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


on tap

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RATINGS: 283   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 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Maris (1225) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Whatup14 (1210) - Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Bouteille 341ml. Couleur orangée transclucide, mousse beige aérienne, légèrement huileuse. Arôme de houblon résineux, pamplemousse, malt, alcool. Goût de houblon résineux, caramel, alcool, longue amertume et sucre en fin de bouche. Carbonation faible, corps moyen. Un peu trop sucré pour moi.

   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Miguel (1181) - Saint-Ours, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2007
Robe dorée aux reflets cuivrés surmontée d’une mousse blanche qui s’estompe. Arômes de houblon amérisant et de malt caramélisé. Saveurs de houblon amérisant résineux et de malt caramel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zer0 (1180) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - JUL 12, 2005
2005 RBSG Montreal Saturday. 2005 bottle at the brewpub. Hazy orange amber colour with a frothy and bubbly off-white head. Piny, citrus (grapefruit and lime), caramel, and light alcohol aroma. Caramel, bread and orange flavours with a pine, citrus, grapefruit, and limy bitter finish. Full bodied, lightly sticky, but still smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BiereLuc (1170) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
eduardovl (1148) - 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 ]

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TipsyMcStager (1139) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 16, 2012
Pours hazy orange with medium head, some carbonation. Mild sprucy hop aroma with some candy. Mid range bitterness, some fruit sweetness. Drying finish with some alcohol.

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