Dieu du Ciel Neuvaine
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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
9th anniversary beer, brewed with absinth and fennel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
LadySusan (766) - Ste-Therese, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 29, 2007
On tap at D.D.C. The color is amber with a beige head. The aroma is of licorice and herbs. The taste is also in the same line but with malt added that gives it a nice sour taste. Bravo to D.D.C. they are not afraid to brew something ot of the ordinary.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
davidnyc29 (6) - - APR 25, 2013 does not count
Fascinating beer. Annise is present but not at all overpowering. Well hopped. I enjoyed it, and i dont really care for licorice or annise. Long, very bitter finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rederic (3256) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 4, 2008
Sampled at their last anniversary party, hazy gold hue, with an-off white head, intense nose of absinth and anise, licorice with a a nice menthol accent, with some hop, fennel leafiness notes, with a clover mintiness in the aroma follows through on a medium-bodied palate with a yeasty, anise, absinth character, with a subtle honeyish pale malt, with some menthol peppermint flavors, with a hint of blackpepper spiciness, with a good floral herbal fennel, sassafras, hop grassiness accent, leading towards a herbal fennel, leafy bitterness finish. My kind of beer, drunk till the end of the party.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
On tap at Blind Tiger with Andy, Max, Nicole, Jen, and Dad. Pours a lightly Hazed gold with a thin white head. Sweet and spicy. Medium bodied, big bitterness. Weird herbal medicinal note. Long bitterness, lots of herbs and a touch of metallic tang. Lingering huge bitterness. Interesting, but glad I only got a half.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Eructoblaster (3842) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
Dark gold body topped with a thin white foamy head. Malty/hoppy aroma with herbal, flowery and absinth hints. Well balanced taste that ends with a decent bittersweet finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Lubiere (12878) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
A dark amber ale with a thin off white head. Light aroma of smooth spices, light wood esters, light cardamom...i can get a bit of the wormwood. In mouth, an intense taste of absinth and fennel, phenolics, very organic and oily, almost agressing. Interesting, but I wouldn’t drink a whole pint of this. Powerful.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ClarkVV (5785) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Draught half-pint at the brewery on 9/29/07
Hmmm, well I must say, I didn’t think it was half as offensive as most people. In fact, I rather enjoyed it, while keeping in mind that this was supposed to be an absynthe beer hybrid sort of thing. Knowing quite well the way absynthe tastes, I’d expect it to be damned near impossible to reconcile the two beverages in to something drinkable. But frankly, despite a high amount of astringency, I drank it down pretty easily and would do it again. It’s obviously not a session beer, but a sipper, and if you like strong herbs, though they are definitely dominant here, you probably won’t mind it. Even though the astringency cuts through the palate like a knife, the soft and sweet malt is noticeable, giving a round caramel-honey note on the finish, after the absynthe-like bitterness has cleared. Carbonation is moderate to low, while the beer is a rusty-peach-amber, clear, with a small, quickly dissipating off-white head. Very interesting and original. Alcohol is not obtrusive.
Brewing an absynthe beer runs a fine line between making something not nearly as powerful and assertive as absynthe is and making something too powerful. I think they got this one about right.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Viper666 (3271) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2013
Dégustée en fût sur place. De couleur dorée-orangée et voilée. Nez d’anis, léger de malt sucré et de pain avec des notes fruitées (agrumes) et de houblon herbeux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement doux ainsi qu’une texture huileuse et légèrement crémeuse. Goût d’anis (et/ou de fenouille) pur amer et terreux (présente toute la gorgée) avec de faibles notes fruitées (agrumes) lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût grains de malt sucrés, léger de pain avec des traces de caramel doux puis en finale l’on retrouve une légère amertume de houblon herbeux avec un léger regain de goût d’anis ainsi que des traces d’alcool. Post-goût moyen-long et un peu asséchant, légèrement amer de d’anis avec des traces d’alcool, de fruits et de houblon herbeux. (17 janvier 2013)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Quevillon (2897) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 15, 2015 Bu en fut à leur party du 9e anniversaire (12 oz). Blonde brumeuse, pas beaucoup de collet. Arome de malte épicé, sûr tout de l’anis, un peu d’houblon amère. Goût de fenouils très amère et implaisant au début, mais elle s’apprivoise assez vite, alcool bien présant. Une créature très intéressante!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
WeeHeavySD (3380) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 18, 2007
12 of 13 tasters. ok ok crazy yes, yes I know ok calm down. Pours yellow amber with a brown barely there head. The nose is very different, with herbal licorice, and anise, very strange. my tasting notes are essentially WTF, followed by gnarley, strong, biting, its like eating licorice root, I don’t know what to say I was confused. I respect the experimentation, but damn this is really kinda insane. I couldn’t finish this, but my rating is for the out there ness of this beer and less for the actually quality.

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