Last week I introduced you to Chef’s tasting notes. Each week I will make a point to taste and review new products from here in Quebec. (Maybe Canada as well.)
Well, here we go!
Éphémère Apple Beer
I had this beer on our usual Friday Poker night.
This brew comes from a microbrewer Unibroue in Chambly (Quebec).
The fairy on the label represents the fruit picked at the peak of their ripeness of the season. There are several different flavors showcasing the seasonal produce of Quebec, and this brew is by far the most popular.
There is a legend with this beer that is worth the time to check out here. I can get behind a beer with a story like that!
Now onto the beer.
- Appearance – Slight yellow, cloudy.
- Smell – tart apple and wheat, but a touch of skunk after opening for the first couple of minutes.
- Taste – Tart apple and wheat with a hint of hops.
- Mouth feel – A little thin with nice carbonation.
- Overall – 6.5/10 The beer was different. For those that don’t like fruit, it would be a turn off. For me it is just okay. A quick look on the site for the beer shows that I didn’t taste it in it’s proper setting. I had the beer straight out of a cold fridge, and drank it out of the bottle. I will need to try this one again, and perhaps the rating will improve.
- Serve with: Pair this with something light. Perhaps an apple pie would be a good or a pork dish. I wonder if a basting sauce for ham would do the trick?
Château Pesquié Quintessence 2011
I received this bottle as a gift for my Renewal of Vows. I opened it up with an old-school cork remover because we forgot our corkscrew at home. Oops! I must have done something wrong because there were bits of cork floating in the first glass I had. I didn’t let that stop me of course!
- Appearance – Dark red, great big leg.
- Smell – Musty, fruity, dark
- Taste – It was as if someone mixed grapes, plums, and blackberries with a heavy dash of freshly ground black peppercorns.
- Mouthfeel – Full of body, with a meaty punch in the craw.
- Overall – 9/10 The first glass was okay, but after I let it air out for an hour the taste improved. I am unskilled in wine it would seem.
- Serve with: A selection of strong cheeses, or grilled meats – especially duck or lamb. A dish with rosemary would complement this wine.
Iberico Adarga de Oro
A Spanish cheese made with three milks (cow, sheep and goat). Its soft and particular flavor is the result of this mix. “Adarga de Oro”, the Golden Shield in Spanish, refers to the region where the cheese is made and to the famous Don Quichotte.
I picked this cheese up in the store with two others. (I’ll review them in weeks to come.) I was looking for something firm, that would go well with the wine that I had. (See above.)
- Appearance – Hard, opaque creamy white. There is a dark rind around the cheese. The cheese is humid.
- Smell – Sharp, olive oil, not unlike a Parmesan
- Taste – Sharp flavor, much like a Parmesan, but with a mellowing. A hint of olive oil.
- Mouthfeel – Rich, and leaves bits of graininess on your tongue after. The flavor lingers.
- Overall Score – 8/10. It’s an easy choice. It goes well with anything, and is good all by itself.
- Serve with: I would pair this with potatoes, strong, tart grapes, and with a bold red wine. I think it would go well in a soup recipe, or perhaps as a sharp note in a canapé.
What new and exciting things have you tried out this week? Let me know in the comments.