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St-Ambroise Pumpkin by McAuslan Brewing

And the search goes on for a better Pumpkin Ale than the version brewed by Dogfish Head.  I don’t think I will find one but here is to trying.

Beer #309 is St-Ambroise Pumpkin by McAuslan Brewing from the little town of Montreal in the provice of Quebec, Canada.  This is a Pumpkin Ale with an ABV of 5%.

It poured a nice clear amber with a tiny white head.  The nose was very much like pumpkin pie spices…nutmeg, cinnamon, & cloves.  Those smells came through in the taste big time.  This was quite the spiced up brew, mix that with some slight pumpkin taste and there you have it.  It had a slight, and I mean slight, caramel malt base also.  It got quite bitter near the back end and the nutmeg flavor went on into the aftertaste.  It had a medium-light body and the mouthfeel was quite harsh as I thought it was over-carbonated.

This had what I was looking for, a pumpkin pie like flavor.  The problem was it wasn’t subtle.  Plus I really didn’t like the harshness or the bitterness here.  Strange…as I do enjoy a bitter beer but it just didn’t work all that well in this.

Rating: C

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Rigor Mortis Abt by Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

Interesting name for beer #253, Rigor Mortis.  Brewed in Quebec, Canada, this Quadrupel has a hefty ABV of 10.5%.  It mentions on the label that is it best enjoyed six months after bottling but I couldn’t find a date on it.

Into my Orlando Brewing pint glass went this murky brown brew.  Sitting pretty on top was a nice tan head.  Lets give the old Rigor Mortis a whiff…shall we?  The first thing I pick up on was the heavy presence of alcohol with raisins, brown sugar, grapes, and dark roasted malts.  I took a sip…it had a dark fruity sweetness up front that morphed very quickly into chocolate & caramel.  The alcohol comes into play near the back end of this with a nice warming sensation as I swallowed it.  It had a chocolaty aftertaste also which was nice.  It was medium bodied, lower in the carbonation department with a nice smooth, almost coating sensation.  For me it was a sipper due to the higher ABV.

Not too shabby.  A solid brew from our neighbor (at least if you are in the United States) to the north.  A bit much for the warmer summer months but would be very nice in the winter.  It is always winter in Canada…isn’t it?

Rating: B

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Terrible by Unibroue

After a week of getting caught back on the Harry Potter movies, today was the day to see the final one, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2. In a word…fantastic!  In my humble opinion, it was the best of the Potter movies and one of the best movies I have ever seen.  It had everything from awesome action sequences to bring a tear to your eye moments and everything in between.  Great, great stuff.  It was also an opportunity to take a break from the Horny Goat fest…and seeing how that was going, that was a good thing.  On to beer #237.

That beer is Terrible by Unibroue from Canada.  Terrible is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with an ABV of 10.4%.  Lets hope Terrible isn’t truly terrible.

Terrible didn’t look terrible at all…it had a nice dark black color with a nice off white head that left some fantastic lacing.  The nose was heavy, malty and sweet.  I picked up some cherries, a bit of apple, alcohol, a smokiness, raisins, and a faint spice…cloves?  The dark fruits take over in the taste (raisins and cherries mostly) with the apples, kind of reminded me of Granny Smith, in the middle.  The booze takes over about mid drink too and it finishes with the cloves that I detected in the nose.  Couple all of that with a sweetness a bit like brown sugar and you have one fine tasting brew.  It had a very dry finish to it along with that boozy burn.  It was on the heavy side body wise with light carbonation…it was kind of creamy.  This was a sipping beer for sure.

This was quite a nice beer that I enjoyed as I was watching Crazy Heart (another good movie BTW) and just relaxing.

Rating: B+

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Trois Pistoles by Unibroue

Lets take a journey to our neighbor to the north (that is if you live in the USA), Canada.  Beer #219 is indeed from Canada…Chambly, Quebec to be exact. That beer is Trois Pistoles by Unibroue.  This is a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and strong it is with an ABV of 9%.

Trois Pistoles (Three Coins) is named after a small village in Quebec and has many legends associated to it with the most famous being about a black horse, a good devil in fact, who helped a local bishop build a church.  Trois Pistoles pays tribute to that black horse.

This beer poured a very dark brown, almost black but not quite, with a thin off-white head.  Lets smell it shall we?  I got big aromas of dark fruit like raisins and even some black cherries.  Massive amounts of that Belgian yeast like smell along with a caramel malt presence and even maybe some brown sugar where also recognizable.  There was a ton of stuff going on nose wise and the more I swirled and sniffed, the more things came out like apples and even a Fig Newton like aroma.  This was really sweet up front in the taste and fruity (cherries, figs, etc.) with a spiciness similar to black pepper and a decent amount of bready flavors.  The alcohol started making itself known as it warmed up.  It had a nice medium body with some fizzy carbonation.  The sweetness here made this a sipper for me.

This was another fine beer from Unibroue.  I enjoyed this one quite a bit and urge you to do give it a go if you like dark Belgian style brews.  Sante!

Rating: B+

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La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue

I took a look up into the sky today and was amazed by what I saw…a yellow globe radiating heat and light.  Interesting…rumor on the street was that the globe was the sun.  Seems like forever since it has shown itself here in good old New Jersey.  Why not celebrate with some good food (Thai) and a beer.  That beer, #174, is La Fin Du Monde by Unibroue and is a Tripel with an ABV 9%. This beer is from Canada and brewed in Chambly, Quebec.  I do believe this is my first beer in the 365 from Canada.  Sweet!

Sorry for the root beer style mug this went into, but it was all the Thai restaurant we went to has for boozer like myself.  They are BYOB which is a good thing.  The color of La Fin Du Monde was kind of a hazy golden yellow.  It had a nice frothy white head.  The nose was really, really nice…apples, spiciness similar to pepper, flowery, banana, a bit of orange, and a slight grain bread like aroma.  I took a taste before the spicy Thai food got to work on me.  One word…delicious!  Lot of stuff going on here in the taste but for me it all started with an apple like taste.  Lots of  other fruit  (citrus, possibly peach, banana, pineapple) abound here along with a spiciness such as clove and pepper.  The mouthfeel from the carbonation made it very bubbly and prickly.  It had a medium body.  Highly drinkable in part because of how it tasted  but also because for a 9% ABV beer…that alcohol was virtually undetectable…until after the bottle was gone, then I felt it and the wife had to drive home from the restaurant.

Absolutely fantastic beer that is one of the best I have had.  I highly recommend you give a try.  I don’t think you will be disappointed.  I wasn’t and as I typed this last line, Tex (Mark Teixeira) just went deep for the Yanks with El Capitan on base (Derek Jeter) off of some hobo from Flushing, New York (Flushing…really…a town with a toilet reference…guess it is appropriate for the Mets) giving the Yanks the lead.  Yeah baby!

Rating: A+

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