Moralité | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.90%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of SSS
4.25/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Golden yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly, there are traces of hops or yeast in suspension
S-There is an earthy aroma, similar to grape must, there is also a hop lingering smell
M-Carbonation is substantial, I personally prefer a little less, but thats me.
T-The bitterness hits hard and lingers, and lingers, quite enjoyable, but you need to really like and appreciate IPAs to want more. Not much of a sweet balance for the hop bitterness.
O-This is a very nice IPA, quite bitter and not for the feint of heart, I recommend to IPA lovers.

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Photo of simonsays2k9
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

App : Golden orange, hazy with two finger of a soapy head that die down into a thin film. Pretty much what you would expect for the style.

Nose : Grapefruit, tangerine, citrus rind, stone fruits, resinous tree sap, pineapple with a bit of cat pee and malt in the back. Very citrusy and tropical.

Taste : No suprise here with big grapefruit, tangerine, citrus rind and fresh citrus juices , slight peach and mango, piny resin and herbal bitterness in the finish. The malt is very subtle as it should be for an IPA and leave the floor for the hops to shine.

Bottom line, this is an excellent beer. Quickly becoming one of my go to ipa along with Yakima from Le Castor. It pretty much hits all the right notes for an IPA. Highly recommanded, good value for the price too. You cant go wrong with this one. Cheers!

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Photo of jlindros
4.06/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a few weeks ago in Montreal, shared with rudzud.

Pours a decent fluffy fizzy head, semi hazy golden honey color.

Nose is decent, plenty of hops, resin, citrus, touch of pineapple and tropical like notes, faint sweet malt with candied orange peel.

Taste is semi sweet, candy malt notes, with more candied orange peel, little citrus, faint tropical pineapple like, juicy fruit, etc. Big bitterness that ramps and gets a bit spicy on the back end. Little sticky on the finish, more candy malts and orange, faint grapefruit.

Mouth is med to a bit fuller bod, nice carb.

Overall pretty nice, but there are def better ipas out there.

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Photo of rudzud
4.08/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice lightly hazy light lemon hue with a thin head that fades to leave a thin blanket and very light lacing.

S - Aromas of light citrus, grapefruit, oranges. Good malt notes, light lemons, really pleasant.

T - Taste is nice similar citrus, good grapefruit, oranges, light sweetness and malts with not much alcohol noticeable. Really clean and bright, bitter finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, easy drinking.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, good citrus notes with nice malts.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of Archy
4.27/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A fantastic American style IPA brewed from our Quebec friends. One of my favourite beers as of late. A hoppy tangerine and grapefruit kick, but not over the top. A balanced brew with the right amount of carbonation; present, but not powerful. This is great stuff.

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Photo of flyingpig
4.36/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle from Brewdog's Online Shop (£3.25):
Amazing, that's probably the best word to describe how much I enjoyed this beer from Dieu du Ciel and The Alchemist, it was everything I was hoping for given how well both of these breweries are usually rated online and Moralité definitely wasn't anything other than an excellent beer and one that I'll be hoping makes it back to the UK at some point in the future given it seems to be brewed on a rotating basis in North America. A truly great beer and one that is well worth looking out for, it's been a while since I've tried a better IPA.

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.75/5  rDev +11.5%

341ml bottle, 6.9%ABV, American IPA

Pours a hazy yellow-orange with a finger or two of off white, slightly lumpy head. I can see some yeast bits floating around the bottom which is always a plus for me. Not much retention, but nice rings / island formation of lacing.

N: Tropical & citrus hops, really floral & elegant IPA smell, pretty dry. The tropical fruit aromas set this off and get you super excited to taste!

T: Absolutely delicious hop profile. More citrusy at first, but a papaya-like tropical fruit aftertaste. Very tasty GRAPEFRUIT bitterness that coats the mouth. A bit of bready malt, but this is a good IPA for hop lovers, not an aggressive bitterness, but delicious hop flavors.

M: Medium bodied, a bit of chewiness. Just under medium carbonation, very smooth.

O: A delicious, sessionable IPA, my favorite IPA from dieu du ciel. Much better than their belgian style IPA. This goes down dangerously easy. Delicious beer to be picked up more than once!!

