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Les Trois Mousquetaires S.S. Rauchbier

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Formerly brewed at Les Trois Mousquetaires
Style: Smoked
Brossard, Canada

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RATINGS: 172   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 177   ABV: 5.9%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Voilá! A beer from chilly Quebec inspired by the "rauchbier" you find in Bamberg, Germany — a dark beer made partly from smoked malt, aged slowly at low temperatures, and put in the bottle unfiltered, with a fine yeast sediment. All for one!


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7677) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 25, 2008
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2009 My Bottom Line:
This idiosyncratic Rauchbier thrills with its chocolatey, smokey lengths which carry along beechwood dryness, fruity angles and whispering greenery. Neither a Rauchbock, nor a Rauchschwarzbier, and not your typical smoked lager either, this is purity, personality and drinkability rolled into one.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-Bobbing foam settles on top of the brownish blackness.
-Bready sustenance almost becomes caramelly underneath the rauchmalt.
-A green, herbal touch plays around, but it is hard to tell if it is from hops or Frontenac malt -if there is any in here.
-The big bubbles are quite peaceful and the body very healthy, making for a very agreeable mouthfeel.
-The colour would make you expect more roast character, but there is barely any.
-There is a lot of flavor in here, yet the entire experience is never intense.
-A few more 750s of this and I might very well consider this world-class. Looking forward to "testing" it again and again...

Bottle.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
Pours a dark brown color with brown highlights and a thick light brown head. Very pleasant aroma of chocolate, mild roasted malt and smoked malt that reminds me of smoked ham. The flavor is quite solid, smoked malt, roasted malt and chocolate entertain my senses. The body is medium with a smooth, close to creamy texture and gentle carbonation. It’s a bit different from what I expected but this is very enjoyable and well crafted,

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (5938) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2009
In short: A smoky chocolate lager with a rich creamy body. Unusual and very good.
How: Bottle 750ml, first batch, consumed fresh one month after its release
The look: Dark mahogany body topped by a medium tan head
In long: Nose is moderately smoky nose but not in a Shlenkerla-smoky fashion. This is more like a burnt cake/bakery smoke. Taste is pleasantly chocolaty, black chocolate without the bitterness. Light fruity touch of prunes and figs. Not very smoky in the mouth with only a light smoke presence. Really full chewy body, like a melted chocolate cake. Appropriate relaxed carbonation. Another superb S.S. from Les Trois Mousquetaires. With the S.S. Rauchbier, S.S. Alt Secrète and S.S. Oktoberfest Blonde I haven’t seen so many effective S.S. since the heydays of Heinrich Himmler.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
grandgenie (259) - gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2009
Dégusté avec viak dans un verre de fin du monde et acheté à la trappe à fromage de Gatineau. Apparence noir avec un très faible reflet brun avec ub petit dépôt et une mousse généreusse. Arômes de mélasse, un peu de cerise, brownies et fûmé à l’hicory. Goût de fûmé, de mélasse, d’hicory, de levure et d’olive noir. Un bon corp, huilleuse avec une bonne amertume. Wow! une bière superbe.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
17thfloor (2429) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 29, 2009
750ml bottle. Pours a dark unclear brown with a lovely medium frothy tan foamy head that fades into a fide frothy top layer. Nice smokey beechwood aroma, chocolate, grass, roast and some acidity. Flavor follows but sweeter with great acidity, chocolate, grass, sticky deep roasted barely and then smokey beechwood. Long chocolate syrup aftertaste. This is definitely more of a smoked porter. Medium bodied with a full mouth feel with uniform fizzy carbonation, a bit chewy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thornecb (4291) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - JUN 10, 2009
Pours deep, clear mahogany into a shaker. Tan head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Light smoke and cured meat aromas. Smooth with upfront slightly sour dried fruits and a slick, lasting smoked licorice finish.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 11, 2009
Bottle, from VBM. Deep mahogany brown body, tan head w. nice lacing. Nose is smoked fish/iodine, rich malt. Flavor is smoke, light chocolate, rich malt - almost caramel. Some apple. More cocoa comes out in the really nicely smoky finish. Much crisper than Aecht Marzen - I’m unsure if that is a genuine difference, or merely a freshness issue.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (2763) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2009
Bouteille 750ml. De couleur brune foncée et voilée. Nez de malt fumée (saucisse) et aux notes rôties, de chocolat au lait (notes lactiques), léger de houblon herbeux et de café ainsi que des traces d’anis. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen aux petites notes croustillantes ainsi qu’une texture léger-moyen crémeuse. Léger goût de crème (légèrement lactique) accompagné de faibles traces d’anis lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute rapidement un goût de malt fumé (saucisse fumée, notes de tabac) et légèrement rôti ainsi qu’un moyen goût de chocolat noir et des traces de mélasse puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux accompagné de notes de bois fumé et de traces de café. Post-goût long-moyen et aux notes sèches, moyennement amer de rôti, léger de houblon herbeux avec un goût fumé toujours bien présent.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2541) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
750ml brown bottle, corked. Dark red brown colour, Airy and noisy light brown head, fades to a ring. Sweetish chocolatey nose mixed with smoke and wood. Flavour follows the aroma pretty closely, dark chcolatey malts, some roast. Mild smoked finish, some roasty bitterness and black coffee are evident. Medium body, soft carbonation. Solid beer, thouroughly drinkable, could have been smokier, but I am not complaining.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
EastCoaster (122) - USA - AUG 3, 2009
very delectable beer, the smokyness was subtle not overwhelming, poured a very dark shade of brown. Picked up some chocolate notes in there or maybe just some roasted malt. First time trying any of the beer from this brewery, and was delightfully surprised.


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