Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps
Les Trois Mousquetaires

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From:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
Bock - Doppelbock
ABV:
8.6%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.18 | pDev: 8.61%
Ratings:
212
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 09, 2019
Added:
May 26, 2009
Wants:
  75
Gots:
  27
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée PrintempsDoppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps
Notes: Full-bodied, Bavarian-style lager with a complex malt character suggesting flavors of fresh-baked bread, molasses, chocolate, plums, and oranges. This style was originally created by monks for Lenten fasting and called "liquid bread".
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Photo of janubio
3.67/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by janubio from Spain

75 cl corked bottle. Served in a balloon glass at Las Buenas Pulgas. Pours a copper colour, small head with short retention. Minimal lacing. Aroma of oranges, belgian yeast, molasses, fruits, bananas. Medium to full body, creamy texture, flat carbonation. Sweet finish. Taste of oranges, chocolate, molasses, dried fruits. Good.

Jun 09, 2019
Photo of RBRLBRB
4.04/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by RBRLBRB from New York

Beautiful color.
Sweetness is a bit distracting

May 15, 2018
Photo of Borbly
3.73/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Borbly from Canada ()

Pours a deep reddish-brown hazy body with just a touch of rapidly dissipating head. On the nose, medium tones of milk chocolate, malt, and vanilla dominate. The taste is evidently quite sweet, which I'm not too keen on, but it does have nice chocolate-malt tones along with a vanilla and dark fruit finish. Pretty nice doppelbock, but for me the sweetness will forever be a turnoff - still nice.

Mar 31, 2018
 
3.31 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Mar 23, 2018
 
4.17 by Prost76 from New Hampshire on Dec 24, 2017
Photo of csmrx7
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Not a common style but such a great beer.

Deep brown, rich creaming head, sweet maltiness in the nose and on the tongue. Smooth slightly dry caramel finish is great.

Sep 22, 2017
 
4.82 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 11, 2017
 
4.43 by bubseymour from Maryland on Apr 13, 2017
 
4.74 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Apr 13, 2017
 
3.28 by CurtisD from Canada (NB) on Apr 05, 2017
 
4.37 by FBarber from Illinois on Nov 13, 2016
 
4.25 by BrewskiBrandon from Missouri on Oct 06, 2016
 
4.25 by SmithyAlan from Canada (QC) on Sep 26, 2016
 
5 by invapid from Washington on Sep 05, 2016
Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.54/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada (BC)

Creamy tan head, deep amber colour Doughy, yeasty aroma with a hint of berry. Flavour leads with dark dried fruit and finishes with brown sugar sweetness. Excellent

Jun 25, 2016
 
3.55 by groleau from Canada (QC) on Apr 24, 2016
Photo of papposilenus
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 750ml bottle corked-and-caged, dated 08/12/15. Served in a tulip.

Pours a deep, translucent burnt-caramel colour with big, soda-like carbonation and a modest one-finger cap of loose, dirty foam. Settles out quickly leaving no lacing.

Smells sharply of yeast, whole-grain bread, orange zest, pipe tobacco and ginger.

Taste is sweet and malty, not sticky-sickly sweet but light and clean sweet, with brandy-soaked raisins and marmalade, pipe tobacco and sweet herbs. Vinous and chewy, with a long, gentle boozy fadeout.

Feel is medium-bodied but mouth coating, sweet without being sticky and with some pleasantly boozy warmth. Carbonation is heavy at the pour but fades out quickly.

Not a style that I have a lot of experience with and I'm asking myself why? A substantial, belly-filling beer, you're not going to be drinking more than a couple glasses of this, not unless you're a German monk with centuries of tradition and an abiding faith in the Lord's sure mercy to see you through and an caring abbot to rub your shoulders while you vomit. Aside from that, I'm just grateful that there isn't anything else I have to do today because I'm going to finish this bottle and probably fall asleep on the sofa.

Apr 22, 2016
Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Dope from Massachusetts

No bottling date.

A: Dark, dark, dark brown pour. Mid-sized frothy light brown head. Head fades fairly quickly. Almost unbroken walls of lacing left behind however.

S: Strong, sweet raisins right off the bat. Light cherries (almost like cough syrup) and lots of caramel sweetness. Maybe some light hopping?

T: Huh, very fruity up front. Raisins for sure but I get orange marmalade in there too. Light dusting of cocoa and then there's tons of bread dough. Touch of bitterness in the finish with more hints of that cocoa. Aftertaste is more orange and lingering bitter bread crusts.

M: Fairly heavy, smooth.

O: Hell of a Doppelbock. Very sweet and malty and fruity in general. Super smooth flavors, very little bitterness and no harshness at all. One of the finest I've ever had.

Apr 07, 2016
Photo of thehyperduck
4.47/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

750 mL corked and caged bottle picked up at the LCBO a fairly long time ago; dated July 30 2013. Listed at 8.6% and served at cellar temperature. Wanted to pick something memorable for my 1200th review, and I've been hearing effusive praise about this one for years.

Pours a deep, translucent brownish brick-red colour that shimmers with a brilliant crimson red hue when held to the light. Nearly an inch of creamy, light beige-coloured froth covers the surface, managing to hold together for the better part of ten minutes. A dense cap and foamy collar remains in place well into the glass; good lacing. No complaints visually. On the nose I am getting a mixture of raisin, cherry, red licorice and prune; tons of molasses, too, with hints of burnt sugar and toasted biscuit. Noticeably boozy and somewhat herbal, with kind of a nutty, almond/amaretto-like note to it.

