Archive for the ‘Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel’ Category

The other half and I went to the aquarium in Long Beach while I was off from work. I stayed in Long Beach as a kid (on the Queen Mary), but I don’t think I’ve ever been to the aquarium. It was smaller than I imagined it was going to be and was definitely smaller than the one in Baltimore. We went on a Friday, so there weren’t as many kids around and watched the otter show, which was adorable (I think Val still wants an otter to bring home). Anyways, beer time.

discosoleil

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This cloudy-orange beer is the taste of liquid summer sunshine. Refreshing kumquat immerses the palate with citrus and tropical fruit, while biting hops interplay with bready malt. A touch of acidity from the kumquat zest finishes things off with a smile and wink. Whenever you find yourself yearning for those hazy summer days and warm electric nights, here you will find solace.”

Random: We also saw the sea-lion show, which was cute as well. Val did not want to bring a sea-lion home, probably because it would take up too much room.

The beer poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy, light orange color with high carbonation visible. The nose had tart citrus with orange and tangerine. I didn’t pickup kumquat specifically, but citrus was dominant in this beer. The taste was really pithy and had some tartness from the citrus. It was almost like a sour. I picked up tangerine flesh and kumquat as well. The citrus was really fresh and there wasn’t detectable malt to balance it out. The body was heavy, given the ABV, with high carbonation. It had a long, pithy finish with orange. I wanted to love this beer, but the citrus was really intense and quite tart. I think if they toned it down just a bit, it would have been more successful, especially given that this was $4.99 ($.42 per ounce).

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

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Holy crap! It’s been two and a half years since I’ve had a beer from this Canadian brewery. I don’t know if they’ve lowered distribution, but I barely see them on the shelves in Jersey any more. Let’s see if this overdue reunion is a good one…

aphro

ABV: 6.5%

Style: American Stout

Trivia: According to Sheltonbrothers.com, “Black ale with 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. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.”

Random: It’s also been about a month since I’ve had a beer of this style.

This beer poured with a one finger, tan head that dissipated slowly. But, it left limited lacing on the glass. The body was black in color with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose was filled with cocoa and vanilla primarily. Roasted malts were also there, but I didn’t pick up any bourbon (I wish I had). The taste was not as smooth as I expected. It had some bitter, roasted malts up front. It smoothed out with vanilla and cocoa. Light coffee came through at the end of the sip. It had a thin body with moderate carbonation. The beer ended with a long finish of bitter and roasted malts. For a beer that I found to only be alright, it was expensive at $6.99 a bottle ($.58 per ounce). Given the price point, I won’t be having this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Another day. At least today was Friday. Although, I have my first day of practical at Fire Academy tomorrow, so I’ll be going to bed really early tonight. Here’s something to help me hit the sack early.

ABV: 10.2%

Style: American Barleywine

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. It has a complex aroma of fruits, alcohol and hops. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel. It is a very bitter beer with aromas and flavours reminiscent of red fruit. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. The Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year in the month of July, and is then aged for 5 to 6 months before being put on tap on the 21st of December. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer. Also, every year, two 50 liter kegs are put aside. One is served as of the following 21st of June, after one year of maturation, and the other is served as of the following 21st of December (a year and a half of aging) to accompany the new batch.”

Random: Solstice D’hiver is French for “winter solstice”

This brew poured with almost no head (what was there was pure white, dissipated quickly and left no lacing) on top of a deep, mahogany body. The beer itself was cloudy, so no comments on the carbonation. The nose had dark fruits, sweet caramel, some vanilla and a definite alcohol presence. After a few sniffs, I also got a bit of spice. The taste was a bit different than the nose. It started with the dark fruit that was in the nose, but then some spicy hops made an appearance and then goes into some alcohol warmth that lasts into the long finish. The body was on the thinner side with some prickly carbonation. This was a really enjoyable sipping beer that I would definitely have again. Go seek this one out!

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Well, today is my Friday. I took tomorrow off, so tonight’s plan is going through the blog and editing it and a few beer reviews, since I don’t have to be up early. Despite the insane heat, I hit up the gym tonight. It was more of an odd and ends body part night since I have to go to the gym tomorrow anyway. The people at the gym were hogging the equipment anyways. So, tonight I did shoulders, calves, abs and hams. Tomorrow, it’s a double session of chest, quads, forearms and biceps. When I go, the gym should be empty, so it should be a good day. I also have a bunch of errands to run. Anyways, onto the brew.

