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

bottled
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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66   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.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (4058) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 18, 2005
UPDATED: FEB 26, 2007 February 2005 bottle consumed at Dieu du Ciel at the RBSG on 7/9/2005. Big yellowish head with medium-sized bubbles rising. Orange-golden body has a light shimmer to it, with a small amount of haziness. Head is well-retained. Aroma is earthy, leafy and quite dry, with hints of nuttiness. Light oranges as well, not terribly bitter or perfumey. Flavor begins with lemon rinds, tea leaves and white pepper. Very odd and unique take on the style, and it took me a few minutes to get my bearings straight with this beer. Very dry malt continues the dryish flavored trend and there is a bit of fruity/peachiness from the hops (or is it the yeast?). Mainly a floral hops flavor, not a tremendous amount of bitterness. Some light orange zest lingers on the palate, while lacing covers the glass well. Creamy mouthfeel and well balanced to the extent that it dosenít go over the top with hops bitterness. But unique dosenít always mean great, and Iím a little less than enamoured by this one. Too dry overall and just sort of peters out at the end. Havenít been too blown away by DdCís bottled beers, thus far. I think that might be more a comment on their lack of focus on bottling and less a comment on the beersí quality. Once the laws change and they bottle higher volume, I bet things will get worked out better.

October 2005 draught Tremendously fresh and delicate aroma boasts complex hop notes as poignant and strong as any West Coast DIPA. Tangerines, honey, light cherries and plenty of honeydew melon. Very sweet, with candied oranges and apples in the background. Immensely sniffable. The flavor has a strong pine and floral hop bite, with tight carbonation delivering a softly sweet caramel malt and tons of pale malt sugars. Grapefruit grows, and bitterness climaxes in the middle, allowing the malt to steadily grow on the palate. Leafy and crystally, very green with a bit of warming on the end. Very substantial body. 9/4/8/4/16. Rating is an average of the two.

July 2006 bottle drunk on 2/25/07
Not much exciting hop aroma. A bit of juiciness and some cherries with light melon are the extent of the fruitiness. Lots of alcohol and sweet caramel, though not cloyingly so.
The flavor has a slight medicinal note, it seems, and some very raw alcohol that keeps things dry. I let it breath and warm for about 45 minutes but it never really lost this flavor. Towards the bottom of the bottle, it got a little cleaner, actually, maybe the yeast dulling some of the phenol/alcohol notes. Hops have faded a bit too much. Nice sweet texture still, though. Obviously not a beer that should be experienced in bottle, but rather fresh on tap, where itís delicious and highly aromatic/flavorful.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Draught at the brewpub
Light brown, dark gold, white head, nice lacing. Nose of light crispy hops, some nice malty balance. The flavor is tangy, balanced, good, lots of maltiness and fruits. The finish is creamy, lightly tart, good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2005
bottle. 1 year old. shiny orange-copper body with a small off-white head. piney hops in the aroma and light yeastiness and perhaps a little bit of orange. prickly hops and carbonation. very good balance for an imperial and itís treachously easy to drink with alcohol and sweet malt marrying the body. very good.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DuffMan (7622) - 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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 16, 2009
Clear amber pour with modest off white head. Aroma is loaded with citrus: lemon and grapefruit take power with clove and coriander taking up the spicy notes. Caramel malt is also evident. Lots of floral and resinous hop flavors finishing fruity, but with a high alpha acid content. Palate is medium to full with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6199) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
Draught. At Dieu du Ciel during Mondial 2009 - day 1. Hazy ruby-amber pour with an average creamy off-white head, nice lace remnants. Aroma of oranges, wildflowers, quite pungent and spicy, middling alcohol, all backed with caramel malt. The taste seemed more like a dubbel - pungent spiciness, with orange zest and alcohol; a little sweet. Slick, somewhat astringent mouthfeel, soft carbonation, and the alcohol asserts itself by the bottom of the glass - nice and citrusy, but not a normal DiPA at all.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TeamTrappist (830) - jericho, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Tap at Blind Tiger. Nose is grassy and malty and a bit peppery. Lots of hops meet a rich malt base. Smooth, crisp a bit peppery with a pretty bitter finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (10441) - , New Jersey, USA - JUN 9, 2011
Bottle thanks to Dany. Pours burnt orange with white head. Good lacing. Nose/taste of caramel, pale and sweet malts with spicy hops. Taste also has some grapefruit rind. Slightly bitter. Full body. A bit boozy at times.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (1960) - Alberta, CANADA - AUG 25, 2011
The pour is a bright coppery orange with a finger to two fingers of yellowish pillowy head. The aroma is sweet and honeyed with light caramel and toast with a medium resinous hop. Notes of grapefruit, light pine, lemon rind, slight tropical fruits. The middle is sweet and fruity with light caramel malts and sweet honey and grapefruit. The finish is hoppy, but well balanced with a mild resinous hop. Overall, complex and well balanced, but not too hoppy.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
czar (5360) - Quťbec, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 30, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2012 on tap at brewpub. hazy copper with a nice beige head, little retention and lacing. nose is loads of caramel with medium to heavy citrusy-resinous hopping. taste is about the same, malt-depth, american hops, light strawberry hops, floral and citrusy, some roastiness, light smoke. medium body, average carbonation, long bittering grapefruit finish. not really my type, but objectively very good.


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