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Penombre - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel


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very good

132 Ratings
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Ratings: 132
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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Photo of FLima


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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3.75/5  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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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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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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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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North Carolina

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a true pint, the beer is a dark auburn to black coloring with a foamy, chunky, light tan head. Awesome cling while you drink. The nose is of roasted coffee and wet, fresh hops. The flavor is roasted coffee initially, with wet, aromatic, spiced hops flooding the mid-palate. The beer is smooth and light in mouth. Roasty and chocolate/mocha aftertaste is the perfect ending to this brew. Roasty, hoppy, and light finish. Very smooth and flavorful.

Serving type: on-tap

07-09-2012 03:24:35 | More by GarthDanielson
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4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2011 22:51:10 | More by nickfl
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2011 17:31:40 | More by liamt07
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New York

3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brasserie Dieu du Ciel.

A: Pours an almost opaque dark brown with a garnet hue when held to light. Creamy one-finger off-white head with a fair amount of retention and quite a lot of lacing.

S: Coffee and chocolate notes up front with some floral hoppy notes to follow. Overall, very sweet smelling.

T: Very strong roasted malt flavors up front with a finish that tastes just like black coffee. Not too hoppy, but nonetheless there's a fair amount of bitterness from the coffee in the finish.

M: Full-bodied with a creamy mouthfeel, but the dry finish entices you to take the next sip.

D: Goes down as smooth as many of my favorite stouts.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2011 18:46:35 | More by schlimenhaumer
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. From notes.

A - Poured a black colour with red around the edges. Two finger fluffy tan head. Good visible carbonation. Half finger of retention throughout and good lacing.

S - Roasted at first then right to juicy citrus. Some licorice and bread there also. Very inviting.

T - Roasty and chocolatey then flowing to licorice and citrus with a grapefruit finish. Very different from the aroma. Not blended as well.

M - Good carbonation and a medium body but alot less bitter than expected.

O/D - Not bad for a Black IPA. Very drinkable and flavourful, just off on some points. But good nonetheless.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2011 13:20:11 | More by tbeckett
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3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Farmhouse (Burlington, VT) on 2/19/11. Served in a wine glass.

Pours black, with some more ruby hues coming out along the bottom, and is topped with a ¼ finger of creamy mocha colored head. This retains with more of a thin wispy look but does keep some heavier bunching on the edges and actually leaves back a good amount of foamy spotty lacing. Malts take control of the aroma initially, with notes of coffee and chocolate giving this a roasty tanginess in the nostrils. Hops are giving off some green floral accents but mostly seem relegated to the back of the nose.

The taste has a hearty crisp bite to it. Not only of green citric bitterness but also roasted malts, which then proceed to separate themselves and spread crunchy dark roast across the back of the profile. Luckily there is no shortage of sweetness present, as notes of cocoa and toffee help soften and balance some of that sharp bitterness out. This finishes very dry and earthy, with a good bit of lingering pithy bitterness (maybe a tad too much so). The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a firm crispness that really brings all of those hops and roasted malts out to play. I'm picking up no alcohol up here in the body, which keeps this relatively smooth and helps settle the overall presence of this down some.

I found this to be fairly aggressive for the style but it never did quite get too overly so, as the balance and overall ease of the body helped bring things back down just in the nick of time. This is definitely one that I was initially shaky on but it won me over by the bottom of the glass. I'd gladly check this one out again sometime.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2011 17:16:07 | More by Kegatron
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft - my first black IPA

Appearance - The beer pours a dark brown colour with a nice size creamy and frothy light brown head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the darkness of the beer, and the lacing was one of the best I have ever seen on a beer. The head lasted for quite a while before it was gone.

Smell - hops, coffee, pine, grapefruit, dark chocolate

Taste & Mouth - The beer has quite a bit of carbonation and feels light yet creamy. The most noticeable flavours are pine, hops, and grapefruit mixed with chocolate and coffee notes. All of these flavour mix to combine a fantastic beer that I really enjoyed. It finished with a hoppy/coffee flavoured aftertaste.

Drink - The first black IPA I've had and it won't be the last. If you're at the DDC pub be sure to try this beer, it's outstanding.

** had this again in a bottle Jan 2013.. more porter/stout than IPA flavour wise

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2010 14:49:51 | More by spinrsx
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Quebec (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

My first beer ever in a Dieu Du Ciel brewpub. My first Black I.P.A seemed like a good choice.

A- darkest brown. Not much head but the thin layer that's left is not letting up. Minimal lacing. Nothing impressive.

S- this wasn't easy since I was close to the oven cooking pizzas and nachos. I can basically say roasted malt and hops all wrapped up in a creamy sweet alcohol package. Its all pretty soft. Hard to pickup distinctly.

T-subdued floral hops. A bit like the rosated malt was trying to hold back the hoppiness. Considerably malty but most of the malt you get comes from smell. If you try and isolate taste, its mostly hops. Roasted malt aftertaste though.

M- great. Light yet full. Medium carbonation.

D- very good. Tasty but not that sessionable.

Very tasty black ipa. I think this was my first one. Good first experience but I'm waiting for way better.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2010 15:54:00 | More by Yoonisaykul
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4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 11:55:26 | More by youbrewidrink
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3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Notes from recent trip to the Montreal Dieu du Ciel brewpub. (6/9/09)

Deep mahogany, clear with fluffy tan head with good retention. Big simcoe-like hop aromas. Palate has lots of leafy hops piled on a choco/toffee malt body. Finish is clean and light with bitter hops and citrus.

Serving type: on-tap

06-30-2009 05:33:51 | More by SFLpunk
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3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out a very dark brown in light, with almost no head and light lacing throughout.

Smell was just like a normal IPA. Light sweet smell but also hints of roasted malts and even some caramel.

Taste is mostly sweet malt, with some good caramel flavor. Not much dark or roasted about the taste.

Mouthfeel is very light and fizzy with carbonation.

A bit thicker than a normal IPA, makes it a little less drinkable than average.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2009 15:42:07 | More by tittymcj
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Ontario (Canada)

4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 16:24:38 | More by bobsy
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Mondial, a black IPA.

Pours a hazy dark reddish orange, almost brown, thick off white head forms, settles to a thin layer, lots of lace, great retention. Smell is nice, intense citrus and floral hopping, very aggressive, some roast and chocolate, caramel, strawberries and other fruit, touch of pine, real nice. Taste is caramel, floral, chocolate, caramel and roast, sharp citrus bitterness, solid malts through the middle. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, maybe a bit to high for the body, but enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2008 16:52:57 | More by Viggo
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4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Dark copper, almost becoming dark brown with a medium light tan head. Left some lace behind.

S-Dark roastiness and floral hops...what a nice combination!

T-Much as in the aroma...a nice combination of two loved styles, a hoppy IPA and a nice, roasty porter. Not overly bitter but it does build.

M-Medium body with a nice dryness in the finish.

D-A nice one for sure. Not Stone 11 but good nonetheless. A nice shot at this uncommon experiment.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2008 06:54:32 | More by Deuane
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Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Explicit cross between an IPA and a porter, enjoyed on-tap at Mondiale 2008. Very fresh. Bubby off-white head on dark scotch-like body, very lacey. Very roasty Above average carbonation that is sharp on the tongue and is mouth-drying. Not as drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 23:56:10 | More by Sammy
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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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Penombre from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.