Simple Malt Vin D'Orge - Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Vin D'OrgeSimple Malt Vin D'Orge

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Ratings: 33
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
English Barleywine |  8.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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(Beer added by: rodenbach99 on 01-07-2010)
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Photo of ChadQuest
1.95/5  rDev -47%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ten year old bottle, 2002. Backfat(rip) is the man, he just handed this to me to take home and enjoy. Excited to see what this 10yr is like.

A bit hazy dark dirty orange color.small cap fades fast to a thin collar.
The nose is soft and faded. Oxidation, leather, dry caramel.
The flavors have a bit of orange hop notes, not bitter in the least but the orange flavor persists, but it has to fight through all the oxidation that has gone on in this beer. It has the stale character you'd expect for being ten years old. Leather is there, partially from the stale oxidation. Dry for an English BW, being that this one is only 8.6% is probably the reason for being both dry and the Oxidation being more noticeable.

Oxidized, far gone.

C/3 = Average.

Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 341ml bottle to a snifter

A: Copper in color. Very clear and topped with a finger of good sustaining head. Very tasty looking.

S: A lot of sweet malts and a tad estery or yeasty.

T: Once again malts are dominant. Toast like malts and a little bit of bread crust are made very apparent and caramel and toffee linger in the background. Hops are very subtle and the malts definitely take the forefront of the beer. Alcohol is barely detectable but provides a very slight warming.

M: A tad syrupy but not overly so like some BW's. Very easy drinking and the alcohol really doesn't get in the way. Appropriate carbonation backs the beer.

O: A decent beer but there is better for the money. Nothing too impressive but it was good. Wouldn't recommend to a seasoned drinker but the experience could be good for someone looking to branch out a bit.

Photo of beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my friend TC for scoring this brew from the wilds of Quebec! Poured into 10oz goblet. Poured a very attractive brownish-amber color with zero head, and low carbonation.

The aroma was dominated by sweet malts, there was a noticeable alcohol scent, and a light fruitiness that I attributed to the yeast. on the tongue the beer was pretty similar; malt forward, a slight yeast aspect, and some alcohol at the back.

The body was very good; full, smooth and even, despite a bit of a hot finish. Drinkability was pretty good, despite the heat on the end. Overall, a pretty nice brew. I recommend having your friend, the pro cycling mechanic, bring you back a bottle.

Photo of bobsy
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm going to disagree with the previous reviewer and say that this is almost exactly the same beer as the Bieropholie version. Sure, it seems a shade or two darker, and its 0.6% stronger, but the flavour profile is much the same.

Pours a burnt umber with a fluffy white head. Nice retention and lace. Strong beet aroma, with brown sugar, cereal, toffee and bubblegum. The flavour has all of these elements, plus the yellow rubber duckie you used to suck on as a kid. Its really not all that bad, but its certainly a strange goose as far as a barleywine is concerned. Packs a decent bitterness in the finish. Body is medium and slightly slick, while the carb is restrained.


Thanks to luk13 for the bottle!

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a copper color ale with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with caramelized sugar and light toffee with some astringent hops. Taste of sweet malt with traces of caramel and toffee is very interesting though I am not as big on the hoppy side of things - I prefer barleywine geared towards malt instead of hops. Body is about average full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well made though a bit too hoppy for my taste.

Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark amber in colour, with a small white head that dissipates very quickly.

Brown sugar is strong in the nose- candy like. Caramel. Malty. Raisin. Label mentions hops but I am not getting them. Not sure how old the bottle is though.

Taste is similar. Very, very sweet, lots of sugar. Bread and caramel. A very sweet, malty beer. Some fruit flavours- raisin primarily. Not terribly complex.

Full, pretty high level of carbonation. Bready.

Overall, disappointing. Too sweet and too one-dimensional. Oh well.

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle from Broue Ha Ha for around 3$

Appearance - Clear reddish copper colour with a large size fizzy light beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some fairlacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, caramel, leather, raisins

Taste & Mouth - There is a higher than average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of toffee/caramel, hops, and malts. There is also some raisins and cherries mixed with leathery notes. It ends with a malty/fruity aftertaste with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - A decent take on the style but nothing that will get you to stock up on it. It's very drinkable and the alcohol is well hidden but it doesn't compare to some of the other fantastic examples of the style.

Photo of Mr_Hoptimistic
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Lots and lots of foam! Most of the glass is filled and its stamina is great. Sides are literally draped. Body is the color of dark honey but not as opaque with some orange tinges.

Smell: Sugar, candy, toffee, caramel and mild spices. Warming.

Taste: Candied sugar, still some hops kicking around even after 1 year. Some toffee with light spices. Not a bold enough flavor.

Mouthfeel: As with many of their beers, carbonation is a tad high. Some mild bitterness though body is more smooth. Melts in the mouth but not necessarily in the best of ways as traces are felt but the feel leaves too fast.

Overall: Like a cross between a strong ale and a winter warmer. For the ABV and style, i expected more of a presence but i felt this was a few notches from being great.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown opaque beer with a very very thin cream colored head with very low retention and low lacing.

S: Well it's a barleywine and it smells like it. Lots of bready malts with tons of caramel and vanilla. On the other smells there are molasses, brown sugar, licorice, cherry candy, toffee.

T: Really burnt bready malt is there first. Also a good level of toffee and caramel. Some vanilla, molasses, brown sugar, licorice, cherry candy and the light tomato juice taste like someone mentioned, weird but not necessarily bad.

M: Medium to heavy with medium to low carbonation. On the lighter side of the style.

