Don de Dieu – Unibroue (Chambly, QC, Canada)

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Don de Dieu – Unibroue, 9% ABV, 330ml., (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

-part of the 2015 Unibroue Summer mixed case of 12.

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printed on the back label:

“Triple White Ale – The Don de Dieu in Tadoussac, June 3, 1608, under the command of Samuel de Champlain de Brouage, commissioned by the King of France to pursue the exploration of this vast and inhospitable land called America.”

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  • Style: (Triple White Ale) Belgian Strong Ale
  • Taste: Crisp creamy full-bodied banana wheat malt pineapple alcoholic
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $25 for 12 mixed-pack– 12x330ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: Pours translucent marmalade orange with a decent sized micro-fine bubbly 1cm head w/ retention, clusters of active streams.

Nose: banana wheat malt-honey-chamomile (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: crisp-micro bubbly,

Mid-palate: citrus tangy (lvl-5-sweetness), banana wheat malt, pineapple, chamomile-honey, alcohol zingy

Finish: wheat malt dry-rough, banana exhale.

Summary: Full on banana wheat malt and alcoholic. A bit astringent in the mids and finish but overall solid and enjoyable.

Éphémère Apple – Unibroue (Chambly, QC, Canada) (re-tasting)

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  • My Rating: [C+] unchanged,  I gave it a (3.0 of 5) on Ratebeer.com

Éphémère Apple – Unibroue, 5.5% ABV, 341ml., (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

-part of the 2015 Unibroue Summer mixed case of 12.

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printed on the back label:

“LÉphémère Pomme is made in honor of this great fruit. Its lively effervescence, fresh and refreshing taste as well as its Granny Smith apple nose combine to offer you a unique sensory experience. It pairs extremely well with goat’s milk cheeses, pork or duck. It has known such a success that you will now be able to appreciate its taste all year long.”

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  • Style: (green apple) Fruit Beer
  • Taste: Crisp off-dry tangy light tart/sour green apple muscat unclean finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $25 for 12 mixed-pack– 12x341ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: nah

(May 2013 tasting):

Tasting notes: pours almost clear filtered apple juice yellow with minimal head, and lots of CO2 activity. Very fruity green apple juicy nose with a bit of yeasty banana wheat.

Attack: soft wheat malt, 6/10-candy sweetness

Mid-palate: fizzy, sour tart green apple, mild apple peel fibrous, yeasty, cuts dry

Finish: light rough dry, light soapy green apple, tingly finish.

A dry finish that is excessively dry and wheat/malty for my tastes.


May 2016 tasting:

Visual: Pours translucent yellow-orange with a large foamy head, 2mm layer of fine retention, clusters of fast and active streams.

Nose: apple soda, kinda soaplike but pleasant, background banana wheat malt. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, cream-bubbly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: tangy green apple, fake syrupy-like (lvl-4-sweetness)

Finish: light-sour yeasty, dry wheat malt palate roughness, muscat grape exhale

Summary: I liked the crisp tanginess of it, and the green apple/muscat was nice but once again another Unibroue brew that doesn’t finish clean.

Eau Bénite Triple – Unibroue (Chambly, QC, Canada)

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Eau Bénite Triple – Unibroue, 7.7% ABV, 330ml., (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

-part of the 2015 Unibroue Summer mixed case of 12.

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printed on the back label:

“L’Eau Bénite is a golden ale with a slightly fruity taste and a light spicy aromatic flavour.”

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  • Style: (Abbey-style) Triple
  • Taste: Sharp CO2 bite apple sweet banana wheat malt alcoholic soft clove unelegant
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $25 for 12 mixed-pack– 12x330ml., June 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: get a tripel from Belgium

Visual: Pours translucent pale orange with a large dissipating head, 1 mm layer of micro retention and wet sticky lacing, spread out clustered streams.

