DéCIBeL | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by papat444 on 07-14-2010

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by zachariaIPA:
Photo of zachariaIPA
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle dated November '10. Picked up in Montreal.

Thick, lingering white head with some nice lacing. Dark blonde "Extra Pale Ale". Cool artwork..sexy ginger with a city skyline and and mind control device of some sort..broadcasting, "drink me, drink me.."

Mild sweet citrus aroma, caramel malts.

Taste is slightly on the bitter side and I was expecting something a little hoppier from DDC. Nice carbonation and overall mouthfeel.

Not at all a bad beer but not a great beer like many others from DDC.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Swedes21
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled glass

Appearance - beer pours a hazy ale colour with a decent amount of carbonation. the beer has an off-white head, that dissipates quickly. there is a decent amount of lacing.

Smell - i can smell some hops, some earthy tones, little sweetness from caramel. there might be a bit of an orange/zesty citrus smell too.

Taste - i can taste the hops along with the earthy tones. there isn't much of a "lasting" taste, kind of comes and goes. there is not much caramel or sweetness. the citrus comes through at the end.

Mouthfeel - the added carbonation brings a little more bitterness and good mouth volume forward. I enjoyed this beer a lot more during the mouthfeel.

Drinkability - this is an ok beer, didnt pack a lot of punch. overall, was refreshing.

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.12/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.2oz bottle poured into a ommegang chalice.

Pours a really pretty ruby amber color with a thin white head. Nose is very similar to maharaja or great divide but with honey.

Taste is Sweet, sharp and lightly malty. It's drinkable and very smooth. The hops are really nice and floral.

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Photo of Sammy
3.18/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Freund. Things I liked: the label, the looks (unfiltered light orange body with good sized head). This beer is at the end of its shelf life, a little bitterness, an above average mouthfeel, but was expecting it to be hoppier and more citrus.Also expecting hop aroma.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-some sort of Copper amber. Very loose, sticky, bubbly head. Lots of clumpy lacing.

S- honey, floral and lots of alcohol especially considering its only 5.5

T- reminds me of a great quality mccoy honey pale ale. No dirty macro taste here. Very floral and citrusy hoppiness. a nice sweetness and plenty of smooth bitterness to counter. Isn't this too hoppy to be an extra pale ale.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Low carbonation. Good.

D- Very good. Bomber material.

Surprisingly good. Not what I expected when seeing extra pale ale but still a winner. Would enjoy trying it on tap at the brewpub.

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Photo of LanceH
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of bitter and citrus hops is more pronounced then I was expecting but still very enjoyable. Taste is a nice enough mix between hoppy notes with bitter and lightly citrusy flavour and some big caramel malt backbone. Body is fuller then I would have expected with great carbonation. Well brewed and quite refreshing for the summertime but also hoppier then the style would suggest.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer color is copper and slightly hazy (I.e., veiled). The head is sticky and soapy looking. Aroma is light in intensity. Slightly fruity. Nothing out of this world, however good. Taste wise, it is fruity, citrusy. Notice some honey in the taste. Finish is better and dry. Medium body. Taste linger a little in the mouth.

Overall this is a nice pale ale. Delicious, refreshing and easy to drink. A nice session beer. It is also, IMO better than their paienne beer.

A good beer.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, poured into imperial pint glass. Listed as a india cream ale. Creamy mouthfeel, i assume a nitro pour. Bitterness is english in nature, i suppose that goes along with the cream ale style. Frothy light beige head, high retention, sticky lacing. Nice, fresh grassy hop aroma, light malt sweetness. Biscuity and mild bitterness in taste, easy and refreshing to drink.

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Photo of papat444
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed for the 30th anniversary of CIBL 101,5 Radio-Montreal (never heard of them). Bottled April 2010 but the bottles have only now been released.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Major foam accumulating, easily 4 fingers that leaves lots of lacing behind and a nice orange, hazy body.

Smell: Orange, lemon and a healthy dose of hops. Bitter but with a zesty fruit twist.

Taste: Nice sticky hops with a long lasting bitterness that never overdoes it. Malt rounds things out nicely. A bit of pine but not much. Raw and herbal.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a bit of astringency but still manages to remain balanced.

Drinkability: Very pleasing to drink. I could have this on a regular basis.

Overall: A tasty APA that holds its own. DDC does it again even in discreet forms such as a pale ale.

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Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.56/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one was a clear amber color with not much head. It coated the glass nicely though. The smell was similar to most belgian blondes. A little spicy, bready, lemon citrus, and hoppy. The hops aren't overpowering in the flavor. Lemon/grapefruit stand out the most. Seems pretty straightforward.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle

Appearance - The beer pours a hazy amber colour with a very large frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some very nice lacing running in stages down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for several minutes before it began to dissipate.

