Grande Cuvée Barleywine Américain
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Barleywine - American
4.17 | pDev: 11.75%
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Jeffo from Netherlands

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this one from the LCBO a while back.

From a corked and caged 750 into a snifter
Bottled 10 June 2014

APPEARANCE: Pours a three finger, slightly looser, foamy, off-white head with good retention. Perfectly clear rust orange color with medium levels of carbonation evident. Head slowly fades to a splotchy wisp and leaves some lacing on the top of the glass. A splotchy film remains until the end leaving decent lacing on the glass as it empties.

SMELL: Pale malts, caramel notes, toffee, some grassy aromas and melony hop notes on the nose. A touch of alcohol as well. Bold stuff.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness, light melony flavors and some alcohol up front. Bold and lingering finish of toffee, caramel, malt sweetness, grassy hops, light bitter grapefruit and lemon flavors as well. Some bubble gum and booze in there too. Flavorful and plenty going on.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Enough weight, creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a bit sticky. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Good stuff. Not as hop forward as it probably once was, but good malt sweetness and still some hop profile and plenty of bitterness. This one has definitely aged nicely over the last couple years. Well worth opening one up if you’ve got some left.

Sep 27, 2017
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.55/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap. Clear, deep amber color with beige head. Aroma has lots of sweet malts, dried fruits but also some earthy bitterness. Taste starts quite sweet with candy and lots of malt but turn quickly and gets scraping bitter. Body is quite light and well carbonated. It's a very chaotic beer, not balanced at all and quite harsh.

Oct 01, 2016
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jfreeze from Canada

4.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful looking beer. A brilliant red colour with an off white, thick head that leaves nice lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma is a massive hop candy smell. The malts smell of caramel, toffee, and sticky bread pudding, and they mix incredibly well with the smell of tropical fruits (candied pineapple) and the slightest touch of pine.
Taste is equally as massive, with sweet burnt sugar, plums and cherries, and a warm booziness. Mouthfeel is smooth, and while it is quite balanced, the candy malt sweetness dominates on the palate.
Overall- A fantastic dessert-like beer with great complexity, and a decent amount of drinkability for the ABV in question. I wouldn't age it as the hop character contributes so much to the aroma and flavour.

Aug 22, 2016
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SportsandJorts from Virginia

4.02/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a burnt orange color, with hues of red to garnet. a finger or two of a tannish head with good retention and a frothy lacing. a bit of darkness but mostly clear and bright.

Smell: huge American hop scent, earthy, resinous, citrusy and some herbal. lots of sweet malts to back it up too, caramels and dark fruits mostly.

Taste: opens with a little bit of sweet syrupy caramel, quickly taken up by some bitterness and a hop bite, with notes of pine, resin, citrus, herbaceousness, and some spiciness. back end has more sweet malts with toffee, bordering on burnt sugar and some light dark fruits. some light vanilla to amaretto notes.

Mouthfeel: full bodied and syrupy. lots of sweetness but balanced every bit by lots of bitterness. some light warming alcohol a you work your way through the glass.

Overall: a very classic American Barleywine. finds a nice balance and finds the right spot with the malts. Hop flavor isn't quite for me but it does work well in this beer. Another well brewed beer by LTM

Jun 28, 2016
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TheSevenDuffs from Canada

2.98/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light in colour for a barelywine. Bright medium orange/Amber with thin layer of cream colored head.

Big caramel sweetness up front with raisin and bread. Piney hop presence in background.

Sweet up front with caramel, raisin and bread notes and and a slight smoke presence. Finish is bitter and piney. Flavours are sort of muddled and don't mesh well. Very syrupy, becoming cloyingly sweet after a few sips. Difficult to get through 3-4 oz, let alone 750 ml

Medium body; creamy. Light carbonation.

Sep 08, 2015
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biegaman from Canada

4.2/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trois Mousquetaires Barleywine is quite light - we're talking blindingly bright persimmon or kumquat orange here. Looks like the "Américain" part in question is Florida. Although, true and proper for Québécois ale, this has a foam that sprawls across the surface like drifting snow winds.

