Fumisterie | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-03-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 79 |  Reviews: 65
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 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 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 Kegatron
3.5/5  rDev -2%

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 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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a foggy copper with a creme head. Nose is like crystallized sugar. Like when you cook it in a pot. Flavor is odd I have to say. Sweet, yes. But it seems almost like it was infused with some helles lager or something. Seems to be a weird after taste as well. Kind of like slightly plastic (in the past heavier and more destinct versions have been infected, but I don't think that is the case here) or wet and stale paper. On a more positive note, there seems to be some vanilla in the mix here. Feel has a real distinct biting carbonation that violently hits on the tongue. Liquid is a bit thin. This is an okay BPA. It isn't bad, but it's kind of a strange brew.

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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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3/5  rDev -16%

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3/5  rDev -16%

Photo of wordemupg
3.63/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle downed july 18 2009

A golden copper and i could watch tv through it. the faint copper head fell quickly and left the odd patch of lace

S hoppy caramel

T allright sweetness with hops, dont dislike it but not the best beer these guys make

M/D turned too bubbles in my mouth, but still went down with no problem. i will drink this again soon

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Photo of Viggo
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from Rahman.

Pours a crystal clear dark orange, some cranberry juice red highlighting, thick off white head forms, quickly drops down to a thick ring and thin layer, some nice lacing all over the glass, good retention. Smell is neat, quite sweet, brown sugar, light touch of smoke, citrus fruit, sweet orange peel, caramel, almost a saison like funky sourness, pretty interesting. Taste is similar, quite sweet and fruity, some strawberries, orange peel, citrus, toasty maltiness underneath, caramel and brown sugar sweetness, little bit of rye/spicy hemp in the finish, citrus acidity. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, pretty interesting and refreshing although not something I would choose to drink a lot of.

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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 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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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 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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4/5  rDev +12%

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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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mattt for sending this gem from north of the border.

A: Golden amber gue with a bubbly off white foamy head. Hints of lacing and ample carbonation.

S: I see others describe it as earthy and herbal and I have to agree. Nice spicey notes with hints of leaves, dirt and pine. A touch of citrus and a bit of yeast even it out.

T: The herbal flavors come thru in the taste as well. Nice grassey leafy taste with hints of yeast and pepper. Moss an must can be tasted as well. A very earthy unique Belgian style brew.

M: Medium to light in body with nice bubbly carbonation. Pretty drinkable and pretty nice.

Overall: I like it. Not the best, but a very quality Belgian style coming from north of the border. I wish I had visited Dieu Du Ciel on my trip to Montreal a few years back. It has been noted now, and a return trip is in store no doubt.

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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 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 BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a mixed Dieu Du Ciel 12 pack.

Clear, deep reddish brown liquid, lots of carbonation bubbles give a shiny white head. Not much lace, foam quickly faded.
Aromas of some caramel, bready grains along with some earthy, herbal hops.
Same elements are in the flavor. Malty and slightly bready to start, fruity sweetness follows.
Medium bodied, very smooth, easy to drink.
Tastes pretty good, but kind of unremarkable, nothing to set it apart. I know there is hemp in it from reading the description, but not tasting anything unique or different.
Maybe it was just me, but need to give this one another chance.

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Fumisterie from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 34.2% out of 100 with 79 ratings
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