Simple Malt Vin D'Orge | Brasseurs Illimités

Simple Malt Vin D'OrgeSimple Malt Vin D'Orge
37 Ratings
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
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 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 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 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 beertunes
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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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 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 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 Jeffo
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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Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of bobsy
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
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!

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Photo of oldp0rt
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of chickenm
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Socialiste
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of Mack
3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of Coronaeus
3.75/5  rDev +3%

Photo of NightINgale
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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 KalanM
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev +3%

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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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 Franck
4/5  rDev +9.9%

Photo of ChadQuest
1.98/5  rDev -45.6%
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.

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