Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique | Les Trois Mousquetaires

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Les Trois Mousquetaires
Quebec, Canada
lestroismousquetaires.ca

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
456
Reviews:
165
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
9.18%
 
 
Wants:
88
Gots:
93
For Trade:
3
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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.

Appearance:
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.

Nose:
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.

Taste:
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.

Feel:
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.

Overall:
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

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great beer. This isn't one that tries to hide the alcohol. It punches you right in the face. Great boozy, cherry taste. May never get it again, got the last bottle in town and the taxes may keep the next batch from ever arriving. Worth every penny. A very tasty treat, perfect bottle with every last piece of info you could ever want, aged nicely. Great beer. Get it if you can, because, it turns out, it could be gone.

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Photo of dcmchew
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Slongie
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It's a beautiful bottle with all the information that we'd want on there and more. It has the bottled on date, serve temp, IBU's, ABV, glassware, ingredients and food pairings.

The nose is slight bourbon to a lovely little punch of Brandy. Dark fruit elements there, chocolate, some coffee.

Taste is wonderful, coffee, chocolate, cherry, brandy, hint of bourbon, vanilla sweetness.

Really enjoyed this 2014 bottle

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

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

Photo of Erik-P
4.38/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 1KEVIN1
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ksimons
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-almost black in color with no highlights and a thick layer of tan head that disappears to leave some lacing around the edges.

S-roasted malt, dark fruit sweetness and chocolate, with a bit of char

T-taste of dark fruits, chocolate, roasted malt and a light smokiness

M-medium body, smooth, light to moderate carbonation, and a dry finish

Overall very drinkable and tasty Baltic Porter with well hidden alcohol

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Photo of KevinSP
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of RandyBoBandy
4.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KGilmour
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Miccal
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of KJ2013
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VbolieuV
4.73/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pitch black with a big beautiful creamy head . Aromas of dark chocolate and espresso followed by black cherries. You get a dark chocolate taste right away, with nice hints of black cherries and a really subtle flavor of vanilla. You also get a nice sweetness from the malts and a good alcohol feeling. Really excellent!

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Opaque black color with no visible activity. Well constructed creamy brown 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with average legs.

Aromas of oak, earth, caramel, and coffee. Flavors of thick fruits like cherries, dark berries, grapes, with a taste of mocha coffee and chocolate, extra earthy and oaky. Highly sweet, but delicious, with a low vinous feel.

Smooth oily light to medium body with a perfect amount of carbonation. Strong and long finish, ending with a barrel aged oak wood feel, yeasty spices, and a lingering tongue coat of dark fruits and caramel.

Overall incredibly well crafted: inviting smell, tons of delicious flavors that are well balanced and super complex, strong but still well intensified, amazing barrel aged mouth feel, good freshness from the low booziness and almost no vinous feel. The perfect appetizer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
4/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An intense experience. 2014 bottling, pours inky black, almost opaque, with cappuccino coloured foam. Two fingers, tight bubbles, but solid persistence and great lacing (especially for the high ABV).

Smell is booze, licorice, coffee, raisins/dates/plums, chocolate. Roasted malt. Faint almost Belgian yeast? Slightly metallic. Like port, almost.

Taste is sweet, plummy, toffee, creamy, chocolate, coffee. Dates/raisins again, some alcohol heat. Slightly metallic twang, and again a hint of Belgian dubbel-y or trippel-y yeast. Thick, sweet body. Low-ish carbonation.

Repeating: an intense experience. From a technical standpoint, this is no doubt an absolutely superb beer. And yet any more than a few ounces of it and I'm absolutely spent. I don't really crave it, and I suspect even this sample is inching me closer to diabetes than I'd like. Glad I had the chance to try it, but I don't feel the need to stock up or bunker, as I can only really see myself consuming it in very small doses.

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Photo of Jeffsta1
3.49/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very pretty, dark color. Tan head.

Nice smell, malty, clean.

Taste: wow, not what I hoped for. Tastes like Ten Fidy mixed with a good Trippel. Rich, thick, sweet. Just not a porter. Like, at all. This isn't why one drinks porter.

Mouthfeel is rather rich. Pretty carbonation, not much, but fine. Sweetness masks the alcohol. Just doesn't feel like a porter. As a stout this would get 4 or 4.25.

This is a really well made beer that just shouldn't be labeled a porter.

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Photo of icormier
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

2014 edition, bourbon and brandy cask, bought at Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau, and aged about one year in my crawl space. Wow, this is a real booze bomb. I feel funny using the same word "beer" to describe this and the IPA I drank last night. Dark black appearance, smells of brandy, delicious boozy taste. Would go back in time and buy another, were this possible.

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Photo of darcange
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Tmappin
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sachie23
4.31/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

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

Grande Cuvée Porter Baltique from Les Trois Mousquetaires
4.25 out of 5 based on 456 ratings.
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