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Le Réservoir 2, Nos. 267 – 272

Le Réservoir 2, Nos. 267 – 272

“I swear, I’m only going to have four beers max.” 

Here are the six beers I tried…

No. 267 – Le Réservoir Cream Ale

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I like a good cream ale after work on a warm day – it’s a nice half way point between a white and a stout.  I was initially disappointed with this one, but on further reflection, it’s a perfectly fine cream ale.  The problem was that I’ve tried a few really good ones, that others don’t measure up to.  Judging the beer on it’s own merit however is my goal so this gets a 5/11.  It’s a refreshing creamy ale with a hint of sweetness, but that’s about it.  It does what it needs to.  It’s fine, worth the price, accurate and I would maybe drink it again and recommend it.

No. 268 – Le Réservoir Saison Gingembre

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Ginger makes me think of ordering vietnamese food.  I ordered this for that reason alone.  Fortunately, it was a good beer.  The aroma is spicy, but is by no means overwhelming as is the taste.   My initial note just says that this was like drinking vietnamese food but it was better than that.  I’d like to try it with mildly spicy food to see how it matches up.  It gets a 6/11, the same as the cream ale except that it gets an extra yes for having that little something different about it.

No. 269 – Le Réservoir Cérise

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This was a surprise.  On first taste it was a little sour but something strange came through in the aftertaste that was nice.  It was almost chocolatey.  I’m not sure where that came from but it was definitely there for the first few gulps.  There are hints of cherry of course but the taste was a little different than I would have expected.  It’s a strange one this – I don’t know if I’d drink it again but I’d suggest trying it.  It’s also fine, accurate, worth the price and has something different.  So 5/11.

No. 270 – Le Réservoir Vermont 2xIPA

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The best drink of the night, with the oddest description.  I thought this was going to be a double hopped IPA but it turned out to be a hoppy cream ale style beer.  It was creamy like a good cream ale but the hops came through strongly in the aroma and taste.  The ale itself was fruity – citrus that you would expect from a hoppier beer.  This was a great mixture of styles and quite a surprise.  7/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price, different, for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability and for the fact that I would go out of my way for a pint of this.

No. 271 – Le Réservoir Tripel

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I didn’t really write too many notes at this point, unfortunately.  However, this tripel was surprisingly fruity for a stronger ale.  I quite liked it for this.  And that’s that.  6/11 for everything the Vermont has bar being different.

No. 272 – Le Réservoir Pilsner Américain

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My favourite picture of the night and a decent beer too.  It has a nice burnt malty aroma and this comes through in the flavour strongly.  I like maltyness so that’s a good thing.  I think from memory that it’s a little better than the average pilsner.  5/11 for being good, accurate, worth the price and for drink-again-ability and recommend-ability.

So that’s my second trip to Le Réservoir (first one here) and another mixture of mostly good beers.  I foresee one further trip before the end of the year to explore their IPAs.

 

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Nos. 208 – 209 – Rosée d’Hibiscus and Aphrodisiaque from Dieu du Ciel

Nos. 208 – 209 – Rosée d’Hibiscus and Aphrodisiaque from Dieu du Ciel

I’m having a couple of beers brewed in Canada to celebrate Canada’s birthday, nothing to do with raging alcoholism…

No. 208 – Rosée d’Hibiscus

This was a pleasant surprise, a few beers I’ve tried with ‘spices’ have been quite frankly just sour, and I’m not a fan of overly sour beer.  It looks great, a glowing red and is quite bubbly.  I don’t have the skill to develop a description of the aroma beyond the word ‘floral’ but it’s definitely floral.  To taste, it’s also floral, a little bitter/sour but not too much.  They’ve achieved a really nice balance with this one between a standard wheat beer and a more fruity white beer.  It hits the palette quickly, leaving very little aftertaste and as such is quite refreshing – definitely good for this time of year.

Yes, it’s good.  Yes, it’s worth the price ($2.69+tax so $3.00 pretty much).  Yes, the description is spot on.  Yes, it has a little something different.  Yes, I’d drink it again.  Yes, I’d recommend it. Yes, I’d go out of my way for it.

A solid 7/11 and one of the best bright red coloured beers I’ve had so far.

No. 209 – Aphrodisiaque

I’ve seen this beer around a lot but never purchased it, despite the picture and the fact that I love stout.  Now, I have seen the error of my ways.  This is a great beer.  It has a dark mousse-like head and a mild aroma of vanilla and chocolate.  The aroma was not strong, but I may have served it at too cold a temperature.  To taste, this was a little different from other stouts.  The beer itself had a mousse-like texture the most of the way down so it felt like quite a light stout.  This was a good thing to me.  It has a chocolate quality to it and a hint of vanilla, which stays at the front of the palette long afterwards.  This, to me at least, is also a good thing.  But the best thing is that lighter texture.

Yes, it’s good.  Yes, it’s worth the price ($2.69/$3.00 again).  Yes, it’s accurate.  Yes, it’s a little different.  Yes, I’d drink it again.  Yes, I’d recommend it.  Yes, I’d go out of my way for it and Yes, I’d go out in a snowstorm for it.

A great 8/11 for Aphrodisiaque – I love it.

Only 291 beers to go!