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Vive la bière Québecoise!
happy mannequin, happy

One nice part about living here is that around this time of year, Unibroue's holiday collection starts appearing in beer stores. For the price of a premium 12-pack, I now have in the fridge:

  • Maudite canoe two Édition 2004 extra-strong Belgian-style pale ale, conspicuously absent from their website for some reason (90 on beeradvocate)
  • Blanche de Chambly, a good white beer (86)
  • Maudite, the classic Unibroue beer, a Belgian-style strong dark ale (90)
  • Fin du Monde, Belgian-style strong pale ale (91)
  • Raftman, brewed with whisky malt — not an everyday drinker but an interesting change (86)
  • Eau Bénite, a lighter strong pale ale (87)
  • Don de Dieu, a triple wheat and the only one other than the Édition I've never tried (90)
  • Trois Pistoles, a strong dark ale which is one of my favorites and easy competition against Belgian beer (90)
  • and three flavours of Éphémère, their fruit-based white ale: peach, apple and blackcurrant. I'm not a huge fruit beer fan, but it's a nice change sometimes. (86).
Plus there's a 750ml corked bottle of abbey-style Terrible (90), although the other bottle of it hadn't sealed tightly at the cork and was sadly flat. And a 6-pack of McAuslan St Ambroise Oatmeal Stout (91), one of my favorite stouts.

I keep telling myself I should branch out more in beer, but with so many fantastic world-class beers being made right next door, why not stay close to home? Merry beermas!

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Edition 2004 is DA BOMB

It is indeed very strong, but SO TASTY!

I've enjoyed Maudite and Trois Pistoles a few times in west Quebec. Maybe if I get back to Ottawa this January I'll pick up one of these holiday collections.

Can you send me a few dozen?

The Unibroue beers are one of the things I miss a lot. I found one place in Melbourne, and they charge AUD$12 for each one. :-(( And you have to drink them there. :-((

I think I'll give the Adelaide distributor a harder time about shipping me some.


Re: Can you send me a few dozen?

It might be getting easier as they start taking advantage of the Sleeman's distribution system, which means there might be one good thing that the Sleeman's acquisition brought in other than money. :-)

Of course, I have no idea if Sleeman's distribution reaches Australia, but they're the third biggest brewery here, and I'm pretty sure that numbers one and two (Molson and Labatt) do.

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