Mikes wife gift me a beer advent calendar she put together herself. I thought I should post each day as a review. Now, you’re wondering: where are days 1 and 2? I got this on day two and didn’t think of this series until today so I’ll catch up.
So, on with the show.
From Brasserie Dieu du Ciel in St Jerôme, Quebec I got Moralité American IPA. It pours a beautiful, hazy hay yellow with a creamy head of very fine bubbles. Carbonation is invisible through the haze.
The nose is super herbaceous. Celery and thyme come forward quickly with a little raw, wet cereal grain following. There might be a hint of tangerine.
The flavours are super hop forward. Herb-y bitterness really dominates, so much so that it is almost hot or spicy. A sweet tangerine note offers a nice counter to the hops. The finish goes on forever with bitter hops.
Commercial description: The concept of Morality is perhaps a subjective one, as the history of alcohol in Quebec May demonstrate. This IPA is brewed with a dare-we-say excessive quantity of Simcoe, Citra and Centennial hops. The dry finish is highly aromatic and slightly resinous, invoking tropical fruits atop dominant hop bitterness. Moralité was crafted at our Montreal location in 2012 in collaboration with John Kimmich of The Alchemist brewery in Vermont USA.
From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Grande Noirceur Imperial Stout”. The beer pours an opaque black with a brown head. The aroma consists of roasted malts and a hint of chocolate but my nose must have been off as most smell far more than that. The flavour was of roasted malts, chocolate, smoke, ash, anise, caramel, bitterness and a sweet finish. For the alcohol content sitting at 9% this beer does a pretty good job of masking it. Dieu Du Ciel are masters of stouts and this beer is no different.
Commercial Description: The Grande Noirceur (Great Darkness) is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavours. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of complex malted, caramel notes. It takes its name from the conservative policies of mid-century Quebec. The Grande Noirceur was born at our Montreal brewpub in March of 2004.
From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Solstice d’hiver” a winter seasonal Barleywine. The beer pours a deep ruby colour with a tan head. The aroma is of malts, dark fruits and a decent floral hops kick. The flavour is of malts, dark fruits, caramel, hops bitterness, earthy and some alcohol warming. The alcohol content comes in at 10.2% as per bottle (website says 9%). I am a big fan of barleywines and this beer is no different in as much as I think it tastes great.
Commercial Description: This noble winter beer is brown in colour with flaming red highlights. Its taste is delicately sweet and liquor-like with a hint of burnt caramel coming from the malt and a prolonged boiling time. It is a very bitter beer with aromas of hops and alcohol, and flavours reminiscent of red fruit brought by the English-type yeast we use to ferment it. The aftertaste is accentuated by the wonderful flavour of hops. Solstice d’Hiver is brewed only once a year, and is then aged for 4 to 5 months before being sold. This aging process is necessary to achieve an ideal equilibrium between the sharp bitterness and the other flavours in the beer.
Solstice d’hiver is brewed only once a year, at the end of the summer. It is then aged for a few months in order to attain a perfect balance in taste. Then, it is sold starting mid-December of each year, until stocks last.
From Montreal Quebec’s Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel comes their “Aphrodisiaque” a strong stout. The stout pours a deep opaque black with a brown head that dissipates quickly. The aroma consists of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate and molasses. The flavour is of tones of smoke, roasted malts, chocolate, vanilla, molasses and hops bitterness. This stout is a bit more smokey that I would usually go for but it worked really well. The alcohol content comes in at 6.5%.
Commercial Description: 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.
Recently Bottle Jockey in Burnaby started doing a build your own 6 pack. This is my first of many mixed 6 packs. I don’t know about my followers but I don’t like drinking 6 of the same beer so this opportunity helps me try packaged beers without the volume!
The beer in my 6 pack are as follows:
Phillips Brewing – Amnesiac Double IPA
Caldera Brewing – Pale Ale
Sierra Nevada – Bigfoot Barleywine Style Ale
Mikkeller – Mosaic Imperial IPA
Ninkasi Brewing – Renewale Alt Pale Ale
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel – Aphrodisiaque
My reviews will link back to this post. I hope you enjoy the reviews as much as I am going to enjoy this 6 pack.