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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by eat on 10-02-2009

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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 18
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Kegatron
2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

500 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

The pour here is initially pretty foamy but once everything settles down and gets into the glass, this reveals a clear copper body topped with several fingers of eggshell-white head. This simmers down into a sudsy ¾ finger that drenches the sides of the glass with thick swathes of foamy lacing. The aroma smells of off character, with a medicinal or almost plastic smelling flavor to the nose that is hard to get past. A touch of floral and bitter citrus accents can kind of be felt edges, while there is also maybe some sweet graininess across the back. It’s hard to tell.

Those off-flavors unfortunately carry over to the taste, hanging on the edges of the profile and surrounding more hoppy notes of raw green citrus flavor. Sweet grains from the malt and some tropical fruit notes seem to mostly balance the hops up front but then this ends HARD, with a harsh pithiness that is only made worse by those off-flavors. The mouthfeel is medium to fuller bodied, with a carbonation that has more of a creamy slickness to it despite the relative fullness of the body. There is some light heat here and while it isn’t overly warm, it does draw out a bit too much bitterness from the hops for my taste.

Eh, I mostly found this beer to be a mess. Even without the off-flavors, this didn’t seem well crafted to me at all, with way too much of an unbalanced raw hoppiness being present. I think it’s time to move on to something else from these guys.

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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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Photo of johnnnniee
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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Photo of bylerteck
2.66/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Broue HAHA. From notes.

A - Dark gold pour. Bright with mild carbonation. One finger of white head leaving a film of retention and sticky lace all around.

S - Dusty citric hops, bread, pineapple.

T - Pineapple, booze, dusty hops again.

M - Mild carbonation, slightly watery body, very little bitterness.

O/D - Simple. Not balanced and not really all that tasty. Not good for the style. Not something I'd seek out. Definately needs work.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

No apparent freshness date.

An absurd amount of head on this one. A restrained pour just fills up the glass with white head. Beer is a caramel colour, rather orange.

Some citrus scents in the nose, but these are less obvious than the sweet caramel malt that dominates the scent. Pine is there as well.

Taste is a surprise after the nose, and not a pleasant one. Doesn't taste very similar to any DIPA I have had. A taste of ginger is strong, the whole beer has a distinct mineral taste and the citrus flavours are present but subdued. The sweet caramel malt is in there. Finish is minerally and not very pleasant. Beer is bitter. Not very good.

Full bodied, high carbonation level, a bit oily.

Overall, a disappointing beer. Not sure what is happening with this one but I am not a fan.

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Photo of Whatup14
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Jeffo
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this one at Peluso in Montreal. Fantastic store.

From a 500ml bottle into a snifter

APPEARANCE: Pours a one finger, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Hazy burnt umber in color with no carbonation evident. Head fades to a faint wisp and ring, though only a splotchy wisp remains until the end, leaving no lacing down the glass. Decent look.

SMELL: Pale malts, honeydew melon, cantaloup, and some light caramel notes. Some hints of floral hops round it out nicely. Decent.

TASTE: Pale and caramel sweetness up front, with some piney hops and floral bitterness at the swallow. Bold and persistent aftertaste of piney and bitter hops, floral notes, and a touch of melon sweetness as balance. Quite nice actually.

PALATE: Medium-light body with medium levels of carbonation. Quite creamy smooth on the palate, goes down nicely and finishes slightly dry. Lighter for sure, but not as bad as Turcault or D'Esgly, and creamy enough to compete.

OVERALL: Along with their imperial stout Laforge, this is one of their better efforts. Like all their beers, this one is flavorful and interesting, but the palate isn't quite up to snuff. I'd like to see these guys thicken up the feel and make their big beers a little heavier, as that would really make these brews a more enjoyable experience. Try this one if you get the chance.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +29.3%

Photo of kwjd
3.01/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep amber colour with a nice thick head and a bit of lacing. It smells quite sweet and fruity with some floral hops. Taste is quite sweet, but not in a very malty IIPA way, more of fruitiness. Some caramel flavour. It has a bit of floral hop flavour, but it not what I expected. If this was labeled as an English IPA I wouldn't have been as disappointed. I don't know what the IBU's of this beer are, but I don't get much bitterness. It is a smooth mouthfeel and easy drinking. It tastes ok, just not a IIPA.

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Photo of DaPan
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of MNBeerGeek
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of oldp0rt
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
4.25/5  rDev +22.1%

Photo of groleau
3.34/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Beer21
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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

Photo of 4ster
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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 ZorPrime
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 KalanM
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of VbolieuV
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Goldon color with a nice 1-inch head that disappear quickly with goo lacing. Pretty cloudy with lots of carbonation. Really fresh smell, lots of hops and tropical fruits with a weird maltiness odor. Lots of hops in the taste too but the weird malt is there in the taste too. Taste like a bowl of Kellogg's.

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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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Photo of wizo
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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Joseph Bellarmin from Microbrasserie de l'ile d'Orléans
Beer rating: 35% out of 100 with 40 ratings
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