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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

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

Pours slightly hazy dark amber with a moderate head. Looks decent with a quite attractive colour. Has a nose full of grain and malt. Some fruit and sugar, as well as an odd (but pleasant) earthy funk that may be from the hemp.

Earthy and slightly herbal. Noticeably hoppy, but with a big sweet malt finish. Tasty, again in an odd sort of way somehow. I'm thinking maybe the hemp is doing a bunch of things here that the palate is not used to. A rather full, slightly creamy mouth feel.

An interesting beer across the board, but one I'd want to lay my hands on a coupe more times just to better understand what's happening.

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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 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 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 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 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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Photo of Shadman
3.51/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Hemp beer....should be a favourite of the 4-20 crowd..( wink-wink)

Brownish-orange in color. hazy, with a so so head...but classic DDC lacing.

Balance of grainy and toasted malts...nice balance of these two aromas.

Grainy malt in front, really nice rich nttiness from the toasted malts in the middle. Not as balanced as the aroma. Slight mineral water twang in the back end. Finishes with a tea-like dryness.

Agree with other reviewers in the mouthfeel is almost like velvet...very nice.

mMight be miscast as a BPA...more like a darker cream ale or a brown ale.

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Photo of prosper
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a pretty ordinary beer, actually. It's amber in colour. Smells faintly malty. Taste is quite bitter, with no real distinguishing character. still, it's pleasant.
Actually, there is a faint hint of smoke that comes out more as the beer warms up some.

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