Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique
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Style:
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #5
ABV:
10%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,038
Avg:
4.29 | pDev: 8.86%
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
490
From:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
 
Quebec, Canada
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Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
  92
Gots
  94
SCORE
95
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Grande Cuvée Porter BaltiqueGrande Cuvée Porter Baltique
Notes: 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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thehyperduck from Canada

4.34/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork & cage bottle bought at the LCBO years ago; production date "06/08/2014" and served barely chilled. The back label states that it can be aged for 3-5 years... and I'm roughly one year beyond the far end of that scale, so keep that in mind, and take this review with a grain of salt (unless you've also been sitting on a bottle for 6 years).

Pitch black and functionally opaque, with a rough pour generating nearly one finger of creamy, beige-coloured head that settles off within a few minutes. A modest collar of tight foam sticks around, but little else remains; lacing is scant at first, but it does build up as the level drops. Looks better than I'd expect for its age, 10% abv or not. Its aroma is rich, smoky and rife with ethanol fumes, also including notes of molasses, roasted grains and caramel, as well as hints of dark roasted coffee beans, baker's chocolate, black licorice candy and figgy dark fruits. So far I am impressed.

Positively delicious - a little fruitier than on the nose, with date, fig and cherry at the forefront, sharing the limelight with molasses, toffee, bready wheat and roasted grain; minor hints of sherry, smoke and almonds. Things become a tad bit more boozy towards the finish - more sherry and fig, as well as notes of black licorice, coffee and dark chocolate lingering into a moderately warming aftertaste. Full-bodied, with low carbonation and a slick, smooth, oily feel on the tongue. Quite possibly the smoothest 10% beer I've ever consumed - yeah, you can tell the alcohol's there, but it blends in so well that describing a beer as 'dangerous' has rarely been more appropriate.

Final Grade: 4.34, an A grade. If beers were meals, then LTM's Porter Baltique would be a five course feast - hell, there's more than enough sustenance in this bottle to keep a feller fed and lubricated all Friday night. I've aged enough beer to know when one is starting to show signs of oxidation - and while I wouldn't say that this was totally free of any, they didn't greatly interfere with the experience IMO. A supremely bold beer that rightfully deserves its world-class, currently "Top 5 in its style" distinction.

Jun 27, 2020
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Drinker-Diary from Canada

5/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

★★★★★
La puissance légendaire!
Je l'ai dit l'autre jour, j'ai un faible pour les noires, pour les noires de cette mer entourée de pays scandinaves et de l'Europe de l'Est. Une petite pensée pour mon ami Sébastien qui habite en Lituanie et qui me disait l'autre jour être incapable de mettre la main sur une porter baltique. Si tu savais l'incroyable soirée que j'ai passé en compagnie de cette compagne à la peau d'ébène.

Jan 13, 2020
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.3/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance yielded a dark muddy brown/amber color in the pour while lending a hand to a darker brown almost black in the glass. A one finger tan foamy head started off but slid off fairly quick and not leaving any lace.
The aroma had a rich milk chocolate sweetness blending finely with some rye spices and vanilla bean sweetness. Even with more warmth, some dark chocolate bitterness dotted the backbone very nicely. Took a little bit longer, but some dark fruity sweets played with some smooth lager-like notes. Super subtle in its smokiness.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side running through all of the prior mentioned aromas fabulously! Rye spices seem to take a backseat further here. Mellow aftertaste of milk chocolate, some marshmallow, rye grassy spices and dark toast.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fine sipping quality about it. Carbonation seemed even keeled (good). Some stickiness (borderline cloying) but nothing worrisome. Fantastic finish of rye spice, dark toast and rich milk chocolate.
Overall, a fabulous Baltic porter well worthy of coming back to!

Nov 11, 2019
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janubio from Spain

3.91/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

75 cl corked bottle. Served in a balloon glass at Las Buenas Pulgas. Black colour, small head with short retention, minimal lacing. Aroma of chocolate, coffee, red fruits licorice, some vanilla. Full body, creamy texture, flat carbonation. Taste of chocolate, red fruits, vanilla, coffee, licorice. Great.

