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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Les Trois Mousquetaires

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308 Ratings
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Ratings: 308
Reviews: 130
rAvg: 4.28
pDev: 9.11%
Wants: 69
Gots: 72 | 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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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Neffbeer, Mar 05, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

yeaprolly, Mar 03, 2014
Photo of Porter
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Porter, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

tommyguz, Feb 24, 2014
Photo of brureview
4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is one of the best Baltic porters I have tasted. There are a lot of variations on the style,
but this beer has a lot of character.

Served in a stein- at about 55° F. Dark chocolate brown opaque color.

The aroma is strong coffee-chocolate- vanilla.

The mouth feel is light and enhances the overall style.

Taste: exceptional. Coffee, chocolate, cocoa with an added sweetness.

Finish: coffee with sweetness.

Overall, an excellent Baltic Porter. The label is detailed about the ingredients in the beer, gives an added dimension to the tasting. It includes the malts, hops,pairings, aging, glassware, and serving temp.

brureview, Feb 23, 2014
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4.39/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From a 750 ml bottle to a snifter.

A : pours a deep dark brown darn near black. There was a decent one and a half finger head that lasted a brief moment before disappearing leaving little behind but a ring of foam.

S: sweet, licorice, molasses, raisins, chocolate, roast and dark fruits.

T: follows the nose closely, but the sweet is subtle...No doubt it is there but not overpowering. The first flavors that come are the licorice and then chocolate and roast.

M: medium body, good carbonation. Nice and enjoyable.

O: I've had this beer a few times now, and each time it has had a little more age on it (this particular bottle is just under a year) and each time it has gotten better. This beer is a steal at $9 a bottle and is well deserving of its high ranking.

polloenfuego, Feb 20, 2014
Photo of falloutsnow
4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From: Binny's, Jefferson St, Chicago, IL
Date: 2012 vintage
Glass: Tulip

Trois Mousequetaires' Porter Baltique is an exceptional baltic porter, clearly a lager, producing smooth flavors from roasted and sweet base malts that come together in a delicious combination. Very enjoyable over the two days it took to finish this bottle, perfect for winter evenings such as this. Would definitely pick up again, even at $15 per bottle.

Head of 3cm in height, good retention of several minutes, composed of dark tan colored, small bubbles, frothy looking, falling to a thick ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island atop of lace atop the body. Lacing is excellent, complex patterns and many large dots cling to the sides of the glass. Body is very dark brown to black in color, light bringing slight dark red-brown hues along the margins. Carbonation visible only near the top of the body, though appearing fairly numerous and active.

Aroma of smooth roasted malt with a bit of medium-dark caramel and pale malt sweetness, cola, anise, prunes, raisins, slight creamy coffee, and hints of smokiness.

Flavor of smooth, caramel and cola-like sweetness affixed to an equally smooth, bitter chocolate and char, with dark dried fruits and some anise/ethanol in the background to add complexity, all lagered together quite nicely. Front of palate tastes smooth dark chocolate and charred toast, substantial base malt and medium-dark caramel sweetness, raisins, prunes, and anise-ethanol. Mid-palate of slightly bitter roasted malt joined to base male sweetness, charred toast, bitter chocolate, anise, mild smokiness, all smooth and clearly from a lager. Back of palate tastes charred toast and moderately dark chocolate, black licorice, dark caramel-like sweetness, and light smokiness; all flavors still nicely smoothed from lager yeast and subsequent lagering. Aftertaste of fairly bitter black malt and roasted barley, mild dark chocolate and charred toast, modest anise and spicy ethanol.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium-low intensity, resulting in a velvety smooth, softly bubbly mouthfeel that's probably around half foamy and half smooth. The result is quite nice for the beer, actually fairly exceptional, and within the guidelines for the style. Ethanol is exceptionally well concealed for a 10% ABV beer, only the slightest of heat in the nostrils and tingle on back of throat. Closes dry, with substantial stickiness clinging to the lips and palate.

falloutsnow, Feb 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Kegatron, Feb 11, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

rmehughes, Feb 08, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +11%

lgmol, Feb 07, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

sirsteve42, Feb 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -12.4%

alienlifeforcecube, Feb 03, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

Kelp, Feb 02, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

AnitaBrewski, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of inlimbo77
4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Les Trois Mousquetaires
Baltic Porter Grand Cuvée
750ml, 2012
Riedel tulip

A: Pours deep dark brown that appears black. Some light leading through at edges. That medium brown light tan head. Thin layer. Lacing sheeting.

