Grande Cuvée Barleywine Américain | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Grande Cuvée Barleywine AméricainGrande Cuvée Barleywine Américain

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Phyl21ca on 03-29-2012

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Ratings: 57 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by Krakpoff:
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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.4%

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

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Photo of juliendesrochers
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mademers
4.27/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DaveBar
4.35/5  rDev +6.4%
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


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Photo of Rutager
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 ;-)

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.59/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
2.98/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of papat444
4.08/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of liamt07
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SebD
4.32/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of safaricook
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of thehyperduck
4.52/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mikemands
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

excellent barleywine all round, good and hoppy. tasted hops the next day at work all day

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Photo of jlindros
3.06/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
4.02/5  rDev -1.7%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +10%

Photo of theDuck
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.38/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Grande Cuvée Barleywine Américain from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 4.09 out of 5 with 57 ratings