Thursday, December 29, 2011

Les 3 Brasseurs Bière de Noël

Les 3 Brasseurs Bière de Noël (7.2%): a strong amber ale from Canada. This is a seasonal brew available around Christmas time at Canadian locations of the French pub chain "Les 3 Brasseurs".

  • Pours a medium amber liquid.
  • Has a strong grape aroma.
  • Surprisingly: flavor is very thin. It's basically like drinking water. hum hum ...
  • Aftertaste has a slight touch of honey-like sweetness.
  • Weak buzz.
  • At least I got a cool beermat out of this! (see below). 


Verdict: this was quite disappointing. It won't kill you but I can't recommend this (way too thin, especially for the style).

Grade: C-


A cool beermat provided with this beer

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Harpoon IPA

Harpoon IPA (5.9%): an IPA from the US. Had this one on tap at a restaurant in Boston.

  • Pours a nice orange-gold liquid.
  • Aroma is fruity, a bit raspberry-like.
  • Flavor is also fruity with notes of peach, raspberry and citrus.
  • Aftertaste is fairly bitter with a touch of caramel.
  • Maybe I was tired ... but I had a mega buzz out of this.
  • I like the artsy, colorful label/bottle. 


Verdict: very solid American IPA. Recommended. 


Grade:A-



Monday, November 21, 2011

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale

St-Ambroise Apricot Wheat Ale (5%): a fruit beer from Canada. This is an apricot-flavored white ale from the well-known Montreal brewery 'McAuslan Brewing'.

  • Pours a nice orange/golden liquid.
  • It does smell like .... apricot.
  • Flavor is a very agreeable mix of peach, apricot and orange.
  • Aftertaste is nutty and roasted.
  • Good buzz.
  • I'm feeling this orange variant of the St-Ambroise label.


Verdict: this one was delicious. I need more!


Grade: A+



Sunday, November 20, 2011

Sleeman Red Ale

Sleeman Red Ale (5.5%): an amber ale from Canada . Also sold as "Sleeman Rousse" in Quebec.

  • Pours a nice medium amber liquid.
  • No aroma.
  • Tastes like cardboard .... with a slight hint of nuts.
  • Aftertaste is also "cardboardy".
  • Fairly good buzz.
  • The beautiful color goes well with the transparent bottle. 


Verdict: pretty bad flavor. Avoid.


Grade: D



Sunday, November 13, 2011

Coronita

Another example of "smaller is better" marketing tactic: Mexican giant Modelo is selling its worldwide famous Corona beer in 7 oz (20.7 cl) bottles. The smaller bottles are marketed under the "Coronita" name.

The small Coronita bottle next to a 12 oz bottle.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Molson Dry Cold Shots 6.5

Molson Dry Cold Shots 6.5 (6.5%): a malt liquor from Canada.  Because youngsters love Redbull and other energy drinks, Canadian giant Molson had the "great idea" of selling Molson Dry 6.5 in tiny 250 ml (8 oz) cans.Wow how silly is this? But I must admit the can is cute.

  • Pours a pale golden liquid.
  • Smells like grain (rice).
  • As expected taste is metallic.
  • Aftertaste is sweet with hints of rice and molasses. 
  • Good buzz.
  • Like I said previously: can looks pretty good.


Verdict: Average brew (but amazing marketing?).


Grade:C+



The can by itself




















The can next to 12 oz beer bottle

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Gavroche

Gavroche (8.5%): a strong ale from France. Made by Brasserie de Saint-Sylvestre in Northern France (3 Monts, Bière Nouvelle), Gavroche is an amber bière de garde (beer of keeping). This brew takes its name from the fictional character in the Victor Hugo novel 'Les Misérables'.

  • Pours a very nice pale amber liquid.
  • Has a strong grape flavor.
  • The complex flavor is woody, earthy and nutty.
  • Aftertaste is fairly sweet with notes of grapes and citrus.
  • Smooth buzz.
  • Label is stylish and quite distinctive.


Verdict: an original yet delicious strong ale. Highly recommended.


Grade:A



Friday, October 28, 2011

Trois Pistoles

Trois Pistoles (9%): a strong dark ale from Canada. Another well-known strong ale from the Chambly,Quebec brewery Unibroue.

