Fumisterie - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.13/5 rDev +15.7%
341mL bottled December 2010.
Appearance - Pours a brilliant red-orange (almost like maple or pumpkin) in colour with a finger width of off-white head.
Smell - Caramel, grains/seeds, plum, breads.
Taste - Strong piney bitterness from the hops and seeds, however it does not linger into the aftertaste. Surprising not to pick up much sweetness based on the aromas.
Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.
Overall - A very interesting brew by Dieu du Ciel. Didn't know what to expect of this one, as it is my first hemp beer. I was pleasantly surprised by the strong bitterness upfront after picking up sweet aromas. Glad to have tried this one.
02-26-2012 22:20:28 | More by leaddog
3.75/5 rDev +5%
Served in snifter.
LOOK (3/5) ~ pours a rich copper to caramel color. Clarity is poor, the beer is almost totally opaque. The head is a bit of a disappointment, it only rose to about a half finger on a hard pour, and fell at a usual rate to almost nothing with very little lacing. Some visible carbonation on the glass.
SMELL (3.5/5) ~ The balance is malty with some spicing to it on the finish. The malt is pretty sweet - caramel and biscuity. The spicing is pretty sharper and berry like with a bit of licorice and mulling spice to it. Wierd, but there is a smell almost like fried batter in fish and chips. Hops probably play a part in the fugue, but I can't really pick out anything that stands alone.
TASTE (4.5/5) ~ I quite liked the taste. Like the aroma, the taste was a balance between the malt and the spicing. The spicing, I think, brings out a stronger caramel flavors almost like kettle caramelization. That combines well with a bit of the black licorice notes. The finish is really all about those spicy notes. I get some berry, pepper, mulling spice (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg), licorice, and a bit of pine that could be from the hops or other spices, maybe even juniper. The overall balance is sweet and malty.
FEEL (4/5) ~ medium-light body and higher carbonation. I like the high carbonation, because it dries out the finish a bit. A bit of an acid/carbonation kick at the end. I think it could have gone for a bit more of a substantial body, but it played well of the flavors. No real heat.
I liked it overall, it an interesting take on a spiced beer. It leaned pretty heavy to the maltiness so it fails as a a session beer... but it's a good sipper!
01-30-2012 20:48:40 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.5/5 rDev -2%
Bottle from a mixed Dieu Du Ciel 12 pack.
Clear, deep reddish brown liquid, lots of carbonation bubbles give a shiny white head. Not much lace, foam quickly faded.
Aromas of some caramel, bready grains along with some earthy, herbal hops.
Same elements are in the flavor. Malty and slightly bready to start, fruity sweetness follows.
Medium bodied, very smooth, easy to drink.
Tastes pretty good, but kind of unremarkable, nothing to set it apart. I know there is hemp in it from reading the description, but not tasting anything unique or different.
Maybe it was just me, but need to give this one another chance.
12-06-2011 01:14:28 | More by BigBry
3.88/5 rDev +8.7%
Bottle into a tulip glass.
Visual (3.5): dark amber colour, minimal clarity. Single finger off-white head with little lacing left on glass. Head dissipates quickly. No visible carbonation. Ruby hue in the light
Aroma (4): malty smells dominate, with undertones of yeast, leather, and spices such as ginger, nutmeg, and light hidden maple. Smells roasted, even though colour doesn't hint at this.
Taste (4): gives way to the spices, but leaves a sweet flavour on the palette. Tastes of grains, nutmeg, breads, and hints of cinnamon. Hops are well hidden in a balance of malt and spice flavours.
Mouthfeel (3.5): fairy medium body with a dry texture. Leaves the palette dry but flows over the tounge in a lively fashion. Good for a spiced beer.
Overall (4): I have a preference for spiced beers. The smell, the taste, and the mouthfeel have a nice complexity that I really like in a "sit-and-enjoy" kind of beer. Not remarkable in the spiced beer category, but a very good beer.
10-15-2011 22:04:56 | More by tonyf55
British Columbia (Canada)
4.35/5 rDev +21.8%
Appearance. Pours a hazy deep amber with almost two fingers of pale yellow-amber head.
Smell. Thick sweet malt and caramel. Some earthy hops, lemons, and a bit of roasted nuts.
Taste. Nice caramel and roasty grains with some citrusy hops. Fairly dry with some nice wet green grass and roasted nuts in the end.
Mouthfeel. Just above light in body with stronger than medium carbonation.
Overall. Nice hemp beer. Has a definite Dieu Du Ciel uniqueness with hemp flavours that you can really taste.
10-14-2011 00:34:37 | More by Rutager
4.05/5 rDev +13.4%
Fumisterie smells, like almost every Dieu du Ciel beer I've had, very rich and malty. In this case, the malts bring aromas such as heavy brown sugars, vanilla, cookie dough, milk chocolate, dates, and richly toasted grains. In other words, the beer smells delicious: like grandma's house on a Sunday afternoon.
