Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #2,571
Ranked #7,761
3.99 | pDev: 9.27%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
Notes: This beer style was created in the late 1990’s by some breweries on the west coast of the United States, and most notably by Rogue. It’s an extreme version of the American IPA. It’s a beer with strong amber hues and dominating hop flavours and tastes. It is however well balanced through the presence of a combination of malts. This beer is usually dry hopped, a tradition that is adhered to by Dieu du Ciel!. The bouquet of the beer consists of floral hops. In the mouth, the bitterness is quite strong, without being extreme, and the alcohol makes its presence known, without being domineering. The aftertaste is dry and less syrupy than a barley wine. Thus, it is a very complex and bitter beer, but always well balanced.
Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 180
Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a murky caramel colour, two fingers of beige head with solid retention and nice chunky lacing.

S - Pretty mild on the hop front, with caramel and toffee, touch of citrus and some spiciness is also coming through.

T - Earthy hops that come across quite mild on the tongue, with the caramel and toffee malts coming through on the finish. An oily resin lingers on the palette. The ABV is very well hidden.

M - Lighter bodied ale that can come across a tad syropy. A carbonation lift might be useful here.

O - Overall a tasty DIPA, but not my favourite. Certainly more balanced, offering up fewer hops than I would've otherwise liked. Worth picking up, but if you`re expecting a hop bomb you'll be disappointed.

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Photo of rtepiak
3.63/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a DIPA with a note spiciness and unique fruit hopping. this is the first i've had that has hints of plantains and its not an infected quality. very much so the look... amber clear with a nice head. nose of gingerbread, mint and cardamon. lots of ginger like qualities in the palate. a bit warmer than expected. peppery. cinnamon apple fruit. dry mineral hints. woody finish of bitter. earthy herb... some resin oil too. i feel this is spiced and has some of those oils in the mix as well.

unique but a bit too thanksgiving for me.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.96/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle from Broue HAHA.

A - Poured with a solid, thick and creamy one finger eggshell head. Tons of carbonation. Hazy dark copper. Looks really nice with the carbonation streaming up all the sides. Great retention with the full finger staying around the whole time. Great rings of lacing. Great.

S - Citrus hop, pine, malty balance. Good resinous, hoppy strength. Sticky in the nose almost.

T - Big juicy hop presence. Tropical fruits and thick pine sap sorta taste. Big malt presence too but it takes the appropriate back seat to the hop body. Resinous and juicy.

M - I expected more bitterness. Great carbonation and a medium body. Not the best.

O/D - A good DIPA from DDC. Not bitter enough and the hops don't grab you as much. It's balanced well but more hop aggression would be better. Good but room for improvement.

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Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Hazy orange colour with a fairly large size frothy beige coloured head. The haziness makes it hard to see the carbonation level and there is some excellent lacing on the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - Malts, caramel, hops, oranges, pineapples

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel and malts mixed with hops. There is also a lot of pineapple flavour mixed with some oranges and I can taste the alcohol. The beer finishes with a boozy pineapple and malt aftertaste with some light lingering hop bitterness.

Overall - This is a very drinkable DIPA. I found the flavour got better as the beer approached room temperature. There is a lot of tropical fruit flavour and and the taste is well balanced.

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Photo of SFLpunk
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass "pry-top" bottle thanks to Dany (glouglouburp on Ratebeer). Bottled 5/2011.

Pours a hazy dark amber with cyclone-like creamy carbonation that leaves tons of lacing and thick head. Nose is somewhat wheat-y (contains wheat malt) with citrus notes as well as some browned banana aroma. Palate tastes like a wheated IPA. Banana bread covered with lime glaze comes to mind. Bitterness is high for a Canadian (Imp) pale ale, for sure. The malt still manages to rule this beer. An odd combination of amber malts and wheat.

Unique, for sure.

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.7/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber color, fully translucent. Cream white colored head, one finger worth, retention is good and lacing is good too.

S: Much less aggressive than expected. This is quite sweet quite a lot of caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and light honey. The hops are much less present than expected, there are subtle ripe pineapple, sweet red grapefruit juice, green apples. Also, weirdly enough, raisins, cherries and grape juice. Biscuit malts. Definitely an imperial pale ale and not a DIPA.