  • Pours a dark amber liquid.
  • Aroma is definitely fruity: I "detect" banana and grapes.
  • Flavor is quite complex with hints of caramel, grapes, tangerines and seltzers.
  • Aftertaste is sweet (vanilla and cinnamon). 
  • Strong but smooth buzz. 
  • You gotta love the horse with wings on the label.


Verdict: Delicious! Definitely a world-class brew.


Grade: A



Friday, October 21, 2011

Labatt Wildcat Lager

Labatt Wildcat Lager (4.9%): an adjunct lager from Canada. Wildcat Lager is a budget/cheap brew from Canadian giant Labatt. I bought a 40oz at the local supermarket (for some reason I was really attracted to the bottle).

  • Pours a very pale piss-like golden liquid.
  • Smells somewhat like metal. Does that make sense?
  • Sweet flavor, reminds me of vitamin C tablets. 
  • You definitely feel the adjuncts in the aftertaste (rice).
  • Weak buzz.
  • The bottle/label is really nice. Props to the graphic designers who created a wicked creature.


Verdict: It won't kill you but definitely not enjoyable. I mean .... who really wants to drink a beer that tastes like vitamins?


Grade:D



Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Valentins Weißbier

 Valentins Weißbier (5.3%): a white ale from Germany. Found this Hefeweizen style white ale at my local liquor store.

  • Pours a pale yellowish troubled liquid.
  • Strong lemon aroma.
  • Thin standard wheat flavor. 
  • Aftertaste reminds me of anise.
  • Decent buzz.
  • I like the golden can, is that Jesus on the label?


Verdict: It's drinkable but quite forgettable. Not really worth it.


Grade: C



Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Natürtrub

Hacker-Pschorr Hefe Weisse Natürtrub (5.5%): a white ale from Germany. This is a famous weissbier; found that bottle at my local liquor store.

  • Pours a beautiful troubled orange-like liquid.
  • Slight lemon aroma.
  • Flavor is rather thin, somewhat citrus-like (mostly orange).
  • Agreeable nutty/caramel aftertaste.
  • Smooth buzz.
  • Boring bottle.


Verdict: a solid white beer. However it's too thin to be considered a classic (sorry beer snobs!).


Grade:B



Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Grimbergen Dubbel

Grimbergen Dubbel (6.5%): a strong ale from Belgium. This is a double ale from the well-known Belgian brand.


  • Pours a dark brown/purple liquid. Beautiful color I must say.
  • Smells absolutely nothing.
  • Taste is definitely fruity with hints of red grapes and dates.
  • Aftertaste is also fruity with a slight caramel touch.
  • Smooth buzz.
  • As always with Grimbergen: awesome bottle/label.


Verdict: a solid ale, would have rated higher had it have an aroma.


Grade:B



Monday, October 10, 2011

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale

Samuel Smith's Nut Brown Ale (5%): a brown Ale from the UK. This one is a famous English ale, had to try it.

  • Pours a light amber liquid.
  • Nutty aroma.
  • Flavor is slightly hoppy with hints of dark chocolate, coffee and nuts.
  • Aftertaste is earthy, fairly bitter.
  • Buzz is okay, fairly smooth.
  • Very elegant old school bottle.


Verdict: Very solid brew. Recommended.


Grade:B+



Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Abbaye Des Rocs Brune

Abbaye Des Rocs Brune (9%): a strong dark ale from Belgium. I found this one at the local liquor store, never heard of it before.

  • Pours a troubled dark amber liquid.
  • Agreeable aroma with hints of grapes and nuts.
  • Nice complex flavor : red grapes, seltzers and caramel. 
  • Aftertaste is reminiscent of dry fruits such as dates. 
  • Mega yet smooth buzz.
  • Boring bottle/label, but who cares?


Verdict: this dark ale was smooth, intense and original at the same time. What more can you ask for?


Grade:A



Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Midnight Sun Espresso Stout

Midnight Sun Espresso Stout (6.1%): a strong stout from Canada. So this stout's from .... Yukon, Canada! It's flavored with ground coffee.

  • Pours a dark brown liquid (hey it's a stout!).
  • Smells like artificial coffee... cream included!
  • Taste is bitter, smokey and fairly metallic overall.
  • Aftertaste is sweet, somewhat white-wine like! 
  • Gave me a slight headache. But yea I got a mega buzz out of this.
  • At least the label ROCKS! You gotta love the bird with the coffee bean in his mouth.


Verdict: it's an interesting concept (stout + coffee has been done before though) BUT err... this isn't a very good beer to say the least.


