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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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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

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103
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203
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
11.78%
 
 
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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 drpimento
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Really outstanding. Poured with a huge tan thick foamy frothy head that slowly settles down and some lace. Color is a clear (?) very dark cherry wood. Aroma is excellent with roast malt licorice pipe tobacco caramel rye. Flavor is like aroma plus even more: cocoa nutmeats. I like the sweetness of it pretty much as that's according to style; however, it is perhaps just a tad too sweet. Body is superb and so is carbonation just according to style. Finish is like flavor and again perhaps a tad sweet, but still great. Proly not session.

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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 dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy dark mahogany colour with a moderate, creamy tan head.

Rich, dark fruits with raisins and dates. Lots of bread and toast with some mild alcohol and even something that is almost citrus.

Rounded bready and toasty malt with some rich, dark fruit and caramel notes. Really good.

Medium body with moderate carbonation. Silky and delicious.

A great, rich, complex lager with a delicious malt and fruit character. Nice.

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Photo of Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy, deep and rich caramel red with a finger of thick, pale tan head.

Smell. Smeet caramel and brown sugar, a little booze and just a hint of plums and strawberries. Smells awesome.

Taste. Wow! Big brown sugar and caramel with some light toasty malts and raisins and a hint of smokey wood. Sweet and delicious.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with lighter carbonation.

Overall. This one blew me away. Love that sweet caramel goodness.

Big thanks to DaftCaskBC for landing this one.

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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 papat444
4.42/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

***2011 Vintage (ABV 8%)***

Poured from a 750ml. bottle.

Appearance: A deep orange-brown body with lots of foam. Lasting power is good and lace is alright.

Smell: Nuts, brown bread, lots of chewy caramel and sweet. Real nice.

Taste: Love it. A tiny but sweet but never cloying. Strong caramel mixed with a breadiness, milt nuts and some herbs. Malt rules!

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, real smooth and quite chewy.

Overall: This is never a chore to drink and easy to polish off a bottle to oneself. A real brewer's work of art.

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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 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 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 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 laituegonflable
3.43/5  rDev -17.5%
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 MDDMD
4.17/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-brown color with ruby highlights, nice light brown head and good lacing

S-toffee, chocolate, roasted malt, dark fruit, hint of spices

T-roasted malt, raisins, plums, mocha, toffee, hint of licorice, mild bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, smooth

O-delicious example of the style, thoroughly enjoyed this and hope to find it agsin

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.5/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Corked, caged and au naturel. Dark and inviting for sure, but perhaps the darkest of this style we've come across. Hints of figs, taffy, chalky yeast, brown bread and molasses cookies in the aroma. Big malty mess slams the palate, but a good mess ... some chaos can be a positive thing. Toasted and sweet, almost roasted, with undertones of coffee and cocoa. Ripe fruit and a warming alcohol are noticeable, but on the side. Modest hopping in a toasty, sweet finish. Perhaps more traditional than modern, this one is super tasty and becomes a dangerously quick sipper. Marvelous.

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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 stortore
3.94/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of deapokid
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2009 bottle. Enjoyed in a pilsener glass.

This Quebecois doppelbock has a rich, chocolate body with a thin, brown layer of foam and a lively dose of carbonation. It's a shade darker that expected and the lacing is thin, but I'll be damned if that brown foam doesn't look tasty.

Aroma boasts raisins, chocolate, berries, a hint of booze, sweet plum and mild spicing. Frankly, it smells delicious and is just subtle enough as to not overpower.

The ultra-dry conclusion is the first taste to make itself known. It's rather aggressive. Flavor profile packs a distinct smokiness with a bitter roasted malt that lingers on the tongue. Other notes include a light cocoa, a peculiar doughy/yeastiness and sugary fruit notes. It's not the sweetest DB I've ever had, but the tongue scorching dryness is a bit much... Now wait just a second! As it warms, the chocolate comes out big time, mixing extremely well with the smoke and coffee bean bitterness, making for a super delicate and complex lager. You'll even pick out some maple syrup overtime and giving this beer about 20 minutes to chill out was one of the best things I've ever done.

The conclusion is initially harsh, but let it get to room temp and it's as smooth as silk and so multi-layered. The roasted notes meld so well with the chocolate and berry flavors that you'll wish  you had a 3L bottle.

