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Simple Malt Double Porter - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Double PorterSimple Malt Double Porter

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Ratings: 62
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 15.19%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  6.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: IronDjinn on 11-26-2009)
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Reviews by WorldWideStout:
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3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: No one has mentioned the amusing label on this bottle, which has a section where there are three choices listed (au francais): degustation, refreshment, or celebration. The box for degustation is checked. The beer itself has a pedestrian brown color, and yielded a momentary one-finger head which I had to work hard to produce.

S: Malts, caramel, and smokiness. Nothing too complex, but I think the smell of most smoked beers is delightful.

T: No real strong flavors. Smokiness comes in pretty early on and hangs around. A bit of sweet malt in the start, and I taste a bit of bitterness towards the end, which tastes more of roasted, charred malt then it does of hops. Again, nothing too complex.

M: The carbonation is a little strong for about the first second of each sip, but then settles down.

D: The smokiness would probably tire me after awhile, but as it's not too intense, having a few of these wouldn't be out of the question.

Nothing too offensive, nothing too interesting. A run-of-the-mill porter with a decent smokiness. It would serve as a good introduction to smoked beers for someone new to the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 07:52:13 | More by WorldWideStout
More User Reviews:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It pours from the bottle a rich amber tone. When it has all come together in the glass however, it turns into a deep cherry wood red. Its off-white head sits a finger high and is light on its feet, wasting no time moving to the sides of the glass and forming a ring. This falls on the lighter side of double porters when it comes to appearance.'

The nose is deliciously complex. At first impression I get heaps of sweet nuttiness, almost hazelnut in tone, reminding me of a classic English brown ale. Next comes a rich, meaty smokiness; burning wood and bacon to be more specific. This becomes the defining character of the nose as the beer warms. Squares of sweet dark chocolate lurk below, giving the nose a delightful sweet and salty combination. It could have a bit more umph but the complexities that come from the smoked malt make it great as it is.

Its sweet, nutty character comes in big and pastes itself along the back of the palate with a sticky and assertive dryness. The smoky deliciousness that's so prominent in the nose takes a back seat here, only revealing glimpses of itself as the nutty dryness plays out. Its chocolate character comes in an all encompassing whisper, giving the beer a sense of congruity.

The body is dry throughout with a touch of creaminess and average level of carbonation. It's a bit too filmy or thin for my liking.

Overall, a decent porter that has plenty of potential. If you want to make the "double" part of the label more fitting, fill out the body and ramp up the addition of the smoked malt. That aspect was so promising in the nose but didn't fill out in everything that followed.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2014 23:03:50 | More by ludachris
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1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

01-13-2014 21:05:17 | More by mattmarka1
Photo of 4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

08-06-2013 22:35:36 | More by 4ster
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341mL bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau. Picked up a few of the Simple Malt series to try.

Poured into a nonic glass. Dark chestnut brew, with some ruby highlights when held to the light. Good head of cream-coloured froth, which left some streaks of lace and a nice thick circling of lace.

Nose has some robust porter malt, caramel, and a pleasant smoky peat component.

A tasty porter to be sure, that has that nice smoked flavor coming in not too heavy-handedly, and with some caramel and nuttiness to maintain some balance. Lacks depth, however - not sure where the "double" in the double porter is coming from.

Overcarbonated, which really set the brew off a great deal. Thin bodied for a porter, but easy enough to sip once the carbonation had finally subsided.

Not a bad porter by any stretch, and the smoky, whisky aspect was well done, but needs a bit of work to become something I'd regularly seek out.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 03:45:21 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of Odri

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

06-07-2013 02:07:46 | More by Odri
Photo of VbolieuV

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

06-03-2013 03:11:26 | More by VbolieuV
Photo of rale

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-23-2013 03:41:20 | More by rale
Photo of Whatup14

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

04-17-2013 13:55:38 | More by Whatup14
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Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -24%

03-05-2013 21:59:32 | More by ThinkAgain
Photo of Mack

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

01-29-2013 15:06:20 | More by Mack
Photo of KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-29-2012 00:37:40 | More by KalanM
Photo of Melomanemusher

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -24%

11-18-2012 20:59:28 | More by Melomanemusher
Photo of Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-20-2012 22:34:28 | More by Molson2000
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3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer a couple years back, but thought I'd re-review. Original bottles came from Freud, but this one comes from Peluso in Montreal.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 28

APPEARANCE: Pours dark, chestnut brown and yields a small, medium looking, tan head with decent retention. Head quickly fades to a faint wisp and ring. A clear sienna brown in the glass with no carbonation evident. A splotchy wisp and ring remain but leave no real lacing down the glass.

