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Dieu du Ciel! All the rest…

Dieu du Ciel!  All the rest…

I tried an even 30 beers from Dieu du Ciel! last year, the vast majority of which were very good.  Unfortunately, I only found time to write about a few of them.  This is catch-up.

No. 117 – Disco Soleil

I tried a couple of bottles of this one day last April after a short hike somewhere north of Montreal – I didn’t write any notes.  I do recall, however that it was a refreshing and fruity beer with a taste that I didn’t quite recognise.  That would be the kumquat apparently.  I recommend this on a very warm day.  6/11

Nos. 173 & 174 – Blanche Van Plateau & Gospel Stout à l’Avoine

I tried these two last May the day after I got back from a week back home, at the end of a long day of drinking in a park.  It was a good day.  The Blanche van Plateau was a fine white but nothing special, a little like a blonde in fact and gets a 4/11.  The stout was better.  A very creamy head and strong hints of coffee – unsurprisingly.  Gospel was a fine stout but not outstanding unlike a few of their other stouts.  6/11

No. 298 – Corne du Diable

My notes are a little odd on this one, but if they’re correct then it is an interesting IPA.  It had a hoppy citrus aroma at first, which was followed up by a light hint of caramel, which would explain the darker colour.  The taste was equally interesting, quite malty with the bitterness only coming through in the aftertaste.  I will be trying this one again as I think it may be worth more than the mark I gave it.  6/5/11

No. 345 – Péché Termopilas

Oddly detailed notes for this one – so it must have been good and it was in a Dieu du Ciel! glass!  I happened upon this at Bar le Vestiaire at some point last summer.  The head was bubbly and remained until I had finished the beer.  There was a light hint of coffee in the aroma, which came through much more strongly in the taste.  There was an immediate bitter hit to this one at the front of the mouth and a warmth in the throat that made it feel a little like a scotch ale rather than a stout.  A solid and interesting beer.  I’d recommend trying it if you see it around!  8/11

No. 368 – Voyageur des Brumes

This is a nicely balanced red ale.  My notes are signed off with ‘could drink it all day.’  It’s a gorgeous deep toffee brown colour with a generously frothy head and an aroma to match.  The taste is a little light, but it has all that you would expect of a decent red ale.  If I reviewed it based on look and feel it would be an easy 8 but on taste, it’s 6/11.

No. 369 – Hérétique

This is a pretty cool beer.  Like the Dernière Volonté it has a hint of leather coming from the brettanomyces, which provide the funk.  It’s lively, very fizzy with a strong hint of mango and tropical fruits and fizzles nicely on the tongue.  It’s very refreshing and like a few of the other Dieu du Ciel! beers made me think of wine – thought this time it was more a feeling of a fizzed up sauvignon blanc.  This beer is well worth trying.  7/11

No. 382 – Petit Détour

I just have this one down as a good IPA with a cloudy appearance and a fizzy head that dissipates quickly.  The fact that I gave it a 7/11 seems to show how I’ve developed a taste for IPAs throughout the year.

No. 383 – Tamarindo

Apparently this is a gose beer, but it doesn’t completely feel like it.  So much so in fact, that I gave it a good mark.  The aroma just smells acidic and citrus to me but the taste is quite a surprise.  It’s a very light and drinkable beer with a malty creamy texture to it that made me think of a red wine.  Something about feeling tannins in a beer just makes me feel more sophisticated!  It does have quite an acidic feel on the tongue but it’s not too much.  An interesting and quite refreshing beer which is worth trying.  6.5/11

No. 389 – Route des Épices

I tried this at a party at my place at some point last Autumn.  I think that by this stage I had had a few other beers but this one still stood out.  This is a pretty standard dark beer with a peppery edge that creates and nice little warmth in the mouth which builds without ever becoming too much.  A nicely balanced effort.  5.5/11

