Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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89
very good

205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.55%
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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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of abriggs1
4.79/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is just about the perfect Russian Imperial Stout. Roasty with a nice balance of caramel and chocolate malt flavors. The appearance is of a chocolate cake with beer-laced butter for a frosting; Beer porn.

The mouthfeel is silky and smooth, and has a good amount of that Peche Mortel oiliness that took the beer world by storm a decade ago. But that silkiness is even creamier, and comes to the front with a sarsaparilla and root beer smoothness that's out of this world.

The taste is everything you can imagine in a stout; coconut, chocolate, molasses, cola, root beer, a hint of cherry, and vanilla right up the ass. Not as much coffee and bourbon flavors as most stouts, and they're not missed in this one.

Dieu De Ciel is possibly the greatest brewery on planet earth. Who else can produce beers like this? I've had some crazy good Russian Imperial Stouts in my day from places like Hill Farmstead, North Coast, Sierra Nevada, Stone, New England Brewing Company, Cigar City, and many others. This may just be my favorite stout.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of dar482
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of TheBrewLady
3.25/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

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3/5  rDev -24.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of Flounder57
4.01/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -37.2%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.