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Leapbeer Reviews #346-348 Unibroue Mixer

The other day I was at Merecroft Village Liquor Store I noticed that there was a deal with the Unibroue mixer packs. With the purchase of a twelve pack you get a free stemmed glass.  As I am an absolute sucker for free glassware I couldn’t say no. It included 4 beers, La Gaillarde, Blanche de Chambly, Blonde de Chambly & La Fin Du Monde. The last of which already holds a place on the leapbeer master list, #47. If you recall I kind of ripped that beer for being overly yeasty and sweet. This was very early in the leapbeer journey (February), but since that time my palate has definitely changed. I’ve had a chance to revisit this beer, and now I quite like it (But I’ll get to that later in the post).

First up is La Gaillarde. This is a Belgian style Pale Ale. According to Canadian Beer News (link below) this a beer that they only recently been brought back after over a decade on haitus.

Inspired by an ale recipe from the 16th century, La Gaillarde was first brewed in 1995 for the Québec Medieval Festival, and remained in production until late 1999 when it was discontinued.  (Canadian Beer News)

La Gaillard is a cloudy golden beer with a pillowy white head on top. There’s lots of tiny bubbles in the abundance of carbonation. It has a very complex bouquet, smelling of lemon rind, biscuits, dry white wine and grapes. It is a very bubbly beer, with a strong initial alcohol thump up front. Then it settles to a dry and bready beer. It’s almost if apple cider was meshed with a Belgian pale ale. Nice and refreshingly clean finish.

Leapbeer #346 is La Gaillarde

La Gaillarde by Unibroue

La Gaillarde by Unibroue

Brewery: Unibroue of Quebec
Size/ABV: 355ml Bottle/5.0% ABV
Purchased: Merecroft Village Liquor Store in Campbell River
Website: http://www.canadianbeernews.com/2012/05/12/unibroue-la-gaillarde-returns-after-more-than-a-decade/
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

Blanche de Chambly is Unibroue’s wit style beer, or belgian wheat beer.Its a cloudy gold beer with a light beige head on top. The aroma is very wheat beer-ish, with scents of crisp yeast, orange and a touch of clove. The taste, too, is classic wit. Very clean and crisp in the mouth. Tastes wheaty and tart, a touch of citrus and a clean finish.

Leapbeer #347 is Blanche de Chambly

Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue

Blanche de Chambly by Unibroue

Brewery: Unibroue of Quebec
Size/ABV: 355ml Bottle/5.0% ABV
Purchased: Merecroft Village Liquor Store in Campbell River
Website: http://www.unibroue.com/en/beers/3/product
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

Blonde de Chambly is their Saison style. The best way I can explain it is imagine a mesh of a Belgian wit and a classic saison.  Its a cloudy dark golden coloured beer with a very tall head on top. It has the classic saison peppery aroma, mixed with the biscuity, bready Belgian yeast aroma. Pile on top of that hints of marmalade and cut grass. The taste is equally complex, sweet yet peppery. A very light and playful beer. There’s notes of apple cider and lime rind. The taste is less of a classical saison taste, but more a blend of the two styles.

Leapbeer #348 is Blonde de Chambly

Blonde de Chambly by Unibroue

Blonde de Chambly by Unibroue

Brewery: Unibroue of Quebec
Size/ABV: 355ml Bottle/5.5% ABV
Purchased: Merecroft Village Liquor Store in Campbell River
Website: http://www.unibroue.com/en/beers/1/product
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

Lastly I return to La Fin du Monde, a beer I was not a fan of ten months ago. I’ve returned to it a couple of times as my palate has changed, to see if I pick up more from this beer. It has a fantastic rating on both Beer Advocate and Rate Beer, and I want to know why. I’m glad to say that my mind and mouth have finally caught up with this beer. It is a cloudy deep golden amber triple with a tall 2-4 cm head. Aromas of sweet biscuits, short bread, lychee type fruits and a hint of tartness. The taste is impressively subtle for a nine percent beer. It starts with a sweet yeasty followed by a nice dry finish. The sweetness lingers some, and then you get more of the lychee or mangosteen type flavours in the taste and the mouth feel of this beer.  The nine percent is very well hidden in the superbly crafted beer. Oh what a difference a year makes, in me (not the beer).

Leapbeer #46 (revisited) is La Fin Du Monde

La Fin du Monde by Unibroue

La Fin du Monde by Unibroue

Brewery: Unibroue of Quebec
Size/ABV: 355ml Bottle/9.0% ABV
Purchased: Merecroft Village Liquor Store in Campbell River
Website: http://www.unibroue.com/en/beers/15/product
Other Reviews: Beer Advocate, Rate Beer

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3 thoughts on “Leapbeer Reviews #346-348 Unibroue Mixer

  1. Have you had any other Unibroue products? Back east, they are all the rage and of course, uber available thanks to the proximity to Quebec.

    • I had the Ephemere Black Currant Cassis a while back, but I wasn’t too impressed with it. I do have a couple others to try (La Terrible, Maudite & Trois Pistoles), but they wont make the blog.

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