Les Trois Mousquetaires Imperial Weizen
In yet another Thursday father/son beer tasting we gave the Imperial Weizen Summer Wheat Ale from Les Trois Mousquetaires a long look. This one comes in a 1/2 ounce-robbing 11.5 oz bottle and by the time you’re through you’re thinking that other 1/2 ounce would be just about right.
The ABV comes in at 8%, nice and solid for an imperial wheat. The beer temperature was 43 F and our pour into a weizen glass yielded an insanely huge 4″ foamy white head. The head dissipated slowly and gave us virtually no lacing. The carbonation was lively, the body clarity was hazy and the color was a beautiful gold to amber.
The initial aromas were biscuit, wheat, orange, yeast, banana and clove. The initial taste added in some alcohol and peach to the fray. The body lacing was fair as we drank it down. The initial flavor notes came off as moderately sweet and lightly sour. The finish flavor moved to a light sweet, moderate bitter and a light saltiness. The finish duration was long, mouthfeel was oily and it actually was almost perfectly balanced on our patented malt to hop scale. Though not repeatable (we really wouldn’t want to drink another one right after it), it was definitely drinkable (we wanted to finish the one we had), memorable and even had a wow factor for wheat beer. Would we buy it again? Absolutely.
Overall this is a good springtime beer. It was remarkably well balanced, though we’d have to say it’s probably the hoppiest weizen we’ve had to date (though the malts balanced it out well). Not bad for our first imperial weizen. Refreshing really isn’t the right word to describe it if you’re thinking of say a hefeweizen, but it is quite enjoyable. One glass is just about right.
Les Trois Mousquetaires Imperial Weizen Rating: 6 out of 10 (?)
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