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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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 65
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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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 TonyReaves
2.71/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This is my second disappointment ever from Dieu du Ciel, who are easily one of my favorite breweries. I wasn't sure what to expect from a hemp beer, but I didn't enjoy it.

Poured into a tulip glass, it displayed a handsome dark red color and a cream-colored head. The smell was vegetable- disappointing.

Taste had some mild biscuit, then a load of vegetable. Maybe vegetable in beers is an acquired taste? Is that the hemp flavor? People seem to enjoy this, so maybe I'm missing something here.

This had a nice, dry finish. If not for the veggies, I could see this being a pleasure to drink.

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Photo of woosterbill
2.72/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Ernie for sharing this at a tasting. Poured into a Weyerbacher tulip.

A: Medium amber body with a thin off-white head. Mediocre.

S: Fairly rich caramel, toffee, and bready malts. Nothing more, and nothing particularly Belgian-y. Still, fairly enjoyable.

T: Sharply sweet toffee. One note, and a rather boring one.

M: Light-to-medium body with similar carbonation. A little boring, but ok.

D: Too sweet and too boring.

Notes: My only other experience with this brewery is the fantastic Péché Mortel, and this is worlds apart in both style and quality. Perhaps age is to blame for this beer's lack of complexity, but it was a thoroughly one-dimensional experience. Too bad.


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Photo of Long813
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dated: 07/09
From: Premier Wine & Spirits, 341ml

A: Cloudy copper body with half a finger of off white head. Head dissipated quickly into nothing and leaves minimal lacing.

S: Grains (what I can imagine as the hemp), hints a caramel, a heavy earthiness to it. Very mild aromas, nothing very strong or note worthy.

T: Grains come through a bit more in the taste with faint notes of caramel. Profound earthiness and some bitterness.

M: Medium bodied and high carbonation. Has a chewy texture to it and leaves a odd earthy after taste.

D: What can I say? Slightly disappointing for DDC, but not a terrible beer. I don't think it's anything special or worth buying again though.

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Photo of sstackho
2.92/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle purchased from somewhere in Montreal - Metro Joanette, most likely. Pours a slightly cloudy. almost greyish copper. Decent lacing. Slightly smoky aroma. The initial flavour is sharp on the tongue, though I don't think it's just carbonation. Taste is somewhat smoky and not particularly enjoyable. Then again, this is my first beer after a minor stomach illness, and I worry that I may have temporarily lost some of my taste for beer. (Even my wife's Stone IPA tastes a bit off!) This beer is different anyway.

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Photo of wrightst
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of petermethot
3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of bobsy
3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased a stones throw away from their Montreal brewpub.

The pour produces an amber body with an ample off-white head, that laced well, and had good retention. I found the aroma to be very grainy, but also with a slight whiff of smoke. This is not a good thing for me... excessively grainy smelling beers are usually indicative of flavours I don't enjoy in a beer.

Moving on to the taste, there is some nutiness to the flavour, but again lots of grain, and a herbal grassiness (hello hemp). It does very little for me. The only other hemp beer I have had is by C'est What, and this one didn't measure up all that well against it. The flavour seemed to be a little toned down and bland in comparison. For me, its a rare miss by DDC. What this beer does excel in, however, is its mouthfeel, which would tempt me to place this in the cream ale category. Its very smooth, creamy and satisfying with moderate carbonation.

Too bad I didn't like the flavour, because I feel this beer had all the other ducks lined up in a row. Its not a bad beer, but stands in poor light because of the consistently high qulaity of the brewery's output. Next.

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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 AlexF
3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Couleur rouge orangé avec une superbe mousse. Malgré l'opacité de la bière, on remarque les filaments de bulles s'échapper.

Odeurs de caramel fruité avec une légère pointe de houblon.

Goût un peu mince mais agréable. Amertume bien dosée. Le chanvre est aisément perceptible et agréable. La finale est spéciale, quelque peu herbacée, à la limite du poivré.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

bouteille achetée à montréal

je n'ai pas trouvé le fougue habituelle des bières de Dieu du ciel, il manquait un petit quelque chose pour que cette bière soit au dessus de la moyenne. Peut-être je n'ai pas le goût du chanvre ? il est très présent dans cette bière. je m'attendais à mieux mais en me rappelant mes expériences avec les bières de chanvre du Chaudron, c'est dans la même game.

