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Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Reviews: 82
Hads: 279
Avg: 4.07
pDev: 17.69%
Wants: 21
Gots: 43 | FT: 3
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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel! visit their website
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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Photo of icormier
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Rapido in Aylmer Qc, aged one year. Dark imperial stout, very satisfying taste, hid its booziness well (might have been the aging). Lovely at the turning of the seasons from fall to winter.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.84/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a tulip from a 341 ml bottle. The beer poored black with one finger of beige head. no carbonation visible.

Aroma - The smell is of coffee dark chocolate, smoke from a smoker and some toffee like malts.

Taste - The taste follows suit, you get the dark chocolate, some mocha,the smoked taste followed by a sweet caramel taste.

Feel - this beef feels like a lighter medium body to me. very little carbonation and the bitterness disappears after the sweetness kicks in.

Overall - Although I like peche and aphrodisiaque better this is still a great beer and worth a try.

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Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest smoked meat and tobacco alongside roasted barley and bitter dark chocolate. Nice thickness and full body, with a bit of syrupy sweetness on the tongue that pulls it all together.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is roasted/burnt coffee, hoping for the caramel notes for balance but didn't find them, lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $5.99 for a 340ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of Suds
4.05/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is utterly dark, black and thick. The head is chocolate and towering. Bitter and intense...thick, chocolatey, roasted....chocolatey, grainy,and boozy. Bitterness starts in the foretaste, and continues through the beer. Excellent warmth and very satisfying.

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Photo of VbolieuV
4.37/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a small creamy head. Intense dark chocolate smell with some hints of roasted and caramel malts, dark fruits are present too. Nice chocolate taste also with sweet notes from the malts and you can also taste the alcohol but it's not overpowering. The bitterness of the hops is really present, more than most Imperial Stout I've tasted. The chocolate taste stays for a while in you mouth which is really great.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There's something about the relationship of Québécois beer and telling a story that relates to its region's history. Unibroue does this very well, however Dieu du Ciel has a few blurbs within its profile. Enter the Grande Noirceur, a reference to conservative policies passed in Quebec during the mid-20th Century. With 11.5 ounces to savor, let's take it slow and move on to the beer:

A small mocha tanned head sits atop a body that is shiny obsidian colored. A little bit of lace remains from decent head retention. I smell something attractive. I may be getting ahead of myself, but after my experiences with Péché Mortel and The Aphrodite, two wonderful stouts, Grande Noirceur looks cut from the same cloth. It smells sweet, roasted chocolate, booze, smoke, easy to smell and full of aroma.

Grande Noirceur rolls along the smokey and sweet aspects of a stout. Sweet and smoky throughout, with the smoke leaning towards a woodsy and sometimes astringent flavor. I also get toasted marshmallow and just a splash of booze. The body is fine, showing a medium full texture with small bubbles which gently break from the liquid. It finishes with a somewhat bitter, sweet and smoky aftertaste.

Great Darkness indeed. Suitable for any mild or cold evening.

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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 Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a deep black with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, vanilla, and a touch of dark ripe fruit.

The taste was bitter roasted malts, ash, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and dark ripe fruits in the finish.

Medium bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of Tone
4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of roasted malt, alcohol, slight sweet malt, hops, slight yeast, hint of licorice, and a hint of syrup. Fits the style of a Russian Imperial Stout. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, roasted malt, slight alcohol, slight hop, hint of yeast, and a hint of syrup. Overall, good appearance, aroma, great feel, great blend, good body, and complexity.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.13/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I enjoyed this during the later portion of our annual Stout Tasting, enjoyed from the bottle chilled in a tulip.

The color is dark as night with a head that is like cinnamon with lasting retention and fine bead. The smell is very malty with a gentle toasted and dark cocoa complimentary earthy almost anise-like accent. The feel is rich with earthy toasted texture with light spice and moderately high carbonation with slight sweetness with semi-dry finish.

The taste of this stout is good with mild dark cocoa and roasted flavor of dark malt with a slight grainy flavor and mild yeast with plum-type prune accent and slight dark sugar in the back with mix of sweet and spicy while alcohol is noticeable almost raisin type favor in the finish. Overall this is good -1 year age on it I like how the dark cocoa and roasted flavors come out with yeast adding complexity but lots of dried fruit and almost medicinal spice quality as it warms

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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 GreesyFizeek
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle purchased at Beers of the World in Henrietta, NY.

