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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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63 Ratings
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Ratings: 63
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 14.92%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités visit their website
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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mattmarka1

Minnesota

1.5/5  rDev -58.6%

01-13-2014 21:05:17 | More by mattmarka1
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -44.8%

12-07-2011 15:26:12 | More by kelvarnsen
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brystmar

Texas

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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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured in to brandy snifter.

A - Poured dark brown with a lot of light, bubbly cream coloured head that slowly receded to half a finger.

S - Heavy smoke aroma up front that completely dominates the nose. Some very muted roasted malt notes are present in the background but you really have to search them out. Overall very one dimensional and unpleasant.

T - Smoke up front, as the nose indicated. Some light whiskey flavours are present as well (as I think the French label that I can't read indicates). Not much else comes through at all. A very one dimensional and unpleasant beer.

M - So heavily carbonated that I couldn't even tell what the body of the beer was. The carbonation distracted me from the the rest of the mouth feel.

O - Unpleasant. Would not buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2011 01:50:16 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -24%

03-05-2013 21:59:32 | More by ThinkAgain
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Melomanemusher

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -24%

11-18-2012 20:59:28 | More by Melomanemusher
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duracell

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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oldp0rt

Quebec (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

01-01-2012 08:32:51 | More by oldp0rt
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has the poter look down pat. Dark, but when held up to a light it shows a nice dark cherry red. Not one to pour aggressively as it forms head amazingly quickly.

Smoke, with some peat, leather and whiskey.

Flavour follows nose to the letter. but I found the smoke to be almost over-powering. The whiskey does come into play, but to me doesn't mesh well.

Quite thin in body and a bit too 'fizzy'.

Not my cuppa for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:58:55 | More by Shadman
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Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

09-20-2012 22:34:28 | More by Molson2000
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biglite351

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - light through center of glass, orange-brown. Tight tan head.

S - lots of fruit, smoke, caramel and malts. Bitter turn in the end.

T - smoke up front, almost Bacon like. Dried fruit and caramel through the after taste.

M - medium coating with just a slight tingle on sides of tongue.

D - good, but smoke would get old. Maybe two.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2011 02:47:01 | More by biglite351
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oakbluff

Manitoba (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle via Glouglouburp- Pours a dark cola with a slight red hue, minimal head and lacing. Nose- sweet and smokey with a mineral saltiness. Taste- chalky with a dry smokey roast flavour. Slight bandaid flavour on the finish. Medium to light bodied with robust carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:06:03 | More by oakbluff
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tbeckett

Ontario (Canada)

3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Pours with a one finger, tannish kinda head that goes away to a film fast. Really, really dark red colour. Bright with tons of carbonation. Not much lacing and a small film of retention.

S - Bacony, smokey, barbequey. Dark malts. Not really the most wonderful aroma but it's alright.

T - Smokey, barbequey. Dark malts and some roastiness.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body. Sweet/smokey finish.

O/D - I have trouble with smoked beers but this is ok. Not the best and I don't really enjoy it a whole lot but it's smooth and seems technically good. Just not my style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 04:07:57 | More by tbeckett
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bgildea

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with a slight hue of ruby. Thin tan/white head that fade quickly with slight lacing.

S: Strong smell of wood/earth. There is also a hint of cleaning product or some other unnatural scent. Maybe I got a bad bottle...

T: The taste is also earthy/woodsy. Slight sweet maybe fig after taste.

M: Decently thick, but I would have like a little more.

D: It's drinkable. I'd drink another, but nothing I'd rave about.

Overall: Overall, it's a decent beer. Very woods/earthy smelling and tasting. Not bad, but not something I'd order on a regular basis.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2010 01:54:55 | More by bgildea
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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
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Jeffo

Netherlands

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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beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

07-02-2012 16:00:26 | More by beerhunter13
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an opaque dark brown with a surprisingly white head for such a dark beer. The head recedes to a spotty cover and ring around the glass. No lacing.

Light smells of dark roasted malt and smoke with hops and caramel in the background. Could use a good kick in the presence.

To be honest, this tastes like a watered-down version of Bièreopholie`s Calumet Grand Chef. Maybe with a different malt profile as well. I feel like the bottom end is missing; there`s a lot of malt present but it seems like it needs more support somehow. I do prefer the more subtle smokiness found here, however. Calumet was a bit intense. The smoke is better incorporated into the whole this time around. Nicely balanced hops in the background and no sign of the ABV. Smooth but lacking something. Too watery.

Thin-medium body and very lightly carbonated. Could defintely use a fuller body.

I had high hopes for this after trying their imperial stout. Is seems that one is the star of the bunch; so far none of the others have matched its quality. The lightness of this beer does make it pretty drinkable but there`s just not enough flavour coming through. I think this brew could be easily stepped-up to a great porter with some minor tinkering. On the right track but not quite there.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 02:22:08 | More by eat
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KalanM

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

11-29-2012 00:37:40 | More by KalanM
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ludachris

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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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: At first, a dense black looking body but as the thin 1 finger head recedes, looks more brownish amber and slightly clear.

Smell: Major smoke, hickory, wood and a definite malt-like presence. Smells quite good actually. I like it a lot.

Taste: Smoked wood with hints of whiskey and more hickory. Has a discreet hop bitterness in the tail end of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Low point for me. Very smooth and creamy textrure with quite a low carbonation. Definitely lacks a fullness to it. Not robust and full-bodied as the label claims. Still good in the palate but lacks something to make it stick.

Drinkability: Ease of consumption is good but it just doesn't grab me enough and i had troubles finishing it (left a little in the glass).

Overall: I never connected with the Calumet & Calumet Grand Chef and this one, which is basically the same recipe, is no different. I found the taste didn't live up to the aroma and the body was lacking. Still good, but not very good.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 01:32:51 | More by papat444
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a black/brown colour with an above average size frothy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 2-3 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - malts, chocolate, coffee, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation and it feels slightly syrupy. The taste is made up of malts, coffee/chocolate, and a smokiness. I also picked up on a slight metallic flavour. The beer finishes with a smoky coffee/chocolate aftertaste.

Drink - There was something slightly off with the taste of this beer but it was still fairly decent. I'm not sure I would drink more than 1 at a sitting. It's still worth seeking out and trying.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2011 18:31:27 | More by spinrsx
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SFLpunk

Vermont

3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Freud for this bonus (in person trade)!

341mL brown glass twist-top. No date.

Pours without much head, but some off-white suds. Mostly opaque with some reddish brown hues. Nose is dominated by smoky notes of bacon and smoldering applewood. Body is medium and somewhat sharp with hop acidity. Flavors are focused around those bacon-y, smoky ideas. Almost like a rauchbier/porter hybrid.

My French is rusty and I have very little brewing French vocab, but I get the words smoke and whiskey malt on the label.

Tasty and VERY smoky.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 02:05:42 | More by SFLpunk
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francisfilion

Quebec (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a 6 pack directly at the brewery and poured one into a goblet. It was a very dark black with red reflections. Very little head but it was a burnt cream color (didn't stick around for long). There is very little effervescence in this beer.
It smells of smoked maple wood, cooked bacon, camp fire and burnt malt, which makes up a really pleasant smell.
The taste has a smoke upfront that is eased by roasted malts and finishes sweet. You can really taste the maple smoke!!
It is full bodied and good carbonation for the style.
Overall a great fall seasonal that fits with cold weather and offers something different! Great smoked double porter!!

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 01:49:37 | More by francisfilion
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WorldWideStout

Maryland

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
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Simple Malt Double Porter from Brasseurs Illimités
82 out of 100 based on 63 ratings.