SMELL: Dark malts, roasted notes, smoked malts and some leather notes. This is similar to their Fumee, but slightly more mild.

TASTE: Dark malts, caramel and smoked malts up front. A medium but lingering aftertaste of dark and smoked malt flavors, as well as some dark chocolaty bitterness. Good stuff, but not all that complex compared to some of their other brews.

PALATE: Medium body and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth coating. Similar but slightly lighter than Fumee. Nice stuff.

OVERALL: Not nearly as good as I remember it, though that just might be because I've had the chance to try much more of their stuff, and now see how good these guys really are. A quality beer for sure, but this is very similar to their Fumee. Kind of like a Fumee Lite. Many of the same qualities are here, but the smoke is toned down slightly. An enjoyable beer, but given how excellent the rest of their stuff is, this one doesn't quite run in the same crowd.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2012 19:33:47 | More by Jeffo
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Always happy to try a new beer from Quebec. Thank you, Jeffo!

Appearance. Pours dark brown with a little red and half a finger of off white head.

Smell. Roasty malts, chared ocean drifwood, dark unsweetened chocolate. Interesting for sure.

Taste. Smokey old wood, some roasty malts, slightly acidic.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body, medium carbonation.

Overall. Smokey porter here, but not sure if I'd call it a double. Nice beer in any case.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2012 03:27:50 | More by Rutager
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-02-2012 16:00:26 | More by beerhunter13
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Somewhere between very dark brown and a light black with brownish hints. Small tan head that recedes quickly.

Smell contains chocolate, smoke, peat, tart cherry. Quite nice.

Smoke, chocolate, roasted malt in the taste. A bit of the cherry from the nose, but not as much as I was hoping for. Smoke is strong but not overpoweringly so.

Medium bodied, lighter than expected. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, pretty good. Enjoyed the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 02:22:47 | More by jrenihan
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Quebec (Canada)

2.9/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

341mL bottle into a pint glass. No freshness date.

A - Pours a dark brown color showing red hues to the light, with a huge off-white dense head. Limited lacing on the glass.

S - Smoke is dominant, blended with some malt, caramel and dark fruits at the back.

T - The smoke is slightly overpowering to my taste. Some roasted malt notes appear as it warms up.

M - Over-carbonated, with a thinner body than expected, the mouthfeel is below the average. Alcohol is quite noticeable on the palate.

O - Announced as a robust porter, this beers doesn't share much of the characteristics of a porter. It certainly lacks a smoother mouthfeel. Besides, the smoky character is too dominant and hides all the malty notes which might be present. I'm rather disappointed by the beer from Brasseurs Illimités.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2012 03:04:12 | More by duracell
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2.33/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Brown pour, mild head that leaves sticky lace. Smells dry as hell and smokey too. Hard to find any of the roasted malt character I love.

Ashy, smokey, yeasty flavors dominate. Very dry. This beer exemplifies everything I dislike about porters and smoked beers. Let's see if the drain rejects it as strongly as my palate did...

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2012 21:40:35 | More by brystmar
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New York

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Black with no light coming through. Some tan head and limited lacing.

S. It has a charcoal and smokey scent to it, very heavy. Nice. Almost in the same vein of a Schlenkerla.

T. It seems like it's trying to be like a Schlenkerla, but a bit too carbonated and bubbly and a bit too much malt and even chocolate to. Unfortunately it is lacking a kick to its flavor. It's tame almost like a soda.

M. Bubbly. Mildly refreshing.

O. I feel like this beer--while very good--just missed being a great brew. Just a bit to tame for something that wants to have an intense bacon feel to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2012 00:39:12 | More by Amalak
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

03-14-2012 02:10:07 | More by chickenm
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Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +17.4%

02-24-2012 18:30:33 | More by NightINgale
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4.5/5  rDev +24.3%

02-20-2012 23:50:44 | More by sgtscut
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

02-12-2012 06:38:41 | More by jrempel
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Simple Malt Double Porter from Brasseurs Illimités
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