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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
french tickler (649) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2007 This beer is by far one of the best i’ve ever had the pleasure to taste! Aged for 3 years... this amazing brew had a small long lasting head... incredibly muddy looking... WOW... aromas of nutts caramel molasses... there’s just to many flavors and aromas in this beer... i’d die to see the ingrediants used in this beer... Coriander, dates... very flowery port like... a little vanilla...average alcohol twist, slightly carbonated and a nice leathery finish to it... This beer completes me!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Again a big thanks to Stephane for letting my wife and I try this. Pours a deep auburn with a creamy tan DDC head. The aromas are intense to say the least. Maple, vanilla, oak mustiness, mild alcohol, smoke and just a touch of hops are all present. The body is med. but with that creamy texture that only comes from a few select breweries (3Fs and Alesmith come to mind). The flavors are equally as complex. The peat malt makes an appearance but never outshines the fruitcake, sherry and vanilla. The finish is lightly dry and becomes more and more warming as the beer sits. Just one of those beers that I will be able to describe and rave about the rest of my life.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 15, 2004
Wow. What a great start to the Dieu du Ciel 6th Anniversary party. Cask conditioned. Aged 1.5 years in a oak barrel that had been used for a maple liqueur. Dark amber in colour with a large off white head. The aroma was fantastic, lots of maple, hops, toffee and quite sweet. The flavour was of caramel, toffee, plums, hops, maple. Beautifully balanced, large body with no sign of alcohol. Finishes very smooth and creamy and long. As other people have noted this is definitely top 50 material.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Quevillon (2928) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 17, 2006
Bu sur place à l’occassion de leur 8e anniversaire, en fut veillit de 3 ans (12 oz). Belle couleur terre cuite foncé, petit collet. Arome doux de porto caramelisé. Très bon de malte caramel alcoolisé. Délicieux!

   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 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
tiggmtl (4544) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - SEP 21, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 14, 2004 One year old. On the handpump. Aged in an oak barrel that had previously been used to ferment a maple liqueur. Utter decadence. Sour, dark fruit. Hops are quite pronounced. Caramel, toffee, sweetness. What a complex and delightful bouquet. Caramel-copper coloured with a decent, frothy, off-white head that recedes slowly to a nice cover. Falvours include raisins, plums, dates, caramel, toffee. Sweet and perfumey and suffused with maple throughout. Smooth, creamy mouth. Alcohol rarely apparent and at 10.5% this had me feeling happy pretty quickly! (8-4-10-5-19=4.6)

Re-rate 11-Sep-04 - Original rating below.

Big malty aroma with mild hops apparent also. Beautifil dark amber with a finger of head. Lacing like the rings on a tree showing each sip. Somewhat sweet with big malt flavour as promised by the nose with berry, wood, peat-smoke and said sweetness all battling for the palate's attention. High alcohol apparent only in the finish. Good full mouthfeel - this beer begs you to continue drinking and it's hard to say no... On tap. (8-5-9-4-17=4.3)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
beerhugger (542) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2004
Bloody spectacular. I have been getting threating phone calls to rate this so that it has the necessary number to be official....so here goes: Went for a road trip to Mont Royal for the 6th Anniversary Party. This was first up out of fear it would be gone if we waited. Sitting as I was with the sun streaming in caused me to make a choice - either wear my shades in the bar (too cool) or use the glass of beer to block the sun. Clearly the right choice, for revealed to me was a beautiful rich reddish brown liquid that looked like the perfect colour to paint your apartment - or in this case tongue - with. Glorious aromas of hops and caramel and my favourite Canadian flavour. Maple, leeched from the Oak barrels which housed this nectar, infused this glorious candy-ish barleywine.- making it a decadent indulgance. What's that?....it isn't officially a Barleywine?...wow. Toffee and caramel and more maple and hops and where the hell was the alcohol. A beatiful introduction to an outstanding brew pub....at this point I could hardly envision there might be anything better still to come.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
EnSiFeRuM (501) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 13, 2008
En fût vieillie 5 ans au 10eme de Dieu du Ciel. La bière se présente avec une couleur orangée et une mousse fauve onctueuse et imposante qui reste longtemps. Au nez on découvre un parfum boisé de vanille et de caramel. On respire aussi des arômes de grain fumé et d’alcool. En bouche on goûte des saveurs boisées et fumées avec en finale une pointe d’érable et d’alcool. Excellent

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 19, 2003
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2004 Light brown with red and grey? tones. The little head that there is doesn't stay for long. Basically no carbonation. Aroma of caramel, malt, cinammon, hops. Sweet, balanced and complex in mouth: very malty, spicy, peppery, hop notes, but never bitter. Outstandingly well-hidden 10.5%alcohol. A treat, easy to drink pure artwork.. On cask at 6th anniversary , Has a nice frothy head this time, mostly white. Body is deep, mysterious orangey-brown. Lots of malt complexities in the aroma with vibrant cookie-like flavors and dry hopping notes (mildest grassy and earthy orange). Penetrating woodiness, spicy pepper grains and herbal characteristics. Sweet coating aftertaste to die for reminiscent of smoked maple and single malt scotch. Silkysmooth mouthfeel, oily and possessing the most diplomatic carbonation. Plug this cask straight into my veins.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TimE (5095) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2005
RBSG 2005: Damn it was hard to describe this beer there was just so much going on. Deep reddish amber color is senous and sexy. The nose has a strange, but tempting mix of bubblegum, oranges and tobbacco leaves. The oak is very present in the mouth along with subtle hints of smoke, oranges, caramel, spices and mildly yeasty. Finishing with an excellent mix of smoke and subtle spiced orange pekoe flavours. Excellent winter beer.

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