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

bottled
common

on tap
unknown

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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
AgentAle (1405) - Alberta, CANADA - MAY 21, 2014
Aroma is deep earthy hop notes with some hints of citrus and tanin. Taste is a very rich with a hop presence that arrives immediately. The mirky/earthy tones are dominant but the sweet roasty malt and caramel can be detected. Faint notes of belgian candy sugar and dark fruit. Slight tang and alcohol snap on finish. Appearance is a dark gold with a lace pearl head that retains fairly.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1322) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
UXO (1299) - CANADA - MAY 27, 2014
Pours a hazy orange with one finger of creamy persistent head, settling gradually back to a dense cap and heavy lacing. Nose is caramel malt, flowery hops, with faint citrus and pineapple. Taste is similar, but with an added buttery flavour, a slight alcohol warming, and a bitter finish. Mouth feel is medium to heavy-bodied, starting creamy and finishing sticky and off-dry. Not entirely what I was expecting for an IIPA. The flavours are much earthier, and the malt more pronounced, with no sharp hoppiness or West Coast dankness. I’m not entirely sure what I’d call this style, but I like it. Mellow and muted, but still very well balanced and drinkable.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (1289) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 341ml bottle served in a snifter glass. A: Pours clear orange color forming a medium bubbled and creamy white head. Medium to low retention forming lots of lingering lacings left in the glass S: Caramel malts. Flowery hops. Lots of pine, grassy and bit citrus hops. A bit fruity and spicy. A bit of alcohol in the very end T: Slightly sweet upfront. Caramel malts. Lots of flowery, pine and citrus hops. Good bitterness M: Heavy body. A bit molasses too. Medium carbonation. Hoppy bitter aftertaste which is mainly pine O: Good drinkability. Nice Canadian IIPA. It’s pretty much what I would expect from an IIPA produced in Belgium, for instance ;) [ BA Review @ 7/28/2013 ]

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
cargo150 (1289) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Liquide orangés opaque avec un beau col blanc. Nez d’agrumes et de résine. En bouche c’est complexe et excellent beaucoup de résine qui est suportté par les agrumes, un peu de caramel et un petit aspect métallique, corp moyen a élevé et une carbonation assez haute sur une grande amertume. Fidèle au style c’est délicieux!

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cirrhosis (1283) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiereLuc (1259) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Bière ambrée-cuivrée, limpide, avec un col de mousse moyen qui laisse une fine dentelle derrière. Nez de houblon légèrement métallique avec une grosse pointe sucrée. En bouche, le sucré n’est pas aussi puissant qu’anticipé. en fait les notes sucrées balancent bien avec la puissance du houblon. Un arrière-goût de caramel et – malheureusement – signent la finale.

3.7
   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

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1201) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - FEB 26, 2014
Bottle shared at tasting. Pours clear golden. Aroma is hoppy, malty, tropical fruits, citrus and grass. Taste is moderate sweet and pretty bitter. Full bodied with thick texture.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 19, 2014
Pours a slightly hazy amber-copper colour with a large white head that slowly settles and sticks all up the glass. Aroma is tropical fruits, oranges, earthy and some alcohol. Flavour is resin, mild alcohol, medium-high bitterness, tropical fruits, citrus and a little residual sugar.


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