154/554) Brasserie Berthilda Vandoren, St-Pierre-de-L'Isle-D'Orleans, Quebec: Boswell by Brasserie Berthilda of Quebec: **1/2; strong (7%) brown abbey ale with a winey nose; tart with notes of raisin, white wine; I wish I had tried more of their offerings;
155/555) Pub Le Matin, Sainte-Famille, Isle D'Orleans, Quebec: (Joseph) Bellarmin by Microbrasserie de L'Ile D'Orleans: **; an 8.5% double IPA; nose is earthy hop notes against a background of sweet maltiness; biscuity with dry bitter hop notes; this was served in a bottle;
156/556) Les Fromages De L'Ile D'Orleans, Quebec: Biere d'Épinette by Les Fromages de L'Ile D'Orleans: *1/2; alcohol free, brewed from spruce as was, possibly, the first beer brewed in New France; smells like Vicks; candy like sweetness; you want pine notes? - the finish here is pine needles with a vengeance;
It is absurdly easy to over-look Isle D'Orleans but it is a must visit for cheese, chocolate, cassis, beer and wine. One lingering effect of this trip is that I can no longer tolerate ordinary cheddar cheese. What's more, the scenery is tough to beat.
This is the Palette du Peintre at Brasserie Berthilda Vandoren, which I would have ordered had I been thinking properly: