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I would love to know the story behind the naming of this beer!

Chris had a little surprise for me when we met up last weekend.  He had a nice bottle of Rigor Mortis.  I have not had this beer in many, many years.  I think the last time would have been when we lived up the road from Dieu du Ciel!.

About the Beer – It poured a very cloudy brown colour.  Almost like mud.  Fantastic thick head that left tons of lacing in the glass.  The aroma was of caramel, burnt or brown sugar, yeast, and a bit of alcohol.  The flavour was really complex.  Lots of malt, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and even a tiny bit of chocolate.  The alcohol taste is noticable but quit pleasant.

Would I Drink it Again? – Absolutely, it is a big beer best enjoyed on its own.

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Chris from the Torontobeerblog.com and I got together to try a few special beers.  I decided to review all three instead of only one today!

This was the first beer Chris and I dipped into.  I finagled a bottle of Lupulus by chatting up the beer guy at Marché Omni.  Once we got talking he asked if I wanted something special.  I said, you bet!  He went into the back and brought it out!

About the Beer – It poured a pale golden colour with a tiny bit of haze.  Fantastic head.  Very foamy.  The aroma was of green apple, yeast, sweetness, and the woods.  The taste was very unique, I loved it.  A sweet malt start mixed in with something candied (Chris said bubblegum).  This was followed by some nice hops, possibly citrus as well as a bit of spice.

Would I Drink it Again? – In a heartbeat, fantastic beer!  My favourite from Charlevoix so far! (Well maybe tied with the Milk Stout!)

On to the next beer one!

Next in line was a beer I have been waiting to try.  Chimay Blue.  I was told this would be my favourite of the Chimay’s.  Well they were right.  Great beer!

About the Beer – It poured a very cloudy brownish red.  Not much of a head.  The aroma was of plum, raisan, slight sweetness, and a bit of alcohol.  The taste was very complex.  Lots of sweet malt which was followed by plum mixed with some spices I could not name.  There is also that famous Belgian yeast flavour that comes out as it warmed up.  There was even a tiny bit of bitterness!  (I wrote down lively beer!)

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, and yes, followed by YES!

Last but by no means least.

One final beer of the night (well not really but I stopped reviewing after this one!).

About the Beer – It poured a very cloudy brown colour with tons of yeast particles floating about.  There was a thick mocha coloured head.  The aroma was of port and plums with a slight mustiness, maybe even vanilla???  The taste was just as complex as the Chimay.  Lots of plum, burnt sugar, molasses, alcohol, and a pepper finish.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yep, it moved near the top of my favourites list!

Check out what Chris thought about the beers at his Blog: TorontoBeerBlog.com

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I think I should have called it Quebec Beer Month!

Since attending Meet the Brewers of Charlevoix night I have been digging into my stock of their beers.  Here is another that I picked up in a 4 pack which contained one milk stout, two ESB and a Herkules DIPA.

About the Beer – It poured a cloudy amber colour with a huge head.  The aroma was slightly sour with hits of floral hops.  The taste was rich with caramel malt, earthy bitter, tangerine, and a wee bit of citrus.  Very smooth beer.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, not what you would expect from an ESB (in a good way).

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Running short on time so this will be a quick post.

Another beer from the Quebec stash.

About the Beer – It poured a hazy dark brown colour with a small head that receded to a thick ring.  The aroma was of light caramel, coffee, and chocolate.  The taste was nice.  It started with a bold coffee and chocolate mix.  This was followed by some raisin and alcohol.  It finished with a slight bit of bitter.  Surprisingly this beer had a very thick feel in the mouth.

Would I Drink it Again? – Sure, I would not go out of my way to grab one but it is a nice beer.

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Another new brewery for me.

I picked this beer up on a whim while browsing other beers at Broue Ha Ha.  I had never heard of the brewery before, and since I am always up for trying a new beer, I grabbed the Rousse Bitter.

