Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: American Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter, Tulip


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RATINGS: 63   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.9/5   EST. CALORIES: 315   ABV: 10.5%
Quintessence is a beer between the scotch ale and barley wine styles. It is aged 8 months in oak barrels having previously been used to age a Qubcois maple liqueur called Charles-Aim Robert. Finally, while being transferred to the conditioning tun, hop leaves were added in order to obtain a powerful aroma of fresh hops (a technique which is called dry hopping). Subtle flavors of caramel and maple mix with the alcohol (10.5%) which is present but never overwhelming. The final result is a very complex beer, well-balanced, with ample body, but which still bestows an impression of lightness due to the power of the alcohol which seems to carry all the other flavors. Enjoy in moderation!

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TAR (2732) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - AUG 11, 2006
2003 release: Cloudy brick red. Inordinately large bubbles comprise the unattractive head. Unappealing aroma of sharp alcohol, plasticy phenols, cedar, and wet paper. Well-aged cakey malt notes hide beneath. Fierce carbonation and mild tannins suck the palate dry. Beefy, thickset malts and a baked caramel sweetness attempt to allay the sharply alcoholic dryness, but the alcohol prevails. Highly disharmonious mixture of dried leather, plasticy phenols, and medicine do nothing but taint the overall flavor. Finishes earthily bitter and dully hoppy, with a profusion of ensuing phenolic belches. Very odd that they would opt to serve this as its extremely rigid, flavorwise. And the oxidation has rendered the aroma mostly papery and dull. Dang.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ernest (7625) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 21, 2006
RBSG 2005. 2003 bottle. Body is hazy dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), with notes of vanilla, sherry, wood, and alcohol. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Must say the aroma didnt win me over that much, but then again I dont like oxidized scents. Quite underwhelming in the mouth experience too. Either past its prime or just not my thing.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2006
Again a big thanks to Stephane for letting my wife and I try this. Pours a deep auburn with a creamy tan DDC head. The aromas are intense to say the least. Maple, vanilla, oak mustiness, mild alcohol, smoke and just a touch of hops are all present. The body is med. but with that creamy texture that only comes from a few select breweries (3Fs and Alesmith come to mind). The flavors are equally as complex. The peat malt makes an appearance but never outshines the fruitcake, sherry and vanilla. The finish is lightly dry and becomes more and more warming as the beer sits. Just one of those beers that I will be able to describe and rave about the rest of my life.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ungstrup (36889) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 11, 2005
[2 year old bottle at RBSG 2005] An unclear dark amber beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma is sweet with strong notes of wood, alcohol, and berries - a really powerful aroma. The flavor is very powerful with notes of alcohol, wood, and berries, leading to a dry alcoholic finish. The alcohol is so strong, that it burns my stomach. The body is very powerful and it is very well aged.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2005
Aroma is tangy hops and malt, cloudy copper, pours a huge toffee head. Tastes of pipe tobacco, smokey single malt, hops and treacle. Very well balanced, medium bodied, alcohol is apparent, but much appreciated. A very distictive beer!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2005
2 years bottle..... Aroma:Pineapple hops,alcohol,"garbage bag juice".... Appearance:light hazy amber,good cream head... Flavor:Caramel,hops,strong alcohol flavor,smoked malt.... Very strong.....

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
TaktikMTL (7703) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2008 10 septembre 2005: Bouteille de 660 ml vieillie 2 ans et demi dégustée lors du 7e anniversaire du Dieu du Ciel. Arôme: Odeur de bois, de fumée et de caramel. Apparence: Couleur brune ambrée voilée. Mince col. Fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de fruits et de caramel. Long arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est plein avec une texture huileuse. Moyenne erffervescence en bouche. Amertume et alcool en arrière goût. (6-3-7-4-13 = 3.3)

13 septembre 2008: En fût. Verre de 12 oz dégusté lors du party 10e anniversaire du Dieu du Ciel. Arôme: Odeur de caramel fruité avec une pointe d’épices et de chocolat. Apparence: La couleur est bourgogne. Présence d’un mince col beige crémeux et d’une fine dentelle sur le verre. Saveur: Goût de raisins et de pommes avec une pointe de caramel et d’alcool. Durée moyenne de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est moyen avec une texture légèrement vineuse. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence d’alcool chaleureux en arrière goût. (8-4-7-3-15 = 3.7)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Radek Kliber (7301) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 27, 2005
Dark, woody amber with small suspended yeast, real neat creamy top. Smooth, mild coffee roast, touch of spice and filling woody cask aroma. There is strong presence of alcohol in nose but thanks to its age was fairly smooth. Front: juicy malts, then blend of roast -hop character and late bitter oak finish. Add warm, smooth alcohol. End: Alcohol definitely warms up the atmosphere, sweeter malt now well exposed, acidic oak cask on edge. Neat complex ale. Drink slowly in order to fully enjoy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
2003 Bottle at the brewpub
Muddy amber with orange, light puffy head, some nice spotty lacing. Nose of sweet plums, clementine oranges, light alcohol and delicate caramlized malt. The flavor is lightly sweet, very rich and balanced. I want to drink 12 more then rate this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 9, 2005
RBSG 05. sample from a 750 ml bottle. Very cloudy brown with some yeasties and a nice tight beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet and malty but has a wierd harsh spiciness mixed with a smokey and oak background. Flavor is also malty balanced by a good bitterness in the end, but there is the smokiness and earthy nuances that make this beer very unique. As it warms some alcohol is present but it is still very smooth overall. I think the maple liquor oak casks is what gives this beer so much complexity and originality. Still the alcohol and smokiness were a bit too much for me- plus I think I was still a bit hungover when I sampled this.

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