This one pours a dark, deep, black, with a small mocha-colored head, and no lacing.

Smells very, very strongly of roasted malt and roasted coffee beans, with some dark chocolate.

This is a very, very bitter stout, and I love it. It's roasty, verging on charred, with some slight ash, lots of roasted coffee, some piney hops, and some dark, bitter chocolate. It's as dark tasting as the name itself- Grande Noirceur- The Great Darkness. There's a little bit of caramel, but it's mostly bitterness in the best way.

This one is medium bodied, with a slightly creamy mouthfeel, and a lower level of carbonation. Very drinkable.

This was really delicious, it's nice to see a good imperial stout without heavy levels of sweetness.

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Photo of PicoPapa
4.39/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle. Pours a viscous black color with over an inch of medium brown head. Lots of lacing. Looks great. The aroma is lots of roasted malts, black coffee, licorice, vanilla and dark chocolate. Sweet but earthy. The taste is roasted malts and smoke right away with some leather and char. Loads of dark chocolate, burnt caramel and espresso with maybe a hint of cayenne pepper. Finishes with more roasted malts and espresso. Heavy mouthfeel. Not much of an alcohol presence, somehow. I'm really impressed by this one. Overall, fantastic RIS that I need to get a lot more of.

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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 TMoney2591
4.24/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Served in a Dogfish head snifter.

Finally, a beer named for the conservative policies of mid-20th century Quebec. Musta been some fun times, eh? Anyway, this stuff pours a straight obsidian topped by a half-finger of brown foam. The nose comprises roasted malts, coffee, mild dark cocoa powder, and some earthy greenery milling about the base like moss on a gravestone. The taste brings in more of the same, reminding me that imperial stouts can indeed still stand on their own, lacking the bolster of heavy adjunct additions. It's pretty life-affirming, actually. The body is a light hefty, with a light moderate carbonation and a somehow lithely smooth feel. Overall, a damn fine stout, a portrait of well-crafted simplicity.

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a HS Teku (0 and 3 notched on the label [Botthom/Top])

A: Pitch black with the thinnest dark mocha head. It really just gets you excited to try it.
S: Smells like some of the best RIS/stouts that I've had. Rich, sweet malts with a tinge of coffee roast. You also get some vanilla. I will say that it seems there is the slightest veil over this and it doesn't pop like say a Black Tuesday, but that may just be due to age.
T: Goes great with some of the Easter chocolate hanging around the house. It still has a great flavor by itself. Nice bit of coffee roast that lingers on the palate. Chocolate is on the attack.
M: Light bit of carbonation that seems to clash a bit with the beer, but I'm on the fence with it. I was hoping it to be a bit more viscous and silky. Needs more body to it.
O: Not sure where I place this in relation to Aphrodite and Peche Mortel, but I'd probably put it in 3rd behind Aphrodite.

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Photo of barnzy78
4.01/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, label is notched 0 and 15. I'm super excited to see some fresh Dieu du Ciel beers in the area again - it's been at least a couple of years since they were distributed here.
A - thin, creamy, light brown head quickly fades atop a black colored ale
S - sweet and roasty nose with dark chocolate and coffee
T - roasted barley, bittersweet chocolate, coffee, faint tobacco leaf, earthy hop
M - full body, finishes with bitter roast and baker's chocolate lingering on the palate
O - very good imperial stout. I might have to grab another and age it a bit to see how it is in a year or so.

