6ième Soir | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer was specially brewed for Dieu du Ciel’s sixth anniversary. It reflects the recent tendency of American brewers to push all beer styles to the extremes. This lager is therefore quite strong in alcohol and it has a sharp but delicate bitterness, like all pilsners. The beer is full-bodied and well balanced thanks to the delicate sweet flavours that come through.

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 32
Photo of jrenihan
3.82/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Papat444 for this. Looks like it was bottled Feb 2012, but the marker on the month is incredibly slight, so not positive.

A vigorous pour results in a smallish white head. Good retention. Minimal lace. Clear golden in colour.

Nose contains biscuit, sweet malt. Honey. Lots of peach. Green grape.

This is my first double pilsner, but I find the taste to be truly bizarre- not in a bad or good way, just unlike anything I have had before. Peach, honey, biscuit and a strong oily/boozy favour that is reminiscent of a DIPA. Certainly more hopped than any pilsner I have had before. Slightly sweet, but finish is fairly dry. I get some of the flavour that I cannot describe but associate with lagers, assumedly a result of the yeast, which I dislike.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. Bready, a bit oily.

Overall, interesting beer! I am not generally a pilsner fan (or lager fan generally), but I enjoyed this beer more than I expected.

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Photo of jegross2
3.7/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewing the 6e Soir from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel out of Montreal in Canada.
Score: 87

Bottled in August of 2012. Served in a Surly Darkness snifter and enjoyed on 10/16/12.

Appearance: Pours a translucent golden color with a finger of white head that quickly settles to a bubbly ring around the glass. Oily lacing with splotchy froth. Poor lacing and okay retention. 3/5

Smell: Biscuits, subdued tropical citrus, malted barley, and a hoppiness that directly reminds me of Samuel Adams' Noble Pils. There is also a light "mustiness" in the nose akin to what a glass of what you leave out overnight smells like the following morning. There is also a faint "Corn Pops cereal" smell too. 3/5

Taste: The nose gave me low exceptions, but the taste is actually pretty good! Corn Pops, mango, mellow tropical citrus and a very mild, clean hoppiness that layers and grows as the beer warms. The amount of tropical citrus flavor in the beer also grows as it warms up, with notes of orange, grapefruit and tangerine coming out. As the beer warms, the amount of Corn Pops flavor present drops off and this beer's flavor profile approaches that of an IPA. 4/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, medium carbonation. Oily mouthfeel, lightly sticky. Bitter, but not IPA bitter. Lightly dry finish. 4/5

Overall: An IPA-esque pilsner that delivers where it counts -- the taste and mouthfeel.

Recommendation: Delicious and worth drinking, but not worth specifically hunting down. This would make a great gateway beer to IPA's for casual beer drinkers in my opinion.

Pairings: Horseradish crusted Djion chicken.

Cost: $5 for a 12 oz bottle.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.67/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to oldp0rt for this one as an extra in a recent trade! Served from bottle into a Grolsch pilsner. Poured a golden yellow-orange with a half finger slightly off-white head that remained throughout. Maintained excellent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit, grain, spice, and alcohol. The flavor was of sweet malt, floral, grain, wheat, fruit, and alcohol. It had a light feel on the palate with high carbonation. Overall this was a pretty decent brew. I was really surprised at how much alcohol I found in this one. There is just something about imperial pilsners that don’t really carry enough flavor and complexity to carry the alcohol over for me. It may just be me, but that is how I feel about the style as a whole. The aroma and mouthfeel on this one were actually quite nice though if I’m fair. Just wish the booziness was toned back just a touch. Still worth trying if you get the opportunity.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.73/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau, picked up a couple of bottles to mull over.

Poured into a Chimay goblet. Bright caramel-honey in colour, very clear, good sturdy head of about a half inch that recedes into a half-moon of foam. Some lacing patches.

Nose is quite bizarre, some intriguing cross between a Czech pilsner and a double IPA or American barleywine. A bit of noble hops, biscuit, and crispness accompanied by a very sweet, fruity malt smell, maybe a touch of citrus hops as well.

Took me a few sips to really appreciate this brew as my brain was doing a Harvey Dent sort of thing, where one sip was pilsner, the next was DIPA. I have to say that the pilsner is getting overpowered here, and so what I get more often than not is a double IPA that has some noble hops and white bread to it. I enjoy it, don't get me wrong, I just don't think pilsner. I will say that the stronger ABV and bigger heft to the brew has not made drinking this unpleasant.

