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Pub Crawls, Nos. 203 – 205

Pub Crawls, Nos. 203 – 205

Two tips for going on a pub crawl…

1. Don’t organise the pub crawl.
2. Don’t drink beer before the pub crawl starts.

Towards the end of June I organised a pub crawl for Québec’s national holiday, the St Jean-Baptiste.  The emphasis was on hitting as many micro-breweries as possible.  This was the perfect opportunity to try a few beers I hadn’t already tasted.  The problem is that although I know I tried about 6 or 7 new beers, at some point I just stopped caring and so don’t have notes or pictures for some of the beers.  Here are some notes on the beers I had at the beginning of the crawl and made notes on.  My thoughts on the other beers I tasted that evening are lost to the ages…

No. 203 – Les Trois Brasseurs Brown Ale

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I ended up at Les Trois Brasseurs on rue St. Denis for a pint and a burger an hour or so before the pub crawl was due to begin.  I used to frequent three of their several locations regularly but so far this year I’ve only been to this one on this occasion.  I will be back as they have another 5 or 6 beers to try and whatever seasonal beers they come up with.  This pint was a surprise.  A dark thick muddy looking brown ale with a thick creamy head and aroma of chocolate.  To taste, it is more like a porter rather than a brown ale but there are strong caramel and toffee flavours here that you would expect in a really good brown ale.  This is another one of those beers that seems to go between categories and as such is a very good beer.  An easy 7/11 for being good, for the price, for accuracy, for having something different, for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability and for the fact that I would go out of my way for it.

No. 204 – Le Bilboquet’s NelliganAcco

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We went to St. Houblon on rue St. Denis early in the pub crawl, that is where these beers were consumed.  It’ a pretty good bar that I would recommend.

According to my research this is a dunkelweizen which should have hints of banana along with the usual toffee flavour.  I didn’t pick up on this at the time, instead to me it was just a pretty good bittersweet brown ale – this may have been due to having a few beers before hand.  It was also a muddy colour like the Trois Brasseurs Brown Ale so perhaps in my mind a linked the two beers.  It gets a 6/11 for being good, worth the price, accurate, for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability and I would go out of my way for it.

No. 205 – Brasseurs Illimités’ Simple Malt Double Mango IPA

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After having a few darker beers, I decided to go for something completely different so I asked the bar tender to pick something at random.  He came back with this Double Mango IPA.  This was a pretty good choice.  The fruity mango flavour was very refreshing and the hoppyness provided a nice contrast to the darker maltier beers I had already tried.  It didn’t find either the mango or the hops overwhelming at the time, which is a bonus as I’ve only just developed a taste for hoppier beers in the last month or so.  I gave it 5/11 for being good, worth the price, accurate, for drink-again-ability and for recommend-ability.

It was this Double Mango IPA that encouraged me to start my drinking at the Laval Beer Festival in July at the Brasseurs Illimités stall.  They have some very good beers indeed.

 

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Half way there! No. 250 – Le Bilboquet’s La Corriveau

Half way there!

Yesterday I hit the half way mark in my attempt to drink 500 different beers in a single year.  That’s 250 different beers down in 203 days, which leaves 250 to go in 162 days – difficult but not impossible.  I just happened to be in Sherbrooke for this momentous day and they put on a firework display, just for me!

No. 250 – Le Bilboquet’s La Corriveau

I had found several beers online that I would have liked to buy from Au Vent du Nord in Sherbrooke (the magical place I was introduced to on my previous Sherbrooke outing), but unfortunately, I left my notes in Montreal and my memory failed me.  I was however drawn to La Corriveau from Le Bilboquet, as I have tasted a few beers from them already and they were all good…  

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I like beers with nice pictures, and I like beers with nice pictures and a story even more.  I asked my friend what La Corriveau means in English and was told of a legendary witch-like murderer.  Apparently, in the eighteenth century a woman killed her husband and was hanged for her efforts.  The legend developed from there…she may have killed her first husband too and rumours of other murders grew with time.  That was Marie-Josephte* Corriveau.  Curiously, according to my brief research, her husband was found dead on 27th January, my birthday and she was hanged on 18th Aprilmy friend’s birthday.  Perhaps something spooky brought us to this beer…or perhaps it’s all just coincidence.

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My friend in Sherbrooke would have a beer once in a while but would not have tasted a beer like this before so I thought of getting her thoughts as well as it was a special occasion.  She seemed to like and be surprised by the strong coffee aroma.  This is something I’ve gotten used to over the year – feel free to read all my posts and take a drink each time you see the word coffee.  I claim no responsibility for the results.  The taste and texture of the drink was also unexpected – she found a sweetness in it and seemed to enjoy the thicker, richer texture of a stout.  She gave it an 8/11 and I may have encouraged someone to try my favourite style of beer in the future.

As for my own thoughts…
This was indeed a good choice for the big number 250.  A rich coffee aroma and a strong hint of dark chocolate.  The head was as frothy as cappuccino I had had earlier in the day but did not last long, perhaps due to the intense heat (it was over 20c, that’s intense to me).  To taste, the texture was sumptuous.  The froth of the head gave way to a creamy stout that went down more like a porter but had the stronger coffee flavours of a good stout.  From the initial fizz on the tongue and a mild hint of sweetness to the nicely balanced bitter aftertaste this is a pleasure to drink.  It lacks the warmth of the majority of other stouts I’ve tried, but they have ranged from 6% to 10%, whereas this is a little weaker.  Maybe it’s an Autumn beer rather than a Winter beer.

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Yes, it’s good.
Yes, it’s worth the price.
Yes, the description is accurate (great vocab too, first sighting of the word unctuous).
Yes, I would drink it again.
Yes, I would recommend it.
Yes, I would go out of my way for it.
Yes, I’d go out in a snowstorm for it.

I’d give it 7/11, however as it’s a special occasion I’m going to give it the average of my mark and that of my friend (8/11) – so 7.5/11 it is.

So that’s number 250, I’m only going to be putting individual posts up for beer that get at least 6/11 from now on, with a series of posts to come featuring pictures and marks for the other 100+ beers I haven’t written about yet and that I won’t have time to cover in detail.

*As far as I can see this is the correct spelling of her name.

No. 184 – Le Bilboquet’s La Charleston

No. 184 – Le Bilboquet’s La Charleston

I’ve said it before, put women on a bottle and I’ll probably buy it. 

I was happy to find a load of new beers from breweries I haven’t heard of before at my local Métro today and this is the first I’ve tasted.

A light IPA seemed perfect for the annoyingly warm weather – I’m finally coming round to liking IPAs at this point apparently.

This was a refreshing drink indeed.  That little hint of fruit that is common in a lot of similar IPAs or white beers balanced nicely with a little hint of bitterness in the aftertaste.  Very nice indeed and not overly hoppy to boot.

It is good, worth the price, matches the description, I’d drink it again and recommend it and I would go a block or two out of my way to purchase a bottle.  It’s a limited quantity beer (whatever that means) so I may get one or two to keep.

6/11