Rescousse - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
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...
02-12-2011 21:58:57 | More by Beersignal
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
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
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
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
4.23/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
09-08-2012 03:12:23 | More by leaddog
4.22/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
10-17-2011 17:33:32 | More by Evil_Pidde
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
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!
04-01-2012 02:31:59 | More by NightINgale
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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.
02-26-2012 04:31:59 | More by cbutova
4.1/5 rDev +7%
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.
04-07-2011 01:57:09 | More by andrenaline
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
08-14-2011 17:27:43 | More by liamt07
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
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
03-08-2011 03:43:01 | More by wordemupg
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
04-29-2011 04:37:10 | More by IronDjinn
Rescousse from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.