Rescousse - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.28/5 rDev +12%
Look (4/5) - a good example of the style. Pours an amber-colored brown (dark toffee). Clarity is very good. The head is creamy-colored, very large, and billowing. It falls (a bit quickly) with some really nice lacing.
Smell (4.5/5) - the smell is really complex and dominant on the malts. The malt balance is between some maillard flavors (dates) and some coffee-like tones. A bit more roasty then I'd expect not on style, but it works well.
Flavor (4.5/5) - the taste is very nicely balanced. The malts come first, and are very similar to the aroma: sweet fruity melanoidin masts and more bitter coffee malt. Some mildly earthy hop flavors, but the stronger was a bit more intense and balanced out the maltiness very nicely.
Feel (3.5/5) - medium-full body, with medium carbonation, a bit like a doppelbock. Velvety.
Drink (4/5) - sessionability is about like a bock, so not too high. But it was very tasty!
07-17-2011 19:51:16 | More by Rijtjeshuis
3.63/5 rDev -5%
341ml bottle, a dreamcatcher-adorned wolverine (which looks a lot like a bear) gracing the label.
This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, rocky, and yet loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some randomly shaped lace tropes (webbed, striated, etc.) around the glass in its lazy as sin wake.
It smells of barely sweet, bready and biscuity caramel malt, denuded orange cream, dry honey crackers, and bitter earthy, leafy hops. The taste is still less than sweet doughy, bready and grainy pale malt, a certain toothless caramel/toffee, um, 'character', a pithy citrus fruitiness, some mineral/stone astringency, dry bar-top nuts, and a strangely peppy earthy and weedy hop bitterness.
The carbonation is average in its bearing, and sort of metallic overall, the body a wavering medium weight, and smooth with a more than merely tangy (my first impression) edginess. It finishes not quite off-dry, the biscuity malt, and significantly bitter, but weirdly flavour-free hops doing well to tantalize your palate to the end.
A decent enough New World melding of Yankee red ale and German altbier, but a tad tight, at times, I'm afraid. I will, however, raise the remainder of this glass to my 11 cents' worth of contribution to the recovery of Quebecois ursine species. Because wolverines be rockin', yo?
06-03-2011 03:00:28 | More by biboergosum
3.58/5 rDev -6.3%
A decent beer, but not so alty. Pours a bit dark looking with three-quarters of an inch foamy head. Malty aromas which is the taste, it is a smooth drinker. A tad thin mouthfeel. On the sweet side, some bitterness and black pepper in the finish.
02-18-2011 16:38:48 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +4.2%
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Thanks to Phyl21ca for this bottle.
Appearance - Brown body with garnet hues. Off white head with a bit of lace.
Smell - Earthy malts and some deep burnt caramel. Smells kinda like a doppelbock, but less chocolatey.
Taste - Nice malt flavor with a surprising hop flavor in front. Earthy malts, like the smell. Not sweet, which surprises me. It has a toffee flavor to it, though. The finish is slightly bitter and lightens the beer. Good mix of flavor.
Mouthfeel - The hops keep it light tasting. Good carbonation and a medium body that seems a bit lighter than it is, in a good way.
Overall - I've never had an altbier before, but it tastes pretty good. Flavorful. Gets the most out of the malt flavor without upping the ABV. Very nice.
08-15-2011 22:22:47 | More by Alieniloquium
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
Yé! Another Dieu Du Ciel beer to taste.
Served in SamAdams perfect glass.
A- Nice thick, chewy looking. light-beige head. Brown copper liquid looks a tiny bit syrupy.
S- Kind of a baked malt with a sour, slightly hoppy twang to it. Honey sweetness. Alcohol is noticeable.
T- Bitterness from start to finish. Alcohol is quite present. Kind of puzzled by this one as I'm not really sure what it tastes like apart from ''bitter''. A very good bitterness nonetheless. Some honey.
M- Full mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Nice body.
D- Very good. Kind of rough with the bitterness but the taste seems pretty straightforward and good to me so you kindof stop thinking about it and can just drink. So drinkable it is.
I guess it's a pretty good beer. Nothing wrong with it but I can't say I find it delicious.
Will buy it again but I'm in no hurry.
01-27-2011 03:53:19 | More by Yoonisaykul
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
A - a clear rich maple brown, generous off white head retained extremely well with consistent lacing
S - nutty, sweet, musty, and some light fruity syrup, and a subtle hop note on the back end
T - malt heavy mix of nutty, molasses, and an earthy/woody flavour, grassy hop balance, and light cherries
M - medium carbonation but fully smooth, pleasant hop bitter finish with a light coating lingering on the back of the tongue
D - DDC never fails to put out unique and tasty beers, this is very smooth and balanced, a warm and cozy drink
03-26-2011 02:37:45 | More by joemcgrath27
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
A good finger of cream-white head fades to a patchy cover and ring around the glass. Clear dark-copper coloured body with ruby highlights. Decent lacing. Great colour.
Lots of malt, caramel, minerals, little roasty, earthy hops. Nice full nose.
Lots of malt; though it's dark and earthy, not sweet as are most malty beers. Lots of hops as well, also extremely earthy (including a little spruce). No citrus here, other than a little darkly-bitter grapefruit pith on the finish. Bitterness is fairly high, though it's mostly met by the malt. I'd say this is nicely balanced. A bit reminiscent of something Les Trois Mousquetaires might do but definitely less intense than any of their offerings. I'd almost say it's on the watery side but I'm enjoying it.
Drinkability is kept high with a lighter body, though I'd trade off some of that same drinkability for something a bit more full. Moderate carbonation.
At 5% ABV I would enjoy drinking a few of these. Nice to see a solid example of a German style from DDC, and a drinkable one at that.
