Le Réservoir 2, Nos. 267 – 272
“I swear, I’m only going to have four beers max.”
Here are the six beers I tried…
No. 267 – Le Réservoir Cream Ale
I like a good cream ale after work on a warm day – it’s a nice half way point between a white and a stout. I was initially disappointed with this one, but on further reflection, it’s a perfectly fine cream ale. The problem was that I’ve tried a few really good ones, that others don’t measure up to. Judging the beer on it’s own merit however is my goal so this gets a 5/11. It’s a refreshing creamy ale with a hint of sweetness, but that’s about it. It does what it needs to. It’s fine, worth the price, accurate and I would maybe drink it again and recommend it.
No. 268 – Le Réservoir Saison Gingembre
Ginger makes me think of ordering vietnamese food. I ordered this for that reason alone. Fortunately, it was a good beer. The aroma is spicy, but is by no means overwhelming as is the taste. My initial note just says that this was like drinking vietnamese food but it was better than that. I’d like to try it with mildly spicy food to see how it matches up. It gets a 6/11, the same as the cream ale except that it gets an extra yes for having that little something different about it.
No. 269 – Le Réservoir Cérise
This was a surprise. On first taste it was a little sour but something strange came through in the aftertaste that was nice. It was almost chocolatey. I’m not sure where that came from but it was definitely there for the first few gulps. There are hints of cherry of course but the taste was a little different than I would have expected. It’s a strange one this – I don’t know if I’d drink it again but I’d suggest trying it. It’s also fine, accurate, worth the price and has something different. So 5/11.
No. 270 – Le Réservoir Vermont 2xIPA
The best drink of the night, with the oddest description. I thought this was going to be a double hopped IPA but it turned out to be a hoppy cream ale style beer. It was creamy like a good cream ale but the hops came through strongly in the aroma and taste. The ale itself was fruity – citrus that you would expect from a hoppier beer. This was a great mixture of styles and quite a surprise. 7/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, different, for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability and for the fact that I would go out of my way for a pint of this.
No. 271 – Le Réservoir Tripel
I didn’t really write too many notes at this point, unfortunately. However, this tripel was surprisingly fruity for a stronger ale. I quite liked it for this. And that’s that. 6/11 for everything the Vermont has bar being different.
No. 272 – Le Réservoir Pilsner Américain
My favourite picture of the night and a decent beer too. It has a nice burnt malty aroma and this comes through in the flavour strongly. I like maltyness so that’s a good thing. I think from memory that it’s a little better than the average pilsner. 5/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price and for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability.
So that’s my second trip to Le Réservoir (first one here) and another mixture of mostly good beers. I foresee one further trip before the end of the year to explore their IPAs.