Nos. 71 and 72 – Pub Quiz night at McKibbin’s
As well as exploring the various beers available around Montreal this year, I am also organising a tour of the various pub quizzes that can be found in town. On Monday, I organised another quiz night at McKibbin’s on Bishop Street (my favourite quiz so far, well of the three different bars we’ve been to) and was surprised to find a few beers there that I have not tasted this year – Moosehead and Grimbergen. You can see their beer list here, if you really want to.
N0. 71 – Moosehead
Clearly not the best picture but most lagers look the same anyway. It’s a shame they didn’t have a Moosehead glass, few things say ‘made in Canada’ quite like a moose’s head on a glass.
I tried this once in Paris at a Canadian bar with some poutine and from what I recall of the day it was fine but nothing special. This is the impression I still have after trying it again. I can’t say that it was bad so it gets a Yes for being fine, if not good. The price was a happy hour price, about $6 so it gets a Yes for that, and Yes at a stretch I’d drink it again if I was short on alternatives or if it were cheap but I don’t think I’d recommend it. It gets a Yes for being exactly what I expected, a straight up lager with no twists. The sort of beer I would have drank before I realised that there are so many alternatives.
No. 72 – Grimbergen Brown Ale
This is described as a Belgian brown ale on their beer menu but that doesn’t seem right after having tasted it. I’ll maybe have to revisit this when I try other Grimbergen beers.
Again, the picture doesn’t really say much but it was a dark red colour rather than being Guinness black. This was quite sweet and tasted of some kind of fruit, berries of some sort perhaps, this was somewhat of a surprise as I was expecting it be somewhat generic.
So, Yes, it was good. Yes I will drink it again and Yes I would recommend it. This was around $8, but this was good so I’d give it a Yes for the price too. The taste was not what I expected in a good way, so that’s fifth Yes. There was no description other than the name Grimbergen Brown Ale, so I’m leaving that as a no, perhaps when I try it again from a bottle this will change. If I was in the mood for it and new that it was available slightly out of my way, I’d go for it so that’s the sixth and final Yes for this fine beverage.