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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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332 Ratings
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Ratings: 332
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 70
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of Sammy
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.

Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.29/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at drewone's place.

2011 vintage.

Pours an almost opaque super dark reddish-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, smoke, and wood. Taste is much the same with a smoke and cocoa flavor on the finish. There is a mild amount of roasty bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with some great aromas and flavors.

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of zestar
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of metter98
4.28/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is jet black in color and poured with a quarter finger high tan head that gradually faded away, leaving on a bit of lacing on the surface and a very thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of roasted malts in the nose.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of roasted and burnt malts, the latter of which lingers through the finish. There are also some hints of hops.
M: It feels slightly higher than medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: You might want to slowly sip this beer on a cold winter night but it’s incredibly easy to drink considering its strength because the alcohol is well hidden from the taste, which is unusual for the style.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As rich and fortified as any Baltic porter but also cheating a bit by borrowing some roasty and unresolved sweetness that makes me think of tropical stouts.

Baltique starts with a weighted plop into the glass, giving the impression of silky and viscous textures. Modestly carbonated, but the onyx black beer seems to form a dense platform of foam that reduces to a ribbon of lace around the surfaces perhaps a touch sooner than it should because of the shere viscocity of the beer, its alcohol, and level of sweetness; and with low levels of lacing to boot. A good look but it's hindered by its bigness.

Malty, malty, malty sweet to the nose with burst of malted milk balls, Whoppers candies, medium coffee, walnut oils, bittersweet chocolate, and rum-like alcohols. A soft grape-like ester lurks deep in the background.

Roasty malt flavors give the first porterish impressions, but the heavy toast, medium roast, and coffee soon give way to the malty-sweet dominance at mid palate. Robust flavors of walnuts, malted milk, chocolate, honey, and cream take hold. Additional sweetness seems to be of lactose or some other source than barley and doesn't attenuate away- leaving a sugary sweet (think powdered sugar) bit that joins the malt and rivals the toasty, roasty character of the beer. With one taste, it's a savory sweetness. With the next, it's a distraction from the malty roast.

Full bodied, the heavy ale carries an early creamy weight into a sweet feel on the middle of the tongue before finishing with a long linger of sugar, roast, and chocolate. The beer's aftertaste lingers deep into the next sip- whenever that would be.

If intensity of flavor wins you over, then this beer will satisfy, but it's a large beer for its style- far exceeding what porters are expected to be. If the label wasn't adorned with the porter moniker, then I would have assumed a foreign export stout of tropical origins- that's what they do.

Again, a great and mighty shout out goes to flipper2gv for working with me on this swap!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%
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 ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply stated, one of the best beers I have ever had. This was included as an extra from a very fine Canadian BA who I had the honor of trading with recently. I had never heard of the brewer nor the beer. But I this lovely bottle was corked and caged, served chilled and poured into a New Belgium Snifter.

The pour was very, very nice. Rich dark brown, essentially black coloed beer came forward right away.Completely opaque with a huge tan foamy crown that rose up over the top to a height of atleast 2 inches and literally sat there for a few minutes before settling down slightly to a thin veil that coevred the entire glass.

A unreal aroma then caem forward from this. Rich scents of vanilla, molasses, dark fruit and bourbon just jumping out all over the place. This was one of the strongest aromas I have ever encountered. Even as it warmed it was just so full, notes of coffee and chocolate starting to come through now as I take the first sips. This was unlike any baltic porter I have had., It was insanely big and full. Rich chocolate then mellowed into mollasses and finally a coffee infused finish that simply put, would not quit. Huge full bodied profile was perfectly cabonated and the richness of the flavor made this one of the best sippers I have ever come across.

Overall I really do not know what to say here. This was an extra, something I had never heard of, and it ended up being one of the best beers I have had in the last year at least .I need to see if more of this is around, as really I was blown away by this one.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
4/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

Photo of biboergosum
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.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Kegatron
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From autumn 2010, shared with rudzud, thanks to grub for sending me this one.

Decent creamy darker color head fades at a med pace, decent lacing, pitch black beer no light.

