Fumisterie | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by stagger:
Photo of stagger
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DDC: an interesting brewery that ventures all over the map in the search for interesting little-visited corners of what a beer can be. Despite having once said that I'd die fat and happy if I was stranded on an island with nothing to eat or drink but Peché Mortel (it's a meal in a glass!), it's not exactly the kind of thing you want on an everyday basis. La Fumisterie comes closer to a sessionable beer while still staying on the funky side of the usual. Pours a clear amber with a large head that dissipates quickly. Nutty, malty nose ('beery', if that's not too vague). Taste is alternately sweet and nutty, dry and malty, with a mild but definite soapy hop finish. Mouthfeel alternates between creamy and fizzy, a little too thin and fizzy for my taste. Along the way are fleeting tastes and sensations that suggest a complexity you might have missed at first, which makes it more-ish, but then it seems to get sweeter the more you drink, so that kind of puts me off a bit. An interesting beer that I'm glad I've tried, though I won't be actively seeking more of it.

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Photo of Rijtjeshuis
3.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in snifter.

LOOK (3/5) ~ pours a rich copper to caramel color. Clarity is poor, the beer is almost totally opaque. The head is a bit of a disappointment, it only rose to about a half finger on a hard pour, and fell at a usual rate to almost nothing with very little lacing. Some visible carbonation on the glass.

SMELL (3.5/5) ~ The balance is malty with some spicing to it on the finish. The malt is pretty sweet - caramel and biscuity. The spicing is pretty sharper and berry like with a bit of licorice and mulling spice to it. Wierd, but there is a smell almost like fried batter in fish and chips. Hops probably play a part in the fugue, but I can't really pick out anything that stands alone.

TASTE (4.5/5) ~ I quite liked the taste. Like the aroma, the taste was a balance between the malt and the spicing. The spicing, I think, brings out a stronger caramel flavors almost like kettle caramelization. That combines well with a bit of the black licorice notes. The finish is really all about those spicy notes. I get some berry, pepper, mulling spice (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg), licorice, and a bit of pine that could be from the hops or other spices, maybe even juniper. The overall balance is sweet and malty.

FEEL (4/5) ~ medium-light body and higher carbonation. I like the high carbonation, because it dries out the finish a bit. A bit of an acid/carbonation kick at the end. I think it could have gone for a bit more of a substantial body, but it played well of the flavors. No real heat.

I liked it overall, it an interesting take on a spiced beer. It leaned pretty heavy to the maltiness so it fails as a a session beer... but it's a good sipper!

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First of a DDC mix pack a friend of mine picked up in Montreal. It's really a shame that so few of their offerings ever make it to western Ontario...

Poured into a Duvel goblet. A nice ruby-russet hue, with about a 1/2 inch of head. Some lacing, a thin ring survives.

The nose is...different. Not necessarily a bad thing. Toasted malts (not roasted), caramel, tea, and a creamy, milk product scent. Some folks have said yogurt; I get buttercream.

Not bad, certainly flavorful. Toasted malts and caramel up front. The creaminess is countered by a grapefruit-tea hop character, giving the brew a slightly bitter finish. Not quite balanced, but certainly drinkable.

Velvety and creamy - carbonation works well here.

Actually, I weigh in favor of this brew, but there's definitely some areas of Fumisterie that need work. The taste is a little unbalanced, and the cream/butter isn't the greatest flavor. Still, a solid brew - worth trying just for the name!

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.37/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a sampling glass. Very old bottle, we think it was one of the first batches.

Pours a nice light red color with just a tinge of head. Nose is rye, very odd but suer appealing.

Taste is very earthy, light herbal taste. There's some like stem qualities to it and some light hoppiness, very good for such an old bottle.

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Photo of jondeelee
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fumisterie smells, like almost every Dieu du Ciel beer I've had, very rich and malty. In this case, the malts bring aromas such as heavy brown sugars, vanilla, cookie dough, milk chocolate, dates, and richly toasted grains. In other words, the beer smells delicious: like grandma's house on a Sunday afternoon.

On the tongue, the brew is immediately sugary, but also has a surprisingly strong hints of nuts--pecans mainly, with suggestions of Brazil nuts and peanuts. Still present are the brown sugars, chocolates, and darker fruit esters, but they are joined by light apricots and a good runnel of lightly toasted grains (tasting like the scent of wet wheat), and rounded off by a well-balanced hoppy bitterness. The aftertaste is largely hops and nuts, with just a hint of fruit. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium-light.

Overall, this is excellent fare, and surprisingly for its focus on nut flavors. Well worth trying.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hemp beer? My girlfriend couldn't pass up that marketing shtick...

