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

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RATINGS: 285   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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3.8
Reimer96 (1778) - Alberta, CANADA - OCT 2, 2013
Pours a hazy orangish bronze with a small off white foamy head. Aroma of grass, honey, pale malts, resin, orange and other fruity floral esters. Taste is grass, sweet orange, honey, caramel and a nice alcohol warmth throughout. Medium carbonation with a nice smooth bitterness throughout. Nice full body and flavor yet so easy to drink for a 9 percent beer.

3.7
DerWeg (1748) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2011
Bottle at The Only. Foggy orange color looks unfiltered. Smells pretty good, lots of flowery and citrus hops going on. These hops play into the taste, which is surprisingly rounded and fruity but not sticky. Finish builds a notable bitterness. Very easy drinking and not a ’stunt beer’ kind of DIPA. Liking this and will re-visit.

4
Savvy1982 (1706) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 12, 2011
Bottle at home. Bought as dozen of these, this review is both a review of my last individual bottle, and my thoughts on the dozen I have consumed over the past month. First off, I wouldn’t call this an IIPA, the hop notes are too muted, and the beer just doesn’t strike me as your classic PNW IIPA. Nor is it heavy enough, sweet enough, or spicy enough to be an ’English-inspired’ IIPA. No, this is more of an Imperial Pale Ale, a term I just made up right now. The hop notes are soft in the nose, and some complexity is there, but the balance is half hops, half malt, much like an APA. The palate is bittersweet as you would expect, but not as bitter, nor as caramel-driven as you would expect from an IIPA. This is something.... else. The beer pours hazy orange/copper, with a thick orangey-beige head, that laces very well. Nose is honey, delicate juniper and spruce hops, with just a light touch of citrus that is more marmalade than it is grapefruit. That isn;t to say that this is in the ’hopelessly sticky and overly malty’ realm, it isn’t. Far from it actually. The mouthfeel is honestly quite stunning. At first I hated it, then I was ambivalent, then I regretted getting 12 of these, but eventually I rather came around on this beer. The flavour and mouthfeel are very similar to say, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, but turned up to 11. Like I said, an Imperial Pale Ale. Different, challenging, and right on the border between brilliant and badly-made. Being this is Dieu du Ciel, and I have really come to quite like it, I’ll go with Brilliant, but just barely. A fascinating brew that I imagine is going to score all over the place.

3.8
Stoned99 (1700) - 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
gramity (1684) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2011
Translucent copper-orange with a small but sticky beige head. The appealing aroma has lots of citrus from the hops, but also a strong note of caramel from the malt . The flavour is great, with strong bitterness from start to finish, some of which seems to come from the alcohol. The cara-malts are well represented. Alcohol is very apparent in the finish, but its pleasant. Great body. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
Maris (1611) - 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.

3.2
DietPepsican (1589) - @ $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.

3.9
elihapa (1554) - 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.

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.

3.5
ljthiessen (1507) - 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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