Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Black IPA
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Shaker, Tulip


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RATINGS: 383   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
Black IPA. Again, an american invention. This style was born at the "Vermont pub and brewery" around 1997. It could be said that this beer tries to be an hybrid between a regular IPA and a porter. The Pénombre presents a light body and well expressed tofferaction tastes. The whole is however dominated by an evident bitterness, which stays always in balance with the other tates found in the beer. In the after taste, the bitterness and hops flavours are growing slowly dut surely, sip after sip.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
theGarethLewis (17) - Montréal, Quebec, - MAR 21, 2012
Lovely toasted malts and molasses. It’s black! Feels very nice, nothing lingering that shouldn’t be. Nice balance on the tongue: not too bitter, not too sweet...beautiful. Aftertaste is the same as initial. It just feels right. It has a big taste that isn’t too showy, could have this everyday.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franckg (1442) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 9, 2017
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2017 Bouteille datée du 04/01/2017, bue après 1 mois. Robe brune très foncée ne laissant filtrer qu’un timide filet de lumière et surmontée d’un col de mousse beige et laiteux qui s’estompe rapidement en laissant une dentelle collante. Arômes de café de moyenne torréfaction d’où s’échappent des effluves d’agrumes citronnés et vifs. Touche de cacao amer, épice sucrée (muscade?), malt grillé. Côté noir vraiment plus dominant. En bouche, malt grillé sec saupoudré de cacao, café, houblons nobles et résineux. Quelques agrumes jaunes en arrière-plan, pamplemousse astringent et herbes séchées. Texture sèche et collante, corps mince. Correcte mais le niveau des black ipa s’est amélioré avec le temps et cette Pénombre ne suit pas le rythme.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
AleRider78 (897) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2016
Pours a pretty good amount of brownish head and has a dark brown colour, fairly dull clarity. Aromas are sharp earthy hops balanced with roasted and toasty malts. Has spicy hop flavours with sweet toffee and chocolate maltiness. Some dry fruits (raisins), nuts and hints of caramel. Medium bodied mouthfeel, average carbonation and has a slight warming sensation. Slight bitterness in the finish, which is actually pretty nice. A well balanced black IPA, between hops and malts, and didn’t find one overpowering the other. Dieu du Ciel seems to never disappoint. Well, rarely.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sparf (257) - Östersund, SWEDEN - AUG 13, 2016
Buteljerad januari 2013. Underbar, komplex arom. I det lätt syrliga anslaget finns inslag av såväl choklad och mörkt rågbröd som lakrits och melass. En nästan svart brygd med dragning åt brunrött tegel. Ett snyggt genomfört, typiskt stoutskum. En mycket kraftig rostning slår an och släpper sedan fram en djup, genomträngande beska med både frukt och barrträd i paletten. Nyanserna omfattar främst lakrits, kaffe och choklad. Kroppen är så gott som helt fyllig och en välavvägd, småbubblig kolsyra lättar upp intrycket.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rondphoto (4286) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUL 22, 2016
bottle @ Keg Liquors / Clarksville IN --- Aroma of toasted malt. Opaque black color, cool tan colored head that quickly shrinks to a thin cover, sheets of lace. Taste is toasted malt that coasts through a lightly fizzed swallow to chocolate bittering. The sweet tries to hold on, but the hops win easily at the end. A full-bodied, complex brew, leaning toward general bittering, but quite easy to drink.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
budedou (875) - Saint Etienne, FRANCE - MAY 10, 2016
Bière noire, mousse beige. Nez sur le caramel, le café.Saveurs fortement torréfiées dominées par le café,. L’amertume est moyenne et persistante. Une bière assez sympa cependant il manque un peu de bouquet aromatique et de houblon à mon gout.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
GregNC (118) - - MAY 7, 2016
On tap (Paris beer week). Dark brown ale with nice brown white head. Nose is roasted malt and caramel. Taste is mainly coffee and chocolate. Medium bitterness, medium texture.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1659) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 3, 2016
Un autre excellent produit de cette brasserie phare! On m’apporte un verre d’un look irréprochable. Cette mousse blanc crème domine ce liquide noir d’encre. En le faisant tournoyer dans mon verre, le liquide me paraît léger. Une fois la mousse dissipée, des arômes de grains de café amer et de houblons en feuilles me montent au nez. Les arômes ne sont pas agressives, bien au contraire. Affirmées sans être autoritaires. Des saveurs de grains rôtis, de torréfaction et une longue finale toute en amertume. Une rondeur agréable et un pétillement qui l’est tout autant. J’aurais toutefois aimé un punch supplémentaire. Cette bière demeure réussie et d’une grande buvabilité!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jorn69 (2884) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - FEB 23, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2016 @ Havregatan 20130406. Bottle from Systembolaget. Roasted malty and caramely with chocolate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heather_B (252) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle had on 3.30.14. See-through dark pour. Smell and aroma are similar - not much to it. Some black tea in flavor. A little earthy. Not much going on here.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gription79 (2879) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Caramel, coffee, pine, citrus, chocolate. This beer is lacking the hops that I would expect from an IPA. Maybe I got an old bottle. More porter like.

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