Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 333
Reviews: 132
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 72
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 mmapes
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Richard for the bottle, in trade. Drank it September 2012 (it's a 2011 vintage).

Pours reddish-brown/ black, foamy head. Smells of beery molasses. No smoke on the nose.

Nice mouthfeel - not oily, but medium-thick. Sweet finish lasts pretty long. Sweet dark dry fruit like raisins or plums. Molasses. Vanilla. No smoke or wood -- maybe just a hint at the end; mostly dark fruit. Very pleasant to drink.

Photo of DaveJanssen
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Jeffo
3.43/5  rDev -19.9%
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 Bung
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml. 2011 picked up at Brawley's. Fairly dark brown pour, thin layer of light tan bubbles. Maybe just a tad lighter than standard.

Aroma, A minerally chocolate and roast malt. Some faint wood and dark fruits.

Taste, powerful yet balanced roast malt, cocoa, chocolate covered raspberry, grape, plum. Finish is more of the roast and cocoa. Pretty straight forward and clean.

Medium bodied, carbonation keeps this quite light feeling though. Drinks dangerously easy. There is a faint warmth to remind you.
Pretty top notch, you decide if it's in the top three for the style though.

Photo of ryancl
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of rodrigueZflyingf0x
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of freduardo
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

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

Poured from a bottle into a true pint, this is from the 2011 vintage. The beer is a dark auburn-brown color with a filmy coating of light brown, big bubbled head. Dark, rich nose of balsamic vinegar, oakey wood characteristics, roasted nut, and a slight bitterness. The body is creamy and rich, with roasted and full flavors. Wood and earthy notes are imparted on a dark nut and creamy backbone, with an overall roasted quality. Roasted and boozey aftertaste, with a slick finish and lingering roasted charcter. Very smooth, very strong, and very good!

Photo of rarbring
4.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is black with a light brown head, little lacing and rather small curtains.

Smelling of burnt bread, some ashes, dark dried fruits, sausages.

Intensely sweet start, candid sugar, toast, dates, figs, dark chocolate, a hint of cocoa beans.

Little carbonation, oily and smooth, a huge body.

Really a treat, "probably the best Baltic porter in the world".

Photo of MadScientist
4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a bottle of the 2011 vintage.

This is an almost black beer showing deep garent on the edges with a carmel colored head of foam.

The aroma is of deep roasted grains and licorice with dark fruits like currents and dates. There is a bit of coffee and a slight note fo chocolate as well.

Rich malt sweetness is one way of putting this is sweet and complex with flavors of dark fruit and tons of roast. The dark roast starts to take over towards the finish along with coffee and molasses flavors

This is full bodied and smooth.

I can only think of a couple of beers that as so complex beer. I'm usually going to seek out a drier beer but can still appreciate a an fine example of this style from time to time.

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 JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of Tartanfool
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of MADhombrewer
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Black with a small nice tan head. 4/5

Smell- Roasty and chocolate. Little burnt aroma. 4/5

Taste- Smooth, and roasty. Bits of chocolate. Alcohol is not nearly as prominent as I thought it was going to be. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel- Medium mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation. 4/5

Overall- This is a great Baltic porter. Good flavor, and good mouthfeel. 4.5/5. 

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 nmann08
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bluejacket74
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is very nice, it smells like roasted malt, bittersweet chocolate, dark fruit (cherries), smoke, and some coffee. The taste is similar to the aroma, the brew tastes like roasted malt, milk and bittersweet chocolate, tart cherries, plums, smoke, molasses, wood, and a bit of coffee. Mouthfeel/body is medium/full, it's creamy and smooth, and has good, soft carbonation. I think this is a pretty good overall brew. I'd certainly buy it again. $12.99 a bottle, bought from Keg Liquors.

Photo of skullsplitter
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of speakorspasm
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of duracell
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750mL bottle into a tulip glass.

Pours a pitch black color with a 1-finger creamy head. The smell is surprisigly hoppy but dominated by a frank malty sweetness and milk chocolate aromas. In the taste, malt first appears with toffee and chocolate. Then hop shows up, adding some more comlexity with a nice blend of herbal notes. A gentle bitterness and alcohol bite finish the experience. This full-bodied beer has a perfect carbonation and a good amount of malt which leaves a sweet touch in the mouth. Overall, an excellent brew, amazingly balanced!

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 shopshopshop
4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle sitting in the fridge for a few months, bought at the LCBO in the winter. Remembered it as being sweet, with a hint of tart cherries. Brought this bottle out to pair with a strawberry rhubarb pie.

Pours dark, but not quite black. Hint of dark, dark red/brown. Once it's in the glass it's near-black.

Smells like chocolate, with a bit of bitter wood/smoke. Didn't remember this aspect the first time around.

Taste is chocolate on the front, a bit of tart cherries, and then finishes with a strong woody, smoky, bitterness. Amazingly well-rounded taste, with three flavours that stand out from each other. Definitely a rounded beer, as the bottle said.

Mouthfeel was medium, not quite a super thick stout but not thin.

Definitely one of the best Baltic porters ever--far more flavourful than the Garrison Baltic porter.

Photo of polishkaz
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of Parrotshake
4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours just about black. Viscous. About 2 fingers of tan head. I've seen this beer a couple times before but this is still exciting.

Burnt toast, licorice, malted milk, a twinge of maybe chocolate orange. Lovely nose. Plays out in the mouth about the same. Milk chocolate, molasses and black cherry along for the ride. A whole different profile to a big stout. Almost overwhelming amounts of flavor. Bittersweet and slightly astringent. Long finish with a decent amount of hop bitterness.

A fairly full-bodied beer with a fine and unobtrusive level of carbonation. Slightly warming. Profound and contemplative. I need to stop fucking around and buy a dozen to age. Love this.

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 333 ratings.