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Série Signature Kellerbier | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Série Signature KellerbierSérie Signature Kellerbier

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: Kellerbier / Zwickelbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Unfiltered golden lager inspired by the Kellerbiers, or "cellar beers", found in the northern Bavarian region of Franconia. This Kellerbier marries a rich malt flavor with an herbal hop character.

Added by MeisterBurger on 08-01-2009

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Photo of ludachris
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The body is a slightly hazed deep golden hue. I expected a bit more haze with it being unfiltered. 3 fingers of dense, big bubbled, soapy head looks almost like it was whipped. Small and large patches of "sudsy" lace cling to the glass.

Black pepper and a mellow earthiness are the base of the nose. It's even a bit salty, almost like Manzanilla olive juice; something I got out of their Porter Baltique as well. Unlike other Kellerbiers I've had, this one has a soft and sweet fruitiness to it composed of clementine peels, dried apricots, and overly ripe peaches. A very well rounded and pronounced smelling lager.

This is soft and almost delicate throughout. The earthy aspect is mellow but rich and just a touch bitter as it nears the finish. It's laced with both salt and pepper but the latter is more pronounced. Dried apricots and fresh peaches aren't as concentrated in the taste as they are in the nose but still manage to impart a pleasurable sweetness and good balance. Toasted and peppered rye bread are the beer's final impression with a twist of lemon peel to cut its density.

This is more smooth than crisp; another thing that differentiates this from other Kellerbiers I've had. It's straightforward and it's very, very well balanced.

Overall, this is the most enjoyable Kellerbier I've had to date. I really liked its fruity aspect as well as its delicate, soft, and smooth feel.

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Photo of rtepiak
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a big thank you flipper2gv

i'm a kellerbier fan and this is fantastic and frightfully authentic... or well wouldn't be discernible from a german.

pour is a monster of a head that seems to scream i'm well made and oily. 3 fingers of head that seemed to crystallize into large bubbles with lace. nose of first and foremost... basement. hint of grape and apple and honey suckle. palate is floral grassy like that of an edible flower. interesting ester that are one part pollen, one part basement mildew and a hop dry finish of lingering oils. fantastic. my perfect session.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.48/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse Canadian SpecTapular.

Lovely cloudy golden colour, with a frothy meringue-like head of white foam. Lacing is superb. Some languid bubbling makes it look extra-refined. Awesome.

Quite a fruity nose with hints of spice, a little German banana ester, and perhaps just a twinge of cellar mustiness. Almost Belgian hints to it as well, but with a lager sharpness. It's nice; not as classic as it could be, but very tasty.

But oh yes they have it on the palate. Fresh start, with some light fruit, before a light bitterness enters, mingled beautifully with those classic musty keller phenols. Oh yeah. Clean and crisp and amazingly drinkable.

This is a really great keller and a great beer all up. On the palate, it's spot-on stylistically. It's so fresh and clear - just how a really awesome lager should be, but it has masses of character as well to make it an interesting and enjoyable experience. Amazingly refreshing, and refreshingly tasty. Top drop.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.43/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750ml corked and caged, brought back from Montreal by a good friend - thanks Bobsy!

Pours a lightly hazed deep gold with a big fluffy two finger off-white head which leaves chunks of lace down the glass.

Floral and grassy hops in the nose, hints of citrus fruits, biscuit and caramel malt, juicy bitterness.

Oh man, this is a tasty beer. Big juicy floral and grassy hop profile with a bracing bitterness - not entirely unlike Victory's Prima Pils but feels fresher (due to it being unfiltered?), lightly spiced, hints of peaches, biscuit and honey, light caramel, citrus zestl. Sharp but not over the top carbonation, slick mouthfeel. Feels much bigger than the stated 5.5%. Perhaps a bit thin in the malt section but anything bigger would hurt the drinkability.

Oh how I wish I was closer to a regular supply of this beer. It could be a regular drinker, easily quaffable, plenty of kick. These guys do a MEAN lager. Compared to Creemore Keller this is 10 times meaner. Damn tasty, big flavor for a session beer.

