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Paienne | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 94
Photo of Jacobob10
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap @ Dieu Du Ciel in Montreal, Quebec on 5/30/2013.

Cloudy yellow ale with a medium white head. Biscuit malt aroma with some slight spice infused into it. No lacing on the glass and not much retention but a quick swirl revived it. Slightly bitter with some yeast lingering in the aftertaste. Fairly drinkable but nothing outstanding about it. A good option if you like blonde ales.

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Photo of Shadman
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought the sample 12 pack in Medicine Hat of all places...our world is indeed changing...

Nice amber/straw colour, slightly hazy from the sediments. Nice bright white head, amazing lacing.

Grassy, grainy, & bready, but in a decent way...balanced I guess you could call it.

Taste matches nose again. Grainy malt followed by sweet bready malt followed by a nice noble hop finish that clears the palate off nicely...Decent balance with a dry finish.

Bit fizzy in the front end that bites a bit, but very smooth and creamy afterward.

Could do 3 pints of this on a patio in the summer easy...therefore I think it's quite good....

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tasted on January 25th, 2009.

Pours as a pale yellow color. The aroma is light. Some hops in the smell, but not very much. Smell some malts and slightly fruity. The taste is mainly malts with some hops on the back. Very refreshing beer. Excellent ale. Wish they would have this one in 6-pack.

The mouthfeel is thin and the beer is very drinkable. A summer beer in my opinion.

Your thirsty, have a Paienne!

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Photo of mrmanning
2.35/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle- A pale straw pour emits a fluffy white foam. Grassy nose is also grainy and has an aroma of cooked vegetable as well. Sweet grainy flavour upfront, overly grassy, tastes of weird biscuit. Strange stuff overall. Creamy finish with odd aftertaste too. Proof that great breweries also make a crappy beer or two.

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Photo of Long813
4.52/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

G: Pint

A: Pale yellowy-green, murky/cloudy body. Half inch head which dissipates quickly and leaves a tiny trace of lacing.

S: Fine wheat, lime, malts

T: Wheat with lime and a hint of green apple

M: Medium-light body, medium carbonation with little alcoholic after taste

D: Interesting beer, I have not tasted a blonde ale like this before. I don't know if that is due to this being a prime example of a blonde or maybe mislabeled. Either way it is a exceptional beer with a complexity of fruity flavours.

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Photo of atigerlife
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was slightly dark golden color with a medium sized white head. Good lacing.

Aroma was quite light and I couldn't get much out of it.

Taste was light with some citrus coming through and mild hops. Again, nothing much there but nothing bad either.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with decent cleansing ability.

Overall, a decent APA but nothing I would want to have again. There are much better beers at Dieu Du Ciel so there is no need to settle for an average brew.

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Photo of eat
3.43/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This batch was upped to 5.5%ABV. Translucent, dull-golden body with a thin cover of bright-white head. Little bits of lacing.

Smells like beer really. Wheaty grain, light earthy/floral hops, light pale malt. Nothing special.

The flavour profile is simple but fresh and well put together. Noticeable wheat, light earthy and floral hops and slight hints at citrus and nuts. Soft, lingering hop bitterness.

The feel might be the standout feature of this beer: solid medium body and an appropriate medium carbonation. Your standard blonde ale doesn't always have such a nice feel.

I guess this is Dieu de Ciel's shot at a beer for the masses? As a middle-of-the-road blonde ale I suppose it's decent and certainly better than anything similar produced by a macro brewery. Drinkable enough, though not one I'll be picking up again.

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Photo of Converge
4.42/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle poured into a 16oz tulip.

A - About a finger-and-a-half of frothy, snow-white head. The beer is a bright golden-straw color with a touch of haze in it.Good head retention with some fine lacing. Also, I appreciate the effort put into the label art for Dieu Du Ciel, but I just don't really care for it. I much prefer the work on Unibroue or Microbrasserie Charlevoix bottles. Of course, this is still miles ahead of the average macro-brew labels out there.

S - Lots of sweet peaches, golden honey, and muskmelon. Lots of light fruits float around amongst the sweet honey and malt. Light wheat-like backbone. It's got a slight funk to it as well, but it doesn't get in the way of the sweet fruitiness and honey-dipped aroma.

T - Lots of sweet fruits and honey, with some sweet pilsner malt and light floral hops lingering in the finish. A touch of barnyard funk with some hay coming through as well. The slight bitterness in the finish sort of surprised me, but it helps balance the sweeter flavors upfront. The aftertaste is just an excellent lingering honey sweetness.

