Série Signature Sticke Alt | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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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
Ratings:
109
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
10.85%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
16
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 109 |  Reviews: 51
Photo of schopenhauerale
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Whatup14
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of Molson2000
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of Kmat10
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of canucklehead
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A complex brew with a real live rustic feel to it that seems to be a constant for the Signature series from Les Trois Mousquetaires. The beer is full of nuances including a real interplay from the hops and malt in the finish. The mouthfeel is full and makes the beer feel like a higher ABV . Great beer of a style not often seen outside Dusseldorf

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Photo of josanguapo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
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 ADZA
3.73/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours an impressive cherry,mahogany hue with beautiful carbonation that leaves behind a very frothy two finger head and nice lacing here,there and everywhere,the smell is a mix of aromas of sticky date pudding,dark plums,cherries and dark malts,it has a nice fullish mouthfeel just above medium bodied whcih is lively carbonated,the taste starts off with the dark fruit flavours with a middle body of toffeee malts and it finishes very bitter indeed so bitter that i noticed it was which isnt the norm for me as i do love my hoppy beers but in saying that after the next glass i quite enjoy this bitterness,its definately an interesting brew that showcases sweet and bitter with a touch of more bitterness than sweet which i dont think i could compare with any other brew i have tried if someone asked what's it like compared to? as it definately stands alone with its different,unique but nice mix of flavours and i will revisit this thats for sure.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - deep copper brown, nice tall tan bubbly tan head that retained and laced well
S - spicy herbal hops are prominent, nutty smoky malts, some hints of tobacco and citrus
T - the spice, herb, and slight smoky flavours up front, there is some nuttiness, then the hop bitterness leaves a dry and even salty taste
M - thin and somewhat bubbly, but as advertised the dry bitterness is high, reminding me of haven eaten some kind of salt cured meat
D - i'm generally a fan of the more bitter offerings, this is good but a little too far in that respect to be very drinkable, while the flavours are interesting it does not have thirst quenching properties

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of bobsy
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Eric was very generous in sharing this bottle with me, so big thanks due to him. Trois Mousquetaires make some pretty damn fine ales and lagers, and their ability to put together some great German-style beers is outstanding.

Rich amber pour with a finger of yellow-tinged off-white head that had some good legs and put down some lace spots. Floral, fruity aroma has that children's rubber ducky feel to it that's obviously something that I can't describe properly or even understand. The ducks in the flavour too, but that's not a bad thing - its just the combination of floral and fruity notes bring it to mind. I really should check out the individual ingredients in these beers and isolate it. Some decent breadiness provides body, and there's a good citric bite, which isn't so strong as to detract from the beers drinkability. Some mineral and eggshell too. Medium body and carbonation.

On first sip I really wasn't sure whether I liked this, but the beer grew immensely on me and probably ended up my favourite of the evening. Its certainly a very fine rendition of an alt, and continues in the trend of this brewery's excellent pedigree.

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of IronDjinn
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
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 Noelito76
3/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of polloenfuego
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle to a pint glass.

A: this beer pours a deep rust red with a persistent thumbs worth of fluffy white head. There is ample carbonation visible in the beer, and the head lasts forever. As the beer goes down you are left with thick lacing and a persistent head.

S: the dominant smell is bready malts, but caramel and hops can also be detected along with some spices.

T: bready malts are up front, but the hops are far more dominant on the taste than they are on the nose. The finish combines the bitter of the hops with the sweet of the malts for a nice memory on the tongue.

M: higher carbonation and a medium body.

O: my first experience with the style, I did not know what to expect. I am not sure whether I would purchase another bottle, but I am not unhappy with this beer. I think I need to enjoy more beers in the style for a better feel.

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of SebD
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice rusted brownish/amber color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down slowly and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready malts, caramel, floral hops, a slight nuttiness and some earthiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has bready malts, sweet caramel, floral/earthy hops and faint nuts.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pootz
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked&caged bottle:

Decanted a deep reddish-brown hazey ale into the stein. Wonderful billowy 3 finger sticky cap that lasts and laces

Aroma: Wunderbar! Almonds, bread, woody earthyness, a light musty-sweetness.

