Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps | Les Trois Mousquetaires

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée PrintempsDoppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps
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4.19/5
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:
#1,789
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
208
pDev:
8.59%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
28
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of spicelab
3.82/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

750mL bottle. 2011, 8%ABV.

Blood plum mahogany with amber highlights on the pour. Modest saffron head forms to about a finger before clearing out completely over a minute or so. Light bead.

Nose shows moderate woody oxidation and dark fruits. The former imparts brooding spiritous complexity and balsamic tartness, but it's progressed enough to overwhelm much of the caramelised malty goodness you'd expect.

Less oxidation in the taste and consequently more sweetness, which is a very good thing. Sour cherries, dates, brandied strawberries, muscatels, figs, Brazil nuts, toffee fondue and more balsamic. Complex and evolving.

Mouthfeel is a bit lifeless and undercarbonated, probably because the oxidation has swept much of it away, but it's perfectly inoffensive.

This is clearly not the state the beer was in when bottled, but I suspect I'm enjoying it more than I would have in that event. The integration of the ragged woody oxidation with the deep, boozy dark fruits works well.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.85/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: deep deep brown/red ale. Head is good, tan and lasts ok.

S: Lots of malty sweetness: molasses, caramel, brown sugar. Cocoa, coffee, smoke, dried fruits. Some alcohol character.

T: That is MALTY! Lots of bread, very cereal. Also sweet: maple, molasses, brown sugar. Cocoa is still present, as well as the smoke. Dried fruits, pears, cherries are very present. A bit of nuts. A bit of tart. Some nice hops that combines well with the roasted malts to give a nice dry finish to the brew.

M: A bit too much carbonation for this style IMO. Otherwise, bold and syrupy, as expected. The dryness at the end reminds me somewhat of the dry feel you get after smoking a cigar, weird...

D: This one is heavy. You won't drink another one after this 750 ml. The alcohol is present and it's a bold and heavy brew.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.9/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black, with a red hue when held up to the light. Nice head retention and minimal lacing.

This smells like brown sugar, maple, candied pears and rich dried fruits. Roasty too. So good.

The taste is just as nice, with rich chocolate dominating, along side brown sugar and dried black fruit, caramel, sherry, a soft vanilla rounds out the edges, with a nice roastiness throughout and an off dry finish. It has just the perfect amount of low bitterness to go up against the rich and roasty malt, as well as a slight tartness that keeps it from being cloying.

It's full bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Alcohol is present but pleasant and slightly warming. Maybe a little higher than I'd like. Okay, yes, for sure they could do well to knock this down a percent or two.

It's a pleasure to drink, but at 9.5% in a 750ml bottle and a richness unsurpassed by many, you'd do well to share this one with a friend or four.

My overall impression is that this is my third beer from this brewery and I keep on being impressed by them. As for the beer itself, it's great but may be just a tad too bold and rich for its own good. Or mine. I'm completely looped man.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.93/5  rDev -6.2%
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 stortore
3.94/5  rDev -6%
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 Otterburn
3.95/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a brown brew top of a light brown head, leave laces. the brew looks thick

smellcomplex sweet things, fruits, brown sugar and alcool

taste is similar to the smell, mix of alcool, sweet flavors, fruity in some ways, malty

mouthfeel is round and thick,oily, similar to a syrop almost, medium carbonation,

drinkability is good. if you realise that its a 9% abv beer, you taste the alcool but the brew is wraped with so much flavors that everything go down pretty smooth

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at Shelton Brothers The Festival 2014 held at Crafted in San Pedro, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, grain, caramel, toffee, and fruit aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel, toffee, and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer that is quite tasty, but it is super sweet to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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

A massive Dopplebock with deep toffee flavors at the forefront.

This Dopplebock pours an onyx dark, dark brown (nearly black) with crimson highlights. A froathy off-white head forms on the beer and never lets go. Rings of sticky lace adhere to the glass in stubborn and convincing fashion.

Rich toffee, malt, and dark/dehydrated fruits give a rummy, brandy-like impression. Subtle chocolate and nutty aromas round out the robust and rich scent.

Flavors of toffee and malt lead the way while fruity flavors of plumbs/prunes, raisons, cherries, figs, and about anything else that could be dug out of a fruit cake add layers of complexity and sweet tastes. Spicy cinnamon, black pepper, and alcohol help to balance the sweet/fruity flavors and add complexity to the rich brew. No real off flavors, but the toasty/alcoholic balance can be questioned.

Sweet and malty early on but the sugary feel gives way to at dry toasty/cocoa powder finish. Spciy notes and alcohol warmth help to temper the malts but in the end the beer finishes more malty than dry.

A delicious and savory Dopplebock but the malty/sugary weight causes it to be more of a sipper than a drinkable brew (think Barleywine).

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Photo of hillvt4me
3.98/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: medium brown with a burgundy undertones; nice lacing.

S: prunes and dark fruits are prominent; some malty notes and hints of caramel.

T: prunes and Turkish apricots and malty notes.

M: medium body, medium carbonation. A little thick with a sweet finish.

O: nice balance and flavor profile for a boch; the ETOH is well hidden. A really solid Dopplebock.

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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 ricochet173
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

Poured from a longstanding bottle, the body is a clear dark mahogany. The head rises up quite readily, forming a massive three-fingered pillow of foamy tan froth. Unfortunately the retention doesn't match the zeal with which the head initially forms, and the lacing isn't really that great either.

The nose expresses nuttiness, a hint of dusty sweet cocoa, and some soft roastiness and chocolate - it's more like bittersweet chocolate than anything coffee-like.

Rich malt is the heart and soul of Les Trois Mousquetaires Doppelbock, as it should be. It's bready, toasty, sugary, caramelish, a hint cocoa-ish, and a bit chocolatey. Some leafy hops appear mid-way, and it finishes subtly roasty and nutty. As you progress through it and the alcohol builds on your palate you might find some hints of dark fruit (raisins, cherries, etc.). A solid bitterness anchors it, and although it does seem sweet at times, it never becomes cloying (probably at least partly due to the 9.5% abv).

There are better, more rounded and focused doppelbocks available (and many that mask the alcohol better), but there's also a bit of charm to the all out attack of this one. Worth trying for fans of the style.

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

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 IronDjinn
4/5  rDev -4.5%
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 Kramerwtmf
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of RepMichigan
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of spoonhawk
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of byronic
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

A- Pours the darkest shade of brown, probably the darkest dopplebock I've ever seen with a massive 4 finger tan head that leaves some spotted lace as it settles.

S- This may sound strange, but the beer smells better out of the bottle than it does out of my Duvel Tulip. Anyways, big rich flavors on the nose. This is all about the malt. Lots of chocolate, molasses and caramel. Mild aroma of coffee and booze. I think I can detect some dark fruits, can't really put my finger on it though.

T- More coffee roast flavors than in the nose. Lots of sweet malts still but not a malt bomb like I thought it would be. There's some hop bitterness on the backend and some heat from the 9.5% abv.

M- I agree with some of the other reviewers in that the carbonation is a bit to high, but it's not off putting. Medium body and quite sticky.

D- One is plenty enough for me. A solid beer that I'll revisit again, I've got a couple more in the cellar that I'm already looking forward to.

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

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of jgunther71
4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 4.19 out of 5 with 208 ratings
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