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Beautiful deep red colour with a great head and tons of lacing.  There is a lovely plummy and spicy nose.  Tons going on in the flavour.  Some syrupy sweetness and a biting bitter intermingle with the spice.  Another winner from Dieu du Ciel!

Solstice d'hiver

Another brew from DDC!

I have had many DDC beers, mostly from when I was living down the road from their brewpub.  This one was new to me.

About the Beer – It poured a dark amber colour with a nice head.  The aroma was of citrus and floral mixed with a bit of caramel.  The taste was of some sweetness to start but then you are hit with grapefruit, pine, and a bit of fruit.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes! This was a very yummy beer.

LCBO brewery feature beer.

Thanks to HMH Negotiants for getting these awesome Dieu du Ciel! beers into Ontario.  I am glad to see the LCBO starting to branch out thier craft beer offerings.  The brewery feature is very cool!

About the Beer – It poured a nice yellowish white colour with a great head.  The aroma was all over the place.  Bubblegum, citrus, spice, herbs, and a bit of floral pounded the senses.  The taste was just as complex.  Nice wheaty flavour with lots of citrus, spice and fruit.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, I bought more than one and may go back for more!  Super yummy beer!

Would you try a beer brewed with peppercorns?

When Chris and I got together last week we swapped a few different bottles.  Route des Épices was one of them.  It is a Rye Beer brewed with peppercorns.  I was a little skeptical of this beer since I have never met a Rye Beer that I liked let alone one that it is brewed with peppercorns.  Well I was pleasantly surprised!

About the Beer – It poured a clear brownish colour with a decent head.  The aroma was of grain, sweetness, and just a minor hint of pepper.  The flavor was quite interesting.  It started out with some decent caramel malt flavour.  It then moved into a bit of dark fruit and finishes with the pepper hit.  It left a slight tingle on the tongue.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes,  I was really surprised with this beer.  I quite liked it!

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I would love to know the story behind the naming of this beer!

Chris had a little surprise for me when we met up last weekend.  He had a nice bottle of Rigor Mortis.  I have not had this beer in many, many years.  I think the last time would have been when we lived up the road from Dieu du Ciel!.

About the Beer – It poured a very cloudy brown colour.  Almost like mud.  Fantastic thick head that left tons of lacing in the glass.  The aroma was of caramel, burnt or brown sugar, yeast, and a bit of alcohol.  The flavour was really complex.  Lots of malt, dark fruit, caramel, brown sugar, and even a tiny bit of chocolate.  The alcohol taste is noticable but quit pleasant.

Would I Drink it Again? – Absolutely, it is a big beer best enjoyed on its own.

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Another winner from one of my favourite brewers.

What can you say about Dieu Du Ciel, they just keep brewing fantastic beers.  I love the name of this one!  They actually had to change the name to Aphrodite to sell it in the United States due to some law or other.

About the Beer – It poured black as Midnight.  The head was a deep brown colour and left a ridiculous amount of lacing on the glass.  There was a strong aroma of chocolate and vanilla as well as something bitter.  It really reminded me of the smell of baking chocolate cupcakes!  The flavour was unbelievable.  Lots of chocolate and coffee as well as vanilla.  It has a slightly bitter finish.  Mixed in all that was a slight bit of spice.  Nutmeg?  Or am I just imagining that because it goes with all those flavours!

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, fantastic beer for an after dinner drink!

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Reliable, that is what I will start calling Dieu du Ciel!

Well what can I say, another good beer from the folks at Dieu du Ciel!

I have often wondered why the brewers in Quebec come up with such unusual names for their beers.  Dernière Volonté translated means “Last Will” or last rights.  If anyone knows please comment!

About the Beer – It poured a cloudy apricot colour with a very thick head that lasted to the final sip.  Tons of lacing in the glass.  The aroma was of fruit, citrus, spice(coriander?), and a bit of alcohol.  The flavour kept evolving after every sip.  It had a light sweet start followed by a spicy middle.  I kept getting hits of bubblegum and alcohol.  The finish was of herbal bitter.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, very tasty!

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You have to love the Quebec brewers sense of humor.

While in Ottawa I had a chance to make a run to Quebec and pick up some beers at a depanneur (that’s Quebec’s version of a variety store – how civilized). The first one I was really looking forward to was Péché Mortel which translated means Mortal Sin!  With the richness and complexity of this beer the name seems quite fitting!

I had a great time selecting beers in Quebec.  I have around 40 new beers for the cellar!!

About the Beer – It pours black.  No light getting through this beer!  Not much of a head but a nice mocha coloured ring around the glass.  The aroma was of bitter chocolate and coffee beans.  The flavour was outstanding.  It starts out with a tiny bit of sweetness then the bitter chocolate and coffee hits you.  The finish is earthy bitterness.  The coffee and bitterness last on the palate for a long time.

Would I Drink it Again? – Yes, it is a fantastic beer.  I am glad I have 5 more!

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What made living in Montreal so Great?

One of the best things about living in Montreal was the beer.  You could find a good beer on every corner.  Another great thing was the Dieu du Ciel! brewpub just up the road from our flat.  When we used to frequent it, it was just a tiny little place that did not bottle beer.  I was really happy to see it being bottled and sold in Ontario!

About the Beer – It poured a very foggy dark pink grapefruit juice colour.  Not much of a head.  The flavour was fruity and florally.  I could really pick out berries in the nose.  The taste was super interesting.  You could taste some fruit (I could not tell what kind) you also picked up some spices which I am assuming was the Hibiscus.  There was a sour yet dry end to the beer.  The wheat beer flavours were very subtle.

Would I Drink it Again? – Absolutely, this was a very interesting and fantastic beer.  I am saving the other bottle for a nice hot day!

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