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Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: Doppelbock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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".

Added by Derek on 05-26-2009

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4.16
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11.54%
 
 
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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.41/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at When Pigs Fly.
In a snifter the beer was a dark brown color with a small tan head. There was a tiny bit of lace.

Nice aroma. Sweet fruit, bready. A whiff of chocolate.

The aroma transformed into an exceptionally tasty beer. In no particular order there was some cocoa, some plum, pumpernickel bread, and caramel. Great taste!

A complex and delicious beer. Very malty, very smooth.

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Photo of oberon
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a .5 liter stein a deep mahogany color with a large fluffy lighter shade of mocha colored two finger head,it settled into a great creamy mass.Combinations of aromas abound,dark fruit,dark coffee roast,bitter chocolate,and sweet alcohol.Dark fruit really stands out on the palate from the on set with prune and raisin really hitting hard,a deeply roasted backbone thruought,a hint of anise lingers as well.Great flavors but the alcohol kicks,its a sipper,but a real good sipper.

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Photo of Brad007
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a mild brown color with a brown, one-finger head into my glass. Looks good for the style.

Aroma is full of sweet, appealing malt with a decent plum/raisin component to it.

Taste is chock full of rich, chewy malt that never gets too sweet but still manages to take on a feel of molasses, finishing sweet at the back of the throat.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, chewy malt. Very nice mouthfeel.

Overall, a nice regional example of the style. Certainly worth partaking in.

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Photo of brentk56
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottling; 9.5% ABV

Appearance: Pours a dark russet color capped by a two inch layer of beige foam that leaves some thick strands behind

Smell: Cocoa powder, caramel, pumpernickel bread, plums and nuts; undertones of spice

Taste: Cocoa powder and caramel, up front, with undertones of pumpernickel bread, plums and nuts developing through mid-palate; subtle hints of fruit cake spices appear, after the swallow, keeping the sweetness in check; the alcohol is fairly well-hidden, though somewhat discernable in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate to high carbonation; spot on for the style

Overall: So one of the best doppelbocks I have encountered comes from a French brewery in Quebec; who would have guessed but this one is a keeper

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Photo of biegaman
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Grande Cuvée Doppelbock has the colour of a roasted fig and enough sediment in the bottom of the bottle to muck up clarity. Still, the edges reveal cognac highlighting which provide this fairly opaque beer with a little spot of brightness. Its head looks like an old beehive, thick as honeycomb (and leaves a like pattern on the glass).

The aroma showcases lots of date and fig fruitiness as well as accompanying notes of iced tea, dried berries, purple plums, toasted almonds, cola, sarsaparilla, baking spices, honeyed-nuts, and orange zest. It's the kind of beer where it's easier to list what I'm *not* smelling.

Apparently “doppel” is German for "delicious" - where as Helles Bocks feature only one flavour (bready malt) and so-called 'Traditional' Bocks fare only slightly better, Doppelbocks offer perhaps the most multi-layered succulence of any beer style. This example tastes of dried cranberry, bruised plums, raisins, pumpernickel bread, gingerbread, and toffee and nut brittle.

Another note about Doppelbocks, they typically provide one of the longest tastes ever. Odd for a lager it's true, but this sticky-sweet mouthfeel makes for a rich, gooey, almost treacly texture that's awash with dark fruits, toasted bread, orange peel and light dustings of cocoa powder and caramel. Like the never-ending song, this taste just goes on and on my friends.

Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock is as classic an example of the style as iconic brands like Optimator, Celebrator, Salvator, or Korbinian. Indeed, while the Germans are responsible for the style's gold standards, this Quebecois brewery is making a push for their title. This beer is complex enough to attract the attention of a cryptologist; it's a mystery how it gets so delicious.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very dark brown with a red hue with a thumb of copper brown off-white head, decent retention and a little bit of lacing.

S - Insanely chocolatey, sweet caramel and toffee, and coffee and espresso on the finish.

T - Chocolate and sweet caramel malts dominate the palette. Very sweet, and the alcohol really complements the sweetness buried in the malts. The finish is outstanding, with strong espresso and coffee flavours that linger on the tongue.

M - Perfectly balanced carbonation, though the finish is a little on dry side. That being said, it wasn't so dry as to completely take away from the experience.

D - This is surprisingly drinkable, and I was regretting having to share it. It's incredibly delicious, and highly recommended to anyone looking for a full flavoured dopplebock. Quite sweet, so would make for a perfect dessert beer, but can be easily enjoyed on any occasion.

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Photo of eat
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first Doppelbock...I hope I like it; it was kind of expensive.

Pours a really dark brown, showing red where any light shines through. It almost looks like a stout but seems a little thinner. Decent cappuccino-coloured head to start, dissipating to a solid layer of foam.