Jun 09, 2019
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Aurascoper from Missouri

4.77/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Incredibly smooth, especially for a baltic porter. I think the bourbon barrels really compliment this mash unlike I've ever tasted on a baltic porter. I aged it only about 3 months around 45°F, but its really the best porter I've ever had let alone one of the best beers I've had.

Apr 16, 2019
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.64/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pitch black body. Half a finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates into a ring.

Smell: Sweet rye bread, caramel sugar, a little hoppiness.

Taste: Mildly bitter malt, gentle rye notes. A strange sweetness in the back.

Mouthfeel: Average body, middling carbonation.

Overall: I'm hoping I just got a bad bottle or something, because this was surprisingly mediocre for its reputation.

Apr 08, 2019
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SABERG from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a cage and cork 750 ml bottle into the test glass
A - Basalt backdrop hides gentle carbonation. The evidence is a thin ring that binds them all.
S - Sweet brown sugar, molasses, toffee, earthy root stock, Maple sugar pie (yes I have made it) cigar tobacco and dark fruit.
T - Roast malts, dark cherry, black raspberry, light brown sugar, plum reduced with black pepper. Wonderful in every aspect.
M - Medium in body, sweet start, lager yeast cleans things up a bit. linger is dark fruit with a luxurious linger of port.
O - Amazing offering, with layer on layer of aromatics and textures. worth every effort to find

Nov 30, 2018
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superspak from Ohio

4.52/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got in a BIF from TheDoctor. 750 ml bottle into snifter, bottled on 7/31/2018. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1 finger fairly dense and fluffy khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, nuts, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, wood smoke, leather, tobacco, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Amazing complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready/light smoked malt, and light earthy hop notes; with big strength. Taste of huge milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, raisin, plum, cherry, fig, date, nuts, and toasted dark/brown bread; with light notes of molasses, licorice, wood smoke, leather, tobacco, char, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Mild roast/char, and herbal/grassy/spicy hop bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk/dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, brown sugar, toffee, vanilla, dark fruit, cherry, molasses, licorice, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, herbal, grass, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/light smoked malt, and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roast/hop bitter/sweet balance; and no cloying/acrid flavors after the finish. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no yeasty notes. Slightly increasing dryness from lingering hop/roast bitterness. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full body; with a very smooth, creamy, silky, velvety, and rich mouthfeel that is amazing. Slight sticky hops, and chalky char/roast. Minimal warming alcohol for 10%. Overall this is an insane Baltic porter! All around amazing complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready/light smoked malt, and light earthy hop flavors; very smooth, clean, and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. This is the smoothest and best Baltic porter I've ever had. Even better than the Brandy/Bourbon variation. Amazingly rich/fruity malt complexity; with restrained cherry smoked malt, and mild earthy hops against sweetness. A highly amazing offering, and world class style example.

Oct 27, 2018
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josanguapo from Spain

4.27/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

From Cervezasespeciales. In Teku glass. Playing Oceanhorn, the watchibg Event Horizon. Sticky, with lots of chocolate and some bitterness. The abv is noticeable but well integrated. 75cl its too much for a single person

Feb 17, 2018
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Poljazz22 from Canada

4.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great version of a Baltic Porter.
Pours opaque black with a medium beige head. Some lacing and a persistent ring.
Some sugar on initial taste with added cherry or dark fruits.
Very well made Baltic porter.
Not overly sweet and with complex mix of sweetness and dark malts.
Overtones of dark chocolate and toasted malts.
Just a bit of bitterness with some non aggressive carbonation.
The alcohol is well hidden. Enough complexity to keep your taste buds going!

Feb 16, 2018
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eberesford from Canada

4.35/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark brown with. 1cm creamy parchment coloured had that falls to a frothy film and ring that leaves good lacing. Aroma: leather, sour cherry, toast. Flavour: Prunes, Chocolate, dark cherries, raisins. Despite the high ABV the alchohol warmth is minimal. Full flavoured, creamy but not too heavy. This is an extraordinarily fine beer.

