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Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 10
Gots: 29 | 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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AaronOp

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-14-2014 08:16:24 | More by AaronOp
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trevor_s

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-14-2014 01:16:53 | More by trevor_s
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

04-12-2014 16:32:47 | More by mendvicdog
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JamesStreet

Louisiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-06-2014 21:18:51 | More by JamesStreet
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +0.5%

04-05-2014 02:00:51 | More by Kelp
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Mikeluzzjr

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 02:26:51 | More by Mikeluzzjr
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durlta

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

04-01-2014 02:24:46 | More by durlta
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brianmandell

New York

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2014 23:56:26 | More by brianmandell
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Bubbles

California

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-30-2014 04:43:18 | More by Bubbles
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2014 19:20:48 | More by smakawhat
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.86/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 05:36:26 | More by StonedTrippin
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jsh420

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-28-2014 04:55:38 | More by jsh420
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Hallertau

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

03-25-2014 01:47:30 | More by Hallertau
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-20-2014 04:17:38 | More by MarkyMOD
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2013beer101

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-20-2014 02:23:58 | More by 2013beer101
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cyrushire

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

03-18-2014 06:08:31 | More by cyrushire
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rudedogg811

California

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-14-2014 06:04:21 | More by rudedogg811
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random846

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-09-2014 07:17:50 | More by random846
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MSandahl23

Indiana

4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

03-09-2014 07:03:58 | More by MSandahl23
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Misanthropy_Sipping

Nebraska

4.34/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

A bottle found in Denver again... somewhere... maybe Argonaut? Sounds right. I've had several bees from this brewer and have never been disappointed. I was pretty excited to see one I'd not had before.

The appearance is spot on and just plain great. Definitely earns it's 'darkness' reference. This beer is black. Pours out relatively thick with a milk chocolate head that slowly dissipates into a good latte toned skim. I really like the way it looks.

The smell is not hugely robust but definitely puts off a charred wood and malt smell. A very aggressive coffee smell as well. Very roasty. It has a slight sweetness to the nose, a sweetness one may get from smelling dark chocolate... and yeah... speaking of chocolate. There is a cocoa nib scent. A tad citrusy in a strange way.

There is a lot going on in this imperial stout taste wise. The full on robust taste of dark chocolate and coffee swing in at the forefront and then gradually wind down into a blend of toasted malts and charred wood... intermingling with a tannin like tartness that would be reminiscent of high acid coffee. There is also a sense of dried cherries I get from this beer. I also cannot avoid mentioning the unusual citrus hops that must be used in this. They really give the beer a strange, bitter, and extra dry dimension. A tint of vanilla... but all quite dry and with little sweetness.

Mouthfeel is velvety and pretty dense, which is good. It is not like drinking syrup. It just has weight, which I appreciate a lot. It is quite dry... very dry. Also quite bitter. The bitterness lingers quite well with the tannic coffee sort of deal going on. The finish and reverberation through the mouth reminds me a lot of a great cup of black coffee.

Overall, I am quite pleased in the beer. It is unusual, but it has a lot of complexity going for it. I would gladly pick up another given the chance. The same could be said of all of their beers though. Just an overall great brewery.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 05:02:29 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4/5  rDev +0.5%

03-02-2014 06:05:14 | More by Kurmaraja
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 11.5 oz bottle into a snifter.

A: Black. Pours a 1 finger, bubbly, dark brown head. Settles fairly quickly, leaving a substantial foam blanket, and a thick beer ring. Fair, spotty lacing.

S: Roasted malt grains and espresso beans and a little licorice and plum.

T: Coffee and black licorice. Hints of bitter unsweetened dark chocolate and booze.

M: Syrupy thick, hearty, and a little boozy. Bitter finish.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is really nice. Dark, thick head, and fair yet persistent lacing. Roasted grains and coffee are prominent. Thick and boozy combination of roasted components and bitter accentuates. Overall, this is a really good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 03:41:28 | More by bmwats
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

03-02-2014 01:34:37 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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aasher

Indiana

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-28-2014 14:41:40 | More by aasher
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samurai70

Missouri

4/5  rDev +0.5%

02-27-2014 02:31:37 | More by samurai70
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.