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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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3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

03-02-2013 07:39:57 | More by aztraz
Photo of JRod1969

New York

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-21-2013 01:22:08 | More by JRod1969
Photo of ThickNStout


4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from J.A. Moisan Epicier (Quebec City). 2.79. I know this was bottled in 11/12 but you wouldn't know it from their obscure notched 0&1 (out of two sets of 0 to 9?!). Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

Pours black with a little under a quarter finger deep tan head. Head recedes to the edges and leaves a good deal of spotty lace.

Smells of earthy roast, dark fruit, faint coffee and a bit of campfire. Opens up with more sweet fruits as it warms.

Bitter roast malts hit the palate first followed by coffee, blackened plums, smoked wood, licorice, anise, cherry pits, mild vanilla and a bite of alcohol. The alcohol is certainly present but never seems too hot or out of balance with the roasty dark fruits.

Medium full body with plenty of carbonation. Dry, sharp, long bitttersweet roasty aftertaste.

The more I try from Dieu du Ciel the more impressed I am. This is a nicely done and easily quaffable classic imperial stout. I wish I could have bought a six or four pack on vacation but was happy to find a store that still at least had this single bottle left. I hope to drink this again someday and with any luck have a few to lay down for a year or two.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 05:20:04 | More by ThickNStout
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Ontario (Canada)

4.04/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled in 11/2012.
Poured in to snifter.

A - Deep black with a thin layer of espresso coloured head.

S - Roast, semi-sweet chocolate, smoke and light espresso notes.

T - A big bitter roast profile with semi-sweet chocolate, espresso, smoke and licorice. Some molasses sweetness in the middle.

M - Medium, almost full body. Chewy. Light carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:09:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

02-11-2013 03:52:04 | More by nquigley16
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 01:29:17 | More by Rutager
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

02-04-2013 16:47:56 | More by montrealbcr89
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4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-20-2013 15:26:27 | More by djcira
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Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shoutout to Pino for this bottle, November 2012 bottling.

Inky black, dark brown head atop with some decent lacing and only moderate retention. Nose holds quite a bit of fresh coffee beans, some roasted grains and hop character. Taste is a bit thinner, some sour coffee grains, toasty/roasty grains, dark chocolate, and only a slight malt sweetness. Dry finish, with moderate amounts of alcohol. Medium heavy body, and medium low carbonation. Decent but the palate was a step down from the nose.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 02:13:25 | More by liamt07
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Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

01-08-2013 19:59:58 | More by Luk13
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-31-2012 04:14:48 | More by Melomanemusher
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Alberta (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

5oz taster at the DDC tap take over at National Beer Hall 11/24/12 and a few glasses the next day at Beer Revolution

A its a black one alright, even on the little sample glass there's a long lived foam that stick around leaving continuous lace down the glass, not rings but the side I wasn't drinking from was caked

S chocolate fudge meets chocolate cake covered in chocolate syrup, there's a theme developing here, a little char and smoke mix in well, great job in this department

T cold coffee on top of what I smell but not as rich as the nose, very nice but some of the chocolates replaced with an intense dark roasted char

M thick, rich, and creamy with a long roasted finish, you could stand a spoon up in this one and I think a little got stuck in my teeth

O a winner in every area, a meal in a glass and perhaps the highlight of a great evening. well concealed booze and very rich

I could drink myself stupid with this one and I did in fact do just that. I can't wait for this one to reach Alberta in Bottles and I'm hoping it happens soon

Serving type: nitro-tap

12-19-2012 04:08:47 | More by wordemupg
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Russian Federation

4.25/5  rDev +7.1%

12-09-2012 01:03:56 | More by NightINgale
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.8%

12-04-2012 04:44:01 | More by 4ster
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Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

12-01-2012 13:54:32 | More by mmurphy525
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4/5  rDev +0.8%

11-29-2012 04:53:45 | More by MTLChris
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British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +13.4%

11-28-2012 23:57:56 | More by KalanM
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled November 2012. ABV is 9%. Big thanks to Papat444 for this!

Beer is jet black with a large tan head. Good retention, lots of lacing.

Nose contains anise, chocolate, some roast malt and grassy hops. Nice smell, the anise is surprisingly strong but good.

Taste contains chocolate up front, with roast malt and anise right behind. Moderately bitter, with a grassy flavour. Some coffee. Tasty indeed.

Full bodied, moderate to low carbonation level. Smooth and a bit creamy.

Overall, very nice. I am a big fan of Dieu du Ciel! and this one does not disappoint.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 02:46:52 | More by jrenihan
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Ontario (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml Bottle part of a 4-pack for 9.99+tax at Broue Haha QC

Appearance - Black/Brown colour with with an above average size fizzy/frothy brown head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for over 5 minutes.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, roasted nuts

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, chocolate, and some roasted/toasted nuts. There is also some light coffee flavour and some vanilla. It ends with a sooth chocolatey aftertaste but after a second or two a lingering bitterness kicks in.

Overall - Wow, another winner from DDC. The mouthfeel is a little flat but that adds to the creaminess on the palate. The booze is very well hidden and the beer is very drinkable. I think it would be tough for me to find another RIS of this quality for such a great price. Seek this one out.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 00:50:51 | More by spinrsx
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Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -5.5%

11-18-2012 06:23:42 | More by oldp0rt
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3.5/5  rDev -11.8%

05-30-2012 15:42:21 | More by pixieskid
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3.83/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Notes from DDC last night, had this before I finished off the night with the classic Peche Mortel.

A- Black as the night with light mocha head. Very nice retention, size and a great coat of lace.

S- Again, a certain grain note along with a big roast barley profile and dark cocoa powder hints.

T- Opens up here with more complexity. Biggest difference is a dark fruit raisin presence which is quite strong, must be yeast strain. Cocoa, coffee and caramel brown sugar sweets balance it out.

MF- Low carbonation, slighty watery feel. Cocoa bitters and slightly warm from alcohol.

Fruit and roasty RIS, not as rich and flavorful as the great examples but still quite nice.

Serving type: on-tap

02-21-2012 03:40:14 | More by cbutova
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Quebec (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

ABV 8.2% posted on the chalkboard @ DDC.

Appearance: This body lives up to its name. Jet black with a frothy, whipped mocha head that has the cascading effect going on. The lacing is so thick it's like a sheet that i can barely see the glass through.

Smell: Licorice, oats and some charcoal.

Taste: Some charcoal, oatmeal, coffee beans and semi-sweet chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Starts creamy, middle is mildly abrasive, ends smooth and the aftertaste has a nice lingering bitterness. Never heavy and no alcohol felt.

Overall: I would have preferred not having it on nitro as it hides the flavors a bit but this goes down so easy. Could easily have had another or two. A sessionable stout?!

Serving type: nitro-tap

02-19-2012 01:56:36 | More by papat444
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3.6/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

02-24-2011 17:58:49 | More by Kegatron
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Alberta (Canada)

4.4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a great Russian Imperial Stout and really to top their own Peche Mortel is a tough task. My fourth big ABV beer of the night, maybe the last. I would like this Russian Imperial Stout to be a little more roasty, a little more bitter, a little more nasty and a little more North Coast.

I know these guys will nail it, I look forward to it and I will rerate when I try the next version.

Brewed 15 months before I drank it. The Flames are losing.

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2010 05:15:34 | More by hoser
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 162 ratings.