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Simple Malt Altbier - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt AltbierSimple Malt Altbier

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29 Reviews
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Reviews: 29
Hads: 50
rAvg: 3.72
pDev: 10.75%
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: papat444 on 09-18-2009

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.07/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of MeisterBurger
3.06/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a turbid chocolaty amber topped by a frothy, bubbly head that dies down leaving a spotty film of lacing.

The aroma is chocolate covered raisins, brown sugar, chestnuts, bread and mild eucalyptus.

The tastes is like chocolate covered sour cherries. Caramel. A bit of apple sauce and kola nut. A tinge of sour along with bitterness lingers in the finish and aftertaste as does some alcohol.

It's well carbonated much to the a detriment to the taste as it only adds to the harshness.

An oddly malt driven alt, a little lacking in finesse, and one that might improve if it mellowed out with some age.

Thanks to papat444 for sending this my way through CanBIF. (667 characters)

Photo of argock
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.63/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,197 characters)

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Simple Malt Altbier from Brasseurs Illimités
84 out of 100 based on 29 ratings.