Lightside/Darkside – Chambly Beer Festival, part one
It seems like a couple of months since I was strolling around Chambly tasting beers in the sun and indeed it was. It has taken me almost two months to get around to writing up a few notes on the eleven beers I tried that day at the beer festival with memory fading, however a few of the beers really stood out…
No. 315 – Les 2 Frères Charles Henri Blanche
It started with a blanche. After having walked from a car park quite far from the site of the festival I was rather parched and so a light refreshing beer was in order. This is a very bubbly white beer, with a strong fruity aroma and was the perfect starter. It is not as heavy as some white beers tend to be, as you can see in the picture it is a lighter more transparent colour. It is very refreshing and hints of citrus come through subtly in the flavour. Well worth a try – 7/11.
Nos. 316 and 319 – Le Trefle Noir El Sicimo and Z’Aleda (A link to the cask)
I chose Le Trefle Noir’s El Sicimo after the Charles Henri Blanche to take a step up in bitterness. It was however a little disappointing. It looks decent, and has a strong aroma – I got pineapple from it. Taste-wise though it was a little overwhelmingly bitter and a little heavy in the throat afterwards. It’s getting 3.5, which is difficult as the only other Trefle Noir beer to get such a low mark was their Gosebuster – which is a style of beer that I just don’t like that much.
While waiting for El Sicimo I noticed that Z’Aleda would be available at 3pm. Being somewhat of a geek about A Link to the Past, I had to try this. I regret that now. It was actually a joint venture with Lagabière and Le Memphré if my notes do not deceive me. The aroma is good, with a nice hint of pineapple. The taste was unfortunately quite bland, a little hoppy but the promise of the aroma was sadly lacking. 2/11.
No. 320. Brasseurs Illimités Simple Malt Thorador
Not too many notes on this one! What I did write on the day…
‘Nice beer, it’s malty at first then the hops come through with a deep bitterness. It’s somewhat layered – probably worth trying by the bottle.’ I gave it 5/11, I may revisit it in January when I do the beer-off.
Nos. 322 and 323 – Dieu du Ciel’s Immoralité and Genèse
I was looking forward to Dieu du Ciel as I was looking to pick up a glass but they didn’t have any for sale!
In any case, both these beers got a decent 5/11.
Immoralité was a nice imperial IPA with a fruity aroma and decent flavour, I didn’t think it was anything special though. This is possibly another beer to revisit as I’ve taken to Imperial IPAs over the last two or so weeks.
Genèse is an apricot tripel. It’s definitely tripel and it definitely has some apricot in the aroma but it didn’t come through to strongly in the taste. Decent but I’m not sure I would bother to retry it. My favourite apricot beer is the St. Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale.
So that’s the lightside of Chambly sorted, a really good white beer found and a couple of other decent 5/11s. Unsurprisingly, if you’ve read anything I’ve written so far, the darkside gets better marks. Next time, some porter, some black IPA, some dopplebock and a brown ale.