Doppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps | Les Trois Mousquetaires

Doppelbock Grande Cuvée PrintempsDoppelbock Grande Cuvée Printemps
BA SCORE
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:
#1,787
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
208
pDev:
8.59%
Bros Score:
4.5
 
 
Wants:
76
Gots:
28
Trade:
1
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User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 208 |  Reviews: 104
Photo of lgmol
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of AnitaBier
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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

A: incredibly dark brown, near opaque color
S: very, very good - traditional doppelbock with roasted malts and an added kick of 9.5%!
T: very good, has all the hallmarks of a trad doppelbock of roasty, toasty malts, well-balanced - alcohol covers some malt flavors - more of an imperial doppelbock with 9.5%, well done
M: smooth and easy drinking
D: too easy!

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Photo of yancot
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of zestar
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of sliverX
4/5  rDev -4.5%

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4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of RBuckley73
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of BGDrock
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: brown like a murky river; amazing head retention, almond colour, very fine

Aroma: prune, port, toffee

Taste & Mouthfeel: sweet like candy; prune, banana; thick and syrupy, but with enough effervescence to keep it lively; root beer with that sugary caramel flavour; sweetness is overwhelming, but fits style I guess; bottle suggests molasses, which is spot on

Overall: tooth-numbing sweetness is too much for me, but flavours and body are great

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

SERVICE: Bottle
BOTTLED ON: 05/21/14

A:
Pours a cloudy reddish brown with a nice, creamy finger and a half of beige head that settles at a middlin' film. Decent retention; sticky, even lacing. (3.75)

S:
Spiced rum. Smoke, raisins, leather, licorice, caramelized sugar, rum, wood. Lots going on. (4.25)

T:
Boozy and sweet. Smooth transitions through vanilla, rum, licorice, caramel, chocolate, coffee, and more. (4)

M:
Sticky, heavy, boozy syrup of a beer, low carbonation and a very pronounced warming finish. (3.75)

O:
Very good, pretty big Doppelbock.
This is definitely more towards the Samichlaus end of the spectrum (at least based on beers I have had). It is a big, sweet, filling, liquor-filled, malty lager that is perfect for a cold rainy day or indeed any time during the winter. That's definitely what I was going for, but it was certainly a little too big for my tastes. But that's just me.
Pours fairly nice for the ABV. It has a really nice nose and flavor to it with lots of woodsy and sweet characteristics that become WAY more pronounced as the beer warms. The palate is thick, sticky, coating and lasting and the alcohol comes through quite a bit. This is a perfect beer to take to a special occasion to share. Warms you to the soul.
Would have again; worth seeking out. (4)

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Photo of MAB
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A very interesting beer. Dark brown, almost like a stout but more like a porter. Corked top, held down with wire.
I shared the bottle with two other guys, giving it a definite three musketeers kind of vibe. The first glass came out well, the second had a bit more head to it and the third was really foamy. But it receded after a few sips.
The nose is pure candy. Sweet and caramel-like. No hops that I could detect.
The taste was quite a mouthful. This one is kind of syrup-y and it sticks to your tongue a bit longer than a normal brew. It tasted sweet, with notes of chocolate and grains, but mostly just sweet.
So a third of a bottle was about right for me. While good, I don't think I'd want a whole 750 ml of it at one time. Especially at 9.5% alcohol.

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Photo of Coronaeus
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.04/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Mahogany that's so deep, it's almost black; tan head, thin ring of retention, some lacing.

S: Plenty of dark fruit & raspberry candy aroma, beer-nuts, light floral & grassy spicing, hint of herbal hops & a sherry-like alcohol nose.

T: Initial impression was 'wow, this is amazing'. But after only a few sips the alcohol really takes over. Dark fruit bread, cocoa (with some roastiness as smooth as an oatmeal stout), nuts, dark caramel, peppery spicing, slightly herbal, good bitterness, assertive alcohol.

M: Fairly full body has a hint of residual sweetness, a nice protein smoothness and a very drying, alcohol finish. Well-crafted and impressive for its strength.

D: It's pretty warming.

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Photo of cjgator3
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a light tan head.

