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Nos. 189 and 190 from Les Brasseurs RJ

Nos. 189 and 190 from Les Brasseurs RJ

I’ve previously tried six beers from Les Brasseurs RJ, with the highest rated so far being their Titanic at 8/11 and the lowest being their Cheval Blanc Double Blanc at 3/11 – they’ve an average score of 6/11 in any case which is pretty consistent…

No. 189 – Barbar

I got quite tipsy from this beer, which was nice.  It’s a strong honey beer, with a really nice rainbow like colour (in the sunlight at least).  It’s not too hoppy at all, has a little hint of fruit and is quite a full bodied beer.  You know you’re drinking a strong beer when you drink it.  There is a nicely balanced bitterness to it as well in the after taste that I really liked.  It get’s 6/11 for being good, worth the price, accurate, recommendable, drink-again-able, and I would go out of my way for it.

No. 190 – Robe Noire

Titanic from Les Brasseurs RJ was a very good stout so I had high expectations for this.  It does not disappoint.  The head is like a mousse, it fizzes away but retains a bubbly head long into the pint.  The aroma reminds me of shots of Bailey’s and chocolate liqueur that I’ve had in the past.  The emphasis on chocolate in the description is completely spot on – this is a chocolate stout par excellence.  The creamy chocolate taste stays in the mouth and builds with each gulp.  I really like this beer.  It’s getting a 9/11 – it has everything that the Barbar has, however it has that little je ne sais quoi and I would go out in a snowstorm or fight a bear for it.

So that’s another couple of good marks for Les Brasseurs RJ and another very good mark for a stout.  I’ve recently started to like more hoppy lighter beers more (probably due to the heat) but clearly at this point stout is king.

No. 184 – Le Bilboquet’s La Charleston

No. 184 – Le Bilboquet’s La Charleston

I’ve said it before, put women on a bottle and I’ll probably buy it. 

I was happy to find a load of new beers from breweries I haven’t heard of before at my local Métro today and this is the first I’ve tasted.

A light IPA seemed perfect for the annoyingly warm weather – I’m finally coming round to liking IPAs at this point apparently.

This was a refreshing drink indeed.  That little hint of fruit that is common in a lot of similar IPAs or white beers balanced nicely with a little hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.  Very nice indeed and not overly hoppy to boot.

It is good, worth the price, matches the description, I’d drink it again and recommend it and I would go a block or two out of my way to purchase a bottle.  It’s a limited quantity beer (whatever that means) so I may get one or two to keep.


No. 183 – Sapporo Premium Beer

No. 183 – Sapporo Premium Beer

The disappointment of finding a beer you haven’t tasted in one of your favourite bars and then finding out that they no longer do it and just haven’t updated their menus…

Fortunately, I found a few tins of it in a dépanneur not to far from my place.

I tasted this beer many years ago and thought that it was ok, but nothing special.  This time however it was actually quite nice, for a lager.  It’s a nice colour with an aroma that’s a little hoppy as one would expect.  Taste-wise it is a smooth lager, which I think I prefer to other lagers I’ve drank regularly in the past such as Harp and Carlsberg – a long time in the past, before I discovered red ales and stouts.

It’s good, it’s worth the price, it is exactly what it says on the tin, I’d drink it again and I’d recommend it.  I’m going to be generous and give it an extra Yes as I can say all these things about many lagers, but I like this one a little more.


So far, so far behind…

So far, so far behind

Jusqu’ici, tout va bien ou peut-être pas.

2017-05-28 - Alcohol _500beers
When I decided at some point in January or February to do 500 different beers rather than the standard 365 I planned it out methodically.  What I didn’t think about is the amount of time and effort writing about them would require.

I have tried 175 different beers, three of which were ciders and I have since decided to not count ciders, which means I’m on 172.  So as to not screw up my numbering system the next two beers will be counted as numbers 48, 60 and 77.  This means that…

To keep to my quarterly target I need to drink 78 different types of beer by the end of June.

To get my writing up to date I need to write about 120 beers.

To complete those posts I need to tidy up and sort about 400 pictures of beer and beer memorabilia.

Je veux bien aussi traduire le tout en français – juste pour l’fun.

June is going to be a big month – but first time for a beer.  Cheers!

No. 113 – Mill St. Brewery’s Cobblestone Stout


No. 113 – Cobblestone Stout

So far I haven’t had a bad stout, with the average mark being six out of eleven.  This means one of two things – either stout is easy to make, or I’ve being drinking the wrong beers for the last sixteen plus years.  And so, we move onto Mill St. Brewery’s Cobblestone Stout.  I bought a tin of this at my dépanneur for £4.00 at the weekend and have been looking forward to tasting it ever since. 

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Oddly, this was a pleasure to pour and watching it settle was somewhat mesmerising.  It looks really good and it tastes pretty good too.  It’s very similar to a good pint of Guinness but cheaper.  Looking at the description, which is below, I would agree that this is a stout lover’s stout.  The taste in itself is nothing uniquely different, it’s just smooth.  I’d like to and may do a stout evening in the near future to see if I can tell these stouts apart in a blind tasting.  A Stout-Off, if you will.

