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Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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90
outstanding

200 Ratings
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Ratings: 200
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.99
pDev: 9.27%
Wants: 11
Gots: 30 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Grand Noirceur (Great Darkness). Is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavors. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of complex malted, caramel notes. It takes its name from the conservative policies of mid-century Quebec. The Grande Noirceur was born at our Montreal brewpub in March of 2004.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-15-2004)
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Reviews by ThickNStout:
Photo of ThickNStout
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from J.A. Moisan Epicier (Quebec City). 2.79. I know this was bottled in 11/12 but you wouldn't know it from their obscure notched 0&1 (out of two sets of 0 to 9?!). Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a little under a quarter finger deep tan head. Head recedes to the edges and leaves a good deal of spotty lace.

Smells of earthy roast, dark fruit, faint coffee and a bit of campfire. Opens up with more sweet fruits as it warms.

Bitter roast malts hit the palate first followed by coffee, blackened plums, smoked wood, licorice, anise, cherry pits, mild vanilla and a bite of alcohol. The alcohol is certainly present but never seems too hot or out of balance with the roasty dark fruits.

Medium full body with plenty of carbonation. Dry, sharp, long bitttersweet roasty aftertaste.

The more I try from Dieu du Ciel the more impressed I am. This is a nicely done and easily quaffable classic imperial stout. I wish I could have bought a six or four pack on vacation but was happy to find a store that still at least had this single bottle left. I hope to drink this again someday and with any luck have a few to lay down for a year or two.

ThickNStout, Feb 20, 2013
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz glass at the Underground in YEGDT, DDC TTO.

This beer appears a solid black abyss, with subtle mahogany highlights, and one finger of dense, somewhat bubbly light brown head, which leaves a solid, thick band of painted lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds away, and notably persists through the subsequent 'glass half empty' experience.

It smells of roasted, kind of meaty caramel/toffee malt, musty ash, bittersweet cocoa icing, herbal, leafy hops, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is grainy, sweet baker's chocolate, bready caramel malt, edgy dark fruit, wet ash, mild day-old coffee, a hint of earthy, musty hops, and some underlying warming booze.

The carbonation is present, but pretty well understated, the body a solid medium weight, and more or less smooth, a certain creaminess lingering from the ingrained chocolate notes. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa powder and bbq-charred caramel still contending with the offsetting fruit, coffee, and liquor essences.

An agreeable enough RIS, almost restrained to a certain degree, though. I'm not refuting the 17-proof booze, but everything else does well to keep the imperial nature a benevolent one.

biboergosum, Mar 17, 2013
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3.9/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great smooth pleasing imperial stout. A bit of sourness Russian style but overwhelmed by chocolate malts and fruity taste. Coffee and vanilla notes, roastiness. Suitable understated carbonation. Chocolate coffee aftertaste. Opaque black. Very satisfying.

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4.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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A : Deep Black with thick brown head, very good lacing

S: Intese espresso coffee nose

T: Roasted barley, coffee , bittering hop long final with a slightly alcojol after taste

m: Full body with light carbonation

O: a very good stout hope to taste it in bourbon cask one day

MrElPechor, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of Kegatron
3.6/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask, via hand pump @ The Farmhouse (Burlington, VT) on 2/19/11. Served in a wine glass. Did this side by side with cask Pech Mortel, as this is the base for that beer.

Pours black in the glass, topped with just a thin ring of creamy mocha head. Very little head retention here, with this leaving a tiny bit of spotty lacing back but it does throw a good bit of brown oily goo down up onto the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of roast and some darker fruit flavors. This is pretty bitter feeling in the nose overall but some sweeter notes of chocolate and caramel does soften this up on the edges a bit. Unfortunately, that posted 8.9% ABV is felt here in the form of some underlying sharp warmth.

The taste is bitter chocolate and sweet toffee, with a LOT of dark pithy feeling fruit at the core of this. This is all wrapped up in a sharply bitter blanket of dark roast which is giving off a lot of zippy feeling espresso character. This finishes with a good bit of dry roast and some lingering spicy alcohol notes. The mouthfeel is fuller bodied and while it possesses a soft mellow crispness on top, there is definitely also a more flat and chewy feel underneath. Much like the nose, this is showing some heat, which only aids in accentuating the strength of the roast and bitterness here.

I've found that big Stouts on cask can sometimes be a mixed bag and this one was no different. While I liked what I saw from the flavors here, the cask conditioning unleashed some of the more forceful aspects a bit too much. This was still quite decent for what it was but I will be seeking this out on draft next time, as I think that it definitely has the goods to warrant some of the top grades that it has received so far.

Kegatron, Feb 24, 2011
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look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I asked one of the waiters for what offering should be next and thats what he suggested.

A- Very close to perfect. I was going to say perfect but I think this could look better. Completely black. Beautiful almost uniform light brown head. Head seems to last forever. Its been 15 minutes and nothing has budged.

S- Slightly sour Guinness-like malty smell. Doesn't seem like much but I havent taken a sip yet. Warmer now. Getting lots of anise and generic roasted malt. Dark fruit now that it's at room temp. Brown sugar and alcohol now that it's really warmed up.

T- A lot like the smell but more scotch, more fruit, and a little more alcohol. once it got to room temp the hops came out. Discrete american but they're there.. all the flavors spell great but the sum is just good.

M- Wow so creamy. Low but sufficient carbonation. One of the lightest full mouthfeel beers I've ever had.

D- Very high for how deep, complex and alcoholized it is.

This was great. Not mind blowing but having brewed this I'd be damn proud. A grand beer. Not world class though.

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As this black pearl stout oozed into a snifter I knew this was special. Despite it not being a nitro tap it had a growing and billowing cloud of carbonation along the edges as if it were alive. These bubbles churned along the edges until a neat and tidy creamy froth stacked along the top. The lacing was a sheet of thick film that caked around the edge. I've never given a 5 in appearance but this was worth it.

The aroma is full with deep char, smoky embers, burnt toffee, roasted caramel malt, coffee roast and toasted walnut.

The flavor holds more of the smoky elements with deep char and campfire embers. The sweet toffee and caramel is more or less absent but the roast, toast and coffee char seem far more frontal.

This drinks with ease, dryness and a start to creamy.

This was an absolute joy to discover as I found it on a whim. If you like deeply roasted and smoky char than this is your kind of stout.

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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
90 out of 100 based on 200 ratings.