Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


on tap

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RATINGS: 1314   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7351) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 4, 2014 Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing. Body is black (almost opaque). Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate syrup, cocoa powder, roasted grain, coffee), with a strong note of vanilla. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery/oily texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic. Overwhelming vanilla aroma...I love vanilla, but this is pretty one-dimensional and a bit off-putting. Chocolate notes are Hershey’s quality, not Amano. A clumsy beer. Disappointing.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Ygberg (143) - SWEDEN - OCT 30, 2009
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2009 Aroma of chocolate, vanilla and banana. Appearance is black with small brown head. Flavor of smooth vanilla, chocolate and maybe hints of dust. Also quite bitter. Overall a very nice stout with big vanilla taste.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 29, 2009
11.5oz. bottle served in a snifter. Poured a deep brown/black with some red highlights. Finger of tan head. Not much going on in the aroma, a bit of fruitiness and some chocolate malt. Mouthfeel is very smooth. On the lighter side of medium bodied. Chocolate malt in the flavor with a little vanilla. Some hop bitterness in the finish. Chocolate lingers in the finish. This didn’t really do a whole lot for me. Aphrodite version.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
finol (3121) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - OCT 29, 2009
Bottle from Olbutikken, Copenhagen. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Seducive aroma of coffe, semi-dark chocolate and a little tobaco. Taste of chcolate, rosted malts and some hops.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mjs (6531) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 29, 2009
(Bottled) Poured black with medium sized and tan coloured head. Aroma contained vanilla, roastedness and chocolate. Palate was full bodied with medium carbonation. Flavours were roastedness, chocolate, vanilla, hops, bitterness and lightly sweetness. Finished with bitterness and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jukkabro (3484) - Tampere, FINLAND - OCT 28, 2009
Black colored with little beige head. Vanilla hits up strongly with nice cocoa, rich coffee-roastiness also comes up nicely here. Very interesting mix of vanilla and cocoa with roastiness. Medium bodied, very smooth palated. Flavor is similar with vanilla and cocoa in start, some fruits come up too. Aftertaste lasts with roastiness, convenient bitterness, thin vanilla also here. Well, excellent balance with nice features.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
tomer (3047) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - OCT 28, 2009
At a tating, many thanks DSG, small thickish beige head, extremely dark brown colour almost completly opaque, aromas of hops, light roasted malt and moca, flavours of milk chocolate and vanila pod, creamy mouthfeel, pleasantly light and lingering bitter aftertaste. Very good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (12170) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - OCT 28, 2009
Bottle sample at a tasting. Brought by me from Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam. Black-colored with a nice brown head. Aroma of lovely rich chocolate, cocoa powder and some dark fruits pralines. Sweet flavor with some strange herbal bitterness, vanilla, coffee and some chocolate. Full-bodied. Good stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - OCT 27, 2009
UPDATED: MAY 13, 2010 Bottle. Poured dark as night with no head. Nose is coffee chocolate and vanilla. Possibly more vanillla than he others. Front is all vanilla. It is sweet with some bitterness. But this is a dessert beer if I’ve ever had one with sweetness being a bit cloying. Rerate from a draft pour. Poured a rich black with a big foamy beige head. Nose is very vanilla it really dominates over the roasted malts. The vanilla dominates the flavor too. But the backdrop is pretty intense. Lots of roasted malt. Bourbon notes, definitely sweet, and for me on the edge of cloying I’m not a huge vanilla fan, it never feels pure to me in beer I always think extract,no offense to the brewer here just a personal taste issue. The abv is almost completely hidden. As I continue I find that this is way too drinkable. Really really good.  

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
zvikar (4384) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - OCT 27, 2009
Thanks DSG for sharing this one, pours total black with a chocolate color head, dark chocolate aroma with some red wine and nuts (complex), flavors of cherries, red wine, cocoa, nuts, milk chocolate, vanilla and slightly hoppy finish, well balanced and complex. Great beer

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