Rescousse
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Style:
German Altbier
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 9.76%
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
125
From:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
 
Quebec, Canada
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  9
Gots
  13
SCORE
85
Very Good
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Notes: Rescousse is an Altbier that celebrates life in all its diversity. The forward malt invokes dark toasted bread, accompanied by a hoppy finish that dances on the tongue with nutty exuberance.

Dieu Du Ciel! donates 11 cents per bottle sold to the Fondation de la faune du Québec to come to the aid of endangered species such as the wolverine, copper redhorse, and boreal chorus frog… Liberty, Equality, Biodiversity!
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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 125
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4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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Photo of IronDjinn
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 341 ml brown bottle. Pours out a hazed deep amber, bright reddish-copper in light, massive rocky off-white head with large loose bubbles. Solid retention with lots of patchy lacing.

Sweet sugary caramel malt on the nose, some earthy rye, dark fruits.

Flavour would be cloying if it didn't turn savoury just as quickly. A sweet fig-like dark malt up front, similar to a Scotch Ale. It then becomes dry and earthy, along with an addition of spicy, herbal, leafy hops, finishing with a rye-like dryness and spicy hops.

Medium-light mouthfeel yet fuller creamy texture to offset that, low carbonation.

Not fully on par with a typical Alt, but a very fine beer of its own accord and well crafted. Worth checking out at least once.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color alt with a nice large frothy head with good retention and some retention. Aroma of biscuit malt is well balance with light residual sugar. Taste is also a well balance mix with some biscuit malt with great notes of caramelized malt with light residual sugar notes and light bready yeast notes. Body is quite full with a very solid malt backbone and good carbonation. Very well brewed for style and something I will have more then once.

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Photo of Sammy
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A decent beer, but not so alty. Pours a bit dark looking with three-quarters of an inch foamy head. Malty aromas which is the taste, it is a smooth drinker. A tad thin mouthfeel. On the sweet side, some bitterness and black pepper in the finish.
Thanks Fred.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a deep copper color with a mini off white head. It quickly recedes to a foam ring and leaves little lace behind. Biscuits and barley grain fill the nose. Sticky, chewy malts and caramel flavors contrast a healthy dose of piney, mildy citric hops in the flavor. The mouthfeel is lightbodied with actove carbonation. Bitterness and herbal notes make up the long finish.

This is a great Altbier from a great brewery. Hoppier than I was expecting.

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Photo of Beersignal
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm trying to review more often. Past few years I just haven't had the time to do so and I just couldn't be bothered to be truthful. This one is worth a few notes.

Firstly, it was added in the wrong place as this is an offering from the microbrewery and not the brewpub. The brewpub's offering in the Altbier style is called Grand'Messe and is very enjoyable.

Appearance points are high because I can't find anything really wrong with this. The pour is inviting, the beer is a warm and crystal clear mahogany with some russet reflections near the stem of my tasting glass. The head is very tenacious and leaves thick clumps of tan lacing on the sides of the glass.

I pull the glass to my nose and a generous whiff of a favourite of mine emerges... brewday. Gentle malts and bready notes emanate from the foam with just a hint of hops to disturb the baked goods signature. No real fruitiness detected but the malts suffice to make me want to quaff this.

My first sip tells me this beer is perfectly balanced between the bready, biscuity malts and a firm balancing bitterness. Very minor mineral notes support the clean malt and hops and make this a very satisfying brew. Mouthfeel is firm and clean, allowing the malts full expression. The aftertaste is appropriately short ending on sourdough bread notes... nothing more to say except that this is as good as it gets.

This a highly quaffable beer that would work in all seasons. Equally at home on those fresh summer nights or as an aperitif on a cold winter day. I don't think there's a time I wouldn't enjoy this beer. It combines a full flavour profile with just the right volume to be drunk in quantity. Great session ale. Dieu du Ciel does it again... and again...

Santé

SMD

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Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest head that settles to a thin layer of bubbles. It does leave decent ring lace. The liquid is moderately cloudy. It has dark amber color.

Dark and earthy aroma. Low hop, stronger toasted malt nose.

Creamy flavor that reminds me of well-hopped porter. Has strong English ale elements--good caramel flavor, but the beer is not sweet. Full, round body with a decent dose of bubbles.

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Photo of Derek
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep copper with dark cream head, some retention & lace.

S: Earthy, caramel, floral, toffee, hint of sulfur,

T: Earthy mineral, caramel, grass & citrus rind, more resiny hop oil than you'd expect from the style, light sweetness is overtaken by a serious bitterness.

M: Fairly full body for its strength, light residual sweetness, hint of hop acidity.

DO: A good drinker and overall decent brew. I like it, but it's sort of a bigger/american interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mdagnew
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle bought from Brewdogs online shop

Poured a nice deep orange brown colour.. Slightly off white head pours thick and foamy then faded slowly to nice thin layer... barely any carbonation... decent amount of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Nice biscuity / toffee malts, juicy fruits (oranges, apples, light raisins), sea salty notes, caramel / honey sweet notes, some light nutmeg / cinnamon traces, maybe the slightest hint of sweetcorn, peppery hops..

Taste– - Strong biscuity malts, caramel / toffee, some creamed corn / grainy notes, light spicy hops, the faintest of smokey traces, earthiness, light nutmeg, some light oakiness...

Feel - Pretty smooth and creamy... medium body... A very drinkable brew

Overall - A very good example of a well balanced Altbier... well worth a try...

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Photo of pin
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of papat444
4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First review since the ''overall'' change. This beer replaces Fumisterie (in bottles).

Had this with my supper, take-out pizza with loads of bacon, steak and other meat.

Poured from a 341ml. bottle. bottled Feb. 2011.

