Saturday, March 26, 2011

Newcastle Brown Ale

Newcastle Brown Ale (4.7%): a brown ale from the UK. Newcastle is a well-known specialty brand owned by Dutch giant Heineken. However, the brews are still produced in England. Newcastle Brown Ale has achieved somewhat of a cult status in the US (I can't recall going to a supermarket in Boston and NOT seeing the bottles/cans with the famous star).

  • Pours a ... medium/dark amber liquid, I wouldn't call that 'brown' at all.
  • Smells fruity, kind of grape-like.
  • Flavor is really thin for a darker brew. I detect some grapes, a tiny bit of anise ... and not much else!
  • Aftertaste is a bit metallic.
  • Good buzz, especially considering the low ABV.
  • Of course the can is classic.


Not a bad brew, just too watery.


Grade:B-



Sunday, March 20, 2011

Rickard's White

Rickard's White (5.4%): a white ale from Canada. Rickard's is a brand of specialty brews owned by Molson.

  • Pours a beautiful deep cloudy orange liquid.
  • Smells slightly citrusy.
  • Initial flavor is quite acid with hints of orange and lemon; a wheat aroma come slightly later.
  • Aftertaste is very floral (Rose/Violette).
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Boring can? Who cares tho?


Verdict: a good surprise! The complex flavor is irresistible.


Grade:A



Saturday, March 19, 2011

Molson Export Ale

Molson Export Ale (5%): a pale ale from Canada. This is one of the best-known beers from Canada.

  • Pours a pale transparent golden liquid.
  • Smells slightly fruity.
  • Very clean dry taste with a slight hint of grapes.
  • Aftertaste is quite grainy, reminds me of unsweetened cornflakes.
  • Slight buzz.
  • Cool can, feeling the no-nonsense design.


Verdict: an unspectacular yet solid ale.


Grade:B






















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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds L'Amère Veilleuse

Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds L'Amère Veilleuse (6%): a strong amber ale from Canada. A strong amber from Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds, the Chambly,Quebec microbrewery.

  • Pours a nice medium amber liquid.
  • Has a nice floral smell.
  • Flavor is extremely bitter, it reminds me of unmixed Martini bitters.
  • The aftertaste is really interesting: mint, rose and anise.
  • Good buzz.


Verdict: If you're into hoppy ales, this one's a good choice.


Grade:A-




















For more info, please check the brewery's official website:
http://www.bedondaine.com/EN/accueil.html

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds Sainte Nitouche

Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds Sainte Nitouche (5%): a lager from Canada. A golden lager from the Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds microbrewery located in Chambly,Quebec.

  • Pours a nice medium golden liquid. Appearance is slightly troubled.
  • Slight bitter smell.
  • Flavor is rather sweet with hints of sugared cereals and peach.
  • Aftertaste is quite dry, almost rice-like.


Verdict: a solid brew with lots of character.


Grade:B




















For more info please check the brewery's official website:

http://www.bedondaine.com/EN/accueil.html

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds brewery and beer museum

Last weekend I visited the 'Bedondaine et Bedons Ronds' microbrewery and beer museum in Chambly,Quebec (about 25 km south east of Montreal). A truly awesome place! The brewery serves a home-made selection of lagers, ales and stouts (I tried a golden lager and a very hoppy ale; definitely good stuff). Perhaps the best part was the "museum": 26,000 bottles and other beer-related items on display throughout the bar!

The brewery's storefront.



















The brewery's founder and a portion of the massive beer bottle collection.



Monday, March 14, 2011

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale

Kilkenny Irish Cream Ale (4.3%): an amber ale from Ireland. This brew has many avid fans, why? Because it's cool to drink Irish beer? It's from the makers of the famous Guinness? Or maybe it's the ball inside the can? Anyways I had to try it.


