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Lightside/Darkside – Chambly Beer Festival, part two

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

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It’s a brown ale, hints of a brown ale are there but it wasn’t great.  3/11

Nos. 288 and 330 – Brasseurs du Monde Porter Selection & Marshmallows

Nos. 288 & 330 – Brasseurs du Monde Porter Selection & Marshmallows

I bought myself a Brasseurs du Monde giftpack a month or so ago with two porters, an opener and a couple of small glasses.  I then for some reason added marshmallows to beer…

No. 288 – Robust Porter Vanilla

This is unsurprisingly a standard porter with a hint of sweetness.  The head was rusty brown and the aroma was everything that you would expect from a decent porter but with a little dab of vanilla.  To taste, the sweetness comes through and builds nicely leaving an unusual aftertaste, but other than that there just seems to be something missing.  It’s by no means a bad beer, but it’s not up there with many of the other porters I’ve enjoyed so far.  I gave this one a 6/11 for being good, ok for the price, accurate, for having something different, and for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability.

No. 288 with Marshmallows

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I’ve tried pairing certain beers with snacks throughout the year, this is the first time I decided to make some notes on it.  The idea originally came from the gorgeous coffee and chocolate stouts I tried earlier in the year.  Espresso biscuits and a Le Trefle Noir Stout are a great pairing for example.  Something told me that marshmallows would go well with a thicker, creamier stout or porter so I decided to try them with this porter as the vanilla may have also worked with the sweetness of the marshmallows.

It didn’t. 

I don’t recommend putting marshmallows into porter.  I shall however, continue to try different combinations and whenever I stumble upon something great I will write it up.

No. 330 – Robust Porter Chipotle

This is an odd beer indeed.

It looks and smells like a nice porter, more chocolate in the aroma in this one than anything else and it even tastes like a nice porter initially but then there is the chipotle.

A mild spiciness stays in the throat and builds with each gulp.  I don’t particularly like spicy things so choosing this beer was really an attempt to try something different.  Unfortunately, I just did not like this.  The curious thing is that I like scotch ales and imperial stouts and they usually leave a warmth in your throat and chest through sheer alcohol content.  The warmth from this was just unpleasant.  I’ve given it 3/11 for being accurate and different, and also as I would recommend it to anyone wanting a spicy beer.

Any suggestions for snacks that go with beer are welcome!

Montreal 375

No. 265 – Brasseurs du Monde’s Célébrante 375

I hear that the city of Montreal have spent, or will have spent about a billion dollars* on Montreal’s birthday celebrations by the end of the year.  I’ve spent $4.99. Of this, 25 cents will go to helping immigrants and refugees as Brasseurs du Monde are donating a little from each sale to PROMIS.  That’s a nice touch considering the history of immigrants in Montreal.

I should have maybe kept this beer for a while so that my 375th beer would have 375 in it’s name, fortunately there are other beers along the same theme so I’ll try to remember as the numbers tick by…

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Apparently this is a strong ale with champagne yeast, that may explain the way the head disappeared so quickly.  As promised by the description, there are light hints of citrus in the aroma and it gives a golden orange glow in the sun.

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For a beer at 7%, it tasted surprisingly light and didn’t last too long.  It tastes like a decent blond ale, with some hints of orange coming through nicely.  Not too heavy for those who likes light beers and not to light for those who prefer good beer!

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It’s getting a 6/11.  It is good, accurate, worth the price and I would recommend it, drink it again and possibly go out of my way to pick up a bottle.

*feel free to google this, I got the figure from CBC, or CTV

No. 214 – Brasseurs du Monde’s L’Écurieux

No. 214 – Brasseurs du Monde’s L’Écurieux

I see what they’ve done with this one – nuts and squirrels and there’s a nice play on words in French too.  I like things that make me feel smart…

The only nut brown ale that I had previously tried was Brutopia’s many years ago.  Indeed, it was one of those beers that got me away from lager, which in retrospect was a great thing.

This one may be better, though I still have to have Brutopia’s nut brown ale this year.  It’s a very deep brown colour as you would expect and the aroma is a little sweet and brings out roasted nuts, a hint of chocolate and some caramel.  It feels somewhat light, and seems to hit the back of the mouth more, with a nice bitter flavour coming through in the aftertaste.  The sweetness promised by the aroma is not as apparent but for a nut brown ale, I would want it to be.


It gets 7/11 for being good, for the price (2 for $7), for the description, for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability.  I would also go out of my way for this and maybe even out in a snowstorm or a heat wave, depending on the season.

No. 207 – Brasseurs du Monde Nectareüs

No. 207 – Brasseurs du Monde Nectareüs

As mentioned before, somewhere and possibly a few times, Brutopia’s Honey Brown was one of the first beers I tried that wasn’t lager, stout or red ale.  This being the case, I’m always on the lookout for others…

This may be my favourite honey brown type beer so far.  It looks good, quite dark, with a foamy head that doesn’t last too long.  Taste-wise, it’s well balanced, smooth and easy to drink.  It leaves a nice taste on the tongue, a little bitter and a little sweet.  There are hints of caramel too, which I always like.

Yes, this is good.  Yes, it’s worth the price ($4 at Métro on offer).  Yes, it’s accurate.  Yes, I’d drink it again and Yes, I’d recommend it.  Finally, I’d give it another Yes for going out of my way for it.  6/11 

I also like the background info on this…