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Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 281
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 21
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Russian Imperial Stout |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-15-2004

The Grande Noirceur (Great Darkness) is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavours. 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.
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Reviews by chugalug06:
Photo of chugalug06
3.72/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of DanGeo
3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alarmclock314
4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle, 0 and 5 notched on side. Pours jet black with a medium-sized brown head. Smells of roasted malts, smoke, and coffee. Taste is heavy in roasted malts and char, and ends with some strong bitterness. Some caramel taste shines through. Somewhat above average carbonation and above average body. Grab this if you like a bold, smoky RIS. Kind of reminded me of Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout.

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Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -14%

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013? bottle of Grande Noirceur with 9% ABV listed.

Essentially black colored body with a semi-durable tan head and decent lacing.

Aroma: slightly sweet, medium and dark malts with hints of smoke and dark chocolate. Milder than expected, especially after tasting it.

The flavor is dominated by dark roasted grains with a bit of char and smoke. Hints of bitter chocolate and expresso in the aftertaste. Appropriately bold for style with partially hidden alcohol. Approaches 4.25.

O: relatively dark-roasted version of the style that's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev +1%
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 more or less 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 generally 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'd like to try this anew in a less heady and busy environment - I'm not refuting the purported 17-proof booze, as everything else does well to keep the inherent imperial nature a benevolent one. Oh, hey Mike!

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Photo of Tmappin
4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -4.7%
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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Photo of Roguer
4.26/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as motor oil, thick and oily, topped by a modest dark brown head with good retention. If I'm nit-picking, I would prefer a larger head.

Huge, classic RIS aroma: roasty as all get-out, carrying notes of burnt coffee, barley, and dark chocolate, along with some cream and overripe dark fruit (grapes and figs). Intimidatingly roasty.

Flavor follows, leaning toward a drier, bitter roast than any sweetness (although there is a kiss of sugar on the back-end, quickly overwhelmed by charcoal-and-burnt-toast levels of roast). Only a touch of the sour fruit.

Some earthy and grassy hops only add to the bitterness. Burnt coffee, burnt toast, extremely dark cacao.

Very lively in the mouth; dry; hot, arid finish, with lingering bitterness. Full mouthfeel, not particularly thick.

This is a huge roasty stout, somewhere right in between Old Rasputin and Ten-FIDY. It has less sweetness than the latter, and less overripe fruit than the former - and the roastiness of both.

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Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.25/5  rDev -20.1%

Photo of hooliganlife
4/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of aztraz
3.75/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MrElPechor
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

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Photo of Yoonisaykul
4.18/5  rDev +2.7%
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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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
90 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.