Karl Strauss Preparing To Release ‘Mouette ├á Trois’

San Diego, Calif.-based Karl Strauss Brewing is planning the release of its next installment in the company’s “Twelve Days” series of holiday ales.

The newest addition, Mouette ├á Trois, is a play off of the “Three French Hens” lyric in the popular holiday time tune “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Mouette, French for seagull, is no doubt a nod to the brewery’s coastal roots. It’s a Belgian dubbel brewed with apricot, cherries and spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, orange peel, clove and brandied oak chips. Mouette ├á Trois follows last years release, Two Tortugas, which took home medals from the Great American Beer Festival and The World Beer Cup.

Company spokesperson Melody Daversa said the finished beer tastes a like a fruitcake, though we are sure it will be far more well-received than the actual dish at your company holiday party. And you’ll have to wait until November to get your hands on the new brew but check out the label copy and beer geek stats below while you wait.

Mouette ├á Trois — Holiday Fruitcake Ale

8.5% ABV — 35 SRM — 10 IBU

Label Copy:

Mouette ├á Trois est la meilleure bi├¿re que vous avez jamais go├╗té ou notre nom n’est pas Karl Strauss. Mouette ├á Trois, meaning Three Seagulls, is the 3rd installment in our less than literal “Twelve Days” series of holiday ales. Brewed with fresh apricots, cherries and a blend of spices, the resulting strong ale is Belgian Dubbel meets fruit cake. Rich layers of candied fruit and warming spices are punctuated by notes of toffee and fresh-baked bread. Aging on brandy-cured French oak adds hints of vanilla that linger through a warming finish. Don’t. Even. Think. About. Regifting.


  • White Wheat
  • Vienna
  • Pale 2-Row
  • Torrified Wheat
  • Red Wheat
  • Rolled Oats
  • Victory
  • C80
  • Cara Brown
  • Special B
  • Munich


  • Willamette


  • Belgian Ale


  • Cherries
  • Apricots
  • Orange Peel
  • Vanilla Beans
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Brandy-cured French Oak Chips