Dieu Du Ciel

DIEU DU CIEL

Dieu Du Ciel operates out of Quebec, Canada. Their website, unfortunately, offers little information about the company.

www.dieuduciel.com

Year-Round/Seasonals:

APHRODITE: 97 Points

Most beautiful indeed

This Stout is available year-round in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness.”

My Description: The flavors, the body, and the enjoyment work together to create a beautiful masterpiece, Aphrodite. It has a good sized, beige colored head, that lasts forever producing good amounts of lacing. The aroma is warm and inviting with notes of roasted coffee, dark chocolate, with a touch of sweetness. It is medium bodied, smooth, with a mouth coating creamy texture. This beer has a great balance of vanilla sweetness with a touch of bitterness. The flavors of dark chocolate and caramel malt are also apparent and welcomed. The finish is dry with a touch of lingering bitterness. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with rich desserts, raspberry glazed duck, or a perfectly cooked filet mignon.

ABV: 6.5%  Color: Black  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 4/10

CORNE DU DIABLE: 80 Points

Horn of the Devil

Horn of the Devil

This American Style IPA is available year-round in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “This new style, born on the west coast of North America, is characterized by stronger and hoppier beers. The result is a red ale expressing caramel flavours coming from the malt, sharp bitterness and powerful hop aromas, thanks to dry hopping.”

My Description: This was a decent IPA, I just felt that it lacked that quality I have come to expect from Dieu Du Ciel. It starts off with a decent, light beige colored head with a retention that fades but hangs around for a while and produces a below average amount of lacing. The aroma is a mixture of caramel sweetness, woodsy hops, and a hint of dark fruit. It is medium bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a very dry finish. Upfront, there is a bread-like caramel flavor that is immediately countered by a hop flavor that tastes almost like cardboard, not very pleasing. I was hoping for a more citrus/grapefruit flavor since they were going to make a classic American IPA, however I was left with dull hop flavors. There are hints of citrus hops and alcohol but mainly it is that dry, sharp, sub-par hop flavor that overpowers it all. The aftertaste is moderately bitter and will linger, but not in that good way. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, spicy Thai noodles, or a heavy fruit salad.

ABV: 6.5%  Color:  Hazy Brown  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 6/10

 

DERNIÈRE VOLONTÉ: 93 Points

Last Will

This Blonde Abbey Beer is bottle conditioned and available year-round in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Complex flavours of hop flowers and spicy, fruity esters from our belgian yeast are perfectly balanced with the robust flavours and aromas of malt. The finish is commandeered by an assertive aroma from dry-hopping.”

My Description: The characteristic that stands out the most is how dry the beer is. This is not a flaw or a negative, it is just a part of the beer that I was not expecting. Never-the-less, it is a nicely done Blonde with a complex flavor profile and a mild aromatic nose. It has a big, off-white colored head with a great retention level and it leaves behind a tremendous amount of lacing. The aroma smells nice and fresh with notes of floral hops, citrus, fruit esters and a hint of pepper. It is roughly medium bodied with a slightly higher carbonation level and a very dry finish. The taste is complex and highly enjoyable. There is a definite hop flavor presence but it does not necessarily make the beer overly bitter. There are also flavor notes of grassiness, some spice and earth notes, as well as some lemon and pepper. The flavors work nicely together and the aftertaste is moderately bitter. It is best served around 45°F and pairs nicely with grilled chicken, Old Bay seasoned shrimp, or fresh fruit salad.

ABV: 6.5% Color: Hazy Orange Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 5.5/10

ÉQUINOXE DU PRINTEMPS: 91 Points

Good Flavor Profile

Good Flavor Profile

This Scotch Ale is released seasonally in early Spring in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Équinoxe du Printemps (French for “spring equinox”) is the quintessential marriage of two great traditions: beer brewing in Scotland, and maple syrup production in Quebec. At the first draught, the mouth is overcome by woody, malty flavours, sustained by a discrete touch of sweetness. The aftertaste brings about the flavours of maple, which are sufficiently present to be appreciated, but never overwhelming the typical flavours of a Scotch Ale. Equinoxe du printemps is brewed only once a year in January. It is aged for two months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting March 21st, until stocks last.”

My Description: This is heavy beer to end Winter with and bring on the Spring. It begins with a decent, beige colored head that fades to a thin ring leaving behind a minimal amount of lacing. The aroma is inviting with notes of dark fruits, caramel, raisins, molasses, and some woodsy notes. Printemps is medium/full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and a dry finish. The flavor profile is enjoyable and satisfying with notes of toffee, dark breads, and a hint of smoke. The body is dense and the alcohol is nicely hidden. The aftertaste is minimally bitter with lingering maple notes. Overall, this big Scotch Ale is smooth, subtle, and enjoyable. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled duck, beef stew, or chocolate desserts.

ABV: 9.5%  Color: Murky Brown  Sweetness: 3/10  Bitterness: 2/10

PÉCHÉ MORTEL: 98 Points

Marvelous to say the least

This Imperial Stout is available year-round in the U.S. in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Péché Mortel is an intensely black and dense beer with very pronounced roasted flavours. Fair trade coffee is infused during the brewing process, intensifying the bitterness of the beer and giving it a powerful coffee taste.”