T: Very very strong biscuit malts are the first thing I noticed. Sweet again with the caramel, brown sugar, vanilla and light honey. Hops are even lighter in taste than they were in the smell. Light tasting ripe pineapple, ever so light red grapefruit, green apples and red apples. Light pine notes. Quite a lot of alcohol.

M: Medium body, stinging carbonation. Quite lively and refreshing.

O: It has NOTHING TO DO with the original recipe they used at the brewpub and which was a very hop forward east coast DIPA (hopslam-like). It was good, but nothing phenomenal and there should be 2 different beers to rate: 1 for the brewpub DIPA and 1 for the bottled Imp PA.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.23/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my canadian connections are getting better and better! served into a pint glass and consumed 5.14.11

Rich dark amber color with a ton of orange highlights mixed in throughout. Tond of haze and a nice two inch foam top that never wanted to settle. The bottom of the glass was riddled with sticky foam once i was done. Really very well done here for sure.

The aroma was tons of sticky, resin like hops all the way. Oodles of pine aroma, mixed in with some rich orange and tangerine. Sight hint of a sweet malty base around here as well. The flavor here was much of the same. Rich pine hops, sticky with a resin like flavor and a good bready and biscuit like base to it. Nice balance here, but still way leaning towards the hops in terms of a definte direction. Nice medium feel was morethen adequatly carbonated and the alachol was soo well hidden, I plowed through this one much quicker then I should have,

Overall this was a solid beer.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy to see this at the store. Hadn't seen anything new and interesing in a while.

A- Clear golden caramel color under a yeloowish and heavy-looking head.

S- Butterscotch and rose water followed by alcohol and a faint vegetable aroma. Not a very strong aroma.

T- Lots of butterscoth malt followed hop spiciness and finally vegetable. Nice alcohol and hop burn in afer-taste.

M- Medium to low carbonation.

O- Pretty good. Fun for a different type of big ale. But every sip kind of gets me looking for a bolder Double IPA taste. Bottle indicates this is an Imperial Pale Ale rather than a IIPA. I guess that's why it's not as hoppy.

Would probably buy more ofit if it was cheaper. I don't feel ripped off though.

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Photo of peensteen
3.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale orangey-brown colour with a thick white head that settles slowly. This one kind of looks mean...I like that. The nose is piney, citrus and bitter hop is there big time with faint notes of alcohol. The palate is malty up front giving way to a good bitterness, citrus is present here as well, a touch boozy. Medium creamy mouthfeel that is rather enjoyable. Drinks fairly well, although it was boozy at times and the ABV is quite noticeable. Still a solid brew though.

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Photo of strangemusic
4.1/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Found this at Dieu Du Ciel feature night at Bar Volo in Toronto! I had no idea that they brewed an IIPA.

It boasts a thick tan cap over a deep orange amber pour with lovely sticky lace in the glass. Very handsome. The nose smells of caramel, grains, honey or fruit syrup, hops, pepper and alcohol. It's not super pungent, though.

The taste is saturated with caramel malt and sweetly floral/some grapefruit hop flavours with a bitter zing to them. Fresh bread, hoppy tang and peppery alcohol finish the sip. Really well done!

The mouthfeel was not bad, a bit on the lighter side and not oily at all. The sweetness and peppery kick help the drinkability, but there's no denying the alcohol presence!

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Photo of wordemupg
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

650ml bottle poured into abbey glass july18 2010

A hazy golden orange with a few bubbles popping up to feed a thumbs width of head that falls to a film leaving a few patches of lace along the way

S caramel is hard to miss along with some floral and citric hops

T a little sweetness with some tangerine to go along with what I smell, some malt comes out to but still pretty hoppy and when you consider this bottle is almost a year old it's quite impressive

M thicker then expected with a slightly syrupy feel and just enough carbonation to give it some life

D this is a pretty sexy dipa when all's said and done, I'm impressed how well the hops stand up to time. I will drink this again

A big thank you to hoser for a chance to try this one at his British Open Sunday tasting. I can't wait to get to the brew pub to try this fresh it must be amazing

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Photo of eat
4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Dieu du Ciel in Montreal. Listed on the menu as 8% ABV and as an Imperial Pale Ale (no India).

