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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…

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Free Beer!

Free Beer!

To date, I’ve had three gluten free beers and one alcohol free beer that have counted towards this challenge.  I’m still waiting for my free gluten and free alcohol…

No. 53 – Bières Nouvelle France’s La Messagère au Millet

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I personally have no problem with gluten and am one of those people who doesn’t understand why anybody would avoid it if they didn’t have to.  Having a friend who can’t really take gluten gave me an urge to try a few gluten free beers throughout the year to see how they compare.  The first was way back in February.  I had bought a six pack of this for my gluten free friend and she only took a couple of them, so it was up to me to finish them off.  To be honest, I’ve no notes on this but from memory it was a good blonde ale with a little sweetness to it.  Very fizzy, as you can see by the picture and worth a go.  I gave it 6/11 at the time, which I would like to revise but I’m not going to because at this late stage in the year I just won’t have time.

No. 335 – Krombacher Alcohol Free Pilsner

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After much debate, it was decided that an alcohol free beer would still count.  The reasons being that it is made by the same process (this was decided without any checking, but seems possible) and because it is just low alcohol beer, not truly alcohol free.  Besides, I’d tried everything else Brutopia had to offer that day.

This is my favourite alcohol free beer – it is smoother than others I’ve tried and a little like a beer and lemonade shandy.  It’s better than quite a few proper beers I’ve tried this year.  It gets a 4/11 for being drinkable, ok for the price, a little different and I would recommend it for non-drinkers or drivers.  I doubt that I’ll drink it again though.

No. 343 – Glutenburg Blonde

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Back to gluten free.  Another one I tried because I had been through all of Brutopia’s other beers at that point.  It’s definitely a blonde ale, but it has a little sweetness to it, like the Messagère Blonde above.  Maybe that’s a feature of gluten free beers.  I gave this one 4/11 for being fine, for tasting like a blonde, being worth the price and one for recommend-ability.  I won’t be drinking this again.  I’d drink the Messagère ahead of this I think.

No. 426 – Glutenburg Rousse

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This was cheap, so I bought it.  It smells quite nice, like a sweeter red ale – very promising indeed.  To taste though, it’s fine – like a red ale without that little hoppy fizz that you get sometimes.  There’s no aftertaste, no little bitter hit to it.  On the plus side it was somewhat refreshing.  I give this one 4/11 as well.  It’s not something that I would drink again but it’s not bad either, just a little bland.

So that’s a few brief notes on gluten free and alcohol free beers.  I don’t think I’ll try any more this year but they had interesting tastes.

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…

3 From Les Trois Brasseurs

3 From Les Trois Brasseurs

A quick mention for Les Trois Brasseurs, or the Three Brewers if you’re in Ottawa.

I visited their St. Catherine/Crescent location on Saturday after a day at the Chambly Beer Festival (write up to follow).  It’s s place I’ve been to on a few occasions in the past and always liked somewhat.  This year so far, I had only visited the St. Denis location and tried their brown ale, so an opportunity to try others was hard to resist…

Nos. 326 – 328 – Les Trois Brasseurs Stout, Amber and Blonde

None of these live up to the Brown Ale that I tried earlier in the year at the St. Denis location, but having said that, they’re not bad.

The stout has a creamy thick head and is in effect very much a Guinness style beer.  It’s pretty good if that’s what you’re after and I’m giving it a 6/11.  If I really fancied this type of beer (a standard stout without those extra coffee flavours), I would probably just go and grab a good Guinness somewhere.

The Amber and the Blonde ale were both a little disappointing.  Appearance wise they are not that different, which tells you more about the potential flavour of the amber ale than the blonde.  It was a little weak, fine for drinking with a meal in that the flavours will not overwhelm anything, but only enough to get a 4/11.  The blonde was a decent blonde ale, but lacked anything special that would give it a higher than average mark.  Again, it’s probably fine for accompanying a meal, it’s not going to be overwhelming but if you’re just out to enjoy good beer, it won’t sate your thirst.  Also a 4/11.

That’s four from Les Trois Brasseurs to date.  It’s a fine place, but not special for tasting beers, which is disappointing on consideration of the Brown Ale.  If I find myself there again this year trying a new beer it will be opportunism rather than choice.