Sticky, heavier bodied (again, like a DIPA), assertive carbonation.

Certainly worth trying at any rate. Maybe a stronger dose of the noble hops or something to combat the fruitiness would have made this beer closer in line to a pilsner, which would have been really something. However, erring on the side of a strong IPA is not a bad thing either!

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Photo of flipper2gv
3.45/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale amber color with a little bit of haze. Head is off white and creamy. Good retention and lacing.

S: Well, it does smell like a Pilsner. The malts are sweet and biscuit-y. A touch of honey. A bit of peach and mango in the hops. Floral and herbal notes at the end.

T: Malts are still sweet with the honey and light biscuit. The fruits aren't there though. Quite floral (with a bit of a fake taste to it, medicinal). Still some good herbal and earthy notes. A bit too sweet.

M: A bit too sticky for the style. Still, the carbonation is strong and stingy, that helps to offset the stickyness.

O: This is a decent beer but nothing that makes it stand out. I did enjoy it but I wouldn't recommend it either.

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Photo of 4ster
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 341ml bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance – Copper coloured, clear, large fizzy bubbles, with light, off white head. The bubbles were much more prevalent in the pilsner glass than other glass styles.

Smell - Sweet, apple on the nose, with slight underlying hops which come out more as the beer warms.

Taste: Starts with the sweet apple flavour, quickly giving way to bitterness/hops, with the bitterness lingering till the end...

Mouth - Light carbonation, medium in body, lasting froth on the tongue.

Overall – Interesting 'fruit' flavours typical of this brewery, blended into a nice hoppy pilsner/double that therefore verges on a type of IPA. Very easy drinking for the ABV of 8.9%, which could mean trouble if you wanted to keep drinking this beer, which you most likely will. Good thing it comes in packs of 4! Recommended to drink in a proper pilsner glass which really brought out more flavours than when tried in a modest tulip.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.88/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured into tulip 25/4/12 thanks papat444 for the bottle

A glowing golden orange with a deep haze, I see lots of tiny bubbles going up the side of the glass but can't see much beyond the edge, thin cream colored head falls quickly but even the thin film left behind leaves rings of lace

S sweet malt some honey perhaps with a little toffee, there's faded grassy hops and grated carrot of all things and some booze

T along the same lines as the smell, the hops are holding fairly well but some sweet malt is starting to take over with caramel notes, a slight floral aspect and some orange add to the smell and I taste no booze

M fairly thick for the color with enough bubbles to give it some life, not much heat for the strength and a marmalade finish

O a few months on it but still has a nice pilsner hop profile, interesting stuff for sure in a style I have little experience with

I'll look for this one in the future as it would be interesting if it improved or diminishes with a little age, cheers again papat444 for the opportunity

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear dark golden color ale with a medium size foamy head with good retention and minimal lacing. Aroma of sweet malt with light dry hops notes is interesting. Taste is more dominated by sweet malt notes then Nobel dry hops then I was expecting. Body is fuller then expected with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting take of the style but I would personally have preferred more Noble hops notes.

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Photo of spinrsx
4.08/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle

Appearance – Clear copper colour with a large size fizzy and frothy off-white/beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation visible and there is an excellent amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, caramel, grapefruit/oranges

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and a fair amount of hops. The is also some notes of grapefruits and oranges. It ends with a sugary sweet aftertaste with some lingering hop bitterness.

Overall – I really enjoyed this one.. it's got some shades of a DIPA. The taste is bold and in your face and the flavours are fantastic. I'll be buying more of this one for sure.

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Photo of ctgui
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle dated Sept. 2011 on Oct. 3

A- Clear golden amber color with a thin offwhite head.

S- Quite some hop bitterness in the smell, some booze and citrus also. A little sweetness. The intensity is modest though and a little more could benefit the beer in my opinion.

T- Follows the nose nicely. Some citrus and sweet at first. The hop bitterness lasts. The 8.5% abv is well hidden. Very likeable.

M- Lightly carbonated. Medium bodied. Easy drinking.

O- It's the first time I ever tasted an imperial pilsner and I must say I'm really impressed. As it has been said before, it feels like a Double IPA/Pilsner cross. Looking forward to trying it on tap. Very enjoyable, definitely worth tasting. Wishing it wasn't only brewed in September...

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Photo of papat444
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Sept. 2011 (now that's fresh!).

Appearance: A very creamy 3-4 finger head rests atop a very pale, more yellow body. Retention is not too bad, thins out to a ring.

