Paienne | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
94
Reviews:
51
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
12.47%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
9
For Trade:
0
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of bobsy
4.1/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice golden pour kicks up a frothy white head. All of Dieu du Ciel's beers have excellent head retention and lacing, and while this one dies somewhat, it still provides an attractive appearance throughout. The aroma is clean grain with a good dose of caramel malt thrown in for measure. Surprisingly bitter taste - possibly due to the wife suggesting that I shouldn't drink a beer every day. Again the caramel makes its presence felt followed swiftly by a mix of orange and grapefruit. The whole experience starts to remind me of Dead Guy (or I presume a Quebecois version would be "L'homme mort"). The carbonation is somewhat brusque, yet fitting for the style, and the medium body helps provide an added substance to the flavour profile.

This is a beer that I would definitely go for again. While I don't think its a particular standout amongst Dieu du Ciel's range, I think it is impressive within its style. The flavours are simple and subtle, yet excellently balanced, and the alcohol content ensures that this is a beer you can enjoy a few of in an evening without falling into a stupor. Another superior brew from the best brewery in Canada.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Bright hazed apricot hue in appearance, short creamy white head that just hangs around, consistent retention. Thin sheets of lacing.

Smooth grainy, bready malt and mild grassy hops on the nose, simple yet balanced and good.

Grainy and crisp yet smooth up front in the flavour, and beautifully blends into a grassy Saaz hop finish, clean crisp and dry aftertaste. Nice profile for a blond (hubba hubba!).

The mouthfeel would do any pale lager or ale justice, light but not watery, and a beautiful creamy texture.

It holds its own in the shoe-gazing manner of this style, quenching and refreshing and very approachable.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.91/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Slight lemon quality was all I could get in the nasally challenging DDC.

Appearance: Great thick white head tops the clear bright gold glass. Solid clumps of lace reward the downward journey.

Flavor: Bright citric notes pair nicely with the yeast character. Clean with a fairly simple taste.

Mouthfeel: Creamy! Medium heavy body with a thick texture.

Overall Impression: This blond has a killer body, serious legs, and great taste! I’d love to spend some more time with her.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of SebD
3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a thin white head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of bready and buscuity malts, crackers, some citrus, grains and some honey.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet bready malts, crackers, honey, light citrus and some graininess.

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

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

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Absumaster
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer at the brewpub and was amazed by the amount of beers on tap. There were 10 different styles that were all different from each other. I choose the blonde.
Appearance was golden clear with a small head and enough carbonation.
Smell was malty and somewhat sulfuric. A nice mild bitter smell was present, pretty clean.
Taste was malty like a German pilsner, with that typical sulfurness and bite. On the other hand it als leaned towards an English beer with a slightly fruity, but rather clean yeast profile. Bitterness was medium and just for balance.

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Photo of GoHabsGo
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Mack
3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

A - Lighty hazy light gold with a solid head of white foam.

S - Sweet, herbal hops, floral and citrsy lemon.

T/M - Kind of light in flavour but with some lemon and graininess. Soft malt shows through with a hint of yeastiness. Soft body as well with a light-ish carbonation. Nice mouthfeel. Finishes lightly with some herbal hops.

D - Easy drinking, sessionable. Not a big flavour beer, but nothing off and decently tasty.

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

Photo of hopsolutely
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TexIndy
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got as an extra in a trade with phyl21ca - many thanks! Poured from a 341ml bottle into a pint glass. The side of the label had notches from month and year bottled (Nov 08). It was a hazy straw color with a ton of carbonation. Some quick sliding lace. It had a large foamy white head that slowly settled into a thin collar and broken foam.

The aroma was grassy and grainy malt. No real hop presence. Disappointing. The taste was equally disappointing. Again very heavy on grain with no hop presence. More like a BMC pilsner than an APA. Good carb in the mouthfeel.

Overall, a rather disappointing beer from a great brewery. One and done for me. Don't recommend as there as too many other good beers out there.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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 JohnnyBarman
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part of a mixpack brought back from la Belle Province. Bottled in March.

A lovely golden hue, slightly opaque. Looks like mead or honey. Very little head to speak of, only the slightlest ring and a lonely island.

Nose is nice: grain, fruit, a touch of honey, light hops.

Actually one of the better blonde ales I've tasted recently. Sweet, but not overpowering. Grassy and floral, some biscuit character near the middle, finishes hoppy and slightly dry. Very refreshing.

Medium-thick body, light carbonation.

I'm usually not a fan of blonde ales, but I've been enjoying this one very much. Smooth and enjoyable, I can certainly see myself drinking several of these in a night. Good stuff.

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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 KalanM
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Paienne from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.61 out of 5 based on 94 ratings.
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