Dieu du Ciel Retour aux Racines

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


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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 3.19/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.07/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
Their 8th anniversary beer (2006), a traditional rootbeer.

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JulienHuxley (5980) - Sherbrooke, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 15, 2013
On tap at DDC 15th anniversary. Muddy amber brown pour. Aroma is slightly earthy, ginger, rootbeer, with lots of toffee. Tastes more like rootbeer soda than it smells like. Malty, nice rootbeer flavor. Palate is a tad thin and undercarbed. Interesting little beer.

solidfunk (9729) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - SEP 10, 2013
Not bad for what it is. Pours cloudy brown with good head and lacing. Some sweet root taste, while still balancing out with the beer side of the affair. Finishes with light sweetness and malty residue on palate. Tap at brewpub.

Viper666 (3290) - Richelieu, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 16, 2007
En fût au Dieu du Ciel. De couleur cuivrée foncée et voilée. Nez rappelant la « root beer », épicé (menthe médicinale, léger de muscade et notes de gingembre) léger de malt doux, sucré et terreux avec des notes de réglisse noire, de thé des bois et de houblon herbeux. Moyennement ronde en bouche avec un pétillement moyen-fort et une texture aux notes sirupeuses mais asséchantes. Goût épicé rappelant la racinette (menthe, léger de muscade, notes de gingembre) avec un léger goût de réglisse noire lors de l’entrée en bouche auquel se rajoute un goût malté de caramel doux assez sucré et légèrement terreux (notes de grains de malt pâle) accompagné de notes de pain puis en finale, l’on retrouve un goût léger-moyen amer de houblon très herbeux (racines fraîches) avec des notes de thé des bois et de muscade. Post-goût moyen-long et sec, légèrement amer de houblon herbeux, de racinette et avec des notes de thé des bois.

beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2007
Pours a murky brown color with a thin offwhite head. Earthy, soily aroma and flavor of root beer. The body is medium with a creamy and chewy texture and lively carbonation. It’s interesting as an experiment but it’s disapointing since it’s an anniversary beer.

tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
As an experiment, I think this was successful. It really does smell like what I would imagine a fermented root beer would be like. Earthy, menthol with licorice and spices in the nose. Opaque dark brown body topped by a low but lasting off white head. Minty and spicy with some biscuity malt character but overall this tastes like an earthy rootbeer. Sweetness becomes cloying as you drink more of it. Light medium body with lively carbonation that offsets the stickiness and prickles the tongue and cheeks. Obviously well-crafted and in that regard a success, but much as I loved the first few sips, I really had trouble finishing a half pint. Perhaps if it were simply less sticky and sweet... Sampled on tap at the brewpub.

Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 2, 2006
Cloudy brown-orange body with a small off-white head. Ouch! As much as I want to love everything DDC puts out, especially the off-the-beaten-path stuff, this one really didn’t do it to me. Here’s my flavour list: Menthol, A&W root beer, cinnamon, medicine, nutmeg, mint, gingerbread man. As bad as it sounds. It took a table of six to make it through a single pint. If it was up to me this Back to the Roots (Retour Aux Racines) would be back to the drawing board.

Goldorak (438) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 16, 2006
Totally opaque, Sort of a dark brown with copper hints, with a steardy grey-brown head.
Really smells like root beer, but with a lot of menthol, it had almost a vapor-action thing going on, almost like Vicks vap-o-rub!
Again, it really tastes like root Beer (although I’m no expert, haven’t drank one in years in fact), with mint and ginger. Fresh aftertaste that really lasts, and decent enough body to hold it all together. I wasn’t expecting much (shame on my for doubting DDC) so I was suprised to see how fast my pint went down, which isn’t always the case with some of JF’s more quirky brews. I wouldn’t see myself session exclusively on this but I’ll totally have another if he makes this again.

mds (2256) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 7, 2006
Draught. Hazy brown dark copper coloured body with a white creamy head. The aroma is quite fresh and smells of root beer in a pleasant way unlike some of the other iterations that I’ve had. Spicey and potpourri-like. The flavour is of a similar stature - minty spice, licorice, creamy malt, cookies, and bready texture. Very good for what it is.

DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2006
Aroma is Hires Rootbeer all the way! Cloudy copper, pours a small tan head. Tastes just like a Hires Rootbeer, and no alcohol is evident. Light bodied, sweet. Very novel and very nice!

MartinT (10155) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 22, 2006
Any first impressions?
-A rich head settles as a veil, creating moderate lacing around the hazy orange.
-Authentic salsaparilla root, candies and bubblegum leap through the nostrils, propagating their medecinal intensity to the furthest reaches of the brain.
-An earthy explosion of sweet, sweet, sweet medicine lathers the tongue.
-The active carbonation is apt as this is so sweet, spicy, and malty that effervescence is needed to keep all flavors in check.

What if you dig deeper?
-Minty herbs and antiphologistine firmly hypnotize the nostrils, and succeed in soothing any worried thoughts.
-The caramel/licorice sweetness within, and the herbal drying effect in the back don’t exactly harmonize, and thus render low drinkability.
-I now feel like I’ve been licking tree bark for a living.
-As is common for DDC, this is heavily flavorful and intelligently crafted, but in this case it will probably never get the hearts of craft beer lovers as we are just not used to such flavors in rootbeer; this is to rootbeer what an IPA is to non-alcoholic beer.

On tap at the brewpub.

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