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Penombre - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel


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

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2014 12:31:02 | More by flyingpig
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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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2014 20:07:02 | More by Haydn-Juby
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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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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

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2014 13:32:59 | More by Ozzylizard
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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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2014 14:50:20 | More by FLima
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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

02-06-2014 06:34:50 | More by Pintofbrown
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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.

It's a bit misleading at first, quite aggressive on the palate, but also in control. An unexpected hop blast but not quite IPA territory either. An interesting style blur, but drinkable and fun.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:36:33 | More by smakawhat
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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

01-12-2014 17:33:16 | More by smcolw
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3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with a large head.
Nose shows sweet chocolate, cocoa, nutty malt and toasty characters along with soft pine.
In contrast the flavours are quite hoppy. Big piny resinous notes with an aggressive bitterness. Some roast and cocoa.
Body could be a bit thicker.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:47:46 | More by CrazyDavros
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Ontario (Canada)

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Penombre Black IPA
Colour from bottle is a dark brown, blackish in glass with a huge cap of light cream head, very good retention and lacing. 4.25
S – dark bitter coffee, lot of skunky tobacco, earthy with a herbal/musty edge, licorice and molasses notes, some of the black malts really come through and give a roasty bitterness to it. A little syrupy but pretty interesting. 3.75
T – similar dark roasty malts with upfront coffee bitterness, roastiness, chocolate, less tobacco than the smell, there is some sweet molasses, bitter coffee, and very full balanced roasty flavours with enough bitterness to rrally play it up, mostly earthy and slightly herbal/licorice bitterness. Some dark fruit tannis maybe also toward the end. Finish is dark cocoa, dry and clean, with a long full aftertaste. 4.25
M – moderate bodied to start, with a medium carbonation and pleasantly sessionable body, a satisfying creaminess to it with enough of a strong malt heft and astringent bitterness toward the end to dry out the finish nicely. Tasty. 4
A very well crafted example of the style. Has some nice roasty stout like qualities to set it apart from other IPAs but lots of easy drinking bitterness to make for a really pleasant and intriguing beer. I wouldn’t mind trying it with a bit more hops but this is very nice as is. Certainly worth trying, a tasty example of this style that has good qualities to it. Something a bit different to be sure, and it works nicely. 4

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2013 03:53:35 | More by mick303
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4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Been trying to get up to visit this brewery for years, but haven't gotten the chance yet. Finally a new beer from them, can't wait to try it Although typically not my fav style, but we'll see how it goes.

Pop... errr... they're still using screw caps wtf! Pours a decent fluffy off-white little creamy almost 1 finger head with some big bubbles as well, fades semi slowly with nice big lacing, the beer is just about pitch black with hint of mahogany light sneaking through the thin parts.

Nose is really interesting, a mix of hops and dark malts as expected but different than normal and much nicer. A lot going on so let's see if I can pinpoint them all. Some mild cocoa, well more like a touch of baker's chocolate, as well as a nice dark caramel, mild fluffy nougat, and hint of a light coffee, a mild robust porter like dark malt. Hops are not as big as I expected thankfully, a hint of citrus starts but that fades quickly to some mild fruity hops, like a generic fruity slightly stone fruit hop, with touch of a grassy floral component.

Taste starts creamy, with lots of malts out front again, starting with a mild roast like malt, not a big heavy roast, just a touch of a roasty quality with some mild smooth coffee as well. That turns to a little dark chocolate, like a crushed cocoa bean mixed with creamy oats. A nice dark robust porter like flavor with some dark malts, into some nice caramel flavors and a little fluffy nougat again. Then hops, again not super crazy on the hops and not a ton of citrus or pine thankfully. A mild earthy component, into some floral grassy notes, a mild fruity touch as well, hints of tropical fruits but not the citrusy tropical fruits or strong ones either. Finish gets fairly bitter, with a bit more earthy hops and they turn spicy and quite bitter as the beer dries but leaves a little lactose like sticky feel, bit more roast with it's own bitter component, mild coffee as well lingering.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, somewhat creamy as well, pretty good carb for a semi creamy porter like beer.

