October 16th

Dieu Du Ciel Peche MortelPerhaps my expectations were too high from my sole previous visit, but Smokeless Joe’s really disappointed on this night. The bottle selection on my first time around was great (Petrus and Southern Tier, to name a few), but now it was mainly beers available at the LCBO (with a huuuuuge markup). The tap selection was good, but nothing that striked my fancy, so I got a bottle of Christoffel Nobel, a dry-hopped lager. Soph and I both got tastes of grass, but of different types. Very distinct and flavourful, but not overpowering. Even with a smaller selection, at least they’re still bringing in good stuff. (On the plus side, we were adventurous and got mussels, which were yummy. It was my first time having mussels and they seemed reasonably priced and something I would go back for.)

Earlier in the day I made a very exciting LCBO trip and couldn’t wait to bust open a Dieu Du Ciel Péché Mortel. The name for the beer is apt because it is sinfully good. Just look at it: deep black with a sizable brown head. Stick your nose over a finely made espresso and you’ll get the aroma. Lots of coffee in the taste and a bit of dark chocolate, which are two flavours I find hard to resist. It weighs in at a hefty 9.5% ABV, so it is definitely a slow sipper for cold nights. There are five more in my fridge, but I know that I’ll be buying many, many more.

Christoffel Nobel on Ratebeer

Dieu Du Ciel Peche Mortel on Ratebeer

Today: 671mL. Year-to-date: 17.82L.

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