Comme Si, comme ça
I’ve been to Sherbrooke several times over the last year and always had the intention of visiting Si-Boire at the bus station for a few beers. Fortunately, there’s a Si-Boire in the plateau, not too far from the orange line. I was there last night for two beers to bring my total up to 450, I ended up having five…
No. 449 – Quaker Stout
This stout was described as an oatmeal stout, but felt much more like a milk stout, which was a little disappointing as I haven’t had an oatmeal stout for a while. It had a lightly creamy head with mild hints of coffee coming through. To be honest it tasted like a decent Guinness, not a great one but it wasn’t bad either. It’s an odd one to mark, because it’s good, it’s not entirely accurate but it is worth the price and I would drink it again. It’s a little comme si comme ça! I’m can’t give it more than 5/11.
No. 450 – Mcamen
The big 450 was always going to be a scotch ale. This one was somewhat weaker than the scotch ales I’ve tasted at home at only 7% but was still fine. It felt a little more like a fortified red ale. There were hints of caramel or toffee and a little sweetness in the aroma and the taste. It did not have the warmth that I like in a scotch ale unfortunately but it did have the advantage of being a scotch ale that is accessible to those who don’t like their beers too strong. I’m giving it a 6/11.
No. 451 – Ingénieuse
Where do you go after a stout and a scotch ale? Red ale of course. This is an Irish style red ale, which in all honesty was not too dissimilar from the scotch ale. A decent red with hints of caramel and a nice balance between the sweet and the bitter. Fine but not great again – it is the theme after all. 5/11.
No. 452 – Hops ‘n’ Cream
I decided to try this one as it was another hybrid that I haven’t seen or tasted before – an IPA/cream ale mix. A little hoppy floral scent comes through the very thick creamy head which was a first for a cream ale for me. To taste, it has a really nice thick creamy texture and tastes initially like a decent cream ale – but then there’s that lightly bitter floral hoppy aftertaste that comes through. This was a little bit different from the other cream ales I’ve had so I was impressed with it – I’m giving it 7/11 as it is a decent beer with a little something different about it. I would recommend it.
No. 453 – InsPirAtion
Well, this is a first, I got drunk and forgot to take a picture of a beer. The proof is my receipt! InsPirAtion is a decent fruity IPA. That’s all I have to say about it as my notes are quite frankly unreadable. I do however remember that it wasn’t bad, and wasn’t great. 5/11.
And so that is Si-Boire, a bar with decent beers that I would recommend trying out.
47 to go.