Smell: Orange, sweet hops, raw yet not bitter.

Taste: Nice hop bite in the back, very lush flavor, orange and a tiny bit of grapefruit. As it warms, it develops a sweet candy aspect. If hops could be a candy, this is what it would taste like. So good!

Mouthfeel: This is really smooth and creamy. Well balanced and really feels at ease in my mouth.

Overall: Hop candy without the excessive bitterness. A really good beer that shows no sign of a near 9% ABV. Taste this one.

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Photo of eat
3.78/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in DDC's standard tulip glass, 6ième Soir is clear and glowing-amber in colour. An awesome, creamy off-white head presents great lacing, which retention could be somewhat improved.

The nose is fairly light, with some pilsner hops, a little roasty malt and light citrus and lychee. Smells a little like a Czech-influenced double IPA.

Same for the taste; a bit like a pilsner-double-IPA cross. Czech hops blended with tangerine and orange zest, balanced with light caramel sweetness. Earthy hops create a drying finish. Alcohol is well-concealed.

6ième soir maintains a fairly light body and is lightly carbonated. Seems to work well enough overall.

I don't think this would really be sessionable but I would certainly grab a pint if I was in the mood for a pilsner-style beer. I'm not sure if I would have necessarily guessed they were going for a pilsner here but can see the influence.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark golden, near bronze with a nice head of slightly off-coloured white foam that lasts and leaves decent lacing as well. Aromas are all about spicy saaz hops, a bit of fusel alcohol, and some nice bready biscuity malts. Taste follows suit with spicy hops, fiery booze, and nice malting. Finish is not too dry and is almost a bit slick, with no real booze flavor, burn, or aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied>full and drinkability is quite good. Another winner from DDC, i'm not suprised, at all...

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Photo of DrJay
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep golden colour, hazy, with a thin lace of off-white head. Strong but mellow aroma, with a nice balance of malt (almost caramel in character) and hops. It's a little spicy with a bit of pine as well. Also a bit vinous with some alcohol apparent. Soft yet strong bitterness seems to be due to the use of a whole lot of low alpha acid hops. Also a bit spicy and malty sweet, which provides a nice balance. Alcohol flavour and warmth appear at the midpoint and carry through to the finish. Sweetness appears at the finish as well, along with peppery phenols and spicy hops. Light to moderate carbonation with a medium body, and it still has a CO2 crispness and slighty effervescent texture. Very interesting, tasty beer and certainly worth a try.

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Photo of Sammy
3.55/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hoppy aroma, fruity and tart, and very honeyish smooth. Good hop mix, yeast, and malting. One of the best pilsners I have ever tried. Full-bodied. I would make this a staple.

Received a bottle, bottled 9/11/11 and it was just a strong lager. Drinker but uninteresting with little hop flavour. So I have averaged my rating.

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Photo of Rastacouere
3.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear shining yellow. Low carbonation manages an honest foamy and sticky white head. Field aroma, straw, hay spicy hops... Comes out peachy and orangey with grapefruity hops. Refreshing on the tongue. Mild alcohol warming. Slight grain touch. Less sharp and fresh than Rogue’s but spicier. They’re obviously of similar origins. Creamy body, smooth carbonation. Gentle bitterness, floral. I’d much rather have a light and crisp helles and am definitely not a fan of imperialised blond lager, but what fool wouldn’t welcome a rarity.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
4.38/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A bright, clear golden, quite bodied of gold. A clear white head that was generous and dissapeared quicky. A rich smell of hops, and cereals.

Taste: Oh my, heavenly balance for my palate. A great hoppish taste emerges from this beer, it hit you right away combined with a nice malty finish. Characterial, dry and ends up with a nice finish.

If all lager could be like this

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Photo of Goldorak
4.35/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A special Imperial pilsener brewed to celebrate their 6th anniversary, hence the name that translates into "6th night".

A golden translucent blonde with a small, but clingy head, that had a crisp, grassy smell. I'm pretty sure that's all Saaz, but I'll ask the brewer next time around to be sure.

I'm usually not a big fan of pilseners but seeing as this is Dieu du Ciel I couldn't resist a pint. It was very smooth and malty, with just enough hops to dry out into a nice clean finish. The mouthfeel was definately different from most pils I've ever tried, this one had character, and didn't taste watery at all. And surprisingly, it went down wickedly well, even at 7.5% ABV, you couldn't feel it at all. Superb.

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6ième Soir from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.92 out of 5 based on 32 ratings.
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