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Another beer from Brasseurs de Montréal.  I love their labels.

Very short post today since this is the 3rd or 4th beer from Brasseurs de Montréal….I have nothing more to say about them!

About the Beer – It poured a nice copper colour with a good head.  The aroma was of malt, dark fruit, and clove.  The flavour was nice.  It started out light and then the malt kicked in.  It finished with some pronounced spice.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, very pleasing beer.

Who came up with calling 650 or 750ml bottles bombers?

Another beer brought back from Chicago by my parents.  I love these little surprises!  This beer is named after the Abbot of an Abbey that the Brewmaster Greg Hall visited in Belgium.  Apparently it is very hard to get into.   This beer is brewed in respect to the Abbot and traditions of the Abbey.

About the Beer – It poured a cherry brown colour with a small head.  The aroma was of raisin, plum, bread, and a bit of citrus.  The flavour was fantastic and very complex.  It was very creamy on the tongue with big hits of dark fruit, cinnamon, allspice, sugar, and pepper.  It seemed to change with every sip.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, if it was easier to get it would be a staple in my cellar!

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It is nice to have family that travels…..and remembers to bring little consumable treasures back!

My parents took a short trip to Chicago and brought back a couple of beers for me to try.  Lucky me!.   Apparently this beer is named in honor of the loyal workers and customers who braved wrecking balls to make and purchase this beer while a mall was being torn down around the brewery.  The brewmaster has stated publicly that if it was not for them, Goose Island may not be around today!

About the Beer – It poured a hazy honey/orange colour with a small head.  The aroma was very vibrant.  Lots of Citrus, banana, coriander, and honey.  The flavour was great.  Right up front I was hit with lemon and tangerine that was followed by honey (I see a theme), coriander, and a herbal aftertaste.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I wish you could get it here!

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If you had 25 happy years would you brew this?

I have a lot of respect for the Wellington County Brewery.  They have brewed some fantastic bottled and cask brews over the years, before a lot of others were even thinking about it.  Wellington does get criticism from beer geekdom over some of their more mass appeal beers like Trailhead Lager.  When I heard they were putting out a 25th anniversary beer I was excited since I assumed you would make something extra special, after all it has been 25 years!  Boy was I off base.  This is the kind of beer you would brew for an anniversary of 25 bad years of marriage!  Very disappointing since I have very fond memories of drinking pints of Wellington over the years.

About the Beer – It poured very clear pale gold with almost no head (definitely filtered).  The aroma was of grain, cooked veggies, and sugar.  The taste was no better, mostly grain with a hint of lemon.  Brutal.

Would I Drink it Again? – No Way!  I poured this one out before finishing.  I just couldn’t punish myself anymore since I have had 25 happy years of Wellington, well… more like 12 happy years!

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I can’t believe I have made it this far!

It is hard to believe that I am half way through this crazy project.  I will have a post about my experiences from the first half  of the year in a couple of days.

About the Beer – It poured very dark almost black with a large mocha coloured head.  The aroma was of roasted malt, liquorice, something sweet, and a bit of smoke.  The taste was of light chocolate, nuts, caramel, and a tiny bit of bitter at the finish.  The aftertaste had a bit of smokiness to it.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I expected it to be a bit heavier.  Instead it was an easy drinking Stout.

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I will try to provide constructive feedback but it may be hard!

I am a sucker for any beer with the word bitter in it.  When I saw this on the shelves of the LCBO I thought what the hell.  Can’t be that bad, it says bitter after all, and I have had good success with other beers from Australia.  My mistake.

About the Beer – It poured a very pale gold colour with a head the disappeared in the blink of an eye.  The aroma was of floral hops,citrus and butter.  I thought that was not a half bad start!  Boy was I wrong.  The flavour was of very sweet grain and corn, some metal, and just the barest bit of herbal hops at the finish.  Where was the bitter?  Not even a hint of bitter in this beer……Why name a beer bitter if it actually has no bitter to it?

Would I Drink it Again? – No way!

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Apparently Canadians make for good voyageurs.

Coureur Des Bois were men who engaged in unlawful fur trading in New France in the 17th century.  Fur trading was quite lucrative back then and Coureur Des Bois were not looked on favorably by the authorities since it undermined Montreal as the focal point of fur trading.  So how did the government deal with it?  Well they legalized it and handed out permits!  This new era of Coureur Des Bois changed their names to Voyageurs to distance themselves from the unlawful aspects of the business.

About the Beer – It poured a foggy dark cherry colour with a huge head.  The aroma was of malt, dark fruits, yeast, and bubblegum.  The flavor was very malty, lots of dark fruit could be detected as well as molasses and a bit of resin at the finish.  There was  also an alcohol presence throughout the sip.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, too sweet for my liking and I was not a fan of the harsh alcohol flavor.

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Not a fan.

Garrison makes one of my favorite beers, their Imperial IPA.  Tall Ship Amber Ale on the other hand is not one of my favorites!  I understand the logic behind creating a more sell able beer since you can’t keep the business running on specialty beers alone, but I always get disappointed when they can create one of the best beers I have ever had and also create something so generic and boring to appeal to the masses.

About the Beer – It poured an amber colour with a nice head that was gone in a flash.  The aroma was of grain, grass, honey, nuts, and a bit of floral.  The taste was sweet to start, mostly grainy with some grassy hops in the finish.  No complexity at all.

Would I Drink it Again? – No, very uninspiring beer.

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I finally had a chance to get over to Opera Bob’s Public House.

It is sad that it took me this long to get over to this local pub.  It literally took less than 2 minutes to walk there from my house!  I met up with an old friend Frank.  He is one of the first people I met who was passionate about craft brewed beer, and he makes great homebrew.  Maybe you should start brewing again Frank!

About the Beer – It poured black with a small head.  The aroma from what I can remember (I took no notes) was a bit roasted and nutty with some coffee as well.  The flavour was of nuts and coffee as well as roasted malts with a tiny bit of chocolate coming through.  Nothing to strong.  I found the mouth feel a bit thin for my liking.

Would I Drink it Again? – Sure, it was an easy drinking stout.

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This brewery is a close rival to Dieu Du Ciel….in fact I am not sure which breweries beers are better.  I call it a tie!

I know, I know…another pale ale.  What can I say.  I’m addicted, especially when they come in 750ml bottles!

About the Beer – It poured a reddish amber colour with a nice big head.  There was a big hit of grapefruit on the nose that was followed by some nice malt tones and a bit of biscuit.  The flavour was excellent.  It had a bitter lemon start with some caramel and nut in the middle.  The finish was all grassy hops.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, a very well-balanced and delicious pale ale.  Another winner from The 3M’s

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