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Dieu du Ciel Lambec aux Cerises

Dieu du Ciel Lambec aux Cerises
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Formerly brewed at Dieu du Ciel
Style: Lambic Style - Fruit
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 11   MEAN: 2.76/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed in March 2004; fermented in oak barrels with Cantillon yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (8987) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Intrepid cherry fruitiness leads to volcanic vinegary eruptions in which acetic acidity and cheesy funk provide a vigorous climax for this slick and intense P-Lambic experience.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A wiry ring of foam circles the cloudy dark red.
-For some reason, I thought the fruit integration worked better in this one; the raspberry and the cranberry didn’t work quite as well in that territory to my palate.
-While the first half of the sip is rather classy, the second half could be considered brutal.
-Carbonation is nearly still.
-The fruitiness does provide some sweetness upfront; but it doesn’t last long!
-The finish is so brash it could make you cough if you take too big of a sip.
-As others have said, it is indeed very difficult to finish a bottle of this, but for some reason I enjoyed this Cherry version.

From the bottle at the brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TaktikMTL (6909) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2008
Bouteille verte de 375 ml vieillie 4 ans dégustée lors du party 10e anniversaire du Dieu du Ciel. Arôme: Légère odeur de cerises avec une pointe de vinaigre balsamique. Apparence: La couleur est rouge "jus de fruit". Saveur: Goût de cerises très acide. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Présence de cerises très acide en arrière goût. (Rating #1957)

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rastacouere (6166) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
While I did find the pure version very interesting to try if too vinegary, the cherry one takes the palm for being an extreme vinegar juice. While the cherries can be perceived in the aroma, their sugars have been completely eaten up in this dry, pungent, stomach returning and liver upturning beer. It’s harder to perceive the hay-like or strawy nuances here so much as the acidity dominates. Hard to enjoy at all beyond a sip or two out of curiosity.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
<b>In short: </b>Vinegar and sweet cherries. Excessively acidic. Inexplicably not offensive.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 375ml at brewpub 10th anniversary party
<b>The look: </b>Cloudy dark red body with no head to speak of
<b>In long: </b>When first opening the bottle I was rather excited by the funky and slightly vinous aroma. However soon after pouring it into my glass the funk was all gone and I was left with a vinegary nose. First thing first, this beer might just be the most acidic beer I’ve ever had, it took me like an hour to drink a 375ml, and I gave some away. I love sour/acidic beers but this is vinegar. Once I got somewhat used to its extreme acidity I noticed that the beer was surprisingly sweet for a “lambic” (well kind-of I guess) but its sweetness almost goes unnoticed because of the dominant acidity. Despite the extreme acidity the cherries were coming through. The extreme acidity, the sweetness and the cherries blend in to create a sensation of maraschino cherries in vinegar. This is far from a good fruit lambic but I found somewhat interesting in its extremeness. Way too much vinegar for me. I ended up drinking it anyway because I couldn’t find salt and a cup of French fries.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2008
DDC. Bottle. Lots of cherry funky acidity burning overwhelming sour cherry. I did not enjoy this beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle at the DDC 10th anniversary party. Pours a hazed deep reddish with no head. Aroma is insanely sour- aceto, getting malt vinegar mixed with red wine vinegar, cherry pit, light skins, woody oak, prickly on the nose from the acetic acid. Flavor is light flemish red like- with aceto, cherry pit, tannic skins, earth, mineral, and almost seems like this is an out of control flemish red and less of a lambic of any sort- lacking funky brett complexity and lactic- while it is mostly acetic (maybe some malic).

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beerbuzzmontreal (3487) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
Pours a hazy red color with no head. The aroma is very acidic and fruity. The flavor has overpowering acidity, vinegar and fruits, it gets to the point of being hard to drink, it’s too much for me!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
puzzl (3257) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottled at the DDC 10th Anniversary Party. This was flat out vile. The aroma was ok, some sour but a bit of diacetyl. Perhaps some celery. And chemicals. But the flavor was flat out disgusting. OK when it enters the mouth, but midway through it is the most diacetyl laced beer I have ever tasted. There is nothing left to taste after that. Gag reflexes are triggered and any other quality that this beer may have is quickly forgotten in attempts to rid the horrid substance from the mouth. Blech! Oh, and it’s completely flat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 15, 2008
375mL bottle @ DDC 10th Anniversary Party. Pours a slightly murky, darkened ruby color; mostly headless. Solid amounts of pitty cherries, stems, and light tannins in the aroma; plenty of sweaty funk and acidity. Medium mouthfeel: lots of red fruits, high levels of tartness and acidity, muddled and slightly light-bodied core; highly acidic, mouthwatering. Lengthy finish: lasting acidity, bing / sour cherries, and red fruit; dry and tart end.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
MJGG (952) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2008
Bouteille verte de 375 ml, lors du 10e anniversaire. Arômes acides de cerises sûres. Robe rouge claire, peu effervescente. Très acide et vinaigrée, les cerises sûres sont également bien présentes. Arrière-goût de vinaigre balsamique. Très intense (un peu trop), il est difficile de terminer une bouteille.

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