Chemin De Croix
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American Porter
Ranked #111
Ranked #9,015
4.01 | pDev: 5.99%
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
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Photo of Blackop555
4.09/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is dark brown. Short, tan head that Fades slowly.

Smells roasted malts, caramel, Char, chocolate and Light earthiness.

Taste coffee, chocolate, roasty, light smoke, light caramel and light vanilla. Finish is semi-dry with a roasty and Char linger. Medium body and smooth medium carbonation.

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Photo of lebnic
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

look: Good head retention with dark chocolate/cherry colors.

smell: Very nice coffee aroma. Could be more intense + would benefit if smelled a bit like cherry/vanilla.

taste: Satisfying, not too bitter, yet quite tasty. A nice beer to enjoy slowly, not to sweet. This beer is perfectly balanced.

feet: A bit too effervescent.

Overall: Excellent example of the style, taste intensity is on point. Once again, DDC did not disappoint.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a very dark brown with a small tan head. There is a bit of lace.
Nice aroma: roasted malt, chocolate, and coffee.
The coffee is more apparent in the taste. There is some chocolate also. Later in the taste some char comes through and I am thinking espresso.
Medium-bodied, on the dry side.
I think the beer tasted very good, considering it is almost a year and a half old.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to a ring around the glass with slight lacing. Aroma of dark toasted malt, chocolate and good coffee, slightly boozy. Flavor is dark toasted malt with good char, rich coffee, dark chocolate, thins out a bit into a charry, moderately hopped finish; ultimately leaving a bitter hop and espresso coffee aftertaste. Medium bodied with light creaminess. A very nice, well toasted porter. The smoky char flavors are good, there is realistic coffee and quality chocolate. The finish alone is a winner for me, it really tastes like that last, concentrated, slightly gritty sip from a quality cup of coffee; smoky and earthy. I wish I could get this brewery's beer more regularly in Seattle; I got this bottle in California. It's a year old, but still holding up well.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottom line, this is a roasted porter with a bit of campfire smoke. Body was dark brown, nearly black; one finger white head, a bit of retention but no lacing. Smell was campfire smoke, milk chocolate, burnt wood, touch of umami, light earthiness, chocolate malt sweetness. Flavour is similar; slighter smoke without too much overwhelming smoke character, light earth, milk chocolate. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, good carbonation, smooth and a slight bit of heat.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 1/22/2016. Pours moderately hazy/cloudy very dark brown color with a 1-2 finger dense khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, fudge, nuttiness, smoke, grapefruit, orange peel, pepper, pine, tobacco, and herbal; with light charcoal, raisin, plum, prune, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt, citrus/earthy hops, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, fudge, nuttiness, smoke, grapefruit, orange peel, pepper, pine, tobacco, and herbal; with light charcoal, raisin, plum, prune, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate pine/spicy hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, caramel, toasted dark bread, fudge, nuttiness, smoke, charcoal, citrus peel, pepper, pine, herbal, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, citrus/earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from hop/roast bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/grainy, moderately sticky/chalky, and lightly resinous balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 6.3%. Overall this is an awesome American porter! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, citrus/earthy hops, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink. Pretty aggressively hoppy for the style, yet not overdone. Given the "India Style" labeling, I already knew what to expect. A really enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dee4maine
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A delicious hoppy Porter where the focus is all on the balance of flavors. It pours a pitch black with short lasting tan head. Inviting aromas of dark fruit, dark chocolate and molasses. Flavor is where this wins. Follows nose and good layers of dark chocolate fudge, prunes, raisins, some coffee. Tad lighter body but at 6.3%, one gets a lot for flavor and leaves room for more beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at AJ's Beer Warehouse in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a dark brown, nearly black, with a tight half inch head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells like resinous and burnt pine, roasted malt, tobacco, and smokey chocolate.

