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Half way there! No. 250 – Le Bilboquet’s La Corriveau

Half way there!

Yesterday I hit the half way mark in my attempt to drink 500 different beers in a single year.  That’s 250 different beers down in 203 days, which leaves 250 to go in 162 days – difficult but not impossible.  I just happened to be in Sherbrooke for this momentous day and they put on a firework display, just for me!

No. 250 – Le Bilboquet’s La Corriveau

I had found several beers online that I would have liked to buy from Au Vent du Nord in Sherbrooke (the magical place I was introduced to on my previous Sherbrooke outing), but unfortunately, I left my notes in Montreal and my memory failed me.  I was however drawn to La Corriveau from Le Bilboquet, as I have tasted a few beers from them already and they were all good…  

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I like beers with nice pictures, and I like beers with nice pictures and a story even more.  I asked my friend what La Corriveau means in English and was told of a legendary witch-like murderer.  Apparently, in the eighteenth century a woman killed her husband and was hanged for her efforts.  The legend developed from there…she may have killed her first husband too and rumours of other murders grew with time.  That was Marie-Josephte* Corriveau.  Curiously, according to my brief research, her husband was found dead on 27th January, my birthday and she was hanged on 18th Aprilmy friend’s birthday.  Perhaps something spooky brought us to this beer…or perhaps it’s all just coincidence.

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My friend in Sherbrooke would have a beer once in a while but would not have tasted a beer like this before so I thought of getting her thoughts as well as it was a special occasion.  She seemed to like and be surprised by the strong coffee aroma.  This is something I’ve gotten used to over the year – feel free to read all my posts and take a drink each time you see the word coffee.  I claim no responsibility for the results.  The taste and texture of the drink was also unexpected – she found a sweetness in it and seemed to enjoy the thicker, richer texture of a stout.  She gave it an 8/11 and I may have encouraged someone to try my favourite style of beer in the future.

As for my own thoughts…
This was indeed a good choice for the big number 250.  A rich coffee aroma and a strong hint of dark chocolate.  The head was as frothy as cappuccino I had had earlier in the day but did not last long, perhaps due to the intense heat (it was over 20c, that’s intense to me).  To taste, the texture was sumptuous.  The froth of the head gave way to a creamy stout that went down more like a porter but had the stronger coffee flavours of a good stout.  From the initial fizz on the tongue and a mild hint of sweetness to the nicely balanced bitter aftertaste this is a pleasure to drink.  It lacks the warmth of the majority of other stouts I’ve tried, but they have ranged from 6% to 10%, whereas this is a little weaker.  Maybe it’s an Autumn beer rather than a Winter beer.

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Yes, it’s good.
Yes, it’s worth the price.
Yes, the description is accurate (great vocab too, first sighting of the word unctuous).
Yes, I would drink it again.
Yes, I would recommend it.
Yes, I would go out of my way for it.
Yes, I’d go out in a snowstorm for it.

I’d give it 7/11, however as it’s a special occasion I’m going to give it the average of my mark and that of my friend (8/11) – so 7.5/11 it is.

So that’s number 250, I’m only going to be putting individual posts up for beer that get at least 6/11 from now on, with a series of posts to come featuring pictures and marks for the other 100+ beers I haven’t written about yet and that I won’t have time to cover in detail.

*As far as I can see this is the correct spelling of her name.

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Nos. 122 – 125 – Weekend in Sherbrooke

Nos. 122 – 125 – Weekend in Sherbrooke

It had been a long day.  Up at the crack of dawn to catch the bus to Sherbrooke.  Then two hours of walking around looking for things to photograph, followed by lunch with a friend and some more walking around.  My friend then suggested that we visit a shop she had stumbled across previously to find something to drink.  I didn’t expect much, but when we arrived I could see a ray of light shine down from the heavens and hear angels sing.

That shop is Au Vent du Nord, if you are in the area and searching for beer, I’d recommend it.

