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
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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:
#2,017
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
106
pDev:
8.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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16
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Ratings: 106 |  Reviews: 34
Photo of patre_tim
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
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 +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ryan1788a5
2.3/5  rDev -45.9%
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 -2.4%
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 +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bandi
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of paulish
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rolltide8425
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of superspak
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
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 -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spinrsx
3.42/5  rDev -19.5%
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 -1.6%
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 -1.6%
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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of Beerbom
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of papposilenus
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
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 +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

5-26

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

Photo of n2185
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KGilmour
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of imbibehour
4.42/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a large snifter glass. Soft pop on the cork while opening, but had to give a bit of a tug.

Faint tan head, with barrel a finger of creation out of the bottle. Pours nice slightly transparent but not sludgy. Leaves a light cream ring and little whispy top, sitting on a dark walnut body. Slight bit of chestnut hues.

Aroma has an excellent intense fruit angle. Brandy with an even larger almost fruit molasses quality bursting off the nose. Hints of cream, rich sour and tangy like molasses with a puckering fruit angle (not infection). Hints of splintered wood, excellent barrel angle going with fantastic woody character.

Palate really is the bees knees. Light bodied but solid, even a light cream quality almost gets into velvet and silky tones but not quite. Wonderful fruity and milk chocolate mid palate. Rich dark berried, and almost plum like flavors, with large amounts of sweet grape flavors. Rich chocolate finish, but sticks to sweeter qualities and leaving dark bitterness elsewhere in favor of more fruity sweetness instead. Creamy sensing vanilla, maybe even some strawberry kicking in as well.

Fantastic angle that seems to have picked up more brandy character real nicely more than anything, and made for a real special treat of a beer.

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Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 106 ratings