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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 369
Reviews: 141
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 76
Gots: 87 | FT: 7
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mikesgroove on 12-17-2008

Robust dark lager inspired by Porters from around the Baltic Sea region. This beer is luxuriously round with a mild bitterness. The malts contribute flavors of coffee, chocolate, and vanilla. The use of cherry-wood smoked malt provides a subtle hint of smoke.
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Ratings: 369 | Reviews: 141
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2013 edition, on tap at back country pizza. if this isnt barrel aged, wow, if it is, still wow, its fantastic! have not had enough beer from these guys, the price points are really off putting, but the beers are such turn ons. thick and shiny this one, viscous enough, big looking, dark but not impenetrable to light, a little red glow exists in bright light around the edges of the globe. it smells and tastes like it saw some time in bourbon barrels, sweet and vanilla forward, it really seems like it, and the smooth feel attests, although im not positive it is. the coffee aspect is there too, but more on the front end than the back end, unconventional but fitting. there are caramels and buttery notes on purpose in the middle, a counterpoint to the roasted barley profile thats trying to be dry and bitter. full bodied to say the least, sweet all the way though, swear i taste whiskey, but i also get raisin cake and almonds, so who knows. awesome brew, lager yeasts asserts itself right in the very last instant. before that, hard to tell its lagered. rock star quality, but id like to try more of their beer. this has my interest, and the gose was excellent as well. i need more please!

Photo of taxes
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A. depending on the depth of beer left in the glass and on the lighting: from pitch black in the body to dark caramel but going through a reddish brown phase in the middle.

S. weak nose. sweet, malty, hints of alcohol.

T. sweet, hints of burnt malts, of chocolate. light hops in the finish, touches of bitterness. black cherries

M. liquorous. good heat from the alcohol.

Photo of Team_TMM
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice black colour, great taste. I wish it had been a bit heavier, maybe a bit stronger cocoa but overall very solid brew.

Photo of Grogsky
2.84/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very bold taste. Strong for a porter. Definite notes of black cherry, chocolate, and coffee. Not for those just starting to try porters or stouts.

Photo of Caramere
5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best Porter ever, ticks all the boxes, sets the standard for all others to compete with. A stunning beer to be sipped as slowly as possible.

Photo of jcubz
4.69/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Amazingly rich with a hint of alcohol. Very good on a cold day

Photo of parris
4.39/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured a 2011.

Super dark brown color, no carbonation.

Smells nasty, like vinegar and mushrooms. Not a huge deal, flavor is worth it.

Tastes amazing. Starts off vanilla cherry, then tobacco, then a little vinegar, ends with dry dark chocolate. This was one of my more successful cellar attempts.

Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Near black color, only a touch of light passes through the base of the glass. Great starting bar-pour head. It leaves a ring of lace after each sip b

Smells like a port--sweet with dark raisins.

Think Port meets Porter. Rich, sweet and smooth. The aftertaste features a sugary almost treacle finish. If you like your beers dry, avoid this one. This is extremely sweet. Otherwise, make an effort to try this. As a Port lover, this bring two of my passions together superbly.

Photo of Jwale73
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very excited to try this beer - one of my original 'wants' from when I joined BA and I was fortunate to procure a bottle at the State Liquor Store in Stowe, VT on 12/24/14. 750ml caged and corked bottle served in a tulip. Pours the color and clarity of cola with a loose, fizzy, quarter inch, khaki-colored head. Head quickly dissipates into oily droplets and specks and strands of lacing. Nose is vinous and roasty with kiss of smoke, cocoa and booze. Taste consistent with nose; however, you definitely get that lagered quality in the flavor profile (hard to describe what it is, but it's there). There's a bit of a medicinal grapey quality that comes out towards the back and lingers between quaffs. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a carbonation just shy of lively, a light acidity and a residual burn at the back of the throat. Overall, not my favorite Baltic Porter, but very much true to style. Not something I would recommend for extended cellaring as I can see this oxidizing with time.

Photo of DaveBar
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Purchased at the LCBO for just under $10.00 for a 750ml bottle. Served at 4deg C in a tulip

A- Excellent. Super dark and rich looking. A bit of head but not much. Almost black

S- Pretty good! Touch too hot though

T- Very good. This one had a year on it since I bought it. Good blend. Nice chocolate and coffee but light on them. Nothing overpowering except the heat. It's only 10% but not even close to being hidden

M- Pretty good. Touch thick

O- Very good. Have a few in the cellar as these types of beers age well.

Food Pairing

This nice beer went well with........ Deer Stew! Carrots, potatoes and celery.

