Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Fûts De Bourbon Et Brandy | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada
lestroismousquetaires.ca

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Baltic Porter aged in Bourbon & Brandy Barrels.

Added by FrostBlast on 10-04-2013

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,834
Reviews:
38
Ratings:
111
pDev:
8.45%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
38
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 111 |  Reviews: 38
Photo of LampertLand
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trois Mousquetaires 'Grande Cuvee Porter Baltique'*Bourbon & Brandy* @ 10.0% , served from a corked caged 750 ml bottle 2017 special edition
A-pour is dark brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small tan head leaving a streaky lace along the snifter
S-Bourbon & Brandy barrel aging
T-sweet caramel & cacao up front , a smooth bourbon brandy bite in the middle , with a oak & vanilla finish
MF-ok carbonation , definite full body
Ov-so smooth ,
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Ajlvt
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark brown color with light brown head. Aroma is boozy with the brandy being more prominent. Also chocolate and dark fruits. Taste is malty with bourbon and brandy notes, very well balanced, slightly bitter and roasty. Quite light body with low carbonation.

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Photo of Beersnake1
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

2017 vintage poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with very little head. Nose is bourbon, toffee, dark fruit, maple, and a bit of smoke. Taste is out of this world. Tons of caramel, bourbon, brandy, vanilla, cherries, blackberries, brown sugar, maple, and a touch of smoke. Mouthfeel is super thick and creamy. Amazing beer!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

750 ml caged and corked bottle. 2015.

It pours pitch black, fine head of tan foam, good lacing.

The smell...if that is any indicator of the taste, I'm in for a treat. Bourbon and Brandy gently caressing my nose buds, roasted malt, dark chocolate, vanilla, hint of coffee, dark pitted fruits, light on that but there. Sweet notes that are definitely not going to be cloying in the taste. A prediction.

Man the taste lives up to the smell and I was right aboot the sweet factor; mild and certainly NOT cloying.

Almost full bodied, lightly carbonated, the mouthfeel is a joy to experience.

Maybe my favourite new beer to me of the year. I'm so glad that this is in a large format bottle!!

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Photo of patre_tim
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with an amber tinge when held to the light. Topped with a finger of deep beige, fast dissipating head.

Smells of brandy, sour funk, coffee, black liquorice, and lactobacillus.

The taste is sweet, no tartness as the nose had conveyed, so there is some funk but no sourness. Its rich of coffee, brandy, candy apple, dark chocolate and caramel.

Medium, smooth and rich body, with moderate carbonation.

Got in Quebec several months ago, drinking in Muskoka, April 23rd, 2018. Excellent brew!

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Photo of Chico1985
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.3/5  rDev -46%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 1.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Black as night with a khaki-colored head that retains at a thin cap. A thin veil of lacing remains in its wake as the beer is consumed.

S: Layered chocolate flavors: bitter dark chocolate, chocolate truffles, fudge sauce. Dark roast coffee and some smokiness. Bourbon ball candy, caramel. Deep vinous notes of brandy, black cherry and black currant. Tart cherry. Dusty oak. Only the faintest whiff of bourbon.

T: Big tart cherry flavor up front blankets everything. Some funk too. Underneath that, things more or less follow the nose. This tastes as though it's been infected with some unwanted bugs, and it's a damn shame. It's plain to see there is a fantastic, possibly world-beating beer here, but the infection derails it.

M: Medium-full body with awesome texture and smoothness. Decadent and creamy, like melted chocolate. Soft carbonation.

O: Damn, damn, damn. I had such high hopes for this one, but the infection ruined it. Barrel aged beers can be so high risk, high reward like that. Still, the impression I get is that, underneath the infection, this would have been a hell of a beer. I for sure give this a second shot and will be on the lookout for more in the future.

