Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Stout
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 1198   WEIGHTED AVG: 4.05   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 6, 2010
12 oz bottle pours dark black, decent tan head. Aroma is incredibly complex with tons of vanilla, chocolate and hints of fruit. Decent sweetness and a slightly harsh bitter chocolate finish. Complex, pretty drinkable and a solid stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Aquilo (586) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 12, 2009
Aphrodite bottle. Pour is perfect for a stout, pitch black and full bodied, with a medium sized tan head. Aroma is mostly bitter chocolate, but with a foundation of roasty malts and espresso, and I fancy that I can smell a bit of the vanilla as well. Flavor seems a bit thin to me at first. Just a standard stout flavor. But the flavors begin to open up for me. I can taste coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted malts and nuts. I believe the vanilla does more to mello all the flavors out than to add any flavor of its own. This is a very good and well balanced stout. I’m glad I gave it a try. Plus the label is pretty cute.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
Unde (579) - Helsinki, FINLAND - SEP 29, 2014
Black beer with head going to the sides. Aroma has vanilla, lots of dark chocolate, cocoa and roasted malts. And what a taste! Straight 10/10! There is sweet vanilla, dark chocolate, cocoa beans and some roasted malts to balance the sweetness. Quite full body with low carbonation. For a sweet tooth like me, this was exceptional beer, just mind-blowing.

   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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bmeup (572) - Ormeau, AUSTRALIA - MAY 15, 2011
A Black ale with so much character. Wonderfully blended, superbly smooth and not too sweet. A great beer for sure.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dmschefke (571) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - APR 30, 2011
Pours a nice thin black with tan small tan head, no lacing. Aroma is great for a stout, roasted sweet malt, caramel, chocolate, ever so slight rich coffee, and slight herbal hops. Flavor matches well and makes for a great brew that was enjoyed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
TheGB (567) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2011
Pours a beautiful brown/black with a thick brown head. Aroma is pretty light, but nice. Taste is smooth and medium to full bodied with nice malt, coffee and some anise. Nice, on the leaner side of stouts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Fantastic beer that I’ll try to do justice describing. Taste is all roasted malts and coffee and burnt chocolate, and vanilla of course. But the thing that sets this beer apart is that the vanilla is done to a point where it doesn’t taste at all like a bourbon aged vanilla, it’s rich and fresh and crisp. None of that extract super sticky icky imitation swill that most dark vanilla beers have, this one was the type of vanilla that’s in premium vanilla ice cream. I waited three years to try this one, and if it weren’t $6 a bottle and hard as nut to find, I’d drink it instead of water.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
pumpkinhead2 (562) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 9, 2013
UPDATED: MAY 21, 2014 Bière noire comme la nuit, aucune lumière ne la traverse, effervescence difficile à observer mais qui semble bonne, et surmontée d’un col couleur moka, dense, riche et crémeux, qui se réduit tranquillement en collant littéralement sur les parois du verre. Arômes de malt torréfié, beaucoup de chocolat, du chocolat noir, mais également du chocolat au lait et du cacao. On note également certains effluves de café léger, de levure terreuse, et d’un houblon plutôt floral, avec un agréable parfum de vanille. Nez très intéressant, intensité et complexité adéquates. En bouche, ce n’est pas tellement pétillant ou mousseux, onctuosité moyenne au palais. Au goût, le chocolat domine, autant le chocolat noir que le chocolat au lait et le cacao, et on a un peu de levure terreuse et d’alcool, ainsi qu’une bonne dose de houblon floral. La vanille semble rester tranquillement en arrière-plan, quoique parfois elle semble ressortir davantage. À vrai dire, j’ai goûté à plusieurs reprises à cette bière (toujours en bouteille), et la vanille m’a semblé parfois bien présente, le plus souvent plutôt subtile, et d’autres fois carrément difficile à discerner. Contrairement à ce qu’on aurait pu penser, cette bière n’est que très peu sucrée, présentant plutôt une amertume bien franche de faible à modérée. Les différentes saveurs sont bien intégrées les unes aux autres, bonne intensité en bouche, complexité qui laisse un peu à désirer cependant, très bonne bière néanmoins. [Note : J’ai laissé vieillir en cellier une bouteille pendant 1 an, le résultat en a été plutôt décevant. La bière est beaucoup moins intense, des flaveurs de levure à pain, de caramel et de mélasse ont pris le dessus sur les chocolats et le houblon qui se sont grandement atténués, alors que la vanille est devenue presque inexistante. Je recommande donc de consommer cette bière la plus jeune possible. Il paraît qu’en fût directement au brouepub, elle n’a pas son égale…]

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BuckeyeSammy (558) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - MAR 6, 2008
Nitro tap at Spuyten Duyvil. Almost black color, creamy head. Great lacing. Chocolate. Again, not very well carbonated. Could have benefitted from sharp bite. Very creamy mouthfeel.

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