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Photo of MasterSki
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle courtesy of papat444. Served in a Bell's tulip. The label describes this as somewhere between a German alt and an English brown. Unknown vintage as no one there actually notches the labels.

A - A finger of white foam settles to a thick cap, leaving a few spots of lace on the sides of the glass. Hazed orange-brown body.

S - Malt, caramel, grain, perhaps a hint of smoke and rye. Whatever hops were here are long gone.

T - Note of caramel, toffee, bread and perhaps a bit of spicy grain character that might be hemp or rye.

M - Some mild carbonation zest, smooth medium body, quite sticky.

D - Just a straight up malty beer. The use of hemp seems like a gimmick. Not surprised they replaced it with an altbier. Nothing really wrong with this, but I have much better beers to spend my time with.

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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 strangemusic
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has got some serious crazy stuff going on! It pours a translucent bright red-amber, like the inside of a blood orange. Very little head, and what there is doesn't stick around too long. No evident carbonation bubbles. Decidedly average.

The smell is unconventional: malty with a twinge of funky sourness, alcohol, stewed fruit, and polished wood. Not exactly attractive, but interesting to say the least.

The taste is equally weird but more palatable than the smell: to be honest, I was preparing myself for something far worse. medicinal (especially in the aftertaste), floral and honey, and some very distinct and complex herbal qualities. Sugars and strange malt flavours are evident.

It has a nice mouthfeel, smooth and not heavy at all, goes down very easily, but the strange mix of tastes works against the drinkability.

All in all, this is a complex and really out-there kind of beer, but for all its nooks and crannies it doesn't really add up to all that enjoyable a drink. I feel good about having tried it, but probably wouldn't do so again.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a dark amber with a good 2.5 inches of chunky head, nice head retention and lacing.

Smells mildly grainy and nutty, but mostly it's malty and hoppy with a slight funky yeast to it.

Taste is a melange of caramel malt and hops in good balance, which is pleasant enough, with some grassy undertones throughout with a lingering spicy bitter almond or hazelnut aftertaste, which is much less pleasant.

The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

It's not a terrible beer and I wouldn't say no if someone offered it, but it's not one I'd be in a hurry to have again.

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

On tap at the brewpub. Its been a while since I’ve had a hempbeer. Nice reddish orange hue to the beer with moderate head. Nose is some sweet malt- nothing too out of the ordinary. Clean nutty taste, also fairly woody. Hopping is low on this one. Ok session beer, that’s about it.

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Photo of BDTyre
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

An interesting beer. I rather like the taste, but the smell is just horrible.

Cloudy light copper-dark amber with a fairly tame head that clings mercilessly to the side of the glass. Skunky, bitter smell that reminds me more of a cheap lager or Euro pale ale than a Belgian.

Interesting, spicy flavour. A nice bit to it, subtle malts and a nice hop balance. Faint brown sugar hints and traces of pine and raisin.

Carbonation is decent, enjoyable but the scent is rather off-putting.

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Photo of scott451
3.32/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a glass chalice. No head to speak of. Yellowish brown. Fair carbonation. Dark malty smells. Nice round flavour. Malty with a hoppy finish. Very interesting aftertaste. A little second coming of flavour. Nice. The label claims that this is brewed with hemp seeds, but no sign of that. Moderately good mouthfeel. The carbonation soon diminishes. The sweetness is a little cloying which makes it not so good for a long session.

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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 brewandbbq
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle date 10/07

Pours dark copper with a slight haze and a massive, three-inch head of off-white.
The lively foam rose a good half-inch above the rim of the tulip glass. A real beauty as the dense head became porous and pulled away from the rim.
Aromatics are a blend of light malt, ripe fruit, and a grassy spiciness.
The mouthfeel is medium and crisp. The carbonation is keeping things lively.
The Pallet is pretty straightfoward for a pale ale, with some added spiciness from the hemp.
Bitterness is drying and firm, and the brew has a mineral note akin to british inspiration.
Finishes with some mild crystle malt, a peppery dryness, and some faint wet cardboard.

Another Dieu Du Ciel thats past prime.

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Photo of OskarL
3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy amber color with a bit dark white head that settles fast and leaves some lacing.

Smells grainy, earthy and wet grass.

Tastes caramel, roasted malt, lemon and grassy hops with little bitterness.

Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy and a bit dry.

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