Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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New England IPA
Ranked #293
Ranked #1,122
4.28 | pDev: 7.01%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Notes: The concept of Morality is perhaps a subjective one, as the history of alcohol in Quebec may demonstrate. This IPA is brewed with a dare-we-say excessive quantity of Simcoe, Citra and Centennial hops. The dry finish is highly aromatic and slightly resinous, invoking tropical fruits atop dominant hop bitterness.

Moralité was crafted at our Montreal location in 2012 in collaboration with John Kimmich of The Alchemist brewery in Vermont, USA.
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Reviews: 70 | Ratings: 367
Photo of -Rick
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is the best non US IPA I have tried. Tropical nose and taste with a slight bitter finish. A great example of an east coast IPA, but from canada!

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

(Adding a review so my ratings get counted) One of the best American-style IPA may be made in the Province of Quebec, in my opinion. Nice cloudy yellow appearance, not much head but lots of carbonation. The smell though, it just smells like heaven. Nice grapefruit/lemon/tropical fruits smell that makes you dream. Tastes like what it smells, really really good. You get an intense taste of the hops. Yet very refreshing and not that hard to drink for an "in-your-face" IPA like this. It has to be in the Top 10 best IPAs in the world.

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Photo of Buhz_Bee
5/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can this be? The greatest American IPA I've ever had is brewed in Canada. Phenomenally good. Even better if you have it straight from the keg at their brasserie.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy deep straw, almost golden color, with powerful activity. Foamy and creamy sparkly white 2 finger head, lasting around 20 minutes, with very strong legs.

Pleasant aromas of fresh citrus and rich hops. Flavors of orange, lemon, grapes, pine, coriander, clove, floral and herbal spices. Well balanced flavors, slightly sugary with a strong sharp and crispy feel.

Slick full body with perfect carbonation. Strong and extra long finish, ending with a highly spicy fruity orange peel and piney feel progressively attacking the tongue in a unique way.

Overall an excellent craft with delicious flavors and very fresh, though overly spicy and highly astringent making this one a little hard to drink.

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Photo of Cramshawbar
3.65/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice enough beer, although I definitely wouldn't rate it as high as some.
It has a scent I am not crazy about (can't put my finger on what it is) and takes on the aftertaste of whatever food you just had, just a tad too much.
One of Dieu du Ciel's weaker links.

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Photo of thehyperduck
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

341 mL bottle from a 4-pack picked up at the LCBO; bottled Jan 28 2015 and served at cellar temperature. Listed at 6.9%.

Pours a cloudy golden-amber colour, generating nearly two fingers of puffy, spongy, highly resilient white-coloured head. It recedes at a seemingly infinitesimal pace, coating the glass with gobs of sticky lace as - over the next ten-plus minutes - it is reduced to a generous foamy cap and collar. This pale ale looks outstanding, and its bouquet is bursting with juicy, fruity notes - particularly citrusy grapefruit/lemon and apricot, alongside accents of pineapple, mango and white grape. Lightly floral, with a subtle backbone of bready malts and caramelized sugar sweetness.

This one tastes every bit as good as it smells - maybe even a bit better. The malts come off much as they did on the nose - a bit bready, and mildly sweet, but ultimately destined to be blown away by the onslaught of hoppy goodness that soon follows. Apricot and peach, as well as candied orange peel and pithy pink grapefruit flavours electrify the palate, while tropical notes including pineapple, mango and passionfruit offer up some additional depth. It becomes lightly floral and resiny toward the finish; the bitterness is pronounced, but it's not as unnecessarily excessive as this style can sometimes be. On the heftier side of medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation levels that result in quite a crisp, lively mouthfeel. Very quaffable for its abv; this is the sort of beer that is just so damn tasty that you'll need to remind yourself to slow down and savour it.

Final Grade: 4.51, an excellent A grade. Moralité is one of the best American-style IPAs currently being brewed in Canada, at least in my opinion - and it's also the first one from Quebec that I can recall being seriously impressed with. Easily able to compete with heavyweights like Red Racer and the GLB Tank Ten IPAs, this four-pack should be considered an automatic must-grab for every single hophead in the province. In fact - you might as well extend that axiom to most Dieu du Ciel beers, and craft beer fans in general.

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Photo of Rutager
4.54/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Such a big want here, finally in my glass!! Cheers to lupulist for the heads up.

Pours a very hazy orange-gold with a finger of white head. Amazing nose on this. Juicy mango and papaya, some sweet citrus and fruit blossoms, and some sweet toasty malts coming through. Taste is amazing too, all the stuff I was smelling with some nice citrus rind bitterness. Dryer tasting than the smell too, just enough sweetness.

