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 Québec, 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 230 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:
    Gouden Carolus Cuvee Van De Keizer Rood
  • Ratings Submitted:
    132
  • Reviews Contributed:
    141
  • Added:
    121 Beers, 1 Bar, 19 Breweries
  • Beers Owed:
    1
  • Beers Owed to Others:
    1
  • Group Name:
    Microbrewery explorer
Recent Beer Universe Reviews
  • Apr 5, 2014

    Guinness Black Lager
    3.4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3/5
    • 3.5/5
    330ml bottle served in a Guinness pint just out of the fridge:

    This one pours an aqueous opaque black robe letting loose a frothy maple head with a rough structure showing moderate retention. You can see some rough lacing here and there but it quickly dissipates.

    The nose is somewhat sweet but you mostly get the roasted barley expressing notes of grounded coffee beans. The roasted aspect of the nose is well executed.

    On the tongue, you get a diluted version of the original stout. The barley is less present and the brew has less body so that's kind of a downer. It has however a moderate bitterness that stays a while on the back of the palate.

    Overall this brew is an ok version of what a black lager should be with the barley of a stout trying to make its way to your palate. Good but not great.
  • Mar 31, 2014

    Boréale 25
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    • 3/5
    341ml bottle served in a snifter around 10 degrees:

    This is a special brew made to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Brasseur du Nord brewery which was one of the very first microbreweries to have opened in Quebec.

    Pours an finely hazed orange robe sporting a vivid head which shows a coarse structure. Holding the glass to the light, carbs are also coarse and quite present.

    The nose is malty and sweet with caramel but also features cilantro and citrus elements you'd find in an average IPA. Both families of elements do give the aroma some originality without getting you lost.

    On the tongue, the brew explodes as a malty IPA with a moderate bitterness. It shows an interesting body and a fair roundess but it finishes a bland IPA.

    Overall most of the elements of this brew are interesting but the palate and finale are less statisfying. It's still a nice product and reviews all over the web suggest fans of the brewery really enjoyed this limited edition brew.
  • Mar 30, 2014

    Mea Magna Culpa
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    750ml cork bottle poured in my usual snifter around 12 degrees.

    Pours a liquorish dark brown robe letting loose a semi firm hazel head showing moderate retention. The head leaves nice lacing spots and turns creamy upon setting down.

    The nose is dominated by malts and alcohol and shows a certain sweetness. The bouquet's intensity isn't so intense that you are overwhelmed so for that, I gave it a better score.

    On the tongue, you're hit with the alcohol at first which quickly gives room to the sweet malts. The attack is quick and soon you're left with a moderate bitterness pairing up nicely with the remains of the round body of the brew.

    Overall I liked this brew. I'm far from being a reference when it comes to barleywine so I'll simply say that it was a fine
  • Nov 18, 2012

    Krombacher Weizen
    3.9
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    330ml bottle dated 11/07/2011 served in a weizen glass around 6 degrees:

    Pardon my ignorance, but I had no knowledge of this product (or the brewery for that matter) until I spotted the brew at my local beer spot.

    It pours a hazy corn robe with vivid carbs letting rise about two fingers of finely structured foam. Retention is average and I got some nice rough lacing. The brew is visually very appealing.

    The nose is very bready and sweet as expected from a Weizen so points are earned there for sure. Apart from this, I got some wild hops in the back (I say wild because they had a distinctive grassy aroma) that blended very well with the malty aspects.

    On the tongue, the brew was a bit disappointing to be honest. I got some bready/sweet malts paired with timid hops leaving the taste a bit diluted and lacking corpus. It has all the elements you'd find in any Weizen, except I was looking for a little more boldness (perhaps from the hops) to kick it up a knotch.

