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
    , 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
(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!

4 responses to “Vive la bière Québecoise!”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.


  3. 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.