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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada

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RATINGS: 1310   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05/5   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GlennHendry (288) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 11, 2016
Dark pour with very little carbonation, Muted aroma of coffee, dark chocolate and elbow grease. The cocoa come out later along with black coffee and toasted malts. Smooth, not too bitter and delicious.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
lechristophe (68) - cowansville, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2016
ça sent et goute le chocolat certaines effluves de café torréfié très douce malgré toutes les saveurs présentes

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
markoyli (7) - Oulu, FINLAND - FEB 6, 2016 does not count
Dark chocolate aroma. Nice rich foam. Fades away quickly. Dark chocolate is much stronger than vanilla. Medium bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
CurbDog (114) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2016
Creamy tan head, fades fairly quickly to a ring around the glass. Very dark brown/black colour. Big chocolate aroma, vanilla as well but not as potent, light roast. Very nice chocolate flavour, bitter dark chocolate, once again vanilla much more subdued, light coffe note. Nice blalnce of sweetness, not cloying at all. Medium body with a drying finish. Med carbonation. Lasting bitter finish. This bottle is six months old so I imagine the vanilla has faded quite a bit from when it is fresh. Pretty nice flavoured stout.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Bricktop86 (783) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 24, 2016
On tap black with a brown head. Aroma is vanilla, roasty and bourbon. Taste follows nose

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rondphoto (4059) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 21, 2016
on tap @ Ei8ht Ball / Bellevue KY --- Aroma of malt with vanilla. Opaque black color, brown 2" head, total wall of lace. Taste is toasted malt that is joined by vanilla and bourbon, followed by smooth bittering in an extended finish. Rich and well-balanced - exceptional!

4.4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
alex_leit (2367) - Minsk, BELARUS - JAN 18, 2016
Bottle. Amazing aroma: very delicate, a little honey, cocoa and vanilla. Taste: coffee, cocoa and vanilla ice-cream with chocolate. Excellent stout, bravo!

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4529) - BELGIUM - JAN 15, 2016
The famous Dieu du Ciel stout with cocoa and vanilla - finally found a bottle. Fairly thick and creamy, lacing, well retaining, pale greyish beige head over a black beer with yellowish chestnut brown edges. Lovely aroma of first smoked horsemeat and fried mushroom, followed by a deep, fragrant, aromatic sweetness of milk chocolate, hazelnut oil, toffee, chocolate sauce, vanilla ice cream and marzipan, further adorned with suggestions of wet leather, butterscotch, pear syrup, black pepper, cold coffee grounds, dried banana, bayleaf and candied fig. Soft umami onset, smoky and meaty with somewhat seaweed- and black olive-like accents, paired with a candied date and dried banana sweetness as well as a ’deaf’, basic, underlying sourishness; soft carbo and very soft, slick, very oily mouthfeel, gliding effortlessly over the tongue with a surprisingly ’filling’ body for a beer of ’merely’ 6.5% ABV; layer upon layer of nutty, toasted, chocolatey and eventually (gently) bitter roasted maltiness, even a bit coffeeish here and there, carry subtle vanilla and cocoa flavours which beautifully, but subtly return retronasally; finish is very malty, more bitter than sweet, with that initial smoky meatiness lingering, accentuated by the roasted barley bitterness and an explicit, yet well placed peppery and drying hop bitterness. Vanilla beans linger in the nose, adding to the experience and pairing exquisitely well with the overall bitter black chocolate feel of this beer. This is a very sensual, smooth, velvety stout indeed, worth its reputation in all respects; clearly a stout of high class and finesse, with more body than many other 6-7% stouts I’ve had, displaying a remarkable suppleness. Delicious.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Zlotta (2171) - Hagen, GERMANY - JAN 15, 2016
0.341 l bottle from ’Firma Bier’, bottled in February 2015. Clear, very dark red to black with a medium large, foamy, almost stable, brown head. Sweetish, roasty-malty aroma of milk chocolate, cocoa, nuts and vanilla. Sweet, roasty-malty taste of milk chocolate, coffee beans, cacao, nuts and vanilla, followed by a short, roasty-bitter finish. Medium to full body, creamy mouthfeel, flat. Good stuff, very rich for that rather low abv.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
andrepintado (2733) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JAN 11, 2016
355ml bottle from saveur-biere.com. Dark color. Thin brown head. Medium bitterness, low to medium sweetness. Chocolate, light coffee, nutty, liquorice, light fruit aroma. I have never tasted a bad beer from these guys, and it’s not this time that I will.


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