Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Ratings: 336
Reviews: 133
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.35%
Wants: 71
Gots: 77 | 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 tallarin
4.83/5  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 +5.1%

Photo of Cyclone8
4.58/5  rDev +7%
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
4.85/5  rDev +13.3%
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 it

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of unibroue4ever
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of MattyV
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of charlesw
4.68/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +16.8%

Photo of jbonapar
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Photo of PeerlessMark
4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -6.5%

Photo of RedAleMan
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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
4.38/5  rDev +2.3%
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 +5.1%

Photo of Surfscience
4/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Foddz
4.47/5  rDev +4.4%
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 +16.8%

Photo of fortierv
4.75/5  rDev +11%

Photo of korguy123
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Autumn 2009 bottle thanks to TheSevenDuffs!

A- Totally opaque black with four finger dark tan head. Settles to thin cap. Lacing is fantastic.

S- Slight alcohol, bitter roasted coffee, bakers chocolate, vanilla and a licorice and molasses.

T- Bitter roasted coffee, dark chocolate, licorice and molasses with a warming alcohol taste.

M- Creamy and full bodied, prickly carbonation with a warming alcohol finish. Sticky on the lips.

O- One word... Awesome!

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

2011 edition- bottled July 1, 2011.

Beer is nearly black with ruby red hints. The red colour is more apparent when pouring out of the bottle- in the glass this is very dark. A very active tan head of moderate size- lots and lots of very small bubbles popping all over. Head dissipates fairly quickly.

Chocolate/cocoa powder and coffee scents abound in the nose. Some caramel is there as well. A bit of a tart cherry scent is lurking around as well. A woody scent is present, with a hint of smoke.

Taste is very rich. Huge chocolate flavour, coupled with the tart cherry that was noticeable on the nose. The chocolate flavours are not particularly sweet, and the beer finishes fairly bitter. Reminds me of cocoa powder rather than milk chocolate. I find the taste quite variable- sometimes I get almost entirely chocolate, others it is the cherry that is the focus. The wood scent is present in the flavour as well- almost as if this was lightly barrel aged, though not nearly in the way that the actual barrel aged version is. Really good.

Pretty high carbonation level, slightly too much. Beer otherwise has a very silky feel, coats the whole mouth. A bit sticky.

Overall, a great beer! Lived up to the hype for me.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks Alex (Masterski) for this one.

A tan head forms and stays for a brief visit. Fades away leaving little lace behind. Dark brown beer with light penetrating through at the edges. Looks a bit like just standard black coffee.

Aroma is of dark malt. Really a lot of that malt aroma as if you were brewing. Some chocolate sauce and a touch of alcohol.

I get a great deal of chocolate, especially as it warms.Some prune as well. A hint of alcohol late in the profile.

Almost a light powdery feel on the tongue. Medium bodied...

Pretty good Baltic Porter. I usually like a touch more body and some more smoothness, but still solid.

Photo of spinrsx
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an average size fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some fair lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Chocolate, malts, smoke, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a low amount of carbonation and it feels slightly thin on the tongue. I can taste chocolate mixed with malts and a roasted/smoke taste. I swear at first I could taste smoked meat.. but that faded as my glass progressed. It also has the same hoppy taste found in all the other LTM beers. It ends with a chocolatey sweet slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – I have to say I was a little disappointed in this beer. The appearance wasn't great and the taste and smell were just slightly above average. The main highlight is probably how well of a job it does hiding the 10% alcohol level. Maybe a little age would have helped this bottle. It's still good and if you're a fan of the style you should check it out. I just wouldn't buy it again.

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 336 ratings.