip to La Belle Province.

Poured into a nonic glass. A dark chestnut brew, with bright ruby patches gracing the edges. Great billowing head, survived quite well as a thick ring with islands of foam. Sticky icicles of lacing. A fine-looking brew.

Nose is malts and smoke, with the latter reminding me of a smoked gouda or German sausage. A bit of caramel, bread and dark fruit as well.

A flavorful lager, rich and malty, and with the smoked component arriving near the finish. Smoke, peat and barbecued sausage, with a bit of chocolate and dark fruit. Finish is dry, smoky, and surprisingly sour and puckery. Several moments after each sip, I get a nice hit of dark chocolate and cocoa.

Medium bodied, smooth, mild carbonation, slightly creamy.

The "rauch" character is certainly present, though nowhere near as powerful as Aecht Schlenkerla or the other German examples. I too became acclimatized to the smoked flavors, and thus the brew could have handled a bit more umph. Still, this was atasty brown lager with a nice little smoked character. Another fine brew from LTM.

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Série Signature Rauchbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
3.93 out of 5 based on 72 ratings.
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