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

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Fûts De Bourbon Et BrandyGrande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Fûts De Bourbon Et Brandy
BEER INFO

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:
#2,010
Reviews:
33
Ratings:
105
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
36
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 105 |  Reviews: 33
Photo of VbolieuV
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2015 edition.

Looks absolutely delicious, pitch black with a nice creamy head with big bubbles, you can even see some carbonation in the black color. Intense dark chocolate smell from the beginning, fallowed by aromas of dark fruits and alcohol, some bourbon and whiskey smell is noticeable. I mostly taste the dark fruits with a nice bourbon taste and a sweet chocolate flavor too. As it goes down you get a small alcohol burn, and feel a little smoke too. You can feel a lot of carbonation in the mouth also.

Really an outstandingly barrel-aged porter. I really like the original Porter Baltique but the barrel-aged one is amazing.

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Photo of BrunoPettipas
4.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of biegaman
4.81/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This 2015 Vintage of Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique was aged in both bourbon and brandy barrels but didn't adopt any of their colourful, sherried highlights... it's still black as coal. It doesn't matter how bright the light behind it, there's no seeing through this one. Astonishingly, its head not just survives but, what's more, actually thrives; brownish foam persists to the last drops.

It's impossible to smell this beer and not think to yourself: damn, life is good. The nose is candy - crunchy, crusty burnt caramel bits encase in dark chocolate and nutty nougat. A steaming cup of espresso sits just off to the side. Honey-drizzled dried fruits aren't far behind. If you don't have one handy, better start imagining that comfy armchair by the fireplace.

Talk about a soulful experience! This thing is sure to seduce you. Don't ask me to explain how but this big, roasty, high-gravity beer is just plain warm and cuddly. The six months spent in 12 year old bourbon and 25 year brandy barrels have added creamy coconut and vanilla notes but, at its core, it's still plummy fruit and nutty milk chocolate flavours.

Each sip lasts a lifetime. This is a great feature for those of us who review - I was ready and able to complete the review after just a few sips. Fortunately I didn't have to. Un-caging and uncorking the 750ml bottle I thought to myself that Trois Mousquetaires were insane to put a 10.5% barrel aged porter in such a large package. Now, I couldn't be happier they did!

The beer never wears thin nor does it wear out the palate. Blending the honeyed, fruity sweetness of brandy with the charred, more intense bourbon characteristics is genius. I hate to resort to hackneyed phrases, but the sum really is greater than its parts. It has the poise and balance of a Bolshoi-trained ballerina. It drinks nothing like most beers its strength.

Most barrel-aged beers are real showoffs and provide too much of a good thing. Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique, on the other hand, over-delivers by sort of underwhelming - it's not something you'll be tasting the next day, nor will it singe your nose-hairs or have you picking splinters out of your gums but it's nonetheless a beer for the hedonists and is a special treat that will make any night feel like Christmas morning. I can say with no false exaggeration it is one of the finest beers I've ever drank.

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Photo of Krakpoff
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of StormAles
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at The Beer Belly in Albany, NY.

This one pours a dark inky black, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

Smells like dark fruits- raisins and plums, with brandy, taro root, sweet chocolate syrup, and oak.

This is super decadent and really tasty. There's definitely more brandy than bourbon here, with lots of dark fruit, plums, raisins, and maybe a little of dried cherry, with some herbal taro root flavor, oak, sweet chocolate, and just a hint of roast. The herbal flavors and the roast flavors keep it from being too sweet.

This is medium bodied, it could be a bit chewier, but it's certainly substantial. There's a lower level of carbonation.

This is absolutely wonderful. A double barrel aged beer that flies under the radar. Awesome.

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Photo of ludachris
4.69/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Review #450

Nearly three fingers of crackling, foamy tan head rises to the top of its opaque black body. It retains itself remarkably well, especially considering its alcohol content. Fast moving, numerous streams of carbonation help to keep it afloat. A thick crown of lace sticks behind as its head slowly recedes.

Silky smooth oak and vanilla come with sweet boozy brandy inspired raisins and dates. Loafy, rich dark chocolate is pervasive. Spicy rye comes with a zing of ethanol. A pinch of soy sauce and a dash of dry wine adds a bit of spritz to its incredibly heavy nose. Smoky black molasses becomes more prominent as it warms. This is absolutely bursting with complexity.

Dark fruit comes in waves. Luscious chocolate covered raisins and plums cover the palate. It wastes no time transitioning to rich, chewy dark chocolate with a kiss of fudge. It's all wrapped in a layer of smooth vanilla and sweet mellow oak. A slight roast comes with a flash of dry wine in the finish. Warm, all encompassing notes of refined maple are equally as smooth as its oak character.

