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Paienne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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82
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77 Ratings
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Ratings: 77
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 13.26%


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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jbonapar

Ontario (Canada)

3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2009 23:57:50 | More by jbonapar
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AlexF

Quebec (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde beer, very average looking with a small head. Minimal lacing.

At first, smelled wierd... is this a Molson or a beer from Dieu du Ciel! ??? While the head was fading away, citrus aromas were liberated and that very average smell was now a bit better.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. But wow!! Super crispy, malty (honey or maple syrup??), with citrus and hops. Very good balance, refreshing and easily drinkable.

An excellent beer to give to someone that thinks Molson is real beer ! And an excellent beer to drink when you want something good but not too complicated.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2008 05:51:41 | More by AlexF
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SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready and buscuity malts, crackers, some citrus, grains and some honey.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet bready malts, crackers, honey, light citrus and some graininess.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium 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

04-03-2013 00:07:45 | More by SebD
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Dieu Du Ciel in Montreal, Quebec on 5/30/2013.

Cloudy yellow ale with a medium white head. Biscuit malt aroma with some slight spice infused into it. No lacing on the glass and not much retention but a quick swirl revived it. Slightly bitter with some yeast lingering in the aftertaste. Fairly drinkable but nothing outstanding about it. A good option if you like blonde ales.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2013 14:28:49 | More by Jacobob10
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 00:20:01 | More by ZorPrime
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prosper

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very average coloured yellow. Hazy. I don't think this is bottle conditioned, but it's certainly non-filtered, there is a thin layer of yeast at teh bottom.

Smell is grainy malts and slight citrussy hops. Plain.

Taste is very interesting. Surprisingly complex. Starts off fruity - hops and some yeast character I think. Definitely orange and lemon, and something else I can't quite identify, sort of a toasty spice of some sort. Has a nice sweet maltiness that takes over. Finishes with sweet malts. I like.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkability - sure it's interesting, but not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2010 01:32:38 | More by prosper
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice looking bone white head that shows great retention and lace. The aroma off of this is kind of funky, like play doh or something like that. Sweet honey and bread mixed with a a hop cone or two. The flavor is light sweet and refreshing. Light sweet malts with a hint of honey and light sugar as well as some hops if I squint a bit. Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel.
Nice approachable blond ale that's easy to drink. Luckily the offensive odor seemed to go away the longer the glass was sitting.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 23:45:08 | More by johnnnniee
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JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2010 20:07:05 | More by JohnnyBarman
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markaberrant

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pale yellow, light haze, thin fizzy white cap, no lacing.

S - hay, grass, lemon, herbal, light malty sweetness,

T - pretty much the same as the smell, some gentle sweetness, mild fruity esters, and while you won't confuse this for a hop bomb, you can definitely taste them, short snappy finish, with an aftertaste of herbal hops

M - medium light body, medium carbonation, gives it a smoothness and weight you don't always find in this style, no alcohol presence

D - this doesn't really excite me, but damn, it sure is good for what it is.

A true craft version of a blonde ale (this is not an APA). This style is usually left to pretenders and wannabes, but DDC gives it their best shot. Familiar enough to please the crossover crowd, and they have pushed the style about as far as you can in terms of flavour.

Thanks to Viggo for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2009 00:35:01 | More by markaberrant
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

330ml bottle downed on july 18 2009

A pale golden yellow mild glow, nice white head that leaves patches of lace

S sweet grainy with a little hop

T hoppy herbs with some sweet grains

M/D a little creamy with lots of bubbles, smooth nice to drink

DDC is making me a happier person

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 05:27:21 | More by wordemupg
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ctgui

Quebec (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 23:05:17 | More by ctgui
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2012 18:03:47 | More by cbutova
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HardTarget

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2006 19:36:37 | More by HardTarget
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:44:27 | More by liamt07
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2012 18:07:41 | More by papat444
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francisweizen

Arizona

4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2003 11:01:44 | More by francisweizen
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Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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....

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 01:06:09 | More by Shadman
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 22:00:02 | More by nighthawk
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 13:31:22 | More by bobsy
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smcolw

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2008 19:32:48 | More by smcolw
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +15.5%
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

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 01:17:05 | More by ssmack
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 01:33:44 | More by mikesgroove
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bloberglawp

Quebec (Canada)

4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 04:03:45 | More by bloberglawp
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nickfl

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 22:45:28 | More by nickfl
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 01:29:55 | More by Converge
Paienne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
82 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.