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Série Signature Sticke Alt | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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3.85/5
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109 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada
lestroismousquetaires.ca

Style: Altbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Malts: Pilsner, Pale, Caramel 60, Caramel 160/
74 IBU / Hops: Magnum, N Brewer, Hallertau
OG: 15.3ºP FG:4.3ºP / SRM: 19 / 12 month aging

Added by eat on 02-19-2010

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#13,345
Reviews:
51
Ratings:
109
pDev:
10.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of kirkbodnar
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I lived in Dusseldorf, Germany for 4 years, and as such, I have had a fair amount of Alt. Most exciting of all, though, is the Sticke Alt from Uerige which is only produced on two different days during the year - very rare and very interesting stuff - which, as I understand, is the primary inspiration for this beer from Les Trois Mousquetaires. This beer was very interesting, and although not exactly like Dusseldorf's original example, not all too far off.

A - Dark amber with a ton of head that sticks around for a while. Held up to my expectations based on my experiences in Dusseldorf

S - This brought back fond memories - fairly authentic. Caramel - and lots of nuttiness - maybe even pine.

T - Pleasantly hoppy, fruity, and nutty with lots of caramel. Not too far off from the original.

M - pleasant, though quite dry.

D - Alt as a style, should be very drinkable - as it is traditionally sold in small 200ml glasses, and pounded back. This example did not dissapoint, though after getting through the 750ml bottle, the woody elements (nuttiness perhaps) got to be a bit much - though this may be due to my pairing it with rather crappy pizza.

I enjoyed this beer a lot - and I will definitely drink it again.

Cheers...

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Photo of wordemupg
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into Unibroue glass mar15 2010

A very hazy deep reddish amber, hazy enough that I can't see the carbonation. a giant beige head has decent retention and leaves several partial rings of lace

S a little orange peel, toffee and some woody earthiness

T again it's very earthy with a little citrus and perhaps even some prune? a very interesting flavor going on here I like it but I'm having trouble trying to think of something to compare it to. like the bottle says its bitter and there's a little sweetness to go with it

M good feel, the carbonation that wasn't visible due to the haze is quite mild in the mouth and it's leaning towards full bodied. this beer has great length, I knew I was drinking a beer because I could taste it for while after swallowing it

I will admit I hate reviewing styles I know little about. this is a great beer and it may be even better then I'm giving it credit for when reviewing for style. that being said you should try this one if you ever get the chance

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle. Stange glass. Deep amber color, foggy appearance. Yellowish off-white froth creates a close, foamy & lasting crown leaving lacing on sides. Caramel, Munich malt & fudge chocolate intense aromas. As expected from aromas, sweet toasted upfront yields to chocolate flavors. Full body. Soft carbonation. Viscous palate. Hints of toasted biscuit & bread, herbal notes & dried nut touch. Long & smooth sweet/bitter finish. Nuts are back on the aftertaste. Solid malty backbone holds hoppiness in well balance, despite its high IBU profile. Nice spot of the Sticke Style: hoppier - but bitterness remains clean- & more caramelish maltiness -but no cloying at all- than a regular Alt & finally a well integrated ABV. Flavorful & delicious!! A masterpiece.

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Photo of Parmesan
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of flipper2gv
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice darkish armber color. Fully translucent. Head has good volume, is beige and is foamy. Head retention is ok, lacing is a bit less than average.

S: Some big caramel and toffee are in this. There is also a nice level of earthy and herbal hops. Wood and leather and a hint of vanilla are present in the smell. Light smoke.

T: Much more hops than anticipated. Mostly earthy and herbal hops are there. Smoke is definitely part of it too. Some light dark fruits like dark cherries and raisins. Again, caramel, toffee, wood, leather, vanilla are still in there. Quite interesting tasting brew.

M: It's ok. Medium to low body with medium to high carbonation. Nothing to get too excited from but works well.

D: Well, it is balanced, not much alcohol, so nothing to stop me.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750mL corked and caged bottle with no freshness date poured into pint glass. Purchased at Marche Cosmopolitan in Montreal's Centre-ville.

Pours a bright, clear amber with red hues. Head is a cream yellow, a bit foamy, and leaves chunks and lacing on the glass as it slowly settles. Good retention. Clarity of the beer shows lots of fine bubbles streaming up the glass.

Toasted caramel, fruit esters, and a bit of lemon and bright floral hops on the nose.

Lots of smooth, toasty malt flavours here; bready, caramel, touch of cereal grain, then some almost dark-fruit esters, giving way to the lemony and earthy hops and a slightly bittersweet finish.

Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and creamy with a nice bit of ebullient, fine carbonation to keep things lively and well away from cloying sweetness.

Overall, I'm really digging this beer. Flavours mesh well together, and find a nice balance. Mid range of complexity, and nothing overdone.

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Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a 750 ml caged and corked brown bottle. Pours out a hazed yet still translucent chestnut brown hue, tall creamy and frothy off-white head with good retention.

Clean toasted, nutty and sweet caramel notes in the aroma, similar to a Vienna Red, also clover and grassy notes.

Distinct clean flavour, crisp dry grains, some toasted and nutty notes, from the middle to the end it's hop time with leafy, musty, spicy, herbal characteristics, aftertaste of dandelion greens.

Medium-full body, silky smooth and clean mouthfeel, moderate carbonation with a little zip on the finish, quite impressive.

