Simple Malt Vin D'Orge | Brasseurs Illimités

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Simple Malt Vin D'OrgeSimple Malt Vin D'Orge
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Simple Malt Vin D'OrgeSimple Malt Vin D'Orge

Brewed by:
Brasseurs Illimités
Quebec, Canada

Style: English Barleywine

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.60%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by rodenbach99 on 01-07-2010

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Jeffo:
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4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this at Peluso in Montreal. Lots of fun at that shop.

From a bottle into a snifter
IBU: 51

APPEARANCE: Pours a small, medium looking, off-white head with good retention. Head fades toa faint wisp and ring. Hazy safety orange in color with lower levels of carbonation. A splotchy wisp remains until the end and leaves some dots of lacing down the glass. Good looking beer for sure.

SMELL: Lots of caramel and toffee with red fruits on the nose. Cantaloupe and red cherries for sure. Some light floral notes come through as well. Nice, and quite bold as well.

TASTE: Caramel and toffee sweetness up front, with lots of nice melon flavors as well. Red fruits and cantaloupe, watermellon and floral hops at the swallow. Bolder and persistent aftertaste of floral bitterness, toffee and butterscotch sweetness, and some nice melon flavors. Big, bold and enjoyable.

PALATE: Medium-full body and slightly lower levels of carbonation. Quite cream on the palate, goes down smooth and finishes somewhat mouth-coating. Good, full feel, and very creamy on the palate.

OVERALL: A very, very nice English style barleywine. Lots of wonderful aromas and flavors, with a big, full, creamy palate to support it all. This brewery has done nothing but impress me, so if you get the chance to try some of their stuff, I highly recommend you do so. Cheers!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of MaliciousMatt
4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I poured this one in my tulip glass, wich a rarely use these days because I'm drinking mor of pale ales, english ales and stouts currently. Anyways, i thought it should be a good fit for this one. Because of the style I was expecting a beer with low carbonation so the balloon part of it would diffuse the few thin bubles. Also the opening end of it would allow the smells to be not too concentrate. SO here it is.

A : Nice. Not opaque at all, but the color is dark enough so you can't clearly see trhough. It is not red or orange. I would compare it to a nice redhead but on the dark side really. Not much bubles, just a bit when I swirl the bear arround. Thin compact head with low retention. The beer stick just a bit to the glass but not enough to call it lacing.

S : Pleasant! It is complex and heavy. Brings hints of vanilla and caramel. But the main hit is absolutely liquorice and black cherry. I don't smell so much alcohol.

T : Great! I like it. The bitterness is not tasted much tough for a beer that advertises 51 IBU. I guess it is well balance by sugar and alcohol. The sugar taste is really one of liquorice that tastes spicy. The alcohol is now more present then the nose would let you believe but it is not ovewhelming.

M : Medium. It fails to fulfil your mouth. Too thin IMO.

D : Clean taste, clean smell, no flaws, this beer really is good! A great beer to have a chat with an old friend. It seems that it mises just a litle bit to be an oustanding beer.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of mademers
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of unibroue4ever
4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

Photo of ZorPrime
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of Krakpoff
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jrenihan
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of VbolieuV
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of flipper2gv
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of wordemupg
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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

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Photo of biegaman
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Simple Malt Vin D'Orge is spotted like a leper; its murky, yeast-riddled complexion is extremely unsightly despite the fashionable cherry-amber glow. What makes matters worse is that both head and lace are well beneath the poverty level. Perhaps expected for the style, but unbecoming nonetheless...

My French is not at all what it used to be but what I can gleam from the label is "candied, sweet malt aromas balanced by floral hops", which certainly lines up with what I'm actually smelling. This is a 'means serious business' bouquet showcasing notes of apricot, orange, cranberry, and biscotti.

The taste backs it up with assertive flavours of almond, dried berries, figs, dates, and citrus zest as well as a pinch of candied ginger. Piny, resiny, earthy hops occupy the finish as you'd expect. This is definitely what barleywines are all about, even if it's not the pinnacle of the style.

Barleywines should always have more than just one trump; indeed, this has sticky-sweet caramelly malt but also rank, dank, tropical fruit compost notes from the hops. While arguably "English" (more sherried, dried fruit) in nature, this nonetheless has a fairly commendable no-holds-barred hoppiness.

Like a proper barleywine, Simple Malt Vin D'Orge has many facets. It may not be as complex as the Old World classics (i.e., J.W. Lees, Golden Pride) or impress as much as New World staples (i.e., Bigfoot, Old Foghorn) but it could make a name for itself on the Canadian landscape. I'd say it's worth a purchase - just be sure to enjoy it fresh and keep expectations tempered.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.76/5  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.

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Photo of Lawl3ss
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly chilled 341 ml bottle into a shaker pint. No decipherable date on the bottle.

Look- Clear deep amber with two fingers of beige head that falls relatively quickly. Nice lacing for the ABV,

Smell- Burnt toffee, raisin, bubblegum, and a whiff of booze. Something of a lighter flowery scent with some char and citrus in the background becomes apparent as the head falls and it warms a bit.

Taste- Brown sugar and raisin, with a clean biscuity English malt flush towards the middle. Hints of cherry and darker roast, finishes with a floral/nectar flavor, much lighter and cleaner than anticipated.

Mouthfeel- Exceptional drinkability for the style, mild warming on the back end. Full body leaning towards medium-light for a barleywine, moderate carbonation comes out on the sip, smooth. Bold, but not sticky or syrupy. Very, very nice.

Overall- This one grows on me as I drink, and not just because of the ABV. Exceptional, I don't know how they got this much flavor and distinctive barleywine character into the beer without it being a sludgy mess. The rich Maris Otter/Golden Promise malt is evident- I feel like I'm chewing on the grains and I'm really digging it. I might snag a sixer of these to mule home. Absolutely worth buying. Delicious

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