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 -chii-
2.73/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mattmarka1
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of TheDoctor
4.23/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

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)

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

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)

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

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)

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Photo of Bunman3
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cuvtcuv
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dabeerbuddha
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of patre_tim
4.26/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of EMH73
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of SmithyAlan
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of n2185
4.42/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbom
4.39/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.74/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
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

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.29/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of SpoiledInVT
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBGordon
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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Photo of xtonytx
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
Beer rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 465 ratings
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