Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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206 Ratings
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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 31 | 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:
The Grand Noirceur (Great Darkness). Is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavors. 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.

(Beer added by: Rastacouere on 03-15-2004)
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4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong enough to satisfy the taste but still making me want something more, Dieu Du Ciel's Grande Noirceur teases the palate with roast, bitterness and smoothness.

The deviant ale pours with a viscous darkness that amounts to an ominous black body and a creamy tan head that caps the snifter with a rich lather. Its head is steadfast through the session, regenerating easily with a gentle swirl. Its lace is broken and scattered as it decorates the glass evenly, right down to the last sip.

Rich and robust aromas fill the nose with dark-roast coffee, dark chocolate, burnt barley sugars that lead to toffee or molasses-type sweeter notes, charred toast and malted milk candies. Its earthy charred taste bridge into peppery alcohol, light licorice and burnt fruit.

To taste, its the overtones of espresso and cocoa that take center stage while the sweeter toffee and malty flavors act in support. Burnt toast, roasted walnuts and a light campfire taste of burnt embers provide peripheral layers of complexity. A late charge of roasted grapes, currants and plumbs rise as the beer warms and so does the spicy rum-like alcohol and sturdy hop bitterness. When the spice and fruit culminate, its finish is mildly of aniseed, resinous bitterness which leave final impressions upon the palate.

Full bodied, yet not intimidatingly so. Its creamy richness offers a moderate marshmallowy effect on the palate. But once the carbonation begins to pull from the sweetness, the beer begins to dry and trend roasty, acidic, powdery and mildly astringent.

While error-free and strongly flavored, the ale's light complexities remind me of how Imperial Stouts were built ten years ago. Its a very stately and gentlemanly ale that's as comfortable as it is bold.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Immortale25
4.2/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Notches on label next to 0 and 3.

A- Pours an ominously opaque black color with a 3/4 inch frothy brown head that retains very well before slowly diminishing to a thick bubbly ring around the edge of the glass and random splotches of surface foam. Thick, resilient lacing slowly trickles down the glass.

S- Dark roast creates a chocolaty aroma with a bit of musty hops coming through as well.

T- Heavy dark roast brings about notes of black licorice, coffee and molasses. Slightly charry and a dark chocolate aftertaste. Alcohol is pretty well masked for how strong this beer is. Moderate hop bitterness.

M- Very thick and robust with medium carbonation and the fullest of bodies.

O- This is a non barrel-aged stout that packs one hell of a flavor punch.

Photo of JMScowcroft
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel - Grande Noirceur, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours a high viscosity motor oil dark brown-black with a small foamy mocha head that dissipates quickly. Spotty lacing.

Smell - Roasted malts and some creamy chocolate, some cola notes.

Taste - Taste is unmistakably roasted malts, slight creaminess makes way for bitterness. Robust.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-medium bodied with high carbonation. Rests hyper bitter roasted and sticky. Warm boozy. OK/good drinkability.

Overall - Super robust, a bit too much for me but it's respectably quality. Could use some smoothing out.

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.36/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to papat444 for delivering this exceptional beer in an in person trade at DDC in Montreal.

A: Pours a black-brown with 3-4 fingers of huge fluffy espresso crema head which slowly settles leaving clumps of lacing surrounding the glass.

S: Initial scents of cocoa powder with sweet roasted malts, molasses and strong dark coffee. Some earthiness is present in the background along with notes of chocolate essence.

T: Taste follows the smell although the bitterness of both the coffee and the cocoa come through on the tongue which were not detected on the nose. Finishes with sweet malts and molasses.

M: Thick, oily and creamy with little to no detectable carbonation or alcohol.

O: Another amazing offering from DDC who in my view can do no wrong. This is a solid RIS that is a great nighttime sipper.

Photo of Haydn-Juby
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Very black. Mocha head with great retention.

S: Sweet malts. A bit of cocoa and coffee.

