Joseph Bellarmin | Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans

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Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Fall

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Added by eat on 10-02-2009

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 18
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4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A new series from this very good brewer that has some unique style which is probably due to the water they use. Enough with the little talk, on with the beer!

A: Caramel color with a creamy looking head.
S: Piny hops of average intensity. Some roasted malts there too.
T: Earthy notes which I expect from this brewer. Light caramel notes.
M: Hot in the mouth due to the high alcohol content.
D: One per session is enough due to the high alcohol content, however I would drink one every day!

Not an imperial in the IPA sense, meaning that the hops presence is timid at best. However, it is imperial due to its high ABV.

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Photo of notdan
3.93/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours into a pint glass as a hazy auburn with a large bubbly head that leaves just a touch of lace down the glass. Smells of smooth, tangy, nutty malts with floral hops. Not bad, but maybe a bit muted.

Taste is initially dominated by floral and citrus hops, then comes some nutty/caramel malts coupled with a mild alcoholic astringency. Aftertaste is similar to the aroma, tangy malts as well as a bit of diacetyl and lasting bitterness. Seems like an interesting mix between English and American IPA. Seems to follow with some other Canadian ones that use some citrusy hops as well as lots of malt.

Smooth, full mouthfeel with enough carbonation to tickle your mouth a bit. Drinkability is great; alcohol is hidden very well.

I'm glad I tried it and I'd drink this again if offered, but given that it cost $6 for a 500mL bottle in Gatineau, I'm not sure I'll buy it again too soon.

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3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Jovi.
Pours a nice amber, slightly rusty-copper-red hue. Nice cloud like white head. Looks good.

A load of citrus grapefruit, lemon zest, and a great floral aroma. A little bready and grassy herbs blended. Lots of big hop aromas.

Fronting with bitter-sweet citrus, pine like. A great balance of caramel/crystal malts. The malt really cuts the bitterness down a lot. A little yeasty on the back of the tongue. Very floral, pine, and caramel. A touch of warming from the alcohol, extra fruitiness (peaches).

Full bodied, moderate carbonation. Very balanced, very drinkable.

I'd love to have this more readily available.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold with tinges of a funky green around the edges. Has a frothy white inch-and-a-half head with some lacing and good retention.

Cantaloupe, sugar, weed, hay.

Ripe melon drizzled in lime juice with a slight bitterness and some fresh cut grass.

Crisp and refreshing with good carbonation up front, underneath there is a very pervasive melon flavor (I think so at least, it is really sweet but not in the citrusy or malty way you usually get with beer), earthy, bitter finish.

Really tasty and (if not for the high ABV) a good session beer. It really is a sweet that I am not used to in most readily accessible beers. Could be hoppier to fit the style better. There are hops but it is mainly the linger hop "feeling" that you notice. There don't seem to be strong hop *flavors*. I liked it but since it is advertised as a Double IPA I expected something a little more punch-you-in-the-face bitter. Would drink again.

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Photo of xpatriate
3.82/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this beer out of the island of montreal.In terrebonne.Never had any d'orleans before.Liked the label and I'm a sucker for double ipa's.Poured into my dogfish head snifter with a one finger head.Nice smell.Nothing out of the norm.
The taste and mouthfeel caught me the most off guard.
I fool myself thinking I like a certain beer in a certain style.This beer suprised me.Very balanced.No after taste.crisp and clean.
Very much enjoyed it.
The cost would keep me from drinking this beer all the time.
Single bottle more than cost of a pint at a bar.Very good though.
One of the best double ipa's from quebec I have had.

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Photo of smcolw
3.78/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Moderate head that settles at a regular pace, leaving some foamy lace on the glass. Pale amber color and hazy.

This brew smells creamy with a strong alcohol nose. The hop is completely floral but also very light.

The flavor matches aroma. Plenty of caramel and pale malt flavors. The alcohol is also stronger than most DIPAs. Yet, the hop is quite understated. It's present, but this certainly no hop bomb. The aftertaste is balanced and moderate. Almost oilily in the body; low carbonation.

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of flipper2gv
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Nice amber, burnt orange color. A little bit hazy. Head is off white, but not much retention. Weak lacing.

S: Very strong citrus smell. Lemon, orange, grapefruit are present. Citrus peel is very much present too. Some herbal AND floral smell too. Some nice malty sweetness there too: caramel, maple syrup. Some minerals from the water.

T: Malty sweetness upfront. Caramel and maple syrup very present. A nice malt backbone overall. Then it's all about the hops. Citrus peel and grapefruit dominate, but tangerine and lemon are very there too. Floral hops and herbal hops are present too. Nice mineral water, fits well. Too much sweet malts though for the sake of the beer.

M: Too sticky for my DIPA tastes.

D: Again, the sweetness kills it a bit here considering it's compared to other DIPA's and most of the style are very easy to drink.

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3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eat
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This bottle is in the same style as another offering from this brewery, Francoise Bourgeois. It is named after a historical Quebecois figure with distinctive artwork featured on the cover. These are very attractive bottles. The bottle lists this one as a fall seasonal.

The pour yields a nice, bubbly beige head, shrinking down to thin blanket across the top and finally all but disappearing. The initial head is impressive but the retention...not so much. The colour is beautiful: a clear, reddish-amber.

Fresh bread, floral hops, caramel malt, subtle citrus; this beer smells delicious if a little weak.

This is a pretty different double IPA, I can't say I've ever tried one like it. I wouldn't say that it's completely balanced, though it's not too far off. The hops, while present, are a little on the subtle side for my liking. It seems to me like there is a bit too much malt found here and that it isn't very well blended in with the hops, they seem like two very separate flavours. A bit too sweet as well. That said, though, I'm enjoying this new take on a double IPA. Floral hops, grainy/nutty malt, subtle citrus flavours and a lingering, slightly bitter finish. 8.5% ABV is fairly well hidden, most noticeable on the way down.

Nice, creamy, medium-bodied mouth feel supports the flavour well. Good balanced medium carbonation as well.

This is not a beer I would want anymore than a pint of, which is what I have here. It gets a bit hard to drink halfway through. Definitely worth checking out if you run into it though, if only to sample a unique double IPA. I would say it's fairly enjoyable but not something I would always want to have in my fridge. I would buy this again, it's a decent brew. A huge step up from the only other beer I've tried from this brewery (Francoise Bourgeois).

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3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep amber with a slight cloudiness. Nice bubbly head that slowly fades.

S: Bready malts, strong citrus notes (grapefruit and lemon), and lingering floral hops. Slight honey sweetness in there. Picking up a bit of alcohol. Overall very nice aromas.

T: Rather subdued in comparison to the full aroma. Some hops and citrus notes, but a surprising sweet malty flavour pokes its head in there just as much. No lingering bitterness at the end, but rather a bit of warming alcohol. Was expecting a bit more flavour indicative of the smell.

M: Rather grainy and a little oily. Mild carbonation.

D: Overall a decent brew, however I don't think I would seek this one out for a little while. Personally I prefer more hopiness in a DIPA but this is a bit of a different take on the style.

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3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sherbrook.
Slightly murky orange amber color with a large long lasting tightly bubbled tan head. Sweet bready caramel maltiness with plenty of citrus and pine to balance. Seems a bit sweet and malty for a double IPA, but pretty tasty beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of fostachild
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a cloudy burnt orange. not much head.

smell was good. hoppy, sweet. fruity, some citrus.

taste was malty - slight hops in the aftertaste, kind of bitter and alcohol noticeable.

overall i didn't find it to be that impressive but still an okay drink.

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Joseph Bellarmin from Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans
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