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
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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 IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (736 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 papat444
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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. (964 characters)

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
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 (536 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 ritzkiss
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of ZorPrime
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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. (432 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 eat
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of Long813
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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... (435 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 Yoonisaykul
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
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. (865 characters)

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

Bottle date of Feb 2011.

Pours a mahogany color with a finger of off white head. Head has staying power. Plenty of lacing left down the glass.

Nose is earthy with some caramel malt.

Very malty.and earthy. A bit of sweetness contrasted against a grapefruit bitterness. A small bit of toastiness. Mouthfeel was a bit chewy, with a certain amount of thick feeling left in the cheeks after the swallow.

I wouldn't characterize this as "delicate", but overall this was fairly enjoyable. I would probably drink it more as a meal accompaniment instead of a session beer. (567 characters)

Photo of flipper2gv
3.84/5  rDev 0%
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. (711 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 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 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 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 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)

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Rescousse from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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