    Overall this brew is a fair choice and I still recommend it for the sake of discovery. Cheers!
  • Nov 18, 2012

    Dernière Volonté
    4.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    341ml bottle (dated July 2012) served around 6 degrees in a snifter:

    This beer was recommendation made by a beer fanatic friend of mine and I thought I'd give it a try to see if it was as impressive as she described it. Honestly, it was. Being a huge fan of Dieu du Ciel, I did have some expectations and as usual they met every single one of them. Let's begin:

    Visually, the beer pours an hazy golden releasing a fair amount of micro carbonation. I got about three fingers of fluffy foam with awesome retention properties as you can appreciate on the picture I took moments after pouring it.

    The nose is an interesting blend of flowers, honey, citrus and bready malts. The brew is very aromatic, but I didn't find it to be aggressive or excessively floral. The malts brought everything to an enjoyable equilibrium.

    On the tongue, you're first hit with the citrus and the floral elements. Some honey paves the way to the finale and enhances the flavours to give a floral finish holding a moderate bitterness. I have to mention the brew's exceptionnal density and silky/oily feel.

    Overall a very nice product even for those unaquainted with the IPA. It's good without being too complex or too bold. A perfect match with salads, strong cheeses or you're favorite spicy food. Cheers!
  • Nov 4, 2012

    Microbrasserie L'Alchimiste
    4.1
    • Tour
    • Range of Sel
    • Quality
    • Availability
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    L'Alchimiste is great brewery offering a good variety of products. What will strike you is the quality of their products. From the everyday blonde to their great imperial stout, they all come with a distinctive finesse. Well around the Montreal region, it is a good brewery for beginners in the realm of beer tasting.
  • Sep 28, 2012

    Finis Coronat Opus
    4.4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    660ml bottle (dated 18-05-2012) served in a snifter around 8 degrees:

    This a beer is actually a cocoa stout I came across at the end of the summer. It's brewed in Blainville, a town on the northern border of Montreal by Brasserie Kruhnen, which I had never heard of before. I couldn't find much information on the web about them, except they seem to brew just one other beer in addition to this one. Let's get to it.

    Pours a pitch black, letting rise a fluffy hazel head offering good retention and great lacing. So far, so good.

    The nose is very stimulating with dominant notes of cocoa, dark chocolate, toffey and spice. Some alcohol gets through but its not a bad point if you ask me. The floral hops give the nose lots of freshness and kicks it up a knotch (not that it nedds ot that much anyway). I think floral hops and dark chocolate/toffey aromas just do a great job.

    On the tongue, you get at first toasted/burnt malts with some dark chocolate bitterness. The stout is sharp and round and delivers a long burnt and nutty finish.

    This brew is like a combination of a stout, a strong red ale and a black IPA. Normally, I wouldn't appreciate not really being able to identify the beer, but this one still manages to work even if it streches far to being a simple stout. Like it says the end justifies the means, so I think the brewers did a pretty good job with this one. Cheers!
  • Sep 12, 2012

    Charbonnière
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    • 4.5/5
    341ml bottle (dated 13/07/2012) served in a weizen glass around 6 degrees:

    Here is a Rauchbier by one of my favorite Montreal-based breweries I came upon at my usual spot about two weeks ago. I've tried several products from Dieu du Ciel! (they brew over 120 beers) and never was I disappointed.

    It gives you clear mahogany pour showing a good amount of spontaneous carbs and topped off by two fingers of fizzy tanned head. Its retention and lacing are properties are above average which give it more points for appearance.

    The nose, no surprise, is dominated by smoke and charcoal. The interesting thing is this tosted/smoked almond side to the nose from the malts able to get through, which I thought gave this Rauchbier some originality. I couldn't really get any hops so I guess they got lost in the smokey features.

    On the tongue, you a semi-rich nutty/roasted malt attack wrapped up in blanket of smoke. Again, the hops don't really stand out but I found the pairing of the malts and smoke just fine. It finds it way at the back of the palate with long smokey finish. The brew has a good density and a certain oily feel.

    Overall I thought this was a good Rauchbier. It respected the style, has great body and most of all, the smokey aspects weren't too harsh. This beer would be the perfect addition to a marinade for grilled beef. Cheers!