Fantastic stuff, just what you'd expect from a colab between these two breweries.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.13/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

330 ml bottle served cold into a pint glass. Purchased as part of a 4 pack for just over $12 CDN. I figured it would be good, but imagine my surprise when I saw exactly how high this was rated. Hope it lives up to the hype.

Appearance - yellow and orange in color, not completely opaque but a nice amount of haze in this beer too. Two and a bit fingers of fluffy white head are poured leaving behind a ton of spidery lacing at the edges of the glass. Good retention from the uber- rocky head.

Smell - tons of citrus grapefruit and lemon zest being the most prominent, but not overpowering, there is a leafy aroma with a hint of malts mixed in too. Complex and very satisfying aroma.

Taste- juicy grapefruit and lemon again are the stars, with just and underlying hint of sweetness from some caramel to keep everything in line. Finishes bitter alternations between grapefruit and a bit of a leafy pine resin like flavor, but leans strongly towards the fruits. Really damned good flavor especially if you love a bitter citrus IPA.

Mouthfeel - smooth, well carbonated with a prickly feel and a modest body to go with it. Dry finish from the leafy hops.

Overall - simply put this lived up to the hype and makes the short list of my favourite Canadian IPAs with Red Racer from Central City and Lake Effect from GLB. Just awesome and great balancing act between the intense juicy citrus flavours, mild malts and a little bit of a pine like characteristic interspersed to keep everything on an even keel. Bravo.

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Photo of biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Moralité looks like some kind of yellow milkshake; it has the turbid complexion of a banana smoothie. Glowing peripheries persist despite the dense interior, but brightness notwithstanding there's no way in hell you'll manage to see through the thing. Carbonation is excitable so pour carefully.

Bottled just over two months ago, it's fair to expect a big, bombastic hop bouquet and it's not like Dieu Du Ciel! to disappoint. While I don't immediately fall in love with it the way I often do IPAs, there's no doubting this aroma's bold herbal and pungent hoppiness.

The palate entertains the very same strongly leafy and weedy bitterness, but also provides a splash of lemony citrus to lighten things up. I didn't smell much fruitiness and, indeed, I don't taste a ton of it either; there's just the token amount of rotting peach, pineapple, and bitter grapefruit.

At no point does the beer overwhelm with hops. It does, however, have a crisp, whip-like dryness that leaves a real leafy imprint on the tongue, as if one was just gnawing on a mouthful of grass or partaking in some illegal activities. I don't care much for the taste it leaves, personally.

Both Dieu Du Ciel! and The Alchemist are renown breweries (the latter is world-famous for their hoppy Heady Topper), so perhaps my expectations were set too high. I'm not disappointed with Moralité but I'm certainly not impressed; it's good but I anticipated something more noteworthy.

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Photo of DaveBar
4.06/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for $12.00 for a 4pk of 341ml bottles. Served at 4deg C in a tulip.

A- Opens well and pours a tiny head that is gone in seconds. Medium gold color and unfiltered

S- Lots of hops here. Smells like Chinook. Good malt

T- Oodles of hops. Like a Chinook/Citra based blend. Not much Citra but you can tell it's there for sure.

M- Typical APA beer. Nice

O- Pretty good. Glad I grabbed a couple of 4pks for the future.

Food Pairing

This pretty good brew went well with..... Crepes. Strawberry and whipped creamy good


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Photo of kevinlater
3.9/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle into small snifter. bottled jan 29, 2015, consumed on march 21, 2015. collaboration beer with john kimmich of the alchemist brewing. brewed with simcoe, citra, and centennial hops

a: hazy apricot, one finger of white head. looks great

s: pungent tropical aroma, very citra. huge grapefruit and passionfruit, lesser mango and lemon. a hint of caramel, but very hop-dominant

t: burnt caramel malt and alcohol in the front (???), but shortly following that is the attack of tropical fruit. so much bitter grapefruit, lemon, passionfruit, and mango

m: fizzy medium carbonation, medium-bodied

o: vibrant and explosive hop flavours marred by the alcohol presence. hopefully the rest of the 4-pack isn't like this?

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Photo of admiral
4.15/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

bursting with fruit - apricot, grapefruit, citrus, orange peel, melon, bitter Fanta, grape juice, hints of Belgian yeast and spice and with just enough malt to balance it out. Big, bitter and fruity - delicious

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Photo of SSS
4.25/5  rDev -0.7%
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 -5.1%
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 -4.7%
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 +1.9%
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%

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 -6.5%

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 +0.7%
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 -14.3%
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 -18.2%

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 +5.1%

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 +4.2%
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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Moralité from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 367 ratings