This beer appears a clear medium copper colour, with one finger of thin white head, which leaves behind some minor webbed lace. It smells of light caramel malt, and mildly sweet floral hops. The taste is roasted caramel malt, and earthy, farm-ish hops. The carbonation is soft, the body smooth and a bit creamy, and it has an off-dry, floral finish.

A decent enough pale ale, but I don't see really where the hemp comes in - maybe in the slightly off-beat perceived earthiness of the hops?

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Photo of ShawneeIrish
4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bit of smoke and the nutty, turns out to be hazlenut flavour. Other than that a light pale. Drinkable, but otherwise not exceptional. A bit of head on cloudy yellow. Middle mouthfeel, what is it as understated, a bit more sweet. Easy drinking, despite a peu graininess from hemp.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Anxious to try this 341ml bottle.

L- Beautiful light brown. Not too many bubble rising. Lots of lacing. Thin patchy head.
S- Smelled a bit rotten at first. I then found pleasant orange slice, fruit salad smell. Something reminds me of yogurt.
T-Pretty ordinary. Ruby red grapefruit. Very little punch but leaves a pretty delicious and refreshing taste. There does seem to be an off flavor in here. That yogurt-y thing from the smell.
M- A little gross. Watery and slimy (I'm exaggerating a little to get my point across)
D-If it wasn't for the issues I wrote about this would be a highly drinkable brew.

There is something here it just doesn't seem professionally made.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - a swampy orange brown, fluffy tan head retained and laced respectably
S - herbal, grassy, light lemon, caramel sweetness and some light roastiness
T - hop notes of herbs and grass give way to butter toffee and nutty malt, with a grapefruit zest hop finish
M - lower carbonation, very smooth with a mix of bitter and sweet on the finish
D - unique flavour but subtle enough not to take away from the fact that it is a beer, smooth and rich

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Photo of jbonapar
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice bottle bought ina 12-pack variety pack.

Poured a nice foamy head with excellent lacing overtop a amber clear brew.

Smell - faint sugars, figs and earth. Not an overpowering aroma by any means.

Taste - Starts with a sweet burst of honey they quickly builds its hoppy bitterness. The bitterness leaves just a quick and a spicy tartness lingers. very well balanced and very smooth. Perhaps some subtle sweet fruits in there as well.

Very drinkable and very refreshing as well. Like most of the Dieu Du Ciel! beers, unique, enjoyable and fantastic.

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Photo of eat
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of elricorico
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden amber in colour with a large head of off white foam. Sticky lacing and a varey faint haze to the beer.

An earthy herbal smell, with a touch of citrus to it. Slightly musty. Interesting.

Herbal and slightly bitter in the dominant flavours. Finish has a strangeness that I've only noted before in Garrison's Nut Brown Ale, a very different beer from this one. Again a slight mustiness, almost an off flavour. Sort of sticks in your nose at the end.

Light bodied and highly carbonated, this is an lively beer. It avoids feeling fizzy or watery. Overall it isn't hard to drink. My only complaint is that one flavour in the finish doesn't really agree with me. At the same time, this isn't a beer that will turn too many heads. My thanks go to my friend Jay for the delivery of Dieu du Ciel beers.

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Photo of Mattgruv
3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of Rutager
4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy deep amber with almost two fingers of pale yellow-amber head.

Smell. Thick sweet malt and caramel. Some earthy hops, lemons, and a bit of roasted nuts.

Taste. Nice caramel and roasty grains with some citrusy hops. Fairly dry with some nice wet green grass and roasted nuts in the end.

Mouthfeel. Just above light in body with stronger than medium carbonation.

Overall. Nice hemp beer. Has a definite Dieu Du Ciel uniqueness with hemp flavours that you can really taste.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.66/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a medium amber color ale with a nice foamy head with medium retention. Aroma of herb and dry malt characteristics. Taste consists of herb and malt with a dry ending. Body is about average with some good carbonation. I have to admit that this one left me on my appetite and didn’t make a big impression on my taste buds. This brewery has definitely some better beers to offer.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I expected more from this beer than what I got, I think. First, I don't smell or drink the special ingredient. It doesn't seem to be there. First, maybe I had a bad batch... however, I tried another one and get the same old, simple beer taste IMO.

The beer is amber and clear. Mainly smell I get malt with an average taste intensity of malt. The beer is light with a thin mouthfeel. Not bad, but too simple of a beer to make it oustanding. Dieu du Ciel offer better beers than that one. I'm not sure I will enjoy one some other time... one was enough IMO.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to a wonderful northern trader for sending me another top quality beer to enjoy this evening. Served chilled nad poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 12/15/2008.

The pour was decent, a deep amber color coming through right out of the bottle. Nice clarity in this one as well. Some carbonation bubbling up to the surface throughout did little to enforce the white head which faded very fast.

