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Rescousse - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 54
Hads: 117
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Yoonisaykul on 01-27-2011

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Photo of Beersignal
4.43/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm trying to review more often. Past few years I just haven't had the time to do so and I just couldn't be bothered to be truthful. This one is worth a few notes.

Firstly, it was added in the wrong place as this is an offering from the microbrewery and not the brewpub. The brewpub's offering in the Altbier style is called Grand'Messe and is very enjoyable.

Appearance points are high because I can't find anything really wrong with this. The pour is inviting, the beer is a warm and crystal clear mahogany with some russet reflections near the stem of my tasting glass. The head is very tenacious and leaves thick clumps of tan lacing on the sides of the glass.

I pull the glass to my nose and a generous whiff of a favourite of mine emerges... brewday. Gentle malts and bready notes emanate from the foam with just a hint of hops to disturb the baked goods signature. No real fruitiness detected but the malts suffice to make me want to quaff this.

My first sip tells me this beer is perfectly balanced between the bready, biscuity malts and a firm balancing bitterness. Very minor mineral notes support the clean malt and hops and make this a very satisfying brew. Mouthfeel is firm and clean, allowing the malts full expression. The aftertaste is appropriately short ending on sourdough bread notes... nothing more to say except that this is as good as it gets.

This a highly quaffable beer that would work in all seasons. Equally at home on those fresh summer nights or as an aperitif on a cold winter day. I don't think there's a time I wouldn't enjoy this beer. It combines a full flavour profile with just the right volume to be drunk in quantity. Great session ale. Dieu du Ciel does it again... and again...



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Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours hazy brown with red hues. The tan head is medium large, creamy and stays for quite some time. Nice lacings.

S: Just like an Altbier should smell; fruity and a nice mix between malt (a bit dry, and far from too sweet) and hops. Some yeast.

T: Bitter hops, dry malt (only faint sweetness). Light spicy and yeasty. Kind of basic for the style, in a nice way.

M: Nice bitter aftertaste. Body as well as carbonation is medium. The liquid is dry and very smooth.

O: Nice, this is just as modest and nice as I like my Altbiers.

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Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled February 2012.

Appearance- Pours a dark amber with a 1/4 width of bubbly head.

Smell- Plum, cherry, caramel malts, slight herbal hops.

Taste- The plum, cherry, and caramel malts come through nicely followed by a nice punch of the herbal hops.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes a tad bitter.

Overall- A nice altbier by DDC. I enjoyed the dark fruit flavours with the punch of herbal hops. I find this quite sessionable. Again, DDC doesn't disappoint.

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Photo of NightINgale
4.11/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Reddish-amber in colour, with a nice, lasting white head and impressive lacing. It even looks better than some authentic German examples of this style.

S - Mostly toasted malt, with a hint of citrus, apples, and toffee.

T - Wow, it looks like the brewers at Dieu du Ciel had managed to make a fairly interesting German beer style even more interesting! This tastes toasty, with a pronounced bread and toffee taste, some light fruitiness, and a surprisingly solid hop bitterness. I'm also getting an almost ice-tea-like flavour (weird but pleasant). Unlike in the real German altbiers, here the bitterness is backed up by some slight grapefruit flavours.

M - Light-to-medium bodied. Low level of carbonation. Very smooth, almost creamy texture, despite the fairly strong bitterness. Not very sweet. No hint of alcohol.

O - This was a very pleasant surprise, as I was not expecting much from it (despite it being brewed by DDC). Certainly very sessionable! This beer isn't too crazy, not boring - just good!

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a nice amber colour, finger of beige head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Some rye notes, followed by some caramel and toffee malts. A light peppery scent with some nice leafy green hops on the finish.

T - Much different than the nose implies, with chocolate and espresso flavours shining through and some bitter leafy green hops that follow. The bready caramel malts lingers alongside some the ground coffee flavours on the palette.

M - A medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - I'm really digging the altbier style, as they seem to possess very bold flavours, yet they are easily drinkable. Highly recommended ale and definitely worth grabbing a bottle if you can.

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Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another bottle obtained up in Montreal, still have many to go. Really love this label. Somehow my first review of an Altbier, awesome.

A- Pours a clear red-light brown hue into my skinny, tall pint glass. A massive off-white head forms and has a nice creamy, frothy texture. Retention is good and a bubbly cloud sticks around. Lace sticks a lot at the top and patches form down the glass.

S- Has an amber-brown ale hybrid type nose. I get nice notes of malt including nutty, toasty and caramel hints. Definite fruit in here as well. Just a bit faint.

T- Smooth yet flavorful. Malty and yeasty upfront to me with notes of raisin, nuts, spice (clove, pepper), toast, caramel and dark fruits. Slightly sweet. Slight bit of grassy and a tiny hint of citrus hops.

MF- Creamy and crisp light-end body. Carbonation is silky but a bit lower than I expected for the flavor. Finishes with a pretty sharp bitterness.

I am a fan of this. It drinks very easily and is very smooth but still brings a nice variety of flavor to the table. I gotta learn how to brew something like this because it might be a long time until I get more of this.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle thanks to freud, April 2011 bottle date. Thanks Fred!

