If I keep trying new beers at the rate I have been for the last three months I will complete 365 beers in 266 days – my hunch that 365 beers would be too simple was correct. The 500 beers will be complete hopefully mid-December so that I can relax and think of something for next year (suggestions welcome, clean suggestions). I’ve put a nice sunset picture as the year is almost drawing to a close, like one long drunken hazy day.
I’ve only posted about slightly less than half of those beers so here are a few photos and thoughts on some of the average tinned beers I’ve tried at various places throughout the Summer.
Nos. 167 and 168 – Rickard’s White and Blonde
I had these at a barbecue in early June or late May – the white was ok but didn’t really feel too much like a white. The blonde was fine and had a nice aftertaste, but was no better than any other blondes I’ve tasted. The white gets a 4/11 and the blonde gets a 5/11.
Nos. 185 and 186 – St. Ambroise Pale Ale and Archibald Coquine
In early June I organised a drumming pic-nic at the Mont Royal park near the tamtams. I would recommend it if you like hearing the same rhythm played over and over again for several hours. Anyway, I tried a few beers there too.
The St. Ambroise Pale Ale was a decent pale ale but nothing special. In fact, it was a little disappointing given the other St. Ambroise beers I had tried up to that point. It gets 5/11. Archibald’s Coquine, despite the nice picture also only gets a 5/11. It was ok and for the right price I’d drink it again, but I’m not going to go out of my way for it.
Nos. 187 and 188 – St. Ambroise Double IPA and Session IPA
I tried these on the same day as the previous two. Curiously enough they both get similar marks. The Double IPA was ok but a little too hoppy, which was obviously not a surprise from the name and description – 4/11. The Session IPA was better, but only a little – 5/11.
Nos. 221 and 233 – Archibald’s La Valkyrie and La Brise du Lac
I tried La Valkyrie at a house party and was a little disappointed. Maybe it would be better on draft – but the beer I tried was a little weak on taste – 4/11. I bought La Brise du Lac in Sherbrooke but brought it back to Montreal and had it at some point presumably when I had nothing better to drink. It’s not bad for a pilsner, another 5/11 but I don’t know if I’ll ever drink it again.
No. 77 and No. 247 – Lowenbrau and Modelo
A little tour of the world here – Germany and Mexico. I tried Lowenbrau at some point in May after my holiday back home I think and thanks to a decision to not include a few ciders I had previously been counting it ended up being No. 77 rather than one hundred and something. It was ok for a barbecue but not great – 3/11. Modelo was a surprise, it’s a very good lager with a lot of fizz and a more orangey colour than I would like, but it was refreshing and had a really good taste – an easy 6/11.
So that’s a few beers caught up on, the only one of note being Modelo, which is a beer I will drink again. It’s particularly good for a warm day. The others, meh…