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