Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 377
Reviews: 142
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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Photo of oberon
4.8/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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!!!

Photo of MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
4.27/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of chickenm
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
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

Photo of biboergosum
4.18/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of mintjellie
4.29/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of tallarin
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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 Yoonisaykul
3.26/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Black. Looks like an eightball in my tulip. Brown paper bag colored head.

S- Molasses. Alcohol. Gentle sweet hops. Once it warmed up I get a little coconut milk. Dark chocolate.

T- Very sweet. Basic roasted+alcohol. Dark chocolate. Dark dried fruit. Not getting anything special other than really sweet. Woody bitterness.

M- Thin but a little syrupy. Low to medium carbonation. I feel like it gets thicker as it warms.

D- I don't really feel like finishing this bottle. I will of course but mostly because I respect beer (heh.) and hate wasting.

Tastes young. I think it would be better aged (label states: Grande Cuvée Automne 2009).

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.33/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As my beer partner in crime andrenaline stated below, we testing out the 2009 and 2010 editions together, this review is for both
A - both poured a thick rich black, creamy chocolately head that lasted long leaving a sticky lace
S - 2009 had coffee with caramel, light cherry and sweet syrup and alcohol. 2010 was more espresso and burnt notes with a nutty odour
T - 2009 featured sweet candied cherry with roasty and molasses malt, complimented by medium coffee and cream. 2010 was very different with strong coffee and smoky tobacco dominating, somewhat nutty, with an old leather finish
M - 2009 was smooth chewy up front which thinned slightly from the alcohol leaving sticky sweet coating. 2010 was a chewy with a burnt bitter and a lingering cigar smoke feel
D - completely surprised by how different these offering were, yet both very enjoyable, with the 2009 being so sweet and the 2010 being so bitter and smoky, not sure how much difference the aging process made, maybe we'll have to grab both of these again along with a 2011 next year

Photo of heebes
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Caged and corked 2011 bottle.

Pours black with a thick bubbly dark tan head. Nose is mocha, cream, smoke, roasted almonds chocolate malts. Taste is heavy roasted malts, coffee beans, vanilla extract, cocoa nibs, cream, smoke. Mouthfeel is velvety, smooth heavily bodied.
Overall a highly enjoyable porter, sweet at cellar temperature. Format and price is my least favourite part of this beer, and will probably limit my purchases.

Photo of mfunk9786
3.97/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a corked bomber (that, despite its all-business label, looks amazing) provided by my amazing lady friend who thankfully has a friend who goes to medical school in Montreal. Oh, how I wish I could visit this wonderful beer city more often!

A: Pitch black. I guess the head's lighter than some beers of this style, but its off-white qualities just remind the drinker of its unique astringency. The beer itself would struggle to reveal itself in even the most Gothic of settings. Completely. Black.

S: The smell leaves a lot to be desired. This beer obviously needs to be aged, because at 10% alcohol, it is quite difficult to get a good whiff of. Sure, there's some oh-so-subtle chocolate, some anise, some smoke. But the smell doesn't do the taste any justice - it's like a bad trailer for a good movie.

T: The taste gets things going. Despite the high alcohol burn (that is expected after the amazingly neutralized odor), this beer delivers a dark chocolate sweetness that is never too bitter, followed by anise and dark fruits that don't necessarily brighten things up but do excite the tongue - as this is a no-nonsense Baltic Porter that doesn't fuck around with too much motor-oil looking 'choco-tastic'ness. It'd be impossible to confuse this dark masterpiece with the stuff they use to flavor chocolate milkshakes at McDonald's, that's for sure.

M + D: The mouthfeel and drinkability go hand-in-hand on this one, as [especially the mouthfeel] they suffer from the booziness of this brew. It's not supposed to feel so overwhelming as it does on the tongue, but it can't quite help itself but to hit you up with some major levels of quickly-evaporating alcohol notes. The reason I give the Drinkability a higher rating is because if you like the taste, you're more likely to cut the Mouthfeel a fucking break.

If you find this, buy a bottle. But don't go crazy - this isn't just any Baltic Porter - give it a try first and see if you can handle Les Trois Mousquetaires' interpretation!

Photo of eat
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Black lager, I've never seen such a beer besides this one. Pours a clean jet black, making the glass look like an eight-ball. Complete covering of moka coloured head recedes to a ring and sparse cover. Minimal lacing. Retention could be better.

Multigrain bread, chocolate, honey, pork and beans, smoky wood, dark malt, a touch of espresso and peanut butter. One of the better smelling dark brews I've had in front of me.