Oct 09, 2017
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csmrx7 from Canada

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This is a great beer, and spot on for style, the bottle I have to review is a bit young, but still excellent.

Pours deep black with a deep red tint and mocha head.

Smells of Cherry, raisin, hints of chocolate.

The nose translate well to the taste with nice malt roundness and a touch of heat from the ABV.

Sep 29, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with good carbonation. Nose is black currant, cherries, raisins, toasted malts. Taste follows the nose. A quick burst of sweet dark fruit and chocolate. Now getting raspberry, black currant, blackberries, licorice, and vanilla. A very slight bitterness on the back end - like a really dark chocolate. This is incredibly well balanced and smooth. I would easily call this the best I have had of this style. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy. Absolutely fantastic and highly recommended.

May 28, 2017
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Bruno74200 from France

4.51/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

One year old bottle.
Very round beer. A lot on the dark chocolate, the coffee, the dark berries and some phenolic notes, the mouthfeel is thick. The roasted side of the beer is balanced by the estery notes

Mar 05, 2017
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Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada

4.49/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into Sam Adams pint glass.

Pours perfectly black with one finger of mocha head that leaves a thick sheet of dripping lace as it recedes.

Smells of dark chocolate, black cherry, raisins, dry red wine, leather, coffee grounds, tobacco and rich earthy hops.

Tastes of chocolate covered cherries, sultana raisins rolled in brown sugar, creamed coffee, soft red wine, smoky ash and more soft earth.

Feels big and rich. Full bodied with soft carbonation. Finishes sweet.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A massive, insanely rich beer.

Feb 26, 2017
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puboflyons from New Hampshire

4.56/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

From the corked, caged 750 ml. bottle. Sampled on February 18, 2017.

Jet black pour under a long lasting silky tan head. Lacing.

The aroma is sweet roasted dark malts, rich caramel, char, cream or milk, plum, and a low hop profile. No alcohol given its 10% ABV.

The body is bold, smooth, warming, and full.

The taste is dark and roasted, boisterous in its sweetness, slightly burnt, earthy, and no booze to speak of. The bitterness is mild and tolerable at the end. This is a dynamite Baltic Porter. Oh Canada!

Feb 19, 2017
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TheDoctor from Canada

4.23/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Jan-7-2016 (consumed Dec. 16th)


A:
Pours a ruby-tinged pitch black with ample creamy mocha head. Settles to an active film leaving wavy lacing behind, relatively easy to rouse. (4.25)

S:
Fruity old leather and rusty buckles, toasted nuttiness and some coffee-like roast character. (4.25)

T:
Smooth dark fruit sweetness with an underlying creamy roast malt support that never quite takes center stage, some coffee flavor, tobacco, but mainly bold earthy berries on a grill. (4.25)

M:
Smooth, sweet, weak carbonation, medium plus body, well-hidden alcohol. (4)

O:
I'm surprised I've never reviewed this one. I have had it a few times and it is definitely a solid beer.
It looks nice enough with a nice fluffy head. The aroma and flavor are both like blackberry-infused mocha coffee. It is a little too sweet for my personal tastes but is a good interpretation of the style and an excellent beer all around.
A true québécois classic. (4.25)

Dec 18, 2016
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dabeerbuddha from Canada

4.24/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Draft served in a tulip.
Poured dark black with solid tan head that dissipated to a lacey ring. Aroma of coffee and dark roasted malts with som chocolate. Taste is divine. Luxurious coffee flavour, charred wood and chocolate. Silky thick and rich mouth feel. Overall a great dark beer for the winter months.

Oct 20, 2016
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patre_tim from Thailand

4.26/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dark brown with a ruby tinge, and muddy with cloudiness, its topped with a half finger of creamy dark beige head. No visible carbonation.

Smells of coffee, cocoa, hints of bourbon, licorice and molasses. Hints of cherries.

Creamy coffee notes, hot chocolate, it has a sweetness, and hints of cherry.

Medium, thick body, with moderate, slightly foamy, carbonation.


