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Rescousse - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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Reviews: 53
Hads: 115
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 3.91%
Wants: 5
Gots: 8 | 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 TheBierdimpfe
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear veiled copper color. Creamy and foamy beige 2 finger head lasting around 8 minutes. Strong legs with some delicate activity.

Aromas and flavors of toffee, fruits, roasted nuts, grains, herbal and floral spices, slightly metallic and papery smell. Well balanced flavors having a rich bitter earthy oak like taste and toasty feel with some undertones of sweet dark fruits and caramel.

Slick full body with prickly carbonation. Strong and long finish ending with a bitter spicy and earthy dry mouth feel.

Overall : A warming, well crafted beer, having excellent flavors and intensity, only lacking an inviting pleasant smell and a slightly less bitter spicy finish for my personal taste. (693 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Montreal and shared with rudzud.

Light fizzy head disappears quickly, very little lacing, clear auburn brown color.

Nose brings sweet candy, toffee candy and reddish candy, malt, little nutty note and smoke, light grassy hop and little fruity note, earthy too.

Taste brings more sweet malt, candy, reddish candy, toffee and nutty notes, light smoky like note. Some grassy earthy spicy hops, weird earthy forest floor like with mild spicy note, toasty and doughy too. Finish is fair bitter, light lingering sweet malts and toffee nutty flavours, lingering earthy hops.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little sticky feel.

Overall meh. (657 characters)

Photo of rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing. Picked this up in Montreal.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear amber hue with a thin wispy head that fades to a thin halo.

S - Aromas of smoke and caramel malts, light toasty malts. Not much hops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of roast and old caramel malts and hops. Almost stale cardboard.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium body.

O - Overall this beer was just okay. A bit too roasty and caramel for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle (522 characters)

Photo of mick303
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%

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. (967 characters)

Photo of TheDoctor
3.61/5  rDev -6%

A:
Pours a clear amber with a puffy tan head like beaten egg whites that finally settles from two fingers to a ring around the glass. Okay retention; the lacing consists of little concentric circles of dots around the glass with a looming foam-insulation-looking ring around the top edge of the glass. (3.75)

S:
Sweet woody malt. Pralines, herbs, rubber, black tea, a little astringent, some slightly tart notes as well. Seriously improves if left to warm up a good bit. (4)

T:
Malty and slightly metallic. Nuts, dirty, water from a rusty old can, licorice, medicinal hops at finish. (3.5)

M:
Thin with a coating mouthfeel and a medium finish. The carbonation is nice and prickly and verges on velvet. Real thin though. (3.25)

O:
Pretty tasty Altbier.
LET THIS BEER WARM A BIT! I had had it before and not really liked it, I wasn't sure about it this time either but once it warmed it opened up a whole new world in the nose and taste departments (keeping in mind I still got it out of the fridge 20-30 minutes before pouring it).
Pours okay as far as it goes. The smell and flavor seem really similar with a really dusty brown sugar malt character with some herbal hops. It is pretty thin which isn’t the end of the world, but it could definitely be better palate-wise.
Would have it if offered to me; if you have the chance to choose among their beers, there are better ones, though IMO. (3.5) (1,412 characters)

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: More cloudy then I expected but it does have the right color of an alt. Brownish ruby color with finger of slightly off white head. Decent lacing an retention.

S: Sweet malts come through. Caramel, toast, along the lines of that.

T: Melanoidinesque flavors definitely come through. Caramel, toasted bread, are most prominent. More hops then the aroma would lead one to believe as well. Fairly bitter and a slight bit of noble hop flavor is detectable.

M: Carbonation, like i feel on all of dieu de ciels beers, is perhaps a touch low for my liking but its well done enough.

O: A good beer overall and i'd love to pair some mexican food with it. (651 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle bought from Brewdogs online shop

Poured a nice deep orange brown colour.. Slightly off white head pours thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thin layer... barely any carbonation... decent amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice biscuity / toffee malts, juicy fruits (oranges, apples, light raisins), sea salty notes, caramel / honey sweet notes, some light nutmeg / cinnamon traces, maybe the slightest hint of sweetcorn, peppery hops..

