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 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 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
  • May 3, 2014

    Terre Ferme
    4.1
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4/5
    • 5/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 4/5
    This here is a beer from a brewery at Iles de la Madeleine, a set of islands on the St-Lawrence River. The brewery was unknown to me before spotting this bottle so I don't know much their products or reputation. Here goes fellas.

    341ml bottle served chilled around 8 degrees in a snifter:

    Pour a dark orange color with a certain haze. I got three finger of an off-white frothy head which showed outstanding retention and lacing properties. Towards appearance, this brew scores many points.

    The nose is sweet, yeasty ans sweaty. There should be some hops but I didn't really get them. I did, however, get a strong buckwheat aroma perhaps resulting from the blending of all the aromas or the presence of buckwheat in the beer itself. Since the list of ingredients does not appear on the bottle, I can't confirm that information.

    On the tongue this brew is quite aggressive with a hoppy/yeasty (even soapy) punch and once again that buckwheat element previously mentionned. The brew is dense and heavy with an oily feel and finishes ultra bitter. I can't say I got any breadiness or caramel from the malts so there is a slight miss there for the balance.

    Overall I enjoyed this brew even if I thought the soapy attack pushed the malts out of the picture. Bitter fans out there would certainly like it. Cheers!
  • Apr 27, 2014

    St-Ambroise Double IPA
    4.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    This is relatively new addition to the line of products offered by McAuslan. It's been available for almost a year at their brewpub and was recently released in a bottle version. I reviewed the IPA when it came out in Fall of 2012 so I was curious of how this one would come out.

    341ml bottle I let sit on the counter for 15 minutes after taking it out the fridge to allow it to reach 10 degrees. I served the brew in a snifter as always.

    Pours a slightly hazy pale copper robe with moderate carbs. The generous eggshell head is midway between fluffy and creamy. Retention is pretty good and I did get some nice lacing a short while after pouring.

    The nose is pretty intense with the Chinook and Cascade hops delivering strong floral and citrus punches. Malts come to the rescue to balance out the nose with a sweet caramel backbone.

    In the mouth, the brew explodes with a strong hoppy attack one might find aggressive, but again the malt softens the sharp flowery edges by adding sweetness and balance out the bitterness to an enjoyable level. Mouthfeel is dense and silky, adding a nice dimension to the tasting. The beer finishes cloudy and dry with the floral hops just hanging out quite a while on the back of the palate.

    Overall this nectar is excessive, floral, sweet and pretty damn good. Nice work pairing the hops and malts without losing balance as could have occured with a brew of such gravity. Cheers!
  • Apr 26, 2014

    O'Hara's Celtic Stout
    4.3
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 4/5
    Served in a pint right out of the fridge:

    Pours an opaque black robe showing a timid maple hue. Seems pretty dense at first glance and you get 2-3 fingers of roughly structured hazel head. Retention is pretty good as you spot huge chuncks of foam here and there.

    This brew offers a nose dominated by hops and barley giving strong notes of instant coffee and dark chocolate. Alcohol does also pack quite a olfactory punch for such a low ABV stout.

    On the tongue, the brew is as any regular stout offering an attack of roasted barley and hops with a liquorish feel. In this case, the dark chocolate slightly overpowers the instant coffee elements. Having a good density, the stout finishes nice and slow with a dark coffee beans bitterness.

    Overall this is quite a nice stout with good density and feel. You get what you expect with more flavour and balance than a typical stout. Cheers!
  • 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!