Nose: unfiltered apple juice, banana wheat malt with a bit of yeastiness. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: crisp, mouthful of sharp tingly-fizzy CO2

Mid-palate: red apple juice, (lvl-8-sweetness), banana wheat malt, tangy alcoholic hit, background sweet barley malt

Finishclove, subtle hopped bitterness, roughish finish

Summary: Mostly banana wheat malt dominant with aggressive alcoholic sweetness. Somewhat palate non-compliant in the mids. Overall it is unelegant.

Ephemere Cherry – Unibroue (Chambly, QC, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Ephemere Cherry – Unibroue, 5.5% ABV – 750ml, (Chambly, QC, Canada)

on the back label:

“Ephemere Cherry is an exclusive fruity ale. Its sweet nose of cherries and its fruity and spicy taste will offer you a surprising sensory experience. Please don’t miss out on this pleasure as it will only be ephemeral.”

  • Style: (cherry) Fruit Ale
  • Taste Profile: very creamy/foamy -> light cherry jam/yeasty -> dry wheat malt/clean finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.50, July 2013
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: no

Visual: Fabulous artwork on the label. Cherry and beer = kriek in my mind, and I’ve had some fantastic ones, so how will this compare? Pours pale translucent blood orange with a decent lasting head, foamy CO2, lots of fast activity, on the lees.

Nose: light tangy and bright cherry jam, mildly candyesque

Attack:  creamy/foamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: burpy, SOFT-cherry jam, MELLOW 5/10-sweetness, yeasty

Finish: very WHEATY (airy) DRY malts, light sourness/light tangy, finishes clean but bloated.

Summary: Decent flavour and structure but not terribly exciting, complex, or distinct.

Ephemere Apple Beer – Unibroue (Quebec, Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

Ephemere Apple Beer – Unibroue, 5.5% ABV – 750ml, (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“L’Éphémère Pomme is made in honor of this great fruit. Its effervescence, fresh and refreshing taste as well as its Granny Smith apple nose combine to offer you a unique sensory experience. It pairs extremely well with goat’s milk cheeses, pork or duck. It has known such a success that you will now be able to appreciate its taste all year long.”

  • Style: Fruit Beer (apple)
  • Taste Profile: wheat malt sweetness -> fizzy/tart green apple/yeasty -> dry/tingly finish.
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $7, sometime in 2011
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: it’s ok, somewhat interesting

Tasting notes: pours almost clear filtered apple juice yellow with minimal head, and lots of CO2 activity. Very fruity green apple juicy nose with a bit of yeasty banana wheat.

Attack: soft wheat malt, 6/10-candy sweetness

Mid-palate: fizzy, sour tart green apple, mild apple peel fibrous, yeasty, cuts dry

Finish: light rough dry, light soapy green apple, tingly finish.

A dry finish that is excessively dry and wheat/malty for my tastes.

La Gaillarde – Unibroue (Canada)

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  • My Rating: C+

La Gaillarde – Unibroue, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Chambly, Quebec, Canada)

On the front label:

“La Gaillarde is a beer on lees, bottle refermented, resulting from the marriage of cereals and aromatics. It is brewed according to an ancient medieval recipe developed by the hardy women of the Middle Ages. Gaillarde is a mild and slightly spice golden ale with a malty nose.”

  • Style: (Traditional) Ale
  • Taste Profile: lemon citrus/dry/creamy -> coriander/orange/wheat -> dry/burpy/light malt finish
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $23/12pack mixed, December 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange-amber, with a massive creamy head, good retention, some lacing, very active streams. Big citrus aromas up front with a slight sourness and mild barnyard.

Attack: tingly lemon citrus, 2/10-sweetness (dry), creamy mouthfeel

Mid-palate: coriander, lemon, orange, wheat/yeasty, light wheat malt

Finish: cuts dry, tangy, mild burpy, light malty non-bitter finish

Generally refreshing and a decent session/meal beer.