Nose is very aromatic, nice dark malts, toasty black malts, faint roasty slight metallic mineral lager like, little caramel toast, some cocoa and almost vanilla.

Taste stars with dark malts, just a bit of dark roast slight soy acrid, but then quickly into a nice toasty dark porter, good cocoa and caramel, little syrupy, a light latte like iced coffee flavor, just a touch of oxidation later. Bit of bitterness from the dark malts and faint earthy hops, light acrid roast. Lager characters are there, light mineral and crisp flavors. Finish is long, slight more oxidation, sticky slightly syrupy but very long cocoa and toasty caramel malt flavors, some bitterness.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, syrupy feel hides the booze well.

Overall pretty nice beer, goods malts and lager feel, the aged feel was nice other than the slight oxidation, tasty with a long great finish.

Photo of MasterSki
4.08/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to papat444 for sending this rarity my way. 2008 edition. Served in a Sam Adams pint glass.

A - Pours with a billowing dark foam that eventually settles to two fingers before dissipating slowly - good amount of lacing. Dark, dark, brown body that has a nice glint of ruby red at the fringes. If there was a touch more lace, and a touch darker body then it'd be perfect.

S - Dark fruits, cocoa, a touch of maple, a touch of leather and smoke, pretty well-hidden booze. It's a good, straight-up Baltic porter.

T - The taste is pretty similar - loads of cocoa, a bit of earthy hops, espresso, leather, and a strong roasty bitter aftertaste. Again, nothing crazy, but quite tasty. Well hidden ABV.

M - It's a little higher in carbonation than I prefer, but not inappropriate for the style. A surprisingly dry finish, with only a little bit of residual stickiness. The body is a little gritty.

D - This was a pretty good beer, but not as awesome as the other few reviews led me to believe. Still, a few of us killed the 750ml bottle pretty quick. I'd drink this one again.

Photo of drewone
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased for me from Slowbeer by @epiclurk, and shared with @FakeCousinAndrew, @tobeerornottobe and @LaitueGonflable.

Very dark black body, with a hint of reddish transparency at the edges when held to the light. Head is pleasantly full and crackly, a deep tan colour. Minimal lacing, and the body is actually slightly lighter than I expected, but otherwise, a really good looking beer--one I want to sink my teeth into.

Lovely roasted but slightly sweet character, a lot like you get in a barrel-aged American Impy Stout. Some amount of almost seltzer acidity to it, but with very dark overtones of burned out campfires and toasted coconut. Deep but pleasant.

Taste is very roasted, but with really lovely notes of brazil nuts and almonds coming through to balance the dark characters. Gives it a leavened and sweeter, lighter note to go with the bold and brash darkness. Very refined as well.

Mouthfeel is slightly lighter than it might be, but this perhaps is the only thing that turns this from an Imperial Stout into a Baltic Porter. It's ever so slightly more supple and airy on the palate, which aids the drinkability.

Very, very good beer this one. Trois Mousquetaires continues to impress me, and this, indeed, is them at the top of their game.

Photo of afsdan
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of jdhilt
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a three finger tan head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights, with some yeast left in bottle. Medium carbonation and medium-heavy bodied. Smoky chocolate nose. Flavor is smoky chocolate and molasses. High ABV is hidden. $11.99 for a 750ml bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter glass at Churchkey for DC beer week. Always wanted to try this one even though I am not the biggest Baltic Porter fan.

No head presented. Thin soupy collar, tan in color barely hanging on. Deep walnut brown body with a slight red hue to it also.

Real nice bouquet on this beer. Great tobacco and woody notes at first. Sweet vanilla like cream and pipe smoke. Light roast but not emphasized on the nose.

Palate is noticeably sweet but not too terrible. First hint is a woody like maplesugar sweetness, then good kick of vanilla and hints of clotted cream smoothness. The mouthfeel is intensely full but very light which is shocking how it plays out. Palate comes with some more diversity. Black licorice, with a mild roast soft finish.

Overall a unique take and very memorable. A bit sweet for my tastes but much to enjoy here.

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 332 ratings.