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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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4.19/5
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208 Ratings
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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:
#1,822
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
208
pDev:
8.59%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
29
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of Gagnier77
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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 ygtbsm94
3.75/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of papat444
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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 LiquidAmber
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very dark brown, near black with red tones. Massive light brown fine head with massive lacing. Rich caramel and sweet malt, dark fruit aroma. Sweet caramel malts, dark and dried fruit, hints of cherries. Some distinct sherry elements to the finish. Medium bodied with slight creaminess. Somewhat on the sweet side, but complex enough to be a delicious, full flavored dark bock. Really enjoyed this.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This doppelbock is dark walnut, almost black, with a modest, creamy chestnut head and a syrupy film. The highlights are dark ruby and the long-lasting head coats the glass with lace.

An antique pilsner showcases the rich, roasted malt and strong nutty tones of this beer. There are modest tones of baker’s chocolate and sweet coffee liqueur.

The flavor opens with a flash of sweetness, followed by roasted malt bitterness and a surprisingly acidic flair. Pumpernickel bread is followed by earthy flavors, licorice, vanilla, and a hint of spiced rum. The finish is subtle, long, and complex. All-in-all, the flavors are a bit mudy.

A sharp effervescence and bristling texture accompany this full-bodied beer with hot alcohol and a super-dry finish.

Tasty and enjoyable, but very assertive. Each sip simultaneously leaves one wanting more and assaults the palate. One was enough to satisfy me.

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Photo of deapokid
4.47/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Rutager
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
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 RepMichigan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a deep brown color bock with a nice foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of semi-sweet malt with some notes of banana and cloves. Taste is also dominated by some cloves and banana ester with an excellent grain bill. Full body with a creamy texture and good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Probably one of the best that I have tasted form this brewery.

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Photo of ludachris
4.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an incredibly deep and rich mahogany red. Two fingers of light egg shell white head leave thin strings of lace as it dies down. Deep amber and ruby red highlights are revealed when light hits the glass.

A bouquet of rich and sticky dark fruits ooze from the glass. Dark raisons, fig pudding, and mushy dates make a cake-like richness come to mind. This impression is furthered by fresh toasted dark bread and liquid dark chocolate. Alcohol peaks through but is not a force. Quite sweet and very rich, but not over done.

Everything from the nose is equally apparent in the taste. The overall impression given is of a sweet fruit cake generously drizzled with overly ripe dates, raisons, and figs in syrup form. Dark chocolate icing is thinly spread across the tongue. The alcohol is placed in the very back and helps to amplify the sweetness coming from the dark fruits and chocolate.

Its full body is undercarbonated, showcasing its sweetness and accentuating its syrupy and sticky feel. The alcohol comes off as mellow but helps bring attention to the fruity and chocolatey notes.

This is a dessert in itself, no question. The skill of the brewmaster however is highlighted by the fact that this is not overdone in sweetness, impact, or feel. This edges out Ayinger's Dopplebock for me. Absolutely perfect by the fire in this early stage of winter.

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Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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 ThePorterSorter
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of ricochet173
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of bigred89
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of spoonhawk
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jimctin
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Photo of Foddz
4.13/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A: Beer pours a rich, dark reddish-brown, and quite cloudy. 1.5-2 fingers light head that dissipates quickly and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Figs, prunes, and other fruit. Caramel plays a slightly lesser role. A llittle too subdued for my preference. There is an edge of alcohol in the nose as well.

T: Sweet and fruity! Dark fruit predominates, prunes and figs especiallly, though some of the sweeter notes remind me of peaches and cherries. Pleasant chocolate and caramel undertones. The bitterness takes its time making its presence known and is generally understated. Balances nicely once the initial 'impact' of flavour is past.

M: Silky smooth with a pleasant sweet viscosity on the tongue. Pleasantly dry, though the taste has a tendency to make one salivate. No bite to it whatsoever. Positively exquisite.

O/D: A very excellent beer. Besides a bit too gentle a nose and a bit too strong an initial presentation to the palate, this beer goes down easy and with pleasure.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Hoppypocket for this one.

A: 1/2" tan coloured head over brown liquid, reminiscent of a good Belgian quad.

S: Caramel malt, chocolate, dark fruit and some yeast.

T: Beautiful. Sweet caramel malt and bitter chocolate are combined with accompanying Belgian yeast dark fruit flavours including figs and cherries.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: The best doppelbock I have had aside from Celebrator. Definitely worth seeking out. The interesting thing about it is that while cold it tastes primarily of Belgian dark fruit yeast like Belgian Strong Dark Ales like Gouden Carolus Classic, and as it warms it tastes more like a malty doppelbock.

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Photo of Digimaika2
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottled dated Spring 2011. 8% ABV.

A: Pours a clear reddish-brown (bit of a crimson red) when held up to light, with a solid two finger of brownish-tan coloured marshmallow like head. Decent retention with a collar that sticks around, and spotty lacing.

S: Caramel-like malts, lots of dried dark fruits (raisins, cherries, figs), faint chocolate notes, maple syrupy sweet smell. Quite warm and enticing aromas- Nice!

T: Loads of dried dark fruits up front (raisins, figs, dates), semi-sweet and syrupy caramel, and some bitter molasses qualities. Detecting a bit of tropical tastes with some faint pineapple and banana.

M: Full and rich body with a low carbonation, which both seems appropriate. Mouthfeel seems fuller and richer than an 8% ABV beverage. Well executed.

D: An interesting take on the doppelbock style. Personally, not sure I can drink much (>1 bottle) of this style (a bit too caramel-sweet for myself), but something I occasionally enjoy in the colder months. PS. If you have fruit flies in your house, they will find this beer!

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Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared with Steve and Zach, 750ml into some tulips. Spring 2011 bottling, listed at 8% alcohol.

Poured a dark brown with some burgundy highlights, and some darker reds around the edges when held to the light. Big fluffy tan head initially, but fades to almost nothing, and leaves behind an extremely thin collar. Nose has some dried fruits, sweet malt characteristics, and some earthy and woody notes - almost akin to a softer version of what I remember picking up in their Altbier. Taste continues these sweet woody and earthy notes, with some candied flavours in there as well. Big, sweet and malty - fairly appropriate and standard from what I've seen in the style. Some spicy wood comes through in the finish, with touches of caramel and alcohol. Full mouthfeel, and low carbonation. A unique take on the style I think, and something I'd easily recommend.

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Photo of dgilks
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 208 ratings
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