Série Signature Rauchbier | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Série Signature RauchbierSérie Signature Rauchbier

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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada | website

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 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 NeroFiddled
4.13/5  rDev +5.1%
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 allergictomacros
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 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 bloberglawp
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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 biboergosum
3.91/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big 750ml bottle, wire cage, dry cork, pain in the ass to get out.

This beer pours a solid opaque dark brown hue, with slight cola edges when backlit, and lots and lots of thin puffy, foamy beige head, that leaves a bit of thin lace as it recedes. It smells of roasted, lightly smoky malt. The taste is roasted caramel malt, some mild smoky woodiness, and a bit of milk chocolate evening things out. The carbonation is quite tame, the body smooth and creamy, moderately silky and weighty, and it finishes dry, a wee bit of smoky dark chocolate essence holding on. No noticeable alcohol warming.

This is surprising easy to drink, likely due to the mild smoke flavours, when compared to the Bamberg versions that I've previously encountered.

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Photo of elricorico
4.3/5  rDev +9.4%
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 IronDjinn
3.95/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a brown 750 ml caged and corked bottle. Pours out a cloudy and opaque deep dense brown, pretty much black for lack of light refraction. Tall sticky and spongy tan head that leaves thick chunks of lacing.

Smoked and roasted malt notes on the nose.

Roasty, toasty and smokey in the flavour in all the right amounts, chocolate cocoa in the middle blending into a somewhat slightly milky sweet finish, where it all blends into a smooth cafe au lait aftertaste.

Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, a bit on the light side, light carbonation on the finish.

Hell yeah, we have a winner here, a well behaved, well contained, well balanced rauchbier that does justice to the style and holds its own all the same. Worth checking out again.

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Photo of Derek
4.7/5  rDev +19.6%
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 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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