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Penombre - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 52
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.19%


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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Reviews by ThickNStout:
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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.18/5  rDev -42.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12oz bottle from La Duchesse D'Aiguillon (Quebec City). 2.39. I can't decipher to the notched 0&1 mean. Served in a Microbrasseri Charlevoix goblet.

Pours near black with a quarter finger light tan head. Small bits of lace.

Smells of coffee, roast malts and just a whisp of pine.

Tastes of burnt coffee, smoked malt, char, bark and traces of flower pedal. In the back therw is also a hint of something "off".

Lightish body with moderately high carbonation. Long roasty finish.

Deinately the weakest link I've found in Dieu du Ciel's otherwise strong line up. Drinks much more like a garden variety stout than an ABA, with almost no hop character to speak of. I have to assume/ hope that I got an infected, old or bad bottle. I just can't believe that my experience is what the brewers intended.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 01:32:11 | More by ThickNStout
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New York

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flyingpig

United Kingdom (Scotland)

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

341ml Bottle from Good Spirits Co, Glasgow (£3.80):
Black with a 1cm, creamy looking head that is a ligh, tan brown & holds pretty well, showing no initial signs of reducing in size.

Dark & malty with some chocolate & roasted barely. Seem more like a porter than a black IPA, with coffee coming through as well. The hop presence is minimal & further cocoa with light caramel round things off.

Toasted malts, barley & chocolate that mirrors the nose. Slightly more hops than in the nose but again it seems like a push to call this on a black IPA rather than a lightly hopped porter. There was some bitterness around the middle & sweet caramel right at the end.

Medium to full with a smooth feel & light medium carbonation. Very easy to drink with a alcohol well hidden & some sweetness towards the end. A light medium bitterness was noticeable throughout, more so when the beer had time to settle a little & the finish was a dry one.

Quite a good beer, although it was nothing like I was expecting after reading the label on the bottle. It is described as a black IPA on the bottle but in truth it was definitely leaning more towards the porter side of things with a lot of darker malts and toasted flavours coming through but still very nice.

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Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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Louisiana

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Indiana

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03-26-2014 13:56:08 | More by MSandahl23
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Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Looks great in the glass. Porter like in appearance with about a finger of darkish tan head. Ruby red highlights when placed in the light.

S: Slightly roasted malts maybe just a bit of hops but not enough that i could easily pick out any variety.

T: A bit of a let down honestly. I didn't get too much hops at all. Bitterness is solid. The roast character is nice and gives some slightly coffeeish notes but its not overwhelming.

M: A thin body but its nice and drinkable the way an IPA should be IMO.

O: It felt more like a porter to me honestly. It was a good beer but I wouldn't call it a black IPA. If someone gave me one without telling me i'd probably call it a robust porter.

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Ontario (Canada)

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StonedTrippin

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3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

no doubt a quality brew, but i have a bit of a hard time calling it a black ipa. it drinks quite a bit more like a brown ale slightly accentuated by bittering hops. i dont get the dark enough bitter barley roast, and i certainly dont get much hop flavoring aside from the bitterness. that said though, i like this beer quite a bit. rich and grain driven, dark chocolate brown in color and frothy, but not much head ever lasts here. its got a chocolate malt nose too, with some darker hints, but it never takes off into full dark ale mode for me. the hops, oh the hops, i wish they added some pine notes to this, it would really pop off. instead, its pure bitterness, not aggressive, but enough to cancel the grain sweetness and leave an odd drying feeling on my palate. flavorful beer and quite tasty, but short of what the style dictates, at least to me. gentle but abundant carbonation and a full body. a good fall and winter ale that i quite enjoy, but an amendment to the hopping here could make this world class. excuse me please for being a gung-ho american hophead always looking for more.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2014 16:22:56 | More by StonedTrippin
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Alberta (Canada)

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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 1 1 at 42 degrees into imperial pint
Aroma of toasted malt
Head large (6.5 cm), light brown, creamy, mostly diminishing to a center hill with a partial 3 mm layer.
Lacing good
Body dark amber with slight haze
Flavor begins moderately bitter with some maltyness; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Flavor ends bitter
Palate light to medium, watery, carbonation soft

An unremarkable beer, supposedly a dark IPA, but with no discernable hops input, just some toasted malt bitterness

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Brazil

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brown color with a thin head with low retention but keeping a constant ring and some laces.
Aroma of coca cola, coffee and chocolate.
Flavor with notes of coffee, dark chocolate, mint, some grapefruit, caramel, apple, earthy and herbal hops. Dry, bitter and roast aftertaste that won't go away.
Creamy medium body with low carbonation.
No sudden punch in the face here, a very smooth and tasty beer.

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misterkew

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

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digita7693

Germany

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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one into a snifter. The alchemy inspired artwork is inspirational! Penombre means "Twilight" in French, by the way.

Penombre pours into the glass an opaque, dark brown with a tawny film that barely manages pencil-width before receding to a ring.

This black ipa has a sweet nose: white bread drizzled with honey, slight coriander spiciness. It is hard to pick anything else out. Where are the hops?

The palate reiterates that white bread sweetness throughout the drink, however a roasted malt also joins the fray, helping to smooth out the sweet. As the beer warms this opens up a bit and resembles dark chocolate. Hops are only noticeable at the finish where a growing resin-y, aspirin-like bitterness slowly grows, meshes well with the roasty and sweet malt. The lack of any other kind of hop flavoring makes for a let down.

Penombre pleases with medium-bodied heft and bubbly carbonation on the tongue. Once that long, bitter finish takes hold though, the beer dives to dryness.

Penombre comes across a bit like a one-trick pony. The hops exists only to bitter up the finish; the malts coalesce with a big and roasty blast to compliment the hops. The nose could use some tweaking, far too sweet for how the beer turns out, and faint. I wanted to really like this beer, but this is a less than inspirational bipa.

Serving type: bottle

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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Louisiana

4/5  rDev +5%

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smakawhat

Maryland

3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a Dogfish Head Ale glass.

A nice dark walnut brown with just a hint of red to it for the body, complete with a two finger creamy very light cocoa brown and tan top. Creamy head settles to about a finger nice and slowly, not large but seems to be hanging around well.

Aroma is chocolate milk, and whoppers candy. Soft sweetness, and some nice dry husky soft grains. Milky, hints of lactose, but not very hop forward or discernable or obvious on that front. Hints more of porter and milk stout.

Palate brings the ale, and the character changes quite dramatically. Sweetness replaced with very noticeable dry roasting malts. Finish is very noticeable hop bitterness of pine and sharp dry earth. Very bitter and sharp. Body hints at a little creamy character, but sort of gives some light pale alt airy malt, backbone subdued with some tight carbonation.

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Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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Virginia

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4/5  rDev +5%

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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good beige head that leaves a lot of streaming lace. Dark brown color, but light does pass through the center of the glass

Surprisingly mild smell. I do detect the burnt malts and the peppery hop. Perhaps a bit of cream.

The taste starts mild, but slowly shifts to a variety of flavors--the strongest being the burnt malt. Strong toast element. The body is a bit watery but the carbonation is low. So, it seems balanced. I sense alcohol, but given abv and flavor, that seems odd to me.

Serving type: on-tap

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Penombre from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.