About the Beer – It poured what I would consider a reddish orange.  It had a massive head.  The aroma was sweet with some citrus hop notes.  Very appealing smell.  The taste had a nice malty start but moved into the bitter quick.  There was also a bit of light fruit flavour (grapefruit).  The beer reminded me of an English Bitter.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, very refreshing and yummy!

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Another winner from one of my favourite brewers.

What can you say about Dieu Du Ciel, they just keep brewing fantastic beers.  I love the name of this one!  They actually had to change the name to Aphrodite to sell it in the United States due to some law or other.

About the Beer – It poured black as Midnight.  The head was a deep brown colour and left a ridiculous amount of lacing on the glass.  There was a strong aroma of chocolate and vanilla as well as something bitter.  It really reminded me of the smell of baking chocolate cupcakes!  The flavour was unbelievable.  Lots of chocolate and coffee as well as vanilla.  It has a slightly bitter finish.  Mixed in all that was a slight bit of spice.  Nutmeg?  Or am I just imagining that because it goes with all those flavours!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, fantastic beer for an after dinner drink!

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I guess I spoke to soon about Quebec IPA’s.

I opened my big mouth by stating in a previous post that I thought there might not be an IPA from Quebec worth liking.  Well it only took one more try and I found one I liked.  Maybe I should complain a bit more and the beer gods will keep rewarding me with good beer…

About the Beer – It poured and apple cider colour with an amazing head.  Tons of lacing in the glass.  The aroma was of lemon, sweetness, caramel, and maybe a bit of grapefruit.  The taste started out with just a hint of sweetness followed by some bitterness in the middle and a herbal finish.  Refreshing.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, when i am in the mood for an English style IPA.

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Another company that is new to me from Quebec.

While making my beer run in Quebec I noticed a ton of new companies since I lived there in 2002.  Brasseurs De Montréal is one of them.  They have a line of beers that have these interesting labels and styles.  I looked them up and apparently the brewpub is supposed to be quite nice.  Another  road trip to add to the list!

About the Beer – It poured a reddish amber colour with an OK head.  The aroma was of caramel, roast malt, raisin, and light floral hops.  The taste was a bit tart to start and mellowed into some nice malt.  There was a tiny bit of hops at the finish.  Very light taste.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, it is a pleasant beer but not really a style I am a fan of.

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I wonder if my palate is too American IPA oriented???

I know this is supposed to be an American IPA but it does not remind me of one.  It got me wondering if I am starting to only like IPA if it is extremely hoppy and on the citrus/floral side….

About the Beer – It poured a golden colour with a half decent head.  The aroma was of floral and citrus hops but on the light side.  The taste had what you would expect from an  America IPA.  Floral and citrus hops with a light malt backbone but lacking any intensity.  Almost like one of the major brewers was attempting to get into the small beer market.  Watery comes to mind. Very safe beer and not too exciting.  Cool label though!

Would I Drink it Again? – No, there are so many beers of the same style that blow this out of the water.

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Do beer and wine mix?

  • Brew – Wit 5% ABV, 341ml

    bottle-wit

    Photo Courtesy of Mill St. Brewery

  • BrewerMill St. Brewery
  • StyleWitbier
  • Country – Ontario, Canada
  • Purchased – Freebie from the party fridge

I am slowly getting caught up on posts from a busy weekend!

On Saturday we went to a wine tasting party at the neighbours.  Just in case you were wondering we were tasting Rieslings.  After some wine I  was ready for a beer!  I had a look through the fridge and picked out a beer I had not yet reviewed.  Mill St. Wit Beer.  This is a Belgian Style Witbier.  I am a big fan of having wheat beers in the summer.  Very refreshing.

About the Beer – I did not pour it so I have no idea how cloudy it was.  I could pick out some of the aroma as soon as I opened it.  Yeast, lemon, and spice.  The flavour was similar to the aroma.  You got a definite hit of the yeast esters followed by some coriander spice and lemon.  This beer was light on malt and hops which is typical for the style.  It was very refreshing on a hot summer night.

Would I Drink it Again? – Sure, not a super fantastic beer but highly drinkable.  A safe beer that would make for a good introduction into wheat beers and it is local!

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