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Charbonniere | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Smoked Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 62 | Ratings: 102
Photo of eat
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Charbonniere is an opaque, dark brown and maintains a good cover of bubbly cream-white head. Decent lacing.

Smells of smoked sausage, campfire, cardboard and dark malt with German hops and dark, fermenting fruit in the background. Fairly similar to Aecht Schlenkerla, though not as powerful or as well balanced. Still, quite nice.

Again, there are similarities to Aecht Schlenkerla in the flavour but it's not pulled off quite as well. Up front there is a good amount of campfire smoke, though it's pretty smoothed out. Other than the decent smokiness, there's not much of interest. Some dark malt which, again, could be increased. Dark, earthy German hops on the finish, along with a good kick of alcohol, which is too present for the ABV, feeling every bit of its 5.4%.

The feel is acceptable but plain. Your standard medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Slightly bitter finish, though not drying. Nothing special.

This could be even more drinkable than Aecht Schlenkerla, in spite of being a lesser beer overall. Especially drinkable as a smoked beer, I could session this if I felt like something smoky. This would actually be great to drink a bunch of while sitting around a fire on a cool summer evening.

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Photo of 3Vandoo
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Belgian Dark Ale or Raunchbier?

Brownish, reddish beer who is quite limpid abords a great nice foamy head that kept itself long enought.

Smell of of smoked malt, smoked bbq flavours, smoke and woods with a shy hoppy and yeasty finish.

Tastw wise, the smoked flavours hits you but are quite balanced betweem the smokiness, hops and yeasty spicy flavours. Shy BBQ flavours such as hickory. Well balanced

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Photo of peensteen
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish brown, ring of white head, some lace. Smell is smokey, meaty with lots of BBQ and campfire aromas, faint touch of peat, more or less a malty smokey affair all the way through. Taste is like the nose, smoke and malt, BBQ and meaty flavours, just a touch of lightly salty peat, more campfire aftertaste. Medium carbonation, medium body, good feel. Solid and worth drinking again, basically a second rate Schlenkerla which is quite the compliment for this style.

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Photo of smcolw
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a neutral amber with little haze. Nearly no head nor lace.

Smells like a "saicisse" (sausage); yes, there's smoke but it's appealing rather than distracting.

This starts off malt but goes to all smoke quickly. Good body with a relatively low level of carbonation. This is a beer that'll grow on you.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.84/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 16 oz bar glass straight down.

Poured a clean brown with 3 fingets creamy off white head, the head died down quick but it retained a little film over the top the whole time.

Aroma - SMOKE, like the smoke you'd smell at a campfire, wow is this smell strong, underneath i smell buscuity malts and some caramel.

Taste - The smoke overpowers the other flavors again but what follows are those same malts and the caramel in the smell, very smooth.

Mouth feel - Medium-light creamy body with decent carbonation.

Overall - this is something different as I dont usually get smoked beers or like them. Another great DDC concoction.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

They actually import the smoked malt from Bamberg for its conistency & quality (they did try smoking the malt themselves).

A: Copper-amber, fluffy off-white head, some retention, good lace.

S: Smoke & spice, like a sausage (or rauchebier from Bamberg). :D

T: Bready malt, smoke & spice, underlying caramel, good bitter balance, slight grainyness.

M: Moderate body with a smooth/prickly opposition, moderate carbonation, some residual sugar but has a dry finish.

D: An approachable smoked beer.

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: A clear transparent brown with a little bit of off white head.

S: Smoke. Delicious, delicious smoke.

T: Smokey malts come through as dominant, not overpowering but still pretty dominant. A little bit of some kind of sweet caramel malt also peeks its head providing a subtle change in flavor and depth to the character of the beer. Bitterness is also nicely done. Flavors of ham and other smoked meats instantly come to mind but the beer elements are still there proving that you're not just drinking liquid smoke.

M: The mouthfeel is nicely formed and its not overly thick or thin.

O: Pretty good beer. I found it a bit more potent than Aecht Schlenkerla, which has sort of become the front all smoked beers are now based on, for me anyways. Whereas i found Aecht sessionable or a everyday beer this was a bit more bold, but non the less an astounding beer and kudos to Dieu du Ciel for another great beer.

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Photo of Popsinc
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Ale Rousse Fumee, or, Smoked Brown Ale (in english i believe).

Unlike many of the smoked beers i have tried in the past, this particular offering was not a stout or porter. It was a brown ale.

The pour was a nice amber colour with a very small white head. The malt was roasted over beachwood prior to brewing and this is obvious in the smokey & woody nose.

