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Thursday, June 9, 2011

Les Trois Mousquetaires American Pale Ale Review


I am a sucker for large bottles and pale ales, especially American style pale ales, so when I was in Montreal, I just had to have Les Trois Mousquetaires's American Pale Ale. Sure, it is available in Ontario in a few pubs, but the price is astronomical varying between $20 and $30 per bottle!!!

Like any other American Pale Ale, I was greeted by the nice amber color and the lacy, medium thick head. Bittersweet hoppy and piney notes jumped right out, but so did a bit of yeast. The aroma was decent, but weaker than expected. The taste, though, much stronger than the aroma. More of the bittersweet hoppy and fruity notes are present, with the pine taking a backseat. Very subtle roasted malt flavour makes its way to the taste buds but is quickly overpowered by the bolder hops every time it emerges. The finish is typical, with more of the bittersweet hoppy and fruity notes with just a touch of roasted nuts and a bit of citrus developing at a later stage.

Though the taste is pretty solid, I have to be honest and admit that I was expecting more. The beer is great, but overhyped at the local pubs that carry it. There are far better pale ales at the LCBO and at all the pubs.

Scores:
Cost - $5.99
Taste - 6.8/10
ABV - 5%

Overall - 6.8/10...OK, but nothing spectacular

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