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Rescousse - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
86
very good

101 Ratings
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Ratings: 101
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 8.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Altbier |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Yoonisaykul on 01-27-2011)
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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.

liamt07, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev -1%
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.

clayrock81, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Rijtjeshuis
4.28/5  rDev +12%
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!

Rijtjeshuis, Jul 17, 2011
Photo of smcolw
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

smcolw, Jul 09, 2011
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.

peensteen, Jul 02, 2011
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.

tbeckett, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of ZorPrime
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

ZorPrime, Jun 09, 2011
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?

biboergosum, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

ritzkiss, May 25, 2011
Photo of Derek
3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Derek, May 12, 2011
Photo of Halcyondays
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a creamy soft white head, good lace and retention.

S: Sweet malt, hint of hops, caramel.

T: Quite malty, toasty biscuity malt with caramel. Not near the minerality the better German versions show, but this was balanced and tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, thins out a bit toward the end.

O: Good flavours overall, clearly to style, nice to see a North American alt of this quality.

Halcyondays, May 08, 2011
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.

IronDjinn, Apr 29, 2011
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.

spinrsx, Apr 19, 2011
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.

andrenaline, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Seanstoppable
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Seanstoppable, Apr 02, 2011
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

joemcgrath27, Mar 26, 2011
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...

Long813, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of papat444
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

papat444, Mar 18, 2011
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

wordemupg, Mar 08, 2011
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.

eat, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

kwjd, Feb 24, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Phyl21ca, Feb 21, 2011
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.

Sammy, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of Beersignal
4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
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...

Santé

SMD

Beersignal, Feb 12, 2011
Photo of flipper2gv
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

flipper2gv, Feb 08, 2011
Rescousse from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
86 out of 100 based on 101 ratings.