Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires
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4.58/5 rDev +6.8%
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 up front, with molasses, cherries, and raisins. roasted malt and chocolate enter mid-palate. huge and lasting flavours here. bits of alcohol. finishes surprisingly dry for how sweet it started off
m: full bodied, super creamy. mild carbonation
o: a really big but delicious brew. really heavy on the licorice to start, but rounds out afterwards
06-29-2014 01:19:15 | More by kevinlater
4.41/5 rDev +2.8%
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.
06-15-2014 22:25:04 | More by BuckyBeerBeaver
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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