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Photo of metter98
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a collar of off white bubbles around the edge fo the glass and a patch of bubbles on the surface. It later left a very narrow ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of chocolate malts and vanilla are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has some additional hints of wood from the barrel aging. The vanilla really stands out in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has nearly a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a very nice balance between the porter and vanilla flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

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Photo of smithj4
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bandi
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle into snifter, no vintage dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, nuts, molasses, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, herbal, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon/brandy barrel notes; with great strength. Taste of huge milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of coffee, smoke, nuts, molasses, raisin, cherry, plum, fig, herbal, tobacco, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness. Very mild herbal/roast bitterness and bourbon/oak spiciness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, cream, coconut, toasted oak, bourbon, dark/brown bread, nuts, light coffee/dark fruit, and roast/toast/oaky earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon/brandy barrel flavors; with a nice roasted bitter/sweet and bourbon/oak spiciness balance; with zero cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, and velvety mouthfeel that is amazing. Minimal chalky roast, oak tannins, or dryness. Insanely clean lager finish, never yeasty. Minimal warming alcohol for 10.5%, with zero barrel booze lingering after the finish. Overall this is an amazing barrel aged Baltic porter! All around incredible complexity. robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and bourbon/brandy barrel flavors; very smooth, clean, and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. The brandy barrel doesn't seem as strong as the bourbon on this blend; but the overall barrel integration is absolutely perfect. Never boozy, tannic, or drying. Very rich English malt complexity; not overly roasty, zero char. The smoothness from added barrel silkiness is just insane. This is definitely the best Baltic Porter I have ever had. The style accuracy is completely unmatched with anything else I can recall. A highly amazing offering, and perfect style example.

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Photo of bb-magic
3.8/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2016 Batch.. infected and sour

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Photo of rudzud
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Montreal three years ago. 2014 vintage.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark black hue with a big billowy mocha head that that fades to leave light lacing and thin wisps.

S - Aromas of nice roast malts, little dark chocolate, nice barrel notes. Solid lightly sweet brandy notes, light light barrel vanilla. No real vanilla.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice dark malts, solid chocolate. The barrel is light, nice faint smoke. Good light brandy but no bourbon.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little creamy.

O - Overall this was a very solid Baltic porter I just wish there was more barrels.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Spilt with rudzud, 2014 vintage
Huge pillowy fluffy head fades at a med pace big pot marks, thick lacing, pitch black

Nose big dark malts, cocoa, chocolate, biscuity cookie dough, baking spices, fudge, some vanilla barrel, mild bourbon flashes and even a touch of sweet brandy, fluffy nougat

Taste sweet chocolate sauce, cocoa, caramel, little baking spice and biscuity cookie dough, little vanilla barrel ice cream, just a touch of bourbon barrel but maybe no brandy, little caramel notes, vanilla cream

Mouth is med to heavier bod, little syrupy, decent carb

Overall better than most from this brewery but still leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of Grackos
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StormAles
4.69/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Beerbom
4.1/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
4.38/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From a 750ml corked-and-caged bottle, dated 25/10/2016. Served in a tulip.

Pours opaque mahogany-black with a finger-and-a-half of whipped, bubbly mocha head. Retention of about a minute or so, leaving a soft film and a light curtain of lacing.

Smells of dark chocolate, burnt toast and cherries.

Taste is cacao nibs and dry, cracked leather, dates and cherries and damp, charred wood. Walks a fine line between syrupy sweetness and chalky dryness. Fruity yeast, chocolate syrup, a little sour orange juice and dusty chicory bitterness become more apparent as it warms, then velvety smooth brandy and unctuous vanilla cream at the finish.

Feel is silky smooth and creamy, a medium-hefty body with fine, light carbonation.

Overall, a fine, fearsome and delicious barrel-aged porter. I often find barrel-aged porters, especially brandy barrel, to be overly sweet and syrupy - this wasn't one of those. There's a deep roasted, toasted graininess and some light-handed bittering along with the barrel tannins to keep things light and quaffable.

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Photo of rkarimi
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5-26

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