No. 391 – Solstice d’Été

I gave this one a 5/11, but that was after trying several other beers at the aforementioned party at my place.  I can’t remember too much about this but according to my notes it was quite a good sour beer.  Not to sour a sour beer that is.  A lot of fizz with the bitterness of raspberries coming through a little in the flavour.  5/11

No. 399 – Rigor Mortis

A strong brown ale at 10.5% which does not overwhelm makes a pretty good beer.  This one looks good with a bubbly head and deep muddy brown colour.  Little hints of burnt toastyness and deep caramel in the aroma followed by a beautifully malty creamy texture.  It has a nice balance of malt and hops.  7/11

So that’s me finished with Dieu du Ciel! in 2017.  So far this year I’ve tried their Chemin de Croix – a review will follow once I’ve finished all of the other beers for 2017.  But in the meantime – go and try some Dieu du Ciel! beers!

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Le Trefle Noir – Joannès and Ale-ô-Ween

Le Trefle Noir – Joannès and Ale-ô-Ween

Discovering this microbrewery was one of the highlights of last year’s challenge.  There darker beers were all good and they even had a verrry nice IPA.  These are the last two of their beers that I tried last year…

No. 306 – Joannès

I’m not, or at least I was not a fan of berliner weisse style beers.  The problem being that the majority of them that I had tried made me think of something that you could clean a bathroom with.  So, what happens when you get your least favourite style of beer from one of your favourite microbreweries?

The aroma at first was of blackcurrant and raspberry, profoundly blackcurrant – if that makes sense.  It was bittersweet and the colour was a vivid deep pink with a very bubbly head.  It looked great.  The beer rolls through the mouth like a refreshing wave, crashing into the throat with a sour bitter taste.  There are hints of berries in the taste and it has a nice amount of fizz.  It is not too sour but still would satisfy berliner weisse fans.  I really liked this one and would recommend trying it.  7/11

No. 418 – Ale-ô-Ween

I had been looking forward to pumpkin ale season ever since I tried Mill St. Brewery’s Autumn Selection way back in the Spring.  In the end I think I only tried about 3 pumpkin ales in pumpkin season.

This one is ok.  The aroma is a little pumpkiny and there is a little spice and cinnamon there too.  The head dissipated quickly but the beer looked pretty good all the same.  The taste is a little disappointing, the pumpkin is there but it is mild.  The spice comes through nicely in the aftertaste, which is a little peppery and has a nice warmth to it without being overwhelming.  All in all, this is a decent beer but no more than a 6/11 – worth trying but there are better pumpkin ales.

And so that is Le Trefle Noir for 2017.  I will be posting about the Beer Off soon, where I retried two of their beers along with a few others to see which was the best that I tasted last year.

 

A great beer for brunch

A great beer for brunch

As of this moment I have tried 498 different beers this year. 

Actually, that’s a lie.  I’ve tried more than 500 but I just can’t remember some of them. 

I will try one new beer tomorrow at Isle de Garde Brasserie and then on Wednesday I will be trying my 500th official different beer for this year.  It’s going to be a unique beer made at Les Trois Brasseurs and available for one night only.  After that, I can stop drinking beer and get healthy again.

In the meantime, the beer advent calendar I bought from Veux-tu une bière? has turned out to be quite a surprise with some very good and very different beers that I probably would not have tried otherwise.  One of those is this fruity little number…

No. 491 – Vox Populi’s Kettle Sour (Berliner Weisse)

It’s says brunch on it and has oranges – it’s a good light beer for brunch time.

It’s a thick beer as you can see in the picture (the glass wasn’t perfectly clean but the cloudy texture comes through ok).  It took a little time to pour as it was quite thick but it looked like fizzy orange juice, with a fizzy head that dissipated quickly.

The aroma is mildly bitter, or sour if you will.  There are strong hints of orange and milder hints of other citrus fruits.  This made me think that the emphasis would be on the sourness, fortunately I was wrong.

