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


on tap

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RATINGS: 280   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JB84 (649) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2011
Pour slight hazy golden orange beige head. Aroma citrus, orange rind, boozy, caramel, peach. Taste malty not bitter, orange rind, citrus, caramel, not the best. MF medium body mild carb. Not to good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pintbypint (2976) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2011
341ml brown bottle. Pours an orangey colour, dark gold. Slight haze. Good thick and pillowy white head, long lasting. Creamy lacing. Nose has some fruity notes, some sweetness, a bit pineapple-y with other soft citrus notes, light waft of alcohol and a trace of pine. Flavour has base sweet malt, caramel, some fruity notes, citrusy. Finishes with some decent background malt, grapefruit hop accents, light alcohol. Long bitter finish. Body is medium, carbonation is medium. Solid double IPA, though sweeter than most in the style.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
cfrancis (2732) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 1, 2011
Pours a gorgeous tan amber with a thin white head and good lacing. Aroma is slightly floral, mostly earthy hops. Taste is slightly sweet, well malted with a good hop bitterness. But the balance seems to be off and it doesn’t come together that well. It’s a good beer but missing how the flavours blend together to be a great IIPA.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cirrhosis (1266) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2011
Beer claims on the label to be an “Imperial Pale Ale” whatever that is…….a not so hoped version of an IIPA? Beautiful honey brown that’s slightly hazy, thick cap, massive lacing, wicked retention. Beer sure does look pertty Ma……. I’ll gives this aroma a score of meh..but yummy, woody alcohol, peach, un-named citrus, pine, & caramel. Taste is kind of what I thought the beer would be a big heavy malty IIPA with the hop profile of an APA. Toffee, pine, wood, slight alcohol burn, melon. More not so sweet malts. Odd style and it makes sense why its listed as an IIPA but if I wanted a true IIPA I wouldn’t buy this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
matt7215 (2265) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 19, 2011
341 ml bottle shared by jsprime. deep amber with an off white head. overly malty for an IIPA. drinks like an average american barley wine at this point. off the mark.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Scubaguy (230) - Alberta, CANADA - JUN 18, 2011
It pours a hazy amber color with some orange hue’s, it also has a 1 finger off white head that falls to a thin cap. The aroma is somewhat malty and some hints of citrus and I also pick up some alcohol. When it comes to the flavor, it is so unbalanced. It is all sweet upfront but not enough hops on the end to compliment the sweetness or hide the huge amount of alcohol. It has an abundance of carmel, wheat and I also get some faint grapefruit. It finishes with a little faint hops but still a cloying sweetness and a lingering burning sensation. I find this to be somewhat decent, it does fail short and some areas. DDC should return to the drawing board and up the amount of hops.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Boutip (5207) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 17, 2011
Bottle: Poured a deep copper color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some mild lacing. Aroma consists of citrus and earthy hops with some clear bitterness. Taste is also dominated by citrus and earthy hops with light resinous feel and some dry caramel malt notes as well. Body is slightly fuller then average with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Well brewed with great drinkability factor though lacking some dry-hopping.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (3324) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2011
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear copper with a large orange-tan meringue. Aroma: Thick, rich, brothy, citrus, pine, marmalade, a little floral, green and woodsy, caramel/brown sugar, some berries, peaches and dark dried fruits, a touch dusty, light bubble gum and tropical esters, more pine, more fruity malt, a touch soapy. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate-soft effervescence, pillowy and syrupy, really nice. Flav.: Lots of pine/resin, woodsy, estery, fruity, berries, raisins, dark dried fruits, eucalyptus, green, resinous, caramel, brown sugar, quite the complex blend of malt and hop notes; lightly sweet with good bitterness and a long caramel finish with some pine and resin and citrus peel.

A big, complex and competent IIPA. What else would you expect from DDC?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Lanchester (189) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
In 341 ml bottle. Pours a deep copper/orange hue with an off-white, pillowy head; leaves some prominent rings of lacing around the glass. Pleasing aroma of light caramel malts intermingled with strong floral and citrus hop notes. Nice resinous hop profile dominates the flavor, though nicely muted by the malt all the way through the tasting. Quite dry in the finish with a lingering astringency and mild alcoholic heat. Great smooth mouth-feel, the soft carbonation really creates an easy drinking experience and allows the hops to come through as much as possible. Another resounding success from DDC.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
Superbe bière cuivrée, légèrement trouble, coiffée d’un élégant col taupe laissant une belle dentelle élastique au verre. De puissants arômes résineux aux accents légèrement lactés. Intense amertume avec une agréable pointe de sucre. Elle est ronde, costaude, et de texture huileuse. Elle laisse en bouche une fin très amère et aromatique.

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