Enjoy

Photo of Jigglenaut
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

Rich complex and sweet. Full of flavors like black forest cake, cherries, dried fruits, bannana, molasses, coffee, toffee, and many other rich and delicate flavors. My mate who tasted this with my though it tasted like cough medicine, but he's an idiot. Would definitely buy this again.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the austere looking jet black bottle into a snifter. Pitch brownish-black brew with next to no head, just a stippling of dark rusty brown bubbles against the sides of the glass. Intensely sweet nose of dark dried fruits (cherries, prunes), toffee, rum, licorice candy, and enough roasted malts melding with the sweet elements to evoke coffee liqueur. Wonderful stuff. The taste does not disappoint either, although be forewarned ... This is SWEET, like in Samichlaus Classic Bier territory. Flat, almost non-carbonated, and drinks like dessert, although there is a roasted licorice element that engages the palate after a while. Coffee toffee, black forest cake, and molasses with just the barest hint of smoke (at first). Apparently there's hops in here but I do not taste them. This is a challenging brew to rate ... One has to evaluate on the basis of the style guidelines and what the brewery is intending to execute here. Far too sweet on most nights for me, but sipped slowly and shared this is a sublime brew ... Earthy, rich, and fruity, with a slow building alcohol warmth like a high end rum and an emergent cigar-like smokiness.

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Unreadable date in 2013 at 45 degrees into snifter
Aroma of roasted malt and figs
Head small (< 2 cm), light brown, fizzy, immediately diminishing to a tiny floating clump of bubbles
Lacing none
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins moderately sweet with figs and dates, a hint of alcohol and smoke at the end; no hops, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, creamy to syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 4, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.875. Final weighted score: 4.15
This is another delicious brew from Les Trois Mousquetaires. The appearance loses points because there is neither head nor lacing. Other than that, this is a very good brew: smooth, flavorful with hints of figs and dates, a little raunchy (good), very good palate. This goes on my short list of beers I’ll buy whenever I find them.
On a packaging note – the date is printed on the back label with other pertinent information (a good thing) but is very light and mostly unreadable (a bad thing).

Photo of kevinlater
4.57/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

on-tap at st-andre resto pub in montreal

a: pitch black with ruby tinges around the edges. two fingers of frothy light brown head

s: whoa, huge licorice and dark fruit. molasses, hints of alcohol, some chocolate. smells sweet

t: powerful sweet licorice and cherrywood up front, with molasses, cherries, and raisins. roasted malt and slightly bitter dark chocolate enter shortly after, but both aren't too dominant. huge and lasting flavours here. bits of alcohol. finishes surprisingly dry for how sweet it started off, like eating a piece of the aforementioned dark chocolate

m: full bodied, super creamy. mild carbonation

o: a really big but delicious brew. really heavy on the licorice and cherrywood to start, but rounds out afterwards with those classic dark beer flavours

Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Microbrasserie Les Trois Mousquetaires was established in 2004, and is located at 3755-C Boulevard Matte in Brossard, Quebec. Its Porter Baltique 2009 won World's Best Stout & Porter at the 2010 World Beer Awards.

This is the first beer that I have sampled from Trois Mousquetaires, and I was a little wary given its impressive reputation...having been disappointed in the last highly touted Quebec brewed beer that I tried. Porter Baltique Grande Cuvee ("PBGC") 2011 came in a corked 750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO, with a date of 01/07/2011 printed on the reverse label. PBGC was a very healthy 10% alcohol by volume.

PBGC poured an opaque black..back lighting did nothing more than lighten the beer around the edges of the glass to a dark brown. The aroma was fabulous, a combination of chocolate, alcohol, dark ripe fruits and wet autumn leaves. Pouring produced just over 1" of crema coloured, creamy head which lasted for 4-5 minutes before disappearing completely, leaving no lacing or spotting down the glass. It's flavour was as wonderful as the aroma, with sweet, dark malts, chocolate, and dark fruits, ending with a modest bitterness. As the beer warms, the alcohol aroma becomes more noticeable, and the already modestly bitter finish mellows further. A bittersweet aftertaste lingers, and though I'm not normally a fan of lingering aftertastes, it was a shame that I eventually had to brush my teeth before going to sleep. Trois Mousquetaires has the carbonation just right on this one, and PBGC is full bodied with the creamy mouthfeel of an oatmeal stout. One thing that struck me about the beer was the variability in taste...one mouthful the chocolate dominates, in the next the dark fruits are more pronounced, in another the malt sweetness is front and centre. PBGC is a complex beer, but not so complex that the individual aromas and tastes get lost. In summary, a wonderful beer...the only area in which it falls down is the "value for money" factor. At $9.95 a bottle, I'll have to put this beer in the "special treat" category. In a 750 ml bottle, PBGC is best shared...or at least stretched out over a long winter night.