This is a nice dry and hoppy porter. It's classified as an old-style India porter, whatever that means. It definitely seems like it means it's a pretty hoppy porter. It's resinous, and basically burnt tasting, but in a good way. There's a bit of roasty coffee, dry and powdery chocolate, tobacco, with basically no sweetness.

This is medium bodied, pretty creamy, with a good level of carbonation.

The world needs more dope porters like this one.

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Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.11/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Almost opaque dark brown color with a copper hue and floating yeast. Creamy and bubbly brown 2 finger head, lasting around 10 minutes, with good amounts of lacing. Flavors of coffee, walnuts, molasses, toffee, soft oak, dark roasted malts like barley, cherries, berries, herbal spices. Sharp bitter yeasty feel with thick sugars. Creamy medium to full body with prickly and crispy carbonation. Strong finish, slightly leathery but with a fresh earthy feel, heavily spiced with a dash of peppercorn and black liquorice, ending with smoky and leafy herbal hops and burnt malts. Light barrel aged wooded feel. Very bold but incredibly well intensified from the great Belgian style freshness. Rich delicious taste and a highly pleasant feel that is quite complex. Overall excellent quality craft.

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Photo of flipper2gv
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, lightly translucent body with a beige colored head. Really solid retention considering this version only has 6.2% ABV.

S: Smell is quite faint, but it has a lot of character. The hops notes are quite light with vague notes of citrus and herbs that seem to end up mixed with the roasted notes. The porter parts of this "India Porter" are very good and very traditional with a ton of chocolate malts, smoked notes, vanilla, licorice, chocolate milk, leather and some musk. Really well done, just not strong so you have to focus quite a bit to get everything.

T: This is super solid here too. The hops really are more present with some citrus rinds coming through and herbal dryness. Those, like in the smell, blend with the roasted notes of the malt perfectly and just complements it very well. The porter aspects are again quite good with vanilla, licorice, smoke, chocolate malts and leather. Really solid stuff, just not blow my mind good though.

O: This is a really solid brew that I would easily recommend. It's very well executed and you can clearly see what the objective was. It's not amazing, but very good.

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Photo of papposilenus
4.16/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From a 12oz bottle, dated 2016-01-15. Served cool in a tulip.

Pours a deep mahogany with cola highlights, a scant finger of short-lived, loose, tan head and thin sheets of scummy lace.

Smells of fresh-perked coffee and fudge, oranges and tobacco.

Tastes of mocha java, earthy and nutty. Toasted oats, dry dusty chocolate powder, chicory, orange rind and bhong water. Well bittered, clean, very little lingering aftertaste.

The feel is dry, resinous and well carbonated. Medium bodied, smooth and way-too-easy drinking.

Overall... well, overall, I don't know why I bother to review DDC beers because I know I'm going to like them a lot. I always do. And I don't know why I bother to review stouts and porters because I always say OMG, this is one of the best stouts/porters I've ever had! Screw you people; stop making fun of me.

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Photo of woomThomas
4.49/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer is hazy brown, almost black color. The foam is beige with small solid bubbles. The foam disappears leisurely soon, leaving thin fine grooves. Smells of roasted malt, caramel, burnt wood, old ashtray. There are touches of dark rye bread, coffee, dark chocolate and bitter orange. The flavors of roasted malt, coffee, bitter. Dark chocolate, hints of dark rye bread, espresso, cocoa. Clear bitterness with sweetness. Good taste containing all tastes, but nothing takes over. Good balance and sweet notes. Rich body. Moderate carbonation. Total dryness, sweetness, good bitterness.
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Photo of craftbeersweden
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ABV: 6.3 % Bottled on January 25 2016.
Released in Sweden April 22 2016.

Up till now I’ve never been disappointed with Dieu du Ciel so I’m glad to have this beer in my hand :)

Thick, very dark brown, almost black beer with a two finger high, creamy, mocha-colored head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Nose: Charcuterie, smoke, ash, roasted malt, oak, hazel nut, coffee, dark chocolate, cocoa powder and pine.
Taste: Bitter cocoa powder, dark chocolate, roasted caramel malt, nut, grapefruit, coffee grounds and hops.
Mouth: Full body. Light carbonation. Very dry and bitter ending. Lingering aftertaste.

