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Simple Malt Altbier - Brasseurs Illimités

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 11.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: papat444 on 09-18-2009)
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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.75/5  rDev +31.9%

First Simple Malt from Brasseurs Illimites that has actually impressed me!

Altbier (Red German Ale) at 33 IBU

Poured into extended tulip as per bottle suggestion.

Appearance: Pours a gorgeous hazy dark reddish brown, with a 1 finger off-white increasing head which dissipates into a small ring of foam around the edge fairly quickly. A few spots of lacing.

Nose: Major malt and hop aromas to start, smokey, dark fruit, apple juice, brown sugar, concord grape, prunes. Keep getting dried fruit with every sip. I highly recommend a tulip glass to get these incredible aromas.

Taste: More on the malty side, but bitter hops are present, especially for a red ale, this has good bitterness. A tad smokey, yet sweet

2_Shaynez, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of timtim
4.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

another fantastic brew that has made it's way down from our neighbors in the north. it's funny that we are more familiar with californian and nw'ern beers than we are with our brothers next door. appearance is a nice, dark, nutty brown that almost leans towards mahogany with a tan head that sits on top for a good while and leaves little splotches of lace as it goes. nose is light brown sugar, cherry, plum, leather, and a very authentic smelling, slightly sour, iodine brininess. i'm having no problem picturing ancient times, and that is the point of alt i suspect. the super-pure water used to make the beer doesn't hurt either. sweet, sour, bitter and just a touch of roast all play off each other magnificently with a gentle acidity that lets the flavors play on the palate for quite some time. there are even hints of herbal medicine and aromatic herb in there. medium body with a good amount of carbonation. i usually avoid a lt beer like the plague, but this is a very tasty one that i will for sure revisit. really fun for me with sausages cooked in a little beer and onion and served with sauerkraut. i know it's kind of cliche, but it's cheap and really easy to put together when im feeling old school german vibe. please keep 'em coming quebec. we love you!!!

timtim, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of ZorPrime
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer color is similar to caramel, dark caramel to be more precise. The head is almost inexistent on this one. My pours was too gently... It would gain to have more head IMO.

The aroma is caramel malts... mmmm I like it. The taste is awesome. I would say it is slightly complex and not just plain simple. I really dig this type of beer. Dry on the finish. The beer stays in the mouth quite a long time. Nice!!

If offered I would pass it... and I will surely buy more in the future. Not a bad beer for everyday.

ZorPrime, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of Tim2000
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341 mL brown bottle.

Slightly hazy dark brown beer with a thin white head.

Malty, nutty aroma.

Starts off with molasses, hazelnuts and a faint chocolate note. Hop bitterness increases as the sweetness fades and there's a bit of an alcoholic bite. Creamy mouthfeel with moderately low carbonation.

It's good to see another locally brewed example of an uncommon style. Recommended.

Tim2000, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of MaliciousMatt
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I think this brewery is quite new on the scene. I already tried the Cascade IPA from them and like it (mmmm cascade hop!) so I was enthusiasm to try another product from them and this one does not disapoint. This one is something else but check this out :

A : Nice amber brown color with red reflections. White foam vanishing quickly.

S : Great! I am not saying it is the same smell, but it is the same feeling as when you smell fresh bred. You take a deep breath and know it is right! You can smell the honesty of the malt. Not so complex but it smell good heavy malt, biscuit like. The malt is really the dominent aroma. Curiously just by the smell you can tell they are using quality ingredients.

T : Delivering the merchandise! All that malt that you snifted earlier, it is now yours to taste and it is really good. A small hint of bitterness in the end to balance everything and you already want to take another sip.

M : Between thin and medium. Nice fine bubles help the taste explode your taste buds. I would be interested in trying a cask version if ever avaible.

D : Great ale! Nice honest beer for those times when you just want to enjoy life. A good alternative to macros because it goes down easily but it tastes way better!