03-02-2011 19:29:41 | More by eat
3.53/5 rDev -7.6%
Pours dark red with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows sweet caramel, toasty and nutty malt, soft earth and resinous hops and some golden syrup.
Flavours are also mainly malty, lots of toasty and nutty malt transfers through as well as some subtle caramel. Finishes with a bold bitterness, much drier than the aroma suggests.
Carbonation is a bit full-on.
08-26-2011 10:11:49 | More by CrazyDavros
3.85/5 rDev +0.8%
Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color alt with a nice large frothy head with good retention and some retention. Aroma of biscuit malt is well balance with light residual sugar. Taste is also a well balance mix with some biscuit malt with great notes of caramelized malt with light residual sugar notes and light bready yeast notes. Body is quite full with a very solid malt backbone and good carbonation. Very well brewed for style and something I will have more then once.
02-21-2011 03:10:14 | More by Phyl21ca
4.03/5 rDev +5.5%
Poured from the bottle into my hotel glass. Eek Bottled Jan 2012.
A real gorgeous amber red body, clear and crystal with minimal carbonation. Fluffy white with hints of tan, settling slowly with a large puck. Spotted ring lacing throughout. Real sexy color and attractive here.
Nose hits with classic mix of toasty malts and yeast. Dense malt body with an almost chewy sense coming. Real nice.
Body hits with a nice dense malt. Bready hop and malt backbone with a pine like finish. Toasty brown crust bread in the aftertaste. Spice brown with a sticky classic finish. Chewy and dense but without a thickness that still manages to be sticky.
Overall a real solid altbier here. Delicious.
05-06-2012 04:09:39 | More by smakawhat
3.55/5 rDev -7.1%
The beer color is brown with some reddish note. One could say it is acajou in color. Nice head on top of it. Sticky too. Dieu du Ciel amaze me in their head quality... Love that sticky stuff.
Aroma shows note of malt with some nuts. The aroma has a light intensity.
Taste wise I get some hazelnut with malts... Light bitterness at the end. Resinous.
Medium body. So easy to drink. A session beer. A good one too. Very accessible.
06-09-2011 23:51:17 | More by ZorPrime
4/5 rDev +4.7%
From a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed deep amber, bright reddish-copper in light, massive rocky off-white head with large loose bubbles. Solid retention with lots of patchy lacing.
Sweet sugary caramel malt on the nose, some earthy rye, dark fruits.
Flavour would be cloying if it didn't turn savoury just as quickly. A sweet fig-like dark malt up front, similar to a Scotch Ale. It then becomes dry and earthy, along with an addition of spicy, herbal, leafy hops, finishing with a rye-like dryness and spicy hops.
Medium-light mouthfeel yet fuller creamy texture to offset that, low carbonation.
Not fully on par with a typical Alt, but a very fine beer of its own accord and well crafted. Worth checking out at least once.
04-29-2011 04:37:10 | More by IronDjinn
3.79/5 rDev -0.8%
Copper red with half inch of fine beige head that quickly reduced to a slick. Very good lacing.
The aroma of sweetbread and steely caramel.
Strong favour of roasted grains. Woody - oak and birch. Sweet ripe fruit - prunes. Spice - cinnamon. Hop bitterness in the back of the mouth.
A medium unremarkable feel.
A very drinkable altbier. Lots of complexity and very nice roasted malt taste.
10-26-2013 02:04:56 | More by ssmack
3.8/5 rDev -0.5%
12oz bottle at The Only cafe. Pours a nice ruby caramel color, hints of rusty orange. Thin head, pretty good retention, leaves some creamy lacing.
Nose is full of toffee, light copper metallic notes, toast. Taste reveals a nice initially toffee sweet base, dark fruits, toast, coppery mineral notes under par for style, and then a bracing (for the style) grassy and lightly spicy piney hop bite. Very dry finish, body thins out and disappears in favor of the hop bite. Very 'American' take on the style. Slightly thin, low carbonation.
A pretty easy drinking beer that pleases overall. Not particularly true to style which is not necessarily bad but it stil has a few overall flaws, balance issues.
05-25-2011 20:27:26 | More by ritzkiss
4.35/5 rDev +13.9%
First review since the ''overall'' change. This beer replaces Fumisterie (in bottles).
Had this with my supper, take-out pizza with loads of bacon, steak and other meat.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle. bottled Feb. 2011.
Appearance: A reddish-amber, maybe red body with a pockmarked head. 3 fingers worth that stick around a bit though not quite long enough. Fluffy foam clings to the side.
Smell: Caramel malt, earthy with some grapefruit and nuts.
Taste: Starts out very malt heavy with some nuts. A musty earthiness is present with some spices. As it warms, it almost transforms into an IPA hybrid as the bitterness that was in the finish before comes out strong. Good dose of grapefruit hops though never overdone.
Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a nice full body. Despite the bitterness, it keeps it's place and is never abrasive.
Overall: Really easy to drink if you don't mind a bit of an edge. Let this warm up as more layers of flavor become apparent.
03-18-2011 23:42:36 | More by papat444
3.95/5 rDev +3.4%
Appearance - Hazy reddish brown colour with a large size frothy and fizzy beige coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some really good lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.
Smell - Malts, breads/grains, an earthiness, rye, dark fruits
Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and the most noticeable flavours are malts, caramel, rye, and a smokiness. Also detectable are some dark fruit flavours.. perhaps grapes/raisins and a little bit of hay/straw as well. It finishes with a malty and smokey aftertaste with a lingering peppery/hoppy aftertaste.
Overall - Lots of different tastes going on with this beer.. It is quite complex yet very easy to drink. I am rarely disappointed with Dieu Du Ciel and I'd drink this beer again for sure.
04-19-2011 16:48:55 | More by spinrsx
Rescousse from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.