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Photo of icormier
4/5  rDev -6.1%

Picked up at Broue Ha Ha in Gatineau Qc. The guy in line behind me said "Do you like grapefruit juice"? Sounded like a warning, but he then said it was one of his favourite beers. Have to admit, he's right. A definite flavour of grapefruit bitterness - would not hand this over to a friend learning to enjoy craft beer, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Dieu Du Ciel "Moralité"
$5.22 Canadian for a 12 oz. tulip glass on tap @ Bier Markt, Montreal, QC
also en bouteille @ Bateu de Nuit, Quebec, QC

Notes: Hazy amber body. 1 finger thick head of frothy/creamy white. Drops but holds a surface covering. Retention is good. Leaves craggy streaks of lacing behind. Aroma: pungent, floral, tropical, piney, and gently caramelish. Flavor follows. Floral notes stand out over the citrus and pine - that's surprising; nicely done. Really well balanced, and not laden with malt and bitterness; not thin or lacking in any way either. Direct. Focused. Very drinkable, and yet almost enjoyable just for the nose. One of the best beers I've tasted in Canada; and possibly one of the best from Dieu Du Ciel.

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Photo of smcolw
3.67/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good starting head that settles slowly to a single layer of bubbles. Good blanket to spotty lace. Cloudy gold color.

Initially, I detected some earthy smells, but I no longer can detect them. The aroma is fresh and has a grapefruit element to it.

Astringent finish to this beer--just straight bitterness. Light malt up front but it succumbs quickly. Good body and carbonation.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.5/5  rDev -17.8%

Pours amber with a large lasting head.
Noes shows pear, apple, spicy hops and a little light malt.
Flavours include more pear and soft malt, a metallic note and honey. A little abrasive.
Carbonation is a bit over the top.

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Photo of dar482
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%

The beer pours out in a light yellow orange.

The aroma hits of big floral and grapefruit. A bit of biscuity malt. Smells very much like West Coast examples like Racer and Sculpin.

The flavor follows with a big pop of that floral hops, onto grapefruit sweetness, and bitterness on the finish. The beer continues of that bright floral theme, with a light balanced bready malt.

A really good attempt that compares to American West Coast IPAs. Easily the best hoppy beer I've had from DDC.

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Photo of larryi86
4.46/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks BlogueDeBieres for this!
341 ml bottle, dated July 2014, poured into tulip

A- A clear golden color with a three finger white head.

S- Citrus, tropical fruits, somewhat dank, hint of caramel malts.

T- Dank, citrus/grapefruit, some tropical fruits, pine, just enough of caramel malts, great balance.

M- Smooth, crisp, medium body.

O- This is a great IPA, very happy that I am getting to try this, worth seeking out.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
4.2/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Six packs of this have recently re-appeared in Alberta and I snagged a couple ASAP. For the foreseeable future this is probably as close to anything from the Alchemist as we are likely to see here, a collaboration with the typically excellent Dieu Du Ciel that one can maybe imagine captures at least a little of the magic of the vaunted Heady Topper. A hazy bright yellow hue with a decent amount of creamy whitish head, the aroma meets one's expectations handily, a whole ton of mixed citrus (grapefruit, orange, lemon, lime), pineapple, passion fruit, and something sweeter like gummy candy or dried mango perhaps, although this sweetness really does not carry over much onto the palate. Smells super fruity but notable in its almost woody tannic dryness, although one certainly gets a decent dose of citrus flavor, particularly blood orange, tangerine, and lime. The aggressive hopping regime also offers up some toasted onion notes although these only add to the experience. Initially it was difficult to taste the malts but over time a little toast and light molasses emerge. Still remarkably dry from start to finish, which lets the hop flavors truly shine. Brilliant. A little pear emerging late. Medium bodied and well-carbonated. Glad I got 11 more of these to savor. Obviously one to consume in a timely fashion. A top three Canadian IPA choice for me, and the best bet for dry but vibrant citrus and tropical flavors.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.37/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a marigold yellow with a nice haze and a big beige head that settles rockily to a healthy, patchy film that is a half a finger or so at its biggest. Great retention; thin stringy lacing. Very nice.

Amazing. Orange, lemon, pineapple, grapefruit, weed, passion fruit, some caramel.

Nice dry hoppy-tasting beer. Dry hop bitterness up front with some lemon rind, pine, earth, caramel.

Medium bodied and dry with good carbonation and a medium finish.

Damn fine American IPA.
If it wasn't for the fact that I logged Le Castor's Yakima IPA before this one this would have been the first time I had reviewed a Quebec IPA in which I hadn't thought it misleading to label the beer as an "American" IPA.
Looks lovely, smells heavenly. It tastes a lot less flagrantly citric than it smells but the über-dryness is actually a nice contrast I'd say. Palate-wise and in general this is a very, very good IPA.
Worthy of being a staple; worth seeking out.