I heard you can go pick up a crate of 24 directly at the brewery during week-ends. I defenitely have to go get some. With winter coming this is gonna be a great go to beer for just anyday. Good after mountain beer may be.

MaliciousMatt, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of francisfilion
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I passed by the brewery and bought a 6 pack of their altbier and the owner gave me a bottle of their béta 6 which is not out yet which I found pretty cool!!
The beer is a reddish copper, that is quite clear. The head is thick and cream color. The beer has high carbonation and leaves a pretty lacing in the glass.
The smell is of roasted malts, maple, sweet fruits, and floral hops. Really amazing smell!!
The taste starts off with roasted malts followed by the fruity sweetness and the floral finish from the hops giving it a slighty hoppy finish. The beer is medium bodied with good carbonation, nothing too much.
Overall a great selection from Brasseurs Illimtés that I am glad I have a 6 pack!! I will definitely enjoy the rest, and suggest finding it!!

francisfilion, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Molson2000, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Distinctively fruity altbier riding a nice malty sourness.

Presentation: 12 oz brown twist capped bottle. Simple label design centered on contemporary and informal typography with a minimal dark blue in the background where the blurry silhouette of a horse seems to emerge under the emblem. Front narrative includes a short description (in French), the back elaborates on the context and careful craft of the brew. Lacks evident date of bottling, shows IBUs (33), and 6.8% Alc. Served in a tulip glass.

A - Murky amber brown pour, 1/2" frothy head. Fair surface memory with nice lacing.

S - Soft nose, fruity sense over a malty note.

T - Surprising effervescent fruitiness, young cherries, sour range riding the palate until it reaches its malty base. A bit of soda as the sourness settles.

M - Medium body, and medium carbonation, which actually feels a tad higher with that sugary fruitiness, and lingers long in the finish.

D - If one is not taken aback by the fruity sourness this actually comes together nicely.

Notes: Not a brew for the masses, and I really don't know that well how it sits within altbiers, middle/upper bracket in my small experience. Nice one to try in any case, and I got a couple of friends in mind that might rather enjoy this.

Daniellobo, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fully transluscent burnt orange color. Head is off white but an aggressive pour still didn't give me a lot of it. Head doesn't last long. Not much lacing.

S: Very sweet smell overall. Lots of caramels and toffee. A solid malty backbone and lots of fruits like banana, pears and plum. Some spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Bready/cereal. A bit mineral. The smell is quite faint however.

T: Big taste, didn't expect that. Very cereal and grain like. Lots of malty sweetnesses: the caramel, molasses and toffee are very present. Still very fruity with bananas, pears and plums but also some dried fruits. Cinnamon and nutmeg are also present in the taste. Nice herbal hops cut at the end. Water seems mineral, which compliment very well the rest of the beer. Very balanced brew.

M: Mid to heavy feel with medium to low carbonation. Fits the beer right.

D: Real easy to drink, could get a lot of this.

flipper2gv, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

4.25 4.0 3.75 4.0 4.0

Impressive rising beige head. Slow to recede; a bit lumpy. The color of the broth is deep, ruby amber (or light brown, if you prefer). Hard to tell, but there may be a bit of a haze--light passes easily through the center.

Caramel and crystal malt aromas.

More of a hop bite than I expected. Still this leans to the malty side. Full bodied and lowly carbonated makes for a rich beer. The aftertaste reminds me of smoke.

smcolw, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of 3Vandoo
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Burgundy in color with some shy striking hues.

Very shy lacy head that stays the course of the race.

Smell is little fruits with a hoppy fruity ester, banana, apples and toffee come in to play.

taste is malty at first, but very shy with a shy touch of dry hoppy feel. Small fruits and banana esters are present with a little taste of alcohol in the making, all of it rounded in what seems to be a smooth carbonated sugary and sweet body.

