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Disco Soleil - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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87
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130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.9
pDev: 8.46%
Wants: 4
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: jrenihan on 09-02-2013

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Ratings: 130 | Reviews: 33
Reviews by larryi86:
Photo of larryi86
4.04/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks BlogueDeBieres for this!
341 ml bottle, dated July 2014, poured into tulip

A- A hazy golden orange color with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus, tropical fruits, some pale malts, some pine.

T- Citrus, some tropical fruits, some sweet fruits, piney finish, nice crisp pale malt backbone.

M- Smooth, medium body, slightly creamy with a crisp finish.

O- A nice IPA, very easy to drink, and very enjoyable. Very happy I am getting to try this, I hope to see this in the US soon!

More User Reviews:
Photo of biboergosum
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle - having a little tropical IPA fun now, are we, DDC?

This beer pours a hazy, bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, frothy, and densely foamy eggshell white head, which leaves some chunky snow rime lace around the glass as it slowly sinks away.

It smells of rather dank piney and leafy hops straight off, musty, fleshy tropical fruit that I'm going to attribute to kumquats (never having knowingly had them myself), bready, grainy pale malt, a bit of dry chalkiness, and further floral, earthy hops. The taste is more fruity at first - generic citrus, muddled kumquat (like I now know what I'm talking about), guava, and peach - some lessened pine, in both intensity and in dankness, a pale malt that seems to have taken on a certain caramelized sweetness, and more late-arriving earthy, slightly perfumed floral hops.

The carbonation is decently sprightly in its moderate bearing, the body a proper medium weight, equal parts malt and fruit, and altogether smooth. It finishes off-dry, the guest fruitiness countering the various lingering hop bitters to a pleasant detente.

An enjoyable IPA, overall, the kumquat sort of blending into the general fruitiness for the most part. Balanced, tasty, and worthy of at least a few rounds on yer favourite summer patio - disco ball optional, of course.

Photo of Phyl21ca
4.42/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a bright golden/orangey color ale with a rather large white head with good retention and some great lacing. Aroma of huge floral hops notes is quite the treat with nice tangerine and citrus notes. Taste is also dominated by huge flora hoppy notes with some citrus and tangerine flavors and some light residual sugar notes. Kumquats are not as noticeable as I would have expected but than gain not sure I could recognize Kumquats that easily. Body is about average with good carbonation. Great summer IPA and something I would switch back and forth with Moralité.

Photo of smakawhat
4.35/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Dieu du Ciel brewpub in Montreal. From notes.

Cloudy and slighty hazy body, but a deep aprioct yellow orange body, with a real nice lumpy white top. Supper fluffy and creamy that hangs chunks of lacing and rings. Would be a real looker if it wasnt ao hazy.

Nose is a bit closed but slight citrus juice and zest. A faint lime bitterness in the background. Small but impressive.

Palate really opens up on first sip. Hop juice and hits of apricot, large orange citrus zest with washing sticky pine needless. Incredibly juicy body and faint crisp but dense malt backbone. Oily and hints of resin with balanced fruity character.

There is some degree of one dimensional work to this on the fruit juice angle, but it drinks so well.

Photo of mtomlins
3.96/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

Pours a hazy, golden cooler with two fingers of sudsy white head that falls quick-ish but leaves great lacing. It has a nice tropical nose, sweet and juicy with an ever so slight mustiness; also some spice and toasted malt. The nose is present, but not full. The taste is hops out of the gate with the tropical notes first (oranges and papaya and a touch musty) followed by dry bittering hops and some white pepper and a bit grassy. The beer has a medium body and good carbonation and is light, bubbly and clean. Overall, it is a nice, clean, fruity patio beer, although a bit to dry on the finish for me.

Photo of antleroid
3.91/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bought from a Depanneur, in bottle.

Pours a beautiful golden orange, fitting for a kumquat IPA. Head is rich and frothy, lasting for at least half the beer (i suppose that depends on how quickly you drink it). Lacing lasts all the way until the last sip, and even by the time you reach the dregs, there is still a nice collar of foam spiraling down the glass.

