Fumisterie | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada | website

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: 65 | Ratings: 79
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 Voonder
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark orange-ish ruby color with thin off-white head. Smell - mild hops combine very well with slightly bisquity malts. Some fruity (plums or raisins perhaps) aromas are there as well. Taste - bitterness from hops comes in first, then some caramel and sweet-ish malts. Finishes some what dry. Pretty straight forward beer, but it is very well brewed. Simple, but it taste good and it is pleasure to drink. I would reccomend it to try, I think it's pretty solid.

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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 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 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 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 tdawgydog
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy copper read. Very appealing with a nice head that dissipated and left a nice lace around the top of the beer
S - A slight hint of caramel makes for a pleasant scent to this beer.
T - Tastes like many other ales that I have had before. Nothing jumps out about this beer. It's not bad but it is nothing special either.
D - Goes down smooth with a slightly off aftertaste
M - Good body, carbonated just right, not too gassy.

I think the Hemp in this beer is mostly a gimmick. It doesn't add any discernible taste difference as far as I can tell. All in all a decent representation and something I would probably drink again.

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Photo of allergictomacros
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear copper with a rocky head. Nose is caramel, nuttiness, hints of herbs. Lots of nutty flavour to go with a heavy caramelized malt. Somewhat sweet, somewhat generic light hop bitterness and spicy edge I can't really place well. Also some dark sugars and solvent. Medium body and lowish carbonation. Interesting flavour profile and somewhat tasty, but a little bit heavy to have many of.

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

341mL brown glass twist-top. The label has dates and numbers on it, but none of them are ticked off.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy orange amber with 2 inches of brothy head that is off-white and leaves lots and lots of lacing.

Nose: Some sweet English ale-like malt aromas, a muted fruitiness, and a smokey, Scottish ale-like note that comes out more as the beer opens.

Palate: That Scotch ale comparision is immediate, but then something happens and I don't know how to describe the taste. Almost herbal, but still lots of marris otter-like malt flavors. Some light bitterness on the finish and an inkling of a hint of a suggestion of sticky bud.

Notes: A cool beer, subtle and hard to figure out. If you're not paying attention, it's just another English ale.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 KaiMiller
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The stylish label says something about this being the meeting point of German and British brewing traditions. I'm inclined to agree.

Dark copper pour, thin totally disappearing head. Nutty malt aroma, very slight grassy hops. Tastes a little like an Altbier. More hempy (hazelnut) notes. Goes down very smoothly. The label nails it - it's a bitter meets an alt. The hemp really just tastes like nutty amber malts.

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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 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 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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