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Charbonniere - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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85
very good

79 Ratings
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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 12
Gots: 5 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Smoked Beer |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002)
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JIMTRK16

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

02-26-2014 23:34:05 | More by JIMTRK16
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Andy

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A rare smoked beer in Canada. Smoke and toasted hints in aroma from a very light colored beer (as far as most smoked beers go). Smoke flavors are balanced by a pleasant malt sweetness. The smoke flavor is not overwhelming.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2002 14:29:49 | More by Andy
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canucklehead

British Columbia (Canada)

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Meisterburger for this one:

Poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass this is a slightly reddish dark brown beer with a reasonable head. What you really notice is the intense smoky nose that grabs your attention. The beer is a solid ale with all sorts of smoked malt. The finish is dry and the smoke lingers on your tongue. Great beer as I love smoked beer and cheese. Goes well with Morrocan Lamb Stew

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 00:46:43 | More by canucklehead
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chickenm

British Columbia (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

11-08-2012 04:21:55 | More by chickenm
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Sydney's Local Taphouse for the Canadian SpecTapular.

Lightish red-amber hue, with a fine but slightly filmy head of white bubbling. Some fine carbonation, but not a lot. Looks decent without being exceptional.

Definitely lots of smoke on the nose, but it's a big peaty and earthy kind of smoke aroma. Even a little roasted grain coming through. All of this succeeds in balancing the nose quite well. Very nice.

Taste is superb. A really big and robust smoke presence throughout, matched with some fresh, green, slightly herbaceous characters, and a light drying of the palate to create some crispness on the back. Smoke continues to the end though, leaving a lingering whisper of wood-fire and turned earth. All too often the smoke in a beer appears on the nose, but gets lost on the palate. This one is a winner.

A really wonderful smoked beer, full of flavour and very classic.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 01:42:27 | More by lacqueredmouse
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NightINgale

Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

05-26-2013 02:04:29 | More by NightINgale
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valianes

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-16-2013 06:56:42 | More by valianes
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Decided that I was going to go on a fridge cleaning for the next week before I need to take a break for a while. Went with this mixed sixer last night in an attempt to clean out some lighter fare. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this was consumed on 11/03/2010.

A new one from a brewery I have always had great luck with, I jumped at the chance to try this one. Pours out a nice dark brown with a head of tan that reaches a height of around an inch or so before settling back down and leaving some nice lacing along the sides.

Aroma is full of campfire smoke right off the bat. I had been expecting it but it really came off quite strong and full. Really nicely done here I have to admit. Nice notes of light chocolate and big roasted malts are always a welcome treat. Flavor carries this over quite well as the chocolate and earthy notes lay underneath that wonderful smoky campfire like flavor that leaves a long finish with rich development across the tongue.

Overall a very fine example of the style and one that is extremely drinkable. I had no issues with putting this one down quickly and easily.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 23:41:30 | More by mikesgroove
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the42ndtourist

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smoked Red Ale. Charbonniere - loosely, a place that makes charcoal. (I think).

Red with a brown tinge. Garnet is a good description. Head is a couple fingers' worth and drops back to a moderate covering layer. Nose holds smoke, obviously, but to my surprise there's more. The rest of the beer holds its own. There's some hoppiness to the taste, and the smoke is more akin to that of smoked sausage. (and indeed, that's what I was eating while drinking this - a smoked deer sausage)

A very tasty and quaffable smoked. Kudos to Dieu du Ciel for daring to make a smoked beer where the smoke is restrained. Don't get me wrong, I love my Smoked Porter and my Aecht Schlenkerla - it's just refreshing to find something different.

edit: had a pint at the brewpub. everything I said last year stands. This is a great beer. For the record - I've had rauchbier in Bamberg that wasn't as smoky or half as tasty as this. ('twas the Spezial).