M - Fairly light body, with moderate carbonation done quite well. It could use a touch more liveliness in this department to make up for the slight (and I mean slight) lack of sweetness coming to fruition. Either way, it's got a nice refreshing feel to it that adds to the drinkability.

D - This ale won't deliver mind boggling complexity or huge flavors teetering on abrasive, it's just a great blonde ale with a well rounded and delicious flavor profile. Overall this is just an exceptionally drinkable beer that really hits the spot. It might be the coldest night of the year outside right now, but inside with this beer I can already see the summertime sunshine.

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Photo of markaberrant
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - pale yellow, light haze, thin fizzy white cap, no lacing.

S - hay, grass, lemon, herbal, light malty sweetness,

T - pretty much the same as the smell, some gentle sweetness, mild fruity esters, and while you won't confuse this for a hop bomb, you can definitely taste them, short snappy finish, with an aftertaste of herbal hops

M - medium light body, medium carbonation, gives it a smoothness and weight you don't always find in this style, no alcohol presence

D - this doesn't really excite me, but damn, it sure is good for what it is.

A true craft version of a blonde ale (this is not an APA). This style is usually left to pretenders and wannabes, but DDC gives it their best shot. Familiar enough to please the crossover crowd, and they have pushed the style about as far as you can in terms of flavour.

Thanks to Viggo for the bottle!

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Photo of Seanstoppable
2.06/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Saw a lonely bottle of this at Premier Wine and Spirits. Given that I haven't tried it before, I of course picked it up. Bottle on date is August 16th, 2009

Pours a cloudy pale color, somewhere in between a pink grapefruit and gold straw. 2 fingers of thick white head that was fairly long lasting.

Scent is of damp, yet freshly mown, grass. Some other scents, such as carrot and wheat are also present.

Taste pretty much follows suit with the grassy/veggy/wheat flavor. Veggie flavors are a bit overwhelming, and I can't make out any other flavors

I found it somewhat harsh and not at all smooth. Wheat/grass flavor kinda lingers in the mouth for quite a while, and any burps make me feel like I had been chewing grass or wheat earlier.

I found one glass barely drinkable the first time around. Wouldn't consider trying a second glass. I am a fan of a lot of Brasserie Dieu du Ciel's stuff, but this certainly isn't one of them.

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Photo of bloberglawp
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is far more of a german style ale than a APA.

Pour pale yellow, lively carbonation and a nice 3 finger head, exellent lacing and no haze.

Aroma of rich malt and fresh hay. Flavor of continental malt, noble hops and a firm hop bitterness.

Wonderful thirst quenching no bullshit ale. I'd have this on hand all the time.

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Photo of tegelaar
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle dated 08/2009. Very happy for the bottling date.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with big creamy white head. Smell is of belgian yeast and a hint of tropical fruit. Smelling some pineapple in this. Taste is a little bland and bready. Not too much going on here. The yeast dominates the beer. The mouthfeel is under-carbed. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing and very easy to drink.

Enjoyable but nothing special compared to the rest of their stellar lineup.

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Photo of MAB
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A disappointment to me, since I had so many positives to say about the rest of their brews (that I've tried).
This one was pale yellow; straw colored.
The problem is, for me, it was also straw flavored. Not that I eat straw, but I imagine this is what straw might taste like. Grassy, not sweet, musty.
I thought maybe it was a bad bottle but my other one (in a combo pack) was the same way. Bad batch, then, or maybe just not my cup of straw...er, tea.
I did finish it, and the carbonation/ mouthfeel was spot-on, but I couldn't get over the odd flavor.

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Photo of scott451
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

If there was a rating for labels - this one would get a 5. Poured into a pint glass. Slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin bubbly head which soon diminished to a ring. Lightly carbonated. Complex malty smells with some fruity notes. Taste features a nice malt blend up front with a mild but persistent hop finish. Creamy medium body with light carbonation. Drinkability is good.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.04/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341mL bottle poured into pint glass. Bottled-on date is notched into label.

Pours a cloudy orange-ish straw with a small white head that quickly sinks to a very thin ring. A bit of lacing left after first few sips, but nothing further down.

A big grassy, herbal and lemony nose on this one. A second dip brings out some cracker and biscuit malt scents.

