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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Reviews: 146
Hads: 390
Avg: 4.25
pDev: 15.06%
Wants: 81
Gots: 88 | FT: 5
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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 mmapes
4.15/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Jeffo
3.4/5  rDev -20%
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!

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Photo of Bung
4.17/5  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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
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!

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Photo of rarbring
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
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".

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Photo of MadScientist
4.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of metter98
4.25/5  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.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
4.3/5  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. 

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Photo of oberon
4.8/5  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.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of duracell
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

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Photo of jdhilt
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of shopshopshop
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of Parrotshake
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of eric5bellies
4.2/5  rDev -1.2%
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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Photo of gford217
4.03/5  rDev -5.2%
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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Photo of phichifiji00
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of RoamingGnome
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of bbHOP
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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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Photo of rfgetz
4.32/5  rDev +1.6%
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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Photo of Cheesemoose
4.42/5  rDev +4%
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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Photo of Dope
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
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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Photo of tallarin
4.82/5  rDev +13.4%
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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Photo of Cyclone8
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
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
94 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.