T: Far less bitter then I thought it would be. I'm assuming a fair bit of crystal malt was thrown into this brew. Roasty but not acrid. Coffee is definitely there along with some mildly bitter bakers chocolate.

M: Thick. Perhaps a bit too syrupy for my liking but it still good.

O: Great beer. The mouth feel held it back a bit but overall pretty good.

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5/5  rDev +25.6%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of tbeckett
3.7/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MrElPechor
4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

9% 2013 bottle

A : Deep Black with thick brown head, very good lacing

S: Intese espresso coffee nose

T: Roasted barley, coffee , bittering hop long final with a slightly alcojol after taste

m: Full body with light carbonation

O: a very good stout hope to taste it in bourbon cask one day

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ZorPrime
4.41/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

My bottle says its 9% abv, not 8.5%. First bottled version was higher in ABV? maybe...

This is a 2012 bottle.

My tasting notes says:

The color is black, very dark. Nice brown head on top of it. Creamy looking, dense and sticky. Nice looking beer. Almost perfect. Very nice smell... its delicious. Coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. The taste is dominated by chocolate with a nice bitterness of espresso coffee. Wow. The taste lingers for so long, its amazing. DDC knows how to do Stout! Voluptuous in the mouth, quite complex and big too.

The alcohol is so well hidden, its crazy! So well done but so dangerous. You want to drink more than one, but you will be toasted! :)

As it warms up, the alcohol will make its presence. The beer is a true sipper... winter warmer for those cold nights. Wish we could get this one all winter long.

Well balanced. Some citrusy hops in the back.

Overall: Very good. Awesome.

Photo of MacQ32
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2012 Vintage (exactly 1 year old 11/2012), thanks seblp!

A - Pours a deep dark brown, damn near black with nearly a finger of chocolate colored head, ok retention, decent lacing as well. Looks fairly thick

S - A great combination of smokey and sweet, almost reminiscent of a smokey pretzel. Definitely some vanilla and chocolate malts in here,

T - I dont know why but I keep reverting back to smoke pretzel flavors, lots of roastyness, mild earthy hops, and some sweet chocolate. Lots of espresso and earthy bitterness at the finish and aftertaste. Really enjoying this!

M - Pretty spot on, decently carbonated but fullish bodied, i feel like this one could serve as a sipper due to the rhobust flavors but the solid amount of carbonation (not too much) also makes it easier to drink quicker if I feel so inclined.

O - Really impressed with this, cant wait to try the 2012 strong ale and the 2012 barleywine from these guys!!!

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of SebD
4.13/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick mocha head that dies down slowly and leaves some great lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of dark roasted malts, some coffee/espresso, caramel, definite chocolate and a slight smokiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some nice roasted malts, the coffee/espresso really comes out, dark chocolate, some sweet caramel and an earthy bitterness.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of Jeffo
4.48/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Got this from Hopsolutely recently. Cheers for the beers guys!

From a bottle into a snifter
Bottled November 2012

APPEARANCE: Pours black and somewhat transparent, yielding a small, medium loooking, mocha colored head with decent retention. Head fades to a thin film and ring. Black body and medium levels of carbonation evident. A light ring remains but no real lacing down the glass. Okay for the style.

SMELL: Lots of roasted notes, some leather, dark chocolate and molasses on the nose. Very bold, with some sweet cream in there as well. Very nice.

TASTE: Roasted and sweet molasses up front with chocolate and more bitter coffee and sweet molasses flavors into the finish. Big, bold and lingering aftertaste of roasted and smoky flavors, bitter dark chocolate and coffee, with some light sweet cream as balance. This is outstanding and so flavorful at 9%. Excellent stuff.

PALATE: Fuller body and medium levels of carbonation. Velvety creamy on the palate, goes down silky smooth and finishes slightly sticky. Wonderful feel to say the least.

OVERALL: Excellent. Very impressive imperial stout, with all the right things in the right places. The look could be darker with better lacing for the style, but the rest of the show is top notch. Another great stout beer from DDC. Highly recommended.

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.