The smoked malt was also prominent in the taste but not overpowering. Possibly a hint of smoked ham as well and i mean that in a nice way. This beer was not overpowering in its smokey, maltiness but rather it was nicely balanced and offered a good smoked beer in a lighter, easier drinking fashion. A nice woodiness in the finish.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of smoked wood with caramel malt in the background. Taste is also a nice mix between some deep smoky notes and smoked salmon with some lightly sweet caramel malt. Body is about average with good carbonation. Very well done with nice balance between the smoke and the malt bill.

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Photo of plaid75
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draft at The Blind Tiger, NYC.

Poured a deep amber hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a meaty smoke.

The taste was upfront salty smoke with a lingering spiciness. A touch of thin grain detected toward the finish.

The mouthfeel was a touch thin.

Overall a nice smoke beer. God spice as well.

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Photo of rodenbach99
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

au fût à la brasserie

belle bière cuivrée claire où un col épais et blanc trône, le nez de cette bière fumée est évidemment très fumé, mais très fumé, en bouche c'est la même chose une bonne pale ale, avec des goût de fumé très prononcé. pour amateur de bière fumée !!!

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Photo of SebD
3.89/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice dark ruby/brown color to it. It has a nice creamy beige head that dies down moderately and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of smoke (mix of campfire & smoked bacon), perhaps some caramel and toffee but it's hard to tell with all the smokiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some sweet caramelly malts upfront followed by tons of smoke and some faint dark fruit notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a low/medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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Photo of Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours lightly smokey yellow with lasting three-eighths of an inch lasting head. Slightly smokey aroma. very good taste, with controlled smoked malt, and a sweet spicey finish that satisfies. Average mouthfeel, smooth, Very drinkable.A lovely smoked beer, thanks Luc!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled April 2011. Older than I expected- hope its OK!

Beer is a very dark caramel colour, brown but with orange elements. A small beige head.

Smell is quite smokey and peaty. Hard to get beneath, but there seems to be some caramel malt, a bit of a toffee scent. All of the reviews that mention smoked ham or bacon are pretty accurate.

The smokey peat is very prominent in the taste, but is more willing to share than the nose is. Accompanied by caramel, some dark fruit, a bit of a grassy flavour. Finish, like the start, is quite smokey.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Quite smooth.

Overall, nice stuff. The taste is not as overwhelmingly smokey as the nose suggests. Still pretty intense, but more balanced and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First of all, thank you to papat444 for this bottle. Cheers!

A - Pours a dark ruby chestnut color, I tried to keep the sediment in the bottle but managed to get some of the floaties in the glass which is no big deal. The head was minimal on this beer and leaves a very fine light aramel colored ring around the top of the tulip glass. Carbonation is sluggish.

S - The dominating aroma is smoked bacon/meat and a some dark roasted malts. The smokiness reminds me of a campfire setting.

T - Follows the nose with a nice smokiness from start to finish with roasted malts. I purposely sat on this bottle for many, many months and it still retains a nice smoke character. The malt has a small amount of nuttiness and there's some dark roasted caramel.

M - Light medium body with gentle carbonation on the tongue.

O - I haven't had many Rauch style beers and this was very enjoyable and refreshingly different to what I normally drink. I paired this with pepperjack cheese and it was nice combo.

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Photo of Agold
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up on a trip to montreal. Completely different beer now from the frist time I had it. The beer is almost porter-like in how dark it is. It has a nice dense white head which lingers and leaves a bit of lacing. This beer smells like eating bacon and beef jerky at a campfire. There is a little bit of grainyness and nuttiness but really it is all about the smoke here. The taste just has more and more hickory bacon smokiness with a mild nutty sweetness to lend a bit of balance. The mouthfeel is a little light and is also lacking a bit of carbonation. Would definitely benefit from a bit more. Overall, this beer is an experience more than anything else. Huge smokiness when fresh. I would love to see something like this as a bigger beer, but I would be afraid I couldn't handle any more smoke.

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Photo of cbutova
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love smoked anything, had to find this in Montreal. Peluso had some bottles, yay.

A- Pours with a light brown hue into a pint glass. Light tan head forms to a nice size and has a foamy texture. Retention is OK and lace is spotty.

S- Intesne, like an Islay Scotch. Seriously strong notes of leather, campfire, burning wood, BBQ, all things smoky. Some caramel and fruit in the very background.

T- Not as intensely smoky as the nose but still very strong. Most of the flavor is smoke, burning campfires and leather. The other part is caramel malts, yeast spice and dark fruits.

MF- Foamy body with a smooth overall feel. I hate to add smoky here but it kind of has a bitter, acrid spike on the palate.

If you like smoke, you get a ton here. Kind of takes an Islay malt flavor profile on. If you don't like smoke, go elsewhere.

