Ciel de Nuit Dark Sour – Spinnakers Brewpub (Victoria, BC, Canada)

Ciel de Nuit dark sour – Spinnakers Brewpub, 7.0% ABV – 30 IBU, 650ml., (Victoria, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)

on the front-right label:

Ciel de Nuit dark sour saison has been aged and for 9 months in French oak barrels. This complex French Farmhouse-style beer has a rich and dark malt profile as well as spicy characteristics from a French Saison yeast strain. This beers sour character is the result of a secondary fermentation in barrels with a special blend of wild yeast and bacteria.


  • Style: (barrel aged – French Oak) Sour Brown Ale
  • Taste: Harsh pukey sour stale red wine brown sugar malt non-smooth
  • Where I got it : Bainbridge Liquor / Burnaby
  • How much: $8.85 CAD (after 10% off) – 650ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: thumbs down

Visual: Pours dark brown with a slight red hue, minimal head with a thin 1mm layer of micro retention, a continuous torrent of clustered super-fast streams.

Nose: sour woody barley malt with some pukiness. (lvl-6)-pungency

Attack: incoming big sour/puckery

Mid-palate: harsh (lvl-6-sweetness) mixed with pukey sourness, stale DIY red wine

Finish: brown sugar malty, oak woodiness exhale, soft gentle hopped bitter, lingering sour pukiness.

Summary: Harsh pukey sourness from start to finish, no real appealing qualities to this beer. The astringent sourness is similar to the pukiness found in their Choc-o-holic Porter, which I gave a total fail rating. At least this one is somewhat drinkable.