Dieu du Ciel Lambec Pure

Formerly brewed at Dieu du Ciel
Style: Lambic Style - Unblended
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.31/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.13/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed in March 2004; fermented in oak barrels with Cantillon yeast.

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Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle at the brewpub for the 10th Anniversary party a few years ago. Pours a hazed cloudy golden with a thin head- fades. Aroma is acidic- lacto and big acetic vinegar, glacial almost, mineral slatey, cat piss, light fruity, white wine almost an unoaked chard fruit character and sauv blancish. Flavor is kinda stinky cheese, sharpness, dusty earthy brett funk, big sour, lactic, lemon, acetic and lemonlime, then more mineral slate, and limestone with a raw intense sourness mixing of a bit of lacto and a ton of acetic. Very sour- overly so, and it hurts the beer.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2009
Hazy yellow pour with a thin white head. The aroma has green apple tartness, it has also a white wine quality and some farmhouse terroir. The flavor is very dry and acidic, there’s also a green apple feeling to it and that good old farmhouse terroir. Interesting, this is my favorite from the DDC lambics sampled at the 10th anniversary party.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 25, 2009
Mostly clear hay coloured liquid that becomes headless very quickly. Cheesy, barnyard aroma with rotting hay notes. Not all that intense, but certainly wild. Much more intense on the palate (too much so even) where it deploys its vinegar reserves. Woody, but perhaps not enough to compensate the harsh acetic aspects. Fully acidic through the development, but without so much length and really in need to replace some of that vinegar by lactic acit. Straw and lemon conclude it up. A pleasure to try, but finishing just one 375mL is beyong my stomach’s power.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 9, 2009
<b>In short: </b>An absurdly acidic, dry and dusty Gueuze attempt.
<b>How: </b>Bottle 375ml from DDC 10th anniversary party. Drank home a few months after the event.
<b>The look: </b>Almost clear golden-yellow body with no head
<b>In long: </b>Acidic nose with metallic notes and rust. Taste is rather on the extreme side of things. Acidity is out of control, lemon concentrate, very ferrous, old orange juice turning acidic and so on. Strong dry rusty and dusty sensation. At the party I thought it was the most easily “drinkable” of their four lambecs but either I was drunk (highly possible) or the bottles are variable. At home the cranberry was clearly the only one that could be described as relatively easily drinkable. Keeping a straight face when taking big sips of this beer is harder than keeping a straight face when I’m sitting on the passenger seat and my girlfriend is trying a parallel parking.

Quevillon (3196) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2008
Bu sur place en bouteille de 375ml, le 4/10/08. Jaune blé, aucun collet mais des grosses bulles. Arome de blé citronné très sûrette mais doux, des notes fleuries. Goût sûrette très intence, céréal doux et une bonne présance de lime et citron, finission vinegre acide. Ça décape le palet!

elihapa (1554) - Honolulu, Hawaii, USA - OCT 3, 2008
served in 12oz bottle with no label at DDC. Pours gold with no head. Harp, tart aroma of green apple and champagne. Flavor of tart, under ripe green apple with lemon. Finishes with more intense variation on general flavor, along with some bitterness as well. Body is almost irrelevant, given how dominant the tartness is. I don’t know how to rate this, given that this is SO dramatically different from any “beer” I’ve ever tried. Since I can tolerate “tartness”, I’ll give it a 3 overall.

Rciesla (5607) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - SEP 25, 2008
DDC. The best of the series, i think that was the general idea. Lemon tart citrus acidity. Lots of lacto and funkiness throughout. A decent lambik.

puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Bottle at the DDC 10th Anniversary Party. The best lambic of theirs by far. The others were all pretty much garbage. This one was pretty nice. Completely still pour, very gold. Apple tart aroma, huge lactic acid, very cheesy. Puckering and lemony lime, sap. Very tart, with lots of natural flavors. No chemicals like the other versions. Dirty, sour flavor is very nice. Slightly acrid but the best by far. A sound effort that could do quite well with a bit more experimentation.

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 18, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2008 My Bottom Line:
Gratifying citrusy sourness streams into opulent funk before it veers back to a levelled acetic finish in this gallant P-Lambic.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A thin ring of big-bubbled foam floats atop the cloudy pale yellow.
-This was the most drinkable of their 4 lambics imho, yet it remains intense.
-The still carbonation and omnipresent fruitiness make this as classy and approachable as white wine.
-The vinegary finish is pleasant, accompanied by some wooden dryness.

Bottle at the brewpub.

GRM (4242) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 16, 2008
Bottle, 375 ml, drank at the pub at their 10th anniversary party on September 13 2008; eye: clear, no effervescence, no head, no lacing; nose: acidity, green apple, light wood; mouth: lots of acidity, acidity is quite present but surprisingly not dominant, light green apple, light wood; overall: wow FRANÇAIS Bouteille, 375 ml, bue sur place lors de leur 10ème anniversaire le 13 septembre 2008; œil : claire, pas d’effervescence, pas de mousse, pas de dentelle; nez : acidité, pomme verte, léger boisé; bouche : beaucoup d’acidité, acidité est très présente mais celle-ci curieusement n’est pas dominante, léger pomme verte, léger boisé; en résumé : wow!

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