Benelux (Sherbrooke and Wellington)
Until a couple of Fridays ago, I’d been in Benelux on Sherbrooke twice in my life. The first was in 2009 and involved cocktails (from what I recall), the second was almost three years ago for the first of many micro-brewery tour meet ups that I have gone to over the last few years. So this was an untapped source of new beers. I have now visited both the locations, the other being on Wellington in Verdun. I definitely prefer the feel of the bar on Sherbrooke and would recommend it over the other…
No. 275 – Le Beat (Sherbrooke)
This is a standard black IPA, hops in the aroma and a little hoppy to taste. The bitterness really comes through in the warm aftertaste. Not much else to say on this one! It gets a standard 5/11, for being good, worth the price, accurate, for drink-again-ability and for recommend-ability.
No. 293 – Troy (Wellington)
This one’s a little deceptive. It’s pitched as a dry stout but doesn’t look like one, the picture was taken just after it was poured and the head and already disappeared. The colour as well was also quite light. I thought it was a little bland at first but it grew on me a bit. There’s a nice chocolate/caramel character to this beer which seems to coat the mouth and make the drink more pleasurable which each gulp. It’s getting 6/11 for being good, worth the price, accurate (this is a bit of a stretch, but they’re my marks so…), for having something a little unique, for drink-again-ability and for recommend-ability.
No. 294 – Prélude (Wellington)
This is a very bright blonde ale that was surprisingly good. It has a nice maltyness that coats the mouth and a little hit of bitterness from the hops. It’s a nice balance. I didn’t pick up on much else flavour wise, but this was a refreshing pint indeed. I’m giving it 5.5/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, for drink-again-ability and for recommend-ability. The extra 0.5 of a Yes is for luck.
So, I’ve had three beers from Benelux and while there has been nothing outstanding as yet, they do have some decent beers and I will go back before the end of the year. At least, I’ll go back to the Sherbrooke location.