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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.13%
Wants: 73
Gots: 79 | 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 bbHOP
4.85/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into snifter

Pours a very (very) nearly black with a thick, mocha head - about 1-finger with good lacing and strong retention. Very appetizing.

Roasted malts and smoke, tart dark fruits (prune and dark cherry) that come with a mild sweetness, touches of oak and maybe some black licorice. A LOT going on here...

Wow. Creamy sweetness gushes onto your palate, with hints of tart, dark fruits right alongside. This thing is almost milky... all riding on a bed of roasted malts. Smoke, chocolate and coffee notes play in the background, with burnt sugar, oak and a slight alcohol spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel is medium-full and super smooth / creamy, without being syrupy (doesn't get too dense). Mild carbonation throughout with a fairly dry finish and pleasant lingering notes of sweetness and oak.

Really - an amazing creation, this... the creamy sweetness, tart overtones and roasty, oaky, smokey goodness is over the top for me. It's a sipper for sure... what a pleasant and enjoyable brew.

Photo of kiki3drt292
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich, dark, brown with firm cap of brown froth, decent retention. First whiff brings notes of dark roasted malts, molasses, anise, dark bitter baking chocolate, full roast coffee beans, dark fruits such as plum and currant, faint acidity, port-like, light char. Taste takes all of these components and blends them wonderfully. Notes of bitter chocolate cake throughout, cherry, currant and plum like fruitiness. Backed by roasted malts, light molasses, notes of anise, wood, port wine, vanilla, char. Deeply complex. Fuller side of medium bodied, somewhat dry end. Fantastic representation of the style that takes it to another level. Imperial Baltic Porter?

Photo of Cheesemoose
4.42/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Received in my RBMC. Poured into a 16oz snifter around 10oz, and slowly added more as needed.

Not quite pitch black on the pour. Some brown edges. Khaki/mocha head gives around 1 inch of head on a steady pour. Lacing and head retention, nonexistent. The body is a rich, deep black. Intense, and rich is my initial reaction.

Roasted malt explodes up the nose. On the back, you get a lovely bouquest of dark fruits. Cherries, black berries, raspberries, all included. A smidgen of alcohol, though non abrasive.

Sweet entrance, with the full fruit base of teh porter coming out. Mid body is the combination of the fruit with the rich roasted nature of this beer. Some coffee, caramel notes, though subdued to a sweet berry juice figure that is complimented in the finish by deep roasted and burnt malt character. Full bodied, rich, inviting and no alcohol at all.

Some residual stickiness and a carbonation issue that needs some work. Perhaps some age would improve both this, and the forward nature of the roasted malt and berry sweetness.

Overall, a damn fine beer, though a bit of age could bring it into a class of its own. My other bottle, I'll sit on that bad boy for at least a year. This beast could take it.

Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Almost pitch black with a nice big dense chocolate milk colored head. Great head retention, sticks around almost forever. Excellent lacing as well.

S: Lots of roasted malt with some bitter coffee and creamy chocolate. Molasses, caramel and brown sugar too. Perhaps a little dark fruit as it warms up.

T: Whoa, a lot going on. Up front there are some excellent cherries and raisins and maybe prunes or plums? Fades into a creamy roasted malt (which is present throughout) with caramel and molasses and chocolate flavor. Bitter coffee comes last, lingering in the aftertaste. Maybe a hint of lactose - super creamy.

M: Big, creamy, smooth, delightful.

O: A lot of times a big porter is just a stout. This is noticeably different. The roasted malt isn't as dominant as you would find on a 10% stout. Instead the fruitiness is a little more apparent, making it lighter than it really is. This is a great baltic porter, perhaps dethroning my previous favorite - Smuttynose Baltic Porter.

Photo of tallarin
4.82/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received this through the rare beer club, first one of the two opened.

This beer pours a dark, mahogany, producing a nice thick tan head. The aroma in this is very complex, giving notes of dark fruits (prunes, dates, fig) and some chocolate.

Flavorwise, it's very complex. Ranging from fruity notes, to earthy/oaky, dry fruit. The perception of alcohol increases as it warms up. Not much in the way of hops, but it's to be expected from a beer like this. I really have to give it to the brewers, I dont know if they achieved such complexity through their malt bill, fermentation process, or aging.

Overall, this beer is excellent! Definitely hope to get a second.

Photo of elricorico
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Cyclone8
4.49/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is how great this beer is - I placed an order for 2 (more) bottles from the "Rare Beer Club" (which I highly recommend) after tasting it. Then as I continued to drink, I ordered 2 more - it's so delicious that I had to make sure I have some to enjoy and some to cellar.
There is surprisingly little nose to it, which I found disappointing - that's one of my favorite parts of a good beer. But the taste - it had so much flavor it was like an amazing meal, I felt like I was dining in Moscow with some of my best buddies, it was blissful and transporting. I've had good porters/stouts, and this one ranks up in the very highest tier.

