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Catch up

 

Catch Up

If I keep trying new beers at the rate I have been for the last three months I will complete 365 beers in 266 days – my hunch that 365 beers would be too simple was correct.  The 500 beers will be complete hopefully mid-December so that I can relax and think of something for next year (suggestions welcome, clean suggestions).  I’ve put a nice sunset picture as the year is almost drawing to a close, like one long drunken hazy day.

I’ve only posted about slightly less than half of those beers so here are a few photos and thoughts on some of the average tinned beers I’ve tried at various places throughout the Summer.

Nos. 167 and 168 – Rickard’s White and Blonde

I had these at a barbecue in early June or late May – the white was ok but didn’t really feel too much like a white.  The blonde was fine and had a nice aftertaste, but was no better than any other blondes I’ve tasted.  The white gets a 4/11 and the blonde gets a 5/11.

Nos. 185 and 186 – St. Ambroise Pale Ale and Archibald Coquine

In early June I organised a drumming pic-nic at the Mont Royal park near the tamtams.  I would recommend it if you like hearing the same rhythm played over and over again for several hours.  Anyway, I tried a few beers there too.

The St. Ambroise Pale Ale was a decent pale ale but nothing special.  In fact, it was a little disappointing given the other St. Ambroise beers I had tried up to that point.  It gets 5/11.  Archibald’s Coquine, despite the nice picture also only gets a 5/11.  It was ok and for the right price I’d drink it again, but I’m not going to go out of my way for it.

Nos. 187 and 188 – St. Ambroise Double IPA and Session IPA

I tried these on the same day as the previous two.  Curiously enough they both get similar marks.  The Double IPA was ok but a little too hoppy, which was obviously not a surprise from the name and description – 4/11.  The Session IPA was better, but only a little – 5/11.

Nos. 221 and 233 – Archibald’s La Valkyrie and La Brise du Lac

I tried La Valkyrie at a house party and was a little disappointed.  Maybe it would be better on draft – but the beer I tried was a little weak on taste – 4/11.  I bought La Brise du Lac in Sherbrooke but brought it back to Montreal and had it at some point presumably when I had nothing better to drink.  It’s not bad for a pilsner, another 5/11 but I don’t know if I’ll ever drink it again.

No. 77 and No. 247 – Lowenbrau and Modelo

A little tour of the world here – Germany and Mexico.  I tried Lowenbrau at some point in May after my holiday back home I think and thanks to a decision to not include a few ciders I had previously been counting it ended up being No. 77 rather than one hundred and something.  It was ok for a barbecue but not great – 3/11.  Modelo was a surprise, it’s a very good lager with a lot of fizz and a more orangey colour than I would like, but it was refreshing and had a really good taste – an easy 6/11.

So that’s a few beers caught up on, the only one of note being Modelo, which is a beer I will drink again.  It’s particularly good for a warm day.  The others, meh…

No. 206 – Archibald Chipie

No. 206 Archibald Chipie

Another purchase based on the woman on the bottle or tin…

One more to notch off from my list of Archibald beers.  Apparently, translations for Chipie range from ‘little vixen’ to ‘bitch.’  Anyway, it’s a red pale ale, which looks better poured than the picture shows.  It had quite a strong aroma on pouring but the taste did not follow up.  At 5% it’s not too weak but it tasted quite weak.  Yes, it’s fine.  Yes, worth a couple of dollars.  Yes, it is accurate.  Yes, I’d try it again (if I could find it on draft) and Yes, I’d recommend it, particularly to people who would like to make a step up from lighter beers.  A decent 5/11.

Nos. 122 – 125 – Weekend in Sherbrooke

Nos. 122 – 125 – Weekend in Sherbrooke

It had been a long day.  Up at the crack of dawn to catch the bus to Sherbrooke.  Then two hours of walking around looking for things to photograph, followed by lunch with a friend and some more walking around.  My friend then suggested that we visit a shop she had stumbled across previously to find something to drink.  I didn’t expect much, but when we arrived I could see a ray of light shine down from the heavens and hear angels sing.

That shop is Au Vent du Nord, if you are in the area and searching for beer, I’d recommend it.

No. 122 – Archibald’s Ci-Boire
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Having visited the Archibald Microbrewery in Trois Rivieres the week before and being very impressed by their Veuve Noire and Tite Kriss I chose a couple of their other beers for the evening.  The first, Ci-Boire is a moderately strong IPA at 6% that is pretty good, hoppy with a little hint of orange and refreshing.  I liked it, it was worth the price and had an accurate description.  I would drink it again and recommend trying it.  5/11

No. 123 – Archibald’s Belle Mer
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I’m not sure why I picked this one after Ci-Boire – IPA overload.  It is a very hoppy beer and somewhat heavier than other IPAs I had had before.  I gave it a 4/11 for being accurate, reasonably priced and I’d recommend it to IPA lovers.  The other 1 point is made up of 0.5 for being good and 0.5 for probable drink-again-ability.

This one’s possibly going on my ‘retasting’ list.

No. 124 – Le Trefle Noir’s Chronique

More Le Trefle Noir, and one I had been looking forward to finding.  It’s a traditional red English ale, with a nice deep colour and a balanced taste, bittersweet with hints of caramel and a taste I can only describe as burnt – that’s what my notes say anyway.  It was a fine beer and the highlight of the night.  6/11 – for being good, cheap, accurate and for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability and for the fact that I would (and did) go out of my way to buy it.

No. 125 – Archibald’s Nuit Blanche

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I had this one in the evening after a few hours on the bus and it was nice.  It’s white IPA but made me think more of a lager while drinking it, though the colour and fruity taste all point at white beer.  It’s the best of the three Archibalds I tried this particular weekend and gets a 6/11 for being good, cheap, reasonably accurate and having a little something different about it – I would also drink it again and recommend it.

I also bought Dieu du Ciel’s Dernière Volontés this weekend but I’ve already written about it, check it out here.

I will definitely call by Sherbrooke again before the end of the year to find a few different beers.