It’s got a thick texture like pure orange and there is a little fizz to it.  The main flavour that comes through is also unsurprisingly orange.  This to me feels like a lightly alcoholic orangeade.  I’m not going to say that this is a bad thing as it does not pretend to be anything else.  I would happily drink this again early or mid morning with a breakfast and an early morning football match (European style football, of course).

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It’s good, accurate, worth the price, a little different and I would drink it again and recommend it.  I don’t think that I would go out of my way to try it but it is good.

6/11

So, the next time that I write, I will have tried 500 beers, not just in one year but in 353 days.  It seems that I was correct in thinking that 365 beers is too easy.  I will be taking all of January off beer until my birthday where the Beer-Off will occur, and I will compare the best beers and find out which is the best beer.

It’s a nice feeling to have started this kind of challenge and actually done it.

 

 

Nos. 176 – 181 – Vices & Versa

Nos. 176 – 181 – Vices & Versa

After having written about Birra, it makes sense to look at a few beers I tried in another bar in little Italy with a great selection of beers.  I tried these in early June, therefore I don’t have too much to write (a good thing from time to time), but I recall a couple of them being somewhat special…

No. 176 – Dieu du Ciel Gaélique

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It has become something of a ritual to start with a cream ale or a stout over the last few months.  This one in particular was a very good choice.  It is a finely balanced sweet fruity cream ale with an aftertaste that brought memories of drinking dandelion and burdock lemonade many, many years ago.  This therefore is not only a good beer but one that also evokes memories for me – indeed I recall at the time having to text my mum to ask what the drink my dad used to buy was as I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  It gets an 8/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, having something special, for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability and I would go out of my way for it, and go out in a snowstorm or a heat-wave.

No. 177 – Brasserie Dunham Berliner Mango Weisse

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So that was a really good start, what could possibly go wrong?

I’m not generally a fan of sour beers in this style but over the course of the summer I’ve had one or two which have been good.  This one was not.  Maybe it was a bad pint – but it was overwhelmingly sour and finishing it was a chore.  I’m generously giving it 2.5/11 for accuracy, being different and for the fact that I would recommend it, to someone I don’t like.

No. 178 – Le Trou du Diable Maiden Shawi

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And back to good beers again…

This is a pretty good brown ale of a standard I’ve come to expect from Le Trou du Diable recently, having tried several more of their beers at home.  It has a toasty aroma with caramel coming through strongly and this is reflected nicely in the flavour.  The picture doesn’t do it justice as it looks gorgeous too.  An easy 6/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, I’d drink it again, recommend it and I’d go out of my way for it.

No. 179 – Les 3 Mousquetaires Blonde Helles

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My notes for this and the next one total four words.  This one is a ‘fine blonde,’ and I’m going to leave it at that – 4/11.

No. 180 – Microbrasserie Charlevoix Kläss Lager

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And this one is a ‘great lager.’

Lager seems to be difficult for north Americans to get right – either that or my European sensibilities were already warped before I got here.  In any case, I drank lager almost exclusively for seven or eight years and am still searching for a really good one that is worthy of being in my top twenty beers at the end of this year.  This one is so far one of the best.  I’m giving it 6.5/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, for drink-again-ability, for recommend-ability, I’d go out of my way for a pint or five and I’m giving it 0.5 for luck.

No. 181 – Pit Caribou La Gaspésienne Porter

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I asked the server to surprise me with this one so it took me a while to figure out exactly what beer it was and from which microbrewery.  I’m pretty confident that this is the correct information, though the beer seems a little too stouty to be a porter.  It’s a very creamy, almost milky porter with a nice aftertaste.  From memory, it felt like a porter except for the head.  Maybe it’s one of those really good hybrids, the best of both worlds.  It gets a 7/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability, I’d go out of my way for it and I’d go out in a snowstorm for it.

So four really good beers out of six, a pretty good return for an evening out.  I’d recommend Vices & Versa, you could almost do a mini pub crawl on St. Laurent with it and Birra!