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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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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 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 francisweizen
4.32/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This hemp ale is golden in colour with a small white head. The aromas are of light malts, hazelnut and fruits. The taste is a bit hoppy, quite fruity and a bit nutty. This is a very interesting hemp beer. The mouthfeel is a bit light but the drinkability is top-notch! I have to say that this was the best of the 3 hemp ales that I sampled whilst I was in Canada!

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Photo of smcolw
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Imagine the smell of a wet burlap sack and you'll get a feel for this beer. While not at all extreme, this is subtly unusual. The taste matches the aroma. There's a raw grain element to the taste. Good balancing hop, but the flavor interest is in "rope".

The color is light amber/nearly clear; leaves a nice ring lace on the glass.

Note: this beer is listed at the brewpub as Funisterie Rousse de Chanvre. I asked: Chanvre means "hemp" in French.

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Photo of Andy
4.3/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A flavorful hemp beer from north of the border. A golden amber color. The flavor is buttery in the beginning and then bitter toward the finish. The flavor in the middle is hard to categorize; perhaps the influence of the hemp seeds?

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Photo of ShawneeIrish
4.25/5  rDev +19%

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 LeTonneau
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed that beer... If I had to describe it in one word, it would be BALANCE. At first, you discover a beer that is quite foamy when you pour it. Not a cream ale but it's a nice head. First sips are really getting in my broom... Smells like when you go to a mill and they are preparing some for the horses: Oats with molasses. Quit a comforting smell, remind me of my youth... Taste is what invokes the term balance. Sweet aromas at first gives place to a hint of bitterness and you taste all the flavours afterwards. Simply put, it's complete.

Easy to finish, it never had time to get warm so it's pretty easy to drink.

Great beer.

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Photo of nighthawk
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold amber colour, clear, one finger of head reduces to lacy ring quickly. Some sticky clumps are left on the glass.
Smells slightly fruity and lemony, with some wet hay, slightly spiced caramel. The nose on this one really caught (and held) my interest.
Taste is citrus hops up front with a peppery middle, and light citrus and bitter on the finish. There's a certain nutty quality to the pepper, and a subtle caramel that comes through.
Crisp in the mouth, medium body with a slightly full and creamy feel to it and nice contrasting bite from the carbonation.
My bottle has it at 5.5%, so maybe just out of sessionable range, but it's still a delight to drink, with some fascinating interplay between hops, the hemp seeds, and the malt.

For being a somewhat confused beer (is it a belgian? or as the label implies in one spot a hemp beer? or as it says in another, somewhere between a German and an English ale?) it is quite well put-together. I'll definitely enjoy having this one again and musing out its different flavours.

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Photo of leaddog
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341mL bottled December 2010.

Appearance - Pours a brilliant red-orange (almost like maple or pumpkin) in colour with a finger width of off-white head.

Smell - Caramel, grains/seeds, plum, breads.

Taste - Strong piney bitterness from the hops and seeds, however it does not linger into the aftertaste. Surprising not to pick up much sweetness based on the aromas.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - A very interesting brew by Dieu du Ciel. Didn't know what to expect of this one, as it is my first hemp beer. I was pleasantly surprised by the strong bitterness upfront after picking up sweet aromas. Glad to have tried this one.

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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 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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4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of andrenaline
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy copper with a ruby red hue, finger and a half of beige head ad some nice sticky lacing.

S - Quite complex with some sweet caramel, leafy hops, pepper spice, rye and peat on the finish. Some fruits are also detectable with some apples and pears.

T - More of an earthy amber ale flavour dominated by musty caramel and toffee malts. Buttered bread lingers amongst leafy green hops and a bitter lemon citrus. Rather unique.

M - No complaints in this department, medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - Overall a unique experience and could easily be a session ale. Definitely worth a trya s it offers some rather unique flavours that would be appreciated by any fan of a complex ale.

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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4/5  rDev +12%

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

Note that the brewery calls this brew an interesting intersection between a British and German ale, and not a belgian pale, so i will not be reviewing this as i would a belgian pale.

A clear bronze hued ale is sitting in my pint glass. A small half finger pale tan head formed on a vigorous pour and left somewhat quickly. Somewhat mildly carbonated, leaves no lacings.

