Déesse Nocturne | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

Style: American Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This black ale has an intense roasted aroma with a hint of chocolate. To taste, it has a nice hoppy bitterness and roasted coffee flavours. It is a dry beer, presenting little sweetness. Its colour may intimidate, but it is an easy drinking beer as long as one enjoys roasted flavours. This beer is pressurized with nitrogen, therefore giving it little effervescence but a compact and durable head.

Added by francisweizen on 05-01-2003

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Serving: On tap

Pours pitch black with a beautiful brown cascading effect that leaves a perfect two fingers of mocha head in its wake (4.25). Aromas of roast grains, coffee and minerals (4). The flavors are along the same lines with light-medium roast, toasted coffee beans, some chocolate and slight earthy hops (4.25). Soft carbonation (on nitro), substantial-but-light, very drinkable (4). Would definitely have this one again (4.25).

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Photo of Danomeister
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The most perfect Stout I've ever drank.

Gorgeous, head like the cream on a good espresso.

Tastes like a velvety chocolate caress with a black glove in the mouth. Coffee and chocolate in perfect balance. No acrid or over roasted flavors

Mouthfeel is perfect, no wateriness. Not thirst quenching at all.

Served just below room temperature and almost flat: perfect

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Photo of BTVflatlander
4.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Reviewed from notes from my most recent trip to DDC's Montréal brewpub.

A: Dark, chocolately, and coffee-esque.

S: Coffee, chocolate, and vanilla with none being overwhelming or dominant.

T: Smooth, rich, and thick. Some say Guinness is a "meal in a glass" but, frankly, compared to Déese Nocturne, Guinness is barely an appetizer.

M: Thick and rich once again, not at all watery.

O: While DDC's other stouts, Aphrodisiaque and Péché Mortel are both better known--likely due to the fact that they are both bottled and exported to the US--Déese Nocturne, in my humble opinion, is DDC's best executed stout. Higher-alcohol imperial stouts are fantastic, for sure, but to come through on a low-alcohol, American stout like this as well as DDC has is all the more impressive. A must try on any visit to either of DDC's brewpups, especially during Montréal's colder season. My favorite Canadian brew and one of my favorites across the board.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours pitch black with a thick thumb of creamy head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Dark cocoa, hints of licorice and toffee, a touch of leafy greens and hints of burnt toast on the finish.

T - The sweetness comes through nicely with creamy milk chocolate with dark cocoa undertones, hints of molasses and espresso with the metallic cocoa coming through on the finish.

M - Silky smooth, creamy and a touch of dryness on the finish.

O - An incredibly sessionable and easy drinking stout that offers up a ton of flavour and doesn't miss a beat on the mouthfeel. Another quality brew on tap at DDC, these guys know their stuff!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on-tap and served in a true pint, the beer is almost black, with a creamy, dense, solid, light-brown head that goes nowhere while you drink. There is a cling to the head that maps where you drink from. Aromas are creamy, roasted, with a toffee and chocolate sweet backbone. Light, dry bodied carrying flavors that are roasted coffee, sweet cream, and a subtle nut sweetness. The aftertaste is roasty and sweet, both subtle and balanced at the same time. Very smooth throughout, with a creamy finish. Way too easy to drink!

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Photo of jrenihan
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Beer is black with a nice tan head. Excellent retention.

Smell consists of roasted malt. Mild but nice.

Nice roasted malt flavour, almost burnt. Quite creamy and slightly bitter. Not very complex, but quite tasty.

Mouthfeel is great. Full, rich and smooth. Low carbonation.

Overall, a nice stout. Not the powerhouse I was expecting from the reviews, but good.

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Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from last night at DDC, nitro-tap and a few sloppy reviews from phone notes. What an awesome brew-pub.

A- Black pour into an oversized pint glass, 20oz. Creamy nitrogen mocha head with great retention and those really fine little Nitro bubbles. The one-finger head leaves a lot of lace.

S- Cocoa forward but not huge strength, some dark fruit in there as well. Just wasn't picking a ton up. (seems to be a pattern with Nitro)

T- Nice overall cocoa powder stout flavor with the usual roasted malts. Dark cherry fruit is next and some semi sweet caramel.

MF - Nitrogen slick silky feel. Cocoa bitters hit the palate with low bubbles (or little bubbles? N).

I feel like the Nitrogenation might actually take away just a bit here flavor and feel-wise. Still like the play between the cocoa and fruit stout notes.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nitro Tap

Appearance - The beer pours a dark black/brown colour with a large frothy and fizzy light brown coloured head. I can't see much carbonation due the darkness of the beer and there is some amazing lacing all the way down the sides of the glass. The head lasted for 10+ minutes before it was gone.

Smell - light chocolate and coffee, malts, smoke

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and coffee. The chocolate and coffee notes are kind of subdued compared to what I was expecting. There is also a roasted/toasted/smokey flavour going on. The beer finishes with a malty and roasted aftertaste that turns out to be fairly bitter.

Overall – I think I expected more with this beer, but the fact that it is a little subdued in the taste department leaves it quite sessionable. I guess if you wanted something more potent you would go for a Peche Mortel anyways.

