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Paienne - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 91
Avg: 3.6
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 91
Photo of Long813
4.52/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.06/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Saw a lonely bottle of this at Premier Wine and Spirits. Given that I haven't tried it before, I of course picked it up. Bottle on date is August 16th, 2009

Pours a cloudy pale color, somewhere in between a pink grapefruit and gold straw. 2 fingers of thick white head that was fairly long lasting.

Scent is of damp, yet freshly mown, grass. Some other scents, such as carrot and wheat are also present.

Taste pretty much follows suit with the grassy/veggy/wheat flavor. Veggie flavors are a bit overwhelming, and I can't make out any other flavors

I found it somewhat harsh and not at all smooth. Wheat/grass flavor kinda lingers in the mouth for quite a while, and any burps make me feel like I had been chewing grass or wheat earlier.

I found one glass barely drinkable the first time around. Wouldn't consider trying a second glass. I am a fan of a lot of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel's stuff, but this certainly isn't one of them.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.04/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.35/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle- A pale straw pour emits a fluffy white foam. Grassy nose is also grainy and has an aroma of cooked vegetable as well. Sweet grainy flavour upfront, overly grassy, tastes of weird biscuit. Strange stuff overall. Creamy finish with odd aftertaste too. Proof that great breweries also make a crappy beer or two.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Lighty hazy light gold with a solid head of white foam.

S - Sweet, herbal hops, floral and citrsy lemon.

T/M - Kind of light in flavour but with some lemon and graininess. Soft malt shows through with a hint of yeastiness. Soft body as well with a light-ish carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Finishes lightly with some herbal hops.

D - Easy drinking, sessionable. Not a big flavour beer, but nothing off and decently tasty.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Patrick (papat444) for sending me this bottle. Served in a pint glass after my cousin's BBQ.

A - 1.5 fingers of off-white foam. Slightly hazed blonde with lots of bubbles. Decent retention to a cap with a touch of spotty lacing.

S - Lots of caramel, grass and floral noble hops, honey, and oddly enough a touch of alcohol (somewhat shocking for a 5% beer).

T - More caramel & biscuit flavors - I'm thinking the couple months this sat in my parents' basement sapped a little of the flavor. Very clean finish and minimal aftertaste. None of the alcohol I detected in the smell.

M - Mild carbonation, soft, good residual stickiness, light-to-medium bodied yet not too watery.

D - Low ABV, low carbonation, minimal aftertaste. Chuggable stuff - this is DDC's lawnmower beer in my opinion. The only thing keeping down the drinkability score is that it isn't all that interesting.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
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!

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Photo of markaberrant
3.89/5  rDev +8.1%
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!

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Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Rahman.

Pours a crystal clear light amber, very bright, nice thick and rocky white head forms, drops a ton of lace on the glass, slowly settles down to a nice ring around the glass. Smell is decent, grassy hops, some caramel and toast, nice biscuity malt, slightly fruit, strawberries and apricots, very fresh aroma, light floral, smells nice. Taste is quite like but alright, fresh and malty, some biscuit, bit of caramel, floral, touch of orange zest and grass, on the sweet side, lightly fruity, with a soft toasty finish. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation. Nice easy drinking blonde ale, nothing crazy but could see this being quite nice in the summer.

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Photo of TexIndy
3.11/5  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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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Photo of AlexF
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of Clubchat
3.63/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for introducing me to the brewery, very nice and little place love it, great choice of beers

On tap at Dieu du Ciel brewery in Mtl

Golden light and clear into the glass, good carbonation, little creamy head

Good malt, corn and hoppy taste compare to the grassy and sweet smell

Nice common beer, appreciate everytime

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.28/5  rDev +18.9%
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.

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Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +13.9%
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

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Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.91/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.22/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

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Photo of beerboy21
3.37/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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Paienne from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
82 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.