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From what I recall… (Chalet Weekend part 1)

From What I Recall…

A weekend in a chalet far from Montreal with a bunch of friends seemed like a good opportunity to taste a few more new beers.  In retrospect, this was not the brightest idea.  Firstly, and least surprisingly the notes that I made on each beer became less and less detailed as the number of the beer increased.  Secondly, I thought it bright to simply make notes on my phone, my phone which auto-corrects everything under the sun.  Some beers were ‘very god,’  and apparently I tasted some beers from ‘Belle Gurgle.’  Thirdly, the quality of the pictures varies from interesting to let’s say slurred.  Anyways, here’s a brief rundown of the first six that I tried…

No. 73 – Tordeusse Brett Anneda – Microbrasserie Lac Saint Jean

A light blonde beer that I was a good way to start the drinking.  Nothing special about this one.  A Yes for each of the following – was good, price was fine, description was accurate, I’d drink it again and I’d recommend it, particularly for people who don’t drink much.

5/11

Next up are several home made brews from a friend, cheers to Declan for donating them!

Nos. 74 – 77 – Cerveza, Summer Ale, IPA and Cider

I remember having a brief conversation about these drinks as I tried them and that they all matched their descriptions somewhat, so they all got a Yes for that.  Other than that I was surprised that they were all pretty good and quite individual.  So they all get a Yes for being good.  I’d definitely try them  again so that’s a third Yes and they were free samples so another Yes for the price.  Yes, I would also recommend them to anybody who’s interested in tasting different beers.  They all get the same mark.  Pretty consistent, which is good.

5/11

And back to Domaine Berthiaume for the Elfe Noire..

No. 78 – L’Elfe Noire, Domaine Berthiaume

This was a fine stout, which was probably the last drink that I had before things got blurry.  I also had to take various pictures while avoiding people waving their hands in front of the camera, so I felt that I earned this beer.  It’s quite light for a stout, I remember thinking at least, which had hints of something that I recall matching the description.  So, I’m giving it a Yes for being good and a Yes for the description.  I’d give it a bonus Yes for the picture but I don’t want to get into that habit.  The price as usual from Métro was reasonable, only about $5 so that’s another Yes and I would drink it again and recommend it.  Although there was a hint of something a little different taste wise, I don’t recall being blown away so I’m going to leave it at five yeses.

5/11

So six beers all getting five out of eleven.  By now, I’m starting to realise just how unfussy I am when it comes to beer.  Five is a fine mark, but the really good beers will be getting seven or more.

Next up, Chalet Weekend part 2 – Colour me Drunk!

 

 

 

 

 

Nos. 71 and 72 – Pub Quiz night at McKibbin’s

Nos. 71 and 72 – Pub Quiz night at McKibbin’s

As well as exploring the various beers available around Montreal this year, I am also organising a tour of the various pub quizzes that can be found in town.  On Monday, I organised another quiz night at McKibbin’s on Bishop Street (my favourite quiz so far, well of the three different bars we’ve been to) and was surprised to find a few beers there that I have not tasted this year –  Moosehead and Grimbergen.  You can see their beer list here, if you really want to.

N0. 71 – Moosehead

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Clearly not the best picture but most lagers look the same anyway.  It’s a shame they didn’t have a Moosehead glass, few things say ‘made in Canada’ quite like a moose’s head on a glass.

I tried this once in Paris at a Canadian bar with some poutine and from what I recall of the day it was fine but nothing special.  This is the impression I still have after trying it again.  I can’t say that it was bad so it gets a Yes for being fine, if not good.  The price was a happy hour price, about $6 so it gets a Yes for that, and Yes at a stretch I’d drink it again if I was short on alternatives or if it were cheap but I don’t think I’d recommend it.  It gets a Yes for being exactly what I expected, a straight up lager with no twists.  The sort of beer I would have drank before I realised that there are so many alternatives.

4/11

No. 72 – Grimbergen Brown Ale

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This is described as a Belgian brown ale on their beer menu but that doesn’t seem right after having tasted it.  I’ll maybe have to revisit this when I try other Grimbergen beers.

Again, the picture doesn’t really say much but it was a dark red colour rather than being Guinness black.  This was quite sweet and tasted of some kind of fruit, berries of some sort perhaps, this was somewhat of a surprise as I was expecting it be somewhat generic.

So, Yes, it was good.  Yes I will drink it again and Yes I would recommend it.  This was around $8, but this was good so I’d give it a Yes for the price too.  The taste was not what I expected in a good way, so that’s fifth Yes.  There was no description other than the name Grimbergen Brown Ale, so I’m leaving that as a no, perhaps when I try it again from a bottle this will change.  If I was in the mood for it and new that it was available slightly out of my way, I’d go for it so that’s the sixth and final Yes for this fine beverage.

6/11

 

 

No. 70 – L’Elfe Brune

No. 70 – L’Elfe Brune from Domaine Berthiaume

Sixty-four days into the challenge and I’m on my seventieth different beer, ahead of schedule for 365 beers in a year, but well behind for 500… 

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As the name suggests, this is a brown ale and this is quickly becoming my favourite type of beer.  I remember trying a couple of brown ales at Brutopia in 2008 after I moved to Montreal for a working holiday and being amazed.  Up to that point beer had been lager such as Harp or Carlsberg and on rare occasions Kronenbourg.  I do not know why I didn’t start drinking brown ales again when I moved back to Montreal in 2013, but I regret it now.  Anyway, to the scoring!

