LTM Grande Cuvée Doppelbock

Reviewed by on March 23, 2015 in Spring Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Les Trois Mousquetaires

  • Origin: Brossard, QC, CA

  • Rated On: March 23, 2015

  • Best Before: Bottled January 30, 2014

  • ABV: 8.6%

  • Ideal Temperature: cool to cellar temperature

  • Style: Doppelbock

  • Rating: WORLD-CLASS !!!

The Review

Les Trois Mousquetaires are a craft brewery from suburban Montreal, and this is their doppelbock, described on the label as the ‘liquid bread used by Bavarian monks during Lent’.  It used to be called ‘Printemps’ (Spring), but I suppose they’ve now dropped the redundant part of the name.  And having this kind of thing as a ‘meal replacement’ – wowee.

This caged and corked, 750ml bottle pours a clear, dark red-brick amber hue, with prominent cola highlights, and three fingers of puffy, loosely foamy, and more or less creamy beige head, which leaves a decent array of drooping webbed lace around the glass as it lazily melts away.

It smells of roasted chocolate malt, sugary, red vinous notes, like those frozen Welch’s pops my Mom used to make for us, boozy vanilla, muddled dark Eastern fruit, black tea leaves, thin floral honey, and earthy, citrusy hops. The taste is more of the same but writ so much larger – dark chocolate, bready caramel malt, boozy figs, dates, and plump raisins, acidic black fruit, vanilla cookies, watery molasses, cola syrup, sweetened nuts, ethereal citrus cream, and more subtle earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is fairly soft, but palate-challenging in its playful frothiness at times, the body a heady medium weight, with a small chalky pithiness marring an otherwise sublime smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, but well tempered at the same rate – lingering caramel malt, dark fruit and sugar, mostly – with a certain root character (soda, licorice, and weeds alike) rounding things out.

A pleasantly up-sized doppelbock, the booze quite nicely integrated, making this all seem like a big ol’ slice of sozzled German chocolate cake. Given that the intensity here, when compared to this style’s typical component flavours, seems so heightened, perhaps the “Grand Cuvee” naming scheme should be amended with an “Imperial” designation, along the lines of some this brewery’s other more jacked-up offerings.  Still, up there with the world-beaters in the class.

Brady White

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