Translucent and glowing reddish-copper in colour with a complete but thin cover of cream coloured head. Awesome lacing.

Smells of caramel malt, grapefruit, floral and piny hops and candy. Good smell; not enough presence.

This is an intense brew. The first thing that hit me was whole wheat bread. It seems to be a touch too sweet and almost too bitter as well. Very sweet and bitter. The hop profile is somewhat hidden under the above-average malt presence (for a pale ale) and is almost soley obvious in the form of a general bitterness. A touch of slightly floral grapefruit shines through. The ABV shows itself fairly strongly for 8%, although it's not unpleasant, matching the intensity of everything else.

Sticky medium body with medium carbonation.

I like this but couldn't see myself drinking more than a pint of it; it's too intensely bitter and sweet. This is a big, flavourful beer.

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Photo of Viggo
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a very lightly hazed yellow gold, very thick and tight white head forms, drops down to a solid layer and ring, lots of lace sticks to the glass.

Smell is nice, very hoppy, tons of citrus, grapefruit and orange, some lemony zing, floral, a bit of pineapple, some caramel and malt sweetness, alcohol, hops really run the show.

Taste is similar, alcohol kick, quite boozy, grapefruit, caramel, some biscuit, sweet through the middle, some floral, more citrusy hops, lightly peppery in the finish, solid bitterness but not overdone.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low to medium carbonation, some warmth but goes down pretty easy. Real nice!

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Cloudy orange and white head. A very good bitterness, a double pale. Well malted, just in case. Nice citrus flavour comes through just fine, there is a good mouthfeel. Foamy mouthfeel, carbonation and temperature just right.

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Photo of 01121987
4.61/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

darkish not so pale hazy appearance. looks fresh. and smells it too!
intense american hop aroma
refreshing and explosive bitterness is restrained by a strong malt backbone...excellent balance. incredibly perfect hop flavor and aroma.
full bodied and slightly sweet but bitterness balances nicely and prevents from being cloying.
an exceptional beer that is very drinkable for its strength!

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Photo of tittymcj
4.22/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a medium semi-hazy brownish red with light head and light lacing.

Smell is a lot of watermelon and sweet fruit, with some citrus tanginess backing it up.

Taste is very similar to the smell, lots of watermelon sweetness and light malts.

Mouthfeel is a bit bitter, pretty light and carbonated.

Very drinkable beer. Nice and light and sweet.

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Photo of Otterburn
4.28/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Dieu du Ciel is one of my favorite place to chill out with probably the best beer in Montreal

Last time I went there, I went for Chaman in cask

Serving temperature is a bit warm

Appearance is great, served in a nice little glass, who shows very well the luminosity of the beer and the amber color. as well as the (off)white head that stay and laced the glass sip after sip.

Smell's good IPA

Taste is rich and bitter and the taste last forever,almost.

Drinkability is ok, I would prefer a little bit colder, but this way you can really feel the bitter in your mouth.

Nice beer here!

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.3/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Every beer I had at DDC were great and I barely put a dent in the lineup (but I did put a big dent in the keg of Peche Mortel). Chaman has a good looking amber color, lacing and retention is on par with what I like to see. I like the glasses they use for this beer (and most of their stronger beers).

Smells of caramel malts, piny/citric hops and spices (from the yeast?).

Tastes like it smells, caramel malts, bitter hops, spices and a warming alcohol.

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Photo of santa109
4.88/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this at the brewpub in Montréal.

A: Cloudy orangey-amber with 1 finger of faithful head that sticks around. Picture worthy lacing is left on the tulip glass. Has the thick syrupy texture of strong liquor when swirled (seems to cling to the glass for an instant).

S: Impressive blast of pineapple, fruit salad, ''cup-a-fruit'' mixed with alcohol type of smell. Very enticing.

T: Quite like the smell, cup-a-fruit salad, alcohol with fitting bitter presence from the hops. Absolutely amazing richness of taste. Pineapple, apricot, starfruit. Has a very boozy feel. This is one extraordinary beer.

M: Med-thick body, nice carbonation, feels very ''round'' and long in mouth.