This is the best Trois Mousquetaires I've sampled. I'd even say it almost doesn't seem like one of their beers. All the others, while definitely respectable, have been either too bitter or too sweet. This is one of those beers so well-balanced that it's difficult to pick out individual flavours. I'll make an attempt anyway, of course: caramel, chocolate, mochaccino (as listed on the bottle), smoke, wood. Chocolaty sweetness and bitterness on the lingering finish. Possibly the smoothest 10% brew I've had, this could be alcohol free for all you can feel; like a good liquer. Incredibly smooth. I wouldn't say this about any of their other beers, but I think the flavour could be intensified the slightest bit in this case. Though that's trying pretty hard to find fault.

Viscous medium body with a light carbonation. Could be a little more full, in my opinion.

One of the smoothest, most drinkable 10% beers I've had to pleasure to consume. I'm looking forward to polishing this 750ml off myself; I was worried that it could be tasking. You're not going to want to share this. Aged a couple years, I could see this being mind-blowing. It's place on the Canadian Top 25 is well-deserved.

Photo of Bung
4.17/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. 2011 picked up at Brawley's. Fairly dark brown pour, thin layer of light tan bubbles. Maybe just a tad lighter than standard.

Aroma, A minerally chocolate and roast malt. Some faint wood and dark fruits.

Taste, powerful yet balanced roast malt, cocoa, chocolate covered raspberry, grape, plum. Finish is more of the roast and cocoa. Pretty straight forward and clean.

Medium bodied, carbonation keeps this quite light feeling though. Drinks dangerously easy. There is a faint warmth to remind you.
Pretty top notch, you decide if it's in the top three for the style though.

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 Stocean1
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a two finger head upon a near black bodym, some lacing with decent retention. Root beer head.

S: Smells of chocolate, coffee, burnt malt, anise and licorice.

T: Sweet and follows the nose. All of what I enjoy about an imperial stout but with a lager twist.

M: Mouthfeel is medium-full with some carbonation. Not overly bitter.

O: An excellent brew that held up well at the head of a long tasting session.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours black with a tan head.
Nose shows roasted and bready malt, some nutty notes and a bit of cocoa.
Sweet flavours of chocolate liqueur, roasted malt, soft coffee, bready malt and booze. Too sweet.
Could use higher carbonation to cut the sweetness.

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in my RBMC. Poured into a 16oz snifter around 10oz, and slowly added more as needed.

Not quite pitch black on the pour. Some brown edges. Khaki/mocha head gives around 1 inch of head on a steady pour. Lacing and head retention, nonexistent. The body is a rich, deep black. Intense, and rich is my initial reaction.

Roasted malt explodes up the nose. On the back, you get a lovely bouquest of dark fruits. Cherries, black berries, raspberries, all included. A smidgen of alcohol, though non abrasive.

Sweet entrance, with the full fruit base of teh porter coming out. Mid body is the combination of the fruit with the rich roasted nature of this beer. Some coffee, caramel notes, though subdued to a sweet berry juice figure that is complimented in the finish by deep roasted and burnt malt character. Full bodied, rich, inviting and no alcohol at all.

Some residual stickiness and a carbonation issue that needs some work. Perhaps some age would improve both this, and the forward nature of the roasted malt and berry sweetness.

Overall, a damn fine beer, though a bit of age could bring it into a class of its own. My other bottle, I'll sit on that bad boy for at least a year. This beast could take it.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (cherries), smoke, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, tart cherries, plums, smoke, molasses, wood, and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth, and has good, soft carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew. I'd certainly buy it again. $12.99 a bottle, bought from Keg Liquors.

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very generously shared by DraftCaskBC this evening.

Appearance. Deep brown, nearly black with half a finger of creamy brown head.

Smell. Nice dark roasty malts with a little brininess.

Taste. Again, dark and roasty malts, caramel and dark chocolate. Just a little sweet with a hint of salt, smoke and molasses.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Really nice beer here. Roasty and delicious

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light black chocolate with some sweetness coming through. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate malt with a seriously dry ending. Full body with medium carbonation and no alcohol was apparent with some vinous notes without being cloying. I am not exactly sure what to make of this beer – different and not totally on style but still interesting nonetheless.

Photo of charlesw
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautifully deep deep brown almost black and utterly and completely opaque. 3/4" of really dark really tight head that sticks around a really long time. Fricking awesome! Smells deeply of chocolate, earthy tones, dark roast coffee, raking old wet leaves... Still freaking awesome!

First taste is overwhelmingly sweet chocolate milk. Second taste is slightly less sweet, maybe bittersweet chocolate. As you're going through it the flavors are getting more complex and coming out all over the mouth. There's woodiness and maybe some ash in the end and you catch a hint of citrus, maybe, every third or fourth sip. I'm blown away at how different it is mouthful to mouthful! I'm blown away that my SO picked this one up (randomly) and that I totally missed it. I'm kind of bummed that we only got one of them - this stuff rocks!

Edit: the SO says that it wasn't a random choice - she picked it because it's the WBA best Baltic porter. Which just goes to show that the WBA knows what they're talking about, man!

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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