Serving type: on-tap

06-11-2003 12:16:06 | More by the42ndtourist
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dragonWhale

New York

4.2/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the depths of the fouled cellar..bottled 3/10. It is time to drink this!
Pours brown, dark amber highlights, a creamy head, and the bbq pit leaps out at me. Some brilliant lace trails. Smells brilliant, the smoke is big but there's some sweet malt poking out.
Excellent taste, too. Peaty, smoky, but not overpowering, not caustic in the throat. Sweet malt fades into the smoke, leaving a pleasant smoky aftertaste. This is a really nice beer. First time I've had it and with the year on it, it's really held up well. Now to seek it out fresh..the new chore upon me.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2011 18:58:04 | More by dragonWhale
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of freud, bottled March 2011. Into a tulip, thanks Fred! Love me some smoke.

Pours a deep violet/burgundy, creamy offwhite cap that laces well. Nose is a rich meaty and woody smokiness, with some faint underlying sweetness. Taste is a slight change of pace as smoke and rich caramel notes present themselves in unison, taking turns presenting themselves on the palate. Great malt flavour. Smooth mouthfeel, with moderate lingering smoke and caramel sweetness. Heavy medium in body and a lower medium carbonation. Very drinkable and solid, if on the sweeter side, smoked offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 17:33:17 | More by liamt07
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BearsOnAcid

Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Man, this beer was delicious!

Pour out a clear brown with an off white head. Smelled like smoked bacon, salami, and caramel malts. The taste as packed with a huge smoked meat taste. Very smooth and not overpowering though. The flavor lasted a while after you swallowed and you get a nice integration of a campfire flavor and brown malts. I wish this beer wasn't so thin. I would've liked it to have some more body. This was definitely one of the best smoked beers I've had and I'm not a very big fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 14:37:34 | More by BearsOnAcid
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Taken from notes from a recent trip to Montreal and Vermont. This beer was classified as a Rauchbier at the Brewpub.

On tap at Dieu du Ciel!. Pours a dark mahogany color with an inch of frothy head. Lots of lacing. The aroma reminds me of a campfire. Smokey malts with an almost meaty smoke aroma, kind of like bacon. The taste is of the smokey malts and earth. Burnt leaves and a campfire. Dry with some charred oak. The mouthfeel is somewhat light and thin which help makes this brew more drinkable considering the amount of smoke flavor. I love this style of beer but haven't been able to find many really good ones. Overall, this is the best Rauchbier I have ever had (thus far).

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2013 00:11:38 | More by PicoPapa
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into DDC tulip april 21 2010

A clear deep amber with lots of bubbles floating up to half a glass of light tan head that has great retention and leaves a few partial rings of lace. the foam ever so slowly falls to a island but I finish the beer before its gone

S an earthy, woody, smokey smell like your wool sweater after sitting next to a campfire all night, perhaps a little smoked meat is hiding in there to

T all the things I smell but just a little weaker in the mouth, I also pick up on a little chocolate that was no where to be found on the nose

M thick enough to please and it fluffs up a bit in your mouth due to decent carbonation

D no issues with this beer interesting at the very least, I'm not sure if this is something I would drink all day in the hot summer sun but it would be an ideal treat sitting in the back yard at sundown

thanks hoser for this one and the glass I poured it in to for that matter. my only regret with this beer is I have no BBQ to pair with it and no campfire to hypnotize me while I drink it

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 19:10:24 | More by wordemupg
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zhooker

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From tap to a 12oz white wine glass. Dark amber and opaque, with a clean filtered look. Healthy head that dissipated quickly, but left some pretty lacing.

The smell is, well, unmistakeably a rauchbier aroma. The following comment may seem sacrilegious, and it definitely reveals my former teenage snack food preferences -- but the first thing that always comes to mind when I whiff a rauchbier is the classic Slim Jim. Fortunately this is not accompanied by a screaming Macho Man Randy Savage. Back to the aroma -- smoky, meaty, a little sour.

The smoke owns the flavors here. Not nearly as strong or forward as the great Bamberg Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, but definitely thick and meaty.

Smooth mouthfeel, surprisingly crisp on the tongue.

This was my first from Dieu du Ciel, and I was overall impressed. I would much prefer this to the Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier, which is a little too overwhelming to enjoy an entire bottle of. However, the smokiness is still very much more pronounced than something like Stone's Smoked Porter, or other beers where the smoke flavor is just an addition (opposed to the centerpiece). Would only recommend to those familiar with rauchbiers, but because of its mildness, serves as an excellent introduction to the style.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2010 11:50:03 | More by zhooker
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bobsy

Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

TJ hooked me up with this one - thanks man! Shared it with Eric and some delicious burgers.

