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Nos. 176 – 181 – Vices & Versa

Nos. 176 – 181 – Vices & Versa

After having written about Birra, it makes sense to look at a few beers I tried in another bar in little Italy with a great selection of beers.  I tried these in early June, therefore I don’t have too much to write (a good thing from time to time), but I recall a couple of them being somewhat special…

No. 176 – Dieu du Ciel Gaélique

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It has become something of a ritual to start with a cream ale or a stout over the last few months.  This one in particular was a very good choice.  It is a finely balanced sweet fruity cream ale with an aftertaste that brought memories of drinking dandelion and burdock lemonade many, many years ago.  This therefore is not only a good beer but one that also evokes memories for me – indeed I recall at the time having to text my mum to ask what the drink my dad used to buy was as I couldn’t quite put my finger on it.  It gets an 8/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, having something special, for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability and I would go out of my way for it, and go out in a snowstorm or a heat-wave.

No. 177 – Brasserie Dunham Berliner Mango Weisse

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So that was a really good start, what could possibly go wrong?

I’m not generally a fan of sour beers in this style but over the course of the summer I’ve had one or two which have been good.  This one was not.  Maybe it was a bad pint – but it was overwhelmingly sour and finishing it was a chore.  I’m generously giving it 2.5/11 for accuracy, being different and for the fact that I would recommend it, to someone I don’t like.

No. 178 – Le Trou du Diable Maiden Shawi

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And back to good beers again…

This is a pretty good brown ale of a standard I’ve come to expect from Le Trou du Diable recently, having tried several more of their beers at home.  It has a toasty aroma with caramel coming through strongly and this is reflected nicely in the flavour.  The picture doesn’t do it justice as it looks gorgeous too.  An easy 6/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, I’d drink it again, recommend it and I’d go out of my way for it.

No. 179 – Les 3 Mousquetaires Blonde Helles

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My notes for this and the next one total four words.  This one is a ‘fine blonde,’ and I’m going to leave it at that – 4/11.

No. 180 – Microbrasserie Charlevoix Kläss Lager

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And this one is a ‘great lager.’

Lager seems to be difficult for north Americans to get right – either that or my European sensibilities were already warped before I got here.  In any case, I drank lager almost exclusively for seven or eight years and am still searching for a really good one that is worthy of being in my top twenty beers at the end of this year.  This one is so far one of the best.  I’m giving it 6.5/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, for drink-again-ability, for recommend-ability, I’d go out of my way for a pint or five and I’m giving it 0.5 for luck.

No. 181 – Pit Caribou La Gaspésienne Porter

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I asked the server to surprise me with this one so it took me a while to figure out exactly what beer it was and from which microbrewery.  I’m pretty confident that this is the correct information, though the beer seems a little too stouty to be a porter.  It’s a very creamy, almost milky porter with a nice aftertaste.  From memory, it felt like a porter except for the head.  Maybe it’s one of those really good hybrids, the best of both worlds.  It gets a 7/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability, I’d go out of my way for it and I’d go out in a snowstorm for it.

So four really good beers out of six, a pretty good return for an evening out.  I’d recommend Vices & Versa, you could almost do a mini pub crawl on St. Laurent with it and Birra!

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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