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 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.

Rauchbier-Festbier-Weizenbock – Les Trois Mousquetaires

Les Trois Mousquetaires (Quebec, Canada)

1) Lager Fumée Rauchbier, 5% ABV

On the label:

“Voila! A beer inspired by the Rauchbier you find in Bamberg, Germany. A dark beer made partly from smoked malt unique to this region, aged slowly at low temperatures, and put in the bottle unfiltered, with a fine yeast sediment.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B
  • Why I like: dark and drinkable
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$10, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours dark brown, small dissipating head, micro-foamy CO2, ringed and some center retention, visible CO2 streams near the surface. Smoky wood and malt on the nose. Gentle start, smoky mildly 2/10 bitter malts up front, good body holds in the mid, tingly CO2 in the mids until finish. Chocolate, smoked wood, caramel malts, creamy mouthfeel. Medium-high depth, medium complexity, good carry, medium length. Excellent body for a 5% ABV beer, and good sweetness (4/10) level.

2) Festbier – Lager Brune epicee, 6% ABV

On the label:

“This brown lager offers sweet citrus flavors that arise from a selection of thirteen Queb3ec malts from barley, wheat, oats, and rye. It’s bouquet is caused by a blend of Saaz Czech hops, coriander seed and bitter orange peel. The result is a wonderful festive beer!”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like: fruity and firm
  • Where I got it: W. 16th (?), Feb-2012
  • How much: $8.20 (after 10%), 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours red-orange-brown, small dissipating head, large and small CO2, very active CO2 streams, slippery lacing. Orange hops on the nose, much like an IPA. Lots of fruity orange up front, balanced dryness in the mid, a bit of orange blossom, coriander near the end, 4/10 sweetness, 4/10 bitterness in the form of orange peels, silky mouthfeel. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, good carry, excellent balance of sweet, fruity, bitter, hoppy, and refreshing. Finishes creamy.

3) Weizenbock Grand Cuvée Hiver 2010, 11% ABV

On the label:

“A winter brew inspired by the best of Germany’s strong beers, this Weizenbock is a rich libation which will seduce you with its lush aromas. Its succulent body and flavors reminiscent of candied fruit will be a fine companion to your cozy evenings.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like: dark rich yet fruity
  • Where I got it: Brewery Creek
  • How much: ~$10, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours dark walnut brown, almost no head, minor CO2 ringed retention, runny lacing, some CO2 streams near the perimeter. Strong prunes on the nose. Starts off with medium CO2 bubbled carbonation, transitions into 8/10 sweet fruity prune, dried red fig, molasses flavours, followed by a bittersweet chocolate finish. Medium-high complexity, medium-high depth, medium length, good transitions, good carry. An interesting fruity dark beer, but too sweet for me to enjoy again.