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So, to the scoring…
Yes, it’s good.  Yes, for the price it’s a steal, though I’ll maybe also do a price comparison post at some point.  Yes, I’d drink it again and Yes, I’d recommend it.  It gets another Yes for having an accurate description and a final Yes for going out of my way to buy it – fortunately it’s actually on my way.  So a pretty good 6/11 and a few questions raised about re-tasting and comparing the various stouts I’ve tried so far.

Next up is Beau’s tour of the age of the Dinosaurs!



Sleeman’s Selection, Nos. 104-107 and 109-110

Sleeman’s Selection

Trying saying Sleeman’s Selection quickly ten times in a row.  Anyway…

I picked up this selection pack from my nearest dépanneur because it was only about ten dollars.  Each of these beers therefore gets a yes for the price.

No. 104 – Sleeman’s Cream Ale

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This is a decent beer, not the best cream ale I’ve had so far but by no means a bad beer.  This will be a theme for this selection.

It gets a Yes for being good, well it’s not bad so that’s a given.  It’s got a Yes for the price and for another Yes for the description.  I’d drink it again so that’s a fourth Yes, and at the price Yes I’d recommend it to.  So that’s five Yeses – which by now means, it’s ok, but nothing special.    5/11

No. 105 – Sleeman’s Silver Creek Lager

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Again, this is a decent lager, without having anything special about it.  Like the Cream Ale, it’s going to get five out of eleven for being good, cheap, accurate, recommendable at this price and something that I would drink again.   5/11



No. 106 – Sleeman’s Fine Porter

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This is indeed a fine porter.

Of the six beers in the selection pack this was the one that stood out as the best.  It was a smooth well balanced stout, that was very easy to drink and that quenched my thirst perfectly.  Score-wise it gets the same five yeses as the previous two beers, but I would consider going out of my way for it if I was in the mood.  So I’m giving it six.    6/11


No. 107 – Sleeman’s Railside Session Ale

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Not really a lot to say on this one.  It was a little bland compared to the others in the selection and to the majority of other beers I’ve tried so far.  But having said that, it is ok so it notches up four Yeses, for being good (ok at least), cheap and accurate and I’d probably try it again.   4/11




No. 109 – Sleeman’s Spiced Ale

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Very similar to the Railside Session Ale, but with a little more flavour.  I can’t honestly remember anything more about this one, which tells me that it was ok but again nothing special.  I’ve given it five Yeses for being good, cheap, accurate (there is a hint of something different in the flavour, but I can’t remember what and it wasn’t enough to gain an extra yes for being interesting or different) and recommendable (at a cheap price).  I would also give it another go.    5/11

No. 110 – Sleeman’s India Pale Ale

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I don’t like IPAs, so I left this one for last.  It was actually pretty good, but did not taste like most IPAs I’ve had so far.  This somewhat confuses the accuracy/being different questions in my marking scheme.

In all honesty, I would find it difficult to tell at least four of these beers apart.  This one gets four Yeses for being good, cheap, recommendable and I would try it again. 4/11

This for ten dollars is a pretty consistent selection of beers.  If I were to try any of them again, I would definitely go for the Porter first.  It’s becoming clear just over a fifth of the way through the challenge that I like stout. 

No. 100 – Trefle Noir Stout

No. 100 – Trefle Noir Stout

Beer number one hundred in my quest to taste 500 different beers in a single year.  I chose this one from my local Métro because I liked the picture and felt like a stout for some reason.  Stout may have been the first beer I ever tasted – I’ve a vague recollection of my dad letting me taste Guinness many years before I should have. 

This one comes from Trefle Noir, as the name suggests…

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Like most of the ‘artisanal’ stouts I have seen so far the description (below) references coffee and chocolate.  I like chocolate.  I also like coffee from time to time.  I particularly like beers which have that little something different about them as well so a mixture of these three things makes for a pretty good beer.

This was like a good cappuccino.

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The foamy head made me want to grab a spoon and eat it rather than drink it.  I wonder what it would be like with cinnamon or chocolate sprinkled on – something to try in the future perhaps.  But anyway, this is definitely a positive point and the best contrast between the head and the pint I’ve seen so far.

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Yes!  This was good, very good indeed.  The taste of coffee was very strong.  But I liked this a lot.  It is therefore a Yes for the taste matching the description.  This means a definite Yes for the taste being interesting or different as well, a Yes for drinking it again and a Yes for the fact that I would strongly recommend it to others.  It was $5.49 or so from Métro, which is a bargain as I have many a time paid $8 in bars for stouts that have had nothing special about them so for the price, it’s a Yes.  I’d definitely drink this in a bar if I found it on draft and I’d go out of my way to pick up a bottle if the mood took me.  So that’s another Yes.  I’m going to give it a final Yes for ‘would I go out in a snowstorm for it?’  8/11

This was a good choice for the hundredth beer.  I was surprised at the score but when I think about it again it gets a resounding Yes for each question.  I can’t wait to try out their other beers.