I was stoked to find this one in St. Jerome, at a bottle shop, late at night. I was looking for the Ceil Dieux in the wrong place and instead found this. This brew was on my hit list for my visit to Canada, being proclaimed as one of our country’s best brews. Drank in Stouffville, ON, Oct 15th, 2016.

Oct 16, 2016
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EMH73 from New York

4.46/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours black with a thin tan head that was fairly well retained and left some lacing. Smell is fantastic-dominated by semi-sweet chocolate and roasted malts with notes of caramel, coffee, nuts and bourbon. Taste follows the nose with the addition of dark fruits, vanilla and sweet cream. The 10% ABV is quite noticeable in the best way possible. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated and a creamy mouth feel. Outstanding beer.

Oct 01, 2016
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MaltyPythonsHopCircus from Canada

4.18/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours inky black with a small tan head. Subtle smoke aroma among the coffee and chocolate is incredible. Those continue well into the flavour but I found it finished a little sweet and sticky. Somewhat cola like in the mouth feel as well. Head and carbonation fall off quickly which detracts from savoring the flavour slowly

Jul 05, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.96/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle purchased at Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

This pours a dark brown, not quite black, with a long lasting head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like black cherry, raisins, chocolate syrup, caramel, toffee, and a bit of coffee.

This is quite sweet, too much so, unfortunately. I wish for a bit of hop bitterness, or a more heavy roast to balance things out. There is some nice complexity here, though, a really great dark fruit character, cherry, plum, and raisin, molasses, chocolate, coffee, and caramel. This is a heavy sipper and a dessert beer for sure.

The booze doesn't really show much, which is nice. It's a very slow sipper, due to the intense flavors. It's got a slightly syrupy mouthfeel.

I had very high expections for this one, and it didn't quite meet them. That said, it was still pretty solid nonetheless.

Jun 08, 2016
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Dark brown, nearly black. Creamy beige head settles after a time. Small dots of lacing.

S: Bakers chocolate. Chocolate cookie crumbs, fudge, chocolate covered coffee beans, faintly nutty. Kiss of woody smoke far in the background. Subtle and nuanced.

T: Sweet molasses at the outset dries right up. Bakers chocolate, brownie crust, roasted coffee beans covered in chocolate. Cream and vanilla impressions at times. Tight hint of cherry and plum at its core. A subtle woody smokiness inches its way in middle to end. Maybe a little dusty/nutty yeast. Dry bakers chocolate and restrained smoke on the finish.

M: Medium-thick body. Easy and silky-smooth in the mouth. Gently carbonated.

O: For my money this is one of the best Baltic Porters on the market. Stylistically on point, and effortless and nuanced in the way the best beers are. The cherrywood smoked malts add a subtle and elegant complexity that fits perfectly. It drinks with the ease of a 5% abv beer rather than one twice that strength. Canada, and Quebec specifically, has a handful of real diamonds in the rough that are relatively unknown in the U.S. for reasons that escape me. This is one of them.

Jun 01, 2016
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FBGordon from Florida

4.31/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a room temperature tulip.

A: Pours a rich dark chocolate with a thick tan head that maintains well and laces perfectly throughout.

S: Some smokey, hoppy notes initially. As it warms up some chocolate, coffee and vanilla come through.

T: Bittersweet chocolate, coffee, some light, pleasant smoke come through along with a touch of hop bitterness. A great collection of flavors resounding nicely off of one another. The chocolate settles nicely on the palate.

M: A great body for a porter, she's rich and round with lots of smoothness and a tight carbonation that dances on the tongue. The alcohol is ever so slightly warming.

O: A truly great porter, this one has all the elements you wish all Baltics had. The symphony of flavors and full, smooth mouthfeel makes it a genuinely pleasure to drink, while the makes it a beer you have to respect, if not indulge in. This one will be a staple in my collection going forward.

Mar 24, 2016
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

750 mL bottle. Black body. Smell is interesting. Chocolate. Nutty malts. Almost like a meaty aroma. Taste is much sweeter than expected. Chocolate is nutty with some dark fruit. Has a bit of a meaty taste, also. Not really thrilled with it. Heavy. Struggling through this a little. Really was expecting more.

Feb 23, 2016
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 490 ratings