JulienHuxley (4445) - 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 (8661) - 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 (2119) - 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.
douglas88 (7445) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 18, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap the the brewpub, 6.9%. Pours a pure black color with a medium thick brown head. The aroma is rich roasted malts, chocolates, smoke. The flavor was very good; rich roasted malts, very heavy roast, but a sweet dominant chocolate and even vanilla. Very damn nice. I love this style done right.
Quevillon (2704) - Boisbriand, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Drank on tap (20 oz) at the Montreal pub, on March 13, 2011. Nearly black, medium head. Aroma of malted barley and oats, spicy and slightly sweet. Taste of roasted malted barley, well smoky, not very alcoholic, dry aftertaste and bitter. Quebec’s third foreign stout, almost as good as the first two!