Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique
Les Trois Mousquetaires

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From:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
 
Quebec, Canada
Style:
Porter - Baltic
Ranked #8
ABV:
10%
Score:
95
Ranked #1,899
Avg:
4.26 | pDev: 8.92%
Ratings:
501
Status:
Active
Rated:
May 01, 2022
Added:
Dec 17, 2008
Wants:
  97
Gots:
  94
SCORE
95
World-Class
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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Ratings by josanguapo:
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4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by josanguapo from Spain

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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Photo of HarlotBronte
3.46/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

L: Almost black with a 2 finger brown head

S: Bourbon, chocolate, smoke, a bit of ethanol

T: Smoked malt, coffee, sweet bourbon. Ethanol a bit too much for my liking and masks the good flavors.

F: Round and smooth

O: This would probably be more enjoyable at 9% where the chocolate/coffee wouldn’t be masked by alcohol.

May 01, 2022
 
3.73 by WynnO from Florida on Feb 15, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by donzilake from Ohio

Smooth, sweet, weak carbonation, medium plus body, well-hidden alcohol.

Jan 01, 2022
 
4.05 by Daniellobo from District of Columbia on Dec 15, 2021
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3.4/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by mactrail from Washington

Very dark brown with modest foam in the Orval chalice. Burnt sugar taste that does not quit. And licorice, molasses, brown sugar. Even a touch of maple syrup. You could add every other sweet thing from figs to fruitcake. It just doesn't quit even after you're ready for something else, like water would be my next drink.

Monstrous big and sweet malt monster. The aftertaste has a hint of sourish burnt malt but not much bitterness. A few sips are quite interesting, but I liked it better mixed with a "normal" stout. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

Sep 06, 2021
 
4.42 by arzt from Russian Federation on Aug 24, 2021
 
3.52 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Jun 21, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by backblast from Alaska

Poured almost black in color with a thin tan head that dissipated quickly and no lacing.

Tastes of heavy charred malts mixed with dark fruit, tobacco and candied molasses. Not too sweet aftertaste and lingers wonderfully. Med body and low carbonation make this a top pick.

Apr 21, 2021
 
3.83 by desint from Belgium on Jan 09, 2021
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4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Greywulfken from New York

It's a sweet one, and leaning into imperial stout territory with a big, rounded feel and sticky, full body... Rich with lotsa chocolate syrup, and enough bitter, drier espresso to pull the sweetness back and keep it from being cloying; a hint of smoke...

Dec 19, 2020
 
4.28 by ElGallo from New Hampshire on Nov 09, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5
by thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

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
 
4.5 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 13, 2020
 
4.35 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana on Feb 21, 2020
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5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by Drinker-Diary from Canada (QC)

★★★★★
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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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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
 
4.15 by Furlinator from California on Jun 09, 2019
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3.91/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by janubio from Spain

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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4.77/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Aurascoper from Missouri

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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3.64/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by chitoryu12 from Florida

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
 
4.06 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania on Feb 09, 2019
 
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jan 24, 2019
 
3.73 by Duncian from Pennsylvania on Dec 12, 2018
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4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

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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4.52/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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
 
3.68 by RochefortChris from North Carolina on Oct 27, 2018
 
4.35 by drummerdwzp from Connecticut on Sep 02, 2018
 
4.46 by RMW66 from Australia on Jul 15, 2018
 
4.53 by Bum4ever from California on Jul 02, 2018
 
4.14 by stauffman from Canada (QC) on Jun 22, 2018
 
4.53 by Giggy from Michigan on May 26, 2018
 
4.38 by BobbyOlson from Michigan on May 26, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by craftaholic from New York

Brandy forward, green olives, bourbon, pecan, dates.

May 06, 2018
 
4.48 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin on Feb 20, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Poljazz22 from Canada (QC)

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
 
4.28 by Tigerbrau from Louisiana on Jan 21, 2018
 
3.87 by ikidunot from Canada (ON) on Jan 04, 2018
 
4.1 by g00ey from California on Jan 01, 2018
 
4.45 by Mousel from Canada (ON) on Dec 17, 2017
Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 501 ratings