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…
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.
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.
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.