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Photo of drpimento
4.42/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great beer! Poured with a nice off white foamy frothy head and good lace. Color is a hazy amber. Aroma is a wonderful spice yeast malt . Flavor's like aroma and richer. Body is great and so is carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of short length. Definitely a session beer.

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Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up directly at the brewery.

Appearance: A thick fluffy head with a patchwork of lacing that becomes a sheet of foam covering the glass as it empties. Body is a hazy light gold. Simply marvelous.

Smell: Earthy minerals, grainy, citrusy and zesty.

Taste: Minerals, caramel malt, good bite, some fruit plushness. Never too strong yet flavor is fulfilling.

Mouthfeel: Real good carbonation, smooth yet firm and a great balance. Full bodied yet manages to feel light.

Overall: A real winner. Refreshing and elegant. This can be a good gateway beer yet still satisfy the discerning craft beer drinker.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

According to the label: "This Franconian-style Kellerbier, or "cellar beer", is an unfiltered Pilsner marrying the richness of Quebec barley to the smoothness of German hops. It is the ideal aperitif."

Pours with a staggering amount of carbonation, with lots of beads of carbonation rising from the bottom and a big, frothy head composed of large bubbles. It's a slightly hazy honey color. Laces nicely. Unparalleled head retention. It looks great.

The aroma is fresh cut apples and a grassy, noble hops character and just a background noise of candy-like malt sweetness and graininess.

The taste is very noble hop forward, very floral and mildly soapy, with a light biscuity/grainy malt beneath and a clean, dry finish and a tingling bitter aftertaste. It's full flavored, maybe with the balance slightly tipped towards bitter over sweet, but it works wonderfully. I'd say they knocked this one of the park.

The mouthfeel is a joy, so full and creamy, with lots of lively carbonation.

I just polished off a 750 ml bottle and I'd happily move on to another.

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Photo of Gavage
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a orange color with some yellow highlights. A short 1/2" head breaks apart quickly.

Smell: grass, lemon zest, and some fresh baked bread aroma creates an enjoyable aroma.

Taste: grainy bread, grass, lemon zest, green apples, pears, and a moderate bitterness.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout with a light dryness late.

Drinkability: this is a very easy drinking beer. This beer is nicely refreshing and makes the tastebuds happy.

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Photo of Derek
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden-bronze with a fluffy white head, good retention & lacing.

S: Bready malt with hints of toffee; Floral & grassy spicing.

T: Yeasty/doughy bread with plenty of grassy hop spicing. Hints of toffee with a nicely balanced bitterness. Great stuff.

M: Well-attenuated, moderate body has an off-dry finish.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of Brad007
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice golden color with a thick, frothy head into my tulip. Nice presentation here.

Aroma is full of hops and sweet, bready malt. Seems about right here.

Taste is sweet, chewy and full of buttery malt. Interesting flavors for the style. Lots of emphasis on chewy.

Coats the back of the throat with more of the flavors listed below. Carbonation is just right.

Very nice for a regional example. I'm just looking for something that I can drink with some pizza and they seem to work well.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First of my LTM 750ml bottle-haul from Drummondville.

Since my only true beer "mug" is a massive Paulaner stein, I instead poured this into a curved Steam Whistle pilsner glass. A deep tawny golden brew, opaque with sediment - looks a great deal like fresh-squeezed white grapefruit juice. A brilliant two-inch high head that has receded into a solid half-inch layer of foam. Scads of patchy lacing. Great retention. Kellers don't need a boat load of lacing, but this looks bloody brilliant, so I upped the markage here.

Nose is quite pleasant: apple, peanut, floral aromatic hops, grain, malt.

Finally: a Canadian zwickel with some chesthair (not literally - that would be gross). Big blast of nutty, grainy goodness with a sharp floral hop tang. Citrus (grapefruit), apple and a nice moderate malty backing. Took a few sips to get my tastebuds in tune, but I'm liking what I've encountered so far. About as flavorful as a 'non-filtered pilsner' as you're going to get.

