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Paienne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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84 Ratings
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Ratings: 84
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.06%
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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Photo of Long813
4.58/5  rDev +27.2%

G: Pint

A: Pale yellowy-green, murky/cloudy body. Half inch head which dissipates quickly and leaves a tiny trace of lacing.

S: Fine wheat, lime, malts

T: Wheat with lime and a hint of green apple

M: Medium-light body, medium carbonation with little alcoholic after taste

D: Interesting beer, I have not tasted a blonde ale like this before. I don't know if that is due to this being a prime example of a blonde or maybe mislabeled. Either way it is a exceptional beer with a complexity of fruity flavours.

Long813, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Converge
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - About a finger-and-a-half of frothy, snow-white head. The beer is a bright golden-straw color with a touch of haze in it.Good head retention with some fine lacing. Also, I appreciate the effort put into the label art for Dieu Du Ciel, but I just don't really care for it. I much prefer the work on Unibroue or Microbrasserie Charlevoix bottles. Of course, this is still miles ahead of the average macro-brew labels out there.

S - Lots of sweet peaches, golden honey, and muskmelon. Lots of light fruits float around amongst the sweet honey and malt. Light wheat-like backbone. It's got a slight funk to it as well, but it doesn't get in the way of the sweet fruitiness and honey-dipped aroma.

T - Lots of sweet fruits and honey, with some sweet pilsner malt and light floral hops lingering in the finish. A touch of barnyard funk with some hay coming through as well. The slight bitterness in the finish sort of surprised me, but it helps balance the sweeter flavors upfront. The aftertaste is just an excellent lingering honey sweetness.

M - Fairly light body, with moderate carbonation done quite well. It could use a touch more liveliness in this department to make up for the slight (and I mean slight) lack of sweetness coming to fruition. Either way, it's got a nice refreshing feel to it that adds to the drinkability.

D - This ale won't deliver mind boggling complexity or huge flavors teetering on abrasive, it's just a great blonde ale with a well rounded and delicious flavor profile. Overall this is just an exceptionally drinkable beer that really hits the spot. It might be the coldest night of the year outside right now, but inside with this beer I can already see the summertime sunshine.

Converge, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +23.1%

A - Poured with one finger of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves nice lace.

S - Malt, honey and light herbal hops.

T - Sweet pilsner malt up front. Some honey in the middle and herbal hops that work nicely with the malt in the finish. Light bitterness and just a hint of yeast.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat sweet finish.

D - Very nicely done almost a pilsner but with just enough yeast character to distinguish it.

nickfl, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of bloberglawp
4.3/5  rDev +19.4%

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 mikesgroove
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%

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 ssmack
4.18/5  rDev +16.1%

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 smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +14.7%

Here's my first taste of a Dieu beer at the source:

Straw color; Light head leaving a small amount of spotty lace

Mild hop; grassy grain aroma; smells young and green

The high carbonation is distracting; more hoppy than the smell suggests--prickly. Slight cream to the body.

A very nice beer on a hot day

smcolw, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%

Nice golden pour kicks up a frothy white head. All of Dieu du Ciel's beers have excellent head retention and lacing, and while this one dies somewhat, it still provides an attractive appearance throughout. The aroma is clean grain with a good dose of caramel malt thrown in for measure. Surprisingly bitter taste - possibly due to the wife suggesting that I shouldn't drink a beer every day. Again the caramel makes its presence felt followed swiftly by a mix of orange and grapefruit. The whole experience starts to remind me of Dead Guy (or I presume a Quebecois version would be "L'homme mort"). The carbonation is somewhat brusque, yet fitting for the style, and the medium body helps provide an added substance to the flavour profile.

This is a beer that I would definitely go for again. While I don't think its a particular standout amongst Dieu du Ciel's range, I think it is impressive within its style. The flavours are simple and subtle, yet excellently balanced, and the alcohol content ensures that this is a beer you can enjoy a few of in an evening without falling into a stupor. Another superior brew from the best brewery in Canada.

bobsy, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of nighthawk
4.05/5  rDev +12.5%

341mL bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled-on date is notched into label.

Pours a cloudy orange-ish straw with a small white head that quickly sinks to a very thin ring. A bit of lacing left after first few sips, but nothing further down.

A big grassy, herbal and lemony nose on this one. A second dip brings out some cracker and biscuit malt scents.

