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Mea Culpa - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Mea Culpa
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BA SCORE
89
very good

37 Ratings
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Ratings: 37
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 10.7%
Wants: 4
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Deuane on 07-05-2008)
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3/5  rDev -25.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -19.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of rudzud
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Vices & Versa while on vacation in Montreal with fellow beer drinker JLindros. Marketed as a "Cream IPA". Poured into a pint glass

A - Poured into a pint glass a clear amber hue with a thick one finger creamy head, all thanks to nitro. Head really hung around and layered down the glass. Again, to be expected.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, faint lactose, caramel. Faint bitter hops. Hops are incredibly mild here.

T - Taste is lightly bitter, malt sweetness, soft caramel, earthy hops, faint spice. Not bad, just, kind of underwhelming. Like a watered down blending of two styles.

M - Mouthfeel is creamy, lightly refreshing. Definite nitro here.

O - Overall this beer was alright, not quite as creamy as I'd hoped. Really just a nitro ipa with a touch of lactose. Shocked this was from Dieu Du Ciel.

Serving Type: On Tap (Nitro)

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.76/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tap: Poured a creamy golden color ale with a large pure white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrus and bitter hoppy notes with semi-sweet malt notes. Taste is dominated by creamy citrus and bitter hoppy notes with a relatively dry finish. Body has a nice creamy touch to it which differentiates it from the other IPA out there. Interesting take on the style.

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3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On cask during Cask Days 2013.

Beer is reddish brown, with a small off-white head.

Nose contains pine and damp weedy scents. Some muted citrus. Bready malt. A bit of a creamy scent.

Taste is fairly bitter, with the same damp pine and weed flavours. Strong malt component, bready and a touch spicy.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated.

Overall, disappointing. I had been wanting to try this beer and had some high hopes. As it is typically served on nitro, maybe cask is just the wrong treatment for it. This was not bad, but a let down.

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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

5oz sampler at the DDC tap takeover at National Beer Hall 24/11/12 and a pint at Beer Revolution the next day

A slight haze in a amberish orange body, a few sloe bubbles and a thin film that leaves patches of lace

S smells a little sweet with some honey, sweet breads and citric hops

T some orange rind on top of what I smell, the hops are stronger and has a better flavor then the nose would let you think

M smooth with enough carbonation to give it some life and a little grit left behind on my gums

O pretty nice beer but I was expecting more of a hop bomb, I just had very high expectations I suppose its good but I was expecting amazing

I'm just happy I got to try this one without spending the money on a plane ticket to Montreal. It's a solid beer well worth trying but its a little high on the Canadian Top 100 all things considered

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3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at volo for DDC tap takeover.

Reddish copper colour, white head that settles to a ring of white head, some lacing. The smell is fairly bland at first, there is a light hoppy presence, citrus, some yesty scents come off of this as well. Taste is earthy and dry up front, some fruit, peach, light citrus in the finish, some yeast notes. Medium carbonation and very creamy, medium body with a pretty nice feel. At first I wasn't a fan of this but as it warmed it was actually quite nice but I thought it would have a little more hop to it.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cask - my first cask beer

Appearance - The beer pours an amber colour with a nice size frothy off white head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness of the beer, and the lacing was above average. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, grains, caramel, grapefruit

Taste & Mouth - There wasn't much carbonation but the beer felt very creamy and smooth on the palette. I could really taste the hops and there was a nice fruity sweetness mixed with breads/grains. There was also some malts along with grapefruit and orange notes. It finishes with a hop and sweet cookie aftertaste.

Drink - This was the first cask beer I've had and I really enjoyed it, be sure to try it when you visit the Dieu Du Ciel pub.

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3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Described as an "India Cream Ale'

A-Perfect of course. Perfect cream head above a purgatory of
bubbles and liquid above the actually body of the beer. Head lasts throughout. Laces in a heavenly fashion.

S-Very interesting. Very creamy and almost milky. Hops are stressed. Piney and citrusy but it smells like it was dipped in Tres Leches batter.

T-Creamy. The whole Tres Leches description still applies. The hops are herbal, medicinal and astringent. They don't meld too well with the creaminess but it is strangely enjoyable. Finishes fruity but bitter.

M-Like a big Cream Ale on the tongue. Mild carbonation. Super-smooth. CREAMY.

O/D-Well worth a try. Truly tastes like an 'India Cream Ale' the hops were a bit off-putting during some sips but this is a beer that should be sampled if available.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz glass, a surprise last-minute update to the St. Paddy's Day lineup at the Underground, and a nitro-infused IPA to boot.

This beer appears a hazy dark brickish amber hue, with two fingers of foamy, somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves a randomly broken wall of painted lace around the glass

It smells of sweet rock candy, floral honey, weak caramel malt, tame citrus fruit salad, neutered pine needles, and a bit perfumed hops. The taste is surprisingly bitter citrus hops, more pithy sugary dime-store candy, lightly bready caramel malt, a meekly overarching mustiness, and a touch of warming booze.

The bubbles are quite laid back, and unobtrusive to the end, the body a middling medium weight, and smooth in the absence of any other meddlers, but hardly evident of a standard nitro pour. It finishes off-dry, the perfumed hops just confusing the matter with the base caramel and strange sugary essences.

A bit of a departure for an IPA for me - the gritty sugary character is indeed new, and informs this affair well beyond the norm, as while the bitterness is duly represented, it somehow falters in the face of the overbearing perfume and 7-11 candy nature. Different, sure, but not in a really worthy sense.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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

Notes from the brewpub last night. Another nitro tap.

A- Dark amber body into a 20oz oversized pint glass. An off-white head forms with about a finger of size and the expected great retention and creamy look from Nitro. Tons of lace everywhere.

S- Not a big aroma, had to search here but I got hints of cereal grain and caramel right away. Hops are fruity but not citrus bomb, something tropical and darker. Hop and malt balance.

T- Follows nose quite well. Good malts bring a cereal grain and caramel flavor that I find to be a pattern with DDC, reminds me nicely of homebrewing. Hops are mild (today's standard) in the end but I get pine, tropical fruit, floral and citrus zest notes.

MF- Silky nitrogenated mouthfeel, small bubbles but they are there and a thick overall feel. Mild bitterness coats the palate.

Reminds me of many ambers from the hops and malts. Shows that an IPA doesn't have to be all hops with complexity in both the malt and tasteful hop finish, a good bonus.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of CliffBrake
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had a creamy fine head that lasts and matches the smooth mouth feel. The aroma is subdued and uninspiring. Luckily the taste is a nice balance of fruity hops and malt.

A very drinkable beer, but not my idea of any type of IPA. I don't know if India Cream Ale is a style - maybe just a cream ale? Anyway, a good session beer that is very tasty, but maybe not on par with the other offerings at the brew pub.

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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

India Cream Ale on Nitro. 12oz pour at the DDC event at The Farmhouse Tap & Grill.

Beautiful appearance, with HUGE creamy thick white head a-top a deep golden yellow body that's crystal-clear.

Nose is somewhat floral and creamy.

Palate is rich and full from the nitro. Flavors of citrus hops mingle with notes of honey and dried grains. Mouthfeel is amazing...everything should be on nitro, especially IPA-type beers.

Thanks to Stephane and Luke for coming down and showing off their wares!

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Mea Culpa from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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