Grande Noirceur – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (St-Jerome, QC, Canada)

Grande Noirceur (Imperial Stout) – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 9% ABV, 341 ml., (St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada)

info from

The Grande Noirceur is an intensely black and dense beer with pronounced roasted flavours. The bitterness is very imposing but is balanced by a malty-caramel taste. The alcohol content is quite high, but its presence remains discrete in this beer.

ABV initially 8.5%, changed in late 2012 to 9%.”

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Sweet alcoholic creamy smooth thick caramel barley malt coffee vanilla bitter roast
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.60 (after 20% off) – 341ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, a balanced Imp stout it is

Visual: Pours pitch black with virtually not head, fine ringed retention, a few micro bubbles popping sporadically at the surface.

Nose: marshmallow, vanilla, mocha – all subtle. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: slick-thick, soft crisp, oily

Mid-palate: long (lvl-7)-sweetness, tangy alcohol detection, milky CO2, thick caramel barley malt, vanilla,

Finish: woody bitter roast, lingering bitter hops with roasted coffee

Summary: It goes down very smooth and it’s gone with each sip before you know it. The vanilla-roasted coffee flavours are the ‘like’-factors in this one. Recommended for imp stout lovers. I wished for more spice/vanilla in the mids to push it to an A-rating.

Disco Soleil – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (St-Jerome, QC, Canada)

Disco Soleil (India Pale Ale brewed with Kumquats) – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 6.5% ABV, 330 ml., (St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada)

Ingredients: water, malted barley, wheat, kumquats, hops, yeast

  • Style: (flavoured – kumquat) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Smooth sweet citrusy kumquat low toffee barley malt short body resiny bitter hops
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey / N. Burnaby
  • How much: $3.50 (after 12.5% off) – 330ml., September 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep, an IPA with delicious twist

Visual: Pours cloudy marmalade orange with a smallish head, a thin layer of retention, scattered small clusters of micro streams, suspended micro sediment.

Nose: slight orange citrus, sweet malted barley, soapy edge. (lvl-3)-pungency

Attack: crisp bite, smooth creamy CO2

Mid-palate: sustained bright kumquat citrusy, background soft tangy, (lvl-5-sweetness), sweet toffee barley malt

Finish: hints of banana wheat malt, dry resiny hopped bitter

Summary: The kumquat brings a nice sustained citrus element that is apparent from the mids to the finish. Overall delicious but I wished for more length and depth in the mids – it could use a meatier malt base. Overall well constructed and another quality DDC brew.

Aphrodisiaque – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (St-Jerome, QC, Canada)

Aphrodisiaque – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 6.5% ABV, 330 ml., (St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada)

description from

Black ale with aromas and flavours of vanilla, dark chocolate, bourbon and roasted malt. The vanilla and cocoa marry nicely, without out-competing each other, to produce a surprisingly well balanced beer. This beer is mildly hoppy, but the cocoa introduces a touch of bitterness. Its colour may be intimidating, but it is a very smooth beer within reach of most beer drinkers. This highly appreciated dessert beer is brewed with organic fair-trade cocoa and first rate vanilla beans.

  • Style: (flavoured – cocoa beans, vanilla beans) Stout
  • Taste: Cocoa nutty toasted barley malt long vanilla bittersweet
  • Where I got it : Bottle Jockey?
  • How much: $20? – 6 x 330ml., sometime in 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes!

Visual: (6-pack). Pours pitch black/brown without any real head, thin ringed retention with a medium island, barley visible steady nano-clusters along the inside perimeter.

Nose: vanilla’d molasses, caramel sweet rich barley malts. Slight nutty edge. (lvl-5)-pungency

Attack: light crisp, partially flat CO2

Mid-palate: molasses, (lvl-5)-sweetness, cola & root beer notes, sweet caramel barley malt

Finish: caramel’d toasted brown sugar, cocoa bean nutty, long vanilla charred malt hopped bittersweet hopped finish.

Summary: Fabulous. I probably sipped this one in record time. Delicious and engaging full flavours, rich complexity, clean finish. It could have used a bit more creaminess in the mouthfeel but a must try for stout lovers.

