December 24th, 2004

happy mannequin, happy

Vive la bière Québecoise!

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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