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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: Extra Special / Strong Bitter (ESB)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This mahogany coloured beer has a caramel malt bouquet accompanied by the light aroma of hops. The caramel malt taste sails wonderfully into the mouth alongside a fruity taste brought about by a trio of hops.

Added by francisweizen on 05-01-2003

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Ratings: 33 |  Reviews: 17
Photo of francisweizen
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

In English this beer is 'The Fog Drifter'. This great British-style ESB beer is a wonderful dark red/mahogany colour with a fluffy, white head. The aromas are of malts and hops and the taste is a very fruity, hoppy, concoction of flavors. The mouthfeel is very well balanced and the drinkability is excellent!

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Photo of Viggo
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a slightly hazed copper, very thick off white head, tight bubble, nice lacing, great retention. Smell is nice, caramel and brown sugar, very malty, some floral, spicy hops, bit of grapefruit, tangy hops, very nice. Taste is similar, very malty, grains and caramel, floral and spicy hop middle, lots of fruit, some bread and grapefruit, very dry finish, solid bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with low to medium carbonation, very smooth and drinkable. Very enjoyable, great session beer!

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Photo of eberesford
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Vices & Versa. Pours deep coppery amber with a creamy parchment coloured headand dense lacing. Aroma: caramel some herbal. Flavour: caramel, toffee, grassy hops. Medium body, great length in which the malts and hop bitterness play from beginning to end. A realy fine example of style.

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Photo of Goldorak
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Dark ruby red, fluffy, thin head, as to be expected from a cask ale.

Smell: Malty, slightly sweet.

Taste: Good balance of sweetness/bitterness/tartness, almost like an iced tea. Low carbonation and medium body, totally easy to drink, I like this version better than the regular CO2 tapped offering.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle: Poured a clear dark brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of dry caramelized malt notes with some nice cereal notes also perceptible. Taste is dominated by dry caramelized malt with light leafy hops notes with some clean cereal notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Good drinkability with right amount of complexity for the style.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at the brewpub, Montreal.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a light citrus hop and soft doughy malts.

The taste consisted of doughy malts, subtle caramel and an herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a very authentic cask ESB.

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Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of gskitt
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another solid offering from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel. My first on cask. Special since I love ESB's. Poured a light caramel, lighter highlights. Head, but not much. Smelled of those caramel notes and roasted malts. Just a bit of hops, not much. Taste consisted of balance between the sweet caramel malts, and the bitterness of the hops, this beer works. Mouthfeel was bitter and dry. This is a well-brewed ESB.

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Photo of smcolw
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Dark, deep amber with a lot of cloudiness. Mild head that leaves many spots on the glass.

Deeper toastiness than the color would suggest. Light hop bitterness to the nose.

Leans to the bitter hop side. Nearly astringent from the dry hop and the lack of malt sugars. Not as unusual as some of DDC offerings but it holds its own.

Easily the most pedestrian beer from DDC.

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Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At the brewpub. Little head yet lacey, golden yellow. Higher carbonation. Good melange of three hop varieties, a true English bitter example and smooth drinking. Good balance with caramel malts. Nice bitter aroma. Medium mouthfeel.
Fresh and Well crafted.

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Photo of Westvleteren12
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of videofrog
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of yancot
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of NightINgale
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of GoHabsGo
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of TheDoctor
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: Bottle
Bottled: Sep-13-2017

Pours the color of iced tea with a couple fingers of airy being fluff that pretty quickly settles to a patchy film then nothing with a little scummy lace. (3.5)

Caramel-tinged toasty malt aromas, some light herbal hops accents. (3.75)

Even-keeled malt flavors with a balanced herbal bite from the hops. (3.75)

Lightish body with medium carbonation, a touch of astringency and a lingering finish. (3.75)

This is a nice, drinkable beer with a good balance of oats-and-molasses flavors and mild yet assertive hop bitterness. Nothing crazy, balanced, tasty. This is probably the most "B" ESB I've ever had but it is definitely not an ESBIPA or anything.
An enjoyable beer that I would have again. (4)

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Photo of EMH73
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep copper color with a one inch white head that dissipated quickly and left some blotchy lacing. Smell is rather mild with toasted malts, some hops and a hint of fresh cut grass. Tastes of sweet roasted malts, caramel, spices and finishes with mildly bitter citrus flavors. Dry mouth feel, slightly astringent quality, medium carbonation.

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Photo of Alexc11
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy, dark amber (like maple syrup) color. Nice cream lace that somewhat dissipates quickly. Good, balanced strong beer. Not overly hoppy bitter with nutty and caramel overtones.

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Photo of biegaman
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled March 8/06 off cask, on location in Montreal. First impression was this beer's dark colour, a deep brown in most angles, slightly lighter shades at others. Some medium head. Very oaky mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Some notes of hops in the aroma and taste which added a welcomed character. Flavour was in many respects empty, lacking any solid definition and not all that tasty enough to be considered a good session. It's one area of strength was a medium-bodied bitterness, which would smack your taste buds when going down the back of your throat. Good choice of hops that left the beer with a considerable lasting finish. These guys do know hops. They know hops well. Overall however, nothing higher than average really.

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Photo of Simon212
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jrenihan
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Caramel coloured with a thin white head that dissipates fairly quickly.

Toasted malt in the nose, grassy hops. Not a strong scent.

Flavour-wise, toffee, biscuit and toasted malt make up the brunt of the beer. Hops provide some bitterness but not a lot else. Some slight grassy and earthy flavours.

Highly carbonated, medium bodied. Toasty.

Overall, decent, not great.

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Photo of Jerk_Store
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of salvo
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A roasty, toasty, malty brew that could fit a number of differnt styles: it would pass as an Alt, and it's darker (though not as viscous) as porters and out-darks a good number of the weaker porters I've had. Most important for me: the dark malt is kind to my aching head.

True to its naming here, the malts are balanced wth a bracing bitterness, and so it is righfully lists as ESB, but its complexity really does make it a genre-buster.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.56/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Mild coffee note? Again, smell is a tough target in DDC.

Appearance: Same color as the cask conditioned version, but better clarity. The head actually dried out rather than dissipate turning a darker red at the edges. That’s a first for me.

Flavor: Well balanced with a slight edge to the hops and some butter notes.

Mouthfeel: Soft, but full carbonation

Overall Impression: Enjoyed this one, but it’s hard to explain and describe. The balanced quality makes it hard to pick out definitive flavors, but the package is enjoyable. Had this one first, then a couple days later the cask conditioned version. Cask makes most things better.

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Photo of Whatup14
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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