Overall pretty good, I think they treated this more like a hoppy porter than an IPA with roasted malt, which is why I think I like it. The nice dark malts with mild roast and coffee without the acrid burnt flavors, a hint of dark chocolate and some caramel components, as well as a creamy feel, add nice effects. HOps come through and actually seem to blend nicely, they don't go crazy in bitterness or in tropical fruits or citrus that would just clash with the rest of the beer. Again I really think this is more of a hoppy porter than a black IPA.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2013 02:47:23 | More by jlindros
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New York

3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar and the edges are dark reddish brown in color when the glass is held up to a bright light. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that quickly died down, leaving only a patch of large bubbles in the center of the glass and a collar around the edge.
S: Moderate aromas of roasted malts are present in the nose along with hints of resinous hops.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is dominated by flavors of roasted malts and has subtle notes of resin from the hops, the latter of which also contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness. Hints of charred ash and dark chocolate are also perceptible.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a pretty nice Black IPA if you like something that focuses on the roasted malts.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2013 23:33:17 | More by metter98
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Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341ml brown bottle poured in a pint glass. Purchased from Zyn in Calgary on Remembrance Day weekend.

Pitch black with just a hint of cola coloured highlights when held up to the light. Big foamy beige head is about 1.5 inches on the pour. So thick it looks like you could stand on it. Recedes to a thick cap.

Burnt malt with a coffee aroma and hints of herbal hops.

Lots of burnt flavour. Kind of like a stout rather than a Black IPA. The hops come through in a long finish to add a bitter hops effect to the bitter burnt flavour coating the tongue.

Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. The burnt quality is a little harsh.

Not really to style. Way to much burnt malt for a black IPA. Hops are almost imperceptible. This would be a decent stout, but it's not a very good version of the style they're labelling it.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 04:24:09 | More by Noxious26
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 00:07:41 | More by Immortale25
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Ontario (Canada)

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

Dieu du Ciel! Pénombre ("Twilight") is a good name for a dark beer that isn't entirely pitch-black; this colour is more like that of a black bean in that it actually has, well, some colour (as oppose to those beers that are liquid abysses). It's a classy looking ale and pours with mink lather.

The nose has creamy notes of vanilla, harsher hints of burnt grain and unrefined cocoa as well as a hoppiness that is herbal, dank, and, frankly, stinky. There's plenty of pine and tree resins. I can't say it's missing much of anything. This is simply what a good Black IPA smells like.

This style should always conjure the thought of sipping espresso in a wet forest. Check! The palate is treated to a coffee-and-cream flavour that includes dark chocolate truffles and fudge and a drying, coarsely bitter aftertaste that simulates chewing on dead leaves and tree bark.

Black IPA is the ultimate union of bitter and sweet. It is a mediator's favourite style. It tells both sides of the story. It is a beer that lives on both sides of the fence and the grass is always green (somewhat literally given the very 'green' tastes of grass clippings and ganja).

Dieu du Ciel! has in my book always been, and continues to be, one of the best microbreweries in Canada. There's few others that can match their portfolio in terms of its diversity and quality (not to mention awesome bottle art). Pénombre lives up to every standard you'd expect.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2013 17:56:06 | More by biegaman
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Ontario (Canada)

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

(4.0) A: Near black with a caramel tinge and a tall and creamy dirty beige head. Lengthy retention and commendable lacing.

(4.0) S: Hops (some citrus and herbal qualities) along with lighter roasted malt (mainly dark chocolate). Licorice, root beer, caramel, and vanilla can also be detected to varying degrees.

(3.75) T: Similar to aroma with hops and roasted malt both sharing the taste profile. Citrus, dark cocoa, caramel, and herbal qualities. Modestly bitter with some dryness but more caramel sweetness.

(3.75) M: Medium bodied with med-low carbonation. Creamy and slick texture.

(3.75) D: This is great to see in Ontario considering the lack of black IPA’s available (hopefully that will change) and it's just great to see DDC products period.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 00:42:19 | More by Digimaika2
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Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Deep, dark brown, almost opaque and black in a dimly lit bar.

S: Strong notes of cocoa powder and dark coffee grinds, a bitter note in the background.

T: Very similar to the nose. Semisweet chocolate, dark chocolate, chocolate covered espresso beans. Roasty, but not overly malty, hence the Black IPA characteristics for a bitterness from the hops to cut through. Black IPAs are a tightrope walk, and this one goes across with a slight leaning into chocolate territory, which not many Black IPAs can successfully do.

M: Medium body with a great carbonation, giving way to a very, very smooth finish.

O/D: Taking the bitterness and acidity of good cacao, and matching with similar hops makes for a fantastic match. I can't tell if I enjoy the heavy chocolate notes, but it's certainly an interesting and flavorful take on the Black IPA, or whatever name we're calling the style today.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2013 19:02:59 | More by mostpoetsdo
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Rhode Island

3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 9/20/2013 at Julian’s in Providence, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep black color, with a thin light brown head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains roasted malts, hops and chocolate.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty roasted malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of chocolate and coffee come in. The hops presence is strong overall but not over-powering creating a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2013 16:51:54 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Ontario (Canada)

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

From a 341 ml bottle into a pint glass

A: cola colored with a two fingered head that gives way quickly to leave a small froth.