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Photo of Trancesexual
4.56/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A-Hazy yellow pour with a good 2 inches of off-white foam. Glass wasn't the cleanest so I didn't notice a lot of lacing.

S- This has to be the most aromatic IPA I've ever had the pleasure to experience. The citrusy notes pop with huge grapefruit and tropical fruit tones. I'm not normally a hop-head but the nose on this beer really is fantastic.

T- A bit less citrusy than the nose would suggest, but still extremely pleasant and fruity on the tongue. There is a slight resinous and dry finish, but overall it doesn't have an extreme bitter taste. The hop profile really is more citrusy than straight up enamel destroyingly bitter which I can very much get behind.

M-A bit dry with medium carbonation.

O-Fantastic beer that I was pleasantly surprised by. Probably the best smelling beer I've ever had, and the tongue on it ain't bad either. If you have access to this beer you should definitely try it out.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Got 2 six packs of this from Rapido. Bottled less than a month from consumption. This was on tap at their Zwanze event, but I passed it by for some reason. From notes.

A - Light golden pour with lot's of haze and good carbonation. Two fingers of fluffy white head left great lace rings and a half finger of retention.

S - Lot's of light fruits, stone fruits, mango, passionfruit, pineapple.

T - Nice big citrus and tropical character with a bit of alcohol and yeast. Pineapple, syrupy fruits, sweet fruits, hoppy goodness with some melon. Such a great flavour with lot's of hop character.

M - Not too intense of a bitterness, mild to medium carbonation, medium body.

O/D - I don't know how involved Alchemist were in this, but you can see mild similarities to Heady in here. It's like a tamed and lighter version of it. Light and crazy hoppy with amazing drinkability. Delicious stuff.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to papat444 for sending me this in another amazing trade.

A: Pours slightly hazy pale apple juice colour with 1-2 fingers of bone white head leaving minimal lacing.

S: Amazing upfront tropical fruit of guava and pineapple together with citrus fruit and hints of pine.

T: Immediate bitter notes of grapefruit, pine, resin and hints of grass. Gets a little harsher with noticeable alcohol esters as it warms.

M: Moderate mouthfeel with light to medium carbonation.

O: One of the best smelling IPA's I've had. The taste doesn't quite match but a great IPA in the end. Hopefully these about on our shelves in BC soon.

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Photo of mick303
4.35/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On cask at BeerBistro, marketed as the DdC DIPA, but pretty sure Mortalite was the beer referred to. Poured a cloudy orange beer with some solid hefty lacing. The smell and taste were strongly about rich grapefruit! Also pine, and sappy, lots of delicous grapefruit. Body was a bit viscous, lower carb on cask but still found it very tasty. Pungent and thick hoppiness, very in your face, but the balance was also very strong on this and I found it very enjoyable, will look forward to having it again at some point. Grapefruit was definitely the dominant theme on this one, rich and thick though, very delicious.

Had from bottle into glass (7/8/14) cloudy orange gold with amazing lace, smell is very fruity, robust grapefruit and tropical notes, juicy, some lighter pear and floral notes, amazing. Taste again is rich and succulent, grapefruit, pine resin balanced ver a hefty malt base, bitterness really develops toward later. A really full bodied and juicy IPA, lots of complex citrus, some pepper, enough carbonation and malt body to balance the load of hops, this is a really standout IPA. Thick hoppy grapefruit and pine notes.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Re-review of this beer. The below review was done from a cask version of this beer which clearly did not do it justice. Having now had it on tap a few times, a revisiting is in order.

Beer is cloudy range in colour, with a moderately-sized white head, Good retention.

Bice hoppy scent, tropical fruits with some citrus and a bit of caramel.

Great tropical and citrus fruit flavour. It does have a strong resemblance to Heady Topper; almost like a toned down version of that beer. Fairly bitter. Good malt base, a bit bready.

Medium bodied, strongly carbonated. Bready and oily.

Overall, very good. I hope it becomes a regular for DDC.

On-cask at Volo during the IPA Challenge. Was excited to try this one given the reviews on this site.

Beer is honey amber in colour, with white bubbles around the glass that stick around.

Nose is good. Tropical fruit: mango and pineapple. Smells "sticky". Some biscuity malt scents, but pretty slim.

Tropical and citrus fruit in flavour as well- pineapple, mango, some grapefruit. Fairly bitter. A slight malty presence.

Light to medium bodied, low natural carbonation. I am not sure the cask is the best treatment for this beer, as it feels too thin.

Overall, a good beer, but, in my view, not up to the ratings it has got thus far. I would like to try it again on tap, which perhaps would work better for this beer.

