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Élixir Céleste - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
87
very good

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 10.74%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: francisweizen on 01-05-2004)
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jrenihan

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled July 2013. Thanks to Papat444 for this one!

The beer is a translucent golden with a small white head. Head fades quite quickly.

Nose contains malt, a bit of a honey scent, grass and some light fruit- a bit grape like. Has a scent I associate with lager yeast.

Taste is similar to the nose, but better. Grassy hop scents are the strongest flavour, with a notable bitterness and a bit of spiciness. This is balanced by a bready malt flavour with some sweetness. Again, a touch of honey and a bit of green grape.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation level. A bit spicy.

Overall, not bad. I wouldn't search for more, but that may be owing to the fact that it is not a style I am overly fond of. Happy to have tried it.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2013 02:29:38 | More by jrenihan
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.91/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of grainy malts, some breadiness, floral notes, grassy hops and some lemon.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some grainy/bready malts, earthy/grassy hops upfront, some floral notes, faint lemon and some sweet honey.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 21:37:38 | More by SebD
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TheDoctor

Quebec (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A:
Pours a crystal clear golden straw with a clumpy, pristine white head. Head eventually becomes a nice, even film. Not a very evenly composed cap, but oh well. Good retention; nice, stringy lacing.

S:
Funky hops aromas backed up by a very musty malt smell. Simple, but smells like I would expect a beer like this to.

T:
Minerals, malt, some hoppy bitterness that rises a bit. Fresh hop flavor comes through pretty strong. Dusty and dry. Quite refreshing.

M:
Thin and dry. Not too intense in any one way. Could do with a touch more carbonation.

O:
Good, refreshing hot-day beer. Could be better in a few ways, but is not a slouch by any means. This is rich and flavorful but pretty crisp and easy to drink as well. Good session beer at 5% ABV.
Would have again.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 23:50:02 | More by TheDoctor
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leaddog

Alberta (Canada)

4.23/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an orange gold colour with a thin white line of head.

Smell - Grains, citrus, earthy hops, tropical aroma (like pineapple).

Taste - Earthy hops and tropical/pineapple flavours along with wheat and grains. Nice level of bitterness that lingers into the finish. A bit of spicy yeast can be picked up.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light-to-medium carbonation.

Overall - An enjoyable bohemian lager by Dieu du Ciel. Great hop and wheat/grain flavour. I could probably drink this as a session.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2012 03:18:34 | More by leaddog
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - slightly hazy deep golden, thumb of white head dissipated to a thin cover, plenty of lacing was consistent
S - peppery, grainy, earthy, cut grass, and a mild metallic
T - a mix of peppery and grassy hops up front, a touch of bubblegum, with a light cracker grain background, and a mineral quality late in finish
M - light and well carbonated, crisp and clean with a mild pepper feel, they really nailed it in this department
O - a fine take on a classic style, peppery hops are the big feature here in my opinion and that makes it stand out a little from the crowd, well done as usual from DDC

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2012 00:54:10 | More by joemcgrath27
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled on 06/12. Poured in to tulip glass.

A - Pale straw yellow. A thin layer of cream coloured head formed and receded to a ring around the edges of the glass.

S - Sweet bready malts, some caramel and a touch of spice int he background.

T - Sweet bready malts dominate with hints of caramel/toffee and spice. A floral hop bitterness is present in the finish. Warming despite the low ABV.

M - Medium body; creamy. Moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 18:48:34 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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Rutager

British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks again for the great beers, Jayhoop.

Appearance. Pours a honey gold with a little amber and just a skim of white head.

Smell. Nice grassy, lightly spicy hops, and some sweet light grains.

Taste. Losts of earthy, spicy hops., some light grains backing it up. Lots of great flavour in this one. Has that DDC distinctinction, not sure how else to say it, but it's there.

Mouthfeel. medium body, medium, kinda lively but still smooth carbonation. Really nice

Overall. DDC never seems to lack in a rich taste, even in a lighter style like this. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 01:54:22 | More by Rutager
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into my tall pilsner glass 18/9/12

A golden liquid with lots of big bubbles feeding a finger of foam that takes forever too fall and leaves a little random lace

S grass and hay with a little honey and cereal, the noble hops are strong and its bang on for style

T again lots of noble hops, slightly sweet and has some faint leafy herbal notes, slight metallic flavor and I'm digging this one in a big way. tastes like a solid pil I'm going to need more then the 4 pack

M not quite medium bodied with a nice level of carbonation, has a crisp snap to it and not a clean finish but a lingering aftertaste of dry cereal and noble hops

O my glass was empty well before I managed to type these words, great example of the style and I could pound back a few of these in no time

my 4 pack will be lucky to survive the hour, even on a dark chilly night this one isn't going to last long, I be scared how fast this ship would sink under a hot sun

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 05:22:26 | More by wordemupg
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a smallish white head that slowly dissipates but leaves some spotty lace on the way down. Smells of earthy with a hint of fruit, floral with a hint of wet dog. It honestly smells a bit too fruity. The flavor is bready and malty up front but soon cut with spicy floral and fruity hops. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet almost sticky mouthfeel. Not a bad beer, but the sample I had was either older or this beer is a bit too sweet for me.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 03:27:22 | More by johnnnniee
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color is golden, quite clear. Nice white foamy head, cloud looking head. Sticky. The aroma is very pilsner. Floral hops with some malts presence. Dry in the nose. Taste is dominated by the dryness... Very dry you want to drink, drink and drink. Medium body beer. The carbonation is not strong, just perfect. Very nice mouthfeel. So easy to drink. The finish is dry and bitter, very bitter. I like this. Well balanced. A session beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 13:29:24 | More by ZorPrime
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from ZorPrime, 341ml into a tulip. Bottled June 2012.

