Dieu du Ciel Quintessence
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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Quintessence is a beer between the scotch ale and barley wine styles. It is aged 8 months in oak barrels having previously been used to age a Québécois maple liqueur called Charles-Aimé Robert. Finally, while being transferred to the conditioning tun, hop leaves were added in order to obtain a powerful aroma of fresh hops (a technique which is called “dry hopping”). Subtle flavors of caramel and maple mix with the alcohol (10.5%) which is present but never overwhelming. The final result is a very complex beer, well-balanced, with ample body, but which still bestows an impression of lightness due to the power of the alcohol which seems to carry all the other flavors. Enjoy in moderation!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (34708) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
[2 year old bottle at RBSG 2005] An unclear dark amber beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of wood, alcohol, and berries - a really powerful aroma. The flavor is very powerful with notes of alcohol, wood, and berries, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol is so strong, that it burns my stomach. The body is very powerful and it is very well aged.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Oakes (15806) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 18, 2005
Hazy amber colour. Hot and malty aroma with light maple syrup and dusty yeastiness. Hot, dusty palate with thick, vaguely defined malts. Too hot and simplistic.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 13, 2005
(2003 bottle, RBSG05) Beige head atop a brown body with some residue. Aroma is moderately sweet, caramel, scotch, prune, smoke, alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, raisin, scotch, oak. Smoke in the finish and alcohol is always noticeable. Full body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lubiere (12970) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
A dark burgundy red brown ale with a thin off white head. A pleasant blend of caramel and maple aroma, alcohol, musty notes. In mouth, a superbly attenuated mix of malts, licorice, treacle, rich and maltey. An intriguing and complex ale. Bottle of Quintessence X at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopscotch (10658) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Bottle... RBSG 2005... This beer rocks!... Clear, copper ale with a mid-sized, fizzy, khaki head. Good retention. Dense, malty aroma with notes of caramel, wood, mandarin orange, alcohol, light smoke, tobacco and dark fruit. The flavor is pretty hot and fairly sweet. Very earthy and fruity and balanced well with generous hopping. Full-bodied and oily with moderate carbonation. Lengthy, warm, sweet, malty finish. World class ale!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
jercraigs (9877) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 13, 2005
RBSG 2005. Bottle dated Jan 2003 First beer at DDC tasting at RBSG. Dark ruby brown body, a fluffy off white head reaches its peak with a swirl of the glass. Aroma is malty – touch of caramel – with hoppy accents. Rich malty flavour with underlying sugar – brown sugar? – Warming alcohol is subtle yet powerful. Full bodied, smooth, with a slightly dry mildly alcoholic finish. A promising omen of things to come.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
MartinT (9411) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2003
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 (Fresh, on tap): Parsimoniously, hop pepper vapors contemplate and join the voluptuous, sweet maple alcohol...Harmoniously, fluctuating leafy waves embrace the punctuating peated algae...Hop-dappled herb ripples effortlessly undulate over the rich toasted caramel...An exemplary, experimental marine life thrives within, striving to lead us all into a better world...

(Aged Cask): At this point in its maturing process, this marvel simply begs you to sit down and emit orgasmic noises every sip or so...After a year or so in this cask, the flavors have blended into a unique paragon of creativity and nourishment and has reached, to my tastes, world-class levels...You would not even dream it’s over 10%...

(2-year-old bottle, aged at the brewery): Like most of their bottles, carbonation is stronger than the initial version...So many flavors here, all described above, still thrive in joyous, frenzied, bacchanalia...Alcohol is still present, but the malt sweetness and complexity is so appealing that the heat blends superbly with it...There is nothing else like this out there...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
3fourths (9150) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 12, 2005
UPDATED: MAR 31, 2009 Bottle at DDC during the Summer Gathering. Filmy tan head with a body colored like caramel, with some woody brown and dark red hues at times as well. The nose is straight-up intense, sharp bourbon, along with some light belgian-style yeast notes... and the texture and flavor are wrapped up in an extremely dry, bitter, astringent, acidic (etc) complexity. Not exactly in a way that I like, however. Unsettled tasting, young, woody liquor that seems to burn the tongue or at least numb it. Harsh as anything I’ve had, like liking the inside of an oak barrel. Belgian-like yeast is noted, but definitly muted in my opinion... this is one beer that got carried away with the oak. Not my cup of tea, but I can appreciate it for what it’s worth.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7376) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2006
RBSG 2005. 2003 bottle. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), with notes of vanilla, sherry, wood, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Must say the aroma didn’t win me over that much, but then again I don’t like oxidized scents. Quite underwhelming in the mouth experience too. Either past its prime or just not my thing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 27, 2005
Dark, woody amber with small suspended yeast, real neat creamy top. Smooth, mild coffee roast, touch of spice and filling woody cask aroma. There is strong presence of alcohol in nose but thanks to its age was fairly smooth. Front: juicy malts, then blend of roast -hop character and late bitter oak finish. Add warm, smooth alcohol. End: Alcohol definitely warms up the atmosphere, sweeter malt now well exposed, acidic oak cask on edge. Neat complex ale. Drink slowly in order to fully enjoy.

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