Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Spice/Herb/Vegetable
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 2.45/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.49/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
9th anniversary beer, brewed with absinth and fennel.

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Travlr (24639) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Draft sample courtesy of our server at Beer Revolution, thanks. We were happy not to have received a full pint of this. The aroma was interesting, sort of minty. The taste was so bitter it reminded me of Sink the Bismarck, in an undrinkable sort of way. Could this be why absinthe is generally served by being poured over a sugar cube? I actually haven’t had absinthe any other way, and after tasting this beer, I’m not curious enough to try.

Lubiere (13898) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2010
A dark amber ale with a thin off white head. Light aroma of smooth spices, light wood esters, light cardamom...i can get a bit of the wormwood. In mouth, an intense taste of absinth and fennel, phenolics, very organic and oily, almost agressing. Interesting, but I wouldn’t drink a whole pint of this. Powerful.

BeerandBlues2 (13303) - Escondido, California, USA - MAY 7, 2013
Tap at Beer Revolution Craft Beer and Pizza Bar. Pours clear orange with a medium, frothy white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is woodruff/absinthe, cookie malt and minty hops. Flavor is very bitter, pithy, woodruff/absinthe with a very dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

j12601 (11571) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 26, 2013
On tap at Blind Tiger with Andy, Max, Nicole, Jen, and Dad. Pours a lightly Hazed gold with a thin white head. Sweet and spicy. Medium bodied, big bitterness. Weird herbal medicinal note. Long bitterness, lots of herbs and a touch of metallic tang. Lingering huge bitterness. Interesting, but glad I only got a half.

MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2007
My Bottom Line:
Aniseed pervades the tongue-numbing earthy and herbal concentrate, leading to an impossibly immense bitterness which makes this strong ale a chore to drink.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam covers the clear blond amber.
-This product is competently brewed (we don’t expect less of DDC, of course), but it is simply undrinkable for me.
-A little alcohol heat is felt (and some hallucinogenics too? Woohoo!).
-Radek’s rating pretty much says it all. "Numbing" and "overwhelming" are the key words imho.
-This is so bitter, a spit-take was barely averted.
-Age this one 10 years and I’ll try it again. ;)

On tap at the brewpub.

jredmond (8283) - New York, New York, USA - APR 25, 2013
Draft at Blind Tiger with Streets and the RB gang, courtesy of Jay. Pours a deep, hazy amber body with thin off white lacing. Aroma is faint, dry spices. Mouthfeel is medium, but really strange - turns super dry and bitter with notes of mint, dry spice, absinth and a weird floralness. Very bizarre and interesting, but overall something I really can’t enjoy.

TaktikMTL (7786) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 31, 2007
En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégustée à la brasserie. Arôme: Odeur d’anis avec une pointe d’alcool. Apparence: La couleur est dorée. Présence d’un large col mousseux et d’une large dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fenouil et d’anis avec une pointe d’alcool. Longue durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture huileuse. Faible effervescence en bouche. Léger arrière goût de fenouil très amer. (Rating #1325)

Radek Kliber (7345) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - SEP 19, 2007
On tap at Brewpub
Appearance : Thin haze on amber ale with fine soft top.
Nose :Strong herbal anise character, fresh and clean. Digging deeper you might find some honey accents.
Flavour/Palate :Huge surprise here . – Numbing cough medicine like front. Raw unpleasant bitterness is overwhelming. Absinth character overexposed. Lacking balancing act. Toned down and equalized this formula could be fine. Hard to finish.
Even best brewmaster sometimes wander into wrong path.

ClarkVV (6700) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Draught half-pint at the brewery on 9/29/07
Hmmm, well I must say, I didn’t think it was half as offensive as most people. In fact, I rather enjoyed it, while keeping in mind that this was supposed to be an absynthe beer hybrid sort of thing. Knowing quite well the way absynthe tastes, I’d expect it to be damned near impossible to reconcile the two beverages in to something drinkable. But frankly, despite a high amount of astringency, I drank it down pretty easily and would do it again. It’s obviously not a session beer, but a sipper, and if you like strong herbs, though they are definitely dominant here, you probably won’t mind it. Even though the astringency cuts through the palate like a knife, the soft and sweet malt is noticeable, giving a round caramel-honey note on the finish, after the absynthe-like bitterness has cleared. Carbonation is moderate to low, while the beer is a rusty-peach-amber, clear, with a small, quickly dissipating off-white head. Very interesting and original. Alcohol is not obtrusive.
Brewing an absynthe beer runs a fine line between making something not nearly as powerful and assertive as absynthe is and making something too powerful. I think they got this one about right.

Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 25, 2007
A hazy copper brew mounted by a gentle off-white head. Pungent herbal nose with fennel, chives, anise and alcohol nose. Very sharp in mouth, the bitterness from the absinth is rather brutal (though the owners confessed they hoped for more!). I believe everything has to be said. Rather tricky to put such a palate-killer on their anniversary day and more power to them as they enjoyed it, but I’m afraid I’m in the gang that is not worthy on this one.

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