The aroma is so engrossing I want to craddle the glass like a brandy snifter. Again, the "American" part is plenty apparent: piney, pungent, herbal hops and sunny citric notes spring out the glass like Olympic poll vaulters. It's like taking a springtime walk along a street lined with blooming fruit trees.

And the taste reaps the harvest! Ripe apricot, orange, cherries, and grapefruit flavours lead the way with a semi-sticky honey and maple malt base that takes the sting out of all that citrus. But it's not entirely sweet; there's dry pithiness and herbal resins despite the extremely tropical mango and pineapple notes.

This barleywine is under 10% and tastes like it; the alcohol is quiet as a church mouse. Bitterness too - some American barleywines are so weedy and bitter that it feels like you're being choked out by chlorophyll. Not here. If anything, this is way too drinkable. The 750ml bottle feels like a single serving.

Les Trois Mousquetaires Barleywine Américain should once and for all prove that whatever Americans can do Canadians can do better (or at least just as good). It is a wonderfully casual, quaffable example of the style that doesn't short-change on the complexity. Worth crossing the border for if you have to!

Jun 30, 2015
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papat444 from Canada

4.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

***2013 Vintage***

Pours a rusty brown with great retention, strong aroma and flavor is reminiscent of candied hops. Not a huge fan of the style but this is good stuff.

Jun 10, 2015
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thehyperduck from Canada

4.52/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

750 mL cork-and-cage bottle from the LCBO, packaged 06/10/2014 and listed at 9%; served slightly chilled.

This one pours a brilliant ruby-copper colour, jam-packed with a flurry of effervescent bubbles that ploddingly make their way toward the surface. Here, they reinforce one finger of dense, creamy off-white head, which proceeds to gradually wilt away over the next 5-10 minutes. A smooth, foamy cap remains in place, in addition to a wide collar and an uninterrupted curtain of sticky lace. Positively gorgeous, with a rich, unyielding aroma as well. The hops range from floral to resiny to citrusy and back again - I am getting lots of grapefruit, orange and piney resin, along with hints of pineapple, peach, raisin and passion fruit. There's plenty of malty sweetness, too, with big notes of sugary caramelized candy and biscuity bread.

Ridiculously delicious, with a tantalizingly tasty, varied flavour profile that does not skimp on either the malt or hop bill. Brown sugar and bready, biscuity malt segue seamlessly into flavours of lemon meringue, raisin, and juicy tropical hop notes of mandarin orange, pineapple and passion fruit. The bitterness becomes greatly amplified as you near the finish, taking a resiny, piney turn by the end of the sip, and then leaving a boozy, candied-citrus-peel flavour behind on the palate. You can taste the alcohol, but it blends in perfectly. Full-bodied, with mild carbonation and a very slick, smooth, persistent feel on the palate. This is a superlative beer, in every sense of the word.

Final Grade: 4.52, an awesome A grade. I've been impressed with most every offering from Les Trois Mousquetaires that I've had the opportunity to try - but their Barleywine Américain is almost certainly my favourite to date. This is a sinfully good beer; the sort of bottle that you (I) should feel bad for not sharing - balanced, complex, and just plain beautiful. If there are any of these left in stock the next time I'm shopping in London, I will definitely be grabbing at least one for the cellar. Pricy at $12.50/750 mL, but this is one brew that manages to justify the premium tag.

Jun 06, 2015
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jlindros from Massachusetts

3.06/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brought this one back from Montreal from our trip up back in the fall. Originally planned to share with rudzud, but we have so many beers to do, and this has a decent but not amazing rating, and I know rudz thoughts on this brewery... Bottled 5/03/14, abv for this batch is 10.0%.

Pours a nice creamy rich fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace and leaves some nice soapy lacing, very clear toasty orange slight tan colored beer.

