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Les Trois Mousquetaires S.S. Festbier

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Formerly brewed at Les Trois Mousquetaires
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Brossard, Canada

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RATINGS: 48   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.33   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This brown lager offers sweet citrus flavors that arise from a selection of thirteen Quebec malts from barley, wheat, oats, and rye. It’s bouquet comes from a blend of Saaz Czech hops, coriander seed and bitter orange peel. The result is a wonderful festive beer! Cette lager brune aux saveurs d’agrumes sucrées est élaborée à partir d’une sélection de treize malts québécois provenant d’orge, de blé, d’avoine et de seigle. Son bouquet nous vient de houblons Saaz de République Tchèque, de graines de coriandre et d’écorces d’orange amère. Le mélange nous donne une bière des plus festive!


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
czar (4614) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 5, 2011
LTM always surprise me with their seasonals. Taste is sweet grains, malts. Spices are meticulously added - Not overpowering at all like so many spiced beers. Sweet and bitter. Actually the bitterness is quite grassy and pungent. Medium body, nice head, very nice lacing. Long lingering fresh hoppy finish. VERY nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2011
Bottle. Beer is red-brown with a thick bubbly beige head with good retention. Aroma is Spice, nutmeg, sugar, red fruits and fruit cake. Flavor is subtle fruit cake, moderate spices, toasted malt, alcohol and a mildly bitter finish. Medium body.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
SlovakSniper (3281) - Candiac, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 26, 2010
La couleur du liquide se situe quelque part entre le rouge et l’orangée. La mousse est petite et s’évapore rapidement. Le nez est sucré de bonbon à l’orange et, plus largement, de fruits mélangés. Nul doute sur la présence de la coriandre : les narines en sont bien imprégnées. Le goût est dominé par des saveurs de malt sucré, par des épices et par des saveurs amères qui rappellent vaguement les liqueurs faites à base d’essence de bigarade (je ne peux m’empêcher ici de penser à la Mandarine Napoléon et au Grand Marnier mais bon, ce n’est peut-être qu’une illusion de mon esprit.....). En bouche, le liquide a un corps moyen-mince avec une effervescence qui se situe entre les extrêmes et une texture légèrement huileuse. La finale se fait sur des notes maltées et sur des notes fruitées amères bien senties.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Quevillon (2539) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2010
750 ml bottle bought at La Porte des Bières in St.-Jérôme (Quebec), on December 18, 2010. Coppery red, small head. Aroma of spice, hints of barley and herbs. Very dry taste, a ton of hopped herbs, very vegetal and bitter as aftertaste. It’s a bit festive, but not enough for my taste!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
cfrancis (2463) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 21, 2010
Pours a dark auburn brown with little white head. Aroma is sweet honey, malt and spice. Taste is nutmeg, spice and mild malt. Not a bad beer but nothing stands out as amazing or particularly noteworthy.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 20, 2010
Pours a cloudy redish brown color with a medium beige head. Aroma of malt, candy and citrus. Good flavor of malt, citrus and candy. The body is light with a slightly oily texture and lively carbonation. This is an interesting beer, not one of Trois Mousquetaire’s many great beer, but still, it’s well made and entertaining.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
robinvboyer (3213) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 11, 2010
First thing is a big aroma of citrus, specifically lemon. Lots of corriander abd a fresh bouquet of cereals. Flavor is dominated by bitter citrus, cirriander and wheat. To me the wheat is quite prevalent, and the cereals and malt bill are very specific to the brewer. The finish is a pithy bitterness, and quite dry. A very interestinf beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Rastacouere (6136) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2010
A lasting off-white cap crowns over the dark red-tinted orange. The complex malt bill feels fresh, green, lightly husky in the spicy nose laden with orange blossom and coriander seeds. Those merry sweet and juicy malts have fruity tentacles, reaching both towards berry and grapey nuances. I’m not particularly fond of balancing sweetness with spices and since the hops provide more aroma than bitterness, the finish is mostly of lingering bitter orange and coriander, but not quite with the citrusy zip and refreshment of a witbier. After swallowing, the lips remain a little sticky. Soft lasting small-to-medium bubbled size carbonation tingles on the tongue. Interesting and original, but 9 times out of ten, I’d pick the Rauchbier instead, that for very personal reasons, I find more drinkable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 10, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Fruit candy, toasted cereals, leafy hops and orange-y spiciness create a realm between spiced Belgian ales and German lagers.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A lingering head of foam decorates the clear dark copper.
-Even though many types of cereals are used, that Frontenac malt signature is almost overwhelming. On the other hand, this prevalent fruitiness is harmonious with the chosen spices.
-The tight and slender body makes for easy drinking.
-The spicy hops blend in beautifully with the rest of the flavor profile.

Bottle.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lanchester (184) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 9, 2010
Pours a rich reddish-copper hue with a lasting and appealing off-white head. Sharp aromatic profile, nice orange-like citrus notes, and spiciness that reminiscent of rye beers I’ve had before. Fairly smooth on the palate, the dry and spicy character is slightly offset by the soft carbonation. Finishes with a lingering bitterness and notes of malt and grain. Only complaint is that the beer could really benefit from a heavier body, but it is a lager after all I suppose. Overall, very drinkable and well suited for any festive occasion!


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