Clear golden yellow, few fingers of white head. Some pretty good lacing, and moderate retention. Nose is somewhat sweet, grains, a bit of grassy and herbal character. Light mineral character. Lots more in terms of hops on the palate, big bitter grassy Noble hopping takes hold. Mild sweet, grainy malt character. Medium light body, and medium carbonation. Refreshing, and quite delicious for the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 18:23:30 | More by liamt07
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kylesobrien

Quebec (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow, with a thin white head. Carbonation is lighter than I'm used to with other lagers, but the aroma is dead on -- a very pleasant hoppy scent.

Élixir Céleste tastes of plentiful noble hops coupled with a slight and fleeting sweetness. A fantastic bottled lager. I'm reminded of some lagers I've had on draft in Germany and the Czech Republic. While this isn't quite the same as having a draft of Budějovický Budvar, it's much, much closer than a lot of other breweries manage to get with their Bohemian lagers.

I'm probably biased, as I enjoy most of Dieu du Ciel's brews. But I think it's hard to argue that this isn't one of the better bottled lagers available. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 01:58:13 | More by kylesobrien
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MasterSki

Illinois

4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to papat444 for this random DDC offering. Dated June, 2012. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Generous white foam settles to a thick cap and glass-coating lace. Transparent golden bubbles with copious streaming bubbles.

S - Cereal grains, wheat, bread, and lightly spicy and floral hops.

T - Taste has a bit more buttery pilsner malt, as well as cereal grains, bread, mild fruitiness, and some moderate hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Somewhat chewy and sticky, medium-bodied, with active carbonation, and a lightly dry finish.

D - It's a solid, well-executed Bohemian Lager. I could have gone for a bit more hopping and a little more crispness to enhance session potential, but this is eminently drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2012 03:18:09 | More by MasterSki
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear bright golden color lager with a large frothy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of clean crisp cereal notes with light dry hoppy notes. Taste is a nice mix between some clean cereal notes with some light crisp dry hops with a semi-sweet malt backbone. Body is fuller then average with good carbonation. Very well brewed though a bit too sweet for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2011 19:58:29 | More by Phyl21ca
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schlimenhaumer

New York

3.3/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Radeberger flute at low altitude. Didn't realize this beer would be so hard to come by in the US.

A: Pours a beautiful hazy honey-colored gradient with a creamy two-finger off-white head and excellent lacing. It couldn't look any more appealing than this.

S: Prominent floral hops notes with a bit of malt in the background. Surprisingly, I'm getting some faint alcohol notes as well.

T: Contrasts with the smell in that malts are the most prominent flavor, followed by a slight bit of hoppy bitterness. A bit mundane in this respect.

M: Medium-bodied with a wet mouthfeel. Not a whole lot going on here.

D: This one is alright, not something I would go out of my way to buy. The overpowering malt flavor makes this similar to a lot of other beers.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 20:04:07 | More by schlimenhaumer
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear amber/copper colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, malts, caramel, floral hops, lemon

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste breads/grains mixed with light floral hops and some caramel malts. There is also some corn flavour mixed with lemon zest. It finishes with a malty slightly bitter aftertaste.

Overall – This is definitely a DDC beer that will appeal to the masses. It's highly drinkable and the taste is well balanced. I just feel like it's missing that extra little something to make it a truly must try beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 14:16:25 | More by spinrsx
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled July 2011.

Appearance: A gold body stands beneath a bubbling head that has great retention and chunks of thick lacing on the sides.

Smell: Citrus, mildly floral with lots of sweet fruit and not much hops.

Taste: Lemon, orange, pink grapefruit, earthy hops. Nice bitterness that finishes a slight bit dry. Raw and good.

Mouthfeel: Lively body with great carbonation. Astringency is restrained. Body is a little on the light side in the middle but otherwise a great feel.

Overall: A nice refreshing lager. Simple with a discreet bitter punch. Great for summer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 10:24:58 | More by papat444
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eat

Quebec (Canada)

4.47/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The label is a departure from their usual, doing away with the old stylized border. I like the change. Brewed sometime last month (July 2011), most likely less than a month old at this point. Clear, filtered-looking honey-coloured body with a cover of bubbly, bright-white head. Some lacing. An attractive pilsener.

Distinct pilsener nose: earthy, herbal noble hops, grainy malt and touch of honey sweetness accompanied by subtle flowers.

