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Penombre - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 9.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 7 | 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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crhea89

California

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

12-30-2013 03:53:34 | More by crhea89
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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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LoveStout

New York

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-26-2014 00:04:03 | More by LoveStout
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ryan1788a5

Massachusetts

3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Deep brown color with tinges of reds somewhat hazy. Beige colored head settles into a quarter inch cap. Lacing is spotty.

S: Nutty, unsweetened cocoa, crusty brown bread, bit of molasses. Slight minerality. Hops bring mango and blood orange with a twist of lemon peel and some herbal grassiness.

T: Toasty and crusty up front. Bitter unsweetened cocoa. Black coffee. Nutty. Minerals. Sharp lemony hops interject. Orange zest. Medium-sharp hop bitterness. Loads of pithy and rind-like citrus flavors. Ruby red grapefruit builds in intensity and reaches its crescendo on the back end. Double whammy of bitter dark malt flavors and a punch of grapefruity hops on the finish.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and somewhat silky. Light supporting carbonation. Oily from the hops. Stiff astringency, but not out of control.

O: Everything I look for is there, it's on par with where the style has headed. Well executed. I just pulled a leftover sandwich out of the fridge; it's packed to the gills with salami and capicola. Little salt and pepper sprinkled on it, some banana peppers too. It made for a nice pairing with this beer. Breakfast of champions. Don't ever tell me I don't know how to live.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2014 14:29:56 | More by ryan1788a5
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-22-2014 20:51:13 | More by acurtis
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Magibeg

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

05-17-2014 20:46:10 | More by Magibeg
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Jotora

Ontario (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

05-12-2014 19:31:16 | More by Jotora
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KeeganRohovich

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-09-2014 01:41:43 | More by KeeganRohovich
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jbeervt

Vermont

4.25/5  rDev +11%

05-05-2014 00:44:58 | More by jbeervt
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rcjennings

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

04-26-2014 15:59:53 | More by rcjennings
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cam477

Newfoundland (Canada)

4/5  rDev +4.4%

04-25-2014 04:34:04 | More by cam477
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Penombre from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.