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Nos. 195 – 200 – Montreal Beer Festival

Nos. 195 – 200 – Montreal Beer Festival

I will be attending several beer festivals this year including Laval, Québec, Sherbrooke and Chambly but first I went to the Montreal Beer Festival to hit different beer number 200.

Since the last time I was there two years ago the prices seem to have gone up quite a bit, but that just means having to be smart.  I managed to get quite a lot of alcohol content to the dollar and out of six beers I tasted, two were bland, while four were either very good or excellent…

No. 195 – Saint Bock’s Sweet Jesus
2017-06-17 - 195 - Saint Bock Sweet Jesus _500beers

I started with the first strong beer I found.  At 10.5%, this is the strongest scotch ale I’ve tasted so far.  It is very good.  A little sweet, very warm flavour, hints of caramel and a very good colour.  This one gets an 8/11.  It is good, accurate, has a little something different, I’d drink it again and recommend it and it is worth the price based on the price it costs at Le Saint Bock.  I would go out of my way for it and would definitely go out in a snowstorm for it.
No. 196 – Brasseurs du Bois Blanc’s La Dark Soul
2017-06-17 - 196 - Brasseurs du Bois Blanc La Dark Soul _500beers
I’ve had some very nice coffee stouts in the past and they’ve all had good reviews.  This may be the coffee-ist of them all.  The aroma is like a rich espresso and the small samples that you get give the beer more of an air of a coffee than a beer.  Taste-wise, it is very rich indeed and felt more like a coffee, with a slightly different buzz afterwards.  I would definitely drink this once in a while, but don’t know if I could drink a couple on the same day.  It gets 7/11, the only difference between this and Sweet Jesus being that I don’t know if I’d go out in a snowstorm for this.  It’s a little too much.

No. 197 – La Barbarie’s Rousse Anglaise
2017-06-17 - 197 - La Barbarie Rousse Anglaise _500beers

It’s a nice colour.  Unfortunately, that’s about it.  It’s got a very weak flavour, and doesn’t compare with other red ales I’ve had so far.  It came from a bottle that had been opened previously (I think), so maybe this explains the flatness to some extent.  If I spot it elsewhere I may give it another chance.  I’m not sure how I arrived at this according the scoring system but it’s getting 2/11 for now.

No. 198 – St. Ambroise Pamplemousse IPA
2017-06-17 - 198 - St. Ambroise Pamplemousse IPA _500beers
I’ve been waiting to try this for a while, St. Ambroise beers that I’ve tasted so far have generally been in individual tins or pints, but I’ve only been able to find six packs of this so far.  It’s definitely an IPA – hoppy and I imagine indistinguishable from their other IPA.  I got very little hint of grapefruit whatsoever.  I was a little disappointed with this after enjoying their Apricot Wheat Beer.  It’s getting 3/11 – it’s not bad, it’s probably worth what you would pay for a six pack and I’d probably give it another go.  But I’d recommend other St. Ambroise IPAs over this.

 
No. 199 – Mill St. Brewery’s Madawaska Maple
2017-06-17 - 199 - Mill St. Brewery Madawaska _500beers
This was rather bland and watery, but there was the mildest hint of maple in the taste.  I’m giving it 2/11 at a stretch for description, price and being a little different (that’s 0.5, 1 and 0.5)

 

 

 
No. 200 – Brasseurs Illimités Noire Truculente
2017-06-17 - 200 - Brasseurs Illimités Noire Truculente _500beers
This was a real treat with a strong aroma, hinting at a chocolate stout.  It is a stout of sorts, but has some qualities of a strong scotch ale too – that almost whiskey like warmth in the throat.  It’s thick and almost like a syrup too.  It’s a very good beer indeed and I will be trying it again in the future.  9/11,  I would fight a bear for this.  A fitting beer for the big Number 200.

 

Despite being pricey, the beer festival was overall a good experience, particularly for the Norie Truculente, Sweet Jesus and La Dark Soul.

 

Nos. 191 – 193 – Mill St. Brewery’s Autumn Selection

Nos. 191 – 193 – Mill St. Brewery’s Autumn Selection

I stumbled across this selection pack at my local dépanneur on Thursday in need of something refreshing to take my mind of the irritating heat of Summer…

191 – Oktoberfest Style Lager

Decent lager, but nothing special.  It’s good, worth the price, accurate and I’d drink it again.  I’d recommend it, which brings it up to the standard 5/11 mark.  It’s noteworthy that so far, few lagers have stood out and got the extra few marks to make them special beers.

192 – Nightmare Pumpkin Ale

This is the highlight from this pack.  There is a hint of pumpkin in the taste, but it is not very strong.  I like subtle flavours that aren’t overpowering.  I also got a hint of sweetness that made me think of cinnamon in the aftertaste which was quite pleasant.  It’s good, worth the price, accurate, a little different, I’d drink it again and I’d recommend it.  I will reconsider it when I try over pumpkin beers.  6/11

193 – Tankenstein IPA

Hoppy aroma that doesn’t come through to heavily in the taste.  This to me is a good thing.  I didn’t take too many notes on this one, just simply wrote ‘quite a good beer, possibly 5.5.’  It’s good, worth the price, I’d drink it again and recommend it and it is accurate.  I’m giving it the extra 0.5 as it is slightly better than a lot of the 5/11s I’ve had so far (they’re my rules!).  5.5/11

2017-06-15 - 191 - 193 Mill St. Brewery Autumn Selection Desc._500beers

A decent selection indeed, falling short of the previous Mill St. Brewery beers I’ve tasted so far but still decent for the price.

No. 113 – Mill St. Brewery’s Cobblestone Stout

 

No. 113 – Cobblestone Stout

So far I haven’t had a bad stout, with the average mark being six out of eleven.  This means one of two things – either stout is easy to make, or I’ve being drinking the wrong beers for the last sixteen plus years.  And so, we move onto Mill St. Brewery’s Cobblestone Stout.  I bought a tin of this at my dépanneur for £4.00 at the weekend and have been looking forward to tasting it ever since. 

2017-04-12 - 113 - Mill St. Brewery Cobblestone Stout poured _500beers
Oddly, this was a pleasure to pour and watching it settle was somewhat mesmerising.  It looks really good and it tastes pretty good too.  It’s very similar to a good pint of Guinness but cheaper.  Looking at the description, which is below, I would agree that this is a stout lover’s stout.  The taste in itself is nothing uniquely different, it’s just smooth.  I’d like to and may do a stout evening in the near future to see if I can tell these stouts apart in a blind tasting.  A Stout-Off, if you will.

2017-04-12 - 113 - Mill St. Brewery Cobblestone Stout desc. _500beers

So, to the scoring…
Yes, it’s good.  Yes, for the price it’s a steal, though I’ll maybe also do a price comparison post at some point.  Yes, I’d drink it again and Yes, I’d recommend it.  It gets another Yes for having an accurate description and a final Yes for going out of my way to buy it – fortunately it’s actually on my way.  So a pretty good 6/11 and a few questions raised about re-tasting and comparing the various stouts I’ve tried so far.

Next up is Beau’s tour of the age of the Dinosaurs!