JimBeam1983's Beer Universe Profile

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  • Username:
    JimBeam1983
  • Name:
    Jimmy Doucet
  • Gender:
    Male
  • Location:
    Montreal, Quebec
    Canada
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  • Brief Bio:
    I started seriously tasting and reviewing beer during fall of 2009 after tasting, about a year earlier, in november 2008, a Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Rood. This was a decisive moment because it was the first time I enjoyed a high quality beer and it triggered a long hidden passion.

    I have the chance to live in Qu├ębec, where the microbrewery industry is flourishing exponentially and I wish to use Beer Universe to promote our products and give people good reasons to travel over here and have a beer!

    I was fortunate enough to lay my hands on more than 350 labels from over 20 countries so far, and I keep discovering new products everytime I can. I have a preference for Abts, Belgian Strong Dark Ales and Imperial Russian Stouts but I also enjoy discovering new beers of any style from around the world.

    My ambition is to try out as many beers I can in the next 40 years.

    I also like pairing beer and foods or better yet, incorporate beer in any given recipe to boost up flavours in stews and casseroles.



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  • Favorite Beers:
  • Favorite Beer Type:
    Quadrupel
  • Favorite Beer:
    Dominus Vobiscum Hibernus, Gouden Carolus Classic, St-Bernardus Abt 12, Terrible
  • Ratings Submitted:
  • Reviews Contributed:
    152
  • Added:
    126 Beers, 1 Bar, 19 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    1
  • Beers Owed to Others:
    1
  • Group Name:
    Microbrewery explorer
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Jun 22, 2014

    La Trappe Quadrupel
    4.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    This one was bought by by mistake by one of my friends. We had tried the Tripel a while back and he thought he had bought more but our unanimous statisfaction, he bought the Quadrupel.

    330ml bottle served in snifter at room temperature:

    Pours a foggy mohagony showing no carbs and topped off by a huge creamy white head with a slight tan. Lacing properties are crazy making the brew very appealing visually.

    The nose is outrageously fruity and nutty with tons of banana, molasses and almonds. I got a strong alcohol backbone giving a brandy aspect to the nose. Sometimes getting the alcohol in the nose is not a positive trait but in this case I found it fitted just right. It's almost as if you were about to drink a winter warmer so it makes the brew promessing.

    On the tongue, the beer is dense, effervescent, putting out tons of candied fruits and nuts. It breaks down into foamy and sweet liquorish dattes leading to an incredible warm finish lasting ages.

    This is just a wow all the way. I recommend any Quadrupel fan to give this beer a try. It's dense, complex and yet incredibly delicate. Awesome product! Cheers!
  • Jun 22, 2014

    Gouden Carolus Hopsinjoor
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    This was one of the brews for Het Anker we tried at the last BBQ I organized at my place. One of my friends is now very fond of quality craft beer and he is always ready to bring some to our gatherings.

    330ml bottle served chilled at 6 degrees in a snifter.

    The pour gives a pale stray with timid carbonation. The head is huge, going around three fingers high, and shows a bright off-white and a frothy structure.

    The nose is very delicate as you don't get a hoppy punch you would expect. Instead, your nose gets subtle hints of grains of fresh hops beautifully balanced to give a grassy and floral aroma.

    On the tongue, the brew breaks down quite nicely with the hops once again giving a subtle burst of grassy flavours. The belgian yeasts deliver a fruity sweetness I found very enjoyable, The mouthfeel is quite dense and liquorish, paving the way to a slow and moderately bitter finish.

    Overall this brew is all about finesse. The hops are not overwhelming but very present and, as with every product from Het Anker, you have a balanced set of flavours and bitterness with incredible density. Very refreshing summer beer. Cheers!
  • Jun 1, 2014

    English Bay Pale Ale
    4.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    341ml bottle served in a weizen glass (best served in a snifter or a pint) around 6 degrees:

    Pours a clear mahogany holding very little carbonation. You get no more than two fingers of a coarse tanned head rapidly depleting to a porous layer. You get some smal spottes lacing here and there.

    The nose bursts out roasted and nutty notes with a molasse sweetness. Hops are faint with a mellow floral presence but I had a hard time getting them so the malts really dominate here.

    On the tongue, the brew is brown sugar, roasted cereals... well pretty much like a bowl of oatmeal with brown sugar! Hops do get through with a distinctive yet not aggressive floral element and I thought it paired well the roasted/sweet aspects, sort of giving the brew a wild crop taste and some well needed bitterness.

    Overall this brew is a very nice try out. I found it t be a merging of a English Brown Ale and a mellow Pale Ale thus offering something new and inventive. This one would get along with some nice BBQ'd porc with a sweet marinade. Cheers!