Nose is unique... some reddish malts, a little reddish candy malts, touch of toffee and caramel candy like, with a bit of a bready yeast aroma, even a touch of a fruity note, like dried cranberries and raisins, maybe plum. Mild grassy spicy hops, decent hop profile. Then... then it gets really bad, a horrible glue chemical bandaid phenolic thing, the phenols really just take over in an unhappy way!

Taste starts again with sweet malts, candy malts, a mild caramel toffee, with some syrupy sweet malts, some reddish candy malts. Then again fruit flavors, dried cranberries and dried raisins, mild plums, mild esters, as well as a little bready yeast again. Then hops, spicy earthy herbal hops, some forest floor notes, herbal grassy vegetative flavors. Mild phenols, luckily not as bad as the nose, with some mild warming booze with the phenols. finish is drier and not really sticky, just a hint of warming booze, messy carbonation, mild bready yeast, some phenols and their mild slimy feel, some fig paste with candy sugar lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, a little warming booze, waaaaaay too much small bubble carbonation, just distracting carbonation.

Overall this was a huge let down. I wasn't expecting a whole lot, and it just missed on every which way. First of all is that horrible phenolic aroma, plastic bandaid and chemicals. Then the carbonation is distracting and messy, very annoying. The booze at least is hidden well. Also the sweet candy malts with their phenols and bready yeast, don't mix at all with the hops. This beer was just a bit mess.

May 23, 2015
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DaveBar from Canada

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just over $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for around 2mins before filming out. Dark gold color and filtered clear

S- Nice hops and malt here.

T- Traditional barley wine. Hops galore. Nice light brew at 9%. No heat at all. Not too sweet and just right

M- Creamy good.

O- Pretty good overall brew. Doesn't bowl you over with alcohol nor malt but the hops are more than abundant

Food Pairing

This nice brew went well with...... BBQ'd hamburgers


May 18, 2015
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kevinlater from Canada

4.47/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle into snifter. "prod. date 06//10//2014", 9% abv. hopped with polaris, centennial, chinook, columbus, and cascade hops. truly américain! consumed on may 3, 2015

a: clear copper with a finger of off-white head

s: some alcohol, but afterwards is a massive, sweet caramel presence and hop aromas of pine, orange, and grapefruit

t: big flavours. deep, decadent chewy caramel/toffee in the front followed by pine, pineapple, mandarin orange, slight grapefruit, slight passionfruit. alcohol is present, but is far from distracting and does not detract at all. mild-to-moderate hop bitterness, with lingering caramel and mandarin orange/pineapple flavours. fantastic stuff

m: medium, sticky mouthfeel, accompanied with mild carbonation. somewhat dry finish

o: a damn good american barleywine. stellar balance between hop and malt. highly enjoyable all the way to the bottom of the bottle

May 03, 2015
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mick303 from Canada

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

9 % Abv. Had from large bomber into a tulip. Colour is a brightish red gold colour with nice lacing and retention.

S - rich raisin notes with sweet barley sugar, caramel and brown sugar, and a noticeable hop character, of resiny citrus, grapefruit, pine. Comes together nicely with a smoky pepperiness, balances the sweetness well.

T - starts with lots of robust maltiness, brown sugar, and a thick hop character, citrus, smoky leather notes, pepper. Florals and robust citrus, tobacco, a bit vegetal, and a nice bitterness. Not overly sweet at all, balanced well with a nice alcohol warm but without too much assertive heat.

M - big, warming, with a gentle prickly carbonation, slick heavy feel on the palate. Soothing and sweet with some resin to the finish.

Very delightful barleywine, nice balance with an above average hop character. Would definitely recommend and try again, drinks quite nicely.

Apr 04, 2015
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tom10101 from Canada

2.95/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (750 ml). Unclear amber with almost no head. Aroma of resinous hops, phenols(?), grapefruit, menthol... not really appealing. Taste is heavily sweet (cloying) with phenol, resinous hops, grapefruit and low to moderate bitterness (the 101 IBU are hidden by the cloying sugar). Heavy body. Sticky. Complete lack of balance. Cloying sugar. Bof...

