Thursday, December 10, 2009

Quebec Taking Beer Drinkers By Storm Via kybecca

We have two really cool new beers from a fantastic brew pub in Quebec called Le Saint Bock. Located in Montreal, they are fairly new but brew some amazing stuff. The bad news is that most of their beers are available only in keg form for the time being. The good news is that two of their best beers are bottled and available now at both kybecca locations.

First is Centurion, a triple bock. "Triple Bock" is not really an established style - it's basically a bock (strong lager) that is too strong to be a doppelbock. It's fermented three times and is incredibly complex with flavors of maple syrup, walnuts, dates, and caramel. Very vinous aromas reminiscent of unoaked Chardonnay.

Second is Enigma, a barleywine "Quebec style" since the second fermentation is triggered by maple syrup. It is aged for 6 months in a Port Wine barrel before bottling. A massive beer at 13% abv, it is rich and malty and spicy at the same time, with dried date/fig flavors mixing with flavors of toffee, caramel, espresso, and lots more. You can taste the Port in the background too. Really cool and unique.

Very little of this made its way to Virginia so don't bother looking around for these. We were lucky to get any at all, but what we have is very limited quantity so if you're looking to try something new don't wait too long.

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