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 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
  • 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!
  • Aug 30, 2012

    Moosehead Lager
    3.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    341ml bottle served in weizen glass right out of the fridge:

    Here is a lager found quite easily in Québec. It's mostly found sold in bottle format and I never saw a bar or brew offering it on draft. I first encountered this beer in 2005 when I worked in the bar industry.

    Well then, you get a clear stray coloured robe with lots of micro carbs topped by not more than a finger of white foam. The head shrinks at a fair speed to leave nothing but a fractured layer. I did spot some rough dotted lacing but it doesn't stay.

    The nose is at first sweet and hoppy but soapy features are also present and do come through.

    On the tongue, this lager is sweet, malty and finishes with grassy hops. It has a good density so it does win some points there if you ask me. I don't really like sweet and watery lagers, so when it at least has body, that's close enough. It's also just a bit sharp and it leaves a cauliflower aftertaste you might not be looking forward to.
  • Aug 29, 2012

    St-Ambroise India Pale Ale
    4.6
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 5/5
    • 4.5/5
    341ml bottle (dated 02/08/2012) served in a St-Ambroise tulip glass around 6 degrees:

    Here is the newest addition to the McAuslan brand, which was introduced to customers during the summer: the English IPA produced under the St-Ambroise label.

    Visually, you get a clear dark copper pour holding rough carbonation and topped off by about two fingers of bright frothy head. I found the foam very airy and it also left large spotted lacing.

    The nose is mostly dominated by sweet elements (honey, brown sugar, corn syrup), but grassy/herbal hops and some soapy yeasts can also easily be found.

    On the tongue, this ale will unwrap different layers of flavour, starting with a sweet attack of honey and corn syrup. It's closely followed by a more bready element from the malts and it ends on a herbal and floral note from the hops. Finishes dry, it was very well balanced from start to finish and it held a moderate bitterness. Density is off thr charts giving it unbelievable corpus and an enjoyable creamy texture.

    Overall, this EnglishIPA is an excellent product. It's complex, structured, balanced, full-bodied, and all that, without being overwhelming. Enjoy it fresh so you get all its properties. Cheers!
  • Aug 25, 2012

    Michelob ULTRA
    2.4
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 2.5/5
    • 3.5/5
    • 1.5/5
    • 2/5
    341ml bottle served in a weizen glass around 4 degrees:

    This here is the first Michelob product available in Québec. It was introduced at the beginning of the summer to respond to higher demand on low-carb light beers.

    At first glance, it pours a watery stray coloured robe with moderate carbonation. A bright frothy head rises to about 2 fingers high and retains only a short while, leaving timid lacing here and there.

    The nose is a faint blend of grassy hops and bready malts, exactly what you'd expect so there's no surprise there. It is fresh however and I would recommend choosing the bottle over the can version to avoid a metallic and skunky nose killer.

    On the tongue, you get th expected bready malts but they are diluted and come through as much I would like. The hops deliver a slightly grassy feature to the malts thus adding a bit of depth while reminding you this is beer. The brew feels somewhat sharp on the tongue with a very low density and finishes clean.

    I don't appreciate light beers or low-carb in general and this one won't be an exception. I find it bland and diluted which leaves it to be stray coloured water. Nevertheless, I still think light beer amateurs out there will appreciate this one.
  • Aug 23, 2012

    Belle Gueule Hefeweizen
    3.8
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 3/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4/5
    • 3.5/5
    341ml bottle served in a weizen glass around 6 degrees:

    So here is the newest addition to the Belle Gueule line, the Hefeweizen. It was brewed especially for Montreal's World Beer Festival which took place last June and I was fortunate enough to grab a bottle at my favorite spot. It's part of Brasseurs RJ's "Masters Series" and I think it will pop up on the shelves as soon as next year.

    So, what about this brew.. Well it poured a clear caramel with lots of bubbles and developped about three fingers of an off white frothy head. I found it retained pretty well and left rough lacing.

    The nose is sweet and soapy and I can't say I enjoy soapy features in a beer. Maybe the hops are simply too floral but there is a cheap perfume aspect that killed the nose. Malts do come though however, and that kinda saves it if you ask me. Mind you, I never had hefeweizen before, so perhaps I'm totally off on this.

    On the tongue, the same soapy element is present but it is backed up by a pretty strong malt attack. You also get a sort of fruity sweetness I thought was similar to melon. It also added some acidity and tartness to the taste. Hops go pretty far and leave a strong soapy finish I can't say I enjoyed very much. It did however hold a good body and rolled nicely on the palate.

    Overall, this is a fair brew with features I didn't really enjoy. I think the hops are at the forefront too much and they kill the malts and fruity aspect the beer holds. Hopefully, this lack of balance will be dealt with before mass production begins.
  • Aug 23, 2012

    Nouvelle-France Rouge
    4.5
    • Aroma
    • Appearance
    • Flavor
    • Palate
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    • 4.5/5
    341ml bottle served in a snifter around 6 degrees:

    This here is the first product from Microbrasserie Nouvelle-France I come across. They're a small microbrewery down at Saint-Alexis-des-Monts, which is about 30 km southwest of Shawinigan.

    This ale poured a clear rich ruby robe topped off by about a finger of slightly tanned head midway between frothy and creamy. Retention is at an average level and some lacing does spot the glass. As for carbonation, I did spot some but it wasn't very present.

    The nose is very appealing with roasted malts, brown sugar and good herbal hops. It's richness gives the pace to what will hit the tongue. It's nice to have grassy/herbal hops add depth to the aroma.

    The flavours are bold and deep with tons of roasted barley malts and slight sweetness. Hops add a nice grassy features to the rest. As for the finish, well thanks to hops it's slightly bitter. I don't know about you, but when I take a sip at a Red Ale, I expect boldness and richness and this is exactly what you get with this brew. There is even an instant coffee side to it that surprised me.

    Overall, the best way to describe this one is: Richness and depth. It's full-bodied, has all the features of a high quality Red Ale in terms of flavours and aroma and it is far from diluted. I would totally pair this with grilled meats and strong cheeses.