The taste is strongly citrusy. I don't get a strong floral profile, as some others have noted, but I suppose the combination of kumquats with citric hops could generate that smell. Overall, the nose is light and efffervescent, mostly smelling of the citrus hops with a mild, tropical malt profile behind it.

The taste is surprisingly mild and lacking the strong kumquat punch i'd expected. It's definitely fruity, though if i'd been told it was just a Belgian IPA with fruity esters I'd believe it without probing further. There are some strong reminders of a Saison hidden in this beer, and a really nice balance of tropical fruit with hops that echo that profile, though the aftertaste quickly loses that kumquat taste and becomes very hop-forward. There is a bit of stank that overwhelms the fruitiness of the beer. I'd bet it's only issues are that it is both too hoppy for Blanche or Saison lovers, and not hoppy enough for IPA hopheads. This beer might get lost in between, but is a definite must try for a beer lover.
Basically, I don't think my girlfriend would have more than one bottle, and I don't think my American craft brew friends would relish its mild hoppiness. As for me, I intend to happily finish the 6 pack. This is a beer best suited for those who look for creativity in brewing, even if it doesn't ace every qualification.

Photo of scott_mtl
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bumped to a 4 overall because taste was a close choice between 3.75 & 4 (3.85 if I could). Review is after one beer, but I did enjoy a few of them and remained satisfied with my first impression.

Picked up a bottle from Depanneur Parisoir. Poured into a pint glass with an extremely thin head, ivory in color, atop a dry straw or dark honey colored beer. Head fades quickly to a wispy halo but leaves delicate lacing throughout the drink. After about 10 minutes the color lightens and becomes a semi-translucent golden-straw.

Smell is strong of citrus - kumquat, apricot, grapefruit - some green apple, sawdust.

Taste is strong of grapefruit, kumquat, orange. Mouthfeel is silky in texture with a very tangy flavor. Fantastic carbonation. Immediate aftertaste is very heavy of rind, fading into a nice, dry candied lemon-grapefruit. Quite low in bitterness for an IPA, but it lingers nicely.

Paired with a Thai coconut milk and curry chicken soup with vegetables and pineapple. Fantastic combination. The beer cuts the heat initially, followed by a rise in the soup's heat and beer's bitterness. The beer's citrus notes mingled beautifully with the subtle acidity of pineapple bathed in coconut milk.

Overall, I'm quite inclined to order a pint of draught next time I'm at the Au Dieu resto and order something spicy. I believe it would be wonderful in the heat on a sunny day - though that's hard to imagine at the not-even-halfway point of a Montreal winter.

Photo of ludachris
3.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Its honey amber body is cloudy with sediment suspended in solution. Two fingers of sticky, dense white head leave sheets of lace as it fades.

The nose is fairly tame for an IPA from DDC. It's bright and zingy with citrus zest and lemon and lime peel. A little peachy with a tropical twist. I'm sure the kumquat has an influence on this I just can't pinpoint it. Light biscuit is off in the distance.

Its center is so juicy and tropical. There's a greater emphasis on the peach and papaya character. Its edges are sharp and grassy with fresh pine mixed in. The bitterness lingers into the finish becoming more raw and unrefined . Chewy biscuit in the end helps to round everything out.

Medium bodied and decently clean with a soft creaminess. Its hop bite is sharp, leaving the finish dry. Its carbonation level is slightly below average.

A solid IPA through and through. Stating it's brewed with kumquats on the label makes it a bit unique but I didn't see this feature pull through in the nose and taste. Moralite is by far my number 1 in this category from DDC. This is a respectable runner up.

Photo of SebD
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice murky golden/orange color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down moderately slow and leaves some lovely lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, some pine resins and sweet bready malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some citrus, grapefruit zest (although I'm probably mistaking it for Kumquats), some bitter pine resins, a slight earthiness and some bready malts,

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

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas.

