Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 288   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This beer style was created in the late 1990’s by some breweries on the west coast of the United States, and most notably by Rogue. It’s an extreme version of the American IPA. It’s a beer with strong amber hues and dominating hop flavours and tastes. It is however well balanced through the presence of a combination of malts. This beer is usually dry hopped, a tradition that is adhered to by Dieu du Ciel!. The bouquet of the beer consists of floral hops. In the mouth, the bitterness is quite strong, without being extreme, and the alcohol makes its presence known, without being domineering. The aftertaste is dry and less syrupy than a barley wine. Thus, it is a very complex and bitter beer, but always well balanced.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gpnterojd (179) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - APR 11, 2013
Smells of pine and honey. In the mouth, the hops are wrapped up in a sweet and syrupy character, cushioning the bitterness. Pine and citrus (orange) from the hops -- soapiness is thankfully avoided. Mouth feels clean and fresh afterwards. Very well rounded and uncommonly drinkable IPA... Minus a tick overall for its price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
yrstruly (333) - Guelph, Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
Pours hazy red-gold with a frothy white head. Aroma is of fruity and piney hops. Taste is lightly malty and extremely hoppy from start to finish. This could almost do with a bigger body to balance out the extreme bitterness. There is a slight metallic edge to the taste that I don’t like. I would like to try this on tap.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
hangunder (305) - Ontario, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
Aroma is subdued citrus and malty sweetness. Clear copper colored and thick white head that lasts a long time. Pretty beer. Mild floral and piney hops upfront, sweet malt in the middle and alcohol/hop bitterness to finish. Fairly light bodied with the stated dry aftertaste. Hop extremism doesn’t come through as much here as in many west coast IPAs, but it’s an interesting take on a DIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Freaky_tiki (1063) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 6, 2013
A bit & twist on the tongue that will stay with you for awhile. Great for supping’ on while slopping mop sauce on baby back ribs over the BBQ. Reach for another if you wanna get tight like that.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
neongolden (1254) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
(347mL bottle from LCBO) A clear pale amber beer with a small white head that left a lot of lace. Aroma is lemon and orange peel, flowery hops, grainy caramel malts, slight herbal soap? Reminds me a fair bit of iced tea, for some reason. On the palate, orange leads into fairly sweet caramel malts, bready, complex, bit of pine, citrus juice and a particular flavour of candy I can’t place as the hops start to take over with a slightly floral, tinny and astringent quality. Finishes dry, lightly bitter and, again, rather like an iced tea. I can’t seem to shake that reference throughout the beer. Body is moderate, slightly oily, carb soft, booze hidden. It’s not bad, but doesn’t have the big hop aromas or bitterness of a great DIPA. Very balanced, interesting malts, a little more English than west coast - quite DDC I guess!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Spab (3438) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
341 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clear golden orange with sticky white head. Aroma is sweet candied fruit, flowers, tropical fruit, caramel and peppery spiciness. Flavour is sweet, candyish fruit, caramel, toasty grains, floral and citric hops and some lightish pepper. Drying finish. Delicate carbonation. Big and rather impressive.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
neuromatt (1225) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 22, 2013
On tap at the Dieu du Ciel tap takeover at WVRST in Toronto, served in a tulip. Pours clear amber with a medium frothy tan head. The nose has big fresh citric hops, along with flowers, caramel and tropical fruit. The flavour is moderately sweet with a touch of bitterness. There is a load of caramel, along with candy, tropical fruit, bubblegum, slight grain and a slight hint of earth. The finish is long, peppery and hoppy with a fruity overtone. On the palate, it is medium with a smooth, creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, this is a decent double IPA, but a little too sweet and short on hop nose and bitterness. 2012-06-19

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2013
Dégustée en fût sur place. de couleur ambrée et voilée. Nez de houblon floral, moyennement résineux avec des notes terreuses, de caramel sucré, de fruits (agrumes), léger d’épices (poivre) avec des notes d’alcool. Moyennement ronde en bouche et moyennement pétillante avec une texture un peu huileuse. Goût moyen-amer de houblon floral, moyennement résineux et aux notes citriques (pamplemousse, une amertume qui dure toute la gorgée) avec un léger goût fruité (agrumes, traces de pêches) lors de l’entrée en bouche suivi d’un goût de grains de malt sucré, de caramel sucré, ainsi que quelques notes de pain puis en finale l’on retrouve un goût d’alcool moyen et légèrement réchauffant ainsi que des notes épicées (poivre doux) en plus d’un regain d’amertume houblonnée (plus herbeuse). Post-goût long et sec, moyennement amer d’alcool et de houblon floral, résineux et aux notes citriques avec des notes fruitées (zeste d’agrumes). (été 2006)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 23, 2012
12oz bottle scored via trade with pushkinwow. Could be an older bottle, but that doesn’t usually bother me too much with these malt forward DIPAs. Pours a hazy orange with some creamy, lacing white head. Nose of tropical fruits, candy sugar, pineapple, orange peel, a little leather, pine wood shavings, soap. Flavor is sweet, malty, orange, soapy, pine, tropical fruit, candy sugar. Full, sticky finish. Not the freshest, but still tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2012
Bouteille de 341ml et en fût au pub de mtl, robe rousse caramel, arôme de houblons , goût de houblons citronnés et caramélisés.

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