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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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Reviews: 51 | Hads: 89
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 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 AlexF
3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (585 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 scott451
3.64/5  rDev +0.6%
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. (380 characters)

Photo of Clubchat
3.63/5  rDev +0.3%
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 (334 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 Andy
3.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light blond color, slightly nutty malt flavor that is somewhat sweet and fruity upfront. The finish balances off as a bit bitter. Nothing special but a respectable brew. (170 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 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 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 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 zachariaIPA
3.44/5  rDev -5%
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. (356 characters)

Photo of eat
3.43/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (834 characters)

Photo of ikats
3.4/5  rDev -6.1%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of tegelaar
3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of beerboy21
3.37/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (245 characters)

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 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 atigerlife
3.08/5  rDev -14.9%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of MAB
2.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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. (553 characters)

Photo of TonyReaves
2.75/5  rDev -24%
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. (551 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 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 mrmanning
2.35/5  rDev -35.1%
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. (316 characters)

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