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Review of Dieu Du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt.

Hello everyone.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Rigor Mortis produced by the Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

This will only be the second Dieu Du Ciel offering that I’ve tried thus far, so I don’t really know that much about them as a whole.

Let’s see if we can’t find a bit of information on the Rigor Mortis Abt. from the website, dieuduciel.com.

Strong brown ale inspired by the beer brewed by Belgian Trappist monks. Very little bitterness, this beer has intense malty and sweet flavours, mixed with the taste of chocolate and caramel. It presents complex red fruit and spice flavours due to the type of yeast that is used during the brewing process. This beer is at its best only after it has aged for six months. The Rigor Mortis are complex beers designed and brewed with patience and care in the tradition of the great Belgian Abbey beers.

Ok.  Let’s taste it.  

This brew comes in an 11.5 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 10.5%.  

The Rigor Mortis poured a brown to deep burgundy color.  It formed a light tan, smooth and creamy head from a very gentle pour.  The size was a touch small, but it showed better than average retention as well as some pretty nice lacing.  Once the head settled, it left a ring around the edges of the chalice.  Some clear alcohol legs were noticed when tilted as well.  

The nose announced a good dose of dark fruits.  Black cherries and plums mostly.  A solid waft of yeast and bread too.  A relatively strong vapor of caramel malt added a significant sweetness.  A firm hint of alcohol was happened upon also.  It wasn’t overbearing, however easily noticed.  Honestly, I didn’t find much spice in the bouquet.  Overall though, very nice and pleasing I thought.  

The taste let loose some more of that dark fruit.  Again, mostly black cherries and plums.  The alcohol became very apparent with the first couple of sips, although it settled and melded very well after only a few moments.  The taste seemed very yeasty, doughy and bready to me…… and I liked it.  Likewise, the caramel sweetness and sugars were intermingled nicely.  Whatever spices that were found seemed to be overtaken by the fruits and sugars.  Towards the end, only after it had warmed significantly, I began to taste a slight, but welcomed woodiness, which added a nice parting touch of complexity.  

The mouthfeel was medium bodied.  Very dry, somewhat chewy and smooth.  Low to medium strength carbonation was to be had and even though the alcohol was easily tasted, the warmth at the back end seemed quite restrained.  Plenty of flavor was left behind after each sip however.  

Well, to me, this beer only got better and much more enjoyable the longer I let it sit and develop.  It really became a lot more balanced, harmonious and easier to drink.  It has plenty of character and flavor to ponder as one works their way through the bottle.  This beer would fit perfectly with the crisp and cool evenings of the Fall in my opinion.  I would love to pick up another bottle or two and put them back for a while to see how they change.  I would think that they would lose some of that sweetness and let the bready goodness really step up to the forefront.  I’ll say this, if you guys have the opportunity to try the Dieu Du Ciel Rigor Mortis Abt, please do so.  I think you may very well like it.  Be sure to let me know what you think also.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I appreciate the continued support.  

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+     

 
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Posted by on June 4, 2012 in Country: Canada, Dieu Du Ciel

 

Review of Unibroue La Fin Du Monde

Hello again.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be tasting the La Fin Du Monde produced by the Unibroue Brewery located in Chambly, Quebec, Canada.

It’s been awhile since I last tried this brew, but I have always enjoyed it when given the opportunity to partake.

Let’s jump to quite possibly my favorite “brewery” website, unibroue.com, and find out what they say about the La Fin Du Monde. 

La Fin du Monde was developed through 18 months of research on a unique strain of yeast originating from Europe. It is brewed in honor of the intrepid European explorers who believed they had reached the “end of the world” when they discovered North America ‘the new world’. This triple-style golden ale recreates the style of beer originally developed in the Middle Ages by trappist monks for special occasions and as such it was the first of its kind to be brewed in North America.

How ’bout a sip or two?

This brew comes in a 25.4 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 9.0%.

The La Fin Du Monde poured a cloudy, yellow/gold color.  It produced a bright white head that was not of great size.  It was quite fizzy and sudsy.  The retention time was slight and the lacing left a little to be desired, but the color does look very nice I must say.

The nose brought out hints of white grapes.  They were combined with an exquisite dose of spices ranging the gamut of pepper, cloves and coriander.  It was also rather yeasty and bready with undertones of wheat.  I found it to be very well balanced and even throughout the drinking experience.