Smell - hops, caramel, malts, citrus

Taste & Mouth - The beer actually has quite a bit of carbonation which is surprising considering its appearance. Most of the taste consists of hops, caramel, and lemons. There are also notes of pine and a honey sweetness. I also picked up on some fruit esters. The beer finishes with a bitter hop aftertaste.

Drink - Another fantastic DDC beer that I'm happy I tried. They should make this a regular beer in their rotation.

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Photo of liamt07
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from ZorPrime, 341ml into a tulip. Dated November 2010, thanks Eric!

Pours an orange brown, with a couple fingers of dense white head. Good lace, with minimal retention. Nose is dominated by caramel and some faded hops, remnants of which suggest some grapefruit and orange. Also some caramel and general bread. Taste is moderately bitter initially, with some citrus - lemon and grapefruit. A hint of some berries which is interesting, and some milder dark tea notes. Bread again, and less caramel than the nose. Lighter medium mouthfeel, and the slightest hint of alcohol. Higher carbonation than I'd prefer, but decent overall. Although I'm assuming this was a one shot deal, I'd be curious to try this fresh.

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Photo of grub
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

got this one as a bonus in a recent trade with freud. thanks fred!

12oz bottle. sampled nov 13/2010.

pours hazy orangey amber with a small very fine white head. the head drops quickly and leaves plenty of spotty lace as it falls.

aroma is good. caramel and honey. grapefruit, orange peel, tangerine. lightly floral. bit of alcohol. white bread. cracker. hint of biscuit.

taste is nice. light caramel. orange peel and grapefruit. floral and slightly herbal. whole wheat bread and cracker. light alcohol. low bitterness level.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body. just under medium carbonation level.

drinkability is nice. good balance. mellow hopping, but fairly appropriate for an apa.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of jrenihan
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask with extra centennial hops. This came across very nicely, the dry hopping providing a great nose and enjoyable flavour. I had been looking to try this one for awhile, and was not thrilled that cask would be the treatment when I finally encountered it - but it worked very well.

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Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Viggo
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, big thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy orange/amber, pretty bright, medium head forms and settles do a medium sized ring and layer around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks nice.

Smell is neat, big orange aroma, some tangerine, a bit of caramel and floral, real nice citrus notes, a bit of honey, some biscuit and cracker with some light toast, light perfume, real nice pale ale.

Taste is nice too, lots of biscuity malt, some cracker and toast, orange peel, a bit of floral, tangerine, a bit of honey and caramel sweetness, a bit of spicy and herbal bitterness in the finish, really neat.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation. Pretty neat pale ale, solid citrus hoppiness. Thanks Russ!

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Photo of MasterMart
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of francisfilion
3.54/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A hazy cooper with medium creamy head that leaves spotty lacing
Aroma's of floral, fruity and citrus hops with roasted malts presence
The taste has upfront roasted malts, bitterness from the hops and an earthy hop presence. It has a good balance of malt and hops, a little on the sweet side.
Medium bodied with good carbonation
Overall well balanced APA- nice hop combination for this beer very enjoyable!!!

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Photo of jrempel
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Wordslinger
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of kjyost
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks papat444 for this little gem! No date on the bottle.

The beer pours a clear deep amber to orange-red with a nice head that descends to nothing without lace... Aromas are ridiculously interesting with a sweet and heavily malty nose with caramel and burnt sugar. My first thought was: "Barley Wine?". The taste is equally thick and complex. There is a nice earthy and deep hop character that hits you that covers up most of the malt base. The caramel comes through and they play very well against each other. Thick in the mouth it is enjoyable, thought a little too thick stylistically for me, though the carbonation helps clear it a bit.

An excellent beer.

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Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of SFLpunk
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks freud for bringing this down. Sampled with sleepnbballrlife.

11.2 oz twist-top bottle. "Bottled 4/2010" but just released recently...hmm.

Appearance: Hazy copper with thin white head.

Nose: Some honey and flowers, a weird almost oxy aroma, but it might just be a yeast thing. Some wet grass aromas too.

Palate: Immediately English Pale malts come across, some biscuit malt, clover honey (props), orange peel, some faint bitterness so a hot second. Grassy and wet hay flavors. Orange blossom honey and flaked grains (props) on the finish.

Notes: Upon initial nosing, I was somewhat concerned that this was oxidized, but then once I tasted it realized it was an interaction between the yeast and the English-style malt character. A tasty brew.

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DéCIBeL from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.88 out of 5 with 25 ratings