Name: Impériale Weizen Grande Cuvée
Style: Imperial Weizen
Brewery: Les Trois Mousquetaires. website
Region: Brossard, Quebec
ABV: 10.0% Abv
How served: 750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a Augustijn Grand Cru glass.
I paired this beer with: Lobster ravioli with a spicy marinara sauce. The sweetness of this brew was able to cut the heat in the sauce, yet it did not overpower the subtleness of the lobster ravioli.
Tasted on: Thursday July 29th, 2010.
Note: Bottle is dated Été 2009. The bottle opened with a nice “pop”. It poured a deep amber and hazy with a nice light tan 3 finger head, which was less then you might have imagine from a wheat beer with a moderately aggressive pour. The nose was sweet with honey and clove with a drop of banana and a whiff of pleasant alcohol. The initial taste is a bit of a shock, as it didn’t taste like your everyday wheat beer. It had the normal banana and citrus notes you find in a German Wheat, but also the warmth and sweetness you would find in a Barleywine. I also tasted a bit of bitterness midway. Near the finish I could swear I tasted grape lollypop. The mouthfeel was thick and slick and was extremely pleasant. At 10% this was a sipper and improved as it warmed up. Glad I found this brew.
On the Label: Wham! Here it is…the world’s first-and still greatest-imperial wheat beer. Our unfiltered Weizen Impériale is immensely flavorful, with twice the malt and hops of an ordinary wheat beer. Thanks to its special yeast, you’ll get tastes of vanilla, clove, orange and of course the classic banana flavor of a great Hefe-Wezen.
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