Grande Cuvée Réserve De Noël | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Grande Cuvée Réserve De NoëlGrande Cuvée Réserve De Noël

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.30%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
Red lager brewed once a year with a special blend of spices that will evoke souvenirs from the Holiday Season.

25 IBU

Malts: 100% Malts du Quebec Pilsner, Seigle (rye), Ble cru (raw wheat), Avoine (oat), Cara 160, Sarrazin rôti (roasted buckwheat)
Hops: Centennial, Northern Brewer, Summit (dry hops: Centennial, Summit)

Added by 4ster on 01-26-2013

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Cervezasespeciales. 75cl. In Teku glass. Playing Oceanhorn. These guys work spices like nobody. Full of christmas spices and still not feeling overwhelming nor tiresome thx to great toasted malty These guys work spices like nobody. Full of christmas spices and still not feeling overwhelming nor tiresome, probabaly thanks to a great toasted malty base

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Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep ruby tinged amber, very little haze, and lots of slow rising bubbles, almost like snow in reverse. Topped with 3 fingers of beige tinged head that leaves a complex lacing.

Smells of Christmas spices, cinnamon and cloves, toasted malts and black liquorice.

The taste starts very earthy, then the cinnamon an cloves, and ginger come in, followed by a hint of rust on the first sip, but I don't detect it later. Its slightly sweet, and fairly malty.

Medium body, with a balanced but slightly tannic finish. Moderate, foamy carbonation.

Solid, well done brew. Reminds me of a lot of pumpkin ales as the spice is similar, but definitely looks like Christmas. I got this in Quebec, and am drinking it in Muskoka, Jan 12th, 2018.

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Photo of Organdrew
3.7/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bought from the local beer store for 13$. Bottled on 22/11/2017, drank 29/12/2017. This one was labeled as 10.5% ABV, and not 11.5% as in the Beeradvocate listing.

Appearance: pours a dark ruby-red color with lots of off-white head with medium retention. Little lacing that slides easily down the glass. It looks pretty dead in the glass after a while.

Smell: Without even taking a whiff, spices waft into the room from the bottle. Aroma is delicious and unique. Smells sweet, doughy, spicy, and candy-like - like those "chicken bone" candies. I perhaps notice a bit of yeast. Slight spruce sap.

Taste: An overwhelming candy spice takes over in the first sip which is almost too much. It's sweet, candy-like, spicy, doughy. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spruce is noticeable and fairly dominant. Definitely like liquefied Christmas treats. A spicy, sweet finish. More malt-like than hop.

Mouthfeel: Medium-body, thick. Warms in the stomach. A slight candy-stickiness builds up in and around the mouth. Carbonation is not very noticeable, either because there is little to begin with, or the boldness of the drink overpowers it.

Overall: I find the spruce and candy flavor a bit overpowering for my tastes. Didn't particularly like the stickiness. The flavor hits hard and fast, and subsides slow. There is a symphony of tastes and spices that dance on your palate. The ruby lager is apparent as a base, but loaded with heavy spices and sweetness.

Don't get me wrong, it's tasty, and definitely a treat, but like all treats good in small amounts. I think the spruce taste doesn't mix very well with the drink, and pulls it in another direction. A bit too much candy sweetness (I'm not a big sweet fan) and longed for a bit of hop or bitterness to pull it together. I love ruby lagers, but not overloaded with Christmas cheer.

Definitely a unique drink meant to be drunk as a special treat. To be shared with a friend or two. This isn't something you drink a lot of on your own.

I probably won't buy again.

Do I recommend? If you like sweet, strong beers with unique flavor, you might like this.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of talbotjf99
3.28/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheDoctor
3.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Service: Bottle
Bottled: 2015

Pours a lightly hazy amber red with two fingers of tiny-bubbled beige head that seems content to hang around just the edges of the glass. OK retention; little lacing. (3.75)

Holiday spices and doughy yeast. Cinnamon, spruce boughs, nutmeg, ginger, other random baking spices, Christmas potpourri. (4)

Smooth spruce sap. Smooth piney sweetness engulfs your mouth followed by a light piney bitter twang and spicy biscuit yeast, root beer. (3.5)

Medium bodied with light-medium carbonation, and a slightly sticky feel/aftertaste. (3.5)

Pretty good, spicy Christmas beer.
It pours nice enough, but nothing spectacular. Everything else kind of follows suit. Everything about it is says Christmas. It is earthy, sappy, spicy, warm, doughy. A little over-the-top with the spices. It is amazing at first, but not super drinkable after a while. Defintely one to share for a toast or something. There is a real ginger/spruce/root beer character to the flavor that is damn tasty, but a little much for my tastes beyond a couple sips.
Not really my style, but I would have it again. (3.5)

It is a great beer at first, but I took the overall and palate down a notch, because it was a little rough and not super drinkable to me after a while. Basically, if this was in a small bottle or if I had only had a glass, my numbers likely would have been higher.

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Photo of biegaman
4.14/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

What to expect from an 11.3% amber lager, brewed with rye, wheat and roasted buckwheat, boldly dry-hopped, and amply seasoned with a variety of different spices? I'm unsure. But Réserve De Noël sure looks good, not to mention befitting: deep red with tinsel-like highlights and powdery white head.

Say what you will about it, but no one can question this beer's Christmas cheer. Les Trois Mousquetaires have been post-ghosts visit Scrooge-level generous when it comes to their "secret holiday spice blend". One can't be sure from smelling it which spices were used but it's obvious they have been.

