Fumisterie | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

79 Ratings

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

Shimmering deep amber with a fine-pored sticky cap ....good retention and lace.

Aroma is demure but interesting...musty honey, leafy botanicals and woodsy earthiness.

Taste is much different than it smells...not at all sweet...big glutinous amber malts in the front are instantly balanced by a medicinal bitter-herb infusion, woodyness, some leafy tastes....finish is clean and dry with the hemp providing a spicy bitterness.

Ragged mouth feel, medium body spicey-bitter character.Very clean tasty beer...more like a rich ESB than an amber.

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