ABV: 5%

Style: Rye Beer

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Route des épices (French for ‘Spice Route’) is a rye beer brewed with both black and green peppercorns. Initially, the beer reveals flavors of fresh grain and malt, which give it notes of chocolate, caramel, and fruit. The pepper flavor and aroma is fully revealed in the finish, which leaves a pleasant, spicy, tingling sensation on the tongue.”

Random: I tend to love the labels from this brewery. They’re very unique and interesting. Here I go, judging a book by its cover again.

This beer poured a cloudy dark brown color with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The head dissipated so quickly that it was gone after I took the picture. The nose had definite notes of rye and peppercorns, although more subtle than I expected. On the first sip, I really got the pepper. It sat on my tongue with a hint of spice to it that lasted through to the finish. The rye took a backseat for me on this. The body and carbonation were both medium and appropriate for the brew. This finish lasted for awhile and the more I drank it, the less pleasant it was. It was almost as if I poured a bunch of black pepper on my tongue. Although I really like how unique the brew was, the pepper overwhelmed any sort of other flavors that could have come out to play. I wouldn’t have this again, although I was happy I tried it.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Whenever I go to a brewery or a brewpub and get a sampler, I always wonder if I should do reviews on the brews I have. I have done it in the past, but lately, I don’t think that a four ounce sample is enough to do a review on. I had a sampler at the Opa Opa Brewery and Steakhouse, and I did take limited notes on the brews. As I sit down (finally) to watch baseball and have a brew, I think I’m only going to review the brew I brought a growler home of. And speaking of growlers, my beer fridge is now STOCKED. I have about twelve bombers aging in the basement aging and the rest in the beer fridge…

Yeah, I think I’m pretty good for awhile…onto the brew!

ABV: 7%

Style: Belgian Pale Ale

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Dernière volonté (French for ‘Last Will’) is a mix of Belgian and English brewing traditions. 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. The Dernière Volonté was born in our Montreal brewpub in April 2004”

Random: The labels on Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel’s beers are really cool. I’m saving the bottles just because the labels are so unique.

The brew poured a cloudy golden color with some moderate carbonation visible in the body. The head was a crazy three finger one at the pour and pure white. It later dissipated to leave about a half a finger that left some lacing on the glass. On the nose, I immediately got some notes of lemon and then lots of Belgian yeast and a bit of floral scents. This definitely smelled inviting. On the first sip, I definitely got the citrus that was apparent in the nose (specifically lemon) and I also got a hint of apricots. The Belgian yeast also comes out to play and the more I sipped it, I found peach in there too. The yeast lingered around for the finish and the alcohol was really well hidden on this brew. After a long day of driving, this beer really hit the spot. Definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Today was a shockingly relaxing day. We had people working on the house for the entire weekend, so we were up early and then managed to get nice headaches due to all of the banging. Today, I watched a bunch of episodes of Dexter – Season 2. Then, I decided to grill and made some kick ass barbecue chicken. I also managed to find a way to improve Corona, which involved putting a chile-lime rim on the glass. It gave it a little bit of heat, which actually paired well with the chicken. Now, I’m watching the season finale of Dexter and I decided to crack open a nice Imperial stout.

ABV: 9.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial Stout

Trivia: The name of the beer is French for “mortal sin.”

Random: For some reason, I really tend to scream at the tv when baseball is on. I seriously can’t wait for regular season baseball.

The brew poured a dark brown, almost black color with a hint of a tan head on top that left limited lacing on my snifter. The nose had definite notes of booze, chocolate and espresso. Definitely my type of stout. The taste is definitely a bitter mixture of coffee primarily and followed up with chocolate notes. There was also some dark and roasted malts. The booze that was apparent on the nose is pretty well hidden in the taste. This is really a great sipping beer. The espresso flavors really came out as the beer warmed and the chocolate just worked in concert with it. The finish was all coffee on this bad boy. I definitely couldn’t have a lot of these brews, but this one is awesome. Let this one warm for fifteen minutes before drinking and just appreciate all the bold flavors of this imperial stout.

Untappd Rating: 5.0/5.0