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 CalgaryFMC
4.2/5  rDev -1.9%
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 +2.1%
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 +6.5%
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 +2.8%
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 -4%
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 +1.6%
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 -1.4%
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 +0.9%
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 -4%
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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Photo of zhivago373
4.3/5  rDev +0.5%
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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Photo of spinrsx
4.26/5  rDev -0.5%
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 +3.5%
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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Photo of Haydn-Juby
4.16/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based of 3-5 day old memories

A: A golden, perhaps slightly orangish color. Moderate head with good retention. A slight haze, I am assuming bottle conditioning.

S: Tropical fruits. Definitely citra is available, Simcoe and Centennial lie in the background.

T: One again those West coast hops dominate this beer. Juicy citrus fruits, pineapple, tangerine, slight hints of pine it self all present and more. Malt takes a back seat but provides a charming balance.

M: Very smooth and faaar too drinkable. Dry and easy drinking as an AIPA should be.

O: A fantastic beer and one I would highly recommend to anyone questioning Canada's craft beer industry, even if Kimmich did lend a hand in this beer.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.78/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle: Poured a hazy deep bright beige color male with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma is a sucker punch of floral hoppy notes with some citrus and some green hoppy notes. Taste is full of hoppy notes with plenty of citrus, some green and hay notes. Malt backbone is almost hard to distinguish beneath all the hops oils. Body is full enough for style with good carbonation. I will gladly drink instead of HT which is so hard to obtain right now.

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Photo of 4ster
4.33/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy straw coloured, slightly chunky with some hops floating around, bright white head that didn't build up much but the lacing stuck around for awhile.

S: Blast of fruit, very tropical in its pineapple aromas, honey sweetness, and a strong grassy aroma. This definitely smells like a less complex Heady, and I wouldn't be surprised if John has brought in some Heady yeast or similar into the mix.... it's just got that smell...

T: This is a very rich IPA, with a good presence of hops. The sweetness is both tropic, but also a bit Quebec, there is again, pineapple, melons, some rich stone fruit mixed in, and then a honey, almost mead quality that is earthy, which then leads to the very earthy hop profile, lots of bitter sweet grass.

M: Med-High carbonation in this, slightly sticky and I like the comment below mentioning chalkiness, as it does have this slightly drying profile. It's easy to get caught up in this one thinking it is a DIPA style, because of the bold hop flavours and back story. I say this because at first i found it a bit light and needing more malt backbone. But the more I drank it the more I enjoyed the easy drinking attitude of it. Perhaps it is also because it is -20 and snowing like crazy out right now, but I think people will certainly appreciate this IPA more once we see warm weather again.

O: I would have to echo other commentators, this is a baby Heady, with some slight DDC twists, what else would you expect I guess?! And no complaints from here, this is a fantastic new IPA on the Quebec scene and will certainly make some other breweries re-think what they are doing (and be jealous they don't have Vermont connections!) Is it perfect, no, but for a beer that was a collaboration, and has gone straight from a one time thing into bottle format, I'm sure that we'll see this one improve a bit over the next future batches. Worth trying for sure, and nice to see it be a future year rounder to compliment their other offerings.

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4.01/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Hazy light golden color with a pure white soapy head. Volume is medium and retention is ok.

S: Right off the bat you get everything you're looking from an IPA: tons of fruity hops in the forms of tangerine juice, orange peel, lime as well as some very light herbal and flowery notes. You also get a malty base with light honey and candi sugar.

T: You can feel the hops right at the beginning. You get a nice of dose of bitterness that comes a tiny bit chalky, but you still get a lot of the juicy hops with tangerine juice, a lot of orange peel and lime juice as well. Somebody else noted peaches and I will have to agree with him. Again, you get a light malt base with the light honey and candi sugar.

M: Quite a bit more sticky than expected from the style but it's what I expected from DDC. The carbonation is a bit more stingy than usual too. This is the part that DDC needs to improve the most, not sure if they need to change their yeast for this particular beer but something lighter and less sticky would fit the style much better than this.

