Vaisseau Des Songes | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by francisweizen on 01-05-2004

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Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 41
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-cask at the brewery in a true pint, the beer is a bright orange-gold coloring with a foamy, frothy, big bubbled, white head standing a solid inch and a half. Aromas of tangering and grapefruit flood the nose. Smells delicious. Smooth, subtle flavors of citrus in the background to support the pepper and basil spicing of the hops. Light, creamy body that is supersmooth. The aftertaste is citrus and spicy hops once again, with a clean, light finish. Amazingly tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.73/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is caramel brown with a small white head. Good lacing.

English hops in the nose. Grassy. Lightly toasted malt, a bit of a biscuit scent.

Taste is similar. Grassy, earthy hops, moderately bitter. A bready, biscuit malt beneath, slightly toasty. A bit soapy.

Medium bodied, with moderate to high carbonation. Carbonation is too much.

Overall, a pretty good English IPA.

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Photo of CliffBrake
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Laurier Ouest brewpub yesterday.

Red-orange color, similar to good apple cider, a bit hazy with a creamy off-white head that leaves a solid wall of lacing. Very pretty.

Big floral and fruity nose. A bit of citrus right up front, blends with some floral notes and a cracker/caramel base. The malt shows nicely in the middle - maybe that is what makes this more of an English rather than American style IPA? But overall, the aroma and nose seem to blend the best of both "styles."

Dry finish with a strong bitterness that can be a bit harsh. By itself, this beer was not one of my favorites at Dieu du Ciel. But as an accompaniment with chorizo pizza, the bitterness was the perfect foil to the spicy sausage and the crisp dry finish was a great way to cleanse the palate of the richness of the meat and cheese.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.63/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Appearance – Mostly clear copper/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is a fairly good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, oranges/grapefruits

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and some dry hops and pine. There is also some very light citrus notes - oranges and grapefruits. It finishes with a malty/caramel sweet aftertaste with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – While I much prefer the American IPA's this was still a very tasty brew. It had some good balance and would be great to session. Fans of the style should give this one a try for sure.

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Photo of BMoldy
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

DDC brewpub's cask offering on 8/9/11. Served in a pint glass. From notes:

A: Orange-gold, slightly cloudy. White one-finger head, good lacing, stays around for a couple of minutes.

S: Smells of lightly toasted grain and some herbal hops.

T: Strong sweet malt body balanced by a pretty fierce bitterness. Hop character is very Euro.

M: Mild, fizzy carbonation. Bitter finish. Medium body.

O: Not terrible by any means, but this one definitely showed me why I like American IPAs more than their English cousins. The bitterness was nice, but I was hoping for a little something more from the hops than just that. I'd almost say the bitterness was a little too much, otherwise the beer was very well-balanced. Overall, you can do better from DDC.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.86/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at the brewpub in a pint glass.

A - Served with a finger of creamy white foam that dissipates to a thin cap and leaves plenty of lacing. The body is a hazed orange color with a nice fiery glow when held to the light (i.e. the candles on the tables at Dieu Du Ciel).

S - Very English, with floral notes, a touch of orange citrus, and perhaps a bit of cattiness. Malt-forward, with plenty of bread and biscuit flavors.

T - Taste is more caramel, and then some fairly aggressive bitterness. Again, there are floral notes, and a touch of lemon and grapefruit. Finish is also quite bitter, but it never gets bruising.

M - A little gritty and overcarbonated for my liking. Medium body with a lightly dry finish.

D - This is a solid English-style IPA that has no major problems, but isn't very exciting. It went down easy, but not as quickly as some of the other beers I had at Dieu Du Ciel.

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Photo of plaid75
4.12/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub, Montreal.

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured a resinous citrus hop and doughy malts.

The taste consisted of upfront piney and citric hops and moderately doughy malts.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a tasty ale and one of the few American hopped beers available in Montreal.

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Photo of irishkyle21
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another great beer on tap at Dieu Du Ciel! Vaisseau Des Songes has a small off white head, good retention and brussels. Has an amber color.

Smells of grassy/floral hops (English and American), oranges and a good malt presences (caramel and golden grain bread comes to mind).

The malt is the first thing I noticed on the palate then the grassy hops as well as faint citrus and oranges.

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Photo of santa109
4.01/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at the brewpub in Montréal.

A: Coppery-amber with 1 and half fingers of head. Leaves great lacing on the pint.

S: Clean smelling for an IPA. A bit disappointing. A bit of hops and slightly fruity.

T: Well-balanced, more so than the Corne du diable, their other IPA. Nice hoppiness without being assertive. Has a generic citrus taste.

M: Med-bodied with mild carbonation. Feels very smooth.

D: I could've had a few of these. Easy to drink and doesn't have much bite to it, at least less than I expected.

Overall, a decent IPA, albeit a bit tame for personal taste. I have a feeling that I was just expecting something else since I got so used to drinking some Corne du diable on tap on a weekly basis lately.