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Photo of dgilks
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear mahogany colour with a big, fluffy, light tan head. Good head retention.

Double smoked bacon with some burning rubber. Nice and smoking. Mild fruitiness. Good.

Smoky malt with some slightly tart fruitiness. This rates with some of the German Rauchbiers I've had. I like it.

Medium light body with moderate carbonation. The fizz just helps to make the smokiness pop.

A really nice Rauchbier. Obviously this style isn't to everyone's taste but I think it works really well and is a delicious example of the style.

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Photo of Goldorak
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper brownish, and relatively translucent. A very appealing stream of frothy bubbles dancing on top.

Smell: Very pleasing woody smoke, not at Schlenkerla levels but enough to satisfy Rauch-heads like me, without alienating those who are a bit sheepish or never been exposed to this style before. Really interesting grainy aspect to it as well, and a tiny bit ashy, but not at an unpalatable degree.

Taste: The smoke factor is spread out very well on the palate. It hits you solidly at first, balances out in the middle with a very solid malt structure and finishes long with hickory traces. They should brew this more often.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A new bottled beer from DDC... I'm so happy.

Dark color beer. It is dark brown with a creamy head on top. As usual with this brewery, the head stick well to the glass. The aroma is smoked!... wow I like this. I get some bacon in there too. No hops. On the taste side, it is smoked again. Everywhere from start to finish. More like a smoked wood than bacon, however. The taste is better than the smell. A bitterness in the end, however it is not strong. One good thing is the taste lingers in the mouth for a good amount of time. We note also the carbonation in the mouth. A good smoked beer.

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Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown colour with a finger of tan head. Some mild lacing around the glass. Nice head retention until the end. Smells of campfire/chimney smoke with some roasted malt and chocolate. This seems to be a smoked porter, or at least similar enough to that. Very smooth carbonation level. A nice beer and anyone that likes smokey beers should try this.

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Photo of kjyost
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Consumed Nov. 19, 2011 at Inaugural Bottle Share. From notes. Thanks Nicole!

Pours brown and clearish with a light tan ring that doesn't last. Smells of smoky meat and BBQ. The body begins with a very BBQ finish with burnt meat notes in it. Lingers with bacon. No perceptible bitterness, but the smoke lasts forever on the palate. I could imagine enjoying this beer with a good pulled pork...

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.02/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle shared by Bobsy, thanks man!

Pours a light rusty brown with a smattering of bubbles which stick around, seems a little light for what I would go for...

Smoke jumps out of the nose, more campfire than smoked meat, just a hint of hickory and ash. A bit of minerally malt, just a hint of biscuit.

Very well integrated smoke, doesn't overwhelm like some. Helped out by a nice grassy, minerally hop bitterness in the finish which, when paired with the malt base, almost reminds me of an alt + smoke. A little thin in the body but the lack of heft makes this more of a plain ol' drinker, especially with the well integrated smoke. Would gladly drink it again, paired well with BBQ. Thanks Robbo!

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Photo of papat444
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed last night with my supper, hamburgers from the barbecue & macaroni salad.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled March 2010 (or maybe Feb. as the notch is ambiguous).

Appearance: Massive head, light tan in color. Opaque brown body that looks dark and inviting.

Smell: I get lots of smoke though not overbearing with traces of hickory and beef jerky. My wife smells smoked gouda which is quite true.

Taste: Good smokiness that isn't overdone. Wisps of wood and more gouda with a solid malt body. Different but good stuff.

Mouthfeel: Really good balance. It could have been overdone for the smoke but instead a great complicity is struck. Average carbonation and a very comfortable body in the palate.

Drinkability: Yes, i'd have another. I liked it enough to go back again for this beer.

Overall: I'm not usually attracted to smoke beer but i found this beer to be really good and would recommend it if you can handle a moderate smoky presence.

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Photo of bobsy
4.07/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

TJ hooked me up with this one - thanks man! Shared it with Eric and some delicious burgers.

Pours a deep oak with a small cream coloured film that persists and leaves a few lace spots. Unlike a rauchbier like Schlenkerla, this is less meaty in its smoke aroma, and more like a campfire. Light rye bread underneath, but mostly just smoke and minerals, which is good for the style. Smoke and ash dominate against lightly bready malts and a mineral backdrop. Its strength lies in its simplicity - there's not much there, but what there is works. Body is a touch on the light side, but makes the whole experience highly drinkable.

Not bad at all, and a nice pairing with our food. Its certainly very drinkable for a fairly one-dimensional beer.

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Charbonniere from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.75 out of 5 based on 102 ratings.
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