Dieu du Ciel! All the rest…
I tried an even 30 beers from Dieu du Ciel! last year, the vast majority of which were very good. Unfortunately, I only found time to write about a few of them. This is catch-up.
No. 117 – Disco Soleil
I tried a couple of bottles of this one day last April after a short hike somewhere north of Montreal – I didn’t write any notes. I do recall, however that it was a refreshing and fruity beer with a taste that I didn’t quite recognise. That would be the kumquat apparently. I recommend this on a very warm day. 6/11
Nos. 173 & 174 – Blanche Van Plateau & Gospel Stout à l’Avoine
I tried these two last May the day after I got back from a week back home, at the end of a long day of drinking in a park. It was a good day. The Blanche van Plateau was a fine white but nothing special, a little like a blonde in fact and gets a 4/11. The stout was better. A very creamy head and strong hints of coffee – unsurprisingly. Gospel was a fine stout but not outstanding unlike a few of their other stouts. 6/11
No. 298 – Corne du Diable
My notes are a little odd on this one, but if they’re correct then it is an interesting IPA. It had a hoppy citrus aroma at first, which was followed up by a light hint of caramel, which would explain the darker colour. The taste was equally interesting, quite malty with the bitterness only coming through in the aftertaste. I will be trying this one again as I think it may be worth more than the mark I gave it. 6/5/11
No. 345 – Péché Termopilas
Oddly detailed notes for this one – so it must have been good and it was in a Dieu du Ciel! glass! I happened upon this at Bar le Vestiaire at some point last summer. The head was bubbly and remained until I had finished the beer. There was a light hint of coffee in the aroma, which came through much more strongly in the taste. There was an immediate bitter hit to this one at the front of the mouth and a warmth in the throat that made it feel a little like a scotch ale rather than a stout. A solid and interesting beer. I’d recommend trying it if you see it around! 8/11
No. 368 – Voyageur des Brumes
This is a nicely balanced red ale. My notes are signed off with ‘could drink it all day.’ It’s a gorgeous deep toffee brown colour with a generously frothy head and an aroma to match. The taste is a little light, but it has all that you would expect of a decent red ale. If I reviewed it based on look and feel it would be an easy 8 but on taste, it’s 6/11.
No. 369 – Hérétique
This is a pretty cool beer. Like the Dernière Volonté it has a hint of leather coming from the brettanomyces, which provide the funk. It’s lively, very fizzy with a strong hint of mango and tropical fruits and fizzles nicely on the tongue. It’s very refreshing and like a few of the other Dieu du Ciel! beers made me think of wine – thought this time it was more a feeling of a fizzed up sauvignon blanc. This beer is well worth trying. 7/11
No. 382 – Petit Détour
I just have this one down as a good IPA with a cloudy appearance and a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The fact that I gave it a 7/11 seems to show how I’ve developed a taste for IPAs throughout the year.
No. 383 – Tamarindo
Apparently this is a gose beer, but it doesn’t completely feel like it. So much so in fact, that I gave it a good mark. The aroma just smells acidic and citrus to me but the taste is quite a surprise. It’s a very light and drinkable beer with a malty creamy texture to it that made me think of a red wine. Something about feeling tannins in a beer just makes me feel more sophisticated! It does have quite an acidic feel on the tongue but it’s not too much. An interesting and quite refreshing beer which is worth trying. 6.5/11
No. 389 – Route des Épices
I tried this at a party at my place at some point last Autumn. I think that by this stage I had had a few other beers but this one still stood out. This is a pretty standard dark beer with a peppery edge that creates and nice little warmth in the mouth which builds without ever becoming too much. A nicely balanced effort. 5.5/11
No. 391 – Solstice d’Été
I gave this one a 5/11, but that was after trying several other beers at the aforementioned party at my place. I can’t remember too much about this but according to my notes it was quite a good sour beer. Not to sour a sour beer that is. A lot of fizz with the bitterness of raspberries coming through a little in the flavour. 5/11
No. 399 – Rigor Mortis
A strong brown ale at 10.5% which does not overwhelm makes a pretty good beer. This one looks good with a bubbly head and deep muddy brown colour. Little hints of burnt toastyness and deep caramel in the aroma followed by a beautifully malty creamy texture. It has a nice balance of malt and hops. 7/11
So that’s me finished with Dieu du Ciel! in 2017. So far this year I’ve tried their Chemin de Croix – a review will follow once I’ve finished all of the other beers for 2017. But in the meantime – go and try some Dieu du Ciel! beers!