Loads of peppery noble hops hit the tongue right up front, with even a little grapefruit hiding amongst them. Grainy lager malt and wheaty bread with a little toast. Just enough drying on the finish to make you go right back for more. Very flavourful and right on for balance.

Wheat adds some nice body and carbonation is light and crisp. For a lager it has a pretty great feel.

This beer demands to be consumed in large gulps, almost begging a half chug. Huge drinkability. High bitterness for a pilsener but very clearly within the style; there's no mistaking this one for just another generic lager nor is it bastardized with citrusy American hop varieties. One of the top pilseners I've had and certainly a new go-to pils for Montreal. I'm always expecting something good from DDC but this is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 03:45:39 | More by eat
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ctgui

Quebec (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 07/2011.

A- Clear Golden color with a small lacing.

S- Citrusy and floral smell with a presence of grain. Loved it.

T- The taste follows the smell well: citrusy and floral.Some bitterness and dry in the end.

M- Good carbonation, and a medium body.

D- Overall, a nice pilsner with great drinkability, could easily have a few of these. Another good beer by Dieu du Ciel!

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 01:28:15 | More by ctgui
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Yoonisaykul

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Yé. A Quebec bottled Pilsner.

A- Nice, very clear gold with a slightly chunky, slightly yellowish head.

S- Some rose water hoppiness with a very nice grain smell. A little lemony.

T- Not sure how to describe this. Quite hoppy with a nice tasting but very light malt base. Grassy. Bitterness seems to grow with every sip and lingers long after.

M- Great. Very smooth, medium bodied. Low carbonation. Dry and astringent.

O- Light but with a very heavy bitterness. Fun to drink. Hope they sell 6-packs.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 20:41:05 | More by Yoonisaykul
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StaEva

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I incidentally wandered into this pub before performing a concert in Montreal 6 years ago. I've never been back since as I live in Philadelphia, but I always remember this beer and completely intend on finding this place again on my next trip to Montreal.

Good classic Pils color, with a half finger head that did not dissipate until half way through the glass. Great head retention and carbonation reminiscing of spring rain. Incredible aroma, one of the best hop/grassy/ herbal aromas I've ever encountered on a Pilsner.

Nice floral hop notes with good bready malts in the middle. Nice bitterness refreshes the palate and get the saliva glands kicking.

I had five in one sitting. Definitely gets you craving.

Serving type: on-tap

05-02-2011 02:30:43 | More by StaEva
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CliffBrake

New Hampshire

4.75/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub. The aroma is very inviting - nice mix of floral and herbal hops, perfect for the style. The head is long lasting, fine and rocky, with a persistent fine bead - a pleasure to look at in a tall glass.

Taste is a great blend of bready, cereal malts and herbal hop flavors with a good persistent bitterness. This is a refreshing and well constructed pilsner that maintains interest throughout the glass and inspires ordering another (except there are so many other choices waiting in the wings....)

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2010 16:30:28 | More by CliffBrake
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Pours a sparkling gold with a finger and a half of white head that left some slippery lace on the Mondial glass (which actually suited pilseners well). Hell of a lot of saaz in the aroma, mixing with lemon zest, toasted biscuity malts and tree fruit. Very clean and tempting. Certainly hop-dominated in the flavour, with a big dose of saaz combining with grapefruit to provide a substantial bitterness in the finish. However, there is able support from cereal like malts, and some added complexity from floral and herbal notes. The mouthfeel on this beer is excellent, with a perfect crispness that accentuates the bitterness of the hopping.

This is a damn solid Czech Pils, but perhaps overly-hopped for the style. I'm not BJCP though, and I love hops, so this was a clear winner for me.

Serving type: on-tap

06-08-2010 15:41:54 | More by bobsy
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear golden amber, a bit of lighter yellow in the edges, very thick white head forms and settles down to a thick layer, good lacing stick on the glass.

Smell is real nice, very herbal, a bit of light fruit, floral, nice biscuity/cracker maltiness, honey sweetness, sharp grassy hoppyness, lightly herbal, very nice.

Taste is nice too, malty up front, some honey and biscuit, lightly bready, some light fruit, herbal and grassy hops, touch of citrus and floral, great bitterness in the finish, really nice pils flavour.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. This is a great pils, very hoppy but great and complex maltiness, and super drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2010 23:50:14 | More by Viggo
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8oz glass at the brewpub.

This beer appears a somewhat hazy medium golden colour, with one thick finger of thin foamy white head, which leaves a nice wall of pock-marked lace around the glass as it lazily recedes.

It smells of white cracker, bready cereal grain, a bit of earthy honey, and floral, grassy old-world hops. The taste is sweet white grain, a nice fruity, understated honey sweetness, and more tangy floral, weedy, grassy hops.

The carbonation is moderate, the body a decent medium weight, a tad clammy, but generally smooth. It finishes mostly dry, crisp, and hoppy.

Tasty, to be sure, and a pretty bang-on example of the style, worthy of a round or two, or perhaps more, bien sur.

Serving type: on-tap

08-09-2009 06:12:10 | More by biboergosum
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Élixir Céleste from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.