On the tongue, the brew is immediately sugary, but also has a surprisingly strong hints of nuts--pecans mainly, with suggestions of Brazil nuts and peanuts. Still present are the brown sugars, chocolates, and darker fruit esters, but they are joined by light apricots and a good runnel of lightly toasted grains (tasting like the scent of wet wheat), and rounded off by a well-balanced hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is largely hops and nuts, with just a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.
Overall, this is excellent fare, and surprisingly for its focus on nut flavors. Well worth trying.
08-06-2011 18:54:45 | More by jondeelee
3.15/5 rDev -11.8%
Bottle courtesy of papat444. Served in a Bell's tulip. The label describes this as somewhere between a German alt and an English brown. Unknown vintage as no one there actually notches the labels.
A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving a few spots of lace on the sides of the glass. Hazed orange-brown body.
S - Malt, caramel, grain, perhaps a hint of smoke and rye. Whatever hops were here are long gone.
T - Note of caramel, toffee, bread and perhaps a bit of spicy grain character that might be hemp or rye.
M - Some mild carbonation zest, smooth medium body, quite sticky.
D - Just a straight up malty beer. The use of hemp seems like a gimmick. Not surprised they replaced it with an altbier. Nothing really wrong with this, but I have much better beers to spend my time with.
05-27-2011 14:51:40 | More by MasterSki
3.73/5 rDev +4.5%
Bottle dated November ’10.
Pours a deep hazy brown with a one inch layer of tan head.
Dude, is that thick lacing or did someone hotbox my tulip glass?
Notes of hops, sweet fruit, candy, smoke, malt. Smells like a winter bock.
Diving through the thick creamy foam, hop bitterness strikes first, followed by fruit then from caramel and quickly to chocolate.
Suprisingly full flavored for a 5.5 ABV. So much character and complexity for a hemp beer. Good carbonation with a nice balance of sweetness and bitterness. This blows Buzz out of the water but still, one is enough for me.
Why do they call them fingers when I never seem them fing? Wait..woah..
05-04-2011 04:00:50 | More by zachariaIPA
4.05/5 rDev +13.4%
A - a swampy orange brown, fluffy tan head retained and laced respectably
S - herbal, grassy, light lemon, caramel sweetness and some light roastiness
T - hop notes of herbs and grass give way to butter toffee and nutty malt, with a grapefruit zest hop finish
M - lower carbonation, very smooth with a mix of bitter and sweet on the finish
D - unique flavour but subtle enough not to take away from the fact that it is a beer, smooth and rich
03-20-2011 02:59:23 | More by joemcgrath27
4/5 rDev +12%
A - Pours a slightly hazy copper with a ruby red hue, finger and a half of beige head ad some nice sticky lacing.
S - Quite complex with some sweet caramel, leafy hops, pepper spice, rye and peat on the finish. Some fruits are also detectable with some apples and pears.
T - More of an earthy amber ale flavour dominated by musty caramel and toffee malts. Buttered bread lingers amongst leafy green hops and a bitter lemon citrus. Rather unique.
M - No complaints in this department, medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.
O - Overall a unique experience and could easily be a session ale. Definitely worth a trya s it offers some rather unique flavours that would be appreciated by any fan of a complex ale.
03-19-2011 16:23:24 | More by andrenaline
4.22/5 rDev +18.2%
Seeing as how it won't be bottled anymore after this month, figured i'd grab a bottle for a review before there's none left. Had it with my supper, soup & bread.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle. Notches are ambiguous but the case has a bottled date of Nov. 2010.
Appearance: As i pour, foam starts very slow and i'm wondering if i'll much but near the end it balloons to a solid 3 finger head. and retains itself for a few minutes at least. Lacing around the rim and coats the glass all the way down. Color is a hazy, dark amber.
Smell: Piney hops, strong malt and caramel. Very resin-like.
Taste: Good hop bitterness upfront with strong caramel and toffee with a solid malt background. There's some fruit in there also (tropical?) and ends with a nice dry astringency.
Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a tad high but doesn't inhibit the smoothness of the body.
Drinkability: Bitterness is kept in check and allows for a pleasant drink. I like this one and would have it if seen on tap.
Overall: It seems the key with this one is freshness though mine had at least 3 months age and still tasted great. Too bad they won't be bottling this one anymore.
02-26-2011 12:22:01 | More by papat444
2.68/5 rDev -24.9%
Thanks to Ernie for sharing this at a tasting. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.
A: Medium amber body with a thin off-white head. Mediocre.
S: Fairly rich caramel, toffee, and bready malts. Nothing more, and nothing particularly Belgian-y. Still, fairly enjoyable.
T: Sharply sweet toffee. One note, and a rather boring one.
M: Light-to-medium body with similar carbonation. A little boring, but ok.
D: Too sweet and too boring.
Notes: My only other experience with this brewery is the fantastic Péché Mortel, and this is worlds apart in both style and quality. Perhaps age is to blame for this beer's lack of complexity, but it was a thoroughly one-dimensional experience. Too bad.
02-21-2011 02:30:28 | More by woosterbill
Fumisterie from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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