Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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3.96/5 rDev -0.5%
The beer comes in a dark black color with a small tan head.
The aroma is aggressive roast, hints of smoke, molasses, and licorice.
The flavor follows. This is a very robust stout that will put hair on your chest. It's has bitter licorice, smoke, anise, and heavy bitter roasted qualities on the back end. The mouthfeel is medium to medium plus with touches of alcohol throughout.
06-09-2014 02:17:34 | More by dar482
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
3.71/5 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
4.01/5 rDev +0.8%
11.5 oz bottle was poured into a tulip.
Appearance: This beer poured a two finger mocha head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a pitch black color with no vision of bubbles coming up the glass. Spotty lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.
Smell: Roasty, chocolate, molasses, toffee, caramel, and a little booze.
Taste: Roasted coffee, char, toffee, caramel, bitter chocolate, bitterness, and a little booze in the rear.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, a little booze, low to medium carbonation, and slight bitterness.
Overall: This beer got better as it warmed. I am starting to run out of options for this brewery here in Boston. Not too many bottles left to choose from.
05-06-2014 05:57:47 | More by Flounder57
3.96/5 rDev -0.5%
Nice dark head. Smells roasty, bitter chocolate, maybe some vanilla, maybe a very tiny hint of alcohol. Has some nice sweetness in the taste fairly early on. Having a hard time pinpointing the flavors, but it's good. Roasty. Vanilla. I'm not getting the typical black coffee/dark chocolate, maybe they're just blending together very well. Very bitter on the end; this has to be one of the most bitter stouts I've ever tasted. Not insanely bitter or anything, just a lot for a stout.
04-02-2014 02:26:51 | More by Mikeluzzjr
4/5 rDev +0.5%
Batch 03 - Dark, black pour with a thin tan head and clumpy lacing.
Pleasant aroma of sweet malt, marshmallow, vanilla and ash.
Taste is big on charred, roasty malt partially offset by a pleasant marshmallow sweetness. There are hints of coffee, vanilla, and chocolate. The finish is rather bitter and ashy - while not unpleasant due to the sweetness and creamy texture, the charred malts become a little overbearing (queue the illustration) and overshadow the finer details.
The viscous texture combined with the creamy carbonation does well for the mouthfeel.
This stout is big on flavor but relatively straightforward. Not that different from other simple, well made imperial stouts such as Founders FIS or PT5 but the mouthfeel does make for a nice experience. The beer went down surprisingly quick. However, I won't be quick to revisit given the emphasis on the charred, roasty malt character.
03-30-2014 23:56:26 | More by brianmandell
4.31/5 rDev +8.3%
Poured from the bottle into a snifter glass.
A deep thick black walnut body is presented. Very opaque. Large thick whipped up tan to dark cocoa head on the pour. Little retention but lots of speckled and snaked stream like lacing. Very aggresive and impressive appearance.
Great nose. Large charring roast but not bitter. Good mix of coffee earth qualities and smoke richness. Hints also even some leafy tobacco and dank hop qualities. Real inviting and enjoyable.
Palte comes nicely but finishes just a tad harsh. Good dark chocolate bitterness on first sip, and sharp burnt charcoal aromas. Controlled but very lingering. Sharp large hop bitterness with a pine and earth finish. Good balance of strong hop and roast mix on the finish. Palate feel hits nicely between subtle warmth and good thick coating quality.
Overall its large on the roast but luckily not overkilled. Aggressive but not booming like a classic barrel aged stout. If Sexual Chocolate could be redifned and better it would taste like this beer.
03-29-2014 19:20:48 | More by smakawhat
3.86/5 rDev -3%
a fine imperial stout, bit its simple, like a lot of the du ciel beers, it lacks a distinguishing character. maybe thats not completely fair to say, this is great beer, but in a crowded stout market, i need just a little more nuance. as close to black a sit gets, i love the politics, and the smell, which is about as dark as this thing looks. bitter and decadent, linear, cleanly busy, groovy. taste is dominated by bitter dark roast, but the smell shows vanilla and cocoa just like the aphrodisiac stout carries through in taste. i like that is cereal malt driven, plain, and still so damn good, theres not a lot of beer like this, and the ale yeast is somehow specifically eastern canadian, which if you have not been there, is a diverse yet culturally one of a kind place. rich in texture and feel, just barley enough carbonation. an A on most scales, a high B+ on mine, but only because i have a compulsion to be unnecessarily critical. this is elite, well made, different enough, and clean with still sweet chocolate overtones. not too many pull that off like this. in the context of a million beers, or of every beer i have ever consumed, its good, in the context of my first beer in several weeks, its incredible.
03-28-2014 05:36:26 | More by StonedTrippin
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.