Thicker-bodied for a lager, which is all kinds of good. Slightly creamy, lovely mild carbonation. Reminds me of a real home brew mouthfeel, which I dig greatly.

After receiving but a taste of what LTM had to offer last summer with their standard mixpack, I couldn't wait to sample more of their brews. I can safely say that their Kellerbier was more than worth the wait. A markedly bitterer and huskier kellerbier than I've experienced before, but this robust flavor was certainly welcome. Terrific work from LTM!

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

from notes
A - ully hazy golden orange, tall white head retained forever and left lots of random lacing
S - Oranges, pepper and spices, mild leafy and herb hop notes, light grain
T - very similar to the nose, also a mineral and honey qualities
M - edium body with bright carbonation, peppery tingle with mild hop dry finish
O - an interesting and enticing mix of flavours, super easy drinking, a unique brew and style

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Photo of trbergman
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL corked-and-caged bottle into a tulip.

A - Pours a translucent yellow-orange with one finger of sticky white foam that leaves an intricate pattern of lace on the side of the glass.

S - Solid, bready malt character with lemon zest and grassy hop aroma.

T - Great bready malt flavor with a lemony tang and the grassy, floral taste of noble hops. Hop bitterness is moderate and spot on. Really well done.

M - Light body, perky carbonation, yet creamy due to its unfiltered nature.

D - Easy to drink, but with tons of flavor. One of the best lagers I've had in some time. Definitely a beer to seek out.

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Photo of laituegonflable
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lucky enough to try on tap at the Local Taphouse Moose & Mountie Spectapular.

Pours a pale gold with slight orange tinge, head is white and thin but retains with nice webs of lace around the glass. slight haze with a slow, light bead showing through. Pretty good.

Smell is very fruity at first; lots of apricot, pineapple, citric hops. Very sweet with cakey caramel malt underlying but just loads of fresh tang, a hint of bitterness with a slight funky edge. Really very nice.

Lots of malt on the front palate - cakey and sweet, descends into a fruity mid-palate with hints of mango and orange zest. Bitterness starts early with lemon rind and flax kind of flavour, giving quite a phenolic flavour with a slight barnyard funk. Hops are noticeable, fresh and a bit astringent, but they clean up the palate nicely and don't leave a lingering bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty thin but a good viscosity as it goes down, leaves with a decent dryness.

Really clean drinking, but lots of complexity to it as well. A great beer to start off a tasting session, but I could sink quite a few of these as well.

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Photo of Alexc11
4.31/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This golden lager comes with a healthy thick cream that doesn't dissipate and tops off beautiful amber tones. Caramel,nutty and fruity. Light hoppy and acidic feel on tongue and concludes with a pleasant finish. Enjoyable all around and recommended.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into chalice may9 2010

A a golden orange glow with a big fluffy head that had pretty good retention but only left a few small patches of lace

S a fair bit of dry cereal with some hay and hops

T what I smell but with a little citrus and some earthy woodiness to go along with a little spice, massive flavor for a lager this is no ordinary pilsner

M not overly thick but hey this is not a big ass stout after all, crisp with just a little bite and good carbonation. flavor lingers for a while too no complaints here

D big flavor for a session beer and would go down easy all day long with no issues

I can see no reason why you shouldn't try this beer, yet another winner from a great brewery.

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Photo of PSUDREW
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this from the Stanley Cup BIF from SliverX, and I gotta say, this is a really nice beer

Pours a nice medium golden color. Foamy white head, and some lacing.
Nose is straw. a little earthy, and maybe sweet. Nothing super potent here
Taste, is surprisingly refreshing. Like a lot of pils, there is a clean crisp hop upfront, followed by a dose of sweet malt, and then clean finish. There is a lot of spicy yeast character to this as well, but it does not over power anything
Pretty even mouth feel. not light, not heavy.
Really drinkable, interesting session beer. after a really humid day this was a pretty refreshing deer.
Really interesting enjoyable beer. Not my favorite style, but I enjoyed the hell out of this

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Photo of Gilmango
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a corked 750 to a Duvel chalice. Bottle has a different label (tan not green, no signature series indication, but same beer, 5.5 abv, only kellerbier they make), this difference may just be cause Shelton Bros. is now importing it to the states. Picked up at Bottle Barn in Sta. Rosa, great price $7.99 for an imported corked 25 oz. beer, a kellerbier at that (hard to find at all, often pricey).

