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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 149
Hads: 401
Avg: 4.26
pDev: 14.79%
Wants: 81
Gots: 87 | FT: 5
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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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Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black in color with no highlights and a thick layer of tan head that disappears to leave some lacing around the edges.

S-roasted malt, dark fruit sweetness and chocolate, with a bit of char

T-taste of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt and a light smokiness

M-medium body, smooth, light to moderate carbonation, and a dry finish

Overall very drinkable and tasty Baltic Porter with well hidden alcohol

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.73/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a big beautiful creamy head . Aromas of dark chocolate and espresso followed by black cherries. You get a dark chocolate taste right away, with nice hints of black cherries and a really subtle flavor of vanilla. You also get a nice sweetness from the malts and a good alcohol feeling. Really excellent!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.64/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Well constructed creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of oak, earth, caramel, and coffee. Flavors of thick fruits like cherries, dark berries, grapes, with a taste of mocha coffee and chocolate, extra earthy and oaky. Highly sweet, but delicious, with a low vinous feel.

Smooth oily light to medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with a barrel aged oak wood feel, yeasty spices, and a lingering tongue coat of dark fruits and caramel.

Overall incredibly well crafted: inviting smell, tons of delicious flavors that are well balanced and super complex, strong but still well intensified, amazing barrel aged mouth feel, good freshness from the low booziness and almost no vinous feel. The perfect appetizer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intense experience. 2014 bottling, pours inky black, almost opaque, with cappuccino coloured foam. Two fingers, tight bubbles, but solid persistence and great lacing (especially for the high ABV).

Smell is booze, licorice, coffee, raisins/dates/plums, chocolate. Roasted malt. Faint almost Belgian yeast? Slightly metallic. Like port, almost.

Taste is sweet, plummy, toffee, creamy, chocolate, coffee. Dates/raisins again, some alcohol heat. Slightly metallic twang, and again a hint of Belgian dubbel-y or trippel-y yeast. Thick, sweet body. Low-ish carbonation.

Repeating: an intense experience. From a technical standpoint, this is no doubt an absolutely superb beer. And yet any more than a few ounces of it and I'm absolutely spent. I don't really crave it, and I suspect even this sample is inching me closer to diabetes than I'd like. Glad I had the chance to try it, but I don't feel the need to stock up or bunker, as I can only really see myself consuming it in very small doses.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.49/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty, dark color. Tan head.

Nice smell, malty, clean.

Taste: wow, not what I hoped for. Tastes like Ten Fidy mixed with a good Trippel. Rich, thick, sweet. Just not a porter. Like, at all. This isn't why one drinks porter.

Mouthfeel is rather rich. Pretty carbonation, not much, but fine. Sweetness masks the alcohol. Just doesn't feel like a porter. As a stout this would get 4 or 4.25.

This is a really well made beer that just shouldn't be labeled a porter.

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Photo of icormier
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition, bourbon and brandy cask, bought at Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau, and aged about one year in my crawl space. Wow, this is a real booze bomb. I feel funny using the same word "beer" to describe this and the IPA I drank last night. Dark black appearance, smells of brandy, delicious boozy taste. Would go back in time and buy another, were this possible.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle poured into a porter glass.

Starts with a fizzy yet full and substantially foamy head, dark-khaki in color. The body is pitch-black in the glass but poured dark brown with amber hues. A layer of laces sits over the body after the head dissipates and it bubbles a bit. 5

This nose is big. Dark chocolate abounds, creamy caramel and vanilla, boozy molasses and faint but floral hops. 4.25

Oh my. That first sip was wonderful. I'll have to take a moment here. Lots of dark malt/sticky molasses flavor that has a sweet spice flavor akin to Dr. Pepper but veers into a deeper roasted malt and dark chocolate flavor before becoming to soda-like. The contrasts of flavors are tied together by sweet vanilla and a bitter hop finish. 4

I enjoy the smooth body on this, just a tad light to make it drinkable, but smooth and creamy as well. Bitterness is potent on the finish and is perhaps overly done, but I still get down. 4

This is a good brew that I enjoy but don't quite love. I'd drink it again for sure though.

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Photo of James_Michaud91
4.55/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

WOW! This beer totally took me by surprise. Had as part of a 9 bottles stout/porter tasting and this was far and away the best of the bunch. This beer has such phenomenal richness, creamy texture and balance between sweetness, roastiness and a dry/drinkable finish. Highly recommend, especially at a pretty darn reasonable price of 13$/750ml

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.69/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Almost Opaquely black with some ruby red highlights coming through when really pressed against the light. One finger of creamy looking beige head. Retention was good along with lacing.

S: A fair hint of booziness. Some roasted malt but sweet malts lead the way on this one. Caramel and a bit bready. Some milk chocolate.

T: Intensely sweet with lots of dark fruit notes. Plum, cherry, raisin, and date come through backed by a faint hint of light roast (think heavily sweetened coffee). Caramel and toffee are definitely here as well. Bitterness is too restrained IMO and the beer is somewhat syrupy. After a year of age there is almost no trace of booze on the actual palate. Very subtle alcohol; I could easily believe this was a 7 percent beer. Given how dark it is, roast character is reserved. Some sherry notes but I don't get any smokiness.

F: Thick and syrupy. Carbonation is minimal which seems to further accentuate the thick body.

O: This is just not for me. Many people seem to like this style of insanely high ABV, very sweet, extremely dark beer. From time to time it's okay but this sort of beer isn't okay. I enjoyed it a bit and am happy I finally tried it - i have some more bottles in the cellar - but it's not something I truly enjoy that much.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; thanks Ross.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, color.

Smokey, peaty, sweet chocolate, roasted malts, syrupy body.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with tan froth. 4
Port, Concord grape, and treacle on the nose. 4
Fig, sweet coffee, chocolate-covered cherries, Welch’s and some roast. 4.5
Dark chocolate finish and clean linger. 4.5
Medium-full, round, chewy. 4

Huge, deep, and sweet. Not strictly to style - too big and strong - and no signs of underlying lagery lightness. But heroic overall - Quebec’s got to be the best unsung brewing “country”. 4.25

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of taxes
3.71/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of parris
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice dark color with mocha head. Aroma is a bit faint. Just some dark malts and faint coffee and cacao. Taste is very weird. Reminds of a German dunkel but not a very good one. It’s just on the border between sweet and roasty but it’s not falling in any category. That doesn’t mean it’s balanced, it’s just... weird. Body is also on the medium-thin side showing it’s lager characteristic. I can’t say it was bad but I didn’t really enjoy it.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.13/5  rDev -3.1%
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.


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Photo of Jigglenaut
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev -8%
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.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%

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).

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Photo of kevinlater
4.57/5  rDev +7.3%
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, sweet, delicious brew. really heavy on the licorice and cherrywood to start, but rounds out afterwards with those classic dark beer flavours

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Photo of BuckyBeerBeaver
4.41/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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Photo of artoolemomo
4.04/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
94 out of 100 based on 149 ratings.