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Photo of gskitt
4.39/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Homage to mortal, but this was great as well. Poured to what looked black, associates said there was light on the fringe but i was no witness to it. I'm saying black. Thick two finger head. Smells of cocoa, vanilla, burned cookies. Tasted sweet, bittersweet, vanilla notes, dark chocolate. This was not luscious, it was a b it drier, more like an Irish stout. One of my favorites that day.

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Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap @ Ebenezers.

A: Small 1/2 finger darker colored head with a super dark pitch black colored beer.

N: Dark malts galore, very rich, creamy oatmeal, chocolate malts, cocoa nibs, caramel, and a little vanilla. No real bitter aromas for the creamy, sweet, and malty aromas.

T: Very dark taste, there's the bitterness too. Lots of black patent malt, some roasty flavors, spicy, lots of bitterness and earthy charred malts as well as some earthy hops. It's dry and not syrupy at all. No alcohol, very drinkable. Hints of vanilla too.

M: Medium to thicker body, smooth, with decent carbonation.

F: Very dry, lots of roasted burnt malts with some bitterness, as well as an earthy spicy hop presence. A little spicy as well from the malts. A touch of lingering roast as well, with more dark malts too.

Not the best stout from Dieu du Ciel, but tasty and very drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.01/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On nitro at the brewpub. Served in a pint glass.

A - Perpetual dark tan nitro-style foam, that leaves behind glass coating lace as the beer is consumed. Black body with transparent ruby highlights. Like a darker Guinness.

S - Roasted grains, earthy hops, light cocoa, caramel, and coffee. Solid, typical, stout flavor profile. Maybe a touch understated - so let it warm up a little.

T - Taste is a little sweeter, with more caramel and milky cocoa. Light residual bitterness, but not much in the way of hop flavor or aroma. This is not far from an Irish Dry - maybe a bit sweeter.

M - Light silky body, low carbonation, light sticky finish. Typical nitro texture.

D - This is a very enjoyable session stout, and something of which I could drink a lot. The nitro keeps things from getting bloaty, and the taste is good, but not fatiguing.

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Photo of bobsy
3.54/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub during a break from Mondial (if only all breaks included DDC and Schwartz`s Deli).

Cascading nitro pour with a jet black body and creamy smooth light tan head. Standrad awesome appearance because of the dreaded nitro. Laced like a silkworm. Great retention. Nose isn`t really anywhere to be found, but a bit of warmth bring coffee, chocolate and molasses. Underwhelming, but that`s the nature of the nitro beast.

This just tastes like a regular nitro stout, and I struggle to see why this is so highly regarded. As much as I love DDC (I`ve had 7 of their beers on this trip alone), I feel this one gets a leg-up from the name of the brewer attached to it. Decent coffee notes and bittersweet chocolate. Some molasses and a touch of brown sugar. Very respectable, but not worthy of Canada`s top 25. Creamy body from the nitro is good if that`s your thing.

Glad I tried it, but why the fuss?

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Churchkey in DC.

Poured a very dark black with a pretty nice creamy tan head. Pretty decent head and some lacing as it made its way down. The smell was pretty one dimensional with some roasted character and faint hints of coffee. Taste is pretty similar, with a tad bit of smoke and coffee, but nothing too much else. After being thrilled by many of Dieu du Ciel's other beers, this one just didn't have all that much going on. Mouthfeel was medium bodied with good carbonation. Pretty drinkable, but nothing too spectacular.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had today (3/10/10) on tap at ChurchKey in DC.

a - Thick looking black color with a smalla mount of tan head.

s - Not very strong smelling, but hints of coffee and maybe a little chocolate.

t - Tastes mostly of coffee and roasted malts. Not bad, kind of mellowed out.

m - Light bodied with little carbonation.

d - This was a decent stout, but I liked Aphrodite much better. I thought the smell of this was kind of lacking, and thought the taste was mellowed out as well. Light body, but I wouldn't really look to try this one again if I could have Aphrodite instead.

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Photo of eat
4.03/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On nitro-tap at the brewpub.

This fine pint arrives as a picture-perfect glass of stout: one and a half fingers of light-moka head, thick like a milkshake with perfect retention and leaving wall of lacing. The beer is opaque and black as such a stout should be.

The nose is of molasses, candy, roasted malt, well-water minerals and a hint of maple syrup-like sweetness. Mouth-watering.

I'm actually a little let down in the taste. This could definitely use some more flavour for my taste, though knowing Dieu du Ciel I'm sure the lighter flavour is not a mistake. It's too similar to St. Ambroise Oatmeal Stout but not at all on the same level. Light flavours of roasted malt and slightly drying hops on the finish. A touch of coffee. Not too sweet, not too bitter; well balanced. The flavour is too light.

Great feel, although, again, this doesn't match St. Ambroise's Oatmeal Stout. Still, there aren't many 5% stouts around with such a full body as this. Creamy and thick with light carbonation. It could be the slightest bit thicker.

This is an easy drinker and could be a great introduction to quality stouts to someone used to swill like Guinness. I prefer bigger stouts, but this is a nice, smooth lighter stout with lots going for it.

