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Les Trois Mousquetaires Sticke Alt

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Les trois Mousquetaires is a small but dedicated brewery from Quebec, Canada, and it produces a range of European style and seasonal specialties. Sticke Alt is not a common style of beer, least of all outside its home nation of Germany, and is an Altbier on steroids. Many Alts are a well rounded malty beer with a nice hit of herbal hops on the finish, making a good session ale.

A Sticke Alt is a far more serious affair, and this Canadian version is no exception. It has a deep red-amber colour with a creamy head, that leaves plenty of attractive lacing around the glass. The first thing that hits you is the body; this is a very full beer, with a rich maltiness and a viscous feel to it. There are notes of dried fruit and black molasses, but without too much sweetness. It is counter-balanced by a strong herbal bitterness on the finish from a good dose of hops, with some woody touches that sometimes feels a bit drying. Over all this is well worth a go, and would pair well some rich, fatty meats as the bitterness would be a good foil for the fat, and the body can match the strong flavours too!

ABV: 6%

Best Served: 10°C

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Duckstein Copper-Gold (Alt Bier)

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Duckstein is an example of an alt bier which is now widely available around the world, and it’s about time too! Copper-gold describes the colour well, and after pouring, a nice thick head appears.  The flavour starts with a clean maltiness and a splash of hops which is then complimented by the taste of caramel. A light breadiness fills the mouth, and the finish is dry and hoppy. Overall this is a very drinkable beer full of flavour but with a light finish. It will pair well with a creamy pasta or a refreshing foil to traditional German sausage.

ABV: 4.9%

Best Served: 8°C

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