Grade:D



Thursday, September 22, 2011

Éphémère Cassis / Black Currant

Éphémère Cassis / Black Currant (5.5%): a fruit beer from Canada. This is my second black currant flavored ale after Lindemans Cassis.

  • Pours a beautiful pink-orange liquid. Truly awesome.
  • Agreeable fruity aroma. I "feel" black currants, grapes and grapefruits.
  • Taste is bitter, quite citrus-like.
  • Aftertaste is more sugary (think sweet oranges). I also detect a slight wheat aftertaste.
  • Smooth buzz.
  • Nice bottle/label.


Verdict: an excellent fruit beer. Highly recommended.


Grade:A



Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Carling Black Label

Carling Black Label (5%): an adjunct lager from Canada. Carling is well-known brand within the English-speaking world. The brewery traces its roots to London, Ontario and is now part of the Molson Coors empire. Black label is without a doubt the brand's flagship product.

  • Pours a pale blond liquid.
  • Aroma is somewhat nutty.
  • Thin flavor with slights hints of peach.
  • You definitely feel the adjuncts in the aftertaste (corn and rice mostly).
  • Buzz is okay.
  • The elegant label/bottle is a piece of art.


Verdict: an inoffensive lager. Is it worth it? probably not ... but it won't kill you.


Grade:C






















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Friday, September 16, 2011

Alexander Keith's Premium White

Alexander Keith's Premium White (5%): a white beer from Canada. This is a white ale flavored with orange essence and spices.

  • Pours a light golden, slightly troubled liquid.
  • Aroma is lemonish.
  • Has a strong unrefined lemon flavor.
  • Aftertaste is sweet, almost rice-like.
  • Buzz is okay.
  • White label is boring.


Verdict: this was passable. It feels more like a Corona or Bud Light Lime than your typical witbier.


Grade:C+



Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Boréale Noire

Boréale Noire (5.5%): a stout from Quebec, Canada. Needless to say I've been pretty disappointed with the Boréale brand so far. The "Blonde" gave me a headache; the "Blanche" (white) was errr .... quite chemical. But like I said before I'm a very forgiving beer finder and decided to try the brand's stout.

  • Pours a deep brown liquid; nice beige foam.
  • Very nice dark chocolate aroma with hints of grapes.
  • Delicious dark chocolate taste. 
  • Aftertaste is somewhat seltzer-like. There is also a secondary caramel aftertaste.
  • Smooth buzz, I felt good.
  • The darker standard bottle looks quite elegant.


Verdict: this was a pleasant surprise. Highly recommended stout.


Grade: A



Sunday, September 4, 2011

Les 3 Brasseurs Beermat

Got this neat Les 3 Brasseurs beermat at one of their locations on St Catherine Street in Montreal.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Rickard's Dark Beermat

Got these cool French-language Rickard's Dark beermats at a suburban Montreal restaurant.


Sunday, August 7, 2011

Griffon Rousse

Griffon Rousse (4.5%): an amber ale from Canada. From the makers of St-Ambroise Pale Ale (Montreal's McAuslan Brewing).

  • Pours a nice chestnut brown liquid.
  • The aroma is slightly caramel-like.
  • Flavor is metallic/seltzer-like but rather thin.
  • Aftertaste is earthy, almost woody.
  • Good buzz despite low ABV.
  • I like the cool creature on the label.


Verdict: a decent brew, unfortunately it's a bit too thin. 


Grade:B-



Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Molson Canadian 67 Sublime

Molson Canadian 67 Sublime(3%): a light lager from Canada. Molson ,like most large breweries, is jealous of Corona's success so it feels the need to offer light lagers flavored with lime/lemon. 67 stands for 67 calories.

  • Pours a very light golden liquid.
  • Citrus smell, not shocking.
  • Taste is faint with notes of artificial lemon juice.
  • Aftertaste is also very chemical-like ... it's hard to describe.
  • Surprisingly gives a slight buzz and no headache.
  • The bottle is alright I suppose.


Verdict: that brew won't kill you but you'll wish you invested in a pack of Bud Light Lime or Corona instead.


Grade:D






















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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Barbãr Bok

Barbãr Bok (8%): a strong dark ale from Belgium. This is a strong dark ale flavored with honey.

