Penombre | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Sammy on 05-30-2008

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

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5/5  rDev +30.5%

Photo of Vylo
4.9/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of StormAles
4.56/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

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Photo of stephens101
4.46/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Body is brown with crimson hues. A tan head stands firm.

Smells of grain and resin out of the chute with black licorice following close behind. Dark fruits and a slight roastiness further back.

Roasted nuts to the tongue with a little pepper and grain, all enveloped in a blanket of earthy hops. All components are finely tuned.

Medium mouth-feel with little alcohol noticed.

A superbly crafted ABA of distinction.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.34/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Due South Brewing Co. snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a 99% opaque black color with a 1/2 inch tan head that retains well before becoming a thick ring around the edge if the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Resilient lacing leaves a jagged ring behind.

S- Toasty, borderline roasty, malt aroma with some hop fume behind it. A bit sweet with notes of cocoa, caramel and brown sugar. Musty dankness emanates from the glass when swirled.

T- There's a fine balance between the roastiness and the hops, neither of which being "in-your-face." The bitterness does start to come out on top after a while but the roasted malt does well keeping everything in check. Super drinkable.

M- Sharp from the hops and slightly oily. Medium carbonation and a full body.

O- I don't think I've had a beer by DDC that I haven't given at least a 4 rating and this one will be no exception. That does it: this is officially my favorite Canadian brewery.

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4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in Montreal. A black IPA, which I'm really excited to try.

Russet colour with a smooth off-white head which stays around and laces well. Nice light roast coffee flavours, jiving with floral hops in the aroma. Wow, pretty good...similar to a cross between kostritzer scwharzbier and DDC's top notch house IPA, corne du diable. Some good mocha and caramel flavours balanced out by citrus bitterness. Medium body and carbonation. Very drinkable, as the mixture of smooth maltiness and hops moderates the bitterness and increases the drinkability for me.

Had it on subsequent occasions at Volo a year later, and I still love this beer. Its got a great balance between lightly roasted malts and big juicy hops.

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Photo of nickfl
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - the beer has an opaque, black body which is topped by one and a half fingers of off-white foam. The head settles slowly and leaves very nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - toasty malt with some coffee and dark caramel. Spicy hops and a hint of pine in the background.

T - dark malt up front with some burnt caramel. Coffee and pine hop flavors appear in the middle. The beer finishes with more coffee and some charcoal as well as pine and moderate hop bitterness.

D - much darker and more heavily roasted than most other black ipas I've tried, but it works. The malt character is excellent and while the hop aroma is somewhat lacking, it does well in the flavor department with lots of pungent pine that holds its own against the roasty character.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of grub
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

sampled oct 17+19/08 on cask at volo as part of cask days 2008.

pours deep brown with a bit of haze. some red shows through at the narrowest part of the glass. a ring of large bubbles clings to the edge of the glass and leaves spotty lace on the way down.

aroma is good. dark chocolate and coffee. bit of roast. toasted whole wheat bread. bit of cracker. grapefruit. bit of orange. hint of pine. fresh floral character that seemed more evident on friday than today. touch of alcohol.

taste is great. just over medium bitterness level. bittersweet chocolate. espresso. bit of roast. toasted multi-grain bread. grapefruit and pine, but less noticeable than in the aroma. the bitterness feels more coffee/chocolate/roast derived than hoppy.

mouthfeel is great. low carbonation level works well. just over medium body.

drinkability is good. nice balance. interesting overall. the brewery calls it a "black ipa", and that's a pretty good description. some elements of an american porter, american brown, and american ipa all mixed together. i had a couple samples of this one on friday and went back for another today.

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4.25/5  rDev +11%

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Photo of theDuck
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Very dark brown, almost black. The brown head is rather small, but compact. Rather nice lacings.

S: Dark roasted, somewhat sweet malt. Lots of dakr dried fruits, but also dry from the bitterness. Chocolate.

T: Hard roast to the malt, vanilla and some smokyness. Lots of dark dried fruits. Bitterhops and strong black coffee along side with dark chocolate and cacao.

M: Long bitter aftertaste. Medium to full body and rather low carbonation.

O: A nice and well balanced ABA, the dry crisp bitterness is very nice.

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4.17/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Volo Cask Days 2008.

A: Black with a light tan head; large bubbles, no retention or lacing.

S: Tangerine, apricot and some roasted malt.

T: Grassy, piny, tangerine & grapefruit hops, good bitterness, light roasted flavour, but not a lot of malt. An Imperial Schwarzbier?

M: Well attenuated, moderate body is very dry.

D: This one really grew on me.

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Penombre from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.83 out of 5 based on 202 ratings.
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