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
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
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
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
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
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
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!