Pours a deep oak with a small cream coloured film that persists and leaves a few lace spots. Unlike a rauchbier like Schlenkerla, this is less meaty in its smoke aroma, and more like a campfire. Light rye bread underneath, but mostly just smoke and minerals, which is good for the style. Smoke and ash dominate against lightly bready malts and a mineral backdrop. Its strength lies in its simplicity - there's not much there, but what there is works. Body is a touch on the light side, but makes the whole experience highly drinkable.

Not bad at all, and a nice pairing with our food. Its certainly very drinkable for a fairly one-dimensional beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 19:27:28 | More by bobsy
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed last night with my supper, hamburgers from the barbecue & macaroni salad.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled March 2010 (or maybe Feb. as the notch is ambiguous).

Appearance: Massive head, light tan in color. Opaque brown body that looks dark and inviting.

Smell: I get lots of smoke though not overbearing with traces of hickory and beef jerky. My wife smells smoked gouda which is quite true.

Taste: Good smokiness that isn't overdone. Wisps of wood and more gouda with a solid malt body. Different but good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Really good balance. It could have been overdone for the smoke but instead a great complicity is struck. Average carbonation and a very comfortable body in the palate.

Drinkability: Yes, i'd have another. I liked it enough to go back again for this beer.

Overall: I'm not usually attracted to smoke beer but i found this beer to be really good and would recommend it if you can handle a moderate smoky presence.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 19:03:01 | More by papat444
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kjyost

Manitoba (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share. From notes. Thanks Nicole!

Pours brown and clearish with a light tan ring that doesn't last. Smells of smoky meat and BBQ. The body begins with a very BBQ finish with burnt meat notes in it. Lingers with bacon. No perceptible bitterness, but the smoke lasts forever on the palate. I could imagine enjoying this beer with a good pulled pork...

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2011 00:16:27 | More by kjyost
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ZorPrime

Quebec (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new bottled beer from DDC... I'm so happy.

Dark color beer. It is dark brown with a creamy head on top. As usual with this brewery, the head stick well to the glass. The aroma is smoked!... wow I like this. I get some bacon in there too. No hops. On the taste side, it is smoked again. Everywhere from start to finish. More like a smoked wood than bacon, however. The taste is better than the smell. A bitterness in the end, however it is not strong. One good thing is the taste lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. We note also the carbonation in the mouth. A good smoked beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2010 19:25:16 | More by ZorPrime
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ritzkiss

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared by Bobsy, thanks man!

Pours a light rusty brown with a smattering of bubbles which stick around, seems a little light for what I would go for...

Smoke jumps out of the nose, more campfire than smoked meat, just a hint of hickory and ash. A bit of minerally malt, just a hint of biscuit.

Very well integrated smoke, doesn't overwhelm like some. Helped out by a nice grassy, minerally hop bitterness in the finish which, when paired with the malt base, almost reminds me of an alt + smoke. A little thin in the body but the lack of heft makes this more of a plain ol' drinker, especially with the well integrated smoke. Would gladly drink it again, paired well with BBQ. Thanks Robbo!

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 18:03:31 | More by ritzkiss
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper brownish, and relatively translucent. A very appealing stream of frothy bubbles dancing on top.

Smell: Very pleasing woody smoke, not at Schlenkerla levels but enough to satisfy Rauch-heads like me, without alienating those who are a bit sheepish or never been exposed to this style before. Really interesting grainy aspect to it as well, and a tiny bit ashy, but not at an unpalatable degree.

Taste: The smoke factor is spread out very well on the palate. It hits you solidly at first, balances out in the middle with a very solid malt structure and finishes long with hickory traces. They should brew this more often.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2006 01:17:33 | More by Goldorak
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jlisuk

California

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-26-2013 23:44:35 | More by jlisuk
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Krakpoff

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-19-2013 00:19:50 | More by Krakpoff
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cburns48

Vermont

4/5  rDev +6.1%

03-02-2014 02:42:17 | More by cburns48
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jrempel

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +6.1%

01-31-2012 03:24:45 | More by jrempel
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Charbonniere from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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