Luscious, creamy, rich, chewy, rounded, balanced are all adjectives that describe this perfectly rendered Porter. Full bodied, thick, and drinkable with a bang on level of carbonation. It can't get any better.

This is not only the hands down best beer I've had this year, it's fits into the top 10 I've ever had.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass and shared with friends during a holiday bottle share.

A: A deep dark brown color that gives rise to a 1-2 fingers of mocha head with decent retention and some nice lacing.

S: The nose is really complex, not just a massive bourbon blast, but rather a nice boozy fragrance allowing some roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate to come through and some vanilla and a bit of wood.

T: Again, just really nice balance of rich flavors. Big dark chocolate flavor, lots of sweet boozy brandy but not overpowering; brown sugar, molasses, vanilla. A bit of hot alcohol. Absolutely delicious!

M: Low carbonation and a big body; smooth and round.

O: What impressed me most about this beer is the balanced complexity; it is both big and bold while still exhibiting restraint. This bottle was served with the 2010 version and was unanimously agreed to be the superior version. Very well done LTM!

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Photo of RochefortChris
4.59/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of valianes
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SebD
4.55/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: It has a dark brown (almost black) color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Brandy and Bourbon, roasted malts, dark fruit (plums and raisins), caramel, toffee, molasses and light coffee.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has sweet caramel and toffee notes, dark fruit (plums, raisins, figs), roasted malts, chocolate/coffee, bourbon and brandy.

Mouthfeel: It has a low-med carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas. Another fantastic offering by Les Trois Mousquetaires!

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tmappin
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Whatup14
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of yasky
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of yancot
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of IanSpindler
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of PEIhop
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of a77cj7
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of schnarr84
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of WhiskeyMax
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Derek
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2015 vintage.

Black with a tan head, shows some leg.

Lovely sweet aroma, brown sugar, vanilla, graham cracker, roasted nut and boozy undertones.

It's dark, but the restrained roast and bitterness really allows the other flavours to come through... Dark caramel, molasses, vanilla, pumpernickel rye bread, raisin and roasted nut, with a light alcohol warmth.

Nice body for a brew is strong... Light residual sweetness, with a drying alcohol finish.

Thanks Yardsale!

(This currently puts me at 98 of Canada's top 100)

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Photo of TheEpeeist
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.49/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

holy goodness, this is insanely good, a brand new standard in the style, and while its sweetness is robust and in some ways limits the obviousness of the traditional lager yeast elements in the style, its pretty special without that. the barrel treatment here is wild, with some brandy and some bourbon, both the rich almost fortified wine taste, and the regal vanilla char sweetness of the bourbon are both on display. heaps of dark chocolate in the base beer, specialty dark malts, and cola notes, with vanilla and plum and raisin all at the same time, even tobacco and chocolate sauce, its sweet and its super thick, better the warmer it is i reckon, and just so fancy and rich and nuanced as to almost not even be beer. i get chills recalling it, syrupy body in the best possible sense, fig and prune, liquid chocolate, brandy tannins and woodiness, bourbon heft, lots of barrel char and an almost ancient vibe about it. really special beer, some of the very best i have had in the style, and somehow still a brewery that isnt getting the love it deserves. i had a million great beers yesterday, and this is the one that stands out in my mind. so thick and fulfilling. as good as it gets!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.48/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into tulip 1/5/16

A almost pitch black, two fingers of light brown foam just sits there, every time you look back there it is staring back at you, amazing retention but nothing sticks to the glass other then couple polka dots

S lots of barrel, hard to place either brandy or bourbon over the other, heavy cocoa powder, slightly sour chocolate milk but its better then it sounds, burnt coffee with a whiff of smoke, burnt caramel, roasted nuts, lots going on and I'm loving it

T roasted almonds, heaps of chocolate of all sorts, plenty of brandy and bourbon, maybe a hint of tobacco and sour plum, complex and everything meshes together making for something great

M not as heavy as I'd guess from the color but still has some weight, soft from the bubbles but not quite creamy, little booze but less then expected over 10%, oily inside after the fact and a little sticky on the lips, smoky barrel lingers

O this just hit all the spots tonight, complex, overly drinkable for the strength, great use of barrels, it just has everything going for it

I was in the mood for exactly this, not crazy heavy but so much going on its hard to keep track, easy to drink and the barrels leave a big mark on something that was already brilliant.

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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique - Fûts De Bourbon Et Brandy from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 105 ratings