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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This beer style was created in the late 1990’s by some breweries on the west coast of the United States, and most notably by Rogue. It’s an extreme version of the American IPA. It’s a beer with strong amber hues and dominating hop flavours and tastes. It is however well balanced through the presence of a combination of malts. This beer is usually dry hopped, a tradition that is adhered to by Dieu du Ciel!. The bouquet of the beer consists of floral hops. In the mouth, the bitterness is quite strong, without being extreme, and the alcohol makes its presence known, without being domineering. The aftertaste is dry and less syrupy than a barley wine. Thus, it is a very complex and bitter beer, but always well balanced.

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3.6
neongolden (1649) - Linköping, Sweden/Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 4, 2013
(347mL bottle from LCBO) A clear pale amber beer with a small white head that left a lot of lace. Aroma is lemon and orange peel, flowery hops, grainy caramel malts, slight herbal soap? Reminds me a fair bit of iced tea, for some reason. On the palate, orange leads into fairly sweet caramel malts, bready, complex, bit of pine, citrus juice and a particular flavour of candy I can’t place as the hops start to take over with a slightly floral, tinny and astringent quality. Finishes dry, lightly bitter and, again, rather like an iced tea. I can’t seem to shake that reference throughout the beer. Body is moderate, slightly oily, carb soft, booze hidden. It’s not bad, but doesn’t have the big hop aromas or bitterness of a great DIPA. Very balanced, interesting malts, a little more English than west coast - quite DDC I guess!

3.2
ametras (1630) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
341ml bottle. Hazy golden orange with a foamy white head. Flavors are honey, caramel, toasted malts, sugar, cooked vegetables, resin, lemon, grapefruit peel and alcohol with floral and spicy notes. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, syrupy and oily texture.

3.2
DietPepsican (1591) - @ $13.99, Iowa, USA - JUL 19, 2013
light amber pour with a nice sized off white head. Aroma of caramel and floral hop notes. Huge alcohol notes on this. Honestly, not much going on really and I expected more from a Dieu Du Ciel beer. Still, not bad.

3.8
Stoned99 (1555) - St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 15, 2015
Bottle from Halles St-Jean. Aroma: grapefruit, orange, pines, caramel. App: hazy golden, nice lacing. Taste and palate: medium body, average carbonation, big long dry bitter finish. Overall: enjoyed it but a bit too big for my tastes, maybe not that well balanced since the alcohol makes it a bit too hard to swallow. But after a few sips we get used to it. Another great beer from DDC.

3.9
elihapa (1553) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - NOV 29, 2008
On tap, at DDC brewpub. Appears clear orange with a medium-sized, white head, and served in a tulip glass. Aroma of intense floral hops, lemon citrus, and some pine. Flavor matched aroma, along with a juicy-sweet malt backing, with lent a touch of uniqueness to this brew. The overall result was a delicious, bold, hoppy beer that was truly delicious to drink. Dieu du Ciel succeeds again, in their always modest, yet highly innovative way.

4
Maris (1515) - Canberra, AUSTRALIA - DEC 20, 2013
From a 341ml bottle on 20/12/2013. Pours a slightly cloudy very dark golden with a tiny head. Has a quite unusual aroma dominated by an array of fruits, particularly mandarin, tangerine and mango, with some toffee and molasses. Flavour wise, there’s a background of toffee, with some marzipan and lots of sweet fruit (orange, mandarin, peach, mango). The bitterness is firm but modest by DIPA standards. The palate is syrupy and the carbonation modest. Very easy drinking for 9%. The blurb suggests this is an attempt at a US west coast style imperial, but it comes across as something quite singular and unusual, which is a positive. Not what I was expecting but still very nice indeed. Just don’t expect a real hop bomb.

3.8
Bendrixian (1514) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 8, 2012
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2012 Hazy and orange colour. Very hoppy in a fruit loop sort of way. It also has a soft cereal note as well. Very hoppy flavour with pronounced fruit juice notes and a dry hopped bitterness. It has a alot of heat, light on the malts, not too heavy on the citrus hops but still a very tasty brew.

3.9
eduardovl (1449) - SWITZERLAND - OCT 14, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 16, 2014 341ml bottle served in a snifter glass. A: Pours clear orange color forming a medium bubbled and creamy white head. Medium to low retention forming lots of lingering lacings left in the glass S: Caramel malts. Flowery hops. Lots of pine, grassy and bit citrus hops. A bit fruity and spicy. A bit of alcohol in the very end T: Slightly sweet upfront. Caramel malts. Lots of flowery, pine and citrus hops. Good bitterness M: Heavy body. A bit molasses too. Medium carbonation. Hoppy bitter aftertaste which is mainly pine O: Good drinkability. Nice Canadian IIPA. It’s pretty much what I would expect from an IIPA produced in Belgium, for instance ;) [ BA Review @ 7/28/2013 ]

3.5
mrkimchee (1414) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 30, 2005
clear golden orange, off white head. fruit cocktail and grapefruit aromawith toffee, soapy hops and orange. clean bright hop flavours and sweet candy-sh citrus. mild pithy and earthy hop finish.

3.5
ljthiessen (1348) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - AUG 2, 2015
Bottle. Cloudy pale orange pour with a white head. Aroma is a bit herbal with some tropical fruit. Flavour is herbal and grassy with some sweet tropical fruit. Decently balanced but an odd mixture of flavour.


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