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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 143
Hads: 382
rAvg: 4.25
pDev: 7.76%
Wants: 80
Gots: 89 | 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 falloutsnow
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Jefferson St, Chicago, IL
Date: 2012 vintage
Glass: Tulip

Trois Mousequetaires' Porter Baltique is an exceptional baltic porter, clearly a lager, producing smooth flavors from roasted and sweet base malts that come together in a delicious combination. Very enjoyable over the two days it took to finish this bottle, perfect for winter evenings such as this. Would definitely pick up again, even at $15 per bottle.

Head of 3cm in height, good retention of several minutes, composed of dark tan colored, small bubbles, frothy looking, falling to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island atop of lace atop the body. Lacing is excellent, complex patterns and many large dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is very dark brown to black in color, light bringing slight dark red-brown hues along the margins. Carbonation visible only near the top of the body, though appearing fairly numerous and active.

Aroma of smooth roasted malt with a bit of medium-dark caramel and pale malt sweetness, cola, anise, prunes, raisins, slight creamy coffee, and hints of smokiness.

Flavor of smooth, caramel and cola-like sweetness affixed to an equally smooth, bitter chocolate and char, with dark dried fruits and some anise/ethanol in the background to add complexity, all lagered together quite nicely. Front of palate tastes smooth dark chocolate and charred toast, substantial base malt and medium-dark caramel sweetness, raisins, prunes, and anise-ethanol. Mid-palate of slightly bitter roasted malt joined to base male sweetness, charred toast, bitter chocolate, anise, mild smokiness, all smooth and clearly from a lager. Back of palate tastes charred toast and moderately dark chocolate, black licorice, dark caramel-like sweetness, and light smokiness; all flavors still nicely smoothed from lager yeast and subsequent lagering. Aftertaste of fairly bitter black malt and roasted barley, mild dark chocolate and charred toast, modest anise and spicy ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a velvety smooth, softly bubbly mouthfeel that's probably around half foamy and half smooth. The result is quite nice for the beer, actually fairly exceptional, and within the guidelines for the style. Ethanol is exceptionally well concealed for a 10% ABV beer, only the slightest of heat in the nostrils and tingle on back of throat. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the lips and palate. (2,486 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Les Trois Mousquetaires
Baltic Porter Grand Cuvée
750ml, 2012
Riedel tulip

A: Pours deep dark brown that appears black. Some light leading through at edges. That medium brown light tan head. Thin layer. Lacing sheeting.

S: Roast. Dark chocolate. Some coffee. Lager yeast.

T: Dark chocolate and a strong roast character right away. I do like the mouthfeel of a Baltic porter. Almost makes it more drinkable even at 10%.

M: Medium leading to more full bodied. High carbonation. (495 characters)

Photo of ChrisKayler
4.71/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glass: wine glass.

Appearance: dark, relatively thick. Ruby red color when held up to light. A 1/2 finger dark tan/brown head forms with a moderate pour and a cap of head remains for over 20 minutes if left undisturbed.

Smell: raisins, plums, vanilla, alcohol, dark chocolate. Amazing.

Taste: sweet overall, but very complex. Raisins, slight milk chocolate, vanilla. Alcohol manifests almost like bourbon in the finish. A subtle but obvious smoke also lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and full bodied. Ample carbonation, however. Nice for the style.

Overall: an incredible beer. One of the best I've had. Complex - I love the notes of dark fruit. Only negative is that it is slightly sweet but it still works well for this sipper. (747 characters)

Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a somewhat thin and translucent dark brown color. Slick and oily in the glass. A one-finger tall, creamy and bubbly, saddle brown head topped the liquid. The crown faded to a think, clingy ring of froth that unfortunately left no lacing.

