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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Sunday, April 24, 2011

Brasserie de Saint-Sylvestre Bière Nouvelle

Brasserie Saint-Sylvestre Bière Nouvelle (8%): a strong ale from France. From the makers of the well-known 3 Monts, Bière Nouvelle is a medium body Biere de Garde (Keeping Beer).

  • Pours a nice medium amber liquid.
  • Smells bitter.
  • Flavor is bitter with hints of orange.
  • Aftertaste is malty/caramel-like.
  • Buzz is not that strong for ABV.
  • Boring bottle.


Verdict: a fairly solid bière de garde.


Grade:B-



Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beck's

Beck's (5%): a pale lager from Germany. Beck's is a popular German lager.

  • Pours a very pale golden liquid.
  • Smells slightly grainy.
  • Taste is rather thin with hints curry-like spice and nuts.
  • Aftertaste is ... almost non-existant.
  • Bad buzz ... gave me a mild headache.
  • Boring bottle.


Verdict: mediocre.


Grade:D+






















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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Rickard's Red

Rickard's Red (5.2%): an amber ale from Canada. Not too long ago I tried Rickard's White and thought it was excellent. If you follow the blog on a regular basis you know I'm a big fan of ambers, hence I had to try Rickard's Red.


  • Pours a beautiful red liquid, yes it's really red!
  • Smells somewhat fruity, kind of grape-like.
  • Flavor is rather thin with some bitterness and malt.
  • Aftertaste is agreeable, reminds me of dry fruits like dates.
  • Weak buzz.
  • Boring can.


Verdict: a fairly solid amber ale. Unfortunately it's too thin.


Grade:B-



Thursday, April 14, 2011

Don De Dieu

Don De Dieu (9%): a triple white ale from Canada. Quebec's Unibroue offers this strong wheat beer (Don De Dieu means "Gift of God" in French).

  • Pours a medium orange liquid. The foam is generous and ...wild!
  • Smells fruity, grapes come to mind.
  • Flavor is fairly complex with hints of anise, grapes and figs.
  • Aftertaste is caramel-like.
  • Medium buzz which is surprising for a 9% brew.
  • Nice label/bottle (cool ship!).


Verdict: a solid strong white.


Grade:B



Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale

Alexander Keith's Red Amber Ale (5%): an amber ale from Canada. I tried Alexander Keith's IPA last summer when I was vacationing in Toronto; now it's time to review Alex's Amber.

  • Pours a dark reddish liquid.
  • Smell is slightly sweet.
  • Flavor is slightly bitter and caramel-like.
  • Aftertaste is kind of weird. Liquid rice comes to mind.
  • Weak buzz.
  • Boring can?


Verdict: average, not really worth it.


Grade:C+



Monday, April 11, 2011

Benelux Gaïa

Benelux Gaïa (5%): a white ale from Canada. I tried another brew at Benelux, the well-known Montreal microbrewery near McGill University: Gaïa, a wheat beer.

  • Pours a spectacular troubled yellow liquid, It's really really yellow.
  • Smells like oysters! I'm not kidding.
  • The dry flavor is not bad. There is a strong wheat tone to it.
  • The aftertaste is slightly fruity: hints of lemon and peach.
  • Buzz is alright for ABV.


Verdict: if it wasn't for the fishy smell, I would have given a much better grade.


Grade:C






















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Sunday, April 10, 2011

Benelux Armada

Benelux Armada (6.8%): a strong brown ale from Canada. Benelux is a popular microbrewery near McGill University in Montreal, it's always packed but today was an exception so I decided to go there (sorry no picture of the brew).

  • Pours a dark brown liquid.
  • Smells a bit like anise.
  • Interesting flavor with hints of dark chocolate, mint and anise.
  • Aftertaste is strong and earthy, quite coffee-like.
  • Strong buzz.


Verdict: an excellent choice if you're into strong darker ales and happen to be in Montreal.


Grade:A


















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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blanche de Chambly

Blanche de Chambly (5%): a white ale from Canada. This is a wheat beer from Unibroue, the famous Chambly,Quebec brewery; hence the name.

  • Pours a nice troubled dark yellow liquid.
  • Smells really citrusy.
  • Flavor is quite acid with hints of lemon and lime.
  • The aftertaste is slightly spicy (mostly orange peel and coriander flavors).
  • Buzz is slight but agreeable.
  • Unibroue bottles/labels are always cool!


Very: a very solid white. Recommended.


Grade:B+



Friday, April 8, 2011

Boréale Blanche

 Boréale Blanche (4.2%): an organic white ale from Canada. I'm a very forgiving person so I gave another chance to Boréale, a brand of organic ales from Quebec. I REALLY disliked their Blonde, that's for sure.

  • Pours a slightly cloudy pale yellow liquid.
  • Smells nothing.
  • This brew has a strong ginger flavor...it's like drinking flat ginger ale lol. 
  • The aftertaste is mild, reminds me of chemical floral flavors/smells (Airwick?).
  • Slight buzz.


Verdict: it's not disgusting, won't give you a headache ... but hardly tastes like beer. Not worth it.


Grade:C-



Sunday, April 3, 2011

Coup De Grisou

Coup De Grisou (5%): a white beer from Canada. From the makers of 'Belle Gueule', this is a wheat beer flavored with coriander and orange peel. Had this on-tap.

  • Pours a nice troubled golden liquid.
  • Smells citrusy.
  • Flavor is slightly bitter with hints of lemon.
  • Aftertaste is quite sweet with hints of orange and apricot.
  • Good buzz for ABV.
  • Weird label, isn't it?


Verdict: an excellent white. Highly recommended.


Grade:A+



Saturday, April 2, 2011

Maudite

Maudite (8%): a strong dark ale from Canada. 'Maudite' (French for "cursed") is another well-known strong ale from Unibroue the famous Chambly,Quebec brewery (see La Fin du Monde). Had this on-tap at a bar in Montreal.

  • Pours a dark amber liquid.
  • No smell.
  • Flavor is caramel-like with hints of chestnuts.
  • Aftertaste is quite fruity: grapes and apples mostly.
  • Mega buzz.
  • I like the evil character on the label.


Verdict: a great dark ale. Loved the complex aroma.


Grade:A