Flavour follows suit with the aroma; grassy, raw herbal hops up front (noble I'm guessing, but don't yet have the palate to specify) with a bit of lemon, giving way briefly to a sweet malt taste that's like honeyed biscuit. Slightly drier cracker taste in there too. The finish is pleasantly long and finds the hops and malt flavours mingling. Not too bitter or too sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a nice creamy carbonation. Finishes a medium-dry.

While the initial raw, grassy hop flavour was startling to my palate initially, this beer has won me over. Tasty and refreshing, it goes down well and has a decently complex flavour palette.

nighthawk, Oct 08, 2009
Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +11.9%

Bought the sample 12 pack in Medicine Hat of all places...our world is indeed changing...

Nice amber/straw colour, slightly hazy from the sediments. Nice bright white head, amazing lacing.

Grassy, grainy, & bready, but in a decent way...balanced I guess you could call it.

Taste matches nose again. Grainy malt followed by sweet bready malt followed by a nice noble hop finish that clears the palate off nicely...Decent balance with a dry finish.

Bit fizzy in the front end that bites a bit, but very smooth and creamy afterward.

Could do 3 pints of this on a patio in the summer easy...therefore I think it's quite good....

Shadman, Jan 26, 2010
Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev +11.1%

mantissa, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +11.1%

oldp0rt, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of VbolieuV
4/5  rDev +11.1%

VbolieuV, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of Nunya
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Nunya, May 25, 2013
Photo of nquigley16
4/5  rDev +11.1%

nquigley16, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +11.1%

A solid pilsener beer. This is Dieu Du Ciels 'introduction beer' designed to introduce drinkers to their awesome and wide array of beers. It is a nice light golden colour with a small, white head. The aromas are of light malts and light hops and the taste is very well balanced. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and refreshing and the drinkability is great as well. This beer was also similar to Unibroues 'La Bolduc'. Even their introduction beer rocks!
-F

francisweizen, May 01, 2003
Photo of tonyf55
4/5  rDev +11.1%

tonyf55, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of KalanM
4/5  rDev +11.1%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
Photo of kelvarnsen
4/5  rDev +11.1%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of CliffBrake
4/5  rDev +11.1%

CliffBrake, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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 liamt07
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

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 HardTarget
3.95/5  rDev +9.7%

Aroma: Slight lemon quality was all I could get in the nasally challenging DDC.

Appearance: Great thick white head tops the clear bright gold glass. Solid clumps of lace reward the downward journey.

Flavor: Bright citric notes pair nicely with the yeast character. Clean with a fairly simple taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy! Medium heavy body with a thick texture.

Overall Impression: This blond has a killer body, serious legs, and great taste! I’d love to spend some more time with her.

HardTarget, Apr 15, 2006
Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

A- Hazy golden yellow ale poured into a pint glass. A small white head forms but only retains for a bit. Chunks of various sizes float around the glass and suspend there. Bubbly cloud remains keeping the beer from looking like juice. Some webs of lace but not a ton.

S- Nose consisting of yeast spices, bread, citrus hints and light cracker/biscuit malts.

T- Builds on the aroma a lot here. The yeast seems to contribute a nice spice, bread and reminds me of lighter Belgian and German styles, slight banana, raisin and clove. Standard light malt sweetness and grainy cracker feel. Hops are minimal but I get a more Euro feel, like grass, spice and earthy notes.

MF- Creamy light bodied ale. The carbonation is high but smooth at the same time. Light bitterness finishes it all off. A nice body for a Blonde Ale.

A lighter ale but a good one. It has a nice creamy body and satisfying flavors.

cbutova, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of ctgui
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%

Bottled on 04/2011. 5.5% ABV

A- Golden straw color with a small white head.

S- A little fruity. Some wheaty grain. Quite enjoyable, even though I can’t really describe it more.

T- Wheat. Light hops and a little fruity flavour, citrus maybe. Some honey also. No flavours seem to really be in your face as you drink this one. However, it is well put together.

F- Good carbonation and nice body. Not too strong, yet nothing like the typical blond ale you find on the corner.

D- Really drinkable, picked up a pack and plan on having some more in the future. A good blond ale and I wouldn’t be surprised if this becomes more popular. Worth it.

ctgui, Jul 31, 2011
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Paienne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
82 out of 100 based on 84 ratings.