Photo of SSS
4/5  rDev +2.6%

A-Very hazy yellow with a white head that quickly dissipates
S-Nice sweet hoppy aroma
M-Carbonation is spot on
T-I get a nice balance between hop and malt sweetness, but the bitterness lingers which is nice. Can't say the Kumquats are pronounced, but I enjoy the prospect of them being there.
O-Really nice IPA, the idea of Kumquats inspires the imagination...

Photo of jlindros
3.02/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Picked up in Montreal on our trip there a few weeks ago and split with rudzud.

Pours very small fizzy head, sediment laden murky, slight golden orange color.

Nose brings lots of sweet kumquats and citrus like aromas, fruity, a little sweet candy like, light blond malt, mild yeast ester thing.

Taste is ok, lots of kumquat and apricot like fruit, stone fruit lots of fresh stone fruit, etc, a weird ester thing too, maybe phenolic despite boo real booze, a set honey syrup thing. messy sweet finish, bitter earthy spicy hops, very weird clash of hops and sweet candy fruit.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, lighter carb.

Overall such a disappointment

Photo of smcolw
4.54/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Takes several pours by the bartender to settle the extensive, foamy head. Leaves rings after every sip. Cloudy with a dark gold color.

Clean smell of neutral hop and pale malt. Exactly as you would expect from an American style IPA.

Great balance for the style. The malt is clearly evident with a touch of honey sweetness. The finish brings some bitterness but without the harshness that some ipa's demand. This is an easy to drink IPA. The body and carbonation are, again, as I would expect from any. Overall, a great example of the style.

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

On draft, pours a dark yellow, clear, with lots of fluffy white head.

The nose is a mix of citrus and earth notes. Grass, lemon zest, grapefruit, and fruity, tangerine and peaches. The flavor is not as good as the smell, a bit week and muted and a little tanic, with lemon green tea leaves. It is more fruity than I was expecting, bright tropical fruit, with a clean finish. This is good, but I feel like it could be cleaner and more pronounced.

Photo of dar482
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

The beer comes in a light golden orange.

The beer is medium light fruit of tropical and citrus peel. Some pine and floral hops complement the beer with a pale malty flavor on the back end. Quite disappointing as this beer is slightly dominated by the malt flavor.

Photo of jrenihan
3.83/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap at DDC in Montreal. This is an IPA brewed with kumquats.

Beer is orange/caramel in colour, with a moderately-sized white head. Good retention.

Kumquat jumps out in the nose. Floral notes, with citrus: lime and orange. A bit of bready malt.

Kumquat in the flavour again, moderately bitter. Some citrus and caramel malt. The kumquat is quite strong, and takes the lead.

Medium bodied, moderately carbonated. Some oil.

Overall, not bad. Kumquat is an interesting addition to an IPA, but not something that I would need to search out for more of.

Photo of BEERchitect
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As the trend in hoppy beer is fruitier and fruitier, its no surprise that breweries are accenting the implied citrus impressions with actual citrus additions. Dieu Du Ciel's Disco Soleil brightens its taste with kumquat for a juicy and vibrant session.

As it would have it, a bright orange and gold austere gleams through its unadulterated haze. With the nose grazing the rim, the senses are taken back by the plethora of ripe citrus and floral orange blossom. Tangerine and nectarine seem tree-ripe as the first sip hits the palate like sweet and fruity sherbet.

After the taste settles, the middle palate unfolds with a mild honey, short caramel and sugary fructose taste to provide the underpinnings for a fast development of hops. What's juicy, vibrant and ripe quickly turns to dried citrus peel, grassy herbs and lemon verbena, and then a partly-spicy, partly-resinous bitterness in a peculiar fresh shaven pine fashion.

With its density of fruit and creamy malts, the beer's upstart is medium-bodied. Though it develops quickly into a creamy-dry finish without fatigue or weight, the ale retains its mild fruity sugars and starchy substrate until late- allowing for the taste of cream sickle to permeate in finish and aftertaste.

Photo of flipper2gv
3.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Looks really good. Nice light yellow color and hazy, as expected. The head is big, white, with tight bubbles, tons of lacing and retention.