OK, I'm no beer reviewer but feeling inspired tonight, on with it. Looks good poured into my glass, beautiful rocky head that lingered and laced. Only slight issue on first pour was that the "unfiltered" nature of the beer was not readily apparent. But no worries, I homebrew and never filter and like when my own yeast stays out of the picture until such time as I may choose to bring it forth to my glass. Future pours reveal more of that kellerbier faint cloudiness, not a hefeweizen at all but a welcome light haze.

Smell, nice lager smell with very faint notes of yeast, bit of hops, bit of lager yeast sulfur in a good way I swear. But generally a muted smell. And yes, I searched in vain for a freshness date, hate when I cannot readily find one.

Taste, here's where the yeast and hops really shine, no it is not a super hoppy beer but the hops are much more apparent on the tasting than smelling, mostly bittering hops giving a great dry and lingering finish. More yeast than malt in their with the bittering hops, in a good way, probably why I love kellerbiers above most other lagers. Still a bit of a mystery to me is the age of this beer, I'm really enjoying it but could see this being a few months old, and really that's a testament to the beer I suppose.

Mouthfeel, well carbonated, very well attenuated (no cloying sweetness to speak of) while still balanced between malt and hops and the yeasty goodness.

Drinkability, yes, give me more, a pretty faithful re-creation of a great german/austrian style brewed here in north america, only 5.5% abv which is actually on the strong end for the style.

My first mousquetaires bottling and I'm impressed.

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Photo of bobsy
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Here's a Quebec brewery that do German styles very well indeed. If you get the opportunity, check out their rauchbiers. This cork and caged beauty was shared at the dinner table with a few friends.

Poured a rich golden colour with a large fluffy white head, that was easily maintained by a steady stream of bubbles. Some decent lacing was left as the drinking progressed. The aroma places this as a malt-forward lager - there's lots of soft tones... mild grain, pale malt, honey, light caramel and a spicy, saaz grassiness. All the promise of the aroma is realised by the flavour, which shows the true potential for flavour that a lager can hold. There's a really strong pale malt/biscuit base that's prominent, yet soft at the same time. The real star of the show, though, is the noble hopping. There's a clean grassiness throughout, which climaxes in a spicy finish. The balance between sweetness and bitterness is about as well-handled as you could possibly hope for. The carbonation is very active, but its by no means prickly and its softness makes for a creamy mouthfeel.

The world needs more kellerbiers!

Huge thanks to zorprime for sending me this bottle.

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Photo of HappyHourHero
4.27/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicate sweet aroma of concord grapes and honey is quite inviting. Dense off-white head sits atop the hazy golden beer. Delicate flavor is a mix of concord grape and with faint floral/grassy and lemon accents all wrapped up in a mildly bitter finish. Moderately light body with mild carbonation and light flavors make for a very drinkable beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a Libbey style pilsner glass.

Deep orange amber, almost brown but with an opaque unfiltered appearance. Some cola sticking carbonation but also some fine sized bubbles that rise quickly through the body. The head is creamy but small, forming only about two fingers but manages some soapy pill lacing, and has a very vanilla crème to banana yellow color and foamy puck.

Heavinly fruity esters going on, with large spicy malt like base. Creamy sensing vanilla and spiced clove with a big fig like note that dominates the nose. Very fruit forward with a raisin like sweetness that comes over. Dense. Rich. Smells very inviting, almost hinting at Belgian character but definitely lighter and of course not with any sucrose naturally. Big Keller indeed, and then some real creamy banana to match.

