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Rescousse - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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54 Reviews
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Reviews: 54
Hads: 119
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 14.4%
Wants: 5
Gots: 12 | 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 rudzud
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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

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Photo of peensteen
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber brown colour, mild white head with some lace left behind. Smell is malty with notes of caramel, sweet notes, lightly nutty and slight bitterness as well. Taste is all malt, caramel, sweet in the finish, lots of malt in finish and aftertaste as well. Mouthfeel is syrupy, big feel to this brew, nice medium carbonation. Pretty good, not fantastic for the style but still quite good.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.
Thanks Fred.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from IGA outside Mont Tremblant.

A - Pours with a really soda pop-ish head of very loose bubbles. Bright, no visible carbonation, dark copper colour. Good soapy lacing and a film of retention.

S - Earthy and spicy hops with a good sort of oaky or whiskey note. Nice dark malts

T - Slightly smokey with a good kick of earthy and spicy hops. Good dark malt balance. Kinda like an ESB but with a little bit more of a burnt/smokey element.

M - Some mild carbonation and a medium to full body. Slight bitterness in the finish.

O/D - Didn't knock my socks off but I enjoyed it. Easy to drink and full of flavour. A little heavy to session but a nice one for DDCs standard releases.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%

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)

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)

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

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

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)

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Photo of Otterburn
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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

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?

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Photo of SebD
3.63/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.66/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper with dark cream head, some retention & lace.

S: Earthy, caramel, floral, toffee, hint of sulfur,

T: Earthy mineral, caramel, grass & citrus rind, more resiny hop oil than you'd expect from the style, light sweetness is overtaken by a serious bitterness.

M: Fairly full body for its strength, light residual sweetness, hint of hop acidity.

DO: A good drinker and overall decent brew. I like it, but it's sort of a bigger/american interpretation of the style.

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Photo of ADZA
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an amber-brown colour with a finger of white head. Some lacing down the glass, ok head retention. Smells of floral hops with toasted malt and caramel. Fairly sweet flavour for the style, mild bitterness does come through though. A little bit thin body, but smooth enough mouthfeel. Another nice beer from Dieu Du Ciel, but not one of my favourites from them.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of ssmack
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a amber-brown color w/ two-finger head that died slow and left lace down the glass on top of a somewhat hoppy, somewhat sweet and bready malt aroma. A smooth, somewhat creamy body that has a touch of spicy hops balanced w/ some minor sweet caramel and breadlike malts. A little dry and crisp in the backbite for a nice finish (also some high carbonation notes). An enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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