Classics like cinnamon and nutmeg are almost certainties. I'd bet my presents under the tree that ginger and orange peel are in there too. Clove I'm less sure about but it wouldn't surprise me one bit. All these spices combine with brown sugar sweetness and fruitcake notes to mimic many holiday baked treats.

Spices aside, this beer has the piny, resiny hops and caramelly, sticky malts - both in more than ample supply - to resemble an American barleywine. At 10.5% it also has the alcohol content to fit the profile (though don't expect to taste any of it). Likewise it is great armchair accompaniment by the fireplace.

At the behest of those that already tried it, I was convinced to grab a second bottle of Réserve De Noël to stash away for next year. I'm glad I did. I suspect it'll hold up well. I must admit, however, that it's drinking just fine now, even at hardly over a month since bottling.

Réserve De Noël is a slightly unconventional winter warmer, albeit with some classic holiday features. The use of different grains provide a thoroughly rich and well-rounded maltiness, while spices marry well with the vaguely citrusy, somewhat dank nature of the hops. A true special occasion beer.

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Photo of Poljazz22
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013 version 10.5 % abv Polaris hops
Slightly hazy reddish colour, served cold, not much head white collar a bit of lacing.
Candied sugar aroma. Pumpkin pie comes to mind.
I taste orange peel, brown sugar, cinnamon, very sweet. A bit of hops as final. Very warming from the alcohol!
Very Xmassy ...But a a bit overboard for me. I'll try with some smoked Gouda....Tastes like a Leffe Brown on streroids.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer came in a 750 ml bottle poured into a brussels glass. The beer pours a very cloudy brownish amber color, with 2 fingers of off white head, the head receeds leaving a nice half finger head for so far about 10 minutes. Carbonation is extremely strong in this beer, especially considering its 10.5% abv.

Aroma - Gingerbread really stands out on this one, just behind it I get some cinnamon and nutmeg, a bit of orange peel, some caramel and toffee, vanilla and oak. Really nice smelling beer.

Taste - This is a palate buster if I've ever tasted one. the flavors beat up your mouth In a big way. I get a strong Gingerbread. cinnamon, orange peel, candied fruits like apple. some grape, then some sweet vanilla before you get smacked in the face with bittering oak.

Feel - This feels like a medium body to me with creamy medium carbonation, the bitterness one the end feels stronger than 33 ibu's but definitely brings character to the beer.

Overall - This is a very decent winter beer. The flavors and aromas definitely do a good job and sparking holiday memories and the aroma is absolutely amazing, I like the general mix of flavors here but feel if the oak had been toned down and the gingerbread less gingery and more sweet it would come off less harsh. That being said this is an excellent brew and I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper color with snowfall activity. Creamy beige 3 finger head, lasting around 15 minutes, making strong lacing. Flavors of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark berries, cherries, herbal spices and roasted grains. Slick medium body with the perfect dose of prickly carbonation. Medium strength finish with a short lingering feel of gingerbread and candy cane. Overall good quality craft. The flavors are nice and well refreshing. The alcohol is incredibly well hidden. Good intensity, but lacking balance from an overly syrupy sugary feel. Would be more pleasing with a thicker body. I find the Red racer gingerbread a better choice.

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Photo of Socialiste
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Coronaeus
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of byronic
3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CurtisD
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lgmol
4.11/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This 2014 version is hopped to 33 IBUs with Northern Brewer and Polaris and dry hopped with Polaris.

750mL bottle purchased at NB Liquor in Miramichi, NB for $13.99. Poured into an oversized wine glass.

L: Copper colour with one finger of off-white head that settles quickly leaving a long-lasting thin layer on the surface.

S: Big hit of minty pine upfront. Lots of complexity underneath. Oranges and dark fruit, quite a bit of cinnamon spiciness, and yeah, gingerbread. It smells like gingerbread with orange peel. This beer is dry hopped with Polaris which apparently has a fruity and refreshing hint of “Glacier Mints”. If that is the only place that the mint is coming from then this is a very distinctive hop flavour. Really neat!

T: Malty sweetness in a big way. Not really much fruit character in the taste. The mint might lean a bit towards the medicinal here. The cinnamon and spice are here and they are stronger than in the nose. Light bitterness. Perhaps a hint of vanilla.

F: I think it's a medium plus body with medium to low carbonation that works really well for this beer. There is a cooling effect from the mint flavour that I don't think I have ever experienced from a beer before.

O: This is a nice Christmas beer. The herbal, spicy, and fruity smells and flavours work surprisingly well together. A good one to share on a cold snowy eve as long as you are looking for something sweet.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of groleau
3.24/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Haydn-Juby
1.86/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Note: My version was the 2014, hopped with polaris, 10.5%, and 30 ibu's.

A nice clear amber color. One finger of slightly off white head. On the nose I get menthol aromas. On the back of the bottle i read Balsam fir was a descriptor and I don't think that would be inaccurate. Rather sweet on the palate but then this awful menthol, balsam/ spruce like flavor comes through. Vick's Vapo rub is really what it reminds me of. You also get some sweet malt and a touch of ginger, but the menthol flavor is really too much for me. Surprisingly the alcohol is pretty well hidden and only appears as a slight warmth in the stomach. This is really not my style of beer. the menthol is waaay too much in my opinion. I abosolutely love this brewery , and can appreciate that the beer seems to be a quality made product, it's just not to my fancy. Drank on Christmas eve.

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Photo of polloenfuego
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Iz-GOod
3.44/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Suzibub
5/5  rDev +32.6%

Photo of slowfade
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

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