S- The aroma features a lot of sweet bready malt with caramel and dark fruits. 

T- Tje taste like the aroma is sweet malt, dark fruits, chocolate and caramel. Pretty tasty stuff.

M- The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, thus is a pretty solid dopplebock that is definitely worth picking up. Recommended!

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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 DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO at a discounted $6.50 for a 750ml bottle. Served at a bone chilling 4deg C in a goblet

A- Opens well and pours a good 1" high brownish head with a moderately vigourous pour that lasts for a minute or two before film out. Medium to dark brown colour and unfiltered.

S- Good amount of malt here. Fig, molasses and a TON of heat. The description says 8.7% alcohol however this bottle states 8.6%.

T- Rich fruit as expected from this company. Opens up as it warms and lets it's sugary sweet nature be tasted. Not complex as I though it would be but it does have layers that come as the brew warms. Definitely a sipper as the heat is rather present. The caramel is a bit over done on this one but palatable.

M- Thick, rich and creamy. Enough said

O- Nice brew overall. Excellent at $6.50 though! Still will not buy more as this brew in this size needs to be shared or cork it and save it for the next day. Too much for one sitting as it gets fatiguing.

Food Pairing

This pretty good little brew went well with......... BBQ rack of lamb. A touch of mint jelly on the side and pick a side that is heavier like a root vegetable. Anything light or delicate will get completely over run by this brew.

Enjoy!

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Photo of metter98
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy brown in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Quite fruity in nature, there are moderate aromas of sweet candied plums in the nose.
T: The taste is almost a carbon copy of the smell and has flavors of sweet candied plums. Neither hops nor bitterness are perceptible. The flavors become stronger and more complex as the beer warms up.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Doppelbock is a lot fruitier and sweet compared to other beers in the style and doesn't have any of the raisin-like aromas or flavors that you would normally expect.

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Photo of Ericbeech_87
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
4.06/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours dark brown with medium carbonation and a cap of off white head. Hazy.

S - Booze is there slightly with alot of raisins and dates. Really big aroma which is great for the style.

T - Bready. Rich fruits and a little booze. Raisins and dates are there in a big way again too.

M - Nice carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

D - I can definately see myself having a few of these over the course of a night. The ABV isn't outrageous and I shared the bottle. Not the greatest dopplebock but it's quite good.

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Photo of Viggo
4.07/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml corked and caged bottle, 8.7%.

Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red, some brownish highlights, huge and fluffy light tan head forms, this needs some careful pouring, big chunks of lace stick, huge layer, looks nice.

Smell is neat, very sweet and fruity, big iron note, dark cherry and some spice, caramel, biscuit, very malty, brown sugar, raisins, a bit of alcohol, pretty solid.

Taste is nice too, very sweet and malty but not overly so, raisin and some iron, caramel, brown sugar, lots of dark fruit, dates/raisins, cherries, nice sweet finish, very rich.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with high carbonation. Carbonation was definitely a distraction but the beer became a lot more enjoyable over time when it dropped out a bit.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2010 edition. Purchased in November 2010, cellared until August. I'm sure I could have kept it longer, but I just couldn't wait!

Poured into a goblet, shared with my Quebecois friend who brought it back to Ontario for me!

Dark cherry-brown in colour, with an impressive head with scads of fluffy lacing. I can tell that the carbonation has not cooled off yet; as I don't have a beer fridge, the cellar probably wasn't cool enough. No matter.

The nose is very tasty and reminds me more of abbey quadrupels than of a doppelbock. Figs, raisins, grapes, caramel, sherry, chocolate and strong boozy smell. A pleasure to swirl and sniff.

Sweet, boozy, and with the aforementioned dark fruit, sugar and dry sherry flavor. Again, reminds me more of a Belgian quad. Slightly syrupy, but with lively enough carbonation to keep this from becoming tiresome and cloying. The bottle required about ten minutes of sitting out to allow it to settle and reduce the initially harsh carbonation.

An enjoyable brew, flavorful, diverse and well worth the extra time in the cellar. Hopefully I can score another couple bottles of this year's edition to compare.

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Photo of Tmappin
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | 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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