Category Archives: Strong Ale

La Vache Folle Imperial Milk Stout

9% alc./vol., 500 ml bottleMicrobrasserie Charlevoix – http://www.microbrasserie.com/Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada Fermentation occurs when yeast eats sugar, burps carbon dioxide, and pees out ethanol.  But who knew that this humble fungus was such a picky eater?  Lactose is milk sugar, and … Continue reading

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La Vache Folle Centennial Double IPA

9% alc./vol., 500 ml bottleMicrobrasserie Charlevoix – http://www.microbrasserie.com/Baie-Saint-Paul, Québec, Canada If you’re a French doctor, you might think of this beer as “Encéphalopathie spongiforme bovine”, since it’s named after mad cow disease.  When an infected cow or this 9% beer … Continue reading

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Rigor Mortis Strong Brown Ale

10.5% alc./vol., 341 ml bottleDieu du Ciel Inc. – http://www.dieuduciel.com/St-Jérôme, Québec, Canada Québec brewers are not afraid to name their beers in most unusual ways.  Rigor mortis or “stiffness of death” starts about three hours after you die.  Your muscles … Continue reading

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Gouden Carolus Ambrio Ale

8% alc./vol., 330 ml bottleBrouwerij Het Anker – http://www.hetanker.be/Mechelen, Belgium Another strong Belgian ale, this time with the colour of pumpkin pie.  There seems to be some spice on the nose and on the palate, too.  And speaking of sweet … Continue reading

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Blonde d’Achouffe Strong ALe

8% alc./vol., 341 ml bottleLes Brasseurs RJ – http://www.brasseursrj.com/Montréal, Québec, Canada (Québec City)  For me, it’s day three of eating every meal in restaurants with work colleagues when the novelty of the situation wears off.  You might suggest it was … Continue reading

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Imperial Gemini Extra Strong Ale

9.1% alc./vol., 650 ml bottleSouthern Tier Brewing Company – http://www.southerntierbrewing.com/Lakewood, New York, USA The Mercury Space Program was able to launch American monkeys and men into space one at a time until 1963.  This was followed by the Gemini Program, … Continue reading

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Lucky Bastard Ale

8.5% alc./vol., 22 oz. (US) bottleStone Brewing Co. – http://www.stonebrew.com/Escondido, California, USA I’ve been helped by a few colleagues I work with on my quest to drink too much.  Alec just got back from a Vermont trip with a couple … Continue reading

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Dum Duminator Doppelweizenbock Strong Ale

8% alc./vol., 750 ml bottleLes Brasseurs du Temps – http://www.brasseursdutemps.com/Gatineau, Québec, Canada Arrived at work this week, and one of my colleagues Marc had dropped off this big beauty on my desk.  Yes, faithful reader, I was able to resist … Continue reading

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Nørrebros Julebryg Flavoured Strong Beer

7% alc./vol., 600 ml bottleNørrebro Bryghus – http://www.noerrebrobryghus.dk/Copenhagen, Denmark Another day, another language.  I guess the harder it is to read the bottle, the more authentic the experience of drinking an import.  This mahogany ale is a malty beer first, … Continue reading

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Mill Street Betelgeuse Strong

8.5% alc./vol., 355 ml bottleMill Street Brewery – http://www.millstreetbrewery.com/Toronto, Ontario, Canada I’m dipping into their Seasonal Sampler six-pack again.  This one packs a pretty punch…you’re getting about two-thirds more alcohol than a regular beer.  More alcohol also means more calories … Continue reading

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