October 4, 2010
One of my all time favorite meals is brunch. It is such a delicious combination of foods from all courses coming together in perfect harmony. Everything from eggs and pancakes to bacon, roast beef, shrimp, pastas, desserts and more make it onto the table. Beyond that, there is usually a wide selection of juices, coffees, cocktails, beers, spirits, and usually mimosas; the classic brunch drink of orange juice and champagne.
I do love champagne, but honestly the classic mimosa leaves something to be desired. It always ends up a bit to sharp, and unless you are using very expensive sparkling wine, a bit to tart. Ah ha, beer to the rescue. Here is one of my most favorite beer cocktails that people are always shocked, and then astounded by; the Blanch de Chambly Mimosa! It is smoother, creamier, has a soft vanilla and warm spice character to it, and just compliments orange juice better than champagne can. Read on for the directions, and I dare you to try it! Read the rest of this entry »
May 3, 2010
Unibroue, without a question, is one of the breweries whose beers have helped guide me along this rich and wonderful journey of real beer and real flavor. La Maudite, La Fin Du Monde and Blanch de Chambly are also almost always available at all LCBO locations in gorgeous 750ml corked bottles for $5.45, making them a very accessible beer.
Unibroue always suffered though from one big issue, and if you are a fan you probably already know that their web site was horrible. It was a dreadful example of mid 90’s internet design and sorely lagged behind their beers quality and the other sites of modern breweries. But now they have finally unveiled a new site which is absolutely stunning and full of rich content!
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March 16, 2010
In Chambly Quebec there is one of my most favorite breweries, Unibroue. For so many years they have treated me to exceptional beers of varying styles all with a unique and quintessentially Quebecois style; which is really Belgian inspired. The Chambly Noire is based on Unibroue’s first bottle conditioned beer, the Blanch de Chambly (also one of my favorite wheat beers, brewed since 1992), but this time dark malts have been used to give the beer deeper flavor characteristics, and also a near pitch black, yet still effervescent appearance.
Since 2005 when it was first produced, it has definitely become one of the worlds most unique wheat beers offering up all of the same refreshing and champagne like characteristics, but it is black as night. It is available in 750ml corked bottles, as well as 341ml capped bottles at 6.2% abv. While the Blanch de Chambly is available at the LCBO, the Chambly Noire is not. Because of this, every time I am Quebec I make sure that I grab at least a couple 750ml bottles; this beer was made to be enjoyed with friends! It is also the perfect beer to give to someone who believes that all dark beers are heavy. Guess again! Read the rest of this entry »