  • Pours a nice dark brown liquid.
  • Awesome floral aroma! Reminds me of Jasmin and Violette.
  • Taste is sugary and caramel like. There's a weird chemical feel to it.
  • Aftertaste is slightly earthy. 
  • Weak buzz for ABV.
  • Bottle is nice, love the fonts on the label.


Verdict: despite the very nice aroma, I cannot recommend this brew. The artificial flavor is a big turn off. Below average.


Grade:C-



Sunday, July 17, 2011

Rickard's Blonde

Rickard's Blonde (5%): a lager from Canada. Rickard's Blonde is a new addition to the brewery owned by Molson. According to Molson, this is a classic pilsner lager.

  • Pours a light golden liquid.
  • Smells nothing.
  • Taste is thin, I detect a tiny bit of nuttiness.
  • Aftertaste is ... weird, kind of onion-like.
  • Okay buzz.
  • The golden can is fairly nice, really shinny. 


Verdict: too thin and weird aftertaste ... but won't kill you. Not worth it.


Grade:D+



Sunday, June 26, 2011

Corne Du Diable

Corne Du Diable (6.5%): a strong IPA from Canada. Another ale from the Montreal brewery Dieu du ciel. According to the brewer, this is a modern interpretation of the IPA style. Whatever that means.

  • Pours a nice orangy liquid.
  • Smells like a mango!
  • Taste is caramel-like with hints of citrus.
  • Aftertaste is ... guess what ... mango-like! There are also notes of apricot. Exquisite!
  • Good Buzz.
  • Great label. I like that evil character.


Verdict: this is hardly an IPA. But who cares? It really reminds me of strong fruity Belgian ales. Delicious!


Grade:A



Thursday, June 23, 2011

Rosée D'hibiscus

Rosée D'hibiscus (5.9%): a white ale from Canada. The Dieu du Ciel Brewery from Montreal is known for its orginal brews. Rosée D'hibiscus is no exception. While most wheat beers are flavored with citrus, this one uses hibiscus, a highly aromatic flower.

  • Pours a nice troubled rose liquid.
  • Nice floral aroma: rose, Violette.
  • Taste is sweet, very similar to the smell.
  • Aftertaste is more acid. You can definitely feel the citrus.
  • Good buzz.
  • Very nice label.


Verdict: original beer yet very solid. Highly recommended.


Grade:A-



Saturday, June 18, 2011

18th Mondial De La Biere Montreal 2011 Review





































So I went to the Mondial De La Biere (International Beer Fair) in Montreal which took place June 8-12. The atmosphere was just crazy! The Place Bonaventure exhibition halls were packed with drunk French Canadians who clearly came to have a good time. Anyways, I was a bit disappointed with the exhibitors (way too many industrial breweries with fancy booths .... I mean who cares about Heineken, Molson and Labatt at a beer fair?). Still there were quite a few small and medium-sized Quebec breweries with interesting products. I was particularly impressed by 'Dieu du Ciel' and its funky coffee stout and hibiscus wheat ale.
All in all it was a good event.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Le Cheval Blanc Blanche

Le Cheval Blanc Blanche (5%): a white ale from Canada. From the makers of the excellent Coup de Grisou, here's the Le Cheval Blanc Blanche: a Quebec witbier.

  • Pours a beautiful troubled pale liquid.
  • Smells slightly lemon-like.
  • Awesome acid taste with hints of seltzers and wheat.
  • The aftertaste is smooth and fairly sweet. Honey and citrus comes to mind.
  • Smooth buzz.
  • As far as the bottle goes ... I've never been a big fan of horses!


Verdict: an excellent choice if you're into white beer.


Grade:A



Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Rickard's Dark

Rickard's Dark (4.8%): a porter from Canada. Let me see, I tried Rickard's Red and White, now it's time for the darker ... you've guessed it: Rickard's Dark. This porter is brewed with maple syrup? Why? To make it more Canadian?

  • Pours a dark brown Coca-Cola-like liquid.
  • Smells nothing.
  • Flavor is thin, especially for the style: some maltiness and caramel.
  • Aftertaste is light as well. It's slightly sweet, caramel-like.
  • Weak buzz.
  • Boring bottle.


Verdict: a thin inoffensive brew. Won't kill you but quite bland.


Grade:C+



Sunday, June 5, 2011

Éphémère Apple

Éphémère Apple (5.5%): a fruit beer from Canada. Quebec's Unibroue offers a line of seasonal fruit beers called Éphémère (Ephemeral: literally lasting only one day). I tried the apple variant since ... I like apples?

