Chemin De Croix | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: American Porter

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by wordemupg on 12-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
79
Reviews:
23
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
6.22%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Rick778
3.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.61/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of braican
3.64/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of wordemupg
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
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 Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of Phished880
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of evil_liver
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of zhivago373
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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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3.75/5  rDev -6.7%

Photo of tykechandler
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spycow
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
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 EdgarGerik
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lodisgrisen
3.8/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ultrarunner100
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Corson
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Nunya
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of byronic
3.87/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of schopenhauerale
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.89/5  rDev -3.2%
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 ludachris
3.9/5  rDev -3%
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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