Very bready, yeasty, lots of blackberry and blueberry and a hint of coffee. Some chocolaty roasted malt and a decent hop presence. Judging from the smell, this could be a stout if it didn't say doppelboch on the bottle. Smells great.

Wow, that's different! Tons of coffee flavour comes out up front; port, dark chocolate, roasted malt, subtle dark berries, nicely balanced hops in the background don't get in the way of anything else. Pretty strong alcohol presence, maybe more than I would like but it's not over the top. You can definitely feel the 9.5%, but it adds more of a tangyness and a warming feeling than a harshness you might find in a less competent beer of this strength. Bitter, dry coffee on the finish. I'm only taking off 0.5 for the alcohol being a little hot; this tastes awesome.

I like the feel; thin-medium bodied with a medium carbonation. While there are a number of similarities in this beer to a stout, there are also enough qualities setting it apart including the thinner consistency.

While I think this is a great beer, I think it's too intense to drink often. I can foresee having trouble with finishing this 750ml on my own, the alcohol is pretty strong. This is not the smoothest beer I've ever had but I'm enjoying this new style.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 corked and caged, I bought it last summer in Montreal and it has been in my cellar for the past year, so 2009.

Pours a rich dark chestnut/cola color with a finger of head which leaves small spots of lace down the glass.

Loads of malt, hints of coffee and cocoa powder, earth, dark fruits, molasses, brown sugar. Light drying, smooth silky body. Light sweetness, hint of booze still in there but quite mellow for being a beast, have to think the age has done it some good.

Drinking pretty damn good, a pleasant, warming brew.

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Photo of SebD
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice deep hazy reddish/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark fruit (mostly raisins and prunes), sweet toffee/caramel, bready malts and some nuttiness.

Taste: The sweet toffee and caramel hits your lips right away, followed by sweet raisins, some prunes, bready malts and a slight nuttiness. Delicious.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Travlr
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark maroon color with a medium tan head that settles slowly to leave good lacing.
S: Aroma is reminiscent of a Hershey bar.
T: Flavor starts with cola, progresses to milk chocolate, then roasted coffee, and finally a finish of burnt espresso.
M: Good body.
D: Very nice subtle, complex, smooth doppelbock.

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Photo of imperialstout27
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Poured into Stone Imperial Russian Stout tulip. Rocky, voluminous beige head. Very dark - virtually opaque when held to the light. Some garnet hints at the edge of the glass.

S - Smells to me like a rich stout. Mocha. Malty with hints of dark fruit.

T - Wow, awesome. Sweet but not cloying, and malty as all hell. Dark fruits across the midpalate. Vinuous and somewhat boozy, but I like that. Dark, dark roasted malt flavors, and concentrated but not out of balance. To me, it seems like it tries to get a little sharp at times with the alcohol but it's blunted by the sweetness. Finish is very very long.

MF - This it where this beer shines the most to me. It's thick but supple and smooth. Very nice carbonation that tickles your mouth as you savor it.

D - Decent drinkability, although the concentrated roast flavors can be somewhat fatiguing.

Overall impression: Tastes to me almost like an imperial stout that's been lagered. Also reminds me in some ways of an eisbock albeit less vinuous and more carbonated and roasty. This is definitely not your standard doppelbock. It's the third beer I've tried from this brewery and they are impressing me more and more. All in all - this beer kicks ass and I want more.

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Photo of kwjd
4.33/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark reddish-brown with thick white head. Very beautiful. Smell is quite malty, of grain and some raisin/plum too. Flavour has a bit more of hop bitterness to it than the smell led on, but with rich malts to go with it. It is very creamy, great mouthfeel. One of the best (although I can't think of any that is better) dopplebocks I've had.

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Photo of ctgui
4.32/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured in a mug, as recommended. Dark brown color, poured a thin half inch head that fell almost completely quickly.

S: Sweet dehydrated fruits, Dark Chocolate. Alcohol as well. Really pleasant.

T: Sweet dehydrated fruits again are present, malt also. Undertones of alcool, not prominent.

M: Medium to heavy body. The finish is sweet and a little sirupy.

O : My first Doppelbock and I must admit I really enjoyed it. As for drinkability, it hides its high ABV nicely. My first beer review for BeerAdvocate. Definitely won't be the last!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged poured into matching glass (well their Baltic Porter glass actually) on dec8 2009

A darkest brown almost black with a massive tan head that has fair retention and leaves a couple rings of lace

S cherry with a little booze and some dark malts

T all I smell but heaps of chocolate I didn't smell, the booze is well concealed but I can taste it. I pick up on a little raisin but chocolate is the main flavor here.