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Photo of itsJB
4.04/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: midnight black, one finger chocolate-brown head, lacing lets me know where each sip began

Aroma: dark chocolate, roasted chocolate, rich, raisin

Taste: same as aroma - gorgeous, rich, roasted caramel-chocolate, dark cocoa bitterness amd a hint of sweetness

Feel: thick, creamy

Overall: really dig this stuff. Feels like a straightforward imperial stout except with wonderful balance and big roasted flavor

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Photo of champ103
4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A: Pours an opaque black color. No light gets through at all. A dense two finger tan head forms with excellent retention. Spiderweb looking lace is left all the way down the glass.
S: Roast, dark bakers chocolate, baked bread and coffee all intermingle. A perfect balance between the roasted malt aromas. Maybe just a touch of earthy hops in the finish. Excellent.
T: Like the nose, this has incredible balance. Roasted malts, coffee, dark bakers chocolate. Some toffee, light dark fruits, and a touch of hops in the background.
M/D: A full body and moderate carbonation. So smooth and velvety. Not overly viscous at all. Really enjoyable to drink. Just a bit of warming alcohol that makes for an incredible sipper. That being said, this is gone in no time, and I wish the bottle would never end.

An amazing Imperial Stout. Nothing added, no barrel aging. Just all around amazing. Incredible balance, and very moreish. Another near perfect beer from this brewery.

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Photo of zhivago373
4.4/5  rDev +8.1%

enjoyed from bottles and on tap at the brewpub.

pours jet black with a creamy brown heady that lingers on the glass but dissipates quickly.

smells of rich dark chocolate, roasted malts, bitter espresso and slightly sweet caramel.

the taste follows suit: bitter dark chocolate/espresso notes on the back of the tongue, some sweeter notes hit the middle, definitely a slight smokeyness/char coming through. thick mouthfeel.

this is a great stout. i prefer it to Peche Mortel. worth trying.

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Photo of rudzud
4.19/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Thanks to JLindros for sharing

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark hue with a nearly non-existent head that left a thin halo.

S - Aromas of rich smoked malts, super smokey almost meaty. Light chocolate, light roast.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, nice smoke and charred malts...Light chocolate, good roast. Alcohol hidden nicely, again the char smoke level is nice.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, smooth, alcohol hidden well.

O - Overall this beer was tasty, nice char and smoke level with some nice chocolate

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of jlindros
4.14/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Neat looking DdC beer I found at a random store, and shared with rudzud before our trip up to the brewery in a few days.

Head attempts to arrive but fades instantly, nice legs, pitch black.

Nose is pretty nice, mild Smokey bacon like aroma, lots of smokey aroma, little cocoa and char, and mild roast, but mostly smokey, touch of fluffy nougat.

Taste brings more of the same, lots of smoke, smokey bacon like smoked meat with a brine salty flavor, mild char and roast, and black malts. Faint earthy spicy hops, with decent to heavier bitterness, little cocoa note, and even milk choc creamy. Finish is creamy but drier, write bitter and earthy spicy hop, little char and roast, plenty of smokey bacon.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, decent carb, creamy, mild booze warmth.

Overall pretty nice, decent stout in general, but not phenomenal.

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Photo of TheDoctor
4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled On: 10-05-2014

Pours a viscous, inpentrable black with a nice three fingers of airy tan head that sticks around for a few minutes then stays a healthy film. Good retention; thick, sticky lacing. (4)

Bready cocoa. Smoked meat, bitter chocolate, coffee (3.75)

Rich and shifting dark flavors. Roast flavors, coffee, dried dark fruit, baker's chocolate, licorice, smoke. (4.25)

Thick, coating, substantive, faint alcohol warmth after a while. Full body and very filling, noticeable (but unobtrusive) alcohol. (4)

Very good RIS.
This is a hearty and well-made beer for a cold night.
It pours nice with an aggressive pour and has a dry, bitter smell to it. The taste is more varied and is at once sweet and bitter, astringent and sating. Fairly coffee- and bitter chocolate-heavy. Really nice in the mouth, with a coating lingering roasty flavor.
Will have again; worth seeking out. (4.25)

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.79/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

341 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pitch black with a decent sized creamy cafe latte colored head of around two fingers height. This is indeed a dark and roasted morass of potent alcohol, charred grain, baker's cacao, molasses, toffee, oak, and plum, with the dry roast trumping the sweeter elements. Nose is sweeter than the taste. Some brown spice flavors late. Quite smooth and creamy from a mouth feel standpoint, almost milk stout like in this regard, although this does NOT convey a milk stout flavor profile. Too much alcohol and roasted malts, although there is a fair degree of sweetness. Pleasantly warming and rich, although perhaps a little coarse and astringent in the finish. All in all, a respectable take on the style.

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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
90 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.