Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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Grande Cuvée Porter BaltiqueGrande Cuvée Porter Baltique

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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 Cuervo_PCB
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbom
4.39/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KensWorld
4.74/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.18/5  rDev -1.6%
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

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Photo of HumanParaquat
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.96/5  rDev -6.8%
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 +0.9%
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 +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of FBGordon
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Kurmaraja
4.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ZachT
4.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mademers
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Vylo
4.46/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.15/5  rDev -25.9%
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.

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Photo of Prost76
4.29/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of DanGeo
3.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Goatdavemac
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of papposilenus
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle corked-and-caged, dated 09/10/15. Served at about 55°F in a tulip.

Pours black with gold and plum highlights. What starts out as an epic loose tan head disappears instantly when you look away leaving only the slightest furtive ring of foam and minimal lacing.

Brown sugar and dried fruits, apricot, plum, vanilla, and freshly ground coffee perking downstairs when you're trying to sleep in on a Sunday morning.

Starts sweet, toasted malts with vanilla toffee and flowers. The middle is all about roasted cocoa nibs and coffee grinds, dates, plums and dried apricot. Wraps up quickly with very mild bitterness, peat, burnt string and an elusive cognac booziness.

Sweet and sticky but never quite crosses the line into actually being syrupy. Low-to-moderately-low carbonation, medium body, not creamy but nonetheless smooth-drinking.

This is an intense experience, bursting with flavorful boozy goodness. The abv is well hidden but it never altogether let's you forget it's there. Truthfully, this doesn't strike me as being even remotely porter-like so I don't know how to go about rating it to style.
An eminently tasty adult beverage.

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Photo of GSS
4.27/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
4.25 out of 5 based on 454 ratings.
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