No. 122 – Archibald’s Ci-Boire
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Having visited the Archibald Microbrewery in Trois Rivieres the week before and being very impressed by their Veuve Noire and Tite Kriss I chose a couple of their other beers for the evening.  The first, Ci-Boire is a moderately strong IPA at 6% that is pretty good, hoppy with a little hint of orange and refreshing.  I liked it, it was worth the price and had an accurate description.  I would drink it again and recommend trying it.  5/11

No. 123 – Archibald’s Belle Mer
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I’m not sure why I picked this one after Ci-Boire – IPA overload.  It is a very hoppy beer and somewhat heavier than other IPAs I had had before.  I gave it a 4/11 for being accurate, reasonably priced and I’d recommend it to IPA lovers.  The other 1 point is made up of 0.5 for being good and 0.5 for probable drink-again-ability.

This one’s possibly going on my ‘retasting’ list.

No. 124 – Le Trefle Noir’s Chronique

More Le Trefle Noir, and one I had been looking forward to finding.  It’s a traditional red English ale, with a nice deep colour and a balanced taste, bittersweet with hints of caramel and a taste I can only describe as burnt – that’s what my notes say anyway.  It was a fine beer and the highlight of the night.  6/11 – for being good, cheap, accurate and for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability and for the fact that I would (and did) go out of my way to buy it.

No. 125 – Archibald’s Nuit Blanche

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I had this one in the evening after a few hours on the bus and it was nice.  It’s white IPA but made me think more of a lager while drinking it, though the colour and fruity taste all point at white beer.  It’s the best of the three Archibalds I tried this particular weekend and gets a 6/11 for being good, cheap, reasonably accurate and having a little something different about it – I would also drink it again and recommend it.

I also bought Dieu du Ciel’s Dernière Volontés this weekend but I’ve already written about it, check it out here.

I will definitely call by Sherbrooke again before the end of the year to find a few different beers.

 

“The warmth of leather,” No. 126 Dernière Volonté

“The warmth of leather”

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This weekend I went to Sherbrooke to celebrate a friend’s birthday and to see a bit more of the town.  My initial plan had involved spending a significant amount of time at Siboire at the bus station to try out some of what looks like quite a good beer selection, however I didn’t really have the time.  Fortunately, my friend had found a little shop with an impressive beer selection on her travels and brought me to it.  It was not a big place but had a vast selection of beers – the phrase ‘kid in a candy store’ comes to mind.  I picked a few beers for myself (posts will follow at some point) and decided to go with a suggestion from my friend as well.  She liked the picture on the bottle – that being how I pick my beers more often than not I decided to go with it without really looking at the description.

At the counter, the man serving me saw the bottle and immediately warned me about my choice.  “Drink it last!”  I wasn’t really paying attention to what he was saying because I’d made my choice and he was speaking French.  Besides, if the beer had a unique taste, it was worth trying.  My challenge is to seek out and try different beers after all.  And so I have now tasted a beer that tastes of leather…

No. 126 – Dernière Volonté from Dieu du Ciel

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It is indeed a nice picture on the bottle, sombre enough to match the name of the beer if my French skills are on point.  ‘Last wish.’

It pours nicely with a thick fizzy head and has a nice orange hue and then there is the smell.

It smells like the inside of a leather upholstered car on a warm day.  It smells like a new luxury sofa.  It smells quite simply like leather.  Something I have never noticed before in beer.  Apparently this is down to brettanomyces, this is a type of yeast apparently that is sometimes used to create stranger flavours.

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This beer poses a few problems for my rating system.  It’s a definite Yes for being different and Yes, I would recommend it for the hell of it.  A Yes for the description.  The french description is better – who wouldn’t want the warmth of leather in their drink?  Though I think the warmth partly comes from the alcohol content.  The price was reasonable for a strong beer so that’s a fourth Yes.  But was it good?  For a strong beer, it’s quite easy to drink and the smell and taste of leather really is not that bad.  Once you get used to it, it is actually a decent beer.  I’m giving it a Yes for being good as it’s difficult to give it a yes for price, uniqueness, accuracy of description and being recommendable without giving it that basic yes for being good or at least not being bad.  And so, the strangest taste I’ve had so far gets the average 5/11.

Looks like I’ll have to go back to Sherbrooke a few more times in order to advance my challenge.