The aroma was unexciting initially. Nutty with a crisp, lager-like yeastiness. Some booziness was noticeable. As the head died down, the nose became much more complex. Nougat-like notes were apparent. I definitely picked up some powdered cocoa and a sweet nuttiness. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla. Plummy. Freshly roasted coffee beans came through as well. Toward the drink's end, I detected some bourbon-like notes as well.

On the palate, the beer was solid. Like in the nose, there was a distinct, lager-like yeastiness. Strong dark fruit notes. Plums and cherries were most apparent. Hefty dose of roasted malts. Loads of brown sugar and fresh vanilla bean. Slightly smoky. Espresso notes appeared in the center. The finish was crisp, dry and somewhat boozy, but this is to be expected for a beer of this magnitude. Again, I definitely thought I picked up some bourbon-like notes as beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Somewhat slick on the palate with a very fine, moderate effervescence.

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique is a very solid beer that reminded me of the better traditional (lagered) examples of this style produced by a handful of breweries in the Baltic region. I probably would not go out of my way to buy this again, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. (1,651 characters)

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.93/5  rDev -7.5%
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. (1,431 characters)

Photo of TerryW
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of Flounder57
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle was poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. it is a jet black color with no clarity or vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Burnt molasses, chocolate, caramel, roasted malts, and smoke.

Taste: Caramel, toffee, molasses, smoke, chocolate, roasted malts, and very delicious.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, full bodied, low to medium carbonation, delicious, and enjoyable.

Overall:10%, no way. This beer is so good you don't even notice it. Sign me up for another. (572 characters)

Photo of brewcrew76
4.51/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Almost black with a mocha head.

S - Roasted malt, dark cherry, fig, raisin, prune, milk chocolate, coffee grounds, molasses, leather and a light touch of smoke.

T - Roasted malt, dark roast coffee, milk chocolate, bittersweet chocolate, cherry, fig, dates, molasses, tobacco and light smoke.

M - Medium body, smooth and oily in the mouth. Tobacco, leather & smoke linger after each sip.

D - Alcohol is completely hidden. Very complex and interesting but drinks pretty smooth for all that is going on. (509 characters)

Photo of FrostBlast
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle

I never mention bitterness in my reviews, my bitterness taste buds are ridiculously under-
sensitive.

APPEARANCE : Dark brown on pour becoming pitch black in the glass. Mocha head, average size, which drops fairly rapidly and fades into nothingness, leaving a small amount of lacing.

SMELL : First nose is coffee, roasted malts, some booze. Second nose releases some chocolate over this. Third nose keeps the chocolate but brings the black roasted coffee back on top of it all, with the hops showing through as well.

TASTE : Sharp and precise hit of black coffee with some of the dripping chocolaty molasses that can be expected from such a beer. But let's say they drip in a very orderly way. Caramel, nuts, figs and other thick fleshed fruits. Some smoke, very discreet, well integrated.

MOUTHFEEL : Very, very pleasing. Coating, thick, rolls on the tongue, all around the mouth, and never quite seems to settle down totally, thanks to a perfectly balanced carbonation. This thing just keeps moving and it's awesome.

OVERALL : A very good baltic porter. Somewhat better balanced than their 2013 bourbon/brandy barrel version, but then this 2013 edition is meants to be over-the-top to a point, so it's hard to compare. This standard version of their baltic porter gets the job done in a most amazing way. Rich and warm and pleasing. (1,353 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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. (859 characters)

Photo of KickInTheChalice
4.2/5  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. (1,077 characters)

Photo of elgiacomo
3.95/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (778 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
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. (664 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,061 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (657 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The beer comes in a dark brown with a small brown head.

The aroma is of sweet brown sugar and black coffee.

The taste is wonderful. So very different from other porters. It tastes of almost like brown sugared watered down coffee. In a good way, it's extremely tasty. There is a vanilla and light roasted malt flavor. It has a clean finish and good carbonation.

