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


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?).


The can by itself

The can next to 12 oz beer bottle

Thursday, November 3, 2011


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.