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Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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162 Ratings
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Ratings: 162
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.97
pDev: 9.57%
Wants: 11
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-15-2004)
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Reviews by kevanb:
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4.06/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a 2012 DDC/Cantillon Zwanze Day wine glass.

The beer pours like motor oil, deep black in color, very inky, with a finger plus of caramel colored head, very tightly packed bubbles that has great retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of lightly roasted coffee and toasted dark malts, touches of stone fruit and sweet alcohol. The flavors are right in line with the nose, lots of toasted grain, rich coffee, bitter bakers chocolate, pitted stone fruit, a touch of alcohol and a touch of chalky ash. The body is thick and viscous, low carbonation with a just of bubbliness at the finish. It's very silky and smooth and coats the mouth very, very well.

Verdict: A very fine Russian Imperial Stout from DDC. It's simple, balanced and not too aggressive. With the trend of late being high gravity, brutal, in your face RIS beers, this is a really nice change of pace. A very enjoyable beer to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 00:36:47 | More by kevanb
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-26-2014 02:37:36 | More by DrBier
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Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-20-2014 06:09:55 | More by Howlader
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

07-19-2014 15:56:42 | More by GRG1313
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-07-2014 02:53:48 | More by Nick_isthatstillcool
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

07-05-2014 05:37:00 | More by KAF
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

07-04-2014 23:34:41 | More by muskiesman
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

07-01-2014 02:48:55 | More by Lovely85
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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

07-01-2014 02:46:52 | More by nickfl
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

06-29-2014 20:49:05 | More by RyanStelzner
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4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

06-28-2014 11:03:58 | More by DantheMan75
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4.79/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is just about the perfect Russian Imperial Stout. Roasty with a nice balance of caramel and chocolate malt flavors. The appearance is of a chocolate cake with beer-laced butter for a frosting; Beer porn.

The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, and has a good amount of that Peche Mortel oiliness that took the beer world by storm a decade ago. But that silkiness is even creamier, and comes to the front with a sarsaparilla and root beer smoothness that's out of this world.

The taste is everything you can imagine in a stout; coconut, chocolate, molasses, cola, root beer, a hint of cherry, and vanilla right up the ass. Not as much coffee and bourbon flavors as most stouts, and they're not missed in this one.

Dieu De Ciel is possibly the greatest brewery on planet earth. Who else can produce beers like this? I've had some crazy good Russian Imperial Stouts in my day from places like Hill Farmstead, North Coast, Sierra Nevada, Stone, New England Brewing Company, Cigar City, and many others. This may just be my favorite stout.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2014 01:49:36 | More by abriggs1
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-17-2014 15:43:21 | More by wrightst
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

06-10-2014 23:27:37 | More by AnitaBrewski
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New York

3.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a dark black color with a small tan head.

The aroma is aggressive roast, hints of smoke, molasses, and licorice.

The flavor follows. This is a very robust stout that will put hair on your chest. It's has bitter licorice, smoke, anise, and heavy bitter roasted qualities on the back end. The mouthfeel is medium to medium plus with touches of alcohol throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2014 02:17:34 | More by dar482
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%

06-08-2014 01:45:32 | More by steve8robin
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

06-07-2014 09:49:21 | More by Kaizoku
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3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The label art on this one is quite possibly the least subtle metaphor I've ever seen, but it will look excellent in my collection. Despite being inspired by what I'm sure was some serious political upheaval, I can't help think of Canada as a cold paradise where healthcare if free and moose's run rampant.

Appearance: Dark black, opaque. Thin, dark tan head with clumpy lacing. Mysterious.

Smell: Not much really. There's some malty hints, a bit of ashy smoke and vanilla, maybe a dark fruit, but nothing strong enough to stand out. It smells like the remnants of a great beer after you've drained the glass.

Taste: Mmmm, smoky. While not for everyone, I tend to love the smokiness of a bitter stout. Definitely more bitter than sweet, there are very subtle vanilla and caramel undertones. Hops have zero presence whatsoever, typical of this style. Bitter, charcoal smoke is dominant. There is a notable absence of the usually dominate chocolate/coffee flavours of an Imperial stout, but it doesn't really need them. With the outrageous bitterness of this one, any competing flavours are overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel: Typical chewy stout. Thick and creamy, it coats the mouth with stickiness. Unusually high carbonation for an Imperial stout.

The Verdict: A smoky, bitter, moody brew. I may reach for this when I feeling particularly pessimistic on a rainy day in the middle of winter. I've found the beer version of emo poetry.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 19:46:31 | More by TheBrewLady
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3.71/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours black with a one finger khaki colored head that settles at about a half finger. Light spots of lace after each sip.

S: Not especially robust. Medium coffee and some roasted malt. Maybe just a hint of dark chocolate as well.

T: Sort of a muddled blend of day old coffee and roasted malt. Nothing really stands out though. Light bits of toffee, dark chocolate and maybe even a hint of mint. Lingering roasted malt bitterness on the finish. Good, but definitely not Aphrodite or Peche Mortel level.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2014 00:58:47 | More by notchucknorris
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.