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Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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167 Ratings
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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
Wants: 12
Gots: 27 | 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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Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +3%

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 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 more or less 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'm not refuting the 17-proof booze, but everything else does well to keep the imperial nature a benevolent one.

03-17-2013 23:42:00 | More by biboergosum
Photo of CurtisD

New Brunswick (Canada)

4.75/5  rDev +19.3%

03-11-2013 22:42:23 | More by CurtisD
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-08-2013 03:00:32 | More by ThinkAgain
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Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-03-2013 03:07:02 | More by Noyt
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-02-2013 08:51:17 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

New York

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-21-2013 01:22:08 | More by JRod1969
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4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

02-17-2013 21:09:21 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

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

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

02-04-2013 16:47:56 | More by montrealbcr89
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

3.88/5  rDev -2.5%

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.

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

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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

4.28/5  rDev +7.5%

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

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

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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

4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

12-01-2012 13:54:32 | More by mmurphy525
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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

4.13/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

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

3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

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.

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

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

11-18-2012 06:23:42 | More by oldp0rt
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.