  • Jun 1, 2014

    Robson St. Hefeweizen
    3.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    Another product by Granville Island which was part of their Summer Mingler 12-pack I got at my grocery store.

    341ml bottle served in a weizen glass at 4 degrees:

    The pours is orange/golden and slightly hazy. Microcarbs are spotted through the glass and you only get a thin white head which dissipates quickly, not even leaving a trace.

    The nose is mostly grainy and sweet with cloves melon and banana coming through. You don't get many hoppy or yeasty features except a faint grassy element way in the back.

    On the tongue, you get a mix of caramel, banana and melon all wrapped in a thin grassy blanket. The brew shows a moderate density and finishes very abruptly. A timid bitterness tickles the back of the palate some time after your sip.

    Overall I liked this beer. I'm not well educated when it comes to Hefeweizen brews, but I think it would pair up nicely with hearty brunch or on its own on a hot summer day. Light, sweet and easy going brew. Cheers!
  • Jun 1, 2014

    Brockton IPA
    4.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    It's always nice to come across new brands at my grocery store. The owner is about my age and also a beer fan so having variety on his shelves is important for him. Granville Island offers quality products with great finesse and I've enjoyed every try.

    341ml bottle served in a snifter around 6 - 8 degrees:

    Pours quite dense dark copper with bright orange highlights. Carbonation is moderate and finely structured forming a creamy off-white head showing moderate retention. Lacing is rare and coarse.

    The nose is grainy, sweet and floral. Strong caramel malts pair with citrusy and floral hops to give a balanced and inviting aroma.

    On the tongue, the balance between the malts and hops remains. The brew also has great density which adds a lot to the tasting. The finale is somewhat vapory as this full-bodied IPA breaks down slowly on the palate.

    Overall I thought this was an excellent IPA. It's balanced, flavourful and, most importantly, full-bodied. I would try this on with fish or go with the food paring advice found on their site and pair it up with spicy food. Cheers!
  • May 16, 2014

    Budweiser Black Crown
    2.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 1.5/5
    • 1.5/5
    Ok, so I tried it out because I thought it would add one more beer to my board. Not a fan of house brews, but they hold the advantage of making us love high quality craft beer!

    341ml amber bottle poured in a pilsner glass at 4 degrees:

    The pour is fluid/aqueous with a clear dark straw color showing some orange shades. Big carbs topped by a vivid rough white foam fading completely leading to no apparent lacing.

    The nose is grainy, mostly, but also has some sweets (caramel maybe) and a metal element in the background. NOthing more to say.

    On the tongue, the grainy malts come first and clear the way for that those sweet/metallic features not really adding an enjoyable aspect to the beer. They last quite a while on the palate so the finish is as... shall we say bothersome.
  • May 9, 2014

    Samuel Adams Boston Lager
    3.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 3/5
    • 3.5/5
    A classic in American craft beer which I was able to get at my local spot.

    355ml bottle chilled served in a pilsner glass right out of the fridge:

    Pours a clear bronze/copper robe with vivid carbs and about two fingers of foamy head. Retention wasn't impressive but I did get some nice spotted lacing on the rim of my glass.

    The nose is subtle with some grains and malts. There is a spicy/clovy element. Simply put the nose doesn't really give any hints of how the brew will be on the tongue.

    Taking a sip, you first get the grain with a quite strong barley kick quickly making way for a hoppy uppercut racing to the back of the palate. The brew shows a mostly watery structure but does score points for its finale of nice vapory/stingy hops.

    Overall I was happy to get my hands on this classic and add it to my collection. I wouldn't say it an awesome lager for I thought the hops and barley were a bit overpowering the malts, but I'd describe this beer as accessible and refreshing. Cheers!
  • May 9, 2014

    Grimbergen Double
    4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    I found this brew at my local spot today and I thought it would be fun to try out a double amber. I have known of Kronenbourg for some time but I had never heard of this product before.

    330ml bottle served in a snifter around 6 degrees:

    Pours a liquorish and very dark copper robe with deep fiery highlights. The head is about one finger thick with a slight tan and semi-frothy structure. Retention is minimal and you are soon left with a spotted layer of foam and very little lacing. As for carbonation, it is almost absent.

    The nose is mostly sweet and liquorish giving hints of caramel, sugar cane and brandy. There is a solvant/alcohol backbone to the aroma of this beer I thought gave it a good punch, but that's maybe because I work in a lab with chemicals all day.

    Tkaing a sip, you get a blend of sugar, caramel malts and alcohol, giving you this brandy element once again. The brew has a fair amount of corpus but I still felt it to be (too) aqueous. It finishes quite abruptly with all that sweetness just fading away at warp 9 with no aftertaste.

    Overall this brew is enjoyable. I like the style and appearance but I think that with just a little more density, this brew would be awesome. I'd say it was a good try. Cheers!