Beautiful! I really like this!

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.96/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Wow! There is a lot going on in this beer! Coffee, chocolate, hazel nut with a dry hop finish at the end. I like that it has those flavours but is not sickly sweet.

I was expecting more of a hop profile - this is basically a solid Porter with complexity.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer pours a black color with some deep amber hues in the corners when the light hits it. It pours with one finger of Mocha head that fades leaving virtually nothing.

Aroma - Toasted nuts, roasted malts, coffee, dark chocolate, leafy floral and light eathy hops.

Taste- Again I get toasted nuts, coffee, roasty malts, extremely bitter dark chocolate or bakers cocoa. Then I get extremely bitter leafy hops and some spicy eathy hops. The flavor comes together fairly well.

Feel - Medium Heavy body, with some very light carbonation. Very bitter thanks to the hops.

Overall - I now understand the "old style India porter" name given to this beer. It reminds me of a black IPA but the hops as bitter as they are, are subdued in the back by the malts. Not a bad beer get it if you can.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341ml bottle, dubbed an 'Old style India Porter' - so a hopped-up roasty porter, is what I'm guessing.

This beer pours a clear (I think), very dark brown colour, with subtle orange cola highlights, and two chubby fingers of puffy, rocky, and bubbly beige head, which leaves a decent band of freaky webbed lace around the glass as it evenly bleeds away.

It smells of well roasted caramel malt, a prominent oily nuttiness, bittersweet cocoa powder, some free-range wet ashiness, muddled citrus and bruised pome fruity esters, and soft piney and leafy green hop bitters. The taste is bready and still rather toasty caramel/wheat malt, grainy medium chocolate, some orange and white grapefruit pith, charred coffee grounds, a twinge of black licorice, and more plain leafy, piney, and herbal hoppiness.

The carbonation is adequate in its supportive and sometimes merely cheeky frothiness, the body a solid middleweight, and actually quite smooth, just a few ashy specks to pick out of your teeth once in a while, no biggie! It finishes on the sweet side, despite what the label says - those chocolate and mixed fruity notes hard to dispel.

Overall, a pleasant enough re-formatting of a few different beer styles, which, in the end, turns out to resemble a well-made American Black Ale or Cascadian Ale, if you prefer (I do). Rich, easy to drink, and complex, nothing to complain about here, which is a thankfully common thing with this brewer.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Really good looking, pitch black with red hues and a 2 inches off-white/"yellowy" head that's really creamy with a lot of lacing. Nice dark chocolate aromas with roasted notes, also there's a subtle aroma of fresh hops. In the mouth it's like drinking liquid dark chocolate. There's still the roasted malts that are present but it's mostly a dark chocolate taste. You have a nice bitterness too it, not overpowering at all but you know there's a decent amount of hops in it. Nice carbonation and feel too.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.91/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled on: Jan-3-2015

Pours pitch black--a little ruby coming out of the bottle--with a rusty, yellow-tan 2 fingers of head that stays at a healthy cap. Decent retention; foamy, scummy lacing. (3.75)

Chocolately malt. Licorice, coffee, hard water, some herbal hops, chocolate. (4)

Smooth, coating mocha. Coffee, toasted nuts, milk chocolate, green citrusy hops, baker's cocoa. (4)

Rich and easy drinking with a medium body and soft but present carbonation. (3.75)

Tasty porter that is a little different.
This is a good beer. I had it really fresh and the hops were a lot more present, but honestly I liked it better this time.
Rich and rodust in look, smell and taste. Pours nice enough and features very chocalatey aromas and flavors. Drinkable and enjoyable. Not the best porter I've ever had, but interesting and different without being needlessly provocative.
Would have again; worth trying. (3.75)

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Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.77/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: my bottle read 6.3%ABV not 7.5%

A: Almost black with some ruby red highlight coming through. A thick creamy looking head of dark beige towers over the beer. Lacing was present but minimal.