3Vandoo, Dec 12, 2009
Photo of Long813
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dated: NA
From: ZorPrime, 341 ml

A: Dark hazy body with one finger of light mocha head. Poor retention and minimal lacing

S: Figs mixed with malts and caramel. Subtle and balanced notes on the nose

T: Much like the aroma, caramel like malts and figs dominate. Somewhat hoppy and spicy. Reminds me of a lighter barleywine.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Smooth creamy body with a carbonation 'bite'. Leaves a pleasant malty aftertaste. No alcohol notes here.

D: Thanks again ZorPrime. This is an interesting beer - first of the style too. Nice textures and flavours. A smooth barleywine is what I need!

Long813, Jun 16, 2010
Photo of dgoldb1
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. sampled march 2/2011.

pours a reddish brown with a nice dense light white head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. Fruity character.

taste is nice. toasted whole wheat bread. light alcohol. bit of earthy and herbal character. light toffee. bit of butterscotch. medium-low bitterness level - seems a bit high for the style. slightly fruity.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. a little more bitter than it should be, but fairly well balanced. seems to be lacking a little in depth. fairly nice overall though.

dgoldb1, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

rale, Mar 08, 2014
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of mcann2pu
3.73/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours into glass a hazy dark amber color with about a half finger's worth of quickly dissipating head, there is a small amount of very fine lacing left on the glass,

Smell: pleasant malt aroma, dark fruit maybe a fig or plumb smell,

Taste: good overall taste diffidently has a good malty profile with some sweet fruit-like flavors coming through, this sweet malt taste is balanced by a bitter finish of hops.

Mouthfeel: good, fairly smooth and soothing,

Drinkability: I'd say this one is pretty drinkable, I was presently surprised with this beer, It seems to have some similarities to a barley wine, so if you enjoy that style you will like this brew.

mcann2pu, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of eat
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent woody-amber with an airy off-white head, fading to a thin cover. Almost no lacing and the retention could be better, but the colour is great.

Sweet malty nose. Toffee, brittle, light molasses, candy...mostly just a great caramel malty smell, like a dessert. I'd give this a 4.5 if it was more potent, it definitely smells awesome.

The flavour is quite a bit different than I was expecting from the smell. I was hoping for a malt bomb but it isn't really. The smell is all malt but I'd say the taste features hops even a little ahead of malt. I'd prefer a bit more of a malty base. Wheat, light caramel (especially given the nose), earthy hops, minrerals. It's not a complex beer but does have character. Drying finish with a hint of sweetness and very smooth for its ABV (none present). I'd like if the flavour was concentrated a little but as is it's still pretty alright.

Decent medium body and light carbonation. A bigger body would benefit this beer.

I like this beer, even if it's nothing special. A little hot to session at 6.8% but I could see myself putting away a few of these pretty easily. Brasseurs Illimités are showing themselves to be a solid brewery and I look forward to more releases from them in the future.

eat, Apr 20, 2010
Photo of Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bronze pour, rather dark... Topped with a little over a finger of head, quite fizzly but almost semi-creamy, as well. Retains alright, leaving scattered lace patterns.

S: Malts, full of caramel and slightly honey-like and ripe fruit peel qualities.

T: Sweet, some dark fruit (plum-like) notes, paired with a tart, almost sour and acrid note. Malts smooth out any acidity it may have, making for a decent tasting brew.

M + D: Medium bodied, shimmering carbonation. Pretty straight forward and enjoyable mouthfeel. There's a noted alcohol warmth, and a spot of it in flavour... Best suited for paced drinking.

Proteus93, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 341mL brown bottle into a clear glass stange. No freshness date. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $2.50.

A: Murky pond water brown with thin cap of foamy off-white head that disappears quickly and leaves no lace.

S: Very light honey-caramel with some herbal, woody notes. Slightly more powerful with warming but still pretty tame.

T: Musty, a little leathery, and very malty with a nice blend of dark, caramel, and more sugary pale malt that comes off like dopplebock-light. THe herbal edge is there in the finish but not pronounced and the main issue with this brew's flavor. I think altbiers should have more of a hops presence than this beer. All in all though, the taste is very malty and earthy.