My Description: If drinking this beer is a mortal sin, then I got I a lot of praying to do. It has a perfect, dark beige colored head that is dense with an amazing retention level and intense lacing. The aroma is strong with a roasted coffee fragrance accompanied by notes of roasted malt and a touch of alcohol. It is full bodied with a lower carbonation level, a velvety texture, and a noticeable smoothness. Flavor include a strong coffee presence accompanied by a touch of vanilla, chocolate, and oak. The alcohol is nicely hidden and the aftertaste has that lingering coffee bitterness. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with grilled whitefish, filet mignon, or roasted lamb.

ABV: 9.5% Color: Black Sweetness: 2/10 Bitterness: 3.5/10

 

RIGOR MORTIS ABT: 96 Points

This will make you loose, not stiff!

This Abbey Brown Ale is brewed only once a year and is released in January until the stock runs out. Available in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process.”

My Description: This beer is almost designed to be saved for special occasions it’s that good. It has a decent, beige colored head that retains nicely for this level ABV and produces some good lacing. The aroma is strong and warming with notes of cherries, rich molasses, sweet caramel, figs, nuts, and black currants. The nose is complex just like the rest of the beer. It is definitely full bodied with a moderate carbonation level and an apparent presence of alcohol that is felt but rarely tasted. The flavors are complex and highly enjoyable with notes of sweet caramel, cherry, toffee, black currants, and a hint of spice. This beer will coat your mouth and leave you feeling good. It is best served around 50°F and pairs nicely with lamb chops, chocolate desserts, or gourmet cheeses.

ABV: 10.5%  Color: Deep Mahogany  Sweetness: 5.5/10  Bitterness: 1.5/10

 

ROSÉE D’HIBISCUS: 79 Points

Rosée Hibiscus (Pinkish Hibiscus)

This wheat beer is available year-round in the U.S. in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Rosée d’Hibiscus is a soft spoken wheat beer. The rose colour comes from the hibiscus flowers added during the brewing process. The aromas and flavour of this tropical flower are very prominent in the beer, giving it a slight acidity and a very agreeable fragrance. It is the perfect thirst quencher on a hot summer day.”

My Description: This beer has no head whatsoever and the lacing is nonexistent. The aroma smells fresh and clean with notes of sweetness and flowers, more distinctively, a warming rose scent. The carbonation seems just about right for a wheat ale and the texture is smooth and mild. However, the taste is also mild, almost flavorless. You will pick up on the floral notes but they are weak and not very satisfying. It’s definitely easy drinking but I think some added spices would make this beer more attractive and enjoyable. I understand that they are making a floral beer, but it’s just too mild to feel refreshing. Best served at 40°-45°F and paired with desserts or salads.

ABV: 5.9% Color: Hazy Rose Sweetness: 2.5/10 Bitterness: 1/10

 

ROUTE DES ÉPICES: 90 Points

Route Des Épices (Spice Route)

This ale is available year-round in the U.S. in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: “Routes des épices is a rye beer brewed with both black and green peppercorns. Initially, the beer reveals flavours of fresh grain and malt, which give it notes of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The pepper flavour and aroma is fully revealed in the finish, which leaves a pleasant, spicy, tingling sensation on the tongue.”

My Description:  This is a slightly complex beer that is really good and unique.  However, there is absolutely no head on this beer.  I used a tulip glass and poured it recklessly and still got nothing.  That little head you see in the picture went away in 30 seconds.  Luckily, that is the only negative of this beer.  The aroma is mild and pleasant with notes of bread and spices.  It is medium bodied to full bodied.  At first sip you will taste some sweet and malt notes, in the middle you will taste the chocolate flavor that is accompanied by a slight grain taste.  The beer finishes with a strong pepper taste that lingers for some time.  That peppery aftertaste is really nice and makes you want more.  It is best served around 45°F and pair nicely with steaks, lamb chops, or salads.

ABV: 5.3%  Color: Hazy Red  Sweetness: 3.5%  Bitterness: 2/10

SOLSTICE D’HIVER: 94 Points

The Winter Solstice

The Winter Solstice

This Barleywine is released in the middle of December every year as their winter seasonal in 11.5 oz. bottles.

Brewer’s Description: ” Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold.”

My Description: This Barleywine is satisfying on a cold winter night: it tastes delicious, it has a warming alcohol presence, and the body feels clean. It has a good sized, beige colored head with a decent retention level and it leaves behind a good amount of lacing. The aroma is pleasant with notes of dark fruits, caramel, burnt malt, and a touch of brown sugar. It is full bodied with a lower carbonation level and a semi-dry finish. This ale is nicely balanced with a clean, malty backbone and a moderate bitter aftertaste that lingers slightly. There are notes of dark fruits, such as cherries and raisins throughout accompanied by notes of citrus hops, roasted malts, and a touch of earthiness. There is also a hint of alcohol to help bring it all together without being too intrusive. This beer gets better as it warms so sip and enjoy. It is best served around 55°F and pairs nicely with roasted duck, grilled steak, or a bean stew.

ABV: 10.2%  Color: Hazy Chestnut  Sweetness: 3.5/10  Bitterness: 5.5/10