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Paienne - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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82
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86 Ratings
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Ratings: 86
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 13.09%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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 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.

Photo of tbeckett
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of scott451
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If there was a rating for labels - this one would get a 5. Poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin bubbly head which soon diminished to a ring. Lightly carbonated. Complex malty smells with some fruity notes. Taste features a nice malt blend up front with a mild but persistent hop finish. Creamy medium body with light carbonation. Drinkability is good.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
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....

Photo of tegelaar
3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 08/2009. Very happy for the bottling date.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with big creamy white head. Smell is of belgian yeast and a hint of tropical fruit. Smelling some pineapple in this. Taste is a little bland and bready. Not too much going on here. The yeast dominates the beer. The mouthfeel is under-carbed. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing and very easy to drink.

Enjoyable but nothing special compared to the rest of their stellar lineup.

Photo of prosper
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of jbonapar
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of MAB
2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A disappointment to me, since I had so many positives to say about the rest of their brews (that I've tried).
This one was pale yellow; straw colored.
The problem is, for me, it was also straw flavored. Not that I eat straw, but I imagine this is what straw might taste like. Grassy, not sweet, musty.
I thought maybe it was a bad bottle but my other one (in a combo pack) was the same way. Bad batch, then, or maybe just not my cup of straw...er, tea.
I did finish it, and the carbonation/ mouthfeel was spot-on, but I couldn't get over the odd flavor.

Photo of TonyReaves
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This came in a 12-pack I picked up on my honeymoon in Montreal. It's a pretty beer- I'm partial to cloudiness. A great straw/grass smell with a little green veggie in there.

Unfortunately, the veggie comes out quite a bit in the taste, though. It's a bit too much. I really love this brewery and their pub in Montreal, but what's going on here?

If not for the veggie taste, this would be a pretty good beer. It goes down smoothly with a little hop bite in the finish. Can't say much for drinkability though- I taste peas a little more with each sip.

Photo of Long813
4.58/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Photo of Seanstoppable
2.03/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

Photo of nighthawk
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of mrmanning
2.35/5  rDev -34.5%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of wordemupg
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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

Photo of IronDjinn
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of MasterSki
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of ZorPrime
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

Photo of markaberrant
3.9/5  rDev +8.6%
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!

Photo of Viggo
3.55/5  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.

Photo of TexIndy
3.1/5  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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Photo of AlexF
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Paienne from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
82 out of 100 based on 86 ratings.