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Chemin De Croix | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by wordemupg on 12-25-2012

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Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 60
Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5oz sample at DDC tap takeover at National Beer Hall 24/11/12 from notes

A very dark brown and again in the small sample glasses I get just a thin film but it leaves a few random patches

S raisin, plum and prune, dried dark fruits with with some roast and bakers chocolate and Hershey's syrup

T what I smell but with a large blast of burnt espresso and char, decent but I preferred the smell

M quite gritty like a wine with heavy tannins, good level of carbonation and some burnt toffee on the finish

O OK but considering who brewed it and the other dark monsters I've had from DDC I was expecting a little more

I could drink another but with my other options from DDC I may not anytime soon

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Photo of zhivago373
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours black with creamy brown head, like a latte. smells of slight roasted malt notes and clean hops. not a big smelling beer.

tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate flavors, mocha/coffee, and Noble hop varieties. not overly hoppy or bitter on the backend but certainly the hops shine on the back of the tongue and the lingering aftertaste.

overall, a nice, unique fusion of a porter with amped-up hops. worth trying.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: my bottle read 6.3%ABV not 7.5%

A: Almost black with some ruby red highlight coming through. A thick creamy looking head of dark beige towers over the beer. Lacing was present but minimal.

S: Very dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee and roasted malt.

T: Once again I get that bitter dark chocolate. Hints of a coffee roast element. A bit too bitter for me honestly; it gets to be a bit acrid at times. Very 'dark' tasting. Roastier than I would expect for a porter. I get just the slightest, faintest hint of floral hops on the palate as well. It has the profile of a sipper at only 6.3%. I don't get any of the dark fruit advertised on the bottle.

F: Creamy feeling. Carbonation is a bit reduced making the beer go down easily. Imagine an intensely bitter chocolate milk.... trust me it's good though.

O: Pretty nice overall, but the bitterness was just too much for me. Still a good beer and rather impressively complex for such a low- relative to craft beer- ABV. Don't think I would buy it again but it's always fun to try something from DDC.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, dubbed an 'Old style India Porter' - so a hopped-up roasty porter, is what I'm guessing.

This beer pours a clear (I think), very dark brown colour, with subtle orange cola highlights, and two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent band of freaky webbed lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of well roasted caramel malt, a prominent oily nuttiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, some free-range wet ashiness, muddled citrus and bruised pome fruity esters, and soft piney and leafy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and still rather toasty caramel/wheat malt, grainy medium chocolate, some orange and white grapefruit pith, charred coffee grounds, a twinge of black licorice, and more plain leafy, piney, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and sometimes merely cheeky frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and actually quite smooth, just a few ashy specks to pick out of your teeth once in a while, no biggie! It finishes on the sweet side, despite what the label says - those chocolate and mixed fruity notes hard to dispel.

Overall, a pleasant enough re-formatting of a few different beer styles, which, in the end, turns out to resemble a well-made American Black Ale or Cascadian Ale, if you prefer (I do). Rich, easy to drink, and complex, nothing to complain about here, which is a thankfully common thing with this brewer.

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Photo of ludachris
3.9/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body is black everywhere but its edges. Two fingers of whipped, creamy tan head boasts excellent retention. Sheets of lace coat the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Sweet dark chocolate with roasty edges. Its core is rich, made up of pumpernickel and rye. A whiff of leafy hops pull through but it's just as faint as its alcohol character. The nose has depth and packs a punch.

The taste is equally as strong but far less refined. Dry grainy roast becomes quite prominent and is paired with a rigid resinous bitterness. Dark chocolate and cake mix have morphed into its undercurrent. When you look past its green, roasty bitterness, it's sweeter side isn't hard to find.

Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation, allowing its dry roasty quality to really assert itself. The finish is quick but its bitterness lingers well past that point.

Every time I see a new offering from these guys on the shelf, I've got to pick it up. Although this isn't there best, it didn't disappoint. The nose was my favorite aspect with plenty of depth and richness. Its "India" moniker becomes apparent in the taste. I think this would make for an excellent beer to cook with.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Jan-3-2015

Pours pitch black--a little ruby coming out of the bottle--with a rusty, yellow-tan 2 fingers of head that stays at a healthy cap. Decent retention; foamy, scummy lacing. (3.75)

Chocolately malt. Licorice, coffee, hard water, some herbal hops, chocolate. (4)

Smooth, coating mocha. Coffee, toasted nuts, milk chocolate, green citrusy hops, baker's cocoa. (4)

Rich and easy drinking with a medium body and soft but present carbonation. (3.75)

Tasty porter that is a little different.
This is a good beer. I had it really fresh and the hops were a lot more present, but honestly I liked it better this time.
Rich and rodust in look, smell and taste. Pours nice enough and features very chocalatey aromas and flavors. Drinkable and enjoyable. Not the best porter I've ever had, but interesting and different without being needlessly provocative.
Would have again; worth trying. (3.75)

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a black color with some deep amber hues in the corners when the light hits it. It pours with one finger of Mocha head that fades leaving virtually nothing.

