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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!

Laval Beer Festival, part deux

Laval Beer Festival, part deux

I reviewed the Brasseurs Illimités (Simple Malt) and Le Trefle Noir beers together in part 1 as I tried three of each.  Here are the other beers I tried, each one from a different brewery…

 No. 236 – Saint Bock’s Réincarnation

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This is a white infused with green tea and was my first attempt at something different.  It has a sourness to it that I liked a lot more than other similar beers but otherwise the taste didn’t do much for me.  I wish that I’d made more notes on this one…

4.5/11 – it’s not bad, worth the price, different and I’d recommend it to anyone who likes this style or is willing to try something a little different.

No. 237 – Microbrasserie Charlevoix’s Hibernus

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I’ve a had a few beers from Microbrasserie Charlevoix before and they weren’t bad at all.  This is a dark ale, with a nice caramel aroma and ruby colour.  Taste-wise it was ok, a little bland but not bad.  Another case of not taking enough notes!

It gets 5/11 for being good, for the price, for the description, drink-again-ability and recommend-ability.

No. 238 – Dunham’s Le Quench du Soif

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I had to try this because of the name – I love the French in Québec and ‘Le Quench’ and ‘Quencher’ will be words I will now be using.  It is a pretty good IPA, with a citrus aroma and taste.  Not as refreshing as some other IPAs I’ve tried but still decent.

6/11 for being good, for the price, for the description, for drink-again-ability, for recommend-ability and an extra Yes for luck.

No. 239 – Brou Pub Brouhaha Coup de Soleil

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A fruity light beer that had a little raspberry and cranberry flavour to it.  It’s easy to drink – like drinking lemonade but with a little alcohol and fruit in it.  Not bad but a little weak.

4/11 for being ok, for the price, description and being a little different.

No. 240 – Lagabière’s La St Jean

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A good follow up to Coup de Soleil, chosen so that I could tell a friend that there’s a beer with her name on it.

This was another light fruity fizzy beer that was very easy to drink but which lacked a kick that I would want in a good beer.

4/11 just like the Coup de Soleil.

No. 243 – Les 2 Frères Porter Baltique

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After some searching around online, I was able to confirm that I had in fact tried Les 2 Frères Baltic Porter – the confusion had arisen as I could not find the beer on the beer list when double checking my information.  In any case, this gets a good 7/11, it’s a very good porter with everything that you would expect – ie, chocolate.

And so, that is the Laval beer festival done for another year.  Next, it’s Quebec City in August for Festibière…

Oh, and before I forget – Cheers to Moussa for holding the drinks while I took the pictures.


Colour Me Drunk, Chalet Weekend Part 2, Nos. 79 – 86

Colour Me Drunk, (Chalet Weekend Part 2)…

And so, about fifty days later, I finally get around to summing up the beers that I tried at a chalet weekend in March…

From the Friday night, I remember tasting beers, karaoke and colouring with Colour Me Drunk.  I recall a sense of achievement whilst colouring and an undeserved sense of being actually quite good.  The red drawing underneath is my work after several beers.

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Numbers 79 to 82 were all tasted on this rather blurry Friday night.  My notes are quite frankly bizarre but my vague recollections are that there was nothing special, at least nothing that would get an eight or a nine.  I may have to do a re-tasting at some point in the future.

Numbers 83 to 86 were all tasted on a rather slow Saturday and the reviews are somewhat more reliable.  I had one of my personal choices left and then started on an Belle Gueule selection pack. 

No. 79 – Floreale from Brasserie Générale

This is a very frothy white beer from Brasserie Générale that I picked up from my local Métro.  I like the design of this one, in fact, I like the designs on all of their products and will definitely be trying them in the future, particularly their Hanami (cherry white beer).  This was quite a good beer with a hint of orange but nothing special.  It gets a Yes therefore for being good and a Yes for matching up to it’s description.  The price was good too so that’s another YesYes I would try it again and Yes I would recommend it to anyone willing to try different whites.  So a decent but not special 5/11.

No. 80 – La Candide from Microbrasserie le BockAle

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Having already tasted and given a pretty good 7/11 to one of Microbrasserie le BockAle’s beers (L’Euphorique), I was looking forward to this.  It’s just a shame that I can’t really remember too much about it.  It’s a blond pale ale that from my notes tasted fine, without anything special to it.  Perhaps my taste buds were dulled by this point in the evening (whichever point in the evening it was) but I don’t remember anything interesting about this or the next two beers.  It gets the same five Yeses as the Floréale. 5/11

No. 81 – Fana from Microbrasserie le BockAle

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A lightly smoky IPA by all accounts.  Two things that I tend to avoid as much as possible but I don’t recall being put off drinking this at the time by the taste.  More importantly, I don’t recall an overwhelming taste of smoke in my mouth the morning after.  And that is where my less than comprehensive notes end.  This also gets the same 5/11 as the Floréale and La Candide.

No. 82 – Mr Brown from Avant Garde Artisans Brasseurs

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I picked this solely for the name.  I am after all Mr. Brown.  It is funnily enough a brown ale with quite a muddy colour to it but I think it tasted fine despite seeming a little flat.  I have a note about nuts followed by the question ‘do squirrels prefer nut brown ale?’  In my notes I gave it a five like all of the other beers above, however I’m going to give it an extra Yes as I did go out of my way to find it and I’m sure that I will do so again.  So this one gets a 6/11.

No. 83 – Flacatoune from Microbrasserie Charlevoix

This was the first beer tasted on the Saturday, after recovery from the Friday.  This was chosen as I had no clue what the name meant and after consulting a Quebecor and some French people I am still none the wiser.  It’s a stronger blond beer that didn’t taste that strong.  That’s the trick though.  I found this really easy to drink and got through it pretty quickly.  It gets the standard five Yeses but didn’t have anything extra to it to get it into the realm of the very good beers.  5/11

Nos. 84 to  86 –  Belle Gueule Rousse, Lager d’Hiver and Houblon

Over the past week or two I’ve started buying more selection packs in order to save money and try a few new beers without having to put too much effort in.  I have however, noticed that beers such as IPAs, Lagers, Blonds and Whites all taste similar when consumed this way.  Maybe it’s the bottles, maybe it’s drinking too much in a short space of time or maybe they’re just more bland beers.  I noticed this with Belle Gueule, the Houblon and the Lager d’Hiver at least, both of which get the same 5/11 as the beers above.

Their Rousse, unfortunately, is not very Rousse – it gets a Yes for price, a Yes for the description and a half a Yes for being good and ‘would I drink it again’ each.  For the price it’s reasonable and I can’t say outright that it is bad but I still found it a little tasteless for a red ale.  I very much like red ales so a tasteless one is always going to annoy me.  3/11

Lessons learned from the chalet…
It is difficult to taste and accurately evaluate anywhere above three different beers in one evening.
Pictures should be taken in advance when sober.
Auto correct needs to be turned off.
I am artist.