Simple Malt Fumée Massive - Brasseurs Illimités
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4.33/5 rDev +17.7%
appearance: dark brown, opaque, tan tinted head, leaves some spotty lace and has good head retention
smell: smells like good ol' bacon. brown sugar, chocolate hints, mahogany, leather, couldn't quite place one other essence in there
taste: full bodied, little on the creamy side. smoky hints from the smell aren't too dominant; good balance between smokiness and overall taste. good carbonation and tasted some oak in there
mouthfeel: i found it a little watery given its 8.6 ABV, but smooth overall
overall: one of the better smoked beers i've had, the complexity of its smell complimented the flavours, which were fairly balanced and not overpowering. i'd buy it again
02-12-2012 17:41:37 | More by jrempel
4.28/5 rDev +16.3%
Had with my supper, PC quesadillas.
Appearance: Pours a nearly opaque brown body with a cascading 3 finger toffee colored head than recedes to nothing in less than a minute.
Smell: Very smoky and woody. Nice and full without being overpowering.
Taste: Starts out quiet a bit with some smoke that is present but more discreet than the aroma. Through the middle i get a sweeter flavor with caramel and maple and it finishes with a nice bitter touch. Images of wood fires come to mind as well as smoked cheese.
Mouthfeel: Average to high carbonation with a great balance though maybe not as robust as i would like.
Drinkability: ABV is not a factor as this drinks remarkably well. I would have this again for sure.
Overall: This beer surprised me because it's previous incarnation (Calumet Grand Chef) was not a big hit with me. I was skeptical with this one but it proved me wrong. Definitely worth checking out and much better than their Double Porter.
11-07-2010 00:12:12 | More by papat444
4.22/5 rDev +14.7%
Bottle: Poured a pitch-black color ale with a large shiny brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt with some smoked notes though not as dominant as expected. Taste is also dominated by roasted malt balanced with some lactic sugar and some medium smoked notes. Body is full with a creamy texture and some good carbonation. I was expecting a smoked dominant beer such as the Calumet but this is a more balanced affair. Definitely something I would buy again if I can find it.
12-13-2010 03:11:31 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +9.5%
Love me a smoke monster once in a while, I can smell this one from more than 3 feet away.
A- Poured into a pint glass with a pretty much black body with a bit of brown around the edges. Mocha brown head forms with a creamy texture and around one finger in size. Retention is decent and there are a few patches of lace.
S- Reminds me of Ardbeg/Islay right off the bat. HUGE aroma. Reminds me of a campfire with leathery, bacon, coal and burning wood. A hint of caramel and roast malt underneath.
T- Interestingly not quite as smoky here, other reviews seem to mention this as well. The malt and yeast open up a bit with notes of caramel, dark fruit, spice, raisin, cocoa, nutty and roast hints. The smoke is pretty much half of the flavor with notes of campfire, leather and bacon.
MF- Creamy moderately thick body. Carbonation is smooth and pretty much silky. Smoke just dominates the palate.
I understand what the beer's name means and it is pretty much right on. The smoke is big, especially in the aroma, and will surely please people who like really smoked beers or even smoky Scotch.
03-27-2012 02:06:17 | More by cbutova
4/5 rDev +8.7%
Pours an opaque thin brown colour with tan head. Very mild lacing, nice head retention though. Smells of chimney smoke with some deep roast. This is pretty much a strong smoked porter I'm pretty sure. Nice roasty bitterness, the smoke stays a long time in the aftertaste. Fairly thin mouthfeel, but still smooth going down. Another nice effort from one of my favourite Quebec brewers.
12-20-2010 02:59:30 | More by kwjd
3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
Got this one at Peluso in Montreal. Best stop for Quebec craft beer.
From a bottle into a snifter.
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: Really smoky for sure, but not obnoxiously so. Smoked meat, tobacco, some dark chocolate, and light caramel notes. Pretty bold on the smoked malts, but other aromas add complexity.
TASTE: Smoked malts, roasted notes, with some leather and tobacco at the finish. Bolder and lingering aftertaste is smoky and leathery, with some bitter dark chocolate as well. Tobacco is there the whole way through. Well balanced and certainly enjoyable.
PALATE: Medium-full body and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Creamy on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes a touch mouth coating. Good, full feel. Nice stuff.
OVERALL: This is quite good. I will admit that I'm not the hugest smoked beer fan, but since I'm a pretty big fan of Illimites, I thought I'd give this a shot. Very happy I did. The smoke is very well balanced and there are lots of other nice aromas and flavors worth contemplating. Another solid brew from a solid brewery. Cheers!
09-06-2012 18:59:43 | More by Jeffo
British Columbia (Canada)
3.93/5 rDev +6.8%
A: Black with mahoganny highlights, light tan head, thin ring of retention, slight leg.
S: Big smoky aroma, slighty phenolic, dark fruit, rye bread.
