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

bottled
common

on tap
available

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RATINGS: 258   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
glennmastrange (2324) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2014
Tap. Moderate grain and crackers for the malt, light orange and orange peel for the hops, light soap and a hint of funk for the yeast, with dates, dark rum and other fruitcake-like aspects. Head is average size, frothy with big bubbles, white with excellent thick lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is slightly hazy amber/red. Flavor starts moderately sweet and lightly acidic, then finishes moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Palate is medium to full, oily with a soft carbonation and has a heavily alcoholic finish. Just a touch out of balance in the flavor (regardless of what the label says) but for the most part this is a nice bold DIPA.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
vadie (800) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 14, 2014
Couleur du cuivre/miel avec un petit col blanc. L’arôme du caramel, fruits, et levure florale. Il est aussi un peu sucré avec un peu de l’alcool dans le nez. Le goût est d’abord un peu du malt sucré puis du houblon amer, pas d’agrumes. L’amertume n’accumule pas sur la langue, et c’est assez facile à boire pour une bière impériale de 9%, mais, comme d’habitude pour une bière comme ceci, c’est pas mal onctueux en bouche. Quand même, c’est un peu sec dans la finale. Très belle avec une excellente arôme. Le goût est bon, mais pas du même niveau.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dandeman (551) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 29, 2014 Évaluation no. 100 Juin 2011. Un nez de caramel aux accents floraux et un peu d’anis. De couleur ambrée avec une mousse de persistance moyenne. En bouche, les houblons sont très présents avec une bonne amertume. Très complexe au niveau des saveurs de malt. Elle présente un équilibre malt / houblon très près de la perfection. Très ronde et légèrement liquoreuse, elle présente de beaux accents orangés, fruités, mêlés de caramel avec une touche d’amertume en finale. Bière assez complexe avec une palette de saveurs assez large. Accents de pêche notés également. Bière de très bonne qualité.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
MunBro (505) - St. Albert, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 10, 2014
Poured a murky orange which became clear after settling. White fizzy head with no lace. Aroma of floral hops, pine, spices, citrus and something else which I can’t quite place. Tastes the same with almost chocolatey sweet malts being hinted at in the profile. Alcohol heat is there but not dominating which is nice. A very drinkable strong IPA.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hawthorne00 (2539) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - DEC 30, 2013
Bottle 3/13, 12C. Almost clear amber with a white head. Aroma has wintery oranges, mandarins, earthy mango, wood, dough, noticeable alcohol. Lowish carbonation, very soft in the mouth.Sticky, but short of syrupy. Sweet and doughy with lots of mellow citrus flavours, some peach and pine. Not all that bitter and it dries out slowly, lifting the sweetness away gradually. Citrus and floral notes linger, some mild spices too. Strange (baffling, really, reading the blurb, but I guess this is old) - reminds me a little of De Dolle Stille Nacht, but of Roguelike IIPAs not at all. Which is quite OK by me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1019) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
From a 341ml bottle on 20/12/2013. Pours a slightly cloudy very dark golden with a tiny head. Has a quite unusual aroma dominated by an array of fruits, particularly mandarin, tangerine and mango, with some toffee and molasses. Flavour wise, there’s a background of toffee, with some marzipan and lots of sweet fruit (orange, mandarin, peach, mango). The bitterness is firm but modest by DIPA standards. The palate is syrupy and the carbonation modest. Very easy drinking for 9%. The blurb suggests this is an attempt at a US west coast style imperial, but it comes across as something quite singular and unusual, which is a positive. Not what I was expecting but still very nice indeed. Just don’t expect a real hop bomb.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (7353) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 21, 2013
341 ml bottle. Bottled on 03/13. From saveur-biere.com.
Cloudy golden colour with an average sized foamy off-white head. Very dark hops, caramel sweetness, berries, bitterness and malt in the aroma. The flavour is really nice. Darkish hops, mild bitterness, mild sweetness and malt. No hop or sweetness overdose. Balanced and enjoyable.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jksipa (416) - Newmarket, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 9, 2013
Bottle from the LCBO. Pours a hazy orange with small beige head that clings to the glass. Nose is oranges, honey, grass and cognac with a metallic tang to it. Taste is sweet mandarin orange and an alcohol edge with some metallic bitterness in the long finish. Medium creamy body with medium soft carbonation. Quite a lot going on here, but I find the metallic taste a bit distracting.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Erasmus_ro (1474) - Alabama, USA - NOV 7, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2014 Bottle. Pours a dark orange amber with a decent-sized, off-white head. Aroma hits you right off the pour with a load of caramel. There’s a whiff of something hoppy, but not much. Taste follows along the lines of caramel, some fermented fruit and a bit of grain. Quite a hit of ethanol, perhaps a bit of sourness. Not much in the way of hops. Disappointing. Stiff and well carbonated.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SrSilliGose (3269) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 4, 2013
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2013 Bootled March/2013. offered via glouglouburp courtesy toss, for whatever that is worth. aroma of sticky raisins, melon, caramel syrup. seems more like a barley wine, bub! taste is green raisin sweetness cut by faded spruce/pine hop. raisined dough. touch too syrupy for my liking, but not bad. pleasant booze/resin left on the pallet. okay, but not really my thing.


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