LCBO 2013 Spring Release and Brasserie Dupont Feature

The Spring 2013 beer list for the LCBO has been released and looks as such:

LCBO#/Product name/Size (mL)/ABV/Suggested Retail/Supplier/Country

318329/Gouden Carolus Tripel/330/9.0%/$3.05/Brouwerij Het Anker/BELGIUM (RB)
306860/St Feuillien Grand Cru/330/9.5%/$3.50/Brasserie St-Feuillien/BELGIUM (RB)
305896/Abbaye des Rocs Grand Cru/330/9.5%/$3.25/Brasserie De L’Abbaye Des Rocs/BELGIUM (RB)
309658/Chaman Imperial Pale Ale/4 x 341/9.0%/$12.90/Microbrasserie Dieu Du Ciel/CANADA (RB)
318451/Les Trois Mousquetaires Maibock/750/8.0%/$6.90/Les Trois Mousquetaires/CANADA (RB)
322040/La Divine St Landelin/750/8.5%/$8.25/Les Brasseurs de Gayant/FRANCE (RB)
210591/Panil/750/8.0%/$14.05/Torrechiara Di Losi Giuseppe/ITALY (RB)
306845/BIA India Pale Ale/330/6.5%/$3.20/Birrificio del Ducato/ITALY (RB)
318295/8 Wired HopWired IPA/500/7.3%/$6.00/8 Wired Brewing Company/NEW ZEALAND (RB)
270496/Thornbridge Jaipur IPA/500/5.9%/$4.95/The Thornbridge Brewery/UNITED KINGDOM (RB)
303891/Lakefront Bridge Burner/650/8.0%/$5.50/Lakefront Brewing/UNITED STATES (RB)
318436/Kuhnhenn 4D Aged/355/13.5%/$7.95/Kuhnhenn Brewing Co./UNITED STATES (RB)

The next brewery feature has also been announced and will shine a light on four beers from Brasserie Dupont:

LCBO#/Product name/Size (mL)/ABV/Suggested Retail/Supplier/Country
322065/Miunette Brune/330/8.5%/$3.35/Brasserie Dupont/BELGIUM
322073/Monk’s Stout/330/5.2%/$3.15/Brasserie Dupont/BELGIUM
322081/Cervesia/750/8.0%/$8.25/Brasserie Dupont/BELGIUM
322503/Biere De Miel Bio/250/8.0%/$2.95/Brasserie Dupont/BELGIUM

Apparently the Dupont Saison will be out in 750mL bottles as a general listing at $8.05 (that news comes from the Twitter feed of Josh Rubin).

A couple of things jump out from the list, which a number of people have already commented on. 1) These are some very strong beers. True, but there have also been some strong beers in this release before. (For comparison, check out last year.) We’ve had the Schneider Hopfen Weisse in the spring and summer before, but that 8% wheat beer was still very popular.  There’s no reason that stronger beers still can’t be suitable for the season. 2) Every beer in the release has a chance to be decent. Not to be a slave to the rating sites, but the worst mark seems to go for Les Trois Mousquetaires (a 70 overall on Ratebeer, though a 90 for the style category) – that’s pretty damn good for an LCBO release.

One surprising aspect is the lack of any beers from Germany, though there is the aforementioned Maibock from Quebec. There could be any number of explanations – the German beers submitted didn’t fit in with the release, the German beers haven’t sold as well recently – but I’ll definitely be interested to see if this continues in the summer release. On the whole it’s a pretty solid release with a lot of beers I’m excited to try!

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4 responses to “LCBO 2013 Spring Release and Brasserie Dupont Feature

  1. Am pretty excited about this list, a lot of good stuff to try. Do you happen to know around when we’ll be seeing them on the shelves?

  2. I’m definitely excited for the 8 Wired HopWired IPA.

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