Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.34/5 rDev +9%
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.
03-03-2014 05:02:29 | More by Misanthropy_Sipping
3.9/5 rDev -2%
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.
03-02-2014 03:41:28 | More by bmwats
4.34/5 rDev +9%
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.
02-24-2014 01:18:15 | More by KYGunner
4.45/5 rDev +11.8%
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.
02-18-2014 02:02:20 | More by Maxwell
3.69/5 rDev -7.3%
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.
02-17-2014 02:57:46 | More by smcolw
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.