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Penombre - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

150 Ratings
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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 53
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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ThickNStout

Georgia

2.18/5  rDev -43.1%
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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byronic

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -21.7%

12-10-2013 18:45:48 | More by byronic
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chippo33

Vermont

3/5  rDev -21.7%

07-21-2013 09:36:28 | More by chippo33
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Hultkrantz

Sweden

3/5  rDev -21.7%

04-05-2013 01:56:13 | More by Hultkrantz
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Noxious26

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.18/5  rDev -17%
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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misterkew

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

02-11-2014 00:35:49 | More by misterkew
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-16-2013 13:55:35 | More by mdillon86
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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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marct

Nevada

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-04-2013 15:09:05 | More by marct
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steve8robin

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

12-14-2013 04:40:58 | More by steve8robin
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

02-18-2013 09:12:21 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

03-26-2013 16:20:51 | More by THECPJ
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kelvarnsen

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

04-16-2013 02:32:40 | More by kelvarnsen
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -12.5%
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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4ster

Ontario (Canada)

3.41/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large wine glass. Brewed date 12/12.

A: Pours opaque, very dark brown, verging on black. Light milky brown head that settles into a decent froth with large bubbles. Retention eventually dies down.

S: Very faint hop smell, but not getting much else out of this glass. Light to almost non existant on the nose.

T: Quite similar to the smell. Not much hitting up front in the way of malts...there are hints of coffee towards the end which follows up with a fairly bitter hop aftertaste, but that is about it.

M: Pretty smooth beer off the start, medium carbonation but I get a burning alcohol at the back of my throat on the finish. Had this beer with food so I will caution for now that it could have been emphasizing some spice or something in the food, not entirely sure.

O: For starters, being from the West Coast I am used to some pretty amazing Cascade Darks (similar style to this) and as such am fairly disappointed in this brew. Add to the fact it comes from DDC makes me wanting more. It was dark but just not much else. The dark just overpowers the IPA hop profiles and not in a good complex malt way... To note, this is I believe the first time they have offered this beer in bottle form and not having tried it on tap, perhaps it has just lost something in the translation. Either way it needs some work. It s drinkable but not much more.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2013 02:36:18 | More by 4ster
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 12/12.

Appearance: A dense brown body, easily 3-4 fingers worth of a nice chocolate milk colored head. Lasts a good while, rocky foam that climbs well onto the glass.

Smell: Hoppy a bit, mild roasted notes, some grapefruit, mild coffee.tame

Taste: Flavors surprisingly tame, milky coffee mixes with some hops which are a cross between grapefruit & wood.

Mouthfeel: First thing i notice is the smoothness of the body, not rugged but creamy. Bitterness is an afterthought.

Overall: A subdued IPA , not a real hoppy one. Good but i've yet to see one beat Dunham's.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 03:36:34 | More by papat444
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tap: Poured clear black color ale with a small foamy head with good retention. Aroma of bitter hops with light aromatic notes. Taste is not the most complex with medium bitter notes and a dry caramel malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. OK but not really a style a dig and not the most complex beer from this fine brewer.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2011 02:37:04 | More by Phyl21ca
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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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aztraz

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-06-2013 20:41:46 | More by aztraz
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vandemonian

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-22-2013 00:18:17 | More by vandemonian
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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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Mattias

Sweden

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

04-20-2013 20:09:30 | More by Mattias
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Mack

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

01-26-2014 21:24:05 | More by Mack
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dlello2

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

05-15-2013 03:07:15 | More by dlello2
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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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Penombre from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.