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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Ratings: 72 |  Reviews: 62
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 tigg924
4.12/5  rDev +4.8%
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 Otterburn
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this smoked lager, 5% abv from Les 3 mousquetaire.

Appearance is black, some reddish light throught, very dark. small moka head.

Smell: smoked, spices, sweetness

Taste: taste like smoke, burned malt, a solid, medium body, smoky after taste, well balance tough

Mouthfeel:smooth texture, some after smoke bitterness, wich is good

Drinkability: pretty good, even if the taste is strong,its balance, texture of the brew is nice

i like it

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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 grub
4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

750ml bottle, corked and caged. label indicates this one is 5%. sampled feb 19/2010.

pours deep dark brown with a big fluffy brown head. the head drops slowly and leaves plenty of spotty lace.

aroma is good. dark and milk chocolate. light smoke. touch of alcohol. whole wheat bread and cracker. woody and earthy.

taste is good. nice smokey character. bit of dark and milk chocolate. hint of alcohol. toasted whole wheat bread and cracker. low bitterness level, mostly coming across as chocolaty. woody and earthy.

mouthfeel is good. nice balance. good smokey character that nicely doesn't completely dominate. good stuff.

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +5.6%
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 barroomhero1234
4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
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 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 ZorPrime
4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of the beer is brown. Dark brown. With the light behind I get some dark red color. The head is creamy and clouds looking. Very sticky to the glass.
S: Smoke malts with some faint notes of chocolate.
T: Smoke again from the roasted malts. As the beer warms up, faint notes of chocolate.
M: Typical of a lager. Crisp and refreshing. Medium to light body beer. The taste lingers in the mouth.
D: Drinkable...

I'm not a lager type guy, however this is one good beer.

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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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