T: Smoky, dry roast, dark rye, dark caramel, licorice, dark fruit, good bitterness, slight alcohol warmth.
M: Fairly full body has a light residual sweetness and a slightly drying alcohol finish.
D: Very interesting, but a bit of a brute.
05-24-2011 01:30:55 | More by Derek
3.88/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks to Aaron for this 12oz bottle.
Pours dark, dark chestnut brown with hints of ruby around the edges. The head is small and leaves a thin collar throughout.
Aroma is really inviting with smoked malts mixing with caramel, peat and some hickory. It's definitely got some molasses sweetness that balances out the smoke.
The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma as the smoke starts to take on a bitter character that's not wholly unpleasant but it's not as well integrated as the nose. There is a more prominent scotch/peat kick up front with the sweetness not really balancing things as well as I was hoping.
The mouthfeel is very creamy and smooth with nice, soft carbonation.
Te nose on this beer really had me excited but the taste didn't live up to the expectations. I'm a big smoked beer fan and I like this one...would have been a fantastic beer if the taste matched the nose.
08-02-2011 03:32:09 | More by gford217
3.63/5 rDev -1.4%
Viggo brought this one over. thanks eric!
12oz bottle. sampled march 7/2011.
pours deep dark brown, nearly black and largely opaque except where it fades to lighter brown at the very edges of the glass. a small cap of fine brown head forms, dropping quickly to a ring around the glass and leaving spotty lace.
aroma is nice. smoke and peat. coffee. dark chocolate. bit of alcohol. light caramel and toffee. biscuit and multi-grain bread. bit of grain and cracker. bit of dark fruit - raisin and date.
taste is nice. dark chocolate and light coffee. bit of toffee. light alcohol. smoke and peat. biscuit and toasted multi-grain bread. grain. really roasty, almost burnt. hint of caramel. medium bitterness level.
mouthfeel is nice. medium body with a fairly dry finish. just under medium carbonation level. somewhat burnt and astringent.
drinkability is pretty good. hides its alcohol well and has a neat smokey character, but the burnt edge detracts from it.
03-08-2011 01:33:03 | More by grub
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
Massive black body and dark brown head.Thick,oily body and thick creamy but oily mouthfeel. Just too much wood oven smoke to get through it, some burnt parts. Good for what it is, imperial smoke.Sugar, above average carbonation (I would like less).Unique.
03-06-2011 05:06:41 | More by Sammy
3.58/5 rDev -2.7%
12 oz bottle, picked up in Montreal.
Pours a very dark orange, brown away from the light, appears mostly clear, medium sized light tan head forms and settles to a thin ring around the glass, a bunch of lace spots stick around, looks alright.
Smell is neat, sweet and malty, some peaty smoke, applewood, caramel and some brown sugar, raisin, a bit of alcohol, lightly fruity, a touch of smokey spice, very light chocolate milk/coffee roast, cherries, a touch too peaty.
Taste is similar, very sweet up front, molasses and brown sugar, a bit of toffee, very smokey, bit of plastic from the peat, cherries, lightly milky, a bit of chocolate, light vanilla and sugar in the finish, quite sweet.
Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with low carbonation. A bit of warmth but pretty smooth for the ABV. Not a bad smoked beer but not really sure exactly what its supposed to be.
03-08-2011 00:09:16 | More by Viggo
3.55/5 rDev -3.5%
A- Deep black, with slight dark brown highlights. Small beige, brown head went fast. I'm not seeing much lacing. A few dots here and there.
S- Right away, the smokiness isn't really massive. Some nice chocolaty alcohol. A bit of cantaloupe.
T- Good sweet smokey beer. Was expecting something a lot more extreme. Cantaloupe, whisky alcohol, maple syrup sweetness and dark chocolate bitterness. A bit of dark fruit. I'd say the alcohol fits in well.
M- Isn't thin but feels a bit thin. Might be the taste. Sharp but moderate carbonation. Mouthfeel ain't this beers strong point.
D- Good. I'd drink a pint of it in a bar if the mouthfeel was more satisfying.
Well, nothing really massive about this beer. It's good though.
11-06-2010 23:03:00 | More by Yoonisaykul
3.53/5 rDev -4.1%
Thanks to freud for throwing this one in to a recent trade.
Poured in to brandy snifter.
A - Poured black with no head at all.
S - Dark roasted malts, smoke, bacon.
T - Dark roasted malts, come chocolate & smoke. The smoke is somewhat subdued which is a nice change from many smoked beers that I have had.
M - Medium body, nice chew, lightly carbonated.
11-28-2010 22:24:01 | More by TheSevenDuffs
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
Dark black color beer, or if you prefer VERY dark brown color. No head.
The aroma is smoky with some maple notes. Caramel is present too. The aroma of those smoky beers is always dominated by smoke. Not bad but more one dimensional. No complexity here but I like it. The taste is up front smoky... just like smoked salmon. The smoky notes linger in the mouth. Almost no bitterness, it is more smoke all the way. This beer is one dimensional for me. You gotta like smoke to appreciate this brew. The alcohol is present here, but well hidden.
