Chemin De Croix
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Style:
American Porter
Ranked #113
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #8,533
Avg:
4.01 | pDev: 5.99%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
89
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Reviews by ZorPrime:
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!

Cheers.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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 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 tykechandler
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.61/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of liquorpig
3.99/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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 TheEpeeist
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

5oz sample at DDC tap takeover at National Beer Hall 24/11/12 from notes

A very dark brown and again in the small sample glasses I get just a thin film but it leaves a few random patches

S raisin, plum and prune, dried dark fruits with with some roast and bakers chocolate and Hershey's syrup

T what I smell but with a large blast of burnt espresso and char, decent but I preferred the smell

M quite gritty like a wine with heavy tannins, good level of carbonation and some burnt toffee on the finish

O OK but considering who brewed it and the other dark monsters I've had from DDC I was expecting a little more

I could drink another but with my other options from DDC I may not anytime soon

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Photo of Phished880
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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 kwjd
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Rick778
3.38/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of valianes
4.05/5  rDev +1%

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

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 joemcgrath27
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of spinrsx
4/5  rDev -0.2%

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Chemin De Croix from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 89 ratings