  • Pours a slightly troubled golden liquid.
  • Smells like apple.
  • Flavor is dry, almost smoky. I really didn't expect that.
  • Aftertaste is fruity (guess what: hints of green apples. And honey/cinnamon).
  • Good buzz. I feel happy now.
  • Nice bottle. Apples and fairies ...


Verdict: a pleasant surprise.


Grade:A-



Wednesday, June 1, 2011

La Chouffe

La Chouffe (8%): a strong pale ale from Belgium. This is a well-known strong ale from the Mecca of Beer aka Belgium.

  • Pours a clear pale golden liquid.
  • Has a slight cinnamon smell.
  • Flavor is quite complex: pepper, cinnamon, citrus, apple.
  • Aftertaste is rather fruity: sour apples come to mind.
  • Buzz is fairly mild for ABV.
  • Cool bottle. Garden gnomes!!! lol


Verdict: very solid brew ... the peppery taste isn't for everyone though (not the easiest beer to drink).


Grade:B+



Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Labatt Porter

Labatt Porter (5%): a Porter from Canada. Hey beer lovers, wanna know the difference between Porters and Stouts? Well it's pretty much the same thing. Porters use crystal malts given them a slight caramel flavor while Stouts tend to be dryer. Back to our topic: I was browsing the local supermarket for brews (you know one of my favorite activities) and found this very elegant old school bottle saying Labatt Porter.

  • Pours a jet black liquid. 
  • Smells definitely like dark chocolate.
  • Flavor is kind of thin for the style. Hints of caramel, dark chocolate.
  • Aftertaste reminds me of milk-chocolate and medium roast coffee.
  • Fairly weak buzz.
  • That bottle/label = pure elegance.


Verdict: I liked it despite the relative thinness.


Grade:B



Monday, May 30, 2011

Alexander Keith's Dark Ale

Alexander Keith's Dark Ale (4.1%): a dark ale from Canada. Once in a while I like to try darker ales, you know me: I'm all for diversity!

  • Pours a dark brown liquid a la Coke, generous brown foam.
  • Smells somewhat like anise.
  • Nice intense dark chocolate flavor.
  • The aftertaste is buttery, biscuit-like like with hints of coffee.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • I like the Alexander Keith's logo on that black can.


Verdict: very solid dark ale. Recommended.


Grade:B+



Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lindemans Cassis

Lindemans Cassis (4%): a lambic beer from Belgium. This is a blackcurrant-flavored lambic (beer with spontaneous yeasts). I tried Lindemans Faro last year and it SUCKED! So why did I buy this? Well basically my girl is a blackcurrant lover and as you can imagine she "forced" me to buy.

  • Pours a purple liquid. Looks like red wine sort of.
  • Smells like some earthy wine.
  • Flavor has hints of blackcurrant but is quite reminiscent of sour red grapes.
  • Aftertaste is ... quite vinegar-like.
  • Weak buzz but hey it's 4%.
  • Funny bottle ... is that vinegar? 


Verdict: the flavor is alright but the aftertaste .... yuck!


Grade:D+



Friday, May 27, 2011

UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen

UFO Raspberry Hefeweizen (5.1%): a white ale from the US. This is a raspberry-flavored white beer from the Harpoon brewery. After trying UFO White (I was fairly disappointed), I HAD to give another chance to this line of beers.

  • Pours an orange-pinkish liquid.
  • Smells like .... rasperry!
  • Tastes like ... raspberry syrup.
  • Aftertaste is sweet, sugar-like.
  • Good Buzz.
  • Classy bottle


Not a bad brew, just not complex enough ... again I'm disappointed.


Grade:C+



Anchor Steam Beer

Anchor Steam Beer (4.9%): a steam beer from the US. During the American old west, because of extreme temperatures, it was pretty much impossible to make lager beer (which requires cool temperatures) so "cowboy brewers" had an idea: using lager yeasts at warmer ale temperatures. Today this particular style is commonly referred as California Common or steam beer, Anchor being the most popular brand.

  • Pours a nice light amber liquid.
  • Smell is caramel-like. 
  • Flavor is quite malty with hints of caramel.I detect seltzers too.
  • Aftertaste is earthy.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Cool bottle.


Verdict: a solid brew.


Grade:B



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

UFO White

UFO White (4.8%): a white ale from the US. I was vacationing in Boston and couldn't resist trying beers. UFO White is produced by the venerable Harpoon Brewery (which is based in Massachusetts).