S: It has a quite weird smell. You still get the usual piney/floral notes with quite a good amount of very dry citruses (orange peel most of all). You get a light tangerine note too. But, underneath everything, there is a weird musky smell that I cannot really identify better.

T: Pretty good. You get the usual piney/floral/orange peel notes you kind of expect with west coast style IPA's. Very light on the residual sugars. Still the musky aftertaste, but it kind of fits well in this, I know, weird.

M: Quite sticky but still light and refreshing. Carbonation is on the creamy side.

O: Well, this just shows that Quebec is slowly learning how to do proper IPA's. We're on the right track and maybe one day we'll get our own Heady Topper.

Photo of Franck
3.5/5  rDev -10.3%

VEry refreshing. Slightly hopped. Lack of taste but it's a good try

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 7/8/14

A hazy golden orange, no shortage of bubbles and a big loose, soapy foam sits around for a few sips leaving lots of spider web lace before falling to a thin film

S I can't recall having a kumquat recently but I'm guessing it has a big tropical citrus thing going on, tangerine, sweet orange, peaches, papaya, and guava, with just a little spruce and not much else

T some cereal in the mouth but still mostly tropical fruit but just a little toned down compared to the nose, orange peel and floral notes

M lighter side of medium, fluffs up quickly, just a little grit and lots of citrus rind on the finish

O a very fruity IPA, not sure if I would've guessed fruit was added or just assumed it was fruit forward hops, either way its interesting and sinking like a ship

I'm happy to get this less then a month old in Alberta, let the good times roll!!!, hard to tell where the hops stop and the fruit begins, either way it works well

Photo of JGam115
3.59/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Not an Am IPA to me. Got the tangerine and grassy must, but very creamy. Unlike any IPA I've had.

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.92/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Granadilla bomb. A great summer hoppy beer.

Photo of tbeckett
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Peluso in Montreal. Bottled this month from what I can tell.

A - Nice golden orange with a bit of haze and some floaty specks. Three fingers of fluffy white head and good carbonation. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Nice syrupy fruit, tropical notes, sugary fruit notes. An element of maltiness.

T - Nice tropical hop notes with citrus and syrupy fruits. Floral and orange notes too. Sweeter than most examples. Citrus fruits and not much malt to balance. I also get an element of carbonated fruit juice or something similar. Appears to be less of an 'IPA' and some sort of fruited/hoppy/pale ale thing. The flavour is really growing on me the further I get into it.

M - Medium carbonation, light to medium body and a less than intense bitterness than expected.

O/D - An interesting take on the style from DDC. I like this one even though it's not really 'to style'. Less malt forward and has a nice zippy hop character with the addition of the fruit that makes it pretty tasty. Good stuff.

Photo of rudzud
2.89/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a very particulate laden golden hue with a thin head that faded to leave light wisps.

S - Aromas of light fruit, faint kumquats, Honey malts, faint floral notes.

T - Taste is lightly chalky fruit notes, light floral fruit, faint hops. Rather generic fruit based without much hop presence.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was very underwhelming. Not nearly as bright as I had hoped.

Serving type: Bottle

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.55/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

IPA brewed with kumquats huh? Well I have never had a kumquat but I'm intrigued.

A-Pours a foggy, dull orange color. Head is a standard cap of white fluff.

S-immediately disappointed by the nose. It's rather bland and it's not very aromatic. Dried citrus and pine. Maybe grapefruit skin...or maybe this is the kumquat? Either was it smells rather dull.

T-Tastes equally as dull. It lacks both the pop and intricacy that was expecting. It's just dried out citrus rind and grass.

M-Medium bodied. Bitter. Alcohol hidden well. Well carbonated.

O-Disappointed by this one. I love this brewery and was expecting something more memorable. Hey, they still have a great track record with me.

Photo of barczar
3.81/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pretty light color.

Aroma is citrusy, resiny, and lightly grainy, but somewhat subtle.

Flavor is sweeter than expected, with more pithy character and resin than fruit. The finish is pretty bitter.

I tend to like more hop flavoring, especially toward the fruity end of the spectrum, and this beer is more resin focused.

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Disco Soleil from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
87 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.