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Photo of SebD
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle neck broke upon opening, had to filter it out through cheese cloth. I've got a few more so I will pour another one after this to compare.

Appearance: It has a nice golden/orange color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves some nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus, grapefruit, pineapple (very tropical), along with fresh pine resins and faint malts.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of citrus, grapefruit, maybe pineapple/mango, a nice pine resin bitterness, some grassy hops and faint bready malts.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a very nice overall balance and feel. Could use a bit more carbonation.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by great flavors and aromas.

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Photo of ludachris
4.11/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

The body itself is a rich golden hue with its haziness adding some shades of orange. The frothy cap of head that sits on top gives you an idea of how creamy it is with the sticky legs of lace it leaves behind.

The nose covers everything grapefruit, from the juicy flesh of the fruit to the pith and the zest. Fresh pine needles pierce through its fruity core with a dash of booze helping to amplify the nose. A grassy note mixes with the pine and gives it a nice floral character. There's a little sweet breadiness in the background but its presence doesn't shift the focus from its fresh hop character. This is a clean, fresh and straight shooting aroma coming from this IPA.

The hop character leans more toward the piney, grassy, minty side with plenty of zing. There's some grapefruit zest in the mix with its sweet juicy side just underneath. A raw, leafy and grassy character comes in the finish and gives you something to chew on. It delivers with the hop essence without leaving much of a lingering bitterness.

For me, the mouthfeel is where the collaboration with the Alchemist is made most evident. It's ultra clean with a big burst of flavour and a quick finish. The bitterness is present but tame and given a short time limit to showcase itself. It's in just as fast as it's out and I absolutely love it for that.

So many brewers can nail the hop character in both aroma and flavour in their respective IPA's they brew. And a lot of the time, this goes hand in hand with descriptors like sticky, syrupy, heavy, and a long lingering bitterness. As much as I enjoy IPA's like that, this is where this one takes a different path. It's clean, concise, and delivers on all fronts of the hop character without being aggressively bitter. Heady Topper, Pliny the Elder, and a few IPA's from Alpine share the same characteristic. Well done DDC!

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4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

i've had this on-tap at Dieu Du Ciel's brewpub and in bottles. brewed in collab with The Alchemist brewery in Waterbury VT, this IPA is the closest cousin to Heady Topper that i've had. it pours a beautiful deep golden color, forming a thin, white head that dissipates quickly. it's obvious that it is unfiltered, as there are plenty of yeast particulates floating in the glass (akin to when Heady Topper is poured into a glass).

on the nose, there's a strong floral hop presence with a sweeter, more fruity bitterness. a good enough malt backbone is present on the nose to balance the hops. subtle citrus comes out. in a way, i wish this beer gave off more on the nose; it has such a great profile but the scents are somewhat subdued and not as strong as i would prefer.

on the palate, the beer opens with the floral hop taste, lots of citrus and fruit with some pine in the back. there's enough malt in the background to support the nice hop bite, but it isn't as malty as the more west-coast styles. this beer isn't a palate wrecker, and is in fact extremely drinkable for the bitterness it has (again, harkening to HT). the mouthfeel is quite nice, not too viscous and not thin.

overall, this is probably the best IPA that Dieu Du Ciel makes, and likely the best in the Quebec (if not Canada). the influence of Alchemist's Heady Topper is apparent but this beer still has a unique character. if you're in Montreal, i'd highly recommend seeking out this beer (and paying a visit to DDC's brewpub).

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4.26/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml Bottle from March Omni for $14 for a 6 pack

Appearance - Slightly hazy gold colour with an average size white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, apricots, grapefruit/lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, grapefruit/lemons, and hops. There is also some caramel and apricots and a bit of floral and resin.

Overall - Some of the flavour reminds me of hop side of their L'Herbe à Détourne. I am really excited that this will be a regular listing available to me locally. A really great beer that definitely has shades of heady topper. Beers like this will slow down my american cross border beer buying trips.

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Photo of mtomlins
4.43/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: Big, off-white head, sudsy and persistent; hazy golden copper color, nice lacing.

S: A big hoppy nose, lots of sweet citrus and grapefruit with a some tropical fruit notes with a bit of barny/grassy notes.

T: The taste is a bit drier than the nose, the grapefruit zest dominates here with some pine and a massive wack of bittering hops making a great dry hop backbone; definitely a raw grassy note on the finish that pairs well with the dry bittering hops. The finish is dry and long!

M: Nice carbonation and medium body, smooth and round.

O: This IPA has a nice balance to it but still gives an aggressive hop smack in the mouth!

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