Paienne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 89
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 10.77%
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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Photo of Sammy
3.22/5  rDev -11%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
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. (373 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
4.3/5  rDev +18.8%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of nickfl
4.42/5  rDev +22.1%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.1/5  rDev +13.3%
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 (309 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.8/5  rDev +5%
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. (584 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.98/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (610 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.56/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (691 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
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 (285 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of tbeckett
2.55/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Straw golden in colour with a one finger creamy head and medium carbonation. Unfiltered.

S - Candy sweetness, sweet spice, bubblegum and bright fruits.

T - Sweet spice shows up again but most from the aroma isn't present. Sweet grainniness is there too but goes way over the top pushing any possibility of complexity or quality to the wayside to create an easy drinking blonde ale.

M - Light body. Creamy.

D - No thanks. Maybe I'm drinking this too warm but this is nothing great and I almost had to force myself to get through it. (539 characters)

Photo of cbutova
3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (896 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
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 (455 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled May 2013

Beer is clear golden. Small white head, gone very quickly. Some lace.

Smell is pleasant but faint. Sweet malt and honey. Clean.

Flavour is pretty basic. Some sweet bready malt, biscuit. A bit of honey, slight spicy flavours. A bit of fruity hop flavours, but not strong.

Light to medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Chewy. Refreshing.

Overall, this is a nice rendition of a style that I do not have much of a taste for. Pleasant and refreshing, not exciting. Strikes me as a great beer to introduce people to tastier beers to! (551 characters)

Photo of bobsy
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. (1,149 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (621 characters)

Photo of papat444
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. (548 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
3.91/5  rDev +8%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (567 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (540 characters)

Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of TexIndy
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
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. (712 characters)

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
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. (695 characters)

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Paienne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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