Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.25/5 rDev -18.3%
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.
06-05-2014 19:46:31 | More by TheBrewLady
3.5/5 rDev -12.1%
Sample at the Mondiale 2005: Poured a pitch black color stout with no head or carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt with strong coffee also easily recognisable. Taste is totally dominated by coffee with some subtle vanilla note. Body is quite full and alcohol is well hidden. Nice though DDC can do much better.
06-06-2005 19:19:39 | More by Phyl21ca
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
3.69/5 rDev -7.3%
Small, beige head that settles quickly to rim bubbles. Some spots for lace. The color is deep brown. Light does not shine through.
Smells of rich fudge. More sweet than burnt. In fact, I'd describe it more as toasty.
The flavor is quite burnt in contrast to the smell. Strong coffee (black) flavor. Bitter finish, a bit harsh. The body is elevated from the usual RIS, but it is not rich or cloy. Good carbonation.
02-17-2014 02:57:46 | More by smcolw
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
3.7/5 rDev -7%
Bottle at Brothers Beer Bistro. From notes. Bottled November 2012. Wicked label.
A - Black pour with half a finger of mocha brown head. Mild carbonation. Virtually no retention and only a spotty alcohol lace.
S - Lot's of roast, coffee, chocolate. Nice.
T - Roast, chocolate, dark fruit, cola, burnt toast, leather. Pleasant, yet straightforward and sorta plain.
M - Medium carbonation, medium body, dark fruit and roast to finish.
O/D - Sort of a weak effort from DDC. I'm torn on this. It was OK but certainly nothing that impressed. Nothing in it really jumped out as outside the box. Pretty typical of the style, but not overly original for this day and age of the style. However, that is not to say that it was bad, just expected more from DDC this go around.
11-21-2013 23:57:39 | More by tbeckett
3.71/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
06-05-2014 00:58:47 | More by notchucknorris
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.