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Dieu du Ciel Sieben Hügel
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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Smoked
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 38   MEAN: 3.65/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.53   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
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Franconian-style Rauchbier


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (9919) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 29, 2010
A golden amber lager with a thin lacing creamy off white head. A light smokey bacon aroma with fusel notes. In mouth, a light smoked lager with light bacon over caramel malt, not bad. On tap at DDC 12th Anniversary, Sept. 11 2010.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Sammy (8573) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
Enjoyed on tap at Bar Volo Dieu Du Ciel Night. Brewed in August. Peachy colour with some grewy highlights. Lacey, one-quarter inch of white head. Attractive smoke aroma. Fuller mouthfeel. Bang on the style, moderate sweetness behind smokey taste, refreshing. Goes great with smoked meat sandwich.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (8411) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2011
Cask. Pale amber pour. The aroma has a little bit of soft rauch malt and some soft noble hopping. A lingering smokiness but it’s quite lovely. Fresh and quite authentic.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MartinT (7797) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2010
My Bottom Line:
Unidirectional smoke graces this Rauchbier from aroma to lengthy finish, generously daubing spicy hops with salty cereal crackers.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A film of foam flirts with the light amber haze.
-This felt leaner than their Charbonnière.
-The hop finish was not very bitter, but the eternal smoke might be responsible for concealing some of the alpha apport.
-This is not really complex, but it is still a beautifully quenching Rauchbier for lovers of the style.

On tap at the Chambly festival.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jercraigs (7790) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2010
2010-09-XX. Hazy dark amber with a large foamy white head. aroma is very smokey, with subtle wood and campfire accents but smoke is too strong for me. Flavour is similarly smokey, muted bitterness and underlying malt are eclipsed by the pervasive smoke. Smooth average plus palate. Ugh. Well made but very much not to my taste. On tap

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
j12601 (6584) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2010
On tap at the Blind Tiger. Pours a clear orange with a medium sized beige head. Big smoke, wonderful and smooth. Long campfire notes. Lightly sweet malt and huge long slow smoke, smooth with light burnt rubber tones. Long lingering smoke on the finish. Nicely done.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Radek Kliber (6406) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - NOV 4, 2011
Cask Days 2011
Aroma smoky, mid intensity, slight hint of orange peel, warm malty round up. 7+
Appearance hazed amber with medium light rocky top. 3+
Flavor and Palate : interesting smoky character, smooth ash wood, ham, plenty of phenolic elements. One sided Rauch done right. Good brew.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6064) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 14, 2010
2010-09-18 on draught at Volo. Cloudy coppery gold with a large lasting frothy beige head. Perhaps the fact I drank this with a Caplansky’s smoked meat sandwich influenced me, but this seemed more like smoked MEAT than most other rauchs I’ve had - like hardwood cured bacon or whole hams; not bitter, just meat, smoke and plenty of roasty sweet caramel - quite appealing. The taste was similarly balanced - hardly any alcohol, moderately sweet roast and appealing smoke - but perhaps more restrained than the aroma; good, that’s for sure. Full-bodied, a bit chewy, with a hint of astrinency, mild carbonation, and a nice moderately long smokey finish, it left just a hint of woodsmoke tang, no sweetness in the aftertaste. Good stuff, a real drinkin’ rauch.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6030) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2011
Cask at Cask Days 2011. Beer #8 of festival. Pours a murky orange-copper with lots of little bubbles and a small lasting bubbly off-white head. Big smoky aroma with lots of smoking, burning wood along with notes of meat and blood that I often get in good Rauchbiers and finally some roasted malt. Very smoky flavour, also malty and fruity along with light hops -- lots of smoke but it’s still easy to drink. Medium bodied. A solid Smoked beer and right on style, just like I like them.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Glouglouburp (6004) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 23, 2010
In short: A simple but very effective smoked golden lager. Exemplary in its simplicity
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Clear dark golden body topped by a medium off-white head
In long: Nose is very smoky with a smoke character with is smoked wood and smoked ham. Taste is smoky, crisp cereals, beach wood, fruity caramel. Discreet leafy hops in the finish to dry out the beer without much bitterness. After-taste is mostly smoke. This beer is very clean and bright beer. Felt true to the style, reminiscent of the “true” smoked german session lagers I’ve had. Not as refreshing as the best sessionable example of the style but very good nonetheless. This is a very convincing beer. So convincing in fact that if it could talk I bet it could have convinced De Niro that nobody was not looking at him.


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