Photo of mwilbur
4.83/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

2011 vintage. Poured from 750 mL bottle into shaker pint glass.
A: Pours a beautiful thick, syrupy opaque dark brown-black with 2-3 inch dark tan head that slowly recedes. Good lacing to boot. Wonderful for style.
S: Earthy funk hits from a few feet away. Upon closer inspection, deep and dark roasted caramel malt, coffee, molasses, leather, and wood smoke emerge. An intoxicating aroma and, again, perfection.
T: Dark roast coffee with smooth and sweet dark roast caramel malt up front. In the background play some mulched earth funk, cherry, plum, wood smoke, sweet cigar tobacco, brown sugar, and dates. Beautiful complexity.
M: Smooth, oily, and heavy feel. Dark sweetness gives way to a hint of spice midway through and then to a mildly bitter smokey finish. Leather, tobacco, and earth notes in the finish as well which lingers and matures nicely on the palate. Turn up the bitterness in the finish a bit and this would be perfection, but man am I nit-picking.
D: Wow. Wonderfully complex and yet a relatively easy drinker (even with an ABV of 10%). Best beer I've had in a long, long time. Style defining. Simply phenomenal...seek it out...now.

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -18%

Photo of unibroue4ever
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of MattyV
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of charlesw
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beautifully deep deep brown almost black and utterly and completely opaque. 3/4" of really dark really tight head that sticks around a really long time. Fricking awesome! Smells deeply of chocolate, earthy tones, dark roast coffee, raking old wet leaves... Still freaking awesome!

First taste is overwhelmingly sweet chocolate milk. Second taste is slightly less sweet, maybe bittersweet chocolate. As you're going through it the flavors are getting more complex and coming out all over the mouth. There's woodiness and maybe some ash in the end and you catch a hint of citrus, maybe, every third or fourth sip. I'm blown away at how different it is mouthful to mouthful! I'm blown away that my SO picked this one up (randomly) and that I totally missed it. I'm kind of bummed that we only got one of them - this stuff rocks!

Edit: the SO says that it wasn't a random choice - she picked it because it's the WBA best Baltic porter. Which just goes to show that the WBA knows what they're talking about, man!

Photo of ctgui
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of jbonapar
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of PeerlessMark
4.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a bottle for Christmas right after a lamb dinner. Pours thick and heavy like a roasted coffee and creates a thin and frothy chocolaty brown head that dissipates into smaller bubbles quickly.

The smell is like boiled liquorice and blackcurrant, gives off a boozy and inviting aroma. The taste is full on and complex. I get a lot of ash and dark bitter chocolate and the black currant is there for sure. The finish is fairly hoppy for me. It's a delicious beer that makes me want more even as I'm swallowing the most recent sip.

Mouthfeel is great and satisfying, perfect carbonation across the tongue and a sour finish as I swallow that is replaced with a bit of sweet when I get the next hit.

I tried the barrel aged version of this at Cask Days in Toronto and enjoyed that a bit more it was more complex and adventurous than the bottled version.

Bottle was 10 bucks at the LCBO and limited quantities saw it mostly sell out before Christmas 2011.

Photo of bigox420
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: 1/8" light brown head over cola coloured liquid.

S: Toasted malt, caramel and salt.

T: Toasted malt and caramel combined with a smooth creamy mouthfeel and a touch of smoke.

M: Creamy mouthfeel like a milk stout or oatmeal stout.

O: Very nice taste and mouthfeel in this Baltic Porter. If I lived closer to Quebec I would drink one more regularly.

Photo of Rutager
4.35/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very generously shared by DraftCaskBC this evening.

Appearance. Deep brown, nearly black with half a finger of creamy brown head.

Smell. Nice dark roasty malts with a little brininess.

Taste. Again, dark and roasty malts, caramel and dark chocolate. Just a little sweet with a hint of salt, smoke and molasses.

Mouthfeel. Medium body with smooth, medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Really nice beer here. Roasty and delicious

Photo of jsnoek
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of Surfscience
4/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of Foddz
4.48/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Inky black, almost perfectly opaque. Plenty of thick creamy head that persists nicely after the pour. Moderate lacing continues even untill the end of the glass.

S: Dark, toasty malts. Dark coffee, hints of wood smoke, chocolate, and ripe dark fruits also noticeable.

T: Yum! Toasty as the nose. Dark, malty, chocolate and coffee predominates. Slight smokiness. Toffee and caramel notes with a hint of cherry underneath. Predominantly bitter, but not overpoweringly so. Lingering aftertastes persist long after finished drinking, but in a very pleasant way.

M: Smooth and silky, rich, with a pleasant tingle of carbonation. Moderate dryness with a bit of alcohol.

D/O: Exceptionally pleasant to drink. This is a very well balanced porter with a bold, complex, and very enjoyable palate.

Photo of jimctin
5/5  rDev +17.1%

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 341 ratings.