Déesse Nocturne
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Style:
Stout - American
Ranked #85
ABV:
5%
Score:
90
Ranked #8,224
Avg:
4.07 | pDev: 9.58%
Reviews:
36
Ratings:
62
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
 
Quebec, Canada
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Wants
  23
Gots
  5
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: 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.
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Abbott from Canada (QC)

4.06/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Apr 30, 2017
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PatandDavid from Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

You get a lot of beer for your 5% here. Pour was presented, and it was opaque black, looked like motor oil, but came topped with a semi-sweet chocloate milkshake topped head. The aroma was also very smooth and again reminiscent of chocolate. Taste was also described in my notes as: chcolate milkshake like...very easy to drink, thick lacing left through-out, a real treat.

Jul 03, 2004
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pootz from Canada (ON)

3.55/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Saved this one for last at my session at DdC. This is IMHO a mainstream stout. Well made, good ingredients but nothing stands out...just a good stout. Tapped midnight black with a cocoa meringe cap. Intense coffee/cocoa nose roated malt and some licorice. Silky mouth feel, charred/roasty body with cocoa undertones...hops add bittering that punches through in the finish. A good draft of this black elixer will set your day staright.

Mar 24, 2005
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francisweizen from Alaska

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A '5 star' beer from Dieu Du Ciel! This stout is simple one of the best stouts that I have ever had the pleasure of tasting. This stout is a very opque black colour with a thick, compact, head of brown foam. The aromas are wonderful and consist of roasted malts, coffee flavors, hops, and caramel malts. The taste is roasty, caramelly, chocolaty, delicous! The mouthfeel is super-thick and creamy and the drinkability is excellent too!!!
Cheers!

Updated: After several other stouts blowing my mind, I have to come back to this one again...not a 5 anymore, but still damn good!

May 01, 2003
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scottum from Vermont

4.88/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Served a dark dark brown blaack with a big flowing tan head which just will not quit. Mouthfeel is out of this world! Oh so very very smooth! Taste has that roasty coffee choco toasty big profile thing going on which one would expect from a stout, only this one is done perfectly. An amazing stout perfectly crafted. I can not get over how good this beer is.

Jan 05, 2004
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HardTarget from Texas

4.43/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: Mild deep roasted coffee

Appearance: Black with ruby edges. A full finger of dark creamed coffee head that leaves thick tidemarks on top of a thick lace!

Flavor: Full coffee taste with a nice citric hop finish all on top of mildly roasted malt. Classic American Stout! Rich dark married to juicy hop.

Mouthfeel: Full and creamy texture on a medium body

Overall Impression: Outstanding American Coffee Stout, eh?

Apr 15, 2006
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Rastacouere from Canada (QC)

3.91/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nitro beige headed chocolate body. Very light roasted chocolate aroma, rather coffeeish. Ultra-creamy body, coffee and milky taste. Solid roasted finish. There's one quality beer that I'm surprised I had never tried. Very well-made stout just like we've come to expect from master stoutie JF Gravel and most brewers would be proud to have this as one of their flagships and staple on the menu.

Mar 07, 2004
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Nov 22, 2007
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BJCPCO557 from Michigan

4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice stout. On my last visit this beer was a delight to my senses. Roasty coffee and cream. Nice body, Head lasting through and true. Great session beer I can drink this beer all night. I love the ambiance of this brewery. The brewer is quite nice. His beers show his passion for the art of brewing.

Jul 15, 2005
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smcolw from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +2%
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.

Aug 23, 2008
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MuddyFeet from North Carolina

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Oct 30, 2006
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Hayley_86 from Netherlands

3.75/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 07, 2019
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DrJay from Texas

4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inky black with faint red highlights and a dense, creamy, light brown head that left a layer of fine bubbles on the glass. Lots of malt in the aroma, plenty of coffee-like roasted and chocolate, with only a hint of hops. Big malty flavour as well, balanced by moderate bitterness from the hops and dark grains. Lots of roasted and chocolate throughout, finishing with a creamy maltiness and slightly burnt character. Light dryness, particularly at the end. Creamy texture with a full, round body. Quite a tasty brew, well balanced and would make for a fun session.

Sep 11, 2005
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Mar 14, 2008
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SCW from New York

4.53/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Exceptionally drinkable stout.

Perfect nitro-pour leads to an off-white and frothy head. Lingering perfect lacing from an opaque tulip glass.

Subtle aroma of roasted grains and mild caramel twinge. Faint hops whisper in the background.

Ridiculous harmony of taste. Dry roasted bitterness, easy on the palate. Mild coffee aftertaste.

Smooth as silk mouthfeel. Probably one of the most drinkable session stouts I've encountered. Bravo.

May 10, 2006
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plaid75 from New York

4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Mar 30, 2009
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Derek from Canada (BC)

4.56/5  rDev +12%
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.

May 14, 2007
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Prufrock from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

on tap into a pint glass.

pitch brown with a thick creamy brown head that completely coats the glass.

aroma of bitter roasted malts with a touch of dark chocolate.

very light, creamy smooth mouthfeel. coffee flavors with a roasted malt bitterness, but the flavor is relatively mild. drinkable and pleasant.

Mar 13, 2006
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atigerlife from Hawaii

4.58/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow! I was blown away with this stout. Truly exceptional.

The appearance was black with a nice, creamy light brown head. The aroma was quite nice. Hints of hazelnut and coffee.

Taste was truly exceptional. Some coffee flavor, but not overbearing. Quite nutty with a roasted grain backbone. A perfect stout taste.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied and very, very smooth.

Overall, as mentioned earlier, I was blown away by this beer. A perfect example of the style. Almost worth moving to Montreal for!

Jun 03, 2006
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Damian from Massachusetts

3.47/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

Jun 10, 2009
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Jun 21, 2010
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papat444 from Canada (QC)

3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Sep 28, 2009
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Jul 07, 2010
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.86/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Aug 09, 2009
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

3.54/5  rDev -13%
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?

Jun 06, 2010
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 62 ratings