Palate comes with a large malty base. Hints of bock like big quality and caramel malt, with light phenolic character. Crisp finish and real big spicy sensations. Large banana finish with spiced nutmeg and allspice hot dry air aftertaste. The mouthfeel at such low abv is very impressive, thick, rushing and big malt coating everywhere. A bit of a fussel warmth and booming alcohol like sensation surprisingly coming off as a bigger brew. Chewy palate with an almost nutty flavor too match.

It's very impressive, a little large and unexpected, but really delicious for a Keller.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It's a nice yellowish gold color, a bit hazy, very big bubbles but not very big itself with bad retention. Not much lacing though.

S: Very big flowery nose. A nice level of citrus zest. Good caramel malts with good biscuit. Lager yeast along with wheat bread are more in the back. Good smelling beer.

T: More hops than I thought. This might be the beer that has the biggest level of flowery hops I've ever had. Also good level of citrus zest. Very good level of biscuit malts and caramel malts. Wheat bread is there but more hidden than in the smell. Very different and interesting brew.

M: Medium light body with medium high level of carbonation. Fits real well with the feel of the brew.

D: It's easy to drink, it's balanced.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml, caged and corked bottle, enjoyed in a smallish central hotel room in Montreal, with some tasty boulangerie/deli/SAQ takeout.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow hue, with a copious amount of bulbous, thin, and puffy off-white head, which leaves some nice, sparsely-strewn fuzzy cloud lace around the glass as it slowly recedes.

It smells of fresh cut hay, dandelion salad, a twinge of clover honey, and sharply biscuity and grainy pale malt. The taste is more of that pleasant aroma, writ large - crisp, crackery, and biscuity malt, wet hay, acerbic grass, a bit of sour generic citrus rind, soft earthy honey, and a touch of resinous pine needle.

The carbonation is fairly understated, yet somehow barely restrained in its bearing, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and mostly smooth, a certain edge from the hop and grain providing a minor burr, though one easily washed over. It finishes on the dry side, still steadfast in its all-around crispness.

One in a select group of German-style lagers that just begs to be consumed, from that first moment of introduction. LTM has nailed that concept, so glad that I have more of it with which to wile a bit of a warm afternoon away, as this is one equitable example of the originators of the style - hoppy, biscuity, dry, and simple in the best sort of way. Not much more to say here, I suppose, other than some big-ups to those Quebecois fellas who thought this might be a good idea to pursue in the first place.

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Photo of CanuckRover
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A rare five on appearance. Giant egg shell head fills the flute of the tulip glass. Settles slowly, sea foam consistency. Thick lacings right to the finish. Peach colour. Appropriately cloudy. Just wonderful.

Fresh grass seed with some generous noble bitterness. Subtle honey sweetness underneath.

Wet hay and honey sweetness blends seemlessly with fresh grass which morphs into a nice resinous bitterness, pine.

Spot-on keller. Can easily imagine drinking this at a German country brew house.

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Photo of Shadman
4.21/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wow..interesting type of beer..Quebec Barley...I know some Alberta Malt Barley growers that would say I'm being sacrilegious by drinking this....

Great looking beer. Has a Hefe look with the aprocot color, hazy from the lack of filtration. Head formation borders on massive even though the beer is quite cold. Head is almost merangue-like and retention is superior to 99% of the beers i've sampled. Huge gobs of lacing as well.

Tart apple smell, sort of like Duvel, floral hoppiness, and some sweet maltiness.

Some funky stuff goin' on here. Earthy flavour very similar to mushroom in the front end. Bite from the hop and carbonation follows soon after. Touch of phenoyl and then the hop bitterness wins the day. Yes the bitterness comes across slightly astringent.

Quite creamy and definitely medium bodied mouthfeel.

Interesting style of beer and certainly worth trying. Might not be everyone's 'cuppa', but hop heads might find it like a Helles lager and an IPA.

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Série Signature Kellerbier from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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