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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 252   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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.


3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1494) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle at The Only. Foggy orange color looks unfiltered. Smells pretty good, lots of flowery and citrus hops going on. These hops play into the taste, which is surprisingly rounded and fruity but not sticky. Finish builds a notable bitterness. Very easy drinking and not a ’stunt beer’ kind of DIPA. Liking this and will re-visit.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (4371) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2012 on tap at brewpub. hazy copper with a nice beige head, little retention and lacing. nose is loads of caramel with medium to heavy citrusy-resinous hopping. taste is about the same, malt-depth, american hops, light strawberry hops, floral and citrusy, some roastiness, light smoke. medium body, average carbonation, long bittering grapefruit finish. not really my type, but objectively very good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
anders37 (16691) - Malmö, SWEDEN - SEP 12, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a small white head. Has a fruity malty hoppy aroma with spicy grassy hints. Sweetish maty hoppy bitter grassy flavor. Has a fruity malty hoppy bitter grassy finish.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
VertBaconStrips (2081) - Assat, Alberta, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
Poured out a slightly hazy medium amber beer with a big fluffy light tan head that is really messy. Smooth sweetness with caramel, nectarine, soft orange, woody notes, alcohol, very light pine and a bit of floral aromas as well. The taste is not that great - hard bitterness, dry caramel, alcohol breath, wood and hints of veggies I think without being a spoiled beer - not that crappy taste. More hard bitterness with background fruit. This is not a sweet beer what so ever. This is a powerful beer. lemony orange, and harsh. Not a great beer. It’s too dry and too hot and doesn’t have enough fruit. This is the third bottle I’ve had over the last 3 months or so and none have impressed. Hard bitter finish with a hint of fruit that vanishes quickly. Very disappointing from DDC for me. Sponge Bob just had a bunch of chum served to him out of a tube and now he’s having a slobbered on Chum-bob. This is how I will remember this unworthy beverage.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
punkska101 (893) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 30, 2011
11.08.19 341 bottle from dep grand duc. A: Floral and citrusy, caramel App: deep copper color lasting white head. T/P: body is full with a moderate bitter finish. Pleasant creamy texture O: Nice dont’t get any warming from alcohol a bit too balanced for my taste it’s the first bottled batch and I’m willing to try next one to see the improvement there. A fine sip still.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (1620) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
The pour is a bright coppery orange with a finger to two fingers of yellowish pillowy head. The aroma is sweet and honeyed with light caramel and toast with a medium resinous hop. Notes of grapefruit, light pine, lemon rind, slight tropical fruits. The middle is sweet and fruity with light caramel malts and sweet honey and grapefruit. The finish is hoppy, but well balanced with a mild resinous hop. Overall, complex and well balanced, but not too hoppy.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
sseb69 (1490) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 18, 2011
Bouteille 341 ml. 8.5%. Couleur ambrée assez foncé. Arôme de houblon et malt caramel. En bouche, houblon frais, malt. Finale amère. Excellente.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - AUG 11, 2011
Single bottle purchased on 06/18/2011 from Trackside Liqour in Medicine Hat, AB. Colour: Caramel colour, with minimal head. Nose: Hoppy but between waves of sweet fruit (raspberry and cantaloupe). Some red liqourice and candied cherry. A sweet lover’s delight. Taste: Medium sweet, medium bitter, light sour. Quite sweet....again lots of fruit and some bubble gum. Bitter nut late. Might be a bit over the top.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheJester (1873) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 10, 2011
341 mL bottle. Translucent copper-orange with a small but sticky beige head. The appealing aroma has lots of citrus from the hops, but also a strong note of caramel from the malt - leaning toward an ASA. The flavour is great, with strong bitterness from start to finish, some of which seems to come from the alcohol. There is citrus, but also sweet peach. The cara-malts are well represented. Alcohol is very apparent in the finish, but it works. Great body.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JoeZasada (288) - Beaumont, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 17, 2011
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a slightly greenish head. Aroma: hops, notes of grass and spruce. Taste: malty, slightly sweet, notes of caramel. Some hop bitterness, some citrus notes. Finishes with a sweet maltiness, slight grassy hop tones. Pretty good, could use a bit more hop flavour though for an IIPA.


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