3 more from Dieu du Ciel
In July, I decided to start economising a little while keeping up the drinking challenge, so I ended up buying a lot of individual bottles from Dieu du Ciel at roughly $2.50 each. Here are a few more…
No. 215 – Équinoxe du Printemps
This is a real treat. It looks great, a lovely deep red/brown colour when poured with a creamy light brown head. I didn’t think that the aroma was that impressive, just like a regular scotch ale, however, to taste this was excellent. It’s a little creamy but full-bodied and the taste of maple comes through very nicely. It is warm and a little sweet on the tongue and the warmth of the aftertaste remains for a long time like any good scotch ale. This one’s getting 10/11 – it’s good, very good in fact, it’s definitely worth the price, it has an accurate description and the perfect balance of maple and scotch ale added that little something different. I will definitely drink it again and I would recommend it. I would fight a bear a block or two out of my way for this beer, which is worth Yeses (check out the ratings here)
No. 219 – Pénombre
This is a black IPA – a type of beer I’d never heard of but am growing fonder of as the year goes on. The beer smells like an IPA, very hoppy but not fruity. Instead, on tasting there are hints of light chocolate and more of a porter type feel to the beer. It has a nice balance between hoppyness and bitterness and is definitely worth trying. It gets 6/11 for being good, worth the price, accurate, for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability and for the fact that I would go out of my way to pick up a bottle.
No. 266 – Isseki Nicho
This imperial stout looks great, see how frothy and coffee-like the head is in the picture above. I actually tried this one with some espresso biscuits and they matched very nicely indeed. Other than the strong coffee aroma and taste, there was nothing extra special about this one. It’s difficult to describe considering that I’ve tasted so many strong coffee-like stouts, but this one seemed to be missing something. Maybe it was because it looked so good on pouring and it didn’t live up to the anticipation. In any case, it’s another 6/11 for being good, worth the price, accurate, for drink-again-ability, recommend-ability and one for the appearance (it’s a little unique).
Another three good beers from Dieu du Ciel, more to come soon.