Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 294 | Reviews: 128 | Display Reviews Only:
3.1/5 rDev -27.7%
On tap at Mondial, 2010. Poured into a Unibroue tulip. Huge, dark beige head. Black body. Aroma of coffee and roasted malts with a ton of hops. ABV comes on a bit hot, slightly medicinal at first, but much better upon warming. Very interesting but not necessarily in a good way. I'm all for lots of flavor but not if the flavor isn't good. However...this one does get much better upon warming. More sweetness develops into almost an aged porter taste. Interesting.
06-14-2010 05:12:07 | More by KickbacksSteve
3.28/5 rDev -23.5%
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).
02-13-2010 21:53:36 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.28/5 rDev -23.5%
Fall 2009 bottle, purchased in Dec 2009 and cellared. Opening this with great anticipation, celebrating the birth of my third child! Poured into a large wine glass at ~6C, warmed to 12-13C during session.
A: Deep, dark beer with brown edges and a nice tan head. Head drops a touch quicker than expected and leaves little lacing.
S: Very enjoyable nose, with a healthy dose of liquorice, notes of molasses, alcohol, burnt paper and chocolate.
T: The first few sips are nice with liquorice and roasted malts being dominant, but the beer quickly gives way to acrid burnt flavours along with a too-hot alcohol that finishes badly. Some enjoyable earthy hops are also playing in the body, but man oh man, for a beer I have been looking forward to for eons, it is a grave disappointment.
M: The heat lasts seemingly forever in the back of the throat. Otherwise well carbonated.
O: Haven't had too many of this style and this is a highly rated beer, but the beer I had was fundamentally flawed. As I said, a grave disappointment.
09-19-2011 02:19:33 | More by kjyost
3.43/5 rDev -20%
Got bottles of this from a couple guys last year, but can't remember who you are. I had it all logged on my computer, but she crashed a while back. If bottles came from you, cheers! This particular review is of a 2011 bottle I got while in Quebec this past summer.
From a 750ml into a snifter
Bottled 7 January 2011
APPEARANCE: A clear brown pour yields a one finger, medium looking, fizzy, light tan head with decent retention. Clear black body with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a full wisp. A light ring remains until the end but leaves no real lacing down the glass.
SMELL: Dark malts, caramel, foral hops and a touch fo dark chocolate and leather aromas. Bold enough, though the floral notes make it a little different than expected.
TASTE: Dark malts, caramel sweetness and some toffee flavors start us off, then give way to some nice bitter dark chocoalte, nuts, molasses and woody flavors at the finish. This is quite sweet for sure, though no booze is evident. Aftertaste is sweet with molasses and sweet wood flavors, though some of the bitter chocolate and coffee notes do come through. The sweet flavors are definitely nice, though this could use more bitterness as balance.
PALATE: Medium-full body with medium levels of carbonation. Creamy enough on the palate, goes down fine with a slight scratsh at the swallow and finishes rather cloying. No heat. Good weight on this one.
OVERALL: The flavor is a little too sweet for my palate, but it is still a well made beer. There is lots of complex, interesting flavor, and the booze is held in check. The feel is pretty big as well, which really helps its cause. This would be good in small servings, but I found the 75cl bottle a little rough going at it alone. As a final note, I remember the '09 being much different than this 2011 vintage, which tells me this is a good candiate for a vertical one day. Cheers to the guys who helped me out with this one!
08-31-2012 20:33:22 | More by Jeffo
3.48/5 rDev -18.9%
Appearance: Black, pours 2 fingers of thick tan head that fades slowly.
Smell: roasted malt, orange, estery, biscuit, chocolate, dark fruit, leather, oak.
Taste: roasted malt, a bit smokey, sweet, oak, coffee, molasses, chocolate, cherries.
Mouthfeel: full bodied, minimal carbonation, silky, smooth, creamy.
Overall: Very complex, sweet, smokey, woody, coffee, chocolate, almost too much going on here. Drinkability is moderate. WOuldn't be able to handle a whole bottle to myself.
03-07-2012 06:26:42 | More by phichifiji00
3.5/5 rDev -18.4%
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.
12-12-2007 17:13:48 | More by Phyl21ca
3.58/5 rDev -16.6%
Cask at La soirée de brasseurs. Pitch black with tiny moka bubbles. This one is way sweeter that the bottled version. Lots of chocolate in the aroma and taste. Some coffee roastiness but the meaty flavors are nowhere to be found.
I guess I prefer the 09 version for that reason.
The cask made it very interesting and displayed the flavors nicely. The palate was similar to port but fuller. I am lucky I had the opportunity to try this one.
Overall a good beer but the sweetness was a little cloying which made it hard to drink.
08-14-2010 13:52:31 | More by Luk13
3.63/5 rDev -15.4%
bouteille de 750ml. bouchon de liège.
bière totalement noire non-translucide, mousse brunâtre compacte, beaucoup d'effervescence. nez de torréfaction prononcé, la bouche est légère malgré l'alcool, on ne la sent pas du tout, goût torréfié, agréable.
12-08-2007 23:56:40 | More by rodenbach99
3.68/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
05-17-2009 05:47:35 | More by Sammy
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 294 ratings.