Sammy (9973) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2013 On tap at Mondiale 2011. Spicey licorice, chocolate, roast, chicory. Malty, good smoked stout. Lacey, bitter. Every bold taste.Had again at Bar Hop 2 years later and not as good, though decent stout, thinner.
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUN 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dieu du Ciel. Pours a deep viscous black with a medium to thick tan head. Big and roasty, chewy chocolate and pudding. Lots of roast, chocolate and chewy cocoa. Nice char and toffee notes. Very roasty, long roast bitterness. Very well balanced.
GarnotingPete (777) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bière noire d’ébène coiffée d’un ample col mocha laissant une belle dentelle au verre. Des arômes de café, de pain brûlé, de cacao. Moyennement amère avec une pointe de sucre. Bière généreuse, onctueuse offrant une longue fin amère et arômatique. Mondial de la bière 2011.
JulienHuxley (4633) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
4 oz pour on tap at Mondial 2011. Pitch black pour with relatively light colored head. Aroma of dark chocolate, cold coffee and lots of burnt toast/roasted malt. Taste is bitter, great blend of coffee and dark chocolate flavors, with a tiny bit of molasses-like grainy sweetness for balance. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with a smooth finish. Very good stout.
Diogène (1069) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 12, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Pitch black with a medium mocha head with great retention. Aroma is smoke, wood, roasted malt, chocolate, vanilla, toasted malt and coffee beans. Flavor is roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, herbal hops, fairly dry with a bitter finish.
JoeMcPhee (9004) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at the brewpub. Deep brown-black pour with a tight tan-brown head. The aroma is quite coffeeish and dry. A little bit of light dry roast. Some light cocoa and roasted malt. Lean bodied - more like a stronger dry stout than a foreign or export stout. Either way, it’s a decently dry hoppy stout. Espressoish.
Glouglouburp (6103) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In short: A full bodied and very hoppy roasted stout. Very tasty and very well balanced
How: Tap at brewpub
The look: Black body topped by a medium tan head with good retention leaving lots of lacings on the glass
In long: The strong nose is medium roasted, cacao, coffee beans and milk chocolate. Taste packs a lot of crunchy roasted chocolaty malts, milky notes, black cake, roasted coffee beans. Overall crunchy mouthfeel/sensation. Nothing in the way of fruity flavors but I didn’t feel like it needed any. So far that would be a very competent roasted stout. But let’s not forget the hops. This beer is massively hopped for the style and the resinous leafy hops work admirably well with the rest of the beer. The name “Libre Échange” means “Free Trade”, it is a complicated business concept. But the other day I read an article in a business magazine, it was “the”.
MartinT (8736) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
My Bottom Line:
This engaging Foreign Stout develops plenty of chocolate and coffee aromatics before milky notes and raisins lead to a tantalizing finish of roasted malts and resinous hops.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the brown-edged blackness.
-The roasted malt personality is sustained. I love it when the finish is full of flavor which doesn’t necessarily come from the residual sugars.
-The body is round, yet the finish doesn’t feel sweet at all.
-That aroma is boastful; a very engaging dessert of a brew.
-Malts also offer caramelized sweetness.
-The resinous hops and roasted malts are levelled in the aftertaste.
-Dieu du Ciel Stouts are often stellar; this is no exception.
On tap at the brewpub.
Fred82 (2123) - Québec City, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 25, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap at brewpub.
Appearance : Pitch black with a small creamy head. Lots of lacing.
Aroma : Lots of coffee with roasted malt and great coffee notes. Light fruits.
Taste : Lots of coffee with some hops and roasted malt. Nice coffee finish with some hops. Great soft carbonation. Nice coffee bitterness. Nice dark chocolate.
Overall : Wow very nice beer. Highly drinkable and packed with flavours. Intense coffee without being even slightly harsh. Dark chocolate probably helps in mellowing all that coffee. Nice hops presence. Amazingly tasty and rich but drinkable. A great summer stout. Awesome long finish. Impressive. I need to have this again.
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 25, 2011
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at DdC. pours a beautiful pitch black with a moka head that lasts throughout the beer and leaves incredible lacing. the aroma is a little disappointing. it has the typical roasted malts and chocolate notes stouts have, but they are very faint. not so much of a problem once tasted, however. this beer explodes with flavour in your mouth. very roasted, mildly chocolately, and a little bit smokey. the mouthfeel is exactly what i want in a stout. it is thick, like used motor oil. it’s not very carbonated, it’s silky on the palate and goes down like a meal would. absolutely delicious. Dieu du Ciel does it again.