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 Grogsky
2.84/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Very bold taste. Strong for a porter. Definite notes of black cherry, chocolate, and coffee. Not for those just starting to try porters or stouts.

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.15/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

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.

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 kjyost
3.34/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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!

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 phichifiji00
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Luk13
3.56/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of rodenbach99
3.65/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 taxes
3.71/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

Photo of ADZA
3.78/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a dark as night cola hue with nice carbonation that leaves behind a mocha laced two finger head that slowly reforms to a nice rim and little lacing,the smell is pretty much what it says on the back of the label its mostly aromas of chocolate and alcohol with some tobacco,oak and port in there aswell,it has a nice smooth,medium bodied mouthfeel which leaves your lips sticky with mocha hints and coats your mouth with tastes of dark cherry ripe,brandy liqueor encased in dark rich chocolate,dark berries and finishes with a nice strong port warmness that almost feels like you have just had a shot of some dark liquor and to be honest overall this brew is very interesting with alot of twists and turns in smell and taste but its not something i could drink all the time but glad ive sampled as its different and as this drop is my last for the night its the perfect nightcap.

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 spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. I swear at first I could taste smoked meat.. but that faded as my glass progressed. It also has the same hoppy taste found in all the other LTM beers. It ends with a chocolatey sweet slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I have to say I was a little disappointed in this beer. The appearance wasn't great and the taste and smell were just slightly above average. The main highlight is probably how well of a job it does hiding the 10% alcohol level. Maybe a little age would have helped this bottle. It's still good and if you're a fan of the style you should check it out. I just wouldn't buy it again.

Photo of Crosling
3.86/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black colored beer that pours nice. Brown edges with a lasting light tan head. Aromas showcases an array of complex dark malt notes. Flavor is very nice, with hints of sour fruit, chocolate, coffee and truffle. Lasting finish is also impressive. Very nice beer.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Alex (Masterski) for this one.

A tan head forms and stays for a brief visit. Fades away leaving little lace behind. Dark brown beer with light penetrating through at the edges. Looks a bit like just standard black coffee.

Aroma is of dark malt. Really a lot of that malt aroma as if you were brewing. Some chocolate sauce and a touch of alcohol.

I get a great deal of chocolate, especially as it warms.Some prune as well. A hint of alcohol late in the profile.

Almost a light powdery feel on the tongue. Medium bodied...

Pretty good Baltic Porter. I usually like a touch more body and some more smoothness, but still solid.

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.92/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for a hair less than $10 CDN. Served chilled into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Black as night, 1.5 fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly due to the high ABV. Extremely decadent looking and almost slightly syrup from the way it moves in the glass. Nice lacing.

Smell - Complex, smokiness, malty, molasses & some black licorice. Boozy. Also a bit of coffee aroma.

Taste - Similar to the nose, very complex, licorice, bark, smokey buy not overly so. Extremely flavorful and intense, a bit too much so for my palate.Some black cherry in there as well as coffee undertones. Chocolate as it warms and the booze also becomes more pronounced. A bottle of this could be split 3-4 ways with easy and there would still be more than enough intense flavors.

Mouthfeel - Wow! Ridiculously smooth and filling in the mouth. Coats the tongue without effort but is not syrupy. Super smooth finish. One of the best feeling beers.

Overall - A very fine beer, one that might improve with some age on it. For now, while it was quite delicious, it was extremely intense in its flavors and a bit unrelenting. This is one of the first beers where I've truly understood of sharing a bottle, because with other large containers, drinking a bottle over 3-4 hours still is not a chore, but with this it was. Still highly recommended for those enjoying the style, or those looking for something extreme.

Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, 2012 vintage. Served at cellar temperature. Been looking for this guy for quite a while and very excited to try it out.

Pours very dark brown to black with a one finger foamy brown head that settles to a nice creamy cap and leaves some short-lived lacing behind.

Aroma is overripe dark fruits, a little acidic, some oxidation, some chocolate. Good but not great strength.

The flavor is mighty impressive. Big time rich chocolate and in-your-face dark fruits, dates, figs, raisins, tart cherries. Rather sweet. Minimal bitterness. Some alcohol on the finish but not bad for 10%.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus, nearly full bodied, good carbonation, a little sticky.

Excellent Baltic Porter. While the aroma is only OK, the flavor is fantastic. Very rich and complex.

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 hellbilly
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle with a different label (bistro l'autre oeil) from glouglouburp.

pours a reddish brown shade of opaque black topped by a medium sized orange tinted cafe au lait colored head. slight horizontal trails of lacing.

big time tar/asphalt aroma followed by fudgey chocolate, nice tobacco, vanilla, licorice, scalded cream, bruised red apples, fresh strawberries (yep), umami and a slight acidity.

fairly sweet palate though less than the majority of baltics. it's cut nicely by a bitterness and great sourness. flavors of chocolate, toasty grain, black raisins, brown sugar, five spice spiciness and black licorice with an ashy charred finish. coffee joins the aftertaste party. medium body. super slick texture. prickly carbonation and char make the sugar almost a non issue and make it a whole bunch easier to drink in quantity.
8/4/8/4/16/4.0

Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane's Wine.

Poured an hazy dark amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus, fruit and spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

Photo of TerryW
4.01/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours walnut black with a moderate head that eventually disappears and does not provide any kind of lace.

Big plummy nose - dark fruit, licorice and smoke, coffee and roasty malt, lots of sweetness, just a hint of alcohol despite being 10%. Smells rich and luxurious. Lots of things happening.

Quite sweet to taste, very fruity. Coffee and charcoal, some tar. Again, lots of thing happening, quite complex.

Full mouth feel, heavy, slightly syrupy.

Good sippin' beer. Be sure to give yourself enough time to work your way through the bottle.

Photo of grumpy
4.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, label rendered in French. Received as an extra in a trade with pugman. Thanks again!

Pours a very dark brown/black, with very little red tone visible under light. Tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is sweet and winey with a touch of molasses.

Flavor is quite complex. Starts with a bit of tartness or sourness, which is quickly cancelled by a wave of sweet maltiness, a layer of chocolate, a return of the molasses, and then a considerable roasty dryness and astringency. After a few minutes the dryness disappears and the sweetness returns. Alcohol is virtually undetectable in the flavor. Hard to believe this is 9.8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a beer this big, but that would likely improve with age. Carbonation is a tad too prickly for my personal tastes.

Overall, a pretty tasty beer and not your American style Baltic (Imperial) Porter. Possibly more true to the classic style other than the ABV. I'd definitely drink it again.

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours deep, chocolate brown out of the bottle and settles in pretty close to black with a big thick tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is heavily roasted black malts, bakers chocolate and some hints of smoke. There is also a bit of sweetness, especially the licorice and vanilla.

Taste is even sweeter with malted milk balls coming to mind - sweet chocolate and lactose with smoked malts and licorice. The finish is dry with bitter roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Maybe a hint of cherry tartness as it warms, very subtle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and really, really smooth on the palate.

This is not one of the biggest or most flavorful Baltic porter but it's extremely tasty and sweeter in the taste than the nose suggests.

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
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