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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 358
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 76
Gots: 87 | 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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Ratings: 358 | Reviews: 138
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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from my Duvel tulip

A - Pours a dark ebony colour with a large tanned head.

S - Pronounced malt, licorice and awooded barrell aged aroma.

T - Nice chocolate flavours, followed by sweet licorice. The sweetness comes back with a little warming booze flavour at the finish.

M - Merdium to full body with low to medium carbonation.

O - I haven't had a baltic porter for a while. I'll be having a few more after this. Its a cracking brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -23.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

Pours deep, chocolate brown out of the bottle and settles in pretty close to black with a big thick tan head that leaves spotty lacing.

Aroma is heavily roasted black malts, bakers chocolate and some hints of smoke. There is also a bit of sweetness, especially the licorice and vanilla.

Taste is even sweeter with malted milk balls coming to mind - sweet chocolate and lactose with smoked malts and licorice. The finish is dry with bitter roasted malts and semi-sweet chocolate. Maybe a hint of cherry tartness as it warms, very subtle.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and really, really smooth on the palate.

This is not one of the biggest or most flavorful Baltic porter but it's extremely tasty and sweeter in the taste than the nose suggests.

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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3.75/5  rDev -12.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

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4.25/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of phichifiji00
3.53/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Black, pours 2 fingers of thick tan head that fades slowly.

Smell: roasted malt, orange, estery, biscuit, chocolate, dark fruit, leather, oak.

Taste: roasted malt, a bit smokey, sweet, oak, coffee, molasses, chocolate, cherries.

Mouthfeel: full bodied, minimal carbonation, silky, smooth, creamy.

Overall: Very complex, sweet, smokey, woody, coffee, chocolate, almost too much going on here. Drinkability is moderate. WOuldn't be able to handle a whole bottle to myself.

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Super thick viscous black liquid with a diminutive coffee colored head. The aroma is vinous and boozy, but not in a distracting way. The taste is very complex - coffee, chocolate, crème brulee, plums, mint, tobacco, berries, spicy hops and other flavors fill each sip. Alcohol heat isn't overbearing ever, but the 10% ABV is not immodest. The mouthfeel is thick and mouthcoating. Very good stuff. The finish is malty and boozy like a fine sherry. This is an excellent Baltic Porter. Its packed with flavor and very enjoyable on a cold winter night.

I used to think 'contemplative' was a bad word to describe a drink, but not with this beer. Seek it out if you can.

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

Poured from bottle into my Cheers drinking mug.

A) This is dark brown, pretty much black. There was a nice 2 finger khaki colored head that settled to a dusting. There was a good amount of sticky lacing.

S) The aroma is of dark roasted malt and smoke. There is a sweetness, like brown sugar slowly cooking down. As this warms there is also some pleasing pipe tobacco.

T) There are quite a few layers here. I picked up coffee, chocolate, dark fruit, drown sugar and a hint of sweet rum. This has an earthy/woody finish, and an aftertaste of smoke. The 10% ABV is remarkably well masked.

M) Rather full bodied, and lightly carbonated. This beer is rich and very smooth. A pleasure to drink.

O) Absolutely delicious... I wish I had another one of these in the cellar. Highly recommended...

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5/5  rDev +17.1%

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4/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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4.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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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.

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 358 ratings.