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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 382
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 80
Gots: 89 | 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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Reviews by KickInTheChalice:
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

My pour is a robust mahogany brown color with a walnut edge. A slight ruby tint is visible in the thin parts of the glass as well. A medium sized tan head forms initially and fades to a ring over time.

The aroma has a full, smooth roasted malt presence. Some creamy chocolate, dark cherries, a bit of oak, and vanilla all round out the aroma.

The flavor is quite sweet. There is a smooth, medium roasted malt with a sweet, dark chocolate presence. There is a little bit of molasses and vanilla, with a building cherry oak presence and a bit of unspecified dark orchard fruit. The finish stays sweet, with a touch of smoke, and smooth.

Porter Baltique is smooth, rich, creamy, and definitely masks its 10% ABV very well. It is unfortunatley sticky and a little too far on the sweet side. The carbonation is a little lighter than medium and has a creamy nature. On the other hand, the body is definitely on the full side.

I liked this overall. It is full and rich, although it may be a bit sweet to drink too much of it. (1,077 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Everything from this Quebec brewery I have had has been top notch,I have been looking to get my hands on this beer for a couple years,thanks to Roger at Bestway I was finally able to get some.Poured into a half liter stein a deep deep dark chocolate color with a 1/2 finger deep beige head atop.Cherry wood smoke like the label says is predominant with dark roast coffee and raisin,as it warms the coffee really comes into play more.Lightly smokey with big dark roast coffee ground flavors,it's brash and big,cherry and raisin flavors abound with some mild earthy tones in the finish.The best Baltic porter I have had and that's saying something,it's as good as advertised if not better,my favorite beer of 2012. (712 characters)

Photo of cam477
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Note that I had had this brew cellared for about 14 months prior to drinking. This may account for milder hop bitterness/flavor/aroma and poorer head retention .

Look (3.0/5) – Very dark black in colour with mahogany tones when held to the light. The head was a bit of a disappointment: it rose deep khaki to only about ½ cm or so; it had decent stand and fell to a nice wispy head; there was some decent lacing. It eventually collapses to nothing. Clarity was relatively poor for the style.

Smell (4.0/5) – Very good for the style, it was rich with dark malts but the burnt acridity you get with many imperial stouts was more restrained, leaving a rich and somewhat sweet impression. From the malt I get: a whole lot of coffee, chocolate, and dark/dried pitted fruits (so melanoidins). The light roasted notes gave the impression of a rich chocolate-fruit cake with very, very dark chocolate and some espresso. Very slight floral alcohol. Hops were minimal.

Taste (4.5/5) – Similar to the smell, although I would say that the roaster/burnt character was greater; this was good because it balanced the sweetness much better. The same characters were present: coffee/espresso and chocolate were more equivalent on the palate. A wide range of background flavours added complexity: there were also some melanoidins; a good helping of caramel/molasses; black licorice; a hit of lighter (berry?) fruitiness; and nuts. Given all that sweetness, the finish is fairly dry and well within the espresso wheelhouse. There is a bit of hop bitterness that provides a nice balance (although it is difficult to discern the hop bitterness and the bitterness from the dark malts). A slight floral alcohol note, no hop flavors. This was very, very, very malty but the balance was such that it was rich and complex without being cloying. I’m almost thinking of a rich espresso with a slice of rich dark-chocolate fruit cake.

Feel (4.5/5) – Full body and medium-low carbonation give for that feel of ‘velvetiness’ that is epitomized by very good cask ale. There finish is smooth and rich without being cloying (in fact, it is surprisingly dry). Some nice warmth from the substantial ABV adds something to the finish.

I really, really enjoyed this brew and would serve it as a good example of the style. Basically, the thing that sold me on this brew was the extent to which they counter-balanced the impressively complex, sweet malt profile with bitterness (roasted/burnt grains, hops) and a lager yeast finish to make an exceptionally malty beer without getting too cloying. Great job, TM!!! (2,592 characters)

Photo of MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle of the 2011 vintage.

This is an almost black beer showing deep garent on the edges with a carmel colored head of foam.

The aroma is of deep roasted grains and licorice with dark fruits like currents and dates. There is a bit of coffee and a slight note fo chocolate as well.

Rich malt sweetness is one way of putting this is sweet and complex with flavors of dark fruit and tons of roast. The dark roast starts to take over towards the finish along with coffee and molasses flavors

This is full bodied and smooth.

I can only think of a couple of beers that as so complex beer. I'm usually going to seek out a drier beer but can still appreciate a an fine example of this style from time to time. (718 characters)

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3/5  rDev -29.4%

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4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle split with my brother for our Christmas Eve brew! Poured into a Duvel chalice.

A black hole of a brew, from which light cannot escape. Seriously, this stuff is dark. As the brew warmed up, I was more successful in producing a bit of mocha head. Not much lacing, and just a thin ring survives. Looks like this is what other folks have got from this batch as well.

Nose is lovely - dark and milk chocolate, coffee, cream, cherry, grape, figs and raisins. A wonderful roasty smoke taste as well.

