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Paienne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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85 Ratings
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Ratings: 85
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002)
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Ratings: 85 | Reviews: 51 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by zachariaIPA:
Photo of zachariaIPA
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Pagan.

Pours an apple-juice yellow with an inch of pearl-white head. American-clear. Nice lacing.

Very light malt aroma and taste. Pleasant mouthfeel with just a hint of hop-bitterness. Almost deliberately devoid of flavor, juxtaposed against other DDC beers but.

It's not my favorite style of beer, but I'd take this any day over a domestic Blonde.

zachariaIPA, May 06, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixpack brought back from la Belle Province. Bottled in March.

A lovely golden hue, slightly opaque. Looks like mead or honey. Very little head to speak of, only the slightlest ring and a lonely island.

Nose is nice: grain, fruit, a touch of honey, light hops.

Actually one of the better blonde ales I've tasted recently. Sweet, but not overpowering. Grassy and floral, some biscuit character near the middle, finishes hoppy and slightly dry. Very refreshing.

Medium-thick body, light carbonation.

I'm usually not a fan of blonde ales, but I've been enjoying this one very much. Smooth and enjoyable, I can certainly see myself drinking several of these in a night. Good stuff.

JohnnyBarman, May 17, 2010
Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

djcreepshow, May 13, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

acurtis, May 22, 2014
Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer appears a clear pale golden hue, with a finger or so of thin soapy white head, which leaves lace all around the glass as it recedes. It smells of white cracker grain, and grassy/weedy hops. The taste is cereal grain, and more of the weedy hop essence. The carbonation is moderate, the body smooth, round, and a bit creamy, and it finishes dry and crisp. A decent example of a simple, easy-drinking pale ale.

biboergosum, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of Sammy
3.23/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served for a short duration at Mondiale 2005 on the first night. Light mouthfeel, quite blond with good head. Some hops and bitterness. An average beer that is often exceeded by everything else I have had by them. Was a bit of the warm side on a hot day, which did not contribute.

Sammy, Jun 05, 2005
Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Kegatron, Jul 01, 2013
Photo of juliendesrochers
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

juliendesrochers, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of beerboy21
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is their "introduction" beer. Is it designed to convert Labatt or Molson drinkers?? Could very well be, with it's golden color, light body, and very sweet (some corn thrown in here?) malty taste. Not a bad brew... maybe a necessary evil.

beerboy21, Jul 14, 2002
Photo of jbonapar
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale staw color, minimal head and lacing.

Smell - Pears. Big Pears. a hint of Green Apple.

Taste - Light Pear flavor with a sharp bitterness. Sweet malt that balances the bitterness. A very very different Beer. Not like anything I've tasted before.

I like it, easy and drinkable.

jbonapar, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of eat
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This batch was upped to 5.5%ABV. Translucent, dull-golden body with a thin cover of bright-white head. Little bits of lacing.

Smells like beer really. Wheaty grain, light earthy/floral hops, light pale malt. Nothing special.

The flavour profile is simple but fresh and well put together. Noticeable wheat, light earthy and floral hops and slight hints at citrus and nuts. Soft, lingering hop bitterness.

The feel might be the standout feature of this beer: solid medium body and an appropriate medium carbonation. Your standard blonde ale doesn't always have such a nice feel.

I guess this is Dieu de Ciel's shot at a beer for the masses? As a middle-of-the-road blonde ale I suppose it's decent and certainly better than anything similar produced by a macro brewery. Drinkable enough, though not one I'll be picking up again.

eat, May 13, 2011
Photo of Mattgruv
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Mattgruv, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color ale with an average foamy head with average retention and no lacing. Aroma consists of grainy malt with some lightly sweet notes and no discernable hops. Taste is also dominated by some bland grainy malt with very little other characteristics. I understand that this is their entry beer but some additional complexity would have been welcomed.

Phyl21ca, Jan 13, 2009
Photo of TexIndy
3.1/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got as an extra in a trade with phyl21ca - many thanks! Poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. The side of the label had notches from month and year bottled (Nov 08). It was a hazy straw color with a ton of carbonation. Some quick sliding lace. It had a large foamy white head that slowly settled into a thin collar and broken foam.

The aroma was grassy and grainy malt. No real hop presence. Disappointing. The taste was equally disappointing. Again very heavy on grain with no hop presence. More like a BMC pilsner than an APA. Good carb in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a rather disappointing beer from a great brewery. One and done for me. Don't recommend as there as too many other good beers out there.

TexIndy, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of ZorPrime
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on January 25th, 2009.

Pours as a pale yellow color. The aroma is light. Some hops in the smell, but not very much. Smell some malts and slightly fruity. The taste is mainly malts with some hops on the back. Very refreshing beer. Excellent ale. Wish they would have this one in 6-pack.

