True to its name, this ale shows dark ruby red in colour, with a persistent creamy head and nutty, lightly toasted aromas. Sweet dried fruit with a splash of coffee-chocolate emerge on the palate, finishing with balancing bitter hoppiness. Has a lot more personality than traditional Irish red ales.
Modelled on the traditional, top-fermented Altbier of Dusseldorf, this one shows dark reddish brown in the glass, with a thick creamy head, toasty malt aroma and orange-citrus and roasted malt flavours. A characterful, well-balanced brew, finishing with an agreeable touch of burnt toast bitterness.
This is a golden ale loaded with intense herbal hoppy character. Light-bodied, it shows fruity malt on mid-palate, rapidly shifting to very dry bitter hoppiness that lingers in the mouth.
Chinook/Cascade and Mandarina Bavaria hops go into this pine resiny and astringently malty brew. Pine resin and green herbal flavours are balanced with rich, lightly sweet fruitiness, finishing with a heavily hopped bitter finish.
Chinook, Simcoe and Citra provide the hops in this hazy, unfiltered IPA. Opening with green herbal and pine scents with fruity malt aromas and concentrated dried fruit, malt and pronounced hoppy bitterness carry through a very long finish.
When head brewer Luc Bim Lafontaine left Dieu du Ciel! he negotiated to take a few of his beloved beer names with him. Ochame (roughly translating to mischievousness) was one of them. And now, at his new Toronto brewpub, his retooled recipe is a fan favourite. The subtle nose has layers of herbs — sage, mint and green tea leaves. On the tongue, it’s a wash of biscuit and wildflower honey with a medium herbal bitterness hitting mid-palate and building to the finish. The aftertaste is where you really notice the green tea, which Lafontaine harvests himself annually from his “adopted” tea plantation in Japan. Despite its 6.9% ABV, this refreshing brew drinks more like a pale ale than an IPA. It’s different from any IPA you’ve ever had and it’s a refreshing and innovative counterpoint to the hop bombs pouring out of breweries right now.
Pale yellow with light but abundant foam. Fresh hops, citrus scents fill the glass. Very light with good bitterness and refreshing acidity. Tasted blind, it's like drinking carbonated grapefruit juice.