S: the coffee and chocolate come through strongly on this one.

T: the taste follows the nose and there is a hop profile as well.

M: thin feel with a medium carbonation.

O: not a bad beer. I am not a huge fan of DDC, but I think this one is my favorite of theirs to this point.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 00:10:30 | More by polloenfuego
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3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Served in a footed glass at the Mikkeller bar in SF.

A: Dark. Opaque. Little head.

S: hops and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

T: bittersweet. Interesting and worthwhile. At the end of the day though, a hoppy-malty mishmash.

M: solid but unexceptional.

O: I liked this beer a whole bunch. I love Dieu du Ciel, so...biased. Still. Recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-03-2013 07:25:57 | More by AgentMunky
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Quebec (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a clear-seeming cola color (looks like old motor oil) with a lovely 2+ inch tan head that holds itself together really well. Excellent retention; loads of luscious lacing. Gorgeous.

Fresh hops, minerals and dirt, some caramel malt notes, too.

"Flat" hoppy/hard water-tasting right up front. This is quickly followed by burnt malt notes, really reminiscent of a porter or stout in this respect, lots of coffee flavors and dirt. Increasingly dry, medicinal hop finish.

Thin and slightly creamy. Just under medium body. Good, complimentary level of carbonation.

Really a lovely beer. I have never had another Black IPA, though, so I would be curious to see how it holds up to others. Really reminds me of a stout or something. Mouthfeel-, taste-, and appearance-wise it almost reminded me of a deranged Guinness.
The only downside in my opinion is that the hop flavor is pretty medicinal (something I find in a lot of their beers). It is good, but it gets to be a bit much in the back of your throat by the time you finish the bottle.
Would have again.
Worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 18:47:32 | More by TheDoctor
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3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown to black forming a big bubbled beige head. Good retention and tons of lacings left in the glass

S: Roasted malts and flowery hops. Black IPAs are quite weird because they do have this mix of black roasted beers with pale and hoppy beers

T: Roasted and hoppy. Good balance. Roasted malts, notes of dark chocolate. Biscuity. Quite bitter which is a mix of roasted malts and hops bitterness

M: Medium body and carbonation. Roasted and hoppy bitterness aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Great Black IPA. Another Dieu du Ciel! winner

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 21:50:43 | More by eduardolinhalis
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4.19/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 20:08:34 | More by Sunnanek
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Alberta (Canada)

3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - almost impenetrable black, thumb of tan head receded slowly leaving plenty of sticky lacing
S - big roasty notes, hint of earthiness, touch of cola
T - cola and roasty malts, more mild earthy and grassy hops, more subtle pine and charcoal, but generally malt dominant
M medium body with a nice carbonation kick, full with a gentle hop bitter
O - its definitely tasty and goes down nicely, its a little heavy on malt relative to hops for my taste but that's more of a preference than a knock on it

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2013 02:30:44 | More by joemcgrath27
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3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Either it’s the toastiest IPA I've ever had or the hoppiest Porter that I've ever had. Regardless, its results are chocked full of the charm that I've grown to love about Dieu du Ciel.

In grand Porter-like fashion, the beer pours dark "bark" brown and basically opaque. The dense looking ale releases a creamy sandy-tan head that whips right up with a gentle swirl of the glass. Its lacy retention coats the glass with intricate patterns.

As hearty as the beer looks, its aromas are just as prominent: cocoa, heavy toast, light coffee, and roasted nuts continue the Porter theme, but the bright and zesty character of IPA chimes in with grapefruit and pine needles. Underlying burnt sugars seem to support the wood and citrus notes with a cream-like sense.

Its full flavors start with the char of toast, fresh ground coffee, burnt walnuts and cocoa. The light background of dry toffee fades at middle palate and makes way for the charge of hops to come. Starting citrusy with white grapefruit and freshly zested oranges, the toast soon fades and leaves the sticky, resiny taste of pine to dry the taste and usher in throat-gripping bitterness to close its taste.

Firm bodied, the beer has full impressions as the mind thinks IPA to start, but the dry toast character keeps the beer light so the turn toward IPA is a bit more manageable in the middle. Finishing toasty-dry, warm, and resinous- the beer has a linger of mild roast astringency and stemmy hop bite.

It really is a tale of two beers- where intrigue takes the tasted buds back and forth from hop to toast and back again. But I would rather it make up its mind. Either relegate the toasted malts to a color-correction role only, or push the sweetness a bit to balance the hops properly.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2013 21:10:18 | More by BEERchitect
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Penombre from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.