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Was this beer good?  Yes it was – quite light, a little sweet with a subtle aftertaste of chocolate.  So, Yes I would drink it again and Yes I would recommend it to a friend.  The price also gets a Yes.  This was about $5 from my local Métro.  The description (picture below) mentions a hint of fruit/chocolate so it’s getting another Yes for that.  I’m giving it a no for the taste being interesting or at least different because, although it was good and had a subtle aftertaste that I liked – it wasn’t different enough from other brown ales I’ve had.

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I’d go an extra block or two out of my way for this as it’s the best brown ale I’ve found near where I live so far, so that’s a Yes.  But I think that six out of eleven is fair enough for this.

6/11

 

 

Soixante-neuf

Soixante-neuf

I was going to be witty and write a few lines celebrating my sixty-ninth different beer this year filled with innuendo, but it was too hard… 

Here’s a description and a few pictures instead.

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Food shopping has lately turned into standing at the beer section and deciding which of the many beers to take home with me.  I’m at the stage where I’m picking them based on the pictures on the bottle and this one attracted me for some reason.

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One of the nice things about trying different beers and then writing about them is the research involved.  As mentioned before, I’m no connoisseur of beers (nor am I a writer, or even someone who checks their spelling for that matter), but I’ve found it interesting looking into the various microbreweries located around Quebec.  I’m happy to have found several beers from Domaine Berthiaume.

Their L’Eau Claire is a fine blond ale with a slight hint of fruit in the flavour.  This hint of orange gives the beer an interesting aftertaste but it’s quite subtle all the same.

And so to the score…

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Firstly, this beer was good, as loose a term as that is and I would definitely drink it again and recommend it to a friend.  So that’s  Yes, Yes and Yes so far.

The price from my local Métro was reasonable, about $5 from what I recall so I’d give that a Yes.  The name and description were accurate.  In fact, the description helped me figure out exactly what that aftertaste was so that’s definitely a Yes.

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So now to the tricky part – just how good was the beer?  I would quite happily walk the extra block on the way home from work to grab a bottle.  So that’s one Yes.  However, I think that would be it.  I can’t imagine putting on layers, a scarf and a hat to go and search for one.  I’d definitely not fight a bear for it.  Having said that my last three questions are really there to separate good beers from great beers.

This is definitely a pretty good beer, but not great.

6/11

More to follow from Domaine Berthiaume next time.

 

 

When I’m Sixty-Four

When I’m Sixty-Four

Taking my queue from George Lucas, I’m starting my story with a four. Sixty-four to be precise, as since 1st January I have tried sixty-four different beers. Unfortunately, I haven’t written about the previous sixty-three yet, but I’ll fill that in over the next month or so and hopefully it will be more interesting than the Star Wars prequels…

No. 64 – L’Euphorique, Irish Red Ale
Microbrasserie Le BockAle

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I found this and several others from Le BockAle at my local supermarket and having just started to organise a St Patrick’s Day pub crawl couldn’t resist a bottle with a shamrock on it.  On first taste, I thought ‘No!’ and swore, however it got better.

Was it good?
Yes, I like red ales and this one grew on me quickly.  It didn’t taste too bitter and left a kind of sweetness in the mouth that was a bit unusual in a good way.  It is also quite smooth and somewhat easy to drink.  So it gets a Yes for ‘was the taste interesting or different?’ too.  A third Yes for the name and description being accurate and a forth Yes for the price, I got it for $5.79, which I think is fine.  A further two Yeses for ‘would I drink it again?’ and ‘would I recommend it to a friend?’

Was it really good?
I would walk an extra couple of blocks to pick up a bottle I think, so a Yes there.  However, a snowstorm would deter me and if a bear had one, I’d let him be.

So 7/11 it is.
If you like red ales give it a go, Cheers!

For those who like the technical stuff, or just like French…
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The ratings explained

The ratings explained

I am by no means a connoisseur of beer, nor do I wish to be.  However, when I started trying the ‘drink different beers’ challenge I naturally started to give them each a rating while noting down their names and the place I bought them.

I cannot remember why I went for a mark out of ten at first.  I started quite strong, which unfortunately means that the early days are somewhat of a blur and some of the writing illegible.  I think I made the right choice though,  a mark out of five seems simple and anything higher than ten too complicated. 

As taste is very much down to the individual, and as I am useless at describing flavours the rating system has now been turned into a series of questions, and these go up to eleven. 

Was it good?
Was the taste interesting or at least different?
Was the name or description accurate?
Was it worth the price?
Would I drink it again?
Would I recommend it to a friend?
Would I walk an extra block or ten for it?
Would I go out in a snowstorm or a heatwave for it?
Would I fight a bear for it?*
Would I fight a bear in a snowstorm for it?
Would I fight a bear in a snowstorm a few blocks out of my way for it?

Each Yes is worth one mark and each No is worth nothing.

*A big one, like a grizzly bear – the photo is an old one, Toronto April 2008, and the bear was not hurt.

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