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Penombre - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

166 Ratings
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Ratings: 166
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 05-30-2008)
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jooj8

Slovenia

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-30-2014 20:20:56 | More by jooj8
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bigred89

Maryland

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-30-2014 04:17:22 | More by bigred89
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.59/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, cocoa, citrus zest, and slight char aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa, earth, and char flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop and roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with lots of char and earth qualities that somewhat dominate over the citrus zest presence I am getting in the smell.

Serving type: bottle.

08-26-2014 02:24:29 | More by UCLABrewN84
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kguard

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-24-2014 15:35:11 | More by kguard
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slowfade

Quebec (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-14-2014 03:54:40 | More by slowfade
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kmarie

Vermont

5/5  rDev +30.5%

08-06-2014 04:13:24 | More by kmarie
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dcmchew

Romania

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours pitch black (very dark brown up towards the light), half finger creamy tan head that slowly reduces to a sticky lace.
Nice roasted malt smell, with rich chocolate, faint cappuccino and lots of burnt sugar. The IPA part shines through, with a big leafy character, pine, minty herbs. Licorice, vanilla and some subtle fig and raisin too.
A robust roastiness hits first in the taste, lots of dark malts and dark chocolate, powdered with ground coffee bean and a bit of cream. Licorice and raisin follow, just for a bit, followed by the big green hops, with pine, ribgrass, maple leaf, bitter grass and spruce. Bitterness gets bigger and bigger as the roast and the hops pile up, creating an ashy, dry charcoal, tobacco, rough bitterness that continues into the aftertaste (leafiness and chocolate too, but way too subtle).
Medium to heavy bodied, oily, medium carbonation.
It felt a bit too roasted for me, and the finish gets even rougher as you drink it, cancelling all the tastiness. More balance would've helped.

08-05-2014 14:18:00 | More by dcmchew
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muskiesman

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-04-2014 20:27:36 | More by muskiesman
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vhmf1978

Brazil

4/5  rDev +4.4%

08-03-2014 22:47:06 | More by vhmf1978
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dmorgan310

Panama

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-29-2014 08:47:45 | More by dmorgan310
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%

Bottle poured into a tulip glass. Essentially pitch black, maybe just a touch brown, with a moderate amount of tan head comprised of small bubbles. Aroma is decidedly porter-like, nutty chocolate and coffee malts with just enough grapefruit pith and mango to remind you that this is technically a "black IPA". A brown sugar sweetness develops nicely over time. Smells and tastes a tad funky as well, not in a bad way. On the palate I get some dried fruit, dried citrus peel (grapefruit and tangerine), and bitter earthy notes, root cellar and cruciferous salad greens along with wood char, raisins, cacao powder, black coffee, and walnut meat. An almost maple-like or fenugreek sweetness emerges late. A bit prickly and aggressive but I will concede that the malt flavors develop nicely. This is what I imagine those aggressively hopped porters of yore to taste like (see Steele's excellent book on IPAs for details). Tasty but the hops do not shine through as well as in other examples of the style. The malt bill and execution is top notch, however.

07-26-2014 20:07:47 | More by CalgaryFMC
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-26-2014 02:38:51 | More by DrBier
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notchucknorris

California

3.66/5  rDev -4.4%

A: Pours black with a creamy one finger light sandy colored head. Really nice lace left behind after each sip and decent retention.

S: Lots of spruce and pine with a bit of citrus peel, chocolate and earthiness. Sort of a strange smell, but not a turn off.

T: There's a damp piny hop flavor that hits first, then some roasted malt, day old coffee, charred grain husk and some light bittersweet cocoa. A bit of lingering pine resin on the finish with some burnt espresso. Interesting, but I wouldn't say this is one of the better ones I've had from them.

07-23-2014 02:48:59 | More by notchucknorris
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Howlader

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-20-2014 05:53:03 | More by Howlader
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-19-2014 21:07:50 | More by GRG1313
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stephens101

Oklahoma

4.46/5  rDev +16.4%

Body is brown with crimson hues. A tan head stands firm.

Smells of grain and resin out of the chute with black licorice following close behind. Dark fruits and a slight roastiness further back.

Roasted nuts to the tongue with a little pepper and grain, all enveloped in a blanket of earthy hops. All components are finely tuned.

Medium mouth-feel with little alcohol noticed.

A superbly crafted ABA of distinction.

07-15-2014 00:11:09 | More by stephens101
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EpicHobo1

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

07-10-2014 01:23:27 | More by EpicHobo1
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GClarkage

California

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

07-08-2014 16:19:24 | More by GClarkage
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wrightst

Maryland

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-17-2014 15:46:26 | More by wrightst
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mbonugli

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-16-2014 18:55:10 | More by mbonugli
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amano_h

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

06-10-2014 02:53:29 | More by amano_h
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hopsolutely

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-08-2014 02:54:48 | More by hopsolutely
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Kaizoku

Sweden

4.25/5  rDev +11%

06-07-2014 10:53:08 | More by Kaizoku
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ArrogantPrick

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

06-06-2014 16:39:41 | More by ArrogantPrick
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4/5  rDev +4.4%

05-28-2014 13:07:22 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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Penombre from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.