Tag Archives: La Succarsale

How to and how not to hand model + 2 from La Succarsale

How to and how not to hand model
+ 2 from La Succarsale

There are times when it is just not possible to easily take a picture of a beer.  Times when it is necessary to request aid from a friend who will help you document your year of alcoholism.  This post is a thank you to everyone who has held a beer while I try to take a decent picture (see the list of names below – thank you all*).  It is also a friendly middle finger to those who try to hinder me at every opportunity (you know who you are).

How to and how not to hand model

Good hand modelling is not difficult.  The important thing is to hold the beer so that you can see any logos and so that your hand does not cover too much of the beer.  Examples…

It is also possible to get some interesting pictures and effects with effective hand modelling.  Examples…

However, people are also tempted to hand model or interfere in other less useful ways.  Examples…

2 from La Succarsale

What good fortune that a friend who has just moved back to Montreal has moved less than thirty seconds from a micro-brewery!

No. 416 – La Succarsale 1814 Porter
2017-10-28 - 416 - La Succarsale 1814 Porter _500beers

A fine porter with a warm milk chocolate aroma.  It does not quite follow up on this promise, but it is a decent porter that I would recommend.  Oddly refreshing after a twenty minute walk at full speed.  6/11

No. 417 – La Succarsale Vienna Lager
2017-10-28 - 417 - La Succarsale Vienna Lager _500beers

Somewhat dark looking for a lager, it felt more like a standard blond ale.  I should have started with this rather than the porter as it was a good beer that I found refreshing.  It won’t be high up in the reckoning of the best beer at the end of the year, but I would definitely recommend giving it a go if you are in the area and fancy something refreshing.  5/11

I have had one other beer at La Succarsale and will probably try one or two more before the end of the year – it’s a promising place, no bad beers yet.

*In alphabetical order for convenience, it’s no comment on your skills as a model…
Alice, Charlotte, David, Declan, Elspeth, Éric, Jess, Jordan, Moussa, Rachid, Sophie


Birra, part 2

Birra, part 2

One beer last night turned into five.  Fortunately, there were a few good discoveries…

No. 308 – Dieu du Ciel Déesse Nocturne

2017-08-30 - 308 - Dieu du Ciel Déesse Nocturne _500beers

As you can tell by the picture, the head on this one was immense.  It was thick, like a roasted mousse – which is meant to sound like a good thing.  Taste-wise, this is the closest stout to Guinness that I have tasted from Dieu du Ciel, also a good thing.  There is more emphasis on roasted coffee in this and I found it maybe a little too rich.  It is however a fine stout.  It gets a solid 7/11 for being good, well worth the price, accurate, for drink-again-ability and for recommend-ability.  It gets another two yeses for the fact that I would go out of my way for it and go out in a snowstorm.

No. 309 – Birra Camilla

2017-08-30 - 309 - Birra Camilla _500beers

This is a bitter blonde with an aroma that seems like a blonde ale and a taste that brings out peanuts.  I was surprised on tasting this to get a reasonably strong taste of peanuts, or at least peanut butter, which is something different.  It’s a refreshing blonde ale with a little extra bitterness and a unique twist.  This also gets a 7/11, I may be being generous here, but it had a certain je ne sais quoi.  It’s good, worth the price, accurate, a little different, I’d drink it again and recommend it and I would go out of my way for a pint of it.

No. 310 – Birra Dupont et Dupond Dubble

2017-08-30 - 310 - Birra Dupont et Dupond Dubble

This was the real treat of the night, a dubble with a deep rich sweetness.  I got a hint of berries in the aroma, which was very good.  The picture doesn’t really do the beer justice as I had to use the flash but it looks really good too.  It had a lovely texture, was easy to drink and quite refreshing.  I nice bittersweet aftertaste rounded off this delightful beer.  I’m giving it 7.5/11 as it was better than the previous two beers but I’m not sure that I would fight a bear for it.

No. 311 – La Succarsale Peach White

2017-08-30 - 311 - La Succarsale Peach White _500beers

This one looks peachy and the aroma is quite fruity with a little peach coming through.  It’s like a good white beer with a little peach twist in the taste.  It’s nicely balanced, kind of like drinking a fruit lollipop (or popsicle for north Americans I believe) and therefore somewhat refreshing.  It’s not to sweet or fruity either so I could easily have a few of these in a row in the right circumstances.  I’m giving it a 7/11 – it’s good, worth the price, accurate, a little different, I’d drink it again and recommend trying it and I may just go a little out of my way to try it again.

No. 312 – Birra Bob

2017-08-30 - 312 - Birra Bob _500beers

This was the final drink of the evening, which perhaps explains my lack of notes.  It’s an American Pale Ale, with a nice malty texture and a hoppy finish.  I don’t remember anything special about this, but it was a good APA.  A definite 5/11.

And so that is Birra.  I’ll maybe head back later in the year to check out there more Autumnal selection of beers.  But in between times, I’ll be catching up on writing up all of the other beers I’ve tried.