D: Dangerous! If it wasn't for an apparent alcohol presence (which fits perfectly), this beer would lead anyone into the joys and pain of excess. The alcohol is there to remind you to be careful but really accentuates the taste.

Overall, simply the best beer I've had to date. I had it on a few occasions and it leaves this impression on me consistently. No matter how hard I try to find issues with it, it blowed my mind every time I've had the chance to have it. You have to try this one if you hit the brewpub.

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Photo of smcolw
4.64/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark gold and clear; modest head which dies; no lace. This is the weakest part of the beer.

First thought is of how fresh this beer smells; lots aromatic floral hop. Enough malt to provide the base.

Rich body without the oiliness; great malt start and then the hop. Oh, the glorious hops which stick to the tongue without being overpowering. Unbelievably balanced for the style. One of the best!

This is simply a superior beer!!

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Photo of bobsy
4.75/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Climbing up Mont Royal has its rewards: a fantastic view of the city below, the pleasure of lying on grass in the middle of the city and soaking up the sun, and the feeling that maybe if we did this more often then maybe it would help us appreciate life's simpler pleasures. Descending Mont Royal also calls for a reward... the climb can be very tiring. Fortunately, Dieu du Ciel is only a 15 minute stroll from the mountain, and to my absolute delight their IIPA is on tap.

It's excellent reputation helped me pick it as my first beer, and very little disappointed. Fantastic orange/amber pour with a more than adequate white cap that laced well. Nose of tangerine, caramel and pine needles. Brilliant hoppy taste well balanced by caramel, and a warming alcohol finish. Fruity notes include tangerine, grapefruit and kiwi. Smooth medium mouthfeel. Excellent, and it seems a lot lighter in terms of alcohol than it is. Definitely worth every cent.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Notes from a recent trip to the mother land in 2006.

Fresh from the tap.

In my glass is a light orange fluid with a nice off-white cappa cappa of foam. Nice legs/lacing as well. Aromas hit up with Canadian/American hops and a nice Belgian spiciness as well. Taste is a nice melange of american hop varietals, pillsbury doughy malts, and Belgiany yeast characteristics. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, drinkability is nice.

Good stuff for sure

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Photo of Hornet2003
4.55/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I had this at the Dieu Du Ciel taproom on Laurier, Nov.2007.

Appearance: Cloudy, dark amber. Tiny head.

Smell: Citrusy, peppery hops. Lemon and grapefruit are the main ones. There's also a sweet maltiness in the aroma. Almost candy-like.

Taste: Sweet, nectary. Fruity, for sure and a toffee like malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: Slick and smooth. The sweetness is nice on the tongue. It cuts the sharpness of the alcohol and the hops. Mild carbonation and a very slight lingering hop bitterness.

Drinkability: Very smooth drinker for sure. It reminds me of DFH 90 minute DIPA, but it seems to be a little more palatable due to it's smoothness. It isnt quite so bold in the hop department where you feel like your tongue has been assaulted beyond repair.

Overall: Great stuff. The unbelievable smooth and velvety nature make it a very drinkable DIPA.

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Photo of Delerium
5/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the best beers I've ever had in my life! Hazy, orangey-tangerine, yet hoppy, with very subtle alcohol lingering finish. Ho w does an Imperial IPA be this refreshing? I had this beer at the Mondial, and it was my second favorite only to the Vanilla Creme Ale they had exclusive for the festival. If you don't know yet, this is the greatest brew pub on the face of the Earth. Chris

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Photo of Derek
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think this is more of a hopped-up Belgian strong pale ale.

A: Rosey-copper, white head, very little retention, more of a leg than a lace.

S: Spicy tangerine, slight citrus & pine, light caramel, fruity esters & alcohol.

T: Warming alcohol (hints of phenolic spicyness) & tropical fruit. I think they've used a Belgian yeast. I should've asked the brewer (as I was sitting next to him at the bar). Perhaps the fermentation temperature just got a little warmer with this batch. Bitterness is up front & sharp. The malt plays backstage here, with only a light caramel flavour. Tangerine with hints of citrus, pine and woody spicyness. Very unique.

M: Moderate body and carbonation, well attenuated, slight hint of acidity, dry finish.

D: Great for its weight.

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Chaman from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 180 ratings