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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 1990ís by some breweries on the west coast of the United States, and most notably by Rogue. Itís an extreme version of the American IPA. Itís 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2012 Palate healing through chewable hop medicine and alcohol heat...Orange seeds are planted and watered with silky caramel...A great conifer rises and points to the surrounding spirits...

A 1-year-old bottle (aged at the brewpub for on-site consumption) proved to be still quite hoppy in the nose, flavor and bitterness, but in a much more diplomatic way. Carbonation is more vivacious as well, straddling Belgian and American stylings. A creature which is evolving well, in part due to its rich maltiness.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jercraigs (8059) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 21, 2005
Amber body, with a creamy white head. Nice hoppy aroma but it has trouble competing with the smoky pub. Pleasantly hoppy with a pleasant floral hoppy aftertaste, not nearly as much bitterness and hops as I hoped for from a double ipa. Alcohol is well concealed if its 8.5%! Nice beer, my numbers seem to rate it a little higher than my memory does. Hope to try it again.

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.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Lightly hazy copper bronze with a well lacing off-white head. Dry, grainy, lightly toasted and hoppy aroma. Body is lightly sweet and caramely with some sticky toffee and a good, but not very potent hoppy balance. Not quite as extreme as some American versions, but a very drinkable double pale ale.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mcberko (7053) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 21, 2012
341mL bottle, pours a pretty clear copper orange with a small white head. Aroma is full of floral hops, a bit of grassy notes, backed by a generous portion of cracker / biscuity malt. Flavour is dominated by candied sugar, caramel malt sweetness, and finally some floral hops. Finishes semi-bitter and quite sweet, with some alcohol notes. Subpar for the style, and certainly for Dieu du Ciel.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7025) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 3, 2007
On tap at the brewpub, visited June 23 2007 with a big group of friends (no fellow rateberrieans though). Slightly hazy orange amber with a foamy cream-coloured head displaying excellent retention and lace. Big aromas of tropical fruit, grapefruit, and resinous pine. Same flavours on the palate with a thin underlying malt structure and alcoholic warmth that isnít harsh. Smooth and medium-to-full-bodied. Moderately bitter finish. I liked the regular IPA better.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 8, 2009
On cask at Dieu du Ciel. Pours a reddish orange with a thin to medium tanned white head. Big grapefruit, citrus, and pine notes on the nose. Medium bodied, sweet, and with a hint of alcohol, and almost a note of bubblegum. Ends with a nice bitterness.

3.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mabel (6531) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
[1420-20080530] Tap. Ginger spice cookie dough aroma. Slightly hazy, brown amber body with a long-lasting creamy off-white head. Yeasty plant material flavour seems like seaweed or flower notes. Medium body. Weird flavour, reminds me of something akin to rotting lettuce.
(@ Dieu du Ciel!; Montreal, QC)

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
lusikka (6523) - Tampere, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2012
341 ml bottle.
Pours an unclear golden colour with a white head. Aroma of gooseberry bush, nettle and some sweetness. Flavour of strong bready maltiness, gooseberries, strong hops, spruce and sweet caramel. Medium bodied, slick mouthfeel and high carbonation. Finishes sweet, malty and bitter. Too sweet and malty for an DIPA.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Radek Kliber (6519) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 12, 2005
Slightly hazy amber, neat, fine crown. Soft , smooth ale , strong but silky hop accent , woody malt and well refined alcohol . Judging on aroma alone Brewmaster done solid job maturing this ale . Medium bodied , medium /fine carbonation . Bitter hops are very well blended with smooth alcohol. Very approachable beer despite its potency.


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