Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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Reviews by chugalug06:
3.69/5 rDev -7.3%
Slow easy rising caramel colored foamy head. Brew is thick and black. Nice lacing, no legs.
Tons of dark, dark chocolate, yet nicely milky. Airy, and robust.
Thick, dark, chewy, creamy, full-bodied, chalky, dry, bitter, slight harshness. Carbonation is light and delicious. Flavors are much different than aroma. Flavors are somewhat unblended while nose is very nice a smooth. Kinda choppy. Lots of dark biting chocolate with tons of dry bitterness. Strange sweetness.
This is a strange, but soild brew for sure. It wants to go many different ways, but doesn't quite know where. It's recommended as a thick hearty stout, but not for drinkability. It's a one-and-done. Price point is decent @ ~$7/12oz. Give me a Narwal.
02-13-2014 03:22:35 | More by chugalug06
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4.1/5 rDev +3%
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.
03-17-2013 23:42:00 | More by biboergosum
3.9/5 rDev -2%
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.
06-03-2005 21:37:24 | More by Sammy
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
9% 2013 bottle
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
11-21-2013 22:16:18 | More by MrElPechor
3.6/5 rDev -9.5%
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.
02-24-2011 17:58:49 | More by Kegatron
4.18/5 rDev +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.
05-03-2010 05:35:01 | More by Yoonisaykul
4.34/5 rDev +9%
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.
02-24-2014 01:18:15 | More by KYGunner
British Columbia (Canada)
4.03/5 rDev +1.3%
Thanks papat444!! Poured into a glass. :-P
Appearance. Pours thick and black with two+ fingers of thick, dark tan head that leaves some pretty lace behind.
Smell. Dark roasted malts, molasses, and lots of dark chocolate.
Taste. Dark roasted malts and lightly sweetened black coffee, a little bit of smoke and some cocoa as well as those dark malts in the lightly bitter and dry finish.
Mouthfeel. Pretty full body with lower carbonation.
Overall. A nice big stout. Tons of flavour and would probably age well.
02-09-2013 01:29:17 | More by Rutager
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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