A German version of an English ESB produced in Quebec, that's how I connect the dots with this one, and it's one tasty picture. I'm not the biggest fan of such high amounts of Continental hops personal palate-wise, but it's still an impressive and enjoyable ale all the same, and LTM sticks to their guns by producing fine versions of traditional German styles.

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Photo of DrJay
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of eat
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This seems to be fairly new and was being sampled at Peluso in Montreal when I happened to stop by (along with the Imperial weizen, which in my opinion is almost sickeningly sweet...the stuff just about cloyed my face off). A small sample was inspiring enough to pick up this 750ml bomber, corked and caged like all their Serie Signature.

Almost-clear and a beautiful ruby-copper colour. It's the colour of the darkest, reddest honey you could imagine being naturally possible; made from some kind of flower with ruby-red pollen. Great rocky off-white head leaves chunks of lacing stuck to the sides of the glass. Careful pouring this one, the head is explosive. The clarity is off-putting somehow for such a dark red/brown beer. Also, retention could definitely be improved upon. Otherwise it looks awesome, the colour is spectacular.

Smells mostly of wheat and earthy European hops. Some half-cooked Brussels sprouts and sweet malt. Good but could be stronger.

Tons of earthy European hops. I don't know hops well enough to say which they are but they aren't any of those floral/piny/citrusy hops found in American-style brews. These taste like plants and soil and they used a lot of them in brewing this stuff. Fairly forward malt presence as well, though hops come out on top of everything. This is not a complex beer but the hops are so tasty that it doesn't need to be. The beer guy at Peluso described it as a German IPA...I like that description! Dry, bitter hoppy finish, no alcohol present.

Medium body and carbonation. Good but nothing special here.

For me this is too bitter to drink much of. I find all of Les Trois Mousquetaires brews to have this quality: while they definitely know what they're doing, they're all too intensely *something* to drink much of. I always struggle to finish off a bomber to myself, not because it's bad but because it's too intense. Drinkable enough to really enjoy a pint, but that's it. The label states that this beer is, "...dominated by a gripping bitterness." I agree. None of the Serie Signature are sessionable in my experience so far.

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Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Warning: Aggressive pour WILL = beer on your counter top. If this is a strong German brown ale then kudos to Deutschland as this is one good looking ale. Reddish brown, kinda looks like old blood.cloudy, with amazing head formation and retention and lacing you could build carpet from.

Nice floral sweetness, touch of honey and spice,
Started out as a 3-3.5 on taste because I noted a lack of balance. Yes, it could be more balanced, but the flavours that are there are well done and the roller coster ride between cinnamon bready malt, citrus hop, more intense cinnamon bready malt, and then that neat ( Jeff nailed it) dandelion herbal bitterness that closes the show down, yet makes you take another sip

Liked the smooth, mid-full body.

This brewer is like that box o' chocolates...always as surprise...good and average. This one falls under good/very good depending on if you like beer that finishes bitter

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Photo of Bruno74200
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L - beautiful amber colour with a good ivory head

S - prunes, raisins, figs

T - good hop bitterness, herbal notes, nuts and raisins

F - okay mouthfeel

O - my first altbier and it's a real treat! Good balance with the bitter hops and the sweet malts, really flavourful

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Photo of BarrelSelect
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color copper-orange with a nice foam when poured. Aroma of bread, cereal, and nuts. Hops aromas resin with a little floral. Medium bodied with a good hops attack. Taste cereal, little caramel, toasted malt. Bitter finish. Like all Signature Serie product from Trois Mousquetaires, it's a really good creation.

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Photo of smcolw
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive dome-like head. Starts at three fingers thick and settles ever so slowly. Plenty of matrixed lace as the head recedes. Deep, dark copper color. Hazy.

Smell of sweet caramel sugar. Predominately crystal malt toastiness to the nose.

Tastes like an amber ale with a strong hop finish in the swallow. Not nearly sweet as the smell would suggest. The caramel flavor are still present but they are quickly offset by the white pepper bitterness that shows up in the swallow. Moderate aftertaste length. Darker than many alts, but it works.

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Photo of valkyre65
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy orange colour with an above average size frothy beige coloured head. I can't really tell how much carbonation there is due to the haziness and there is some really fantastic lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, caramel, floral/herbs, hops

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the beer feels slightly creamy on the tongue. The beer has a very sweet flavour consisting of malts, caramel, and some hops. It has lot of herbal/floral notes to it. It finishes with a sticky sweet floral hop aftertaste.

Overall - This one reminded me a lot of their Kellerbier; which I also enjoyed. The Sticke Alt has a touch more sweetness however. This is a solid beer; I'm happy with my purchase.

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Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy but very pleasant red brown colour, with a full and thick head of creamy white foam. Looks very pleasant and refined. I particularly like the colour.

Really nice nose. Some peach character, with a refined slightly musty phenolic character. Light grain notes add a little sweetness. Almost a light baked beans note to it. It's very subtle, but very pleasant.

Lovely nutty characters on the palate, with some nice sharp phenolic characters on the front. Some sharpness on the very back, which really clears out the palate very nicely. It's very well done and nicely balanced. Very refined and pleasant.

I do like altbiers, and this is a pretty good one. I love the refined, slightly subtle characters on it, and the nutty palate. It's quite pleasant.

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From Cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Reading CPPHTP10 Ch12. Pretty tasty and nice, above all, very nice smelling. The first Alt I take and Ive enjoyed it.

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Photo of slowfade
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of smithj4
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Série Signature Sticke Alt from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 109 ratings
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