Pours a reddish marroon, a dense and creamy dusty offwhite head sits atop. Fantastic retention and lacing. Nose holds a rich toffee malt, spice, some woody notes (tree bark?). More earthy notes with some subtle smoke. Taste has big wooden and earthy malt flavours, toffee notes, with some light spicing and grass in the finish. Light bitterness in the mouthfeel, but the earthy malts prevail and dominate lending some good full sweetness. Medium carbonation and easily drinkable. Very nice for the style, something I could easily revisit.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into pint glass mar7 2011

A clear reddish copper with lots of tiny bubbles that get larger as they float up to a nice two fingers worth of tan head that leave several rings of lace

S fruity, earthy and a little brown sugar perhaps the brown sugars a little burnt

T what I smell and some hops come out a little more, faint pine and something I just can't place, even with hops trying to balance things out its still quite malty

M well carbonated, full for the color and quite bitter, it leaves a little bit behind on your gums and I'll be able to taste it tomorrow the flavors stick to your mouth

D overall I enjoyed this beer a fair bit, I saw the bottom of my glass before I knew it, not something I'm used too but I could see myself getting acquainted

I'm happy I have a 6er of this one perhaps after another 5 I'll have figured this one out a bit better. Now that I think about it perhaps I should review one of the bottles a little deeper in the box but what can you do

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Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a mini off white head. It quickly recedes to a foam ring and leaves little lace behind. Biscuits and barley grain fill the nose. Sticky, chewy malts and caramel flavors contrast a healthy dose of piney, mildy citric hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is lightbodied with actove carbonation. Bitterness and herbal notes make up the long finish.

This is a great Altbier from a great brewery. Hoppier than I was expecting.

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Photo of eat
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

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.

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Photo of Electros
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable session ale. Mild malt, hops, flavour. Neat label on bottles as per, price point for the style great. Nice head retention as will most of there beers most likely a torrified wheat added to the malt. Goes down very easy, hop note on initial tastes as well as after finish. Would buy again.

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Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Date: 0-2

A: Dark copper body with one finger of light mocha head leaving quite a bit of lacing.

S: Nice collection of dark fruits, figs and some roasted malts.

T: Quite malty and nutty, finishing with a nice touch of pine hops.

M: Medium-light bodied with medium-low carbonation. Texture is full and leaves a bitter-hop finish.

D: Another pleasing beer by DDC. From what I read from papat, I am glad that this replaced Fum...

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Photo of endovelico
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Taken from notes.

Appearance: Muddy mahogany color with little head or effervescence.

Smell: Aroma is of medium intensity. Caramel, toffee, dried fruit, candy sugar, faint alcohol and faint woody notes as well.

Taste: Medium high in intensity. Dominant caramel, malty profile with burnt flavors and protuberant vegetable like notes. Decent.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body. Medium bitterness. Medium low carbonation. Watery texture. Dry finish with short-lasting earthy aftertaste.

Overall: An interesting brew that just doesn't cut for me. As a whole it's pretty average. I think this would work a lot better if it was a bit fuller.

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Photo of mick303
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%

Enjoyed from bottle into a stem glass, poured a slightly hazy coppery amber brown, with a decent film and lacing.

S - caramel and hazelnuts, a warm toffee nuttiness, with some fresh apple fruits, crisp yeast firmness to it, pick up some mineral aspects behind the malt.

T - malty, caramel toffee, again a crisp minerality slowly develops leading to a crisp dry finish. A quite drinkable altbier which incorporates quite an interesting journey from sweet caramel through firm floral hoppiness and crisp yeast character.

Mouthfeel has a good carbonation and delicate balance, a bit sticky still on the finish with the caramel which was slight hit on the beer.

Quite a tasty alt and quite drinkable, pronounced yeasty character that coats the palate toward the finish. Perhaps the start could be lightened a bit as the caramel gets a bit heavy, otherwise a flavourful session ale, but far short of my favourite from this brewery, still quite tasty and impressive.

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Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle served in a pint glass.

A: Pours a copper red color forming a big creamy, thin bubbled and soapy head. Good retention and tons of soapy lingering lacings left in the glass

S: Roasted malts and caramel, mainly. A little bit metallic. Light notes of bread and flowery hops

T: Sweet upfront. Caramel, caramel, malts, sweet grains, bread and roasted grains. Light metallic notes. Medium and nice hops bitterness in the end. Quite good bittersweet balance

M: Light body. Watery. Medium carbonation and a delicious caramel and malts aftertaste

O: Good drinkability. Great Altbier. Dieu Du Ciel! quality

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Photo of dgilks
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy dark amber colour with a hint of red. Big, fluffy light tan head with great head retention.

Fruity yeast notes with some toffee malts. Slightly citrussy, crisp, almost roasty aroma.

Big, bitter, somewhat tea-like flavour with some herbal hop flavour. Mild bitter toffee malts. Good.

Medium-light body with moderately-high carbonation. Good.

A nice, crisp malty, bitter ale. Plenty of flavour and a unique take on the altbier.

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles. It does leave decent ring lace. The liquid is moderately cloudy. It has dark amber color.

Dark and earthy aroma. Low hop, stronger toasted malt nose.

Creamy flavor that reminds me of well-hopped porter. Has strong English ale elements--good caramel flavor, but the beer is not sweet. Full, round body with a decent dose of bubbles.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.84/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark copper color, fully translucent. Nice off white head, very good retention and correct lacing.

S: Very mineral smell. Some caramel malts. Maple syrup, brown sugar mainly. Some light earthy hops. Smells good but the smell is pretty light.

T: Much more hoppy than what I expected. Earthy and grassy hops are very present. Lots of baked and caramel malts. Toasted multi grain bread is VERY strong in this too. Some light caramel, maple syrup and vanilla. Strong and nice taste.

M: Nice medium body with medium carbonation. Very dry yet still sweet, this is nice.

D: This is a nice beer that is well balanced between the malts and hops. Super easy to drink.

Really German in the feel, smell and taste.

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Rescousse from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 54 ratings.