Photo of artoolemomo
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Received with a thin skin of head that looks to already be gone. The head was a light beige with hints of ochre while the body is an opaque, dark chocolate black. Some spots of lacing but mostly a clean glass after drinking.

Nose- Heavy notes of chocolate (somewhere between bittersweet and milk; there is a creaminess to it) followed by lighter notes of cocoa. Hints of caramel, toffee, and even butterscotch flit around the edges. This is a very promising aroma.

Taste- Starts off with a good amount of chocolate that tends more toward the bittersweet variety with hints of roasted malts and coffee. Some nuttiness. Vanilla and caramel in the background, some oak on the finish. Dark, red fruits around the edges. Some cherry (maybe from the cherry smoked malt but I get that flavor from many stouts/porters). Good complexity with no individual note commanding presence over the flavor profile. Complexity plus good balance almost always makes for a good beer or a really good beer (which I think this is). Could be a great beer but it doesn't have that certain something to push it over the edge. I even wonder if the flavors have faded since I had a sip of this beer a few months ago. Probably not- it most likely that my expectations are higher than they were before. I would classify this as really good with hints of being great. They should think about a barrel aged version.

Mouthfeel- A little less than medium bodied with perhaps too much carbonation. This is unfortunate for this beer because it could really use more viscosity to bolster the flavor profile.

Drinkability- Very easy to drink and no indication of the 10%. Four bucks for 6 oz seems reasonable but I would probably pass on this in the future. Especially if the Harvest Calvados was an option.

Overall- Really, good beer with slight hints of greatness. Very good representation of the Baltic Porter style and why I like it. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of brureview
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best Baltic porters I have tasted. There are a lot of variations on the style,
but this beer has a lot of character.

Served in a stein- at about 55° F. Dark chocolate brown opaque color.

The aroma is strong coffee-chocolate- vanilla.

The mouth feel is light and enhances the overall style.

Taste: exceptional. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa with an added sweetness.

Finish: coffee with sweetness.

Overall, an excellent Baltic Porter. The label is detailed about the ingredients in the beer, gives an added dimension to the tasting. It includes the malts, hops,pairings, aging, glassware, and serving temp.

Photo of polloenfuego
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

A : pours a deep dark brown darn near black. There was a decent one and a half finger head that lasted a brief moment before disappearing leaving little behind but a ring of foam.

S: sweet, licorice, molasses, raisins, chocolate, roast and dark fruits.

T: follows the nose closely, but the sweet is subtle...No doubt it is there but not overpowering. The first flavors that come are the licorice and then chocolate and roast.

M: medium body, good carbonation. Nice and enjoyable.

O: I've had this beer a few times now, and each time it has had a little more age on it (this particular bottle is just under a year) and each time it has gotten better. This beer is a steal at $9 a bottle and is well deserving of its high ranking.

Photo of falloutsnow
4.44/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Jefferson St, Chicago, IL
Date: 2012 vintage
Glass: Tulip

Trois Mousequetaires' Porter Baltique is an exceptional baltic porter, clearly a lager, producing smooth flavors from roasted and sweet base malts that come together in a delicious combination. Very enjoyable over the two days it took to finish this bottle, perfect for winter evenings such as this. Would definitely pick up again, even at $15 per bottle.

Head of 3cm in height, good retention of several minutes, composed of dark tan colored, small bubbles, frothy looking, falling to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island atop of lace atop the body. Lacing is excellent, complex patterns and many large dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is very dark brown to black in color, light bringing slight dark red-brown hues along the margins. Carbonation visible only near the top of the body, though appearing fairly numerous and active.

Aroma of smooth roasted malt with a bit of medium-dark caramel and pale malt sweetness, cola, anise, prunes, raisins, slight creamy coffee, and hints of smokiness.

Flavor of smooth, caramel and cola-like sweetness affixed to an equally smooth, bitter chocolate and char, with dark dried fruits and some anise/ethanol in the background to add complexity, all lagered together quite nicely. Front of palate tastes smooth dark chocolate and charred toast, substantial base malt and medium-dark caramel sweetness, raisins, prunes, and anise-ethanol. Mid-palate of slightly bitter roasted malt joined to base male sweetness, charred toast, bitter chocolate, anise, mild smokiness, all smooth and clearly from a lager. Back of palate tastes charred toast and moderately dark chocolate, black licorice, dark caramel-like sweetness, and light smokiness; all flavors still nicely smoothed from lager yeast and subsequent lagering. Aftertaste of fairly bitter black malt and roasted barley, mild dark chocolate and charred toast, modest anise and spicy ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a velvety smooth, softly bubbly mouthfeel that's probably around half foamy and half smooth. The result is quite nice for the beer, actually fairly exceptional, and within the guidelines for the style. Ethanol is exceptionally well concealed for a 10% ABV beer, only the slightest of heat in the nostrils and tingle on back of throat. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Les Trois Mousquetaires
Baltic Porter Grand Cuvée
750ml, 2012
Riedel tulip

A: Pours deep dark brown that appears black. Some light leading through at edges. That medium brown light tan head. Thin layer. Lacing sheeting.