M almost too carbonated but the operative word is almost, if it was a tad flat I think it would have worked a little better but quite good nonetheless

D a little dangerous if you ask me, at 9.5%alc this one is frightening

another great beer from this brewer, one of the best brewers in Canada without doubt. I'm very happy all these great beers from Quebec are making it out to Alberta. A cultural void may exist here in Alberta but at least we have a great selection of beer.

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Photo of Shadman
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big bomber with the cork and wire safety device.

Dark mahogany with some reddish undertones when held to a bright light. Massive head build up, retention however is so-so, lacing good.

Chocolate, dried fruit of some sort...can't put my finger on it...sweet bread malts.

Very rich and smooth flavours. The dried fruit is cherry as in Black Forest Cake which would sum up the flavour of this brew nicely. A chocolatey black forest cake, easy on the Kirch. Some nice bitterness toward the end cleans the chocolate away and leaves you wanting more.

Smmoth, not too heavy mouthfeel.

As some have mentioned, a very bold, in your face Doppelbock, but one I'd certainly recommend trying...delicious.

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Photo of AltBock
4.3/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml corked and caged bottle. On the label are 2 crossed swords and a 3 Musketeers style hat on top of them. Right at the bottom of the front label is a bottled year. This beer was bottled in 2009. On the back label is a history of the style and all the mandatory US info. Poured into an ordinary Pilsner glass.

This French Canadian Doppelbock poured a beautiful deep dark cola brown with some dark cranberry highlights. On top of this dark brew was a 1/2 an inch light tan colored head of foam. It had nice retention that left a foamy film and a number of sticky streaks and spots of lace. This is a top notch Doppelbock appearance!

The aroma of this Doppelbock takes the sweet road instead of the toasted or roasted route. The aroma starts off with the rich scent of sweet roasted malts. Right behind the malts was the sweet caramel, molasses, sweet roasted nuts, rum raisins, a dash of chocolate, and a touch of wheat bread. The aroma was so sweet that I think Willy Wonka created this beer.

Despite have a super sweet aroma, the taste was not really sweet at all. It had some sweet flavors, but those aren't nearly as strong as they were in the aroma. The taste kicks off with a some lightly roasted malts. Right behind the malts was a little milk chocolate, alcohol, a pinch of berries, a scoop of raisins, a plum or two, a few drops of coffee, and then it finishes up with a subtle sweet taste of caramel and molasses. A very good and somewhat interesting Doppelbock taste.

This was a medium bodied beer with a nice amount of carbonation, and a slightly roasted and sweet aftertaste. The aftertaste was mixed with roasted malt, milk chocolate, raisins, and caramel and molasses. This semi sweet and roasted aftertaste doesn't linger.

A 750ml corked and caged French Canadian Doppelbock? That sounds like I'm making things up as I go along. Not true! In truth, this is actually a really good Doppelbock and one of the best I've had lately. I thought the age on this beer would have not brought any good qualities to this beer, but I was wrong about that. If you like Doppelbocks as much as I do, this is one you need to try for yourself.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.29/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy dark brown unlike most here in the U.S. that seem to have good clarity. Thin head. Carbonation seemed low and perhaps it had something to do with the pricey packaging with cork & cage. Nose is a delight with appetizing malt, dark malt, roastyness, and some dark chocolate. Palate is a malty wonderland. Delicious. Easy drinking.

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Photo of Dope
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Gmann
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Out of a 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a massive 2l dipple mug. Pours a deep chestnut brown with a huge fluffy tan head that slowly slowly dissipates into a rocky cap. Not sure if it is the pure volumn of beer I just poured but the head retention is awesome. The aroma is big and boozy, meaty, spot on dopplebock aroma. Big raisin and prune with a meaty soy. Quite meaty and boozy in the taste. Alcohol soaked charred beef, if there was such a thing, raisins and prunes, carob and enough of a roasted malt to keep the others in check. This is a big heavy dopplebock. The aftertaste is good, nice and woodsy with hints of chocolate. The feel is moderate to full but not chewy, nice tingly carbonation helps cut through the malt. ABV is noticable, you know it is there. A French Canadian German style brew. Well they did a great job. Authentic flavors, big and bold like a dopplebock should be along with a nice roasty malt body.

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Photo of claspada
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2009 version, no exact bottle date, just the year listed on the label.

The aromas begin with nuttiness and a hint of dusty sweet cocoa. Thick toasted bready malts and caramelized sugars in the background but are a sturdy backbone for the more complex darker maltiness. Darker fruits emerge as it warms, highlighted by figs, prune and dates.

The tastes begin with big malt flavors. Toffee, a hint of milk chocolate, brown caramelized sugars, raisins, and prunes are most notable. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol is not present except in the warming quality in your stomach.

