Dieu du Ciel Quintessence

Dieu du Ciel Quintessence

Rated 3.534 by BeerPals
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Brewed by Microbrasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Style:  Strong Ale

10.5% Alcohol by Volume

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Quintessence is a beer between the scotch ale and barley wine styles. Brewed in January 2003, it has been aged 9 months in oak barrels having previously been used to age a Québécois maple liqueur called Charles-Aimé Robert. Finally, while being transferred to the conditioning tun, hop leaves were added in order to obtain a powerful aroma of fresh hops (a technique which is called “dry hopping”). Subtle flavors of caramel and maple mix with the alcohol (10.5%) which is present but never overwhelming. The final result is a very complex beer, well-balanced, with ample body, but which still bestows an impression of lightness due to the power of the alcohol which seems to carry all the other flavors. Enjoy in moderation!

ID: 16870 Last updated 18 years ago Added to database 19 years ago

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Overall Rank2716
Overall Percentile94.9
Style Rank109 of 799
Style Percentile86.4
Lowest Score3.6
Highest Score4.5
Average Score4.067
Weighted Score3.534
Standard Deviation0.000

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  • LENUSIK 2067 reviews
    rated 4.5 15 years ago

    Aroma: 9 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 9 | Flavor: 9 | Overall: 9

    This is a very comlex beer that needs to be savoured slowly. Sweet malt tones dominate both the aroma and the flavour of this dark brown beer. The sweet malt aroma is accompanied by some brown sugar and dark fruit, and the sweet malt taste has a nice bitter finish.

  • WILLBLAKE 934 reviews
    rated 3.6 18 years ago

    Aroma: 6 | Appearance: 8 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 6 | Overall: 8

    07.09.05 2003 bomber at brewpub. Clouded light brown, light tan head. Gorgeous aromas of old rusty apples, tobacco, leather, tannic. First sip is mind blowing. Huge leather, light maple, cask sherry, cedar creek. Lots of eff but fine bubbles. Cheeky tartness comes through on finish and ends up getting a bit astringent and hot. The novelty wears thin, but it’s still solid.

  • E 2218 reviews
    rated 4.1 19 years ago

    Aroma: 8 | Appearance: 9 | Mouthfeel: 8 | Flavor: 8 | Overall: 8

    Poured a hazy brown color with a thin, off white head that left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of oak, whisky, scotch, maple, caramel malts, nuts, and a faint citrus hoppiness. Taste of orange citrus, banana, honey, alcohol, and hops as well. Big thanks to DDC!

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