S: Roast. Dark chocolate. Some coffee. Lager yeast.

T: Dark chocolate and a strong roast character right away. I do like the mouthfeel of a Baltic porter. Almost makes it more drinkable even at 10%.

M: Medium leading to more full bodied. High carbonation.

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.71/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glass: wine glass.

Appearance: dark, relatively thick. Ruby red color when held up to light. A 1/2 finger dark tan/brown head forms with a moderate pour and a cap of head remains for over 20 minutes if left undisturbed.

Smell: raisins, plums, vanilla, alcohol, dark chocolate. Amazing.

Taste: sweet overall, but very complex. Raisins, slight milk chocolate, vanilla. Alcohol manifests almost like bourbon in the finish. A subtle but obvious smoke also lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and full bodied. Ample carbonation, however. Nice for the style.

Overall: an incredible beer. One of the best I've had. Complex - I love the notes of dark fruit. Only negative is that it is slightly sweet but it still works well for this sipper.

Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a somewhat thin and translucent dark brown color. Slick and oily in the glass. A one-finger tall, creamy and bubbly, saddle brown head topped the liquid. The crown faded to a think, clingy ring of froth that unfortunately left no lacing.

The aroma was unexciting initially. Nutty with a crisp, lager-like yeastiness. Some booziness was noticeable. As the head died down, the nose became much more complex. Nougat-like notes were apparent. I definitely picked up some powdered cocoa and a sweet nuttiness. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla. Plummy. Freshly roasted coffee beans came through as well. Toward the drink's end, I detected some bourbon-like notes as well.

On the palate, the beer was solid. Like in the nose, there was a distinct, lager-like yeastiness. Strong dark fruit notes. Plums and cherries were most apparent. Hefty dose of roasted malts. Loads of brown sugar and fresh vanilla bean. Slightly smoky. Espresso notes appeared in the center. The finish was crisp, dry and somewhat boozy, but this is to be expected for a beer of this magnitude. Again, I definitely thought I picked up some bourbon-like notes as beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Somewhat slick on the palate with a very fine, moderate effervescence.

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique is a very solid beer that reminded me of the better traditional (lagered) examples of this style produced by a handful of breweries in the Baltic region. I probably would not go out of my way to buy this again, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for a hair less than $10 CDN. Served chilled into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Black as night, 1.5 fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly due to the high ABV. Extremely decadent looking and almost slightly syrup from the way it moves in the glass. Nice lacing.

Smell - Complex, smokiness, malty, molasses & some black licorice. Boozy. Also a bit of coffee aroma.

Taste - Similar to the nose, very complex, licorice, bark, smokey buy not overly so. Extremely flavorful and intense, a bit too much so for my palate.Some black cherry in there as well as coffee undertones. Chocolate as it warms and the booze also becomes more pronounced. A bottle of this could be split 3-4 ways with easy and there would still be more than enough intense flavors.

Mouthfeel - Wow! Ridiculously smooth and filling in the mouth. Coats the tongue without effort but is not syrupy. Super smooth finish. One of the best feeling beers.

Overall - A very fine beer, one that might improve with some age on it. For now, while it was quite delicious, it was extremely intense in its flavors and a bit unrelenting. This is one of the first beers where I've truly understood of sharing a bottle, because with other large containers, drinking a bottle over 3-4 hours still is not a chore, but with this it was. Still highly recommended for those enjoying the style, or those looking for something extreme.

Photo of TerryW
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours walnut black with a moderate head that eventually disappears and does not provide any kind of lace.

Big plummy nose - dark fruit, licorice and smoke, coffee and roasty malt, lots of sweetness, just a hint of alcohol despite being 10%. Smells rich and luxurious. Lots of things happening.

Quite sweet to taste, very fruity. Coffee and charcoal, some tar. Again, lots of thing happening, quite complex.

Full mouth feel, heavy, slightly syrupy.

Good sippin' beer. Be sure to give yourself enough time to work your way through the bottle.

Photo of Flounder57
4.34/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a jet black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Burnt molasses, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and smoke.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, molasses, smoke, chocolate, roasted malts, and very delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, delicious, and enjoyable.

Overall:10%, no way. This beer is so good you don't even notice it. Sign me up for another.

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 369 ratings.