S: Very dark chocolate. Maybe a bit of coffee and roasted malt.

T: Once again I get that bitter dark chocolate. Hints of a coffee roast element. A bit too bitter for me honestly; it gets to be a bit acrid at times. Very 'dark' tasting. Roastier than I would expect for a porter. I get just the slightest, faintest hint of floral hops on the palate as well. It has the profile of a sipper at only 6.3%. I don't get any of the dark fruit advertised on the bottle.

F: Creamy feeling. Carbonation is a bit reduced making the beer go down easily. Imagine an intensely bitter chocolate milk.... trust me it's good though.

O: Pretty nice overall, but the bitterness was just too much for me. Still a good beer and rather impressively complex for such a low- relative to craft beer- ABV. Don't think I would buy it again but it's always fun to try something from DDC.

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Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tight tw finger head with great lacing. Bit of chicory and earthy hops in the flavor as well as unsweetened chocolate. Body is medium with a lasting bitterness. Glad DDC bottled this.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a dark black color porter with nice brown foamy head with good retention and some good amount of lacing. Aroma consists of huge amount of roasted malt with quiet a bit of chocolate notes. Taste is also dominated by loads of roasted malt notes with some chocolate notes and light dry finish with some green hops notes. Body is tad thinner then I was expecting with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Loads of flavors with an overall dry taste but avoiding the astringency territory.

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Photo of zhivago373
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured from bottle into snifter.

pours black with creamy brown head, like a latte. smells of slight roasted malt notes and clean hops. not a big smelling beer.

tastes of roasted malts, dark chocolate flavors, mocha/coffee, and Noble hop varieties. not overly hoppy or bitter on the backend but certainly the hops shine on the back of the tongue and the lingering aftertaste.

overall, a nice, unique fusion of a porter with amped-up hops. worth trying.

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Photo of ludachris
3.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The body is black everywhere but its edges. Two fingers of whipped, creamy tan head boasts excellent retention. Sheets of lace coat the sides of the glass as it recedes.

Sweet dark chocolate with roasty edges. Its core is rich, made up of pumpernickel and rye. A whiff of leafy hops pull through but it's just as faint as its alcohol character. The nose has depth and packs a punch.

The taste is equally as strong but far less refined. Dry grainy roast becomes quite prominent and is paired with a rigid resinous bitterness. Dark chocolate and cake mix have morphed into its undercurrent. When you look past its green, roasty bitterness, it's sweeter side isn't hard to find.

Medium bodied with a low level of carbonation, allowing its dry roasty quality to really assert itself. The finish is quick but its bitterness lingers well past that point.

Every time I see a new offering from these guys on the shelf, I've got to pick it up. Although this isn't there best, it didn't disappoint. The nose was my favorite aspect with plenty of depth and richness. Its "India" moniker becomes apparent in the taste. I think this would make for an excellent beer to cook with.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.12/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Black color with a nice head. Aroma is hoppy with some roastiness. Nice aroma a little in the range of black IPA but not strong enough to be IPA.

Taste is roastiness with a finish all hoppy. Grassy. Delicious and so easy to drink.

A nice beer from DDC!


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Photo of jrenihan
4.08/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On-tap during DDC event at Bar Hop

Beer is black with a good-sized tan head. Very good retention, nice lacing.

Perhaps the beer is too cold or the glass is not conducive to scent but I don't get a big aroma. Roasted malt and some coffee.

Taste is very nice. Strong roasted malt flavours, fairly smoky. Some cocoa. Balanced, but on the bitter side. Very strong flavour, bold.

Full bodied, low carbonation level. Very smooth and rich. Nice.

Overall, really nice. Was not familiar with this one and was happily surprised. Really big and nice flavour. An underdog in the DDC catalogue.

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Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 90 ratings