Tastes as good as it smells, a luscious blend of flavors from the imperial stout palette, but it distinguishes itself with a creamy, milk-stout character and a fruity profile more reminiscent of an English brown or plain porter. Lots going on here. Molasses, espresso, hazelnut also make an appearance. Finishes slightly dry and bitter.

The body is thick and creamy, with slightly higher than expected carbonation, but this was definitely a good thing to keep the thickness and ABV in check. Not chalky or anything - a good silky feel.

Not the best looking brew on the block, but this brew scored big points where it counts - the flavor department. Lots of tasting notes to keep even the most discerning beergeek busy. I've been very happy with LTM so far, and their Baltic Porter, while not the blow-you-away brew beer I was expecting, was certainly a quality, flavorful brew. Well worth a pick up if you can find it. (1,430 characters)

Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%

Photo of Marius
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours very dark brown with a tan heads that quickly dissipates and leaves a thin ring. Aroma of chocolate, smoke, and ash. Strong malty flavor with rich dark chocolate, some dark fruits, and bitter coffee in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation, and slightly dry. Very nice, this is a great winter beer! I'll definitely buy this again. (346 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 brew, cellared for 1 year

Appearance: full but airy, mocha head, lasts 5 mins; dark brown, almost black

Aroma: the usual roast flavours - coffee, anise, chocolate, with anise and chocolate taking the lead; the difference is a distinctly fruity aroma that is almost on par - raspberry, dark cherry

Taste & Mouthfeel: rich, full chocolate flavour blends well with fruit - raspberry, orange; like a chocolate covered raspberry; great length, with the flavours in synch and intermingling from start to finish; enough bitterness from the roast to provide some balance, but predominantly a sweeter beer, good as a dessert pairing; fresh, bright, light mouthfeel with almost no sense of alcohol; velvety smooth

Overall: a fantastic blend of flavour and silky mouthfeel make for a great brew, everything balanced well (818 characters)

Photo of valkyre65
5/5  rDev +17.6%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of JonnyBeers
4.25/5  rDev 0%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (1,026 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml caged and corked bomber, autumn 2009 vintage, left over from Christmas, and as the snow seems in temporary retreat, no time like the present...especially when it's TGIF.

This beer pours a solid, light-gorging black, with faint red highlights when pressed to the light, and three pudgy fingers of puffy, creamy cocoa brown head, which leaves some low-lying cloud pattern lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of boozy bittersweet chocolate, wet tobacco ash, roasted caramel malt, dry coffee grounds, besotted raisins, plums, and prunes, nutty yeast, and earthy, musty hops. The taste is more semi-sweet hot chocolate mix, grainy caramel malt, sugary nougat, balsa wood, trail mix, vanilla-flecked coffee, slightly off milk, mild brewer's yeast, anise, and a surprisingly mild booziness (providing you take small sips, just a handy tip!).

The carbonation is quite low, just a wee frothiness to get us by, the body big (but not BIG, y'know?), somewhat thick, slick, and pleasantly unctuous in its heady smoothness. It finishes sweet, in a persistent chocolate caramel manner, but with a nice drying hoppy, fruity, and boozy counter-effect.

For its purported strength, this is dangerously crazy-easy to drink, the amped-up beyond belief porter smiling and smirking all the while. Roasted, fruity, nutty, pleasantly boozy, and well, lagery! I'm still not certain as to the ale/lager heritage of this style, but I would having no problem urging you to ignore that when pressing this to your lager-boy friends, when they sneer at the wine-bottle appearance of this kick-ass offering. (1,603 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2011 Vintage

Dark cola brown colour. Small, poorly retained tan head. No lace. Aromatic notes of raisin, fig, and sweet chocolate. Hints of coffee, smoke, and alcohol add complexity. Sweet raisins and brown sugar hit the palate first, followed by chocolate and very light smoke midpalate. Coffee, light char, and a gentle acidity in the finish. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth, rich, silky mouthfeel. This well-crafted strong black lager shows great depth and complexity of flavour, great length; and exceptional balance of sweet, bitter, and even tart tastes - though it definitely leans closer to the sweet side of things. (641 characters)

Photo of AlexChillton
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of tallarin
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this through the rare beer club, first one of the two opened.

This beer pours a dark, mahogany, producing a nice thick tan head. The aroma in this is very complex, giving notes of dark fruits (prunes, dates, fig) and some chocolate.

Flavorwise, it's very complex. Ranging from fruity notes, to earthy/oaky, dry fruit. The perception of alcohol increases as it warms up. Not much in the way of hops, but it's to be expected from a beer like this. I really have to give it to the brewers, I dont know if they achieved such complexity through their malt bill, fermentation process, or aging.

Overall, this beer is excellent! Definitely hope to get a second. (668 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think there is no significant difference between their Baltic Porters, a rounding difference on a.b.v. is all.
Pours black with dark head. Taste is licorice, a little sourness. Solid porter with above average mouthfeel. Carbonation is apparent. Drinkable stuff, though not exceptional baltic porter. More mal than any coffee or chocolate. (341 characters)

Photo of jcubz
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
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 (62 characters)

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of blues_fever
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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