Appearance: A reddish-amber, maybe red body with a pockmarked head. 3 fingers worth that stick around a bit though not quite long enough. Fluffy foam clings to the side.

Smell: Caramel malt, earthy with some grapefruit and nuts.

Taste: Starts out very malt heavy with some nuts. A musty earthiness is present with some spices. As it warms, it almost transforms into an IPA hybrid as the bitterness that was in the finish before comes out strong. Good dose of grapefruit hops though never overdone.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation with a nice full body. Despite the bitterness, it keeps it's place and is never abrasive.

Overall: Really easy to drink if you don't mind a bit of an edge. Let this warm up as more layers of flavor become apparent.

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Photo of jophish17
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of Electros
3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyable session ale. Mild malt, hops, flavour. Neat label on bottles as per, price point for the style great. Nice head retention as will most of there beers most likely a torrified wheat added to the malt. Goes down very easy, hop note on initial tastes as well as after finish. Would buy again.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuggled into the country by a friend of a friend, thanks for sharing Rob!
Pours a deep reddish brown color with a thick off white head that quickly dissipates to stray bubbles on the top. The aroma is very malty with lots of dark sugars and caramel. Sweet candy hints of light sweet fruit and some earthy and herbal hops round out the nose nicely. The flavor is malty up front with a lot of the sweetness from the aroma. The sweet is cut with a spicy earthy hop bite as well as a bit of a mineral type flavor. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly sharp mineral mouthfeel. This smells great! The flavor is a bit harsher with a mineral water thing going on that is slightly unpleasant.

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Photo of wizo
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Beachwood BBQ,

A: Pours brown with a creamy soft white head, good lace and retention.

S: Sweet malt, hint of hops, caramel.

T: Quite malty, toasty biscuity malt with caramel. Not near the minerality the better German versions show, but this was balanced and tasty.

M: Medium-bodied, creamy, thins out a bit toward the end.

O: Good flavours overall, clearly to style, nice to see a North American alt of this quality.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Brought back from Montreal and shared with rudzud.

Light fizzy head disappears quickly, very little lacing, clear auburn brown color.

Nose brings sweet candy, toffee candy and reddish candy, malt, little nutty note and smoke, light grassy hop and little fruity note, earthy too.

Taste brings more sweet malt, candy, reddish candy, toffee and nutty notes, light smoky like note. Some grassy earthy spicy hops, weird earthy forest floor like with mild spicy note, toasty and doughy too. Finish is fair bitter, light lingering sweet malts and toffee nutty flavours, lingering earthy hops.

Mouth is med bod, decent carb, little sticky feel.

Overall meh.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, a dreamcatcher-adorned wolverine (which looks a lot like a bear) gracing the label.

This beer pours a clear, bright medium bronzed amber hue, with one fat finger of puffy, rocky, and yet loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves some randomly shaped lace tropes (webbed, striated, etc.) around the glass in its lazy as sin wake.

It smells of barely sweet, bready and biscuity caramel malt, denuded orange cream, dry honey crackers, and bitter earthy, leafy hops. The taste is still less than sweet doughy, bready and grainy pale malt, a certain toothless caramel/toffee, um, 'character', a pithy citrus fruitiness, some mineral/stone astringency, dry bar-top nuts, and a strangely peppy earthy and weedy hop bitterness.

The carbonation is average in its bearing, and sort of metallic overall, the body a wavering medium weight, and smooth with a more than merely tangy (my first impression) edginess. It finishes not quite off-dry, the biscuity malt, and significantly bitter, but weirdly flavour-free hops doing well to tantalize your palate to the end.

A decent enough New World melding of Yankee red ale and German altbier, but a tad tight, at times, I'm afraid. I will, however, raise the remainder of this glass to my 11 cents' worth of contribution to the recovery of Quebecois ursine species. Because wolverines be rockin', yo?

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Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a amber-brown color w/ two-finger head that died slow and left lace down the glass on top of a somewhat hoppy, somewhat sweet and bready malt aroma. A smooth, somewhat creamy body that has a touch of spicy hops balanced w/ some minor sweet caramel and breadlike malts. A little dry and crisp in the backbite for a nice finish (also some high carbonation notes). An enjoyable and easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Smakawhat
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my hotel glass. Eek Bottled Jan 2012.

A real gorgeous amber red body, clear and crystal with minimal carbonation. Fluffy white with hints of tan, settling slowly with a large puck. Spotted ring lacing throughout. Real sexy color and attractive here.

Nose hits with classic mix of toasty malts and yeast. Dense malt body with an almost chewy sense coming. Real nice.

Body hits with a nice dense malt. Bready hop and malt backbone with a pine like finish. Toasty brown crust bread in the aftertaste. Spice brown with a sticky classic finish. Chewy and dense but without a thickness that still manages to be sticky.

Overall a real solid altbier here. Delicious.

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Photo of spycow
3.34/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.52/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark red with a large, lasting head.
Nose shows sweet caramel, toasty and nutty malt, soft earth and resinous hops and some golden syrup.
Flavours are also mainly malty, lots of toasty and nutty malt transfers through as well as some subtle caramel. Finishes with a bold bitterness, much drier than the aroma suggests.
Carbonation is a bit full-on.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer color is brown with some reddish note. One could say it is acajou in color. Nice head on top of it. Sticky too. Dieu du Ciel amaze me in their head quality... Love that sticky stuff.

Aroma shows note of malt with some nuts. The aroma has a light intensity.

Taste wise I get some hazelnut with malts... Light bitterness at the end. Resinous.

Medium body. So easy to drink. A session beer. A good one too. Very accessible.

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Photo of ujin
4/5  rDev +5.5%

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Rescousse from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 125 ratings