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Déesse Nocturne | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 61 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by Odri:
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3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

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Photo of talbotjf99
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of biboergosum
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.

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Photo of Sammy
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.

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Photo of BJCPCO557
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.

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Photo of Danomeister
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
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 eat
4.03/5  rDev -1%
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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3.61/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BTVflatlander
4.67/5  rDev +14.7%
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 plaid75
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.

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Photo of ritzkiss
4.35/5  rDev +6.9%
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 atigerlife
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!

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Photo of Rastacouere
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.

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Photo of papat444
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.78/5  rDev -7.1%
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 BrunoPettipas
4.2/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of csustar001
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of cbutova
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
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 Whatup14
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Max8787
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Luk13
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev -9.6%
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 jlindros
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.

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Photo of smcolw
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.

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Déesse Nocturne from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
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