La Complice 2012 by Le Saint-Bock
The official festival beer for Bières et Saveurs, a beer and flavour festival held annually in Chambly, Quebec at the Fort Chambly National Historic Park.
Each year a new festival beer is created, in a different style, and often by a different brewery in Quebec. The 2012 version was brewed at Brasseurs du Monde for Le Saint-Bock Brasserie Artisanale, which is a brewpub in Montreal.
The 2013 version of La Complice was a mild ale brewed by Le Loup rouge.
The 2014 beer hasn’t been announced yet, but the festival runs at the end of August and beginning of September. Chambly is located near Montreal and the festival always attracts a great selection of beer, wine, music, food and entertainment but without the massive crowds of the Montreal beer festival, Mondial de Bière.
This beer, which is no longer available, was a raspberry saison. Quite quaffable and well constructed the raspberries are bold but a spicy peppery mix makes it interesting and a slight sour, acidic finish brings it all together. This was a great brew – get to the festival this year as I’m sure the 2014 La Complice will be just as good!
Showcasing a variety of beers from ‘La belle province’, this on-going Craft Beers of Quebec series includes everything from one-off specialty brews and brewpub-only offerings to regional favourites and popular beers from Quebec. In many cases, these beers are hard to find beyond the provincial border, so consider taking a craft beer trip to Quebec!