A meal in a bottle. Molasses and toffee blend together along with toasted biscuits and bread crust; flavours of almond, prune, fig and raisin just add to the complexity. Notes of rich chocolate, vanilla and rum join in on the back end, with a warming, boozy-sweet finish that is herbal, earthy, and just a little spicy. Warming aftertaste with a lingering hint of black licorice. Full-bodied, with gentle carbonation levels that weakly agitate the palate. The mouthfeel is soft and silky-smooth, with a viscous, almost syrupy-like thickness to it. Positively delicious, and perfectly suitable as a digestif or dessert beer.

Final Grade: 4.47, an impressive A grade. A lot of doppelbocks have that whole "liquid bread for German monks" spiel written on the back label in one form or another. LTM's Grande Cuvée Doppelbock is no exception, but the comparison here is more apt than ever - this is one hell of a rich, thick, luxurious beer. My only issue is that it's really quite sweet - not exactly uncommon for the style, but between the high abv and large serving size, it starts to become a bit much after a while. Sharing the bottle with a friend would certainly remedy that problem. A fantastic doppelbock that I vigourously recommend; I will definitely grab another bottle the next time I spot one.

Apr 02, 2016
 
4.26 by BrazilianAussie from Brazil on Mar 21, 2016
 
4.6 by Tivlavrie from Canada (AB) on Mar 20, 2016
 
4.14 by Walbert_Neto from Brazil on Feb 27, 2016
 
4.42 by Sweffin from Wisconsin on Jan 22, 2016
Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by DaveBar from Canada (ON)

Purchased at the LCBO at a discounted $6.50 for a 750ml bottle. Served at a bone chilling 4deg C in a goblet

A- Opens well and pours a good 1" high brownish head with a moderately vigourous pour that lasts for a minute or two before film out. Medium to dark brown colour and unfiltered.

S- Good amount of malt here. Fig, molasses and a TON of heat. The description says 8.7% alcohol however this bottle states 8.6%.

T- Rich fruit as expected from this company. Opens up as it warms and lets it's sugary sweet nature be tasted. Not complex as I though it would be but it does have layers that come as the brew warms. Definitely a sipper as the heat is rather present. The caramel is a bit over done on this one but palatable.

M- Thick, rich and creamy. Enough said

O- Nice brew overall. Excellent at $6.50 though! Still will not buy more as this brew in this size needs to be shared or cork it and save it for the next day. Too much for one sitting as it gets fatiguing.

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with......... BBQ rack of lamb. A touch of mint jelly on the side and pick a side that is heavier like a root vegetable. Anything light or delicate will get completely over run by this brew.

Enjoy!

Oct 03, 2015
 
4.16 by DucksFan16 from Tennessee on Sep 25, 2015
 
4.1 by Tmappin from Canada (NS) on Sep 22, 2015
Photo of stortore
3.94/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by stortore from Illinois

750 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. 2014 release.

Pours a light caramel, much lighter than typical for the style. Kind of hazy, two finger head on an easy pour, lots of foamy cling. Looks pretty good. Smell brings lots of malt, light caramel, kind of a fruity aroma, brown sugar. Taste is malt forward and..sweet. Really sweet. Also caramel, brown sugar and dates. Smooth, creamy, good level of carbonation.

I don't know, maybe this sat on the shelf too long. Not nearly as fragrant as I'm seeing in other reviews, and the sweetness... I love sweet, a lot, but this was almost cloying. Still a very flavorful beer, very well crafted. Hopefully, I'll find a fresher 2015- if it's released, and give that a try.

Aug 05, 2015
 
4.49 by CantankerousCaveBear from Canada (ON) on Aug 02, 2015
 
4 by krome from Illinois on Jul 04, 2015
 
4 by jgunther71 from Illinois on Jul 04, 2015
 
4 by JamLand from District of Columbia on Jul 02, 2015
Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.58/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by Haydn-Juby from Vermont

Day old notes from a roughly 1 year old bottle.

L: A copper red color in the sun. One finger of white head. On the pour, one can tell this beer is rather viscous.

S: Complex. Caramelized sugars. Fig, date, strong raisin.

T: Pretty complex again. I get more of those sweet sugars. Maybe a bit of maple. The beer is definitely reminiscent of a port or sherry due to its vinous character. Sweet fruits come though. Not estery but dark, caramelized fruit flavors. Date, fig, and like I said before, a rather prominent raisin note. Brown sugar.

F: Very thick. Carbonation seems to be on the lower end of the spectrum. I feel like a bit more carbonation would have helped edge out the syrupy build of the body.

O: Doppelbock is not really my style of beer. That being said, this was a nice beer to try and I would consider drinking it again, perhaps in the winter instead of sitting out on a hot summer's porch. It's insanely complex but the sweetness is just too much for me, even if doppelbocks are supposed to be sweet. Highly recommend to someone who thinks lager can't be flavorful.

Jun 28, 2015
 
4.2 by grover37 from District of Columbia on Jun 27, 2015
 
4.03 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON) on Jun 25, 2015
Photo of NorthernSails
4.27/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by NorthernSails

A nice sweet beer. I enjoyed this but it's not a beer you want to overindulge.

Jun 12, 2015
 
4.06 by Ericbeech_87 from Canada (BC) on May 14, 2015
 
4.5 by EpicHobo1 from Canada (QC) on May 06, 2015
 
4.29 by Ultrarunner100 from Canada (ON) on Apr 26, 2015
 
4.24 by bobv from Vermont on Apr 25, 2015
 
4.33 by JakerLou from New Hampshire on Apr 20, 2015
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 212 ratings