Chemin De Croix
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Porter - American
4 | pDev: 6%
Nov 11, 2019
Dec 25, 2012
Very Good
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Ratings by ZorPrime:
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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ZorPrime from Canada (QC)

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!


Sep 28, 2013
More User Ratings:
3.76 by socon67 from New York on Nov 11, 2019
4 by InfernoBoss from California on Jan 19, 2019
4.02 by Jibs from Canada (QC) on Aug 12, 2018
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4.09/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Blackop555 from Michigan

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.

Jul 06, 2018
3.96 by Samact from Vermont on Dec 30, 2017
4.25 by paulish from New York on Dec 27, 2017
3.82 by blissfulNemo from Michigan on Oct 26, 2017
4.03 by TheEpeeist from Pennsylvania on Aug 06, 2017
4.41 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jul 11, 2017
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3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
by lebnic from Canada (QC)

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.

Jun 05, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by lordofthewiens from New Mexico

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.

Jun 04, 2017
4 by bigred89 from Maryland on Apr 29, 2017
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4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by LiquidAmber from Washington

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.

Apr 17, 2017
3.83 by Nunya from Ohio on Apr 16, 2017
4.12 by Chackman151 from Arizona on Mar 08, 2017
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3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Stevedore from Oregon

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.

Mar 05, 2017
3.38 by Rick778 from California on Feb 21, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
by superspak from North Carolina

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.

Feb 18, 2017
3.99 by liquorpig from Massachusetts on Dec 25, 2016
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4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by dee4maine from Maine

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.

Dec 21, 2016
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4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by GreesyFizeek from New York

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.

Dec 03, 2016
4.02 by durlta from Iowa on Nov 19, 2016
4.04 by WhiskeyMax from Iowa on Oct 19, 2016
3.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Oct 19, 2016
3.77 by EdgarGerik from Venezuela on Sep 25, 2016
3.5 by aztraz from Sweden on Jul 27, 2016
3.75 by tykechandler from Kentucky on Jul 14, 2016
3.61 by oriolesfan4 from Maryland on Jun 14, 2016
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by flipper2gv from Canada (QC)

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.

Jun 08, 2016
3.83 by Corson from Canada (AB) on May 23, 2016
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4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

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.

May 13, 2016
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4.49/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by woomThomas from Sweden

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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May 13, 2016
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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by craftbeersweden from Sweden

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!

May 11, 2016
4.23 by Heeenrik from Finland on Apr 29, 2016
3.8 by Lodisgrisen from Finland on Apr 27, 2016
4.21 by mademers from Canada (QC) on Apr 10, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Mlkluther from Canada (AB)

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.

Apr 04, 2016
4 by Howlader from Canada (AB) on Mar 25, 2016
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3.95/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by CanadianBacon from Canada (QC)

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.

Mar 16, 2016
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