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Nos. 230 – 232 – The pursuit of hoppyness – 3 from Dieu du Ciel

Nos. 230 – 232 – The pursuit of hoppyness – 3 from Dieu du Ciel

And so, playing catch up with the posts begins. 

I’ve had 19 beers from Dieu du Ciel, with two more in the fridge but I’ve only written about nine.  The majority of them have been stouts or scotch ales, but here are three decent lighter beers…

No. 230 – Saison du Parc

I was going to write about this one on its own and call it the pursuit of hoppyness, hence the title.  However, I found quite a few results on google for this so perhaps it’s not so original.  In any case, this is a hopped up seasonal ale with a very frothy head and strong yellow colour.  It smells strongly of hops and tastes strongly of hops, unsurprisingly.  I got a hint of lemon in this one, but the taste seemed to be overwhelmed a little by the hoppyness.  It gets 4/11 for not being bad, for the price, for the description and for recommend-ability.  If you like hoppy lighter beers, give this a go.

No. 231 – Sentinelle

Not too much to say about this one but it was surprisingly good.  It really reminded me of drinking a lager back home, which seems to fall in line with the description – malty with a little hoppy bitterness.  It was refreshing and would be a good match for drinking in the park with some food, unlike the Saison du Parc.  It gets a good 5/11, for being good, for the price, for the description for drink-again-ability and for recommend-ability.

No. 232 – P’tit Blanc

Easily the best of the three beers here.  A light wheat beer with added juniper berries and lime.  The aroma is very pleasing, very fruity, what I assume to be juniper coming through well.  To taste, it is very refreshing and the taste remains in the mouth for a long time.  There is a delicious sting of bitterness in the taste, which again, I assume comes from the juniper and lime.  Very nice indeed and a decent 6/11 – for being good, for the price, for the description, for having something a little different, for drink-again-ability and for recommend-ability.

The next three beers I post about will be Équinox du Printemps, Pénombre and Isseki Nicho – a scotch ale, a black IPA and an imperial stout.  One of these is a contender for the best beer so far…

No. 194 – Beck’s (quick review No.1!)

No. 194 – Beck’s
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This is a beer that I have had in bottles in the past and never really liked.  I picked it as a number booster, not really expecting much from it.  It was better than I remember.  A typical lager that seemed quite light to me, but it was thirst quenching and cheap.  Possibly a little too easy to drink, I got through it in five minutes I think.  So, it’s getting a 5/11, it’s good, cheap, accurate, I’d drink it again and I wouldn’t tell anyone not to drink it so it’s recommendable technically.

 

 

No. 183 – Sapporo Premium Beer

No. 183 – Sapporo Premium Beer

The disappointment of finding a beer you haven’t tasted in one of your favourite bars and then finding out that they no longer do it and just haven’t updated their menus…

Fortunately, I found a few tins of it in a dépanneur not to far from my place.

I tasted this beer many years ago and thought that it was ok, but nothing special.  This time however it was actually quite nice, for a lager.  It’s a nice colour with an aroma that’s a little hoppy as one would expect.  Taste-wise it is a smooth lager, which I think I prefer to other lagers I’ve drank regularly in the past such as Harp and Carlsberg – a long time in the past, before I discovered red ales and stouts.

It’s good, it’s worth the price, it is exactly what it says on the tin, I’d drink it again and I’d recommend it.  I’m going to be generous and give it an extra Yes as I can say all these things about many lagers, but I like this one a little more.

6/11

Nos. 71 and 72 – Pub Quiz night at McKibbin’s

Nos. 71 and 72 – Pub Quiz night at McKibbin’s

As well as exploring the various beers available around Montreal this year, I am also organising a tour of the various pub quizzes that can be found in town.  On Monday, I organised another quiz night at McKibbin’s on Bishop Street (my favourite quiz so far, well of the three different bars we’ve been to) and was surprised to find a few beers there that I have not tasted this year –  Moosehead and Grimbergen.  You can see their beer list here, if you really want to.

N0. 71 – Moosehead

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Clearly not the best picture but most lagers look the same anyway.  It’s a shame they didn’t have a Moosehead glass, few things say ‘made in Canada’ quite like a moose’s head on a glass.

I tried this once in Paris at a Canadian bar with some poutine and from what I recall of the day it was fine but nothing special.  This is the impression I still have after trying it again.  I can’t say that it was bad so it gets a Yes for being fine, if not good.  The price was a happy hour price, about $6 so it gets a Yes for that, and Yes at a stretch I’d drink it again if I was short on alternatives or if it were cheap but I don’t think I’d recommend it.  It gets a Yes for being exactly what I expected, a straight up lager with no twists.  The sort of beer I would have drank before I realised that there are so many alternatives.

4/11

No. 72 – Grimbergen Brown Ale

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This is described as a Belgian brown ale on their beer menu but that doesn’t seem right after having tasted it.  I’ll maybe have to revisit this when I try other Grimbergen beers.

Again, the picture doesn’t really say much but it was a dark red colour rather than being Guinness black.  This was quite sweet and tasted of some kind of fruit, berries of some sort perhaps, this was somewhat of a surprise as I was expecting it be somewhat generic.

So, Yes, it was good.  Yes I will drink it again and Yes I would recommend it.  This was around $8, but this was good so I’d give it a Yes for the price too.  The taste was not what I expected in a good way, so that’s fifth Yes.  There was no description other than the name Grimbergen Brown Ale, so I’m leaving that as a no, perhaps when I try it again from a bottle this will change.  If I was in the mood for it and new that it was available slightly out of my way, I’d go for it so that’s the sixth and final Yes for this fine beverage.

6/11