Interesting nose. Roasted malts give a nice toasted quality, the hemp seeds likely contribute to this as well as the underlying nuttiness of the brew. An interesting hint of spiciness is also present, is there rye in this brew? I would be mildly surprised if this was from the hemp seeds alone. Lemony and grassy aroma of Noble hops present.

Toasty and slightly nutty with a hint of melanoidin and im still getting a hint of that earthy rye spiciness. Suspecting a combination of old world hops in this one, bittering with an english hop like goldings and the use of a Noble hop more for aroma and the lemony grassy flavour.

An almost medium bodied, smooth and almost creamy feeling brew. Nicely balanced between a touch of rich malts, accented with the hemp seeds, and the hops. While the carbonation is light it does provide for a nice fuzzy feeling as the CO2 escapes as the beer reaches the mouth.

This is a very drinkable, sessionable brew. A good depth of flavour as well as an a nicely balanced brew with an interesting interplay between the ingredients used make for an enjoyable experience. Reminds me of something like an english pale ale meets a marzen. An interesting and creative brew that i would love to drink again and certainly would recommend. Thanks to raider for the bottle.

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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 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 Buebie
3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked this up in Halifax. Freshness date is not etched on the date code printed on the lable.

Poured from a 12 ounce brown bottle into a pub glass. The pour is semi rigorous and shapes a 1'' tan head. Color is a deep copper with notes of brown and brilliant copper tones shining when held to light. Some chill haze to this.

Big juicy malt here with loads of cereal grain aroma. A touch of fruit, some apples, bready toast with hints at butter and caramel. No hops picked up in aroma, but that juicy carmelised sugar grain aroma is to die for.

Taste representing aroma in a much more potent way. Cereal grains are in your face with malt and semi-sweet caramel. Some bitters coming through to the swallow, hints at lemon rind and grassy hops, with just a touch of spice.

Mouthfeel is thin with mild creamyness provided by carbonation. This is a damn fine malt bomb. I cant say I've had a belgian plae thats been like this for me before. It seems to not really reflect the belgian style and really holds more of an ale yeast in flavor and aroma.
Still good, but more hops are desired.

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Photo of tonyf55
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottle into a tulip glass.

Visual (3.5): dark amber colour, minimal clarity. Single finger off-white head with little lacing left on glass. Head dissipates quickly. No visible carbonation. Ruby hue in the light

Aroma (4): malty smells dominate, with undertones of yeast, leather, and spices such as ginger, nutmeg, and light hidden maple. Smells roasted, even though colour doesn't hint at this.

Taste (4): gives way to the spices, but leaves a sweet flavour on the palette. Tastes of grains, nutmeg, breads, and hints of cinnamon. Hops are well hidden in a balance of malt and spice flavours.

Mouthfeel (3.5): fairy medium body with a dry texture. Leaves the palette dry but flows over the tounge in a lively fashion. Good for a spiced beer.

Overall (4): I have a preference for spiced beers. The smell, the taste, and the mouthfeel have a nice complexity that I really like in a "sit-and-enjoy" kind of beer. Not remarkable in the spiced beer category, but a very good beer.

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Photo of Deuane
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Spotty lace.

S-A bit of smoke and herbal grassiness. A bit of caramel malt in the background.

T-Delicate hop bite cuts thru the nutty/grssy bits. A wafting of smoke in the aftertaste.

M-Medium-light body with a bit of sweetness in the finish.

D-Easy drinking and interesting. I really like that DDC likes to be creative! Interesting take with the hemp seed addition.

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Photo of gonzogambler
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this bottle in the mail from my buddy who went up to the brewery. First beer I've tried from them other than the amazing peche mortel.

The bottle is all in French, the name Fumisterie seems to translate to "Joke". The other text on it says its a hemp beer.

Pours a golden colour (u for the Canadians) with a small head. Smells of malt and fruit. The flavor starts out light and crisp and then rounds out with a flavor of lightly roasted grains and malt. The taste is definitely different but good; this is my first shot at the hemp variety (I swear I never inhaled).

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Fumisterie from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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