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Two Brothers

Two Brothers

If anyone can knock beer into twelfth gear it’ll be these guys.  They’re just called Two Brothers.

No. 349 – Les 2 Frêres Charles Henri Ambrée

Or maybe not.  This is a nice looking amber ale with an appealing colour and a nice bubbly head.  There is a hint of toasty caramel in the aroma that comes through in the taste and it is quite malty.  This is all good but there is no kick.  A little bitterness comes through but it doesn’t hit the back of the throat and have a bitter aftertaste the way I like a red/amber ale to do and to have.  It gets 4.5/11.

No. 356 – Les 2 Frêres Charles Henri Blonde

This is curious.  It’s a nice looking blonde ale, which is quite similar to the amber ale.  It has a toasty hint to it and a little bite in the aftertaste.  It seems that this and the amber ale together may make a good beer together.  Having said that, this stands on it’s own pretty well and gets a 6/11 for being quite smooth – a contender for barbecue season.

No. 398 – Les 2 Frêres Hickson Imperial IPA

Easily the best of these three beers and another kind of mongrel beer – being a stronger more amber/red IPA.  It’s a nice deep amber, light brown colour with a foamier head than the previous two beers.  The aroma is a little floral and promises a bitter taste, but there is also a little toastiness too.

It’s refreshing to taste, and the bitterness hits the throat sublimely.  It has hoppy and floral tones but the most interesting thing for me is a kind of rye taste that comes through slowly as you continue drinking it, building a nice warmth in the throat and mouth.

This is a really good beer – I recommend it highly and am giving it a 7.5/11.

A mixed bag from Les 2 Frêres this time as I continue to play catch up with the write ups…

Nos. 139 – 142 – Le Cheval Blanc

Nos. 139 – 142 – Le Cheval Blanc

Two swift pints after eleven hours at work turned into four…

Le Cheval Blanc is a bar that I’d only been to on one occasion before, and I don’t remember much about that particular evening.  It’s in a pretty good location, seems to always be busy (from what I hear) and has cheap beers which are pretty good.  Also, I like the way the bar is set up, it reminds me of a bar back home, which is always a bonus…

No. 139 – Stout
2017-05-11 - 139 - Cheval Blanc Stout à l'azote _500beers

I started out with a stout as I have been drinking a lot of stouts and porters recently.  This is pretty much Guinness.  I don’t think that I could tell the two apart in a blind tasting.  This is not a bad thing however, as it costs about $3 less than a pint of Guinness.  Yes, it’s good.  Yes, the price is good.  Yes, it’s accurate (can’t really go too far wrong with the name Stout).  Yes, I would drink it again and based on the price, Yes, I would recommend it.  Yes, I’d go a few blocks out of my way for this, based on the price and the ambiance of the bar as well.  6/11

 


No. 140 – Cream Ale

2017-05-11 - 140 - Chevel Blanc Cream Ale à l'azote _500beers

This is a really nice beer and I wish that I had made a few notes at the time.  From memory, the aroma was somewhat fruity, promising a refreshing ale with plenty of flavour and it did not disappoint.  Yes, it is very good.  Yes, it is more than worth the price.  Yes, it matches it’s description.  Yes, it has something different and interesting about it.  Yes, I would drink it again and Yes I would recommend it.  Yes, I would go out of my way for this as well.  7/11

 

 

 

No. 141 – Ambrée and No. 142 – Blanche

I maybe should have gone home after the first two beers, that is unfortunately usually very difficult to do.  The Ambrée is fine, nothing special about it apart from the price being more than reasonable so it gets a decent 5/11 for being good, for the price, for accuracy of description, for drink-again and recommend-ability.  The blanche was also fine, but I’m only giving it the 4/11 for being fine, cheap, accurate and for the fact that I may drink it again.  There was nothing special to it, which was a little disappointing after the first two beers being pretty good.

I definitely recommend Le Cheval Blanc if you fancy a reasonably priced beer and a good atmosphere.  Start with the cream ale!