It is very easy to drink with a nice dark sugar pop. I'm not sure where to place it with Baltic Porters, but I can surely say it's one of the best beers I've had. (526 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
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. (253 characters)

Photo of papat444
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Been a long, strange ride through the Top 100 Canada that became the Top 50 with the recent overhaul. Glad to close that chapter and move on to more discoveries.

Also, "Been Away For Too Long" by Soundgarden rings in my head while i'm having this beer. Been too long since i've had this classic.

Poured from a 750ml. bottle, bottled 11/2012.

Appearance: An opaque black body fills the glass and above it sits a rather large brown head that takes its sweet old time while bubbling away on the surface.

Smell: Roasted notes, cherries, figs, rum cake, nuts, charred wood.

Taste: Rum balls more than cake, nuts, milky robust espresso, woody vibe, sweet molasses a bit, an almost port-like finish that compliments the permeating dark cherries.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, a prolonged presence in the palate.

Overall: A classic that has great potential for aging. Excellent all around. (889 characters)

Photo of BGDrock
4.32/5  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 (818 characters)

Photo of LampertLand
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Les Trois Mousquetaires 'Grande Cuvee Porter Baltique' @ 10.% , first time tried/had on tap at GCBF'12 & it was one of my fav's , this review from 2011 vintage cellared for a couple of years , purchased for $12 (its worth it) this beer gets better with age , treat yourself
A-pour is a dark brown almost black in the glass with small tan head that is quickly dissapating leaving no lace along the pint glass
S-fresh fruit mix , strong hints of booze , also some floral smells
T-such a surprising sweet start , mellows in the middle , so smooth
MF-medium carbonation , full bodied , just a little lingering bitterness at the back of the throat as it warms the body going down
Ov-if you like big beers with some sweetness to them & don't mind paying a little extra $ welcome to one of Canada's best beers , it gets better as more is consumed so says my Mom , cause it's her new favourite , spend a little extra $ , put one away for cellaring and enjoy this beer
prost LampertLand (977 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (617 characters)

Photo of SteveyMcSteve
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vintage 2011; 10% ABV

Look: A dark as the Oregon winter nights. A nice tannish foam appears after pouring and then quickly fades leaving behind only a hint of itself.

Smell: First waft is of chocolate, molasses, a hint of coffee, and something sweet...maybe raspberries or figs. As it warms, I picked up a growing hint of roasted plums/figs. Inviting, to say the least.

Taste: Sweeeet! Some molasses, a little chocolate, and some grape/raspberry like flavors. The aftertaste has an almost sour feeling backed up with a lingering sweetness. A little carbonation as well. Almost no hint of the 10% ABV.

Mouth feel: A bit light compared to how it looks. Kind of fizzy...just the right amount really.

Overall: I was looking for something to warm me up after the bitter cold bike ride home in the crushing 4:30 pm darkness of PDX, and I think I found it. This thing is interesting and inviting, a bit sweet, but that makes it an easy drinker, a bit too easy, maybe, given the 10%. I will definitely seek one out for the cellar as I think this one may round out nicely. A keeper indeed. (1,087 characters)

Photo of WanderingFool
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique pours black with little to no head. A few spots of lace stick to the glass.

The aroma is malty with notes of chocolate and roasted malt. It's also somewhat boozy with a little dark fruit and a touch of vanilla and oak.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft and light on the palate, smooth with light carbonation. The flavor is a nice blend of chocolate, roast malt, dark fruit (raspberry), grape and plum. It finishes with mild bitterness and lingering chocolate when gone.

This is a very tasty and drinkable beer that has a complex flavor. However, I was expecting a bigger mouthfeel with this beer. (639 characters)

Photo of canucklehead
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one intense beer with almost too many flavours going on at once. I would love to age some of this as the finishing sweetness was a little much right now but the beer is complex and full of deep notes of dark fruit and molasses. Quite a beer from a Canadian brewer and on to hold onto for awhile. (303 characters)

Photo of mintjellie
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (641 characters)

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
94 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.