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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
JulienHuxley (5950) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 12, 2009
Tap @ DDC. Wow this is pretty powerful, minty, peppery aroma that carries great hop esters to the nose. Taste is very fresh, minty, piney with a medium bitter finish and some alcohol presence. Very nice.

3.8
probstblueribbon (4088) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 14, 2011
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear copper with a large orange-tan meringue. Aroma: Thick, rich, brothy, citrus, pine, marmalade, a little floral, green and woodsy, caramel/brown sugar, some berries, peaches and dark dried fruits, a touch dusty, light bubble gum and tropical esters, more pine, more fruity malt, a touch soapy. Palate: Medium+ body, moderate-soft effervescence, pillowy and syrupy, really nice. Flav.: Lots of pine/resin, woodsy, estery, fruity, berries, raisins, dark dried fruits, eucalyptus, green, resinous, caramel, brown sugar, quite the complex blend of malt and hop notes; lightly sweet with good bitterness and a long caramel finish with some pine and resin and citrus peel.

A big, complex and competent IIPA. What else would you expect from DDC?

3.7
MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2002
UPDATED: JUN 25, 2012 Palate healing through chewable hop medicine and alcohol heat...Orange seeds are planted and watered with silky caramel...A great conifer rises and points to the surrounding spirits...

A 1-year-old bottle (aged at the brewpub for on-site consumption) proved to be still quite hoppy in the nose, flavor and bitterness, but in a much more diplomatic way. Carbonation is more vivacious as well, straddling Belgian and American stylings. A creature which is evolving well, in part due to its rich maltiness.

3.7
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 27, 2005
Red copper ale with a thin off-white head. Sweet peary aroma with nice alcohol warmth. Good maple wood in a sweet malt cream, with notes of pears and alcool. Poire Williams. Rich and smooth.

3.7
TimE (6130) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JUL 11, 2005
Hazy brown orange color. Citrusy, hoppy nose with grapefruit and oranges. Mouth starts malty, then hops, then back to the malts, very well balanced. All finishing dry and puckeringly bitter, which was a nice pleasent surprise.

3.7
CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUL 11, 2005
Lightly hazy copper bronze with a well lacing off-white head. Dry, grainy, lightly toasted and hoppy aroma. Body is lightly sweet and caramely with some sticky toffee and a good, but not very potent hoppy balance. Not quite as extreme as some American versions, but a very drinkable double pale ale.

3.7
DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2005
Candied malt aroma, treacle, cloudy reddish orange, pours a very large white head. Flavour is kicked off with full malt, bold citrus hops, caramel and treacle follow. Very well balanced, wonderfully bitter, Lovely!

3.7
rederic (3344) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 18, 2005
Orangeish-amber color, with a white head, flowery hops, piney note, and maybe a coniferous aroma folows through on a medium-bodied palate with a fruity, a peaches note, flowery hops, still piney, with a coniferous and resinous accent, leading towards an alcoholic hops biterness finish.

3.7
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 1, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2009 Partly cloudy copper body, thin white head, excellent lacing. Peppery and alcohol nose. Very hoppy but not very bitter. Pleasant warming alcohol feeling. Like many Imperial IPA the alcohol overpowers the hop finish. An solid take on the genre even if unoriginal. Very good but I think it could have been great given a bit more body and more bitter hops to counterbalance the alcohol. But I may be wrong, nobody’s perfect and it just so happens that I’m a nobody. Draft at brewpub.

3.7
Pyrozoid (361) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 27, 2008
(Deguste avec french tickler) Couleur caramel avec un collet tres tres collant. Odeurtres epices, oranges, senteur d’epinettes, coniferes et abricots. Gout epices, oranges, sucres et un cote encore coniferes.


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