O: For a Quebec made IPA, this is some of the best stuff you can get your hands on. Little by little, it seems that Quebec's breweries are learning how to properly brew an IPA and this is a proof of this. Excellent balance, very easy to drink, but not on the same level as what the USA has been offering for a couple of years already.

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Photo of wordemupg
4.35/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Devino, 18/11/13 from notes

A slight haze in a golden orange body, just a few slow bubbles but they feed a well sustained finger of foam that leaves several distinct rings before falling to a thin film

S canned peaches, tangerine, guava, lychee, big on the tropical fruit, mandarin, pineapple, a little pine and caramel, smells great

T not all the tropical fruit that the nose had going for it, some lemon peel added with more pine then I could smell with a little vitamin C chewable's

M medium bodied, a nice bitter snap, a little grit, low carbonation but enough to give it some life

O top notch IPA here, lots of tropical notes and I like that in the style, no booze anywhere and my glass was gone before I knew it

13$ for a 12oz glass was pretty steep if you ask me but I'm happy I got to try it I just wish I could've caught it during happy hour at Beer Rev.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12oz chalice at Beer Revolution Oliver - nice to get a heads-up from a fellow beer nerd that this is available here, when I'm already on the way! Alchemist in Alberta (sort of)!

This beer appears a rather hazy, medium golden amber hue, with one skinny finger of puffy, bubbly, and weakly foamy dirty white head, which leaves some distant active storm cloud lace around the glass as it duly recedes.

It smells of fresh-squeezed grapefruit zest, orange cream, pine resin, and bready caramel malt - simple, but in the simply awesome sense. The taste is a veritable Save-on Foods produce aisle orgasm of lemon, orange, and grapefruit rind, grainy, biscuity caramel malt, a further hint of toffee candy sweetness, wet leafy pine needles, a mild stoney flintiness, and smashed and smushed earthy, perfumed hops.

The carbonation is sort of laid-back, and earns a participatory sticker for little more, the body a sturdy medium weight, and actually smooth amongst all that swirling fresh hop (and patently welcome, let's be clear) astringency. It finishes off-dry, barely, as the grainy caramel malt keeps a stiff upper lip in the presence of such a heady, topped-up (I couldn't resist) green hoppiness, booyah!

Like the little brother of you-know-who, what with all the hop character one could ever expect. A wee bit toned down, sure, but I would have hardly known if I hadn't enjoyed Big Bro a mere few months ago. Awesome on tap, and a bit too expensive for the native brewery's offerings, so I'm ever so keen on seeing this stuff in the standard DDC 4-packs in the near future.

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Photo of papat444
4.34/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at DDC`s anniversary party/Zwanze Day.

No carbonation, totally creamy. Flavor is lush with fruit and raw, feel is awesome yet quite bitter. Body is a hazy orange color, good hops aroma wafting from the glass. Sweet touch to it and crazy drinkable. Please bottle this!

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.57/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A collaboration with the Alchemist for VT Brewfest 2012.

A-Pours a golden honey color. Body is completely translucent. Head is bright and short. Head laces well and retains moderately well.

S-Whoa! Super hoppy. Full of Alchemist-esque hops. Tropical and fruity. Notes of pineapple and melon along with the huge citrus and grassy notes. Also lightly floral and piney. Malt is mild and a mix of bread and Animal Crackers.

T-Delicious tropical hoppy slap that lingers and lingers. Clementines and tangerines and fresh Summer grass. Finishes moderately bitter and piney. Malt adds some balance but this of course is all about the delicious happiness.

M-Medium bodied with and almost Cask feel. Lighter carbonation and a bitter, dry finish. Very sessionable. I...need...more.

O/D-Great collaboration. These two breweries killed it. Has a unique quality that must have been from those boys from Montreal! Really, really enjoyed this. One of the Brewfest's gems.

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