Rosée d’Hibiscus – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (Canada)


  • My Rating: C+

Rosée d’Hibiscus – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 5.9% ABV – 341ml, (Quebec, Canada)

On the 6pack box:

“The Rosée d’Hibiscus is a soft spoken wheat beer. The rose colour comes from the hibiscus flowers added during the brewing process. The aromas and flavour of this tropical flower are very prominent in the beer, giving it a slight acidity and a very agreeable fragrance. (Noted: 2006 to 2009 vintages 5.9% abv; 2010 vintage 5.0%)”

Ingredients: water, malted barley, wheat, hibiscus flowers, hops, yeast, spices.

  • Style: (Spiced) Wheat Ale
  • Taste Profile: Sour-tangy light pukey strawberry-banana wheat ale
  • Where I got it : Firefly
  • How much: $22/6pack, May 2012
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not really

Tasting notes: (Man I hate buying 6packs. You gotta love a beer a lot to not get sick of it 5 more times after the 1st. Well this only came as a 6er and I love me my spiced beers… ) Anyways, this pours a nice glowing orange-copper-red with almost no head but lots of active streams, larger CO2, minor sediment. Strong hibiscus flowers on the nose, orange & fruity.

Attack: 5/10-sour/tanginess, 6/10-sweetness,

Mid-palate: familiar wheaty banana, more tartness along with roughness, hibiscus, minor yeast, mild funk + sour

Finish: partially rough with accumulating phlegm from the sourness, acidic, light sticky, citrusy not-so-smooth

Overall somewhat interesting, but also hard to finish the entire bottle because the sourness is too powerful and lingering for my tastes. I think it needs more brighter florals to balance it out.


-= March 27, 2014 =-

(2nd-tasting): Somewhat rough-sour-pukey up front, lots of airy wheat notes in the mid, berry-fruit throughout. Decent when chilled, but I can tell it’ll be overly sour/palate-wrecking when closer to room temp. Upgraded from C to C+.

Route des épices – Dieu du ciel (Quebec, Canada)

Route des épices – Dieu du ciel, 5% ABV, (Quebec, Canada)

On the side label:

“La Route des épices est une bière de seigle à laquelle le poivre, ajouté durant le brassage, procure un arôme agréable et des saveurs relevées. En bouche, on retrouve aussi des saveurs de malt, de céréales fraîches, et des notes de fruits, de chocolat et de caramel. En arrière-goût, le poivre revient en force et laisse une agréable sensation épicée sur la langue et l’arrière du palais, permettant d’attendre le juste équilibre entre le piquant et les autres saveurs. La Route des épices est née à notre brasserie artisanale de Montréal en mai 2002.”

Quick translation via

“The road of spices is a rye beer which pepper, added during the brewing process, provides a pleasant aroma and flavours identified.” In the mouth, there are also flavors of malt, fresh cereals, with notes of fruit, chocolate and caramel. Aftertaste, pepper is back and leaves a pleasant feeling spicy on the tongue and the back of the Palace, to wait for the right balance between the spice and other flavours. “The road of spices was born in our craft brewery in Montreal in May 2002.”

My Notes:

  • My Rating: A-
  • Why I like it: clean peppercorn flavour, superb balance
  • Where I got it: Firefly
  • How much: ~$3, 341
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: Yes, in a cocktail
  • Would I recommend this to beer afficianados: Yes

Tasting Notes: pours cloudy caramel brown, minimal head, minor ringed retention, micro CO2, very slow moving sporadic CO2 streams, minimal runny lacing. Malts and a bit of caramel on the nose. Thinnish viscosity upon sipping, immediate black and green peppercorns in the background but never overpowering, side-by-side with 2/10 sweet light chocolate, creamy CO2 mouthfeel, and a long 7/10-spiciness finish with some bitter orange peel and off-dryness. Medium-high complexity, long length, medium depth, good carry, fab transitions, splendid drinkability. A lovely beer and and ever better since I love pepper.