Nice aroma here with a mix of decent fruit aromas and bready grains. Nice touches of some earthy grains as well and a touch of herbal hops. This carried over well into the flavor were a medium bodied ale led the way. Smooth, though it could have used a little bit more carbonation. Started with a nice rush of sweet malts, light tones of grapes and pears and a small dose of bread like flavors coming through rather nicely. Intresting mix here as the flavor tended to get sweeter as you went on and it tasted a whole lot stronger then it actually was. Still very drinkable and quite enjoyable with dinner.

Overall a very solid beer that I would have no issues with trying out again anyday. About as solid as they come!

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Photo of bloberglawp
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They mention this is halfway between an English and a German ale, apparently (this site's style) that lands you in Belgium... well it did for a couple of world wars, so why not.

Pours cooper amber, medium head that dissipates to a film, some lacing, medium to low carbonation. Aroma of english base malt and a faint note of spice, nothing offensive neither anything stiking, just a clean neutral smelling beer. Flavor, a bit of malt, also quite a bit of bitterness. Not much in the way of hop flavor, just a neutral balanced bitterness. Also some peppery spice and delicate astringent caracters that I beleive must be attributed to the hemp.

This a exellent ale, just not a "wow" beer. I'll bet this stuff would got down real easy with a nice big peice of bbq'ed jerked pork with honey glazed sweet potato, and a nice lemon olive oil/goat feta cheeze salad.

Ohhh yeah.

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Photo of IronDjinn
3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep translucent amber in appearance, modest creamy white head that settles to a thin cap, lots of lacing.

Grainy yet buttery malt on the nose, honey and floral notes, wet green grass, and some rummy raisins too.

Grains and hops seem to duke it out in the flavour, although both characteristics are contained and rounded, so it's not necessarily an unpleasant ruckus. Underlying light spicy dates and hints of brown sugar, finishing with bright pockets of grassy hops but more overpowered by carmelized malt overall. It does lack cohesion and unity however.

The mouthfeel is also light, even thin, but has a smooth creaminess that lends it enough credibility.

Overall this one doesn't do much for me, the seperate flavours are there and and in decent form, but make for more of a free for all than a more inviting unity and balance which doesn't do it any real justice.

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Photo of papat444
4.21/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seeing as how it won't be bottled anymore after this month, figured i'd grab a bottle for a review before there's none left. Had it with my supper, soup & bread.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle. Notches are ambiguous but the case has a bottled date of Nov. 2010.

Appearance: As i pour, foam starts very slow and i'm wondering if i'll much but near the end it balloons to a solid 3 finger head. and retains itself for a few minutes at least. Lacing around the rim and coats the glass all the way down. Color is a hazy, dark amber.

Smell: Piney hops, strong malt and caramel. Very resin-like.

Taste: Good hop bitterness upfront with strong caramel and toffee with a solid malt background. There's some fruit in there also (tropical?) and ends with a nice dry astringency.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is a tad high but doesn't inhibit the smoothness of the body.

Drinkability: Bitterness is kept in check and allows for a pleasant drink. I like this one and would have it if seen on tap.

Overall: It seems the key with this one is freshness though mine had at least 3 months age and still tasted great. Too bad they won't be bottling this one anymore.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a cloudy hazel brown colour with a generous size fluffy off white head. Appears to have some fantastic lacing.

Smell - hops and brown sugar, maybe even some molasses.

Taste & Mouth - some decent carbonation and the hops at first, then a refreshing sweetness kicks in , then a slightly bitter finish and notes of toasted oats and some sort of smokiness. Oddly enough, I only really noticed hemp when I burped.. I also picked up on the buttery flavour.

Drink - A truly interesting beer. Unlike any I've had before. Give this one a try if you happen to see it at the store.

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Photo of ludachris
3.92/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful deep amber with a one finger, slightly off white head. Loads of carbonation stick to the sides of the glass but quickly fade away. Miniscule amount of lacing.

Smell of juicy roasted malts, caramel and grassy hops with a touch of citrus.

Nice sweet malts upfront, caramel and a bit of raison accompanied by some herbal floral hops with a crisp citrus touch.

Medium bodied, crisp, clean and slightly creamy. The only thing this beer really lacked was a smooth transition from malts to hops; all the flavor was still there.

Overall, a decent offering from DDC. Flavorful and easy drinking. Couldn't really pick up on the hemp though and this beer could have been more balanced. At the same time, I would still buy another and look forward to trying more of DDC's offerings.

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Photo of mrmanning
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle- Deep ruby with a frothy mocha cap. Nose of malts and dirty blankets, wet hay. Tastes sweet, of grass and nasty grains. Overly sweet malty finish. Not good at all. The only smoke screen here is the one of quality that the brewer is trying to hide this beer behind. Another failure from a usually brilliant brewery.

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Fumisterie from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.57 out of 5 with 79 ratings