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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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4/5  rDev +11.4%

KalanM, Nov 29, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

kbrown, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of Molson2000
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Molson2000, Sep 13, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

johnnnniee, Aug 28, 2012
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
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

CliffBrake, Jun 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

kwjd, Jun 05, 2012
Photo of djcreepshow
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%

djcreepshow, May 13, 2012
Photo of Wordslinger
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Wordslinger, May 06, 2012
Photo of Mattgruv
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Mattgruv, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of fostachild
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

fostachild, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of cbutova
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

cbutova, Feb 24, 2012
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
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

tonyf55, Jan 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

LGF, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of Converge
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Converge, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of nickfl
4.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

nickfl, Dec 23, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

kelvarnsen, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +11.4%

oldp0rt, Nov 20, 2011
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 ikats
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow in color with white head (good retention). Fairly clear with a constant stream of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is very pleasant. At first whiff I was reminded of pink grapefruit. My it seems that mostly it's grassy hoppy notes. At first sip this ale seemed too bitter making it a bit harsh, but as it warmed up a bit bitterness subsided bringing cereal grains forward. I still find it a bit harsh - mouthfeel and drinkability suffer. Overall this beer doesn't do it for me. I wouldn't mind trying it again outside on a hot day, but more often I would probably reach out to other Dieu Du Ciel beers.

ikats, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of ctgui
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

ctgui, Aug 01, 2011
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 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 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
Paienne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
82 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.