D: No alcohol at all during the tasting. Real easy to drink barley wine.

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of tbeckett
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Dark copper pour with a nice silky one finger white head. Good carbonation. Bright. Small chunk of lace, thick film of lace.

S - Mild. Dark fruit, gentle fruity hops, candy, sugar, raisins.

T - An interesting hop profile shows up with a raisiny malt character bringing more to the table than the aroma proved to show. A nice combo with the dark dried fruit character and a slight hop note.

M - Good carbonation keeping it movin with a nice full body and a sweet, fruity finish.

O/D - A nice take on they style. Not rich and fruity like it would typically be but sweet, raisiny, and a nice hop touch. Drinkability and flavour are there. A nice one from Illimite.

Photo of wordemupg
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 20/4/12

A clear amber with a finger of well sustained light tan foam that leaves lots of random lace

S heavy on the caramel and toffee, there's some citric hops still kicking and a blast of booze, I pick up on a slight herbal aspect and a little iced tea

T malty is an understatement with less hops and somehow more caramel, not as much going on compared to the smell and its a little one sided but still pretty decent

O thick and syrupy with sticky lips left behind, mellow carbonation works well for it and although I can taste some booze there's very little heat as it goes down

a style from across the pond and a pretty good example of one, for malt lovers but some hops shine through every now and then but I'm sure that would change with some age. Cheers unibroue4ever for sending me a bottle

Photo of rodenbach99
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First: Vin d'Orge means barley wine in french. This beer is brewed in a new brewery in St-Eustache by the guy who brewed Bieropholie beer, but don't get wrong this Vin d'Orge is not the same beer as the Bieropholie Vin d'Orge. It has a very different colour. This one is much darker. It has a nice fresh hops armora with some caramalized sugar, candy sugar. It has a nice mouthfeel, not to much alcohol, some sugar. Nice hops on the finish.

I bought this beer at Grand Duc for 3,29$.

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Thin tan head sits upon a dark reddish brown. No bubbles. Fine stringy lacing all around.

S- Cherry and grape candy. Red licorice. Soft citrus hops. A bit of tomato and vegetable that seem to come from a rich malt. No alcohol here.

T- Similar to smell but with more sweet tomato juice. Floral hops are really well integrated. There is a bit of a woody taste to it but a lot less than any barleywine I've tried yet. Alcohol is not noticeable.

M- Medium carbonation. Viscous and a bit oily. A finish melding silky and dry in a peculiar way.

D- This may be a bit to sweet to want lots more but I still do. Enjoyable but you have to be careful if you get this on tap or attempt to session. I can already feel quite a buzz as I'm typing but haven't really tasted alcohol this whole time.

I wish I had more.

Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like the Simple Malt labels. The only thing that would be a welcome addition is a brewing date. The IBU is listed at 51 and they give the proper temperature to serve at (12-14C) and a picture of the correct glassware. Here's a rough translation of the label:

Dominant and supported aromas of barley sugar and candy, well-balanced with floral hops. In the mouth, pressure from the barley sugar and the bitterness results in a caress for the taste buds.

Great looking pour. Its colour makes me wish I had a better vocabulary, I'm sure there's a perfect word for it. I can't recall seeing a beer quite this shade of woody/nutty brown-orange. An initial full finger of creamy white head fades to a hazy covering. Bits of lacing. Head retention could be better.

This smells awesome. I'd give it an easy 4.5 if it were only a little more powerful. It definitely smells like a barleywine. Lots of caramel/toffee malt, along with some light but noticeable hops and a quality all of its own which I can't put my finger on. Someone mentioned tomato juice...I can see that. Like sweet, fresh garden tomatoes, in a way that works well with the rest. Something savory/vegetal. Unique.

Very much on style, in spite of being a little on the weak side of ABV for a barleywine. The flavour could be intensified, both malt and hops, but everything is in good balance. It tastes a little watered-down for a barleywine, though the flavour is good. I don't notice the unique character from the nose here in the taste, though maybe there is something slightly savory in there. Sweet toffee is matched perfectly by earthy, floral hops, coming off as neither too sweet nor too bitter. Many barleywines seem to like to try pushing the line of being too sweet, but this one doesn't come close. This is among the smoothest of 8% beers I've had; no alcohol is noticeable. Well done.

The feel is good but I'd prefer it to be a little more syrupy to match more with the flavour. Medium body and light carbonation. Slightly drying on the finish.

Some barleywines are too intense to be very drinkable but this one goes down pretty smoothly. Overall, I'd prefer if everything was bigger: nose, flavour, feel and alcohol. Step it all up and this would be fantastic. As is, I'm not sure I'd pick it up again. It reminds me too much of a little brother to Half Pints' Burly Wine. I'd rather just get some Burly Wine. Worth checking out, however. I think it's been my favorite Quebecois barleywine so far, from what I remember. Another solid effort from Simple Malt.

Photo of ZorPrime
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is brown which tends to the muddy side. This means it is quite opaque. Not a very appealing color but I like to see this in a barleywine, should be tasty. The head is very thin and doesn't stay for long.

The aroma gives some hops (floral) with some sugars. Nothing bad, nothing out of this world too.

The taste start with barley sugar and change quickly to a bitter taste that is pretty intense. It is a balance taste.

This is a dense (full bodied) beer. Feels a little creamy. A very good barleywine and quite drinkable.

Photo of VbolieuV
4/5  rDev +8.7%

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Simple Malt Vin D'Orge from Brasseurs Illimités
83 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.