Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


on tap

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RATINGS: 1100   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.04   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
minch25 (577) - Medford, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2008
On tap @ DDC, 2 glasses. Black w/ creamy head. Sweet roasty aroma. Flavor - roasty, Dry, cacao, vanilla. Very good, smooth/creamy. Super drinkable. Now my favorite stout and I won’t be able to get it anywhere.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kmweaver (3207) - Petaluma, California, USA - SEP 13, 2008
Poured @ DDC. Pours a very dark, chocolate black color; creamy, light brown head with perfect retention and lacing that coats the glass; great pour. Plenty of cocoa, burnt / roasted malts, and bitter chocolate in the aroma; touches of vanilla; more pronounced as it warms. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: beautifully creamy, velvety presence; roasted / burnt malts, bitter chocolate, cocoa, and hints of vanilla / vanilla bean; just a beautiful mouthfeel showing a very tasty, complex, nutty stout; intensely drinkable and generous overall; excellent stuff. Lengthy finish: toasty malt (lasting forever), breadiness, and bitter chocolate; dry cocoa throughout. The vanilla presence is, generally, very soft, secondary.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mabel (5772) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 8, 2008
[1392-20080530] Tap. Chocolatey boozy toasted malt aroma. Dark brown black body with a thick creamy light tan head, nice lacing and a cool cascading effect when you tip the glass. Rich milk chocolatey toasted malt flavour. Smooth rich full body. Lovely start to the festival!
(2T @ Mondial; Montreal, QC)
Aside: I’ve been hearing about this elusive beer for three years now, so it’s amusing to me that I get to try it now, before having gone to the brewpub...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerdedone (2625) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2008
Sampled at vt 08 brewers fest. Pours black with a nice creamy tan head and has some spotty lacing. Aroma is roasty with chocolate and vanilla notes. Exceptionally smooth and creamy mouthfeel with flavors of sweet chocolate, vanilla and a touch of caramel. An excellent stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Statman (3) - Maryland, USA - JUN 27, 2008 does not count
This is one of the very best beers I’ve had in almost 20 years of craft brew tasting! Had it at the Mondial de la Biere on 30 May 2008. I would categorize it as a vanilla tasting imperial stout with great mouth feel and lingering pleasant after taste. A very great beer - my choice for #1 at this festival, but then I probably only tried 150 of the 400 or more available!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Imaena (1831) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 25, 2008
Draught @Mondial 08’. Chocolate and vanilla with roasted malt notes. I tried a lot of stouts that day and this was better than the St. Ambroise Oatmeal but not as good as the Peche. Great mouthfeel.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUN 19, 2008
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 Bottle thanks to BrianK for water bottling this for me lol. Poured a dark body with little of the nitro c02 remaining. Lots of vanilla and chocolate. A really smooth beer the whole way through. Not extreme really in anyway but dam i cant say i’ve head a better stout! Awesome coco in this beer. Even at the 10th anniversary this is just awesome. 4.3 Just had this fresh out of the bottle, this really is one of the most if not the most phenomenal session able stouts. The coco and whip cream like vanilla just come thru with such brilliance. Phenomenal. 4.6

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
robinvboyer (3108) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 5, 2008
Well i was very hyped to try this beer. I have to admit, it did not live up to the hype. It was an excellent stout, lovely notes of vanilla, and chocolate, but they seemed a tad thin. Some smoke lingered, and added a nice dimension, but this is not even close to the Peche Mortel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nuffield (3671) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUN 4, 2008
I went to the Montreal Beer festival on Thursday but didn’t get this beer, choosing to focusing on other things. I then went to the pub on Friday night, where I expected to try it, but they didn’t have it on tap and the server said she heard that they had sold out at the Mondial de la Biere. Oh no! But I went back to the festival the next morning when they opened, and they had gone to get another keg of it--from a new batch. I think this was a fine beer but not overwhelming, and certainly for my tastes nowhere as good as Peche Mortale. Beautiful cascade in the glass--it seemed to change colors even. Really lovely additives; as others note, Dieu du Ciel are a master of subtle and restrained brewing. The vanilla emphasized a nice nuttiness in particular, though it is quite roasted too. Smooth but not a Peche palate. (on tap at Mondial de la Biere, 2008, Montreal)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GoLdFiNgEr (111) - La Pocatière, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2008
Encore une autre excellente bière noire de la Brasserie Dieu du ciel! Dégusté au Mondial de la Bière à Montréal. Belle équilibre entre les saveurs. Belle note de cacao, avec une petite touche de vanille. Texture onctueuse, très douce au goût. En souhaitant que cette bière ce développe en bouteille! :)

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