Within the taste, the spices stepped it up a notch.  The pepper, coriander and cloves really pushed forward and delighted the tongue with a good “sting”.  The white grapes were accounted for again, but I also noticed a touch of alcohol coming out as the liquid passed across the palate.  The bitterness was mild due to the yeasty and bready components becoming more evident and round as the brew warmed to room temperature.  I thought this was an overall pleasing and excellent flavor.

The mouthfeel was a sturdy medium.  It was mostly smooth, dry, crisp and somewhat refreshing.  The carbonation was good and a solid amount of heat was generated from both the alcohol and the peppery spice.  A commendable amount of flavor was left covering the tongue and roof of the mouth for a good while after each sip too.

The Unibroue La Fin Du Monde is a solid, solid beer to say the least.  It’s a “staple” in my book.  A beer that I think should be tried by all craft beer enthusiasts.  It’s a brew that can be enjoyed at anytime of year in my opinion.  It’s one of those beers that, when chosen, is never a bad decision.  The aroma and flavor carry enough “oomph” to satisfy.  Not to mention the ease of drinkability that it possesses.  In conclusion, if you have never tried the La Fin Du Monde, or if it’s been a while since you last did so, don’t hesitate to pick up a bottle the next time you see it.  I think that you will be satisfied by the outcome.

I would love to hear some feedback from you guys.  Do you like the reviews?  Do you think I should continue?  I can handle the criticism I promise.  Good, bad or otherwise.  I want to make this site the best it can be.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  4.0 out of 5
Grade:  B+       
 

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2012 in Country: Canada, Unibroue

 

Review of Solstice d’hiver

For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be sipping on a Solstice d’hiver brewed by the Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel located in Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

I’ve never even heard of this beer or this brewery before, so who knows what we are going to find.

From the website, dieuduciel.com, we find this description of the Solstice d’hiver.

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.

Let’s give it a try, shall we???

This brew has an ABV of 10.2% and it comes in an 11.5 oz. bottle.
  
It poured a very, very dark burgundy to brown color with a very light tan head.  The cap had great girth plus it was creamy, soft, fluffy and semi-rocky.  The retention time was very gratifying and the lacing seemed quite good too, although after a little while, no lace was left on the glass, but it did leave a thin ring around the edge of the snifter.  A fine showing of alcohol feet were left clinging to the sides as it was tilted also. 

The nose had a wonderful presence of caramel malt along with a well blended waft of booze.  Dark fruit hints of raisins and dates were infused with some light woody and leathery tones.  A relish of toasted dark breads and mild earthy hops helped to create and round out a nicely balanced aroma.  This fragrance was not extremely robust or “loud”, but it did smell rather sweet and proper. 

The taste beget nice savors of caramel sweetness.  A prevalent “booze” stabbed the taste buds at first, however the entire alcohol tone subsided as the palate adjusted.  The dark fruits of dried raisins and dates were a bit more relaxed as well, but I still got enough flavoring from them to satisfy me.  An earthy, herbal hop bite and bitterness were discovered, but it seemed as though the “woodiness” and “leathery” flavors were a tad more reposed than they were in the aroma.  Again, pretty well balanced and tasty, but just a bit mild in comparison to some other Barleywines out there.  

The mouthfeel was a sturdy medium to medium/full.  Smooth, slick and chewy all around.  It had some very nice carbonation and a nice little burn at the back end that gave way to a very pleasant warmth after a few sips.  Plenty of flavor was left behind on the palate after the swallow too.  

Well, we have another very good beer here.  Not “world class” in my opinion, but still pretty darn agreeable.  Even though it may be a touch complacent, it still had plenty of aroma and flavor to suit most anyone I would think.  It seemed to have a similarity to an English Barleywine instead of an American Barleywine (more malt forward and with a feeble hop presence).  It’s a sipper for sure, but still an easy drink I thought.  If you favor Barleywine styled beers, I’d definitely say to give this a shot if you see it.  I know I wouldn’t mind having it again if given the opportunity.  With that being said, let me know what you think of the Solstice d’hiver once you try it.  

Thanks for reading and commenting guys.  I’m thankful.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.95 out of 5 
Grade:  B+   

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Country: Canada, Dieu Du Ciel

 
 
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