Lightside/Darkside – Chambly Beer Festival, part two
When is a beer not a beer? When it’s a wine, or a spirit of some sort.
I have had a discussion with a few people about at what point a beer becomes too alcoholic to be considered a beer and the general consensus is about 12% (no professional opinions or science checked here – just drunken reasoning). I’ve had a few scotch ales with high percentages and the results have been mixed – some are good whilst others are simply overwhelming. I have also tried a low alcohol beer in this challenge so that I can compare the taste, so it makes sense to at least try something really strong at some point. Enter Brasseurs du Monde’s Titanium…
No. 324 – Brasseurs du Monde Titanium
At 11.9%, this is the strongest beer that I have tried this year, though I was surprised when I looked back to see an 11.75% beer that had a more than decent mark. This stood out as it was strong but seemed have retained the characteristics of a normal porter or stout. There was a very strong coffee and milk chocolate aroma, and the froth was gorgeous. To taste it was delightful too – frothyness turned to a great coffee chocolate creaminess. It’s a shame I haven’t seen it anywhere since. I’d fight a bear for this, maybe even two bears. 9/11.
No. 317 – Le Naufrageur Raccoon
Moving down 1.9% to a decent black IPA – a sort of beer that I was unaware of when I started this challenge but have started to seek out more and more. This was smells hoppy as you would expect and has a hint of chocolate in it. To taste, it is a well balanced porter with an extra bitter hoppy finish. It’s good, and I would drink it again so it’s getting a 7/11.
No. 321 – Les 3 Mousquetaires Dopplebock
Moving down another 1.4% to a fine Dopplebock style beer. No real notes on this one unfortunately except that the molasses in the description definitely comes through. It was creamy and felt great to drink. Another 7/11, and another style of beer I’ve started to hunt down more and more.
No. 325 – Brasseurs du Monde Clara
This is the smallest sample of beer that I have had this year, I think, however I tried it at the Laval Beer Festival in 2016, so it counts. It seemed somewhat muddy in appearance, let’s say cloudy perhaps and the flavour was difficult to pin down, somewhat fruity is the best I can do. Auto-correct and interference from others when typing notes on my phone have really left me with no other notes. The mark stands however – 6/11.
And so, that was Chambly, my third beer festival of the year but favourite. I can’t wait until next year, when I can go there and not have to take photos and notes!
Edit – I forgot all about this one.
No. 318 – Benelux’s Armada
It’s a brown ale, hints of a brown ale are there but it wasn’t great. 3/11