Blonde de Chambly – Unibroue (Canada)

Blonde de Chambly – Unibroue, 5% ABV – 341ml, (Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“Blonde de Chambly honours the heroic Filles a Marier (marriageable girls) later know as Filles du Roi (King’s daughters). These brave single young women came to Nouvelle France in 1665 to help populate the colony. Many of the married officers and soldiers of Carignan-Salieres Regiment, who built Fort Chambly on the Richelieu River and forged the legendary Iroquois peace of 1667. Most French Canadians are direct descendants of these extraordinary ancestors.

Mild and refreshing Blonde de Chambly has a floral nose and a light citrus bouquet. With it’s foamy white head and lively effervescence, it is an ideal partner for an unforgettable sensory experience.”

  • Style: Blonde Ale
  • My Rating: C
  • Taste Profile: Sharp burpy -> banana/apricot/wheat -> dry (unbalanced) finish.
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: ~$24/12 variety pack, Summer 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes

Tasting notes: pours cloudy golden orange-yellow with a large thick foamy head, good retention, lots of very active streams. Mild funk, light citrus & sourness on the nose. Drinks with a sharp burpy bubbliness up front, 7/10-sweetness up front & mild sourness, fading into banana, apricot, wheat/grain, mild coriander, almost salty, cutting dry across the tongue, and an aromatic wheaty exhale. Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, okay carry, decent drinkability. The dry finish of this beer is a bit off-putting. Watery mouthfeel.

Blanche de Chambly – Unibroue (Canada)

Blanche de Chambly – Unibroue, 5% ABV, (Quebec, Canada) (listed in “1001 beers you must taste before you die”)

On the back label:

Blanche de Chambly honours Captain Jacques de Chambly, who built historic Fort Chambly on the Richelieu River in 1665 to defend Montreal and the colony. Dispatched by King Louis XIV to lead the fighting Carignan-Salières Regiment, he achieved the legendary Iroquois peace of 1667. He was awarded the title of Seigneur of the region (today Chambly). Officers and soldiers were also encouraged to stay. Many of them married Filles du Roi and prospered.

Blanche de Chambly has an alluring pale golden color, effervescent foam and a subtle bouquet of spice and citrus notes. It is mildly malty, slightly sweet and refreshingly thirst quenching.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B-
  • Why I like it: clean refreshing citrus ale
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: No, not complex enough
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours cloudy yellow-orange, small dissipating head, small CO2, thin layered and ringed retention, lots of medium-speed moving CO2 streams. not much lacing. Light malts and aromatic sweet lemon/orange citrus on the nose – very bright and inviting. Half-creamy mouthfeel, 4/10-sweetness, tangerine citrus without the bitter peel, trace amounts of coriander, slightly milky, fragrant oranges on the exhale. Finishes off-dry and 1/10 bitterness. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Low-medium complexity, low-medium depth, medium length, okay carry, good balance and transitions, great drinkability. A very nice “light” summer beer that brings to mind images of sunny beaches.

La Fin du Monde – Unibroue (Canada)

La Fin du Monde – Unibroue, 9% ABV, (Quebec, Canada)

On the back label:

“The excellence of triple fermentation through a blend of special yeasts that gives LA FIN DU MONDE (The End of the World) an exquisitely robust flavour of exceptional refinement. This ‘liquid’ gold could on be brewed in the High Lands of America.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: B+
  • Why I like it: fruity peach and ultra-smooth
  • Where I got it: BC Liquor stores
  • How much: $6, 750ml
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours cloudy marmalade orange, minimal head, little retention, small CO2, very active fast moving CO2 streams. Citrusy-peach and apricot on the nose, very inviting. Starts 7/10 sweet, highly creamy CO2, stone fruit peach, apricots, bananas in the mid, sugar rush hits, and fades into a slightly alcoholic 2/10 wheaty off-dry bitter finish. Medium complexity, medium depth, great transitions, great carry, med-full bodied, superb drinkability. Initially drinks light but hits alcoholic hard at the finish. Great party beer to share.