  • Pours a weird green/beige liquid.
  • Smells nothing.
  • Flavor is almost non-existent, I detect a tiny bit of nuts and caramel.
  • No aftertaste.
  • Refreshing ...like water!
  • No buzz, at 4.3% that's not very surprising.
  • Can is boring at best. 


Verdict: not a bad brew, just too watery.


Grade:C



Sunday, March 13, 2011

Les 3 Brasseurs Stout

Les 3 Brasseurs Stout (5.6%): a stout from Canada. This is a seasonal brew from the French Pub chain "Les 3 Brasseurs"; it is only brewed and served at their Canadian locations around St Patrick's Day.

  • Pours a very dark brown liquid.
  • Smells bitter with hints of caramel.
  • Flavor is fairly bitter with a slight hint of caramel.
  • After taste is quite smooth (hints of vanilla).
  • Good buzz.


Verdict: a solid stout.


Grade:B+



Friday, March 11, 2011

La Fin Du Monde

La Fin Du Monde (9%): a Tripel Ale from Canada. La Fin du Monde (The end of the world in French) is often mentioned as Canada's best brew. Produced in Quebec by passionate Belgian beer lovers, it has won many international prizes.


  • Pours a cloudy orange liquid.
  • Smells slightly bitter, I detect some anise.
  • Awesome complex flavor with hints of anise, licorice, peach, citrus.
  • Extremely smooth and drinkable, especially considering the ABV.
  • Mega buzz.
  • Classic bottle and label (the name itself makes me want to purchase this).


Verdict: Classic brew! Nuff said...


Grade: A+



Thursday, March 10, 2011

Les 3 Brasseurs Equinoxe

Les 3 Brasseurs Equinoxe (6.2%): a strong amber ale from France. I just moved to Montreal, Canada and the first thing I did was going to Les 3 Brasseurs pub (which originated in Northern France). I noticed they had a seasonal ale called "Equinoxe" I never tried before (looks like the brew pictured on the right).

  • Pours a beautiful bronze liquid.
  • Smells slightly fruity.
  • The complex bitter-sweet flavor is really nice: hints of dark chocolate, grapes, apples.
  • Good buzz.


Verdict: an excellent choice if you're into ambers.


Grade:A-



Monday, March 7, 2011

Maltesse Blonde

Maltesse Blonde (7.7%): a strong ale from France. This is a fairly rare French strong ale.

  • Pours a beautiful troubled medium amber liquid.
  • Smells bitter.
  • Immediate taste is very bitter like a strong coffee, a plum favor appears slightly later.
  • After taste is also bitter with hints of coffee and dark chocolate. 
  • Buzz is moderate for ABV, on the other hand it's quite easy to drink. 
  • Bottle design is not bad. 


Verdict: this one has a lot of character. One piece of advice: drink this at room temperature (or a tad colder) in order to mitigate the bitterness. All in all it's a solid brew.


Grade:B



Thursday, March 3, 2011

PIETRA

Pietra (6%): a strong amber lager from France. This strong chestnut-flavored lager comes from the Corsica Island in the Mediterranean sea; it's a fairly well-know specialty beer in France.


  •  Pours a nice medium-amber liquid.
  • Smells bitter.
  • Very bitter taste, reminiscent of ... raw chestnuts!
  • The aftertaste is awful: hints of vitamin C powder and cough syrup.
  • Not sure about the buzz ... I didn't drink enough to really tell.
  • Boring bottle.


Verdict: it's a bad brew for sure!


Grade:D-



Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Vivat Triple

Vivat Triple (8.3%): a triple ale from France. The pottery-style bottle caught my eye! I had a good feeling about it.

  • Pours a beautiful cloudy golden liquid.
  • Smells flowery mostly rose.
  • The flavor is quite dry almost smoky.
  • The after-taste is very flowery: hints of rose, violette. There is also a fruity sensation that comes later: mostly lemon and peach.
  • Mega Buzz.
  • Again the original bottle is just superb.


Verdict: a world-class strong ale with a unique complex flavor. Highly recommended.


Grade:A+