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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:
Brasseurs Illimités visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(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

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.

Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of byronic
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of groleau
3/5  rDev -16.7%

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....

Photo of Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of JG_brew
3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of clesius
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of JerseyKirk
2.65/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Red to copper. 2 finger white gorgeous head. Creamy and pillowy. Crystal clear and nicely carbonated. Lacing everywhere.

S: Big sugary malt, caramel, cola, no hop presence, some cream, German yeast. Lack of hop aromas.

T: Eww, odd as hell. It's the most mismatched oddity in flavor. Caramel, sweet, floral, dank hops that are odd and off flavored. Also a slight sourness is in the beer. Big sweet malt notes. Gross.

M: Overly sweet. Missed the styles need to be dry. The finish is sweet and almost wort like in flavor.

O: The appearance and aroma are great. The flavor profile and mouthfeel are terrible. Needs work.

Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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!!

Photo of Yoonisaykul
2.93/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Clear reddish copper. Very nice color. Big light-beige head with average retention.

S- Cream soda(vanilla,marshamallow), caramel, metallic burnt grain and alcohol. A bit of cardboard. Lingonberry as it warmed.

T- Better than what I detected in the smell. A little roastiness. Cracker finish. After-taste isa bit cardboard like. The initial flavour is quite simple. Simple malt I guess... but it all gets dirty towards the finish.6.8%Abv very well hidden.

M- Medium, body, carbonation, mouthfeel and dryness.

O- Kind of a dirty beer. Okay drink but not a beer you crave.

Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours a nice dark copper colour. Bright. Medium carbonation. One finger fluffy beige head. Lacing clocks in at zero and the retention is a thin but admirable film.

S - Caramel is fairly evident with yeast and some earthiness. Bready also.

T - A little floral and grasssy with that earth again and some lighter caramel. Hops come through with a little pine also.

M - Proper carbonation with a medium to full body and a sweet finish with some earthiness.

O/D - I wasn't expecting much. Flavourful and mildly interesting. Doesn't really do much for me, but it was alright. Run of the mill.

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.

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.

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.

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Simple Malt Altbier from Brasseurs Illimités
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