Taste– - Strong biscuity malts, caramel / toffee, some creamed corn / grainy notes, light spicy hops, the faintest of smokey traces, earthiness, light nutmeg, some light oakiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... medium body... A very drinkable brew

Overall - A very good example of a well balanced Altbier... well worth a try... (798 characters)

Photo of ssmack
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

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. (392 characters)

Photo of jrenihan
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled July 2013

Beer is reddish-brown in colour, with a small beige head. Head fades but not completely.

Nose is malty, sweet bread scents and caramel. Grassy, earthy scents. A slight bit of dark fruit, perhaps raisin.

Taste is similar. Malt focused, bread and caramel. Mildly sweet. A notable wood flavour, pine. Also some dark fruit, raisin and plum. The fruit is pretty low down. The pine and wood flavours present a bit of spiciness.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Quite chewy.

Overall, not quite my style, but flavourful and enjoyable. (557 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A bit hard to find altbiers around here, this example from Quebec pours a coppery gold with ample off white foam. Aroma is tangy, fruity, sweet, some peppery coriander and nutmeg like notes although there is no such spice in the beer. Palate starts with pretty big burnt caramel malts, with toast and dark bread crust, fairly impressive bitter spicy hops relative to others of this style. Initially I had a bit of trouble getting past the malts up front to catch other flavor elements but as things progressed I started to get some vinous fruit, sour gummy candy, a bit of yeasty dankness, spicy root cellar and more bitterness at the end, perhaps some metal like sucking on a coin. Its sweet as well but this is less obvious at first. An interesting array of tastes that unfolds as you go: Have two or three and you'll probably notice different things each time, with the malts in control for one bottle and more fruit and hops in the next. Not too shabby and intriguing if you want to pay close attention for a session. (1,021 characters)

Photo of eduardolinhalis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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 (614 characters)

Photo of endovelico
3.91/5  rDev +1.8%
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. (635 characters)

Photo of Electros
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of leaddog
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuggled into the country by a friend of a friend, thanks for sharing Rob!
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick off white head that quickly dissipates to stray bubbles on the top. The aroma is very malty with lots of dark sugars and caramel. Sweet candy hints of light sweet fruit and some earthy and herbal hops round out the nose nicely. The flavor is malty up front with a lot of the sweetness from the aroma. The sweet is cut with a spicy earthy hop bite as well as a bit of a mineral type flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly sharp mineral mouthfeel. This smells great! The flavor is a bit harsher with a mineral water thing going on that is slightly unpleasant. (715 characters)

Photo of SebD
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice deep copper/amber color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of sweet roasted malts , caramel, some fruitiness and earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet roasted/bready malts along with some caramel, some nuts and a nice earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas. (559 characters)

Photo of Otterburn
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint,
Its a deep amber color, active carbonation,
small abd tigh foam head,

It smells like cereal and bread, in a soft way.

IT Taste like the color. Intense amber brew, very tasty and a bit bitter, kind of a rough edge,
feel the old recipe of the altbier.

mouthfeel is round and smooth, with the bitterness
all around,

overall i appreciate this intense amber,
DDC GIVES a part of profits for société de la faune du Québec. (445 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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. (690 characters)

Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of NightINgale
4.11/5  rDev +7%
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! (1,013 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
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. (1,131 characters)

Photo of DoktorZee
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the Suguarbowl in Edmonton. Poured from a bottle into a schooner. Nice to see an interesting style like this one!

A - slightly cloudy amber beer with a finger of tan head and really sticky lacing

S - grassy hops backed by caramel

T - nicely balanced with a grassy/tea leaf initial hops attack smoothed out by a nice caramel malt; the bitterness still endures with the malt to balance it out and sticks in the back of the throat. Also some nice spiciness in the finish

M - light body with moderate carbonation

D - easy drinking beer, but also still complex

Pretty solid Alt - nicely balanced with lots of character. (633 characters)

Photo of Evil_Pidde
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (534 characters)

Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep ruby red hue which leaves a two finger fluffy head and sporadic lacing,the smell is brandy,sweet caramel malts,fresh baked bread and raisins,the mouthfeel is light bodied and has tastes of raisins,sweet malts,sticky caramel,herbal hops and finished with a sweet bitter dryness and overall its a nice ALT but not my favourite cheers. (345 characters)

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (354 characters)

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Rescousse from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.