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Série Signature Kellerbier | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Série Signature KellerbierSérie Signature Kellerbier

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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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3.28/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Straw-yellow in colour, clear with an airy white head. Some lacing but not much retention.

Subtle astringent smell with floral hops, grain and yeast most prominently featured.

Well-balanced with floral, grassy hops and grainy malt up front. A touch of caramel way off in the background. A bit astringent tasting but not so much as to be a bad thing; it's actually the most unique part of this beer. Pretty light tasting aside from the astringency and a mild, bitter, dry finish.

Light body with a medium carbonation. Nice enough feel.

While this isn't a bad tasting beer, I can't say it's all that drinkable. I've never really had a beer tasting like this one (maybe because I've never tried a kellerbeer) and enjoyed the first glass for it's uniqueness but finishing this whole 750ml is going to be a little hard. It's a bit too astringent and bitter to have more than one. Worth checking out, just don't plan on sessioning this one.

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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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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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