Thursday, May 26, 2011

Dieu Du Ciel Charbonnière

My first-ever rauchbier! It only took me 2 1/2 years and nearly 500 reviews to get to one! This beer was given to me by when he was visiting here about a month ago (thanks for the beer!). We only get a few Dieu Du Ciel beers here in Albany, and since this brewery has such a great reputation (with me personally and the beer nerd empire in general), it's always a treat to get a DDC beer I can't normally get.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chad9976 (630) - Albany, USA - MAY 24, 2011
Appearance: Nearly opaque brown with slight maroon haze. Some carbonation visible at the bottom. Forms a small, dark tan, foamy head - no lacing and weak retention.

Smell: Campfire smoke, or the smell of something that was once on fire but is now extinguished.

Taste: It’s funny and interesting how a beer can have two vastly different flavors and that work together for a tasty palate. That’s what’s happening here - bitter smokey flavor throughout the first half followed by bittersweet dark chocolate across the second. It doesn’t taste like anything burnt or roasted per se (as many stouts tend to taste), but more like something that had been smoked. It’s an interesting, but strange combination of an almost iced tea-like sweetness and earthiness, quickly followed by bitter smokiness.

Mouthfeel: Similar to flat soda with a watery texture and minimal carbonation. Ironically, very wet-tasting.

Drinkability: While not as energetic as an imperial beer, Charbonniere definitely has an intense, peculiar flavor to challenge your palate. This beer demands to be paired with any kind of pork BBQ meal. Drinking it by itself was a bit of a challenge as the palate got drier towards the end. The 5.4% ABV seems perfect.

Overall, a very strange, but fun beer to drink. I really shouldn’t expect anything else from Brassiere Dieu Du Ciel.

Grade: 7/10

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