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Simple Malt Altbier - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt AltbierSimple Malt Altbier

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BA SCORE
81
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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 10.92%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités visit their website
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 Sammy
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -16%

ygtbsm94, Apr 24, 2012
Photo of smcolw
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%

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 Viggo
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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 spinrsx
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a murky red/amber/brown colour with a small fizzy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the murkiness of the beer. There is some faint lacing on the sides of the glass. The head stuck around for only a few minutes before it was gone.

Smell - malts, breads/grains, alcohol, light hops

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a nice mouth feel, there is a slightly above average amount of carbonation. The most noticeable flavours are the malts, and the breads/grains. It also has a mild butter/caramel taste to it. I can also pick up on the alcohol in this beer. It finishes with a malty slight metallic aftertaste.

Drink - An interesting beer with a different taste. I'm on the fence with this one... worth a try though.

spinrsx, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of tbeckett
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

tbeckett, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of blackie
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: big eggshell head, high retention, the beer a deep amber color

s: papery noble hops, tealike malt body, a bit spicy with some darker fruit skins

m: carbonation light-moderate, medium body

t: toasty-sweet malts with a somewhat disruptive sour note coming into the finish, tea and wood, drying, plum skin, meh

d: not great, not bad, interestingly unusual but not something I'll look for again

single from WF, Fair Lakes

blackie, Apr 22, 2010
Photo of Pencible
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Pencible, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of argock
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 bobsy
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bieropholie is dead, long live Bieropholie! The brewer now has his own line under the Brasseurs Illimités name, and I'm glad to sample to of his earliest offerings - an IPA and this altbier.

Pours the colour of milk chocolate with an off-white head, which drops to a collar and a formidable island, like Antartica adrift in a muddy ocean. A few spots of lace cling to the glass, and by the time the beer is half-finished all semblance of a head has disappeared. The aroma is true to the altbier style, with a combination of carame, fruit and chocolate elements, jiving with the less significant presence of herbal hops.

The taste is well done, and has a good integration of all the expected flavours. Sweet dark caramel upfront, moving through berries, minerals and dusty cocoa powder to a herbal and slightly juicy hop finish. The sweetness and bitterness seem to be in perfect balance for much of the drink, but after a while the bitterness becomes overly astringent, and combines with the dryness of the finish to distract from all the great things going on in the flavour. The mouthfeel is about par for the style - medium bodied with an active carbonation that occasionally adds and occasionally detracts. Perhaps a slightly softer feel would have been more appropriate.

All in all, this is a fairly good alt. It does have a few flaws, but not enough to damage it too badly, and I'd be happy to knock a few of these back.

Thanks to zorprime for another excellent Quebec micro!

bobsy, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -16%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of Daniellobo
4/5  rDev +12%
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 kwjd
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky amber-brown colour with thin white head. Great head retention, with some mild lacing around the glass. Smell is of caramel malt, toffee and some fruitiness. Flavour is incredibly sweet, little bit boozy too, which is surprising since it isn't too high in alcohol content. Still a fairly tasty beer. Fairly high carbonation level. I'd prefer this to have a bit more hop presence, as I can barely notice any.

kwjd, Dec 18, 2010
Photo of grub
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
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 Molson2000
4/5  rDev +12%

Molson2000, Sep 20, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
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 Proteus93
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Whatup14
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
3.5/5  rDev -2%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of beerhunter13
3/5  rDev -16%

beerhunter13, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.25/5  rDev -9%

ThinkAgain, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +5%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of ZorPrime
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
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 timtim
4.5/5  rDev +26.1%
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 4ster
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
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
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Simple Malt Altbier from Brasseurs Illimités
81 out of 100 based on 43 ratings.