Chemin De Croix | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Chemin De CroixChemin De Croix
BA SCORE
90.4%
Liked This Beer
4 w/ 83 ratings
Chemin De CroixChemin De Croix
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by wordemupg on 12-25-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#6,277
Reviews:
25
Ratings:
83
Liked:
75
Avg:
4/5
pDev:
6%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
14
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 83 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of TheEpeeist
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of StormAles
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of lebnic
3.87/5  rDev -3.3%
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 +2.5%
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 bigred89
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LiquidAmber
4.12/5  rDev +3%
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 Nunya
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chackman151
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Stevedore
3.97/5  rDev -0.7%
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 Rick778
3.38/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +2.5%
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 liquorpig
3.99/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dee4maine
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
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 +10.5%
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 durlta
4.02/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.11/5  rDev +2.8%
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 WhiskeyMax
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EdgarGerik
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of aztraz
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tykechandler
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.61/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of flipper2gv
4/5  rDev 0%
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 Corson
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of papposilenus
4.16/5  rDev +4%
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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Chemin De Croix from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 90.4% out of 100 with 83 ratings
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