The mouthfeel medium-bodied with medium/ample enough carbonation which helps to balance the heft of the beer. Smooth throughout with a light syrupy finish. Aftertaste is long as the flavors last; definitely a huge malt bomb that requires enjoying over an hour or so.

Overall this is a great great example of the style and maybe the best Doppelbock I have ever had, would definitely revisit if it wasn't so rare and hard to come by; silly Canadians... Definitely recommended because its quality is world class.

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Photo of daledeee
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I purchased this 750 ml bottle from my favorite store with the recommendation that this is the best doppelbock they have. They also carry Celebrator! I am glad I bought it because the stock was gone next time I returned.

It poured a nice light tan head with an extremely dark body for a doppel bock. I can see it is brown but no light goes through so let's call it black. The head went away and lacing remained.

The nose is malty and a little spicy. I

Taste is exceptional with chocolate, malts and molasses or syrup. This is a complex beer. There is also some spice and hops with roasted malts and a hint of smokiness. This beer could pass as a sweet stout. That may be the only drawback. It is a little sweet, but that makes it appealing as you drink it. The mouth feel contains some nice bite and it is very smooth as you drink it. This is a desert beer due to it's richness. I should have invited someone over. Drinking this bottle by myself will be fun but I will be full!! It is also quite strong ABV for the style, but I could not tell it by the taste; just the after effect. I can't wait to try some other beers from this brewery, it appears they really know what they are doing. Beer this nice is hard to come by.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Veiled copper color with a strong amount of activity. Frothy light orange 2 finger head, lasting around 5 to 10 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas and flavors of caramel, toffee, molasses, dark fruits, citrus, esters, oak, nuts, cocoa, floral and herbal spices. Super flavorful and delicious with a strong thick sugary and light earthy feel, with notes of bread and wood.

Smooth creamy light to medium body with moderate carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with a vinous sugary, molassy, and fruity tongue coat with lingering yeasty spices, and a smoky wood barrel aged feel.

Overall an excellent craft offering complex and powerful flavors with a pleasant sugary vinous feel while remaining fresh. Excellent warming appetizer similar in taste to a Port wine. Although the strong spices may not please to everyone.

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Photo of Bung
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. Very dark mahoghanny brown pour. Roughly 2 fingers of cream colored head.

Aroma is very malty, almost a bit boozy as it stings a bit.

Taste is heavy malt and breadiness. Caramel, toffee, wood, leather and some yellow raisin like flavors. Hint of molasses. A pleasant amount of smoke to off-set the sweetness in the finish. Alcohol doesn't seem to be too present. Really quite interesting.

Body is medium sized, but it is pretty big and sticky feeling. Alcohol is there as it is warming. Certainly worth a try for the style and one that I would think will age quite nicely.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage. 8%.

Dark brown with a reddish tinge. Fizzy beige head, moderate size. Dissipates quickly to a film.

Smell is quite sweet. Very malty and bready, along with a dark fruit scent, raisin comes to mind, maybe even a bit of dark cherry.

Taste is like the nose. VERY malty, a real bready flavour that is very sweet with caramel accompanying. Raisin, fig and some cherry. Alcohol is more noticeable than I would have expected considering this is apparently only 8%, but I find the alcohol works well, making the beer taste a bit like a liquor, perhaps rum or even brandy. A nice package, though a bit sweet.

Full bodied, fairly low carbonation level, very smooth.

Overall, very nice. Not always a big doppelbock fan but this is very nice. Perhaps the best I have had.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.2/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle. Nothing like showing up to an afternoon burger BBQ, and being presented with this as a beer option by the host. Cheers, Chris!

This beer pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with prominent cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and more or less creamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of drooping webbed lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of roasted chocolate malt, sugary, red vinous notes, like those frozen Welch's pops my Mom used to make for us, boozy vanilla, muddled dark Eastern fruit, black tea leaves, thin honey, and earthy, citrusy hops. The taste is more of the same but writ so much larger - dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, boozy figs, dates, and plump raisins, acidic black fruit, vanilla cookies, watery molasses, cola syrup, sweetened nuts, ethereal citrus cream, and more subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, but palate-challenging in its own playful frothiness at times, the body a heady medium weight, with a small chalky pithiness marring an otherwise sublime smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but well tempered at the same rate - lingering caramel malt, dark fruit and sugar, mostly - with a certain root character (beer, licorice, and weeds alike) rounding things out.

A pleasantly up-sized Doppelbock, the booze quite nicely integrated, making this all seem like a big ol' slice of sozzled German chocolate cake. Given that the intensity here, when compared to this style's typical component expectatations, seems so heightened, perhaps the "Grand Cuvée" naming scheme should be amended with an "Imperial" designation, along the lines of some this brewery's other more jacked-up offerings.

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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
92 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.
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