The mouthfeel is thin and the beer is very drinkable. A summer beer in my opinion.

Your thirsty, have a Paienne!

ZorPrime, May 27, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The pour was sublime. Rich amber in color, light with a nice head of white on top. Lots of carbonation coming up toward the surface throughout the session, reinforcing an already strong look. Light hops get stronger as it warms up. Nice bit of grain mixing in as well now, nice depth to it I have to admit. Crisp, clean taste and feel here. Really again very well done I have to say. Light finish which was quite dry and I have to admit this was very, very session able. You never can tell what is going to happen when you try a new pale ale, but this was surprisingly very good.

mikesgroove, May 23, 2011
Photo of bloberglawp
4.3/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is far more of a german style ale than a APA.

Pour pale yellow, lively carbonation and a nice 3 finger head, exellent lacing and no haze.

Aroma of rich malt and fresh hay. Flavor of continental malt, noble hops and a firm hop bitterness.

Wonderful thirst quenching no bullshit ale. I'd have this on hand all the time.

bloberglawp, Nov 04, 2008
Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright hazed apricot hue in appearance, short creamy white head that just hangs around, consistent retention. Thin sheets of lacing.

Smooth grainy, bready malt and mild grassy hops on the nose, simple yet balanced and good.

Grainy and crisp yet smooth up front in the flavour, and beautifully blends into a grassy Saaz hop finish, clean crisp and dry aftertaste. Nice profile for a blond (hubba hubba!).

The mouthfeel would do any pale lager or ale justice, light but not watery, and a beautiful creamy texture.

It holds its own in the shoe-gazing manner of this style, quenching and refreshing and very approachable.

IronDjinn, Jun 25, 2009
Photo of ssmack
4.18/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A creamy, hazy golden sunshine. A thin white head with no lacing.

Aroma of biscuit with pepper.

A complex taste that is oaky, grassy and peppery. A rich maltiness integrated with the bitterness of the hops under the delicious taste of Belgian yeast.

A slightly chaulky and oil feel but smooth and rich.

Very flavourful for a blonde ale. Smooth and drinkable

ssmack, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

Canada_Dan, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of atigerlife
3.08/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was slightly dark golden color with a medium sized white head. Good lacing.

Aroma was quite light and I couldn't get much out of it.

Taste was light with some citrus coming through and mild hops. Again, nothing much there but nothing bad either.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with decent cleansing ability.

Overall, a decent APA but nothing I would want to have again. There are much better beers at Dieu Du Ciel so there is no need to settle for an average brew.

atigerlife, Jun 03, 2006
Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 04/12.

Appearance: A hazy, dirty blonde body with a thick bumpy white head that clings all around.

Smell: Nice aroma of citrus fruit, notably papaya, lemon and mineral overtones.

Taste: Sharp spices, mineral salt and finishes with a good dose if citrus fruit. Biscuity a bit.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, low carbonation and easy to drink with a bitterness that tags along at the end. Finish not as strong as start.

Overall: Proof that DDC can brew quality beers within an average style. When fresh, very refreshing.

papat444, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Draft

Appearance - The beer pours a slight hazy yellow/amber colour with a fairly large white fizzy/frothy head. There is an average amount of carbonation, and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for about 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Corn, honey, malts, light citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn/grains mixed with malts and light hops. There is also a but of a citrus flavour mixed with a honey sweetness. It kind of reminded me of some of the cream ales I've been drinking lately. It finishes with a slightly sweet grainy aftertaste.

Drink - I've had this from a bottle before, but it was much better fresh and on tap. It made for a great beer while sitting on DDC's patio on a warm day.

spinrsx, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from Sammy, thanks. 341ml into a tulip, a bit dated perhaps, notched at April 2011.

Hazy golden yellow, with a nice big white head. Good lacing and an ok amount of retention. Simple on the nose, light hops, perhaps faded providing a lightly spicy and grassy note. Bready and crackery malts, light sourdough bread. Fairly dry. Taste is about the same, light dryness and sourdough bread, touch of butter, gentle complimentary hopping and a light grassy bitterness in the finish. Fairly light body, gentle carbonation and superbly easy drinking. A fantastic blonde ale, something I could several pints of.

liamt07, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the brewpub and was amazed by the amount of beers on tap. There were 10 different styles that were all different from each other. I choose the blonde.
Appearance was golden clear with a small head and enough carbonation.
Smell was malty and somewhat sulfuric. A nice mild bitter smell was present, pretty clean.
Taste was malty like a German pilsner, with that typical sulfurness and bite. On the other hand it als leaned towards an English beer with a slightly fruity, but rather clean yeast profile. Bitterness was medium and just for balance.

Absumaster, Aug 20, 2006
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Paienne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.