Profile: Toasty, nutty, rich thick malts..full bodied and a rich mouth feel...like liquid toasted walnut bread smeard with a leafy herbal-woody marzipan...totally non cloying...finishes with the ample noble hops drying the flavor out with a sharp wet birch wood bark tone as the dark malts leave a light pucker...bready herbal after taste.

Rich, deeply flavorful, satisfying and outrageously drinkable...perhaps that is the secret of this "Sticke" Probably this brewer's best effort ..an Alt to die for...hope it's available again...I'll buy cases next time.

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Photo of Giggy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of bum732
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BDTyre
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Copper-brown, with a very thick white head. Nutty, malt smell with strong hints of yeast, bread and toffee. Mild, somewhat low hop profile.

I was expecting a bit more malt to this, but I actually find it slightly bitter and somewhat sour. The hops really shine through, though the malts are quite defiant and still make themselves felt.

Nice, light carbonation. A big beer, and very nice to drink.

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Photo of GONZALOYANNA
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
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 falloutsnow
2.92/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

From: Friar Tuck, Savoy, IL
Date: None (again, why do Shelton Brothers not have dates?)
Glass: Ayinger willi glass

I'm not sure Trois Mousequeitaries knows what they're doing or where they're going with this beer. They used several of the "wrong" malt styles (crystal malts, whereas original alt brewers didn't have access to these), hopped it to extreme levels (while alts, and in particular sticke and doppelsticke can be highly hopped, 70+ IBUs is a bit extreme), and I'm not sure about the yeast strain. These wouldn't matter except to the purist if the taste were either interesting or authentic, but it is neither, really. A bit of over-roasted caramel malts lend some fairly week burnt toast and cocoa elements atop a rather bland, mostly dry base that leads into light bitter and herbal hop flavor: uninspiring and unexciting. This is a fairly recent arrival in my area (past month), with the new Trois Mousqueitaires bottle labels, so I doubt it's old. Rather overrated, I'm not impressed with this, especially given the price ($11 per bottle). A shame, considering that Trois Mousquetaires makes (made?) a very good kellerbier and doppelbock.

Pours a 2cm tall head of small bubbles, frothy in appearance and beige in color, with excellent retention of several minutes. The head fades, in time, to a thin film of lace atop the body for the duration of the session. Lacing is excellent, with many dots and patterns clinging to the sides of the glass. Body is a muddy brown to very dark golden orange in color, with light revealing more of the golden orange hues around the edges of the otherwise still muddy brown base. Carbonation slightly visible through the nearly opaque (70-80% opacity) body, low in number, but moderate in activity.

Aroma of light caramel, toasted that is slightly charred, a bit of herbal and floral continental hops in the close. Not bad, but certainly underwhelming for a sticke alt.

Taste of dark caramel malt, slightly charred toast, a whisp of cocoa, and moderate bitterness and herbal flavor from hops: the mixture is rather underwhelming. Front of palate is of dark caramel-like sweetness, cocoa, a bit of charred toast, and faint, herbal hops. Mid-palate of dry, slightly sweet caramel-like flavors with bitter cocoa (from the 120L caramel malt) and medium-strength hop bitterness and flavor of dry grass and herbs. Back of palate is of moderate hop bitterness mixed with acridness from the nearly-roasted malts, a touch of cocoa and mild dark caramel-like sweetness. Aftertaste of dry and mild to medium hop bitterness with a bit of dry cocoa and dark caramel-like sweetness.

Beer is medium to meidum-light in body, with carbonation of medium to medium-low intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that is lightly foamy (1/3) and otherwise smooth (2/3). Generally soft and smooth, this manages to fit well with the profile of the beer and the style. Closes very dry, with heavy stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

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Série Signature Sticke Alt from Les Trois Mousquetaires
3.87 out of 5 based on 109 ratings.
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