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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 69
Gots: 72 | FT: 7
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Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Baltic Porter |  10.00% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: mikesgroove on 12-17-2008)
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Reviews by graybayou:
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

graybayou, Dec 01, 2013
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Photo of oberon
4.83/5  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.

oberon, Jun 09, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

cam477, Aug 25, 2013
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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!!!

Rijtjeshuis, Oct 07, 2012
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4.48/5  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.

MadScientist, Jul 05, 2012
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4.3/5  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.

JohnnyBarman, Dec 24, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

ryancl, Aug 03, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Feb 03, 2014
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4.22/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

chickenm, Feb 20, 2011
Photo of BGDrock
4.35/5  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

BGDrock, Feb 17, 2013
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5/5  rDev +16.8%

valkyre65, May 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

acurtis, Jan 29, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JonnyBeers, Jan 11, 2013
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4.18/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

biboergosum, Mar 06, 2010
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4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

mintjellie, Nov 26, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

AlexChillton, Aug 27, 2013
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4.83/5  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.

tallarin, Feb 04, 2012
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3.68/5  rDev -14%
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.

Sammy, May 17, 2009
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Kegatron, Feb 11, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -23.4%
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).

Yoonisaykul, Feb 13, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
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

joemcgrath27, Nov 03, 2010
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Jayhoop, Apr 04, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

zillo043068, Feb 02, 2013
Photo of heebes
4.15/5  rDev -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.

heebes, Oct 29, 2011
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Kevincredible, Jun 09, 2013
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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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