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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 69
Gots: 71 | FT: 7
Brewed by:
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 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.

smakawhat, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of ant880
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

ant880, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

nquigley16, Jul 21, 2013
Photo of HopFace
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

HopFace, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of Krakpoff
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Krakpoff, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of Zbeetleman
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Zbeetleman, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

GrindFatherBob, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes. Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a tulip.

My pour is a robust mahogany brown color with a walnut edge. A slight ruby tint is visible in the thin parts of the glass as well. A medium sized tan head forms initially and fades to a ring over time.

The aroma has a full, smooth roasted malt presence. Some creamy chocolate, dark cherries, a bit of oak, and vanilla all round out the aroma.

The flavor is quite sweet. There is a smooth, medium roasted malt with a sweet, dark chocolate presence. There is a little bit of molasses and vanilla, with a building cherry oak presence and a bit of unspecified dark orchard fruit. The finish stays sweet, with a touch of smoke, and smooth.

Porter Baltique is smooth, rich, creamy, and definitely masks its 10% ABV very well. It is unfortunatley sticky and a little too far on the sweet side. The carbonation is a little lighter than medium and has a creamy nature. On the other hand, the body is definitely on the full side.

I liked this overall. It is full and rich, although it may be a bit sweet to drink too much of it.

KickInTheChalice, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of JamLand
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

JamLand, Jul 02, 2013
Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev -6.5%

DerekMorgan, Jun 21, 2013
Photo of elgiacomo
3.99/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

elgiacomo, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2012 bottle
The beer pours a jet black with a creamy tan head that laces. The nose is quite fruity, toasty, almost smoky, and has a deep molasses sweetness. The taste is booming with far more pronounced smokiness and fruity sweetness. This is unlike any Baltic porter I've had with a tremendous amount of interesting flavor layered on top of the smooth, rich, velvety mouthfeel. Honestly I'm a bit taken aback by the strangeness of this brew, considering the smokiness. The beer has more carbonation that I'd prefer, but the flavor richness masks its huge abv well. This is definitely a world class Baltic porter with an incredible amount of complexity and flavor.

ThePorterSorter, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of artemh
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

artemh, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of jayhunter357
4.75/5  rDev +11%

jayhunter357, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of In_Control_Mike
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

In_Control_Mike, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of shehateme
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

shehateme, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of Kevincredible
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Kevincredible, Jun 09, 2013
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.

jlindros, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to JLindros for sharing, 2010 vintage.

A - Poured into a tulip a nice dark brown hue with a thin blanket and light halo.

S - Aromas of burnt malts, light mineral lager notes, light dark fruits, no ABV at all.

T - Taste is nice roasted malts, light chocolate, faint dark fruits, lingering iced coffee/espresso notes. The aftertaste is exceptional, just awesome. The start is just okay but the finish and lingering notes are heavenly.

M - Mouthfeel is nice for the style and age. not heavy even though the ABV is so high.

O - Overall I was happily impressed by this beer, while everything was nice as a whole, the lingering finish is just awesome.

rudzud, Jun 06, 2013
Photo of hifirestone
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

hifirestone, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of TheDoctor
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

TheDoctor, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Kmat10, Jun 02, 2013
Photo of tom10101
4/5  rDev -6.5%

tom10101, May 19, 2013
Photo of valkyre65
5/5  rDev +16.8%

valkyre65, May 14, 2013
Photo of jpworld
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

jpworld, May 13, 2013
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.