Mar 26, 2015
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taxandbeerguy from Canada

4.36/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml cork and cage bottle served chilled into a wine glass. 2014 edition advertised as 9.0% ABV. I'm very curious to see how this is. It's something that should probably be aged longer, but without a proper place to store it, let's try it fresh.

Appearance - pours a rich dark copper color with half finger of off white head. Hazy and some sticky lacing sticks to the side of the glass. Very good looking.

Smell - delicious medley of floral notes, plenty of tropical fruit with an abundance of pineapple and passion fruit. Caramel notes too and something a bit heir like a subtle roasted molasses. Complex and wonderfully cohesive.

Taste - again wonderfully complex, with some sweet tropical fruit flavors a bigger caramel and molasses presence, with an unbridled bitterness lurking just beneath the surface yet somehow restrained. Somewhat boozy, but barleywines often are, and it isn't a hindrance.

Mouthfeel - smooth, reasonably carbonated with a heavier body that sticks to your mouth for quite some time. Not too heavy as this is balanced and quite drinkable.

Overall - while this is one of my first forays into American barley wines, this is a treat and worth the $12.50 sticker at the LCBO. Great and delicious with big bold flavours yet an uncanny restraint.

Mar 03, 2015
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jrenihan from Canada

4.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled Feb 2013. Many thanks to Papat444 for this one!

The beer is amber in colour, with a moderately-sized white head. Decent retention.

Nose is quite hoppy, which surprised me. Pine primarily, but also some citrus fruit. A strong resin scent. Despite the strong hop presence, the malts also make themselves known. Caramel and bread, some sweetness. The booze is noticeable.

Taste is very nice. I would say the malts are dominant, but it is close. Lots of sweet caramel, balanced with a pleasant bitterness that bring flavours of fruit and pine. The booze is present but not strongly so- it is clearly a strong beer but not hot. A real nice balance between the malt and hops, sweet and bitter.

Full bodied, moderately carbonated, a bit sticky and chewy.

Overall, very good stuff. A very nice barleywine. Perhaps a touch on the sweet side, but only slightly.

Dec 14, 2013
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SebD from Canada

4.32/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: It has a nice hazy deep redish/orange color to it. It has a nice thick beige head that dies down moderately and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of pine resin, citrus, some grapefruit, sweet caramel and biscuity malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some nice piney resins upfront along with citrus, grapefruit, some sweet caramel, buttery notes and some alcohol as it warms up.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

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

Oct 01, 2013
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Rutager from Canada

4.13/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A big thank you to montrealbcr89 for this QC treat. Bottled Feb. 2013.

Appearance. Pours a lightly hazy deep amber with a finger of slightly off-white head that leaves some nice lace.

Smell. Whoa, huge citrus hops here. Tons of oranges and yellow grapefruit rinds. There's a little bit of pine and just a bit of caramel malts coming through, but that citrus is something else.

Taste. Sweet caramel (and by sweet I mean candy like sweetness), candied orange and grapefruit slices complete with bitter rinds. A little bit of pine is there but that sweet citrus flavour is dominant.

Mouthfeel. Full body, a bit sticky, low carbonation.

Overall. Nice flavours going on here (albeit mostly citrus), but the sweetness is a little over the top. I doubt I'll be able to get through the entire bottle just because it's so sugary, but I'll do my best ;-)

Jul 26, 2013
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Phyl21ca from Canada

4.59/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Winter Warmer: Poured a medium copper color ale with a small foamy head. Aroma of citrus and pine hoppy notes is quite powerful but well balanced by some rich caramelized malt notes. Taste is a well balanced mix between some citrus and pine notes mixed in with some caramelized malt with light toffee undertones. Body is about average with low carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Very easily drinkable and good combination of West Coast hops in a Barley wine. I usually prefer English-style barley wine but this one was well balanced with a good hops punch.

Mar 29, 2012
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Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 56 ratings