Flavour follows suit with the aroma; grassy, raw herbal hops up front (noble I'm guessing, but don't yet have the palate to specify) with a bit of lemon, giving way briefly to a sweet malt taste that's like honeyed biscuit. Slightly drier cracker taste in there too. The finish is pleasantly long and finds the hops and malt flavours mingling. Not too bitter or too sweet.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, with a nice creamy carbonation. Finishes a medium-dry.

While the initial raw, grassy hop flavour was startling to my palate initially, this beer has won me over. Tasty and refreshing, it goes down well and has a decently complex flavour palette.

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Photo of ssmack
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A creamy, hazy golden sunshine. A thin white head with no lacing.

Aroma of biscuit with pepper.

A complex taste that is oaky, grassy and peppery. A rich maltiness integrated with the bitterness of the hops under the delicious taste of Belgian yeast.

A slightly chaulky and oil feel but smooth and rich.

Very flavourful for a blonde ale. Smooth and drinkable

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Photo of ikats
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellow in color with white head (good retention). Fairly clear with a constant stream of tiny bubbles rising to the surface. Aroma is very pleasant. At first whiff I was reminded of pink grapefruit. My it seems that mostly it's grassy hoppy notes. At first sip this ale seemed too bitter making it a bit harsh, but as it warmed up a bit bitterness subsided bringing cereal grains forward. I still find it a bit harsh - mouthfeel and drinkability suffer. Overall this beer doesn't do it for me. I wouldn't mind trying it again outside on a hot day, but more often I would probably reach out to other Dieu Du Ciel beers.

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Photo of prosper
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very average coloured yellow. Hazy. I don't think this is bottle conditioned, but it's certainly non-filtered, there is a thin layer of yeast at teh bottom.

Smell is grainy malts and slight citrussy hops. Plain.

Taste is very interesting. Surprisingly complex. Starts off fruity - hops and some yeast character I think. Definitely orange and lemon, and something else I can't quite identify, sort of a toasty spice of some sort. Has a nice sweet maltiness that takes over. Finishes with sweet malts. I like.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Drinkability - sure it's interesting, but not overwhelming.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a pale staw color, minimal head and lacing.

Smell - Pears. Big Pears. a hint of Green Apple.

Taste - Light Pear flavor with a sharp bitterness. Sweet malt that balances the bitterness. A very very different Beer. Not like anything I've tasted before.

I like it, easy and drinkable.

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Photo of Andy
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light blond color, slightly nutty malt flavor that is somewhat sweet and fruity upfront. The finish balances off as a bit bitter. Nothing special but a respectable brew.

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Photo of beerboy21
3.37/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is their "introduction" beer. Is it designed to convert Labatt or Molson drinkers?? Could very well be, with it's golden color, light body, and very sweet (some corn thrown in here?) malty taste. Not a bad brew... maybe a necessary evil.

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Photo of TonyReaves
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This came in a 12-pack I picked up on my honeymoon in Montreal. It's a pretty beer- I'm partial to cloudiness. A great straw/grass smell with a little green veggie in there.

Unfortunately, the veggie comes out quite a bit in the taste, though. It's a bit too much. I really love this brewery and their pub in Montreal, but what's going on here?

If not for the veggie taste, this would be a pretty good beer. It goes down smoothly with a little hop bite in the finish. Can't say much for drinkability though- I taste peas a little more with each sip.

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Photo of AlexF
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Blonde beer, very average looking with a small head. Minimal lacing.

At first, smelled wierd... is this a Molson or a beer from Dieu du Ciel! ??? While the head was fading away, citrus aromas were liberated and that very average smell was now a bit better.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer. But wow!! Super crispy, malty (honey or maple syrup??), with citrus and hops. Very good balance, refreshing and easily drinkable.

An excellent beer to give to someone that thinks Molson is real beer ! And an excellent beer to drink when you want something good but not too complicated.

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Photo of zachariaIPA
3.44/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Pagan.

Pours an apple-juice yellow with an inch of pearl-white head. American-clear. Nice lacing.

Very light malt aroma and taste. Pleasant mouthfeel with just a hint of hop-bitterness. Almost deliberately devoid of flavor, juxtaposed against other DDC beers but.

It's not my favorite style of beer, but I'd take this any day over a domestic Blonde.

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Photo of Clubchat
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Jeff for introducing me to the brewery, very nice and little place love it, great choice of beers

On tap at Dieu du Ciel brewery in Mtl

Golden light and clear into the glass, good carbonation, little creamy head

Good malt, corn and hoppy taste compare to the grassy and sweet smell

Nice common beer, appreciate everytime

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