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Photo of papat444
3.62/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Review #100!

Appearance: Super creamy tan head with a dense black body. Looks very good!

Smell: Surprisingly mute actually. I coaxed out some faint hints of cocoa and charcoal but not much more.

Taste: More charcoal (not harsh) with some coffee, bitter-sweet chocolate and an overall roasted character. It's a little to subtle for my tastes but it gets a little more complex as it warms. Some bitterness at the end, hops maybe? Still, not as rich as i would have liked.

Mouthfeel: Can't really complain here as it's oh so smooth. Quite full bodied with a low carbonation. Feels as comfortable as a blanket.

Drinkability: No trouble at all here. I would gladly have another for sure but i'd probably opt for a pint instead of a glass.

Overall: I'm not sure why but i was expecting more and was a little let down, especially by the aroma. It still remains a tasty, well crafted and sessionable stout that i wouldn't turn down if given the opportunity to try again.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer arrives to the table, and appears black, with no edges at all, and a finger or so of creamy beige head, which leaves minor lace around the glass. It smells of roasted chocolate malt, and mild coffee. The taste is coffee grounds, bitter chocolate, and roasted malt. The carbonation is soft, the body kind of on the thin side, and the finish is dry, with some more chocolate/coffee play.

A decently drinkable dry stout, nicely balanced.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the pub, how could I turn it down? Pours a dark black with bubbly head, not the creamy stuff as if off tap. Leaves some light lacing down the glass.

Nose is light roasted malts, a hint of sweetness and grassy hop note.

So drinkable off cask. Smooth, gorgeously full body, perfect balance of roasted malts and lighter caramel/sweetness (in moderation) followed by a clean, cleansing hop finish, a touch of chocolate. Smooth, oh so smooth. Could drink this all night long. In a word - balance.

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Photo of Damian
3.47/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank on nitro-tap at Dieu Du Ciel, Montreal, Quebec
Served in a nonic

The beer poured a near pitch black with a super creamy, beige, two-finger head that lasted the entire drink. Thick sheets of lacing blanketed the glass.

The aroma was mild. Oaty, husky and grainy. Slightly roasty.

The taste was super roasty and dry. Deep, dark malts and espresso notes came through strong up front. Char, ash and some dry, earthy hops appeared in the lingering finish.

The mouthfeel was medium/lighter bodied with a very fine and mild carbonation. Not nearly as creamy as your typical stout on nitro-tap.

Even though Déesse Nocturne is classified as an American stout on here, this beer has Irish dry stout written all over it. While this example of the style was quite flavorful, it definitely was not as smooth or as drinkable as some of its more commonly found counterparts.

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Photo of plaid75
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at the brewpub, Montreal.

Poured a deep black hue with a two finger creamy dark tan head. There was very good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured elements of peaty roasted grains and charcoal.

The taste consisted of burnt grains, peaty smoke and a slight sweetness.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a superior stout. Delicious and smokey.

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Photo of smcolw
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black color without allowing any light to pass; Superb head with excellent lace coating the glass.

Espresso coffee smell; no cream at all nor hop.

Wonderful black patent malt flavor (espresso). This is not a complex beer but has to be one of the most strongly coffee tasting I've ever had. Deliciously thick with just enough carbonation to prevent it from being syrupy.

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Photo of Viggo
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On nitro tap at the brewpub.

Pours an opaque black, huge and thick tan head forms, very tight bubbles, very thick and creamy, perfect retention, drops a ton of lace sheets on the glass. Smell is chocolate, lots of licorice, roast, dark fruits, milk chocolate, raisins, very nice. Taste is similar, bitter roast, chocolate, some toffee, fruits, light coffee, raisins, bitter finish, very nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, silky smooth, very enjoyable stout.

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Photo of Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a fine stout, sampled on nitro at the brewpub. Maybe it would be better bottle conditioned or on cask, but the nitro does whip it up and perhaps subtract from the taste. Its a creamy tasty coffee, you must like coffee. Cold coffee. Cofee aroma. Lots of lace. Very smooth.

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Photo of Derek
4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: Black with a foamy tan head, great retention & lace.

S: Dark bread, roasty, nutty, hints of spice.

T: Mocha, nut, molases, dark chocolate, pleasant roasted bitterness (not overly roasted or burnt), slight grainy acidity. Impressive depth of flavour for its weight.

M: Moderate body is very creamy. hints of acidity.

D: Very drinkable.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.58/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

The guy at the table was drinking one of these and the appearance alone sold me on opening my evening with a pint.

Almost black with an incredibly thick tan head resting on top thanks to the nitro. However, unlike a Guinness which I usually think looks like liquid mortality, this beer was frothy and pulsing. Not sure if that makes sense but it just had a glint to it that was screaming to me to drink it. Nose was deep and rich. Cohocolate powder and hazelnuts, but rather than being sharp, the aroma was broad and just stretched its way all across my nose.

Flavor was a silky chocolate and nut. Very mellow and earthy. Just some slight hints of coffee that were hiding behind the chocolate. Roast malts were necly balanced with just a slight hop presence. Mouthfeel was full bodied and silky to the feel. Just went down way too easy.

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