  • Pours a nice troubled orangy liquid.
  • Smells like orange.
  • Flavors is definitely orange-like (was to be expected).
  • Aftertaste is sweet, slightly malty ... feels like soda sort of.
  • Weak buzz.
  • Nice bottle.


Verdict: flavor is not bad but lacks complexity. It's a bit like an alcoholic version of Fanta.


Grade:C+



Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Molson M

Molson M (4.9%): an adjunct lager from Canada. Molson M is the first "Micro-carbonated" lager in the world. Oh man, beer marketeers are so uninspired these days.

  • Pours a medium yellow liquid.
  • Smells slightly fruity (apricots!!).
  • Flavor is fruity with hints of apricots, citrus and peach.
  • Aftertaste is citrus-like.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Classy bottle/label.


Verdict: a solid lager.


Grade:B






















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Blonde de Chambly

Blonde de Chambly (5%): a farmhouse ale from Canada. Unibroue is well-known for its strong ales, but the brewery also produces beers with more modest ABV's such as the seasonal 'Blonde de Chambly' (yup there are blond girls on the label !).

  • Pours a nice yellow troubled liquid.
  • Smells like wheat and citrus.
  • As expected, flavor is quite citrus-like, fairly acid.
  • Aftertaste is slightly spicey, curry-like with earthy undertones.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Fairly nice chicks on the bottle.


Verdict: a nice brew.


Grade:A-



Saturday, May 14, 2011

Sleeman Silver Creek Lager

Sleeman Silver Creek Lager (5%): an adjunct lager from Canada. I had this at a bar in Montreal.

  • Pours a transparent golden liquid.
  • Smells nothing.
  • Tastes like your standard cheap lager: thin with minimal bitterness.
  • Aftertaste is slightly metallic.
  • Gave me a slight headache. Bad buzz.


Verdict: mediocre.


Grade:D





Saturday, April 30, 2011

La Messagère

La Messagère (4.7%): a gluten-free pale ale from Canada. Last time I tried a gluten-free beer (Moulin Des Moines Biere Sans Gluten), it wasn't a pleasant experience to say the least. La Messagère is brewed by the Nouvelle France Microbrasserie in Quebec and is made with rice and buckwheat.

  • Pours a ... wait that brew is completely clear!!!
  • Smells nothing.
  • Is that beer or ... flat diluted ginger ale? Very thin flavor.
  • Aftertaste is kind of chemical, reminds me of aspartame.
  • No buzz.
  • Cheap bottle.


Verdict: not beer, more of a bad alcopop. Not worth it.


Grade:D



Friday, April 29, 2011

St-Ambroise Pale Ale

St-Ambroise Pale Ale (5%): a pale ale from Canada. St Ambroise is a popular brand of ales in Quebec, so I definitely had to try their most popular brew.

  • Pours a pale-medium orangy liquid.
  • Smells slightly fruity (citrus smell).
  • Nice fruity flavor with hints of bitter orange, lime.
  • Aftertaste is very-peach like, almost floral.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Nice bottle (cool monster on label).


Verdict: a very nice pale ale. Recommended.


Grade:A-



Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Labatt 50

Labatt 50 (5%): a pale ale from Canada. Labatt 50 is quite legendary in Canada. The name refers to the 50 year partnership (back in 1950) between John and Hugh Labatt, grandsons of founder John K. Labatt. It was the highest selling beer in Canuck country until 1979 (damn lagers! just kidding).

  • Pours a basic gold liquid.
  • Smells slightly fruity (apricots).
  • Flavor is quite smooth with hints of apricots and citrus.
  • The aftertaste is slightly bitter (think of bitter oranges).
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Can is a tad boring? 


Verdict: a very solid ale. Pleasant surprise.


Grade:A-






















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Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Smithwick's

Smithwick's (5%): an amber ale from Ireland. Smithwick's a red/amber ale by the famous Irish brewery Guinness.

  • Pours a nice dark red liquid.
  • No smell.
  • Taste is somewhat thin with nice hints of coffee, dark chocolate and anise.
  • Aftertaste is slight yet somewhat earthy, coffee-like.
  • Slight buzz.
  • I'm not a big fan of the bottle. Too dark.


Verdict: a good brew, I would have given an A if it wasn't for the lightness.


Grade:B+






















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