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Photo of smcolw
3.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Here is an earthy (and very English) IPA. It pours golden and slightly hazy. It started with a good head that deteriorated to bubbles along the edge. Even so, this left a decent amount of lace.

The nose is hoppy and earthy. The flavor matches the smell but is fuller (in body as well). Lots of hop in the swallow and the aftertaste lasts a very long time.

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Photo of bobsy
4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in Montreal.

Another glorious looking beer! It arrives a hazy amber with a good off-white head that leaves some good lacing as it drops to a film. Typical American IPA aroma of citrus and pine, with some toasted malt and caramel backing it up. Malty body with a nice broadside of grapefruit and caramel. A bit more muted and well-balanced than some IPAs. Fairly light mouthfeel is a slight dissapointment, and its not as good as the corne du diable.

Goes down well, and I'd have another if they didn't have 15 other spectacular brews on tap. I'd certainly say that stylistically this seems closer to an American rather than an English take on the style, but either way its well done.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask on tap at the brewpub. Proper looking IPA with a nice floral aroma. Taste- hops are present but not overwhelming. Nicely intertwined with the caramal malts. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth given it being a cask beer. Good session beer and moderate IPA.

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Photo of Viggo
3.8/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo Cask Days 2006.

Pours a hazy amber, small white head forms, some lace and okay retention. Smell is citrus, caramel, some pine and fruits, not as expected. Taste is malty, bready, wheat, citrusy kick in the finish, nice clean bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium carbonation. Thought this was more of an ESB than IPA, but a very enjoyable beer and definately a treat to sample.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A surprise treat courtesy of Ralph and the Dieu Du Ciel crew at Volo Cask Days 2006.
Poured off tap a toasty golden colour. The nose offers a modest amount of crisp hops. Mouthfeel quite smooth, medium bitterness with a splash of malt. Taste has some dimension of resiny hoppy bitterness, perhaps a little too much for the soft malt choices that underly it. Perhaps not, but I would argue so. Enjoyable, but at times seemed lost/confused between styles. All in all, a fairly average drinking beer, but of slightly higher than average quality.

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Photo of grub
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled as part of the volo cask days 2006. thanks to ralph and all involved for putting together an awesome fest. even this non-cask beer was great.

pours a slightly cloudy orange colour with a very thin layer of head.

aroma is interesting. smells like a lager to me. very fresh, with a hint of cinnamon or nutmeg. great malt beneath this.

taste is great. biscuity malt with a nice bitterness level. spicy hops. very good.

mouthfeel is good. nice body and good carbonation level.

drinkability is great. interesting and enjoyable.

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Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special offering brought in to Bar Volo as a charitable offering. Very full flavoured English IPA. More bitter than others I have had in the style, and yet restrained and balanced in a way the American IPA is not, with flavorful non-C hopping and British malting. Simple and satisfying and a good choice by Jean-Francoise and Stephane to bring.

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Photo of DrJay
4.07/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy dark amber with a rocky, dark cream coloured head. Excellent retention and some lacing. The aroma was full of grassy, floral, green hops, just like opening a bag of hop pellets (except a little mellower). Assertive bitterness, especially in the finish, with lots of floral hop flavour and moderate malty sweetness. It ends with plenty of hop flavour and a slightly resinous dryness. Fair body, but it seems a little lifeless with the low carbonation on cask. Texture was quite smooth and close to silky. This is a hoppy brew, a little much for a session, but quite refreshing.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.9/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It was my first beer at Dieu du Ciel, actually I selected it because of the cask. Served at moderated temperature,it has a strong feel.
You can taste the malt, actually it might be the strongest IPA I had for a while, you could feel all the aspects of an IPA.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.88/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, almost like a dark honey golden colour. A cloudy, clingy white head who held on tight from start to finish. Served a bit cooler than I expected, but was just right after a few sips.

Smell: You could tell just by smelling it that it was cask-conditionned. I definately picked up oak, and mild hop aromas.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A good English style IPA, very discreet hop presence, in fact I almost didn't detect any of the usual "American IPA" hop-bite in the taste itself. I found it more in the aftertaste, with that feeling that sticks to the side of your tongue that only hops can give you. Great stuff.

Drinkability: When I drop by DDC and this Beer is available I always start my session with this one, and sometimes go back to it later on to wash down some of the more burly offerings.

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Photo of francisweizen
4.27/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber/Red with a small whisp of an off-white head. The aroma is awesome! Fresh hops (cascade) and sweet creamy malts intermingle in the nose. The taste is quite good as well. This is malty and sweet up front, hoppy in the middle, and dry in the finish. The mouthfeel is creamy cask goodness and the drinkability is awesome as well. A nice cask-conditioned version of a classic English IPA!

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Photo of scottum
4.65/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served cool for a cask beer. A pale red amber face with a bit of that ole casky head on top. Mouthfeel is superb. Hops are very much there as one would expect from an IPA, but they are not in your face at all. Malts are also full bodied. This is more of an English IPA, and a very good one at that. Another wonderful brew by Dieu Du Ciel!

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