Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps | Les Trois Mousquetaires

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée PrintempsDoppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps
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91.8%
Liked This Beer
4.19 w/ 208 ratings
Doppelbock Grande Cuvée PrintempsDoppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada
lestroismousquetaires.ca

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,778
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
208
Liked:
191
Avg:
4.19/5
pDev:
8.59%
Alströms:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
28
Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Walkerjgt
2.5/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of ohmybock
2.98/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$10 corked 750ml bottle. Pours a clear, dark, brown color with a large-bubbled, very slight, and quickly-disappearing head. The aroma is sweet-ish dark malts, but not the good German toffee-like goodness I love. The flavor is sweet dark malts up front, then turning into a lingering roastiness. Carbonation is low, and the mouthfeel is quite thick. This brew tastes like a fairly sweet, dark, strong lager (ale?) which has been blended with a roasty porter or stout. If you want to call this a doppelbock, then it's definitely a New World idea of a d-bock and nowhere close to an authentic d-bock from the Old Country. Still I think it's a good, strong, dark, "beer". For what it's worth, I found this brew to be quite drinkable when paired/contrasted with some buttermilk blue cheese! On its own, I'm not sure if I would have finished the bottle.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.22/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours a dark red brown color with a nice 2 finger head. Good lace on the glass. Lots of dark fruit flavors and aroma including raisins, plum, and fig all backed by a pretty hefty malty backbone. Pretty sweet. Not bad but just a little too sweet for me and tough to finish my whole glass. Medium mouthfeel.

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Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into snifter.

Pours 1/2 finger of tan head. Color is dark brown.

Aroma: Caramel, plums, cherries, chocolate. Malty and sweet. Dark dried fruit flavors.

Taste: Roasty and malty. Sweet flavors. Cherries, plums, raisins, caramel, toffee. Pretty malty.

Mouthfeel: Creamy and smooth. Medium bodied with a medium to high amount of carbonation. Ends sweet and malty.

Overall, decent doppelbock, but fairly average. Decent drinkability. Some decent flavors.

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Photo of CurtisD
3.28/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jeddsp
3.33/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown with good carbonation and head. The smell was heavy on the dates and raisins, Almost had the smell of a Quad to me. The taste was also heavy on the dates and raisens and played off the alcholhol fairly well. I agree with what most people have said. Drinkable, could certainly have a few, but not best represenation of this style.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted on May 9, 2009.

A: Pours as a black beer with some red on the edge. Can't see through the beer. Big head with big bubbles. The head is beige.

S: I smell some chocolate with some fruits. Fruits is mainly raisins.

T: Strong taste. Some vinous taste. The taste presence in the mouth is long. Get some roasted malts.

M: Very warm in the mouth. Creamy. Rich.

D: Easy to quaff... however one 750 ml bottle is enough for one person to put a smile on it's face!! The alcohol is treacherous since it hits you when it is too late :)

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.43/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy brown colour, almost purple tinge to it. Head is also brown-tinged at the edge but mostly beige, with pleasant snail trails of lace around. Looks pretty damned nice.

Smells bocky. Lots of dark roasted malt giving cocoa aromas and a slight vanilla character. A fair amount of caramelised grain with pearl barley and a hint of wheat, almost sourdough actually on there. Hint of red grape skin and some peppery spice as well. Pretty pleasant.

Taste is very malty and strong. Lot of espresso bitterness on the front with thick, chewy caramel malt. Huge sour German character comes through midway, giving me raw wheat, some red wine notes and a weak vanilla bean character. Sourness is actually quite off-putting, blending with the maltiness to produce a weird aioli kind of flavour. I like aioli but not in my beer. It's not overall bad, good complexity but there's this wave of unwanted flavour in the middle that just puts me off.

Good body to it, lots of texture, sticky but ends up very smooth.

I personally couldn't drink a lot of this, it's enjoyable enough, just not really my cup of beer.

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Photo of imbibehour
3.45/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey DC.

Faint dark red for the body with a light tan collar presented. Spider like lacing around the glass while drinking, too bad it's not in a tall pilsner or something.

Nose is very sweet. Candy licorice. Slight tobacco notes. Syrup. A slight hint of smoke with a little light roast char. Quite nice and varied but sweetness does dominate.

Palate is extremely sugary and sweet. Lots of maple like sugars but with a very thin body. Woody notes but a sawdust like feel while swallowing. Berry red qualities on the finish to match as well. Mouthfeel is very wet and there's no depth to this or malt coating.

This has a real nice complex and diverse palate, but it is just way too sweet and far too watery for a doppelbock for my tastes.

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Photo of Luk13
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of groleau
3.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smcolw
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Impressive three-finger head; leaves some chunky, but spotty, lace. Dark amber, light brown color. A very light haze.

Silky sweet smell of maple syrup and brown sugar. No notable hop.

The flavor matches the smell. Very, very sweet like an apertif. I also note a metallic tinge to the tongue. Very rich as one might expect.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.58/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown colour, a grand malting. Decent beer and drinkability based on what it is, but I like it not as much as most, regardless of vintage. Chocolate malty aroma, a bit above average mouthfeel. Chocolate, nutty, caramel, raisin, earthy. Sweetish, and perhaps too much.

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Photo of drewone
3.7/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of campfirebrew
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of strang
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of iRikal
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

This is my 1st Doppelbock so I cannot vouch for the style itself...

A- Warm reddish coppery colour. Quite nice looking in full sun.

S- Dark fruits, some maltiness, pleasant and a little sweet

T- raisins, plums, toffee, bitterness is nice-not overwhelming, actually pretty sweet

F-body is fairly present, carbonation is lower than what i'd usually like but balanced nonetheless

O- A good beer, above average for sure. Not the style i'm very fond of but it was worth the 6$ for the 750ml for sure. Knowing what a dopplebock is in the first place i would likely have given more points if I follow what other reviewers gave. If what i described above is reminiscent of the type, then it is an excellent example. I will likely try it again after comparing other doppelbock.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of tom10101
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of BDTyre
3.79/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2010 edition, at 8.7%

Exteremly vigorous head - it took me about 15 minutes to actual pour the whole thing. Cloudy mahogany-brown.

Rich malt, banana, chocolate and spice in the nose. Spicy, sweet malt and bread, banana and cinnamon tastes. Very rich and filling - very much liquid bread. Slight Belgian character in the spiciness and suggestions of candi sugar - something I find common in Quebec micros.

A little high on the carbonation, but not completely unacceptable. Drinkable, even at 8.7%. Alcohol is well hidden.

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Beer rating: 91.8% out of 100 with 208 ratings
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