I initially had my doubts, but this one is so subtle, nuanced and delicious. Give it time to warm and you'll be greatly rewarded.

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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 joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 2010 offering, bottle lists the ABV as 8.7%
A - an almost impenetrable deep brown amber, a tower of caramel head that retained very long, and left nice soapy lacing up the glass
S - very sweet molasses and caramel plus roasted barley malt, light semi sweet chocolate, and some fruity syrup
T - wow, strong flavours! A caramel, almost rum-like sweetness, bitter coffee and chocolate, and just a light hint of fruit cocktail
M - FULL! Thick and chewy out of the gate, very tart sweetness, and some alcohol kick
D - flavours are enjoyable, and the aspect of the beer fit the doppelbock style, but the sensory overload of sweet flavours, heavy feel, and high alcohol make this an occasion drink, not for the faint of heart or taste bud

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Photo of bobsy
4.45/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich mahogany with a finger of light tan head that drops to a film and leaves some good lace spots.

Sweet malty nose has a large bread component, strong coffee notes and hints of dark fruit. Its quite intense and gets more so as the beer warms, and this sets the table wonderfully for the flavour. Huge brown bread body, overlaid with coffee, chocolate and vinous fruit. Molasses and brown sugar in the finish. Its a big, sweet malty beast and I love how its drinking so smooth with a year of age on it. Greta complimentary mouthfeel is medium-full, low carbonated and slightly sticky.

I've been fortunate to have some of the best doppelbocks in the world, and this deserves to be up there punching with the big boys. Its a great beer, and a year of aging has taken it to the next level.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.47/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a caged and corked 750 ml brown bottle. Pours out a very, very dark brown, dense yet still translucent as a deep cola garnet when held to direct light. Tall, tight spongy beige head with great retention.

Aroma is light, but has it all in the right places. Toasted malt, chocolate wafer, a milky sweetness, light warming spice.

Flavour has a sweet vinuous character right from the start. Rum soaked raisins, spiced dates, light caramel, with a warm spicy finish. Alcohol is apparent, but doesn't come across as boozy. Lingering aftertaste of some sort of thin spiked hot chocolate.

The mouthfeel holds its own too, smooth and creamy, medium-bodied yet light at the same time.

An all round decent offering, I'd rate the drinkability higher but after a while this doppelbock does tend to become cloyingly sweet and the alcohol presence does start to become somewhat boozy, making a bottle this size a prime candidate to share rather than allowing it to over stay its welcome. Or rather it's not unwelcome, but does become a bit overwhelming after a while.

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Photo of grub
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle. 2010 vintage, which has a brown label and rings in at 8.7% this time around. purchased on a recent trip to montreal. sampled june 14/2010.

pours deep dark red-brown with a big fluffy light brown head. the head drops very slowly and leaves spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is nice. date, fig, plum. bit of sour cherry. alcohol. lightly toasted whole wheat bread. cracker and a bit of biscuit. loads of caramel and toffee. bit of dark chocolate.

taste is good. dark chocolate. toffee and caramel. date, fig, plum, raisin. hint of sour cherry, but less sourness than i caught in the aroma. lightly toasted whole wheat bread and biscuit. cracker and a bit of grain. lightly warming alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. nice big body. medium-high carbonation level.

drinkability is great. as it warms it really fills out and comes to life. i also appreciated it a little more as the carbonation started to dissipate to a lower level. i'd be curious to try this with a little time in the cellar, so i'll definitely be looking for more of this. good stuff

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle produced 10/07/2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of sweet malt, figs, dates
Head average (4 cm), light brown, creamy, slowly diminishing to 2 mm ring and a couple large islands
Lacing excellent, nearly covering the glass with small bubbles
Body deep amber, clear
Flavor begins moderately sweet with hints of figs and dates; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl; ends with a lingering sweetness.
Palate medium, creamy, lively carbonation

A very nice doppelbock, hardly seems like I’m drinking a lager at all. This is very flavorful, dark and muddled. An excellent breakfast beer and the best I’ve had from Les Trios Mousquetaires. Well worth buying some to try to age.

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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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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
4.16 out of 5 based on 203 ratings.
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