S: Roast. Dark chocolate. Some coffee. Lager yeast.

T: Dark chocolate and a strong roast character right away. I do like the mouthfeel of a Baltic porter. Almost makes it more drinkable even at 10%.

M: Medium leading to more full bodied. High carbonation.

inlimbo77, Jan 21, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

yancot, Jan 17, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

trevorpost, Jan 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -6.5%

LoveBeerNo7, Jan 06, 2014
Photo of ChrisKayler
4.69/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Glass: wine glass.

Appearance: dark, relatively thick. Ruby red color when held up to light. A 1/2 finger dark tan/brown head forms with a moderate pour and a cap of head remains for over 20 minutes if left undisturbed.

Smell: raisins, plums, vanilla, alcohol, dark chocolate. Amazing.

Taste: sweet overall, but very complex. Raisins, slight milk chocolate, vanilla. Alcohol manifests almost like bourbon in the finish. A subtle but obvious smoke also lingers in the finish.

Mouthfeel: syrupy and full bodied. Ample carbonation, however. Nice for the style.

Overall: an incredible beer. One of the best I've had. Complex - I love the notes of dark fruit. Only negative is that it is slightly sweet but it still works well for this sipper.

ChrisKayler, Jan 06, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -18.2%

ajzy, Dec 27, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Drknight, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of Damian
4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 1 pt 9.4 fl oz corked and caged bottle purchased at Liquor World, Cambridge, MA
Served in a snifter

The beer poured a somewhat thin and translucent dark brown color. Slick and oily in the glass. A one-finger tall, creamy and bubbly, saddle brown head topped the liquid. The crown faded to a think, clingy ring of froth that unfortunately left no lacing.

The aroma was unexciting initially. Nutty with a crisp, lager-like yeastiness. Some booziness was noticeable. As the head died down, the nose became much more complex. Nougat-like notes were apparent. I definitely picked up some powdered cocoa and a sweet nuttiness. Lots of brown sugar and vanilla. Plummy. Freshly roasted coffee beans came through as well. Toward the drink's end, I detected some bourbon-like notes as well.

On the palate, the beer was solid. Like in the nose, there was a distinct, lager-like yeastiness. Strong dark fruit notes. Plums and cherries were most apparent. Hefty dose of roasted malts. Loads of brown sugar and fresh vanilla bean. Slightly smoky. Espresso notes appeared in the center. The finish was crisp, dry and somewhat boozy, but this is to be expected for a beer of this magnitude. Again, I definitely thought I picked up some bourbon-like notes as beer warmed.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Somewhat slick on the palate with a very fine, moderate effervescence.

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique is a very solid beer that reminded me of the better traditional (lagered) examples of this style produced by a handful of breweries in the Baltic region. I probably would not go out of my way to buy this again, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Damian, Dec 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev -0.7%

byronic, Dec 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +5.1%

Bunuelian, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of DenisKolkin
3.91/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle purchased from the LCBO for a hair less than $10 CDN. Served chilled into an oversized wine glass.

Appearance - Black as night, 1.5 fingers of head that recedes fairly quickly due to the high ABV. Extremely decadent looking and almost slightly syrup from the way it moves in the glass. Nice lacing.

Smell - Complex, smokiness, malty, molasses & some black licorice. Boozy. Also a bit of coffee aroma.

Taste - Similar to the nose, very complex, licorice, bark, smokey buy not overly so. Extremely flavorful and intense, a bit too much so for my palate.Some black cherry in there as well as coffee undertones. Chocolate as it warms and the booze also becomes more pronounced. A bottle of this could be split 3-4 ways with easy and there would still be more than enough intense flavors.

Mouthfeel - Wow! Ridiculously smooth and filling in the mouth. Coats the tongue without effort but is not syrupy. Super smooth finish. One of the best feeling beers.

Overall - A very fine beer, one that might improve with some age on it. For now, while it was quite delicious, it was extremely intense in its flavors and a bit unrelenting. This is one of the first beers where I've truly understood of sharing a bottle, because with other large containers, drinking a bottle over 3-4 hours still is not a chore, but with this it was. Still highly recommended for those enjoying the style, or those looking for something extreme.

DenisKolkin, Dec 07, 2013
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
95 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.