Aroma - Toasted nuts, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, leafy floral and light eathy hops.

Taste- Again I get toasted nuts, coffee, roasty malts, extremely bitter dark chocolate or bakers cocoa. Then I get extremely bitter leafy hops and some spicy eathy hops. The flavor comes together fairly well.

Feel - Medium Heavy body, with some very light carbonation. Very bitter thanks to the hops.

Overall - I now understand the "old style India porter" name given to this beer. It reminds me of a black IPA but the hops as bitter as they are, are subdued in the back by the malts. Not a bad beer get it if you can.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow! There is a lot going on in this beer! Coffee, chocolate, hazel nut with a dry hop finish at the end. I like that it has those flavours but is not sickly sweet.

I was expecting more of a hop profile - this is basically a solid Porter with complexity.

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Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tight tw finger head with great lacing. Bit of chicory and earthy hops in the flavor as well as unsweetened chocolate. Body is medium with a lasting bitterness. Glad DDC bottled this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with nice brown foamy head with good retention and some good amount of lacing. Aroma consists of huge amount of roasted malt with quiet a bit of chocolate notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of roasted malt notes with some chocolate notes and light dry finish with some green hops notes. Body is tad thinner then I was expecting with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Loads of flavors with an overall dry taste but avoiding the astringency territory.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV: 6.3 % Bottled on January 25 2016.
Released in Sweden April 22 2016.

Up till now I’ve never been disappointed with Dieu du Ciel so I’m glad to have this beer in my hand :)

Thick, very dark brown, almost black beer with a two finger high, creamy, mocha-colored head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Charcuterie, smoke, ash, roasted malt, oak, hazel nut, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder and pine.
Taste: Bitter cocoa powder, dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, nut, grapefruit, coffee grounds and hops.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. Very dry and bitter ending. Lingering aftertaste.

Beautiful! I really like this!

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Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap during DDC event at Bar Hop

Beer is black with a good-sized tan head. Very good retention, nice lacing.

Perhaps the beer is too cold or the glass is not conducive to scent but I don't get a big aroma. Roasted malt and some coffee.

Taste is very nice. Strong roasted malt flavours, fairly smoky. Some cocoa. Balanced, but on the bitter side. Very strong flavour, bold.

Full bodied, low carbonation level. Very smooth and rich. Nice.

Overall, really nice. Was not familiar with this one and was happily surprised. Really big and nice flavour. An underdog in the DDC catalogue.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black color with a nice head. Aroma is hoppy with some roastiness. Nice aroma a little in the range of black IPA but not strong enough to be IPA.

Taste is roastiness with a finish all hoppy. Grassy. Delicious and so easy to drink.

A nice beer from DDC!


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Photo of kculrich
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle, dated 2016-01-15. Served cool in a tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany with cola highlights, a scant finger of short-lived, loose, tan head and thin sheets of scummy lace.

Smells of fresh-perked coffee and fudge, oranges and tobacco.

Tastes of mocha java, earthy and nutty. Toasted oats, dry dusty chocolate powder, chicory, orange rind and bhong water. Well bittered, clean, very little lingering aftertaste.

The feel is dry, resinous and well carbonated. Medium bodied, smooth and way-too-easy drinking.

Overall... well, overall, I don't know why I bother to review DDC beers because I know I'm going to like them a lot. I always do. And I don't know why I bother to review stouts and porters because I always say OMG, this is one of the best stouts/porters I've ever had! Screw you people; stop making fun of me.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good looking, pitch black with red hues and a 2 inches off-white/"yellowy" head that's really creamy with a lot of lacing. Nice dark chocolate aromas with roasted notes, also there's a subtle aroma of fresh hops. In the mouth it's like drinking liquid dark chocolate. There's still the roasted malts that are present but it's mostly a dark chocolate taste. You have a nice bitterness too it, not overpowering at all but you know there's a decent amount of hops in it. Nice carbonation and feel too.

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Photo of woomThomas
4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is hazy brown, almost black color. The foam is beige with small solid bubbles. The foam disappears leisurely soon, leaving thin fine grooves. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, burnt wood, old ashtray. There are touches of dark rye bread, coffee, dark chocolate and bitter orange. The flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter. Dark chocolate, hints of dark rye bread, espresso, cocoa. Clear bitterness with sweetness. Good taste containing all tastes, but nothing takes over. Good balance and sweet notes. Rich body. Moderate carbonation. Total dryness, sweetness, good bitterness.
Full Taste Note on http://www.woom.one/

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Chemin De Croix from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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