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Penombre - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 58
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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5/5  rDev +30.5%

rogerdandy, Dec 10, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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DaPan, Feb 15, 2013
Photo of stephens101
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.

stephens101, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of Immortale25
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge if the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty, borderline roasty, malt aroma with some hop fume behind it. A bit sweet with notes of cocoa, caramel and brown sugar. Musty dankness emanates from the glass when swirled.

T- There's a fine balance between the roastiness and the hops, neither of which being "in-your-face." The bitterness does start to come out on top after a while but the roasted malt does well keeping everything in check. Super drinkable.

M- Sharp from the hops and slightly oily. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- I don't think I've had a beer by DDC that I haven't given at least a 4 rating and this one will be no exception. That does it: this is officially my favorite Canadian brewery.

Immortale25, Dec 04, 2013
Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in Montreal. A black IPA, which I'm really excited to try.

Russet colour with a smooth off-white head which stays around and laces well. Nice light roast coffee flavours, jiving with floral hops in the aroma. Wow, pretty good...similar to a cross between kostritzer scwharzbier and DDC's top notch house IPA, corne du diable. Some good mocha and caramel flavours balanced out by citrus bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable, as the mixture of smooth maltiness and hops moderates the bitterness and increases the drinkability for me.

Had it on subsequent occasions at Volo a year later, and I still love this beer. Its got a great balance between lightly roasted malts and big juicy hops.

bobsy, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of nickfl
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - the beer has an opaque, black body which is topped by one and a half fingers of off-white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves very nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - toasty malt with some coffee and dark caramel. Spicy hops and a hint of pine in the background.

T - dark malt up front with some burnt caramel. Coffee and pine hop flavors appear in the middle. The beer finishes with more coffee and some charcoal as well as pine and moderate hop bitterness.

D - much darker and more heavily roasted than most other black ipas I've tried, but it works. The malt character is excellent and while the hop aroma is somewhat lacking, it does well in the flavor department with lots of pungent pine that holds its own against the roasty character.

nickfl, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of grub
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled oct 17+19/08 on cask at volo as part of cask days 2008.

pours deep brown with a bit of haze. some red shows through at the narrowest part of the glass. a ring of large bubbles clings to the edge of the glass and leaves spotty lace on the way down.

aroma is good. dark chocolate and coffee. bit of roast. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. grapefruit. bit of orange. hint of pine. fresh floral character that seemed more evident on friday than today. touch of alcohol.

taste is great. just over medium bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. grapefruit and pine, but less noticeable than in the aroma. the bitterness feels more coffee/chocolate/roast derived than hoppy.

mouthfeel is great. low carbonation level works well. just over medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. interesting overall. the brewery calls it a "black ipa", and that's a pretty good description. some elements of an american porter, american brown, and american ipa all mixed together. i had a couple samples of this one on friday and went back for another today.

grub, Oct 20, 2008
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Wordslinger, May 04, 2012
Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Volo Cask Days 2008.

A: Black with a light tan head; large bubbles, no retention or lacing.

S: Tangerine, apricot and some roasted malt.

T: Grassy, piny, tangerine & grapefruit hops, good bitterness, light roasted flavour, but not a lot of malt. An Imperial Schwarzbier?

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is very dry.

D: This one really grew on me.

Derek, Oct 18, 2008
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4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown, almost black. The brown head is rather small, but compact. Rather nice lacings.

S: Dark roasted, somewhat sweet malt. Lots of dakr dried fruits, but also dry from the bitterness. Chocolate.

T: Hard roast to the malt, vanilla and some smokyness. Lots of dark dried fruits. Bitterhops and strong black coffee along side with dark chocolate and cacao.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body and rather low carbonation.

O: A nice and well balanced ABA, the dry crisp bitterness is very nice.

Evil_Pidde, Jun 08, 2013
Photo of Rutager
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A HUGE thank you to the most generous montrealbcr89 for this and the rest of the insane box that just showed up out of the blue. Just a top notch BA right here.

Appearance. Pours a deep, dark red-brown with very little light getting through and a finger of lumpy, light tan head that leaves some great lacing.

Smell. Nice citrus and floral hops, bakers chocolate and a little roasty malt and coffee beans.

Taste. Big roasty malts with plenty of coffee and cocoa powder, followed by even bigger grassy hops and bitter dried citrus rinds with a touch of pine. The subsequent sips are dominated by the big hops, but enough of the roasty flavours still come through and don't let you forget what style you're drinking.

Mouthfeel. Medium body and medium+ smooth carbonation.

Overall. A great representation of a style I really enjoy, being the hop-junkie that I am. Would love to try this again, maybe even with a month or two on it to see if more of those great roasty flavours come through. Thanks again Tyler-Andrew!!

Rutager, Jan 22, 2013
Photo of liamt07
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Volo for the DDC tap takeover, into a tulip.

Poured pitch black, with some nice white head. Sticky lace with some solid retention. Nose has some citrus, pine and melon notes. Roasty and chocolate, and a hint of coffee as well. Taste has some bitter citrus and pine as per the nose, also continuing the dark chocolate and coffee that the nose suggested. Great balance between the IPA components and the roasty/chocolate notes. Medium full feel with some bitterness derived from both the hops and coffee/roast notes it seems. Great mix of flavour here, and one of the best 'american black ales' I've come across; more of a distinct IPA leaning than I've tasted before.

liamt07, Oct 02, 2011
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4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep brown color with a minimal off white head. Nice hoppy aroma.

The taste was hop upfront with a limited malt presence, which in my book is the way this style should be. I also would have liked a bit more roasted flavor to accompany the color.

The mouth feel was nice about half way between a classic IPA and a stout.

This beer has a high drinkability a there was almost no alchol present and a great bitter finish.

youbrewidrink, Mar 15, 2010
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Penombre from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.