Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.34/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
As this black pearl stout oozed into a snifter I knew this was special. Despite it not being a nitro tap it had a growing and billowing cloud of carbonation along the edges as if it were alive. These bubbles churned along the edges until a neat and tidy creamy froth stacked along the top. The lacing was a sheet of thick film that caked around the edge. I've never given a 5 in appearance but this was worth it.
The aroma is full with deep char, smoky embers, burnt toffee, roasted caramel malt, coffee roast and toasted walnut.
The flavor holds more of the smoky elements with deep char and campfire embers. The sweet toffee and caramel is more or less absent but the roast, toast and coffee char seem far more frontal.
This drinks with ease, dryness and a start to creamy.
This was an absolute joy to discover as I found it on a whim. If you like deeply roasted and smoky char than this is your kind of stout.
Serving type: on-tap
02-24-2014 01:18:15 | More by KYGunner
4.45/5 rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
The beer pours like used up motor oil- thick and black. It nearly oozes out of the bottle, and leaves no head behind, and only a slight hint of very dark khaki (nearly orange) bubbles. This stout has one of the smallest head formations I have ever seen on a beer, which is fine with the style and looks fine upon this beer, but is still slightly puzzling. When washed up against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves thin and drizzling legs of alcohol to evaporate into the air. In body, the beer is viscous and impenetrable to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells like a proper RIS. Smooth roasted malt mingles with dark chocolate and French roast coffee notes. As you swirl the beer, notes of earth and must kick up into the nose suggesting a decaying forest floor alongside the roast malt character. Herbal black licorice dances around the nose as well, slightly blurring with the beers soft touch of booze. This is a luxurious and complex scent for a beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly sweet with chocolate and bread nuances. These are balanced by a smooth bitter roast with just a kiss of grassy hops at the finish. Hot alcohol does burn through the second half of the sip, but it is blended in with the other elements and does nothing to hurt the taste of the beer. This is a true work of balance in an RIS; sure, the flavors are big and intense, but overall this beer is quite smooth on the palate. In flavor, the beer begins as smooth chocolate malt, sweet cherries, just a ghost of raisin, and then spicy booze. This opens into rich French roast coffee, dark chocolate, and then decaying leaves and must. The finish turns to black licorice and root beer with smooth dark chocolate coating the back of the throat. The aftertaste is of licorice and chocolate. As the beer warms, I also start to get hints of whipped cream at the finish, which add a rich, dessert-like character to the beer. In the mouth, the beer feels oozingly fat, yet divinely silky and smooth in mouthfeel. The beer is of a heavier body, and though the smoothness helps to hide this, the way the beer oozes off the back of the palate in the finish suggests quite a heavy beer. Carbonation is practically none-existent, with only the tiniest prickle making me aware of its presence in this beer. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly damp in the middle of the tongue, but with a nice roasted-dry feeling throughout the rest of the mouth. The mouthfeel is quite luxurious, and nearly perfect, but I do wish it had just a little more grip on my tongue, so as to let me know the true weight of the beer. This beer is quite delectable, overall. Rich and complex malt flavors blend perfectly together to give a superb sip. This beer is also a great candidate for aging for one to two years, as the final traces of booze will surely meld away and bring the rich malts to further complex glory. Dieu du Ciel’s twist caps are a worry with oxidation, however, so if you do age a bottle be sure to dip it in wax. This beer is, of course, ready to drink as is, and provides quite a beautiful experience on the palate. This is the most balanced RIS I’ve had to date, and it is one of the best that I have tasted.
Serving type: bottle
02-18-2014 02:02:20 | More by Maxwell
3.69/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Small, beige head that settles quickly to rim bubbles. Some spots for lace. The color is deep brown. Light does not shine through.
Smells of rich fudge. More sweet than burnt. In fact, I'd describe it more as toasty.
The flavor is quite burnt in contrast to the smell. Strong coffee (black) flavor. Bitter finish, a bit harsh. The body is elevated from the usual RIS, but it is not rich or cloy. Good carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
02-17-2014 02:57:46 | More by smcolw
4.29/5 rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Served about 15C (59F), 9% ABV, 330 ml.
Serving type, bottle, stemmed tulip glass.
Delicious imperial stout; Brasserie, Dieu Du Ciel, a Quebec brewery.
L) It's dark brown, almost pitch black, with a dark brown head, although it doesn't last very long, and has minimal lacing.
S) Noticeable campfire/ strong coffee / obvious charred bread aroma . Chocolate is dark, but deep in the background.
T) It's got a spiciness to it that's really attractive. A damn strong espresso flavour along with heavy smoke It has an uncommonly strong, slightly piny bitterness for a stout. Heavy on the coffee, but it doesn't detract from the primary malty flavors; excellent for those of us who like espresso. These strong flavours are balanced by a gentle sweetness that mellows the intensity, keeping the 'beery', coffee and malt, tastes intact. It lingers in the mouth for well over 20 minutes. The flavour resides in the palate in the palate long after being swallowed. As it is with the smell, chocolate is there, but entirely as a backdrop to the other flvours. I detect a hint of sourness in the finish (which includes all previous flavours), but it's merely a pleasant epilogue to the initial roasty taste, like a lime sorbet after a bold main course
M) It tingles the tongue despite having minimal carbonation, but quickly turns velvety smooth.
O) Be warned, not for casual Stout/Porter drinkers, be ready for a pinch of bitterness, and darkly toasted barely. As I said, this is a "Delicious imperial stout". If you're looking for a stout that's adventurous and really damn bold, definitely give this one a shot. Coffee, campfire smoke, slightly bitter, ends fairly smooth.
Favorite 3 styles, 1- Imperial Stout
2- dubbel/ quadrupel Belgians
Serving type: bottle
02-15-2014 08:51:05 | More by NeoSmeers
3.69/5 rDev -7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Slow easy rising caramel colored foamy head. Brew is thick and black. Nice lacing, no legs.
Tons of dark, dark chocolate, yet nicely milky. Airy, and robust.
Thick, dark, chewy, creamy, full-bodied, chalky, dry, bitter, slight harshness. Carbonation is light and delicious. Flavors are much different than aroma. Flavors are somewhat unblended while nose is very nice a smooth. Kinda choppy. Lots of dark biting chocolate with tons of dry bitterness. Strange sweetness.
This is a strange, but soild brew for sure. It wants to go many different ways, but doesn't quite know where. It's recommended as a thick hearty stout, but not for drinkability. It's a one-and-done. Price point is decent @ ~$7/12oz. Give me a Narwal.
Serving type: bottle
02-13-2014 03:22:35 | More by chugalug06
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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