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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 251   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.63   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
fregolo2 (13) - - OCT 31, 2012

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gethinbeer (2141) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - MAY 17, 2013
Clear copper pour with a frotht white head. Fruity hop aroma. Lovely fruit hop flavour. Malt with hint of spice. Very tasty, enjoyable beer.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VDuquerroux (263) - Airvault, FRANCE - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle, 341mL. Home. Spectrum from orange to brown on the top. Clear sparkling beer with a small white-off head. Nice lacing. Fruity and floral aroma (red berries, blackcurrant), herbs, caramel, alcohol. Taste oscillate between bitterness and sweetness at a high frequency. "Swing taste". Body... in movement. Oily texture. Good carbonation. Bitter finish with alcohol note. Overvall, I loved this beer : a fruit-basket with a lot of energy !

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
erickok (3484) - Tours (and Paris), FRANCE - MAY 17, 2014
Copper bodied and stable medium head. Sweet malts, cereal, hay, sweet malts and English yeast. Alcohol warmth, very well developed bitterness, beery (yeah...) and just generally super tasty. Hoppy taste, long bitter ending. Great beer! (Bottle from Saveur Bière)

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Eructoblaster (2981) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 9, 2004
Flat orange body topped with a lasting off-white head. Strong and complex malty aroma with various hints of fruits (orange, grapefruit), flowers, and perfume. Taste is heavily hoppy, with some woody notes. Long and bitter finish that leaves a very pleasant warming effect. This is a superb winter beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Glass at DDC with tiggmtl in attendance...faintly cloudy dark amber with a small creamy topping and lasting snowy lace...peachy, flowery nose...fruity, alcoholic initial flavor profiles, schnapps in the middle without the syrupiness...late warming, peppery brandy...odd mouthfeel, light but not thin, full but not heavy, elegant odd and unique as are most of the master brewer’s creations.

4
   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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
On tap @ DDC

App.: Cloudy orange poor, thick frothy beige head, good thick lacing...

Aromas: Citrus, apricot, spruce, orange/lemon zest, caramel...

Palate: Extremely well balanced mouthfeel, creamy, zesty.

Flavors: Very fruity (citrus) and hoppy overall, caramel, pepper.

Notes: Very good overall IIPA, impressive but i was maybe expecting a little to much for DDC

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
presario (4606) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 15, 2009
My fiirst pint on tap at DDC! Dark hazy orange. Creamy lasting head. Strong citrus and orange slices aroma. Alcohol and mandarin!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Savvy1982 (1705) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle at home. Bought as dozen of these, this review is both a review of my last individual bottle, and my thoughts on the dozen I have consumed over the past month. First off, I wouldn’t call this an IIPA, the hop notes are too muted, and the beer just doesn’t strike me as your classic PNW IIPA. Nor is it heavy enough, sweet enough, or spicy enough to be an ’English-inspired’ IIPA. No, this is more of an Imperial Pale Ale, a term I just made up right now. The hop notes are soft in the nose, and some complexity is there, but the balance is half hops, half malt, much like an APA. The palate is bittersweet as you would expect, but not as bitter, nor as caramel-driven as you would expect from an IIPA. This is something.... else. The beer pours hazy orange/copper, with a thick orangey-beige head, that laces very well. Nose is honey, delicate juniper and spruce hops, with just a light touch of citrus that is more marmalade than it is grapefruit. That isn;t to say that this is in the ’hopelessly sticky and overly malty’ realm, it isn’t. Far from it actually. The mouthfeel is honestly quite stunning. At first I hated it, then I was ambivalent, then I regretted getting 12 of these, but eventually I rather came around on this beer. The flavour and mouthfeel are very similar to say, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but turned up to 11. Like I said, an Imperial Pale Ale. Different, challenging, and right on the border between brilliant and badly-made. Being this is Dieu du Ciel, and I have really come to quite like it, I’ll go with Brilliant, but just barely. A fascinating brew that I imagine is going to score all over the place.


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