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Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Grande Cuvée Porter BaltiqueGrande Cuvée Porter Baltique

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada

Style: Baltic Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by mikesgroove on 12-17-2008

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Photo of flipper2gv
4.77/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: Very very dark brew, almost pitch black. Head is light brown (caramel) and is big. Doesn't last that long, but it was impressive for a baltic porter.

S: Cacao and vanilla are very present. There are hints of maple syrups and coffee too. Some nice cigar tobacco smoke too. Roasted malts are very present too. Some raisins and other dried fruits thanks to the high alcohol level. Some buttery esters. Strong smell overall

T: Powdery cacao is all over the place. The kind of butter taste is there and mixes well. Some almonds and cashews. Vanilla is still there but much less present. The dried fruits are still there, raisins being the more easily identifiable. Maple syrup is there, but very subtle. Lots of HUGE malty tastes here. The smoke is great. Sometimes with Porters the smoke tastes like a bad cigarette but this one feels like a huge and high quality cuban, very very nice. The taste is bold.

M: that is one HUGE and BOLD beer. Very thick feel, very syrupy. It covers the mouth really well. It's a heavy heavy brew. And it's how a 10% baltic porter should feel, intimidating.

O: The 2009 edition is my favorite beer of all time. Do I need to say more?

Overall, one of the best brews I had the pleasure to taste.

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Photo of allergictomacros
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pitch blakck with a copious head of rocky brown foam. Nose is boozy, molasses, anise, burnt grain, raisins and fruit. Lots of dark sugary flavours, moderate bitterness and a spicy/herbal edge. Apple and some dark, dried fruits come through as well. Very sweet, but not cloying. Pretty drinkable for a big beer. Mouthfel is smooth and not quite heavy. Does a really good job of being a big beer without being a mess of harsh flavours.

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Photo of Sammy
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think there is no significant difference between their Baltic Porters, a rounding difference on a.b.v. is all.
Pours black with dark head. Taste is licorice, a little sourness. Solid porter with above average mouthfeel. Carbonation is apparent. Drinkable stuff, though not exceptional baltic porter. More mal than any coffee or chocolate.

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Photo of grumpy
4.02/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle, corked and caged, label rendered in French. Received as an extra in a trade with pugman. Thanks again!

Pours a very dark brown/black, with very little red tone visible under light. Tan head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is sweet and winey with a touch of molasses.

Flavor is quite complex. Starts with a bit of tartness or sourness, which is quickly cancelled by a wave of sweet maltiness, a layer of chocolate, a return of the molasses, and then a considerable roasty dryness and astringency. After a few minutes the dryness disappears and the sweetness returns. Alcohol is virtually undetectable in the flavor. Hard to believe this is 9.8% ABV.

Mouthfeel is a little light for a beer this big, but that would likely improve with age. Carbonation is a tad too prickly for my personal tastes.

Overall, a pretty tasty beer and not your American style Baltic (Imperial) Porter. Possibly more true to the classic style other than the ABV. I'd definitely drink it again.

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Photo of tmoneyba
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Champane's Wine.

Poured an hazy dark amber color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate citrus, fruit and spice aroma. Medium body with a sticky texture and soft carbonation. Medium sweet spicy flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.97/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply stated, one of the best beers I have ever had. This was included as an extra from a very fine Canadian BA who I had the honor of trading with recently. I had never heard of the brewer nor the beer. But I this lovely bottle was corked and caged, served chilled and poured into a New Belgium Snifter.

The pour was very, very nice. Rich dark brown, essentially black coloed beer came forward right away.Completely opaque with a huge tan foamy crown that rose up over the top to a height of atleast 2 inches and literally sat there for a few minutes before settling down slightly to a thin veil that coevred the entire glass.

A unreal aroma then caem forward from this. Rich scents of vanilla, molasses, dark fruit and bourbon just jumping out all over the place. This was one of the strongest aromas I have ever encountered. Even as it warmed it was just so full, notes of coffee and chocolate starting to come through now as I take the first sips. This was unlike any baltic porter I have had., It was insanely big and full. Rich chocolate then mellowed into mollasses and finally a coffee infused finish that simply put, would not quit. Huge full bodied profile was perfectly cabonated and the richness of the flavor made this one of the best sippers I have ever come across.

Overall I really do not know what to say here. This was an extra, something I had never heard of, and it ended up being one of the best beers I have had in the last year at least .I need to see if more of this is around, as really I was blown away by this one.

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Photo of hellbilly
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2007 bottle with a different label (bistro l'autre oeil) from glouglouburp.

pours a reddish brown shade of opaque black topped by a medium sized orange tinted cafe au lait colored head. slight horizontal trails of lacing.

big time tar/asphalt aroma followed by fudgey chocolate, nice tobacco, vanilla, licorice, scalded cream, bruised red apples, fresh strawberries (yep), umami and a slight acidity.

fairly sweet palate though less than the majority of baltics. it's cut nicely by a bitterness and great sourness. flavors of chocolate, toasty grain, black raisins, brown sugar, five spice spiciness and black licorice with an ashy charred finish. coffee joins the aftertaste party. medium body. super slick texture. prickly carbonation and char make the sugar almost a non issue and make it a whole bunch easier to drink in quantity.

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Photo of Crosling
3.86/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black colored beer that pours nice. Brown edges with a lasting light tan head. Aromas showcases an array of complex dark malt notes. Flavor is very nice, with hints of sour fruit, chocolate, coffee and truffle. Lasting finish is also impressive. Very nice beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a medium size foamy head with average retention and minimal lacing. Aroma consists of light black chocolate with some sweetness coming through. Taste is a mix between some black chocolate malt with a seriously dry ending. Full body with medium carbonation and no alcohol was apparent with some vinous notes without being cloying. I am not exactly sure what to make of this beer – different and not totally on style but still interesting nonetheless.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bouteille de 750ml. bouchon de liège.

bière totalement noire non-translucide, mousse brunâtre compacte, beaucoup d'effervescence. nez de torréfaction prononcé, la bouche est légère malgré l'alcool, on ne la sent pas du tout, goût torréfié, agréable.

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