Sticke Alt – Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, QC, Canada) 

Série Signature Sticke Ale (Red Lager) – Les Trois Mousquetaires, 6% ABV, 750ml, (Brossard, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“Stronger, rarer and hoppier version of an Altbier typically found in Dusseldorf, Germany ”

Malts: pilsner, pale, cara 60/160

Hops: Magnum, Northern Brewer, Hallertau


  • Style: Altbier
  • Taste: Sweet crisp toffee biscuity toasted barley malt red fruity lengthy bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $10 CAD (12.5% off) – 750 ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Recommended: Yes
  • What made an impression: seamless transitions, great balance

Visual: (cellared for 2 years). Twisty steel top, corked. Pours translucent copper red (SRM=19), barely any head, a thin hazy layer of micro retention, lots of slow steady micro streams. Unfiltered.

Nose: strawberry, fruity malt (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: sharp crisp bite, sweet malt impression

Mid-palate: (lvl-4-sweetness), biscuity caramel, strawberry, toffee barley malt, micro CO2 mouthfeel, smooth bitter hop transition

Finish: lingering bitter hops, toasted malt exhale

Summary: Extreme balance of pleasant sweet caramel malts and an underlying red fruitiness, accompanied by a prominent hop presence.

 

Hors Série Berliner Weisse – Les Trois Mousquetaires (Broussard, QC, Canada)

Hors Série Berliner Weisse – Les Trois Mousquetaires, 3% ABV, 650ml, (Brossard, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“This very sour german-inspired wheat ale can be served straight or with a dash of fruit syrup in the glass.”

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  • Style: Berliner Weisse
  • Taste: Medium sour puckery tart light lemon curd coriander dry
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $4.50 CAD (7.5% off) – 375ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: too weaksauce

Visual: Pours clear light apple juice yellow (SRM=3), not much of a head, ringed retention with a medium island, several scattered singular streams.

Nose: sour pukey pineapple. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: immediate big puckery sour

Mid-palate: (lvl-2-sweetness), manageable pukey funk, acidic lemon juice

Finish: light-bodied/no carry, dry grainy wheat, pineapple exhale

Summary: Very sour half grainy-half lemon taste, the body fizzles out after the sourness dissipates. The taste is too thin for my liking, but I guess they did a decent job for a 3%’er. The taste buds barely broke a sweat, next please.

Hors Série Gose – Les Trois Mousquetaires (Brossard, QC, Canada)

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Hors Serié Gose – Les Trois Mousquetaires, 3.8% ABV, 375 ml., (Brossard, Quebec, Canada)


on the back label:

“This unusual style is brewed with sour mash technique, with a slightly salted water and aromatised with coriander seeds.”

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  • Style: Gose
  • Taste: Medium sour puckery tart light lemon curd coriander dry
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N.Burnaby
  • How much: $4.50 CAD (7.5% off) – 375ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: 50/50

Visual: Pours almost clear pale orange (SRM=8), smallish 2mm dissipating micro head, spread out steady large bubble streams.

Nose: lemon curd, lemon perfume. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp-incoming tart

Mid-palate: puckery-tart, lemon curd, (lvl-4-sweetness), light sweet wheat malt, a touch salty

Finish: tingly soft sour subdued mild funk, coriander dry finish.

Summary: Quite a bit of character for such a low ABV beer. Good balanced sour mouthfeel, decent tingly body.