I would say this brew is well balanced, but one dimensional. Still a good brew, however not sure I would drink more than one per session.
11-21-2010 20:39:08 | More by ZorPrime
3.48/5 rDev -5.4%
A: Super dark brown colored beer. Even with super aggressive pour, near no head (mocha colored) with really bad retention. Also, the lacing is pretty bad considering the abv.
S: Well, there is good smoke in this, but nothing quite "massive" about it. There is also good levels of oak and leather. There are good amounts of molasses, toffee and burnt malts. With the alcohol, there are some nice dark fruits in there. Smell is light, straightforward but somewhat makes me think of an Islay single malt. Pretty interesting.
T: Pretty much the same as the smell. Dominated by smoke, oak and leather. Again, there are pretty dry molasses, a little bit of toffee and burnt malts. Some candied cherries seems to be there too. Well, considering it is supposedly the same recipe as the "Calumet Grand Chef", but it really lacks the balls the calumet grand chef had. It taste good, but nothing as impressive as the previous version.
M: WTF! 8.6 % ABV and I get a beer this watery? Really disappointing. Also, way too much carbonation for what I would have wanted in a beer like this.
D: Pretty easy to drink though. Nothing is overpowering, not really massive beer.
12-07-2010 03:05:01 | More by flipper2gv
3.3/5 rDev -10.3%
I poured this one pretty hard (after noticing that the head wasn't appearing as it should) and the head disappeared like it was a glass of Coca-Cola. Nothing left. It's been a while since I poured any beer with absolutely zero head retention. The body is root beer-coloured and pretty much opaque.
Not much smell coming off this one as there is a complete lack of head. What I can smell is some dark, smoky malt, minerals and a bit of earthy hops.
There's quite a bit of smoked malt flavour with a slight crispy-maple-bacon character. Given Simple Malt's relation to Biereopholie I was expecting some massive smoke here a-la Calumet Grand Chef but it's not all that intense. Lots of minerals come out, as I've found in most good smoked beers. A bit of dark caramel underscores everything and is balanced by some soily hops. The malt could be filled out a little. I like the taste but the whole is unfortunately quite effected by the head retention problem. Some extra alcohol definitely shows but it's relatively smooth for being 8.6%ABV.
The carbonation is strange; it is present but only shows itself as this light fizzy feeling on the tongue. It's hard to describe but the beer seems flat in spite of this. The body is too thin to match the character found here and the finish is a little powdery, like 99% cocoa chocolate.
I feel like I would have thought this was a pretty good beer if there was only some head on it. This could be a great take on the style with a few tweaks. I would have picked up another bottle to make sure this wasn't just a problem with this one but I see other reviewers have found problems with head retention as well. The style is listed as "unique creation" but this is clearly a smoked porter (imperial I suppose).
02-09-2011 05:03:57 | More by eat
3.13/5 rDev -14.9%
From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):
LOOK: Opaque black, thin coffee-colored lacing
SMELL: Smoke, jerky
TASTE: Viscous, creamy, smoke, peat, sugar, burnt, raisin, chocolate, earth, nutty, spice, strong lingering smokiness
Gotta love Canadians and their slight obsession with smoked products—thankfully for us, it extends to smoked beers. While this one is indeed smoky and big, it seems a bit unbalanced. The smoke permeates the experience, and there’s very little that pushes back in the name of balance. We say this as smoke beer fans, too.
01-17-2013 03:21:37 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.13/5 rDev -14.9%
Thanks to Zorprime for this.
Pours a pitch black with just hints of mahogany red on the edges. Tan head receeded quite quickly to a weak cap.
Smoke, peat, rum raisen cake, booze, slight almond
Smoke is there, although not as prevalent as I thought it would be. Same rum raisin booze taste thru the smoke.
Body seems thin given the sweetness and higher ABV.
Interesting, but 1 is enuf for moi.
07-01-2011 04:57:47 | More by Shadman
3.1/5 rDev -15.8%
Thanks to freud for this one! 11.2oz brown glass "twist-top" bottle. No date. (Canadian brewers seem to be bad at dating...)
Pours a thin black with almost no head. There's a quick crackle but no spotting/lacing.
Nose is light but smoke is definitely predominate. Smells like a smoked black lager.
Palate is super crisp despite the heavy smoked malt. The smoke is peaty and earthy like Laphroaig scotch! Big, gritty charred wet driftwood notes, earthiness, moss, black patent malt, etc. Finish is crisp but heavy on the smoke.
Smoke is over-done for the thin body and low carbonation. Could be tasty if it were thicker.
11-22-2010 05:23:40 | More by SFLpunk
Simple Malt Fumée Massive from Brasseurs Illimités
83 out of 100 based on 27 ratings.