M: Good medium body with pretty active carbonation and a light earthy malt aftertaste.

D: Tasty enough, but not really distinguishing and I like alts to have a bigger hops component than this.

argock, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!

12oz bottle. sampled march 14/2010.

pours slightly hazy reddish brown with a small dense light brown head. the head drops fairly fast and leaves spotty lace.

aroma is nice. caramel and toffee. bit of butterscotch. light alcohol. lightly toasted multi-grain bread. bit of biscuit.slightly fruity. light herbal character.

taste is nice. toasted whole wheat bread. light alcohol. bit of earthy and herbal character. light toffee. bit of butterscotch. medium-low bitterness level - seems a bit high for the style. slightly fruity.

mouthfeel is pretty good. medium body. medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. a little more bitter than it should be, but fairly well balanced. seems to be lacking a little in depth. fairly nice overall though.

grub, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of papat444
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed this last night.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: A nice chestnut brown body with a thick, slightly tan head. When i hold the glass to the light, i can see a little bit through it and i also notice it's good like a cherry wood color to it.

Smell: A bit reserved but i definitely get some hops, dry nuts and herbs. Has a dirty feel to it.

Taste: Astringent a little. A good hops presence that's a little on the dry side. A little bit of malt but the bitterness is definitely the winner here. Has an earthen feel to it.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is quite alive for sure. This beer has an edge to it. It's fairly well balanced but it does stradle the line between smooth and coarse though it seems to lean a little to the coarse side. Evens out a little as it warms.

Drinkability: A good one as i found myself drinking it quite easily. That said, i think this is more of an occasional beer rather than an everyday one for me.

Overall: I found it a little rough around the edges. Maybe time will help to smooth it out. It is still a good beer and it's refreshing to see a style that's underepresented here in Quebec but i think i prefered his first alt @ Bieropholie.

papat444, Sep 18, 2009
Photo of 4ster
3.61/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Orange-Brown with a tinge of red in colour, clear, decent white head that dies pretty quickly, no real lacing, but nice micro carbonation bubbles. Smell is slightly fruity over a sweet malt backbone..Taste at the start is more sweet, various light fruit flavours of red stone fruit, cherries, etc.... light florals a bit, light roasted malts....unfortunately the end is a bit strange with a dirty, earthy, paper(cardboard as others have described it), malt - bitterness that leaves a not overly nice after taste. Body is pretty light, with light carbonation.... it's easy drinking but not overly refreshing.

Overall, much like so many others that try to do a Altbier, or Red Ales, it just falls somewhat short of the mark. A ok beer to have on a hot day, but it'd have a hard time finding a place amongst the regular go to's. As with most Illimites beers, it is well made though and a decent price if you're having a few buddies over that aren't picky beer drinkers but want to try something other than PBR....

4ster, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of Viggo
3.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, picked up at Peluso.

Pours a lightly hazed dark orange brown, medium sized light tan head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks alright but some clarity would be nice.

Smell is nice, very malty, lots of caramel and some biscuit, brown sugar, raisin, some dark fruit, almost a perfumy/floral aroma, very bready and rich, light alcohol, smells pretty nice.

Taste is a little weird, slightly sweet/sour, orange, some caramel and biscuit, lightly bready, a bit sugary, raisin and some dark fruit, a bit of fruity sourness, neat finish.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, pretty thick, low carbonation, decently drinkable but the light sourness is a little offputting.

Viggo, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Marche Atwater. A nicely drinkable beer, although way strong carbonation. Pours soulfree brown (quotable) with a fancy creamy off-white head. Malty aroma, and rich malt taste, a little fruity.Some pepper. 34 IBU is there. Darn that carbonation.

Sammy, Jul 17, 2011
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Simple Malt Altbier from Brasseurs Illimités
82 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.