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Grande Noirceur - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

182 Ratings
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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.98
pDev: 9.8%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -18.3%

mendvicdog, Apr 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

JamesStreet, Apr 06, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Kelp, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Mikeluzzjr
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.

Mikeluzzjr, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of durlta
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

durlta, Apr 01, 2014
Photo of brianmandell
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.

brianmandell, Mar 31, 2014
Photo of Bubbles
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Bubbles, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
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.

smakawhat, Mar 29, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
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.

StonedTrippin, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of jsh420
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

jsh420, Mar 28, 2014
Photo of Hallertau
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Hallertau, Mar 25, 2014
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +0.5%

MarkyMOD, Mar 20, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

2013beer101, Mar 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

cyrushire, Mar 18, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

rudedogg811, Mar 14, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

random846, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of MSandahl23
4.5/5  rDev +13.1%

MSandahl23, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Misanthropy_Sipping
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.

Misanthropy_Sipping, Mar 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Kurmaraja, Mar 02, 2014
Photo of bmwats
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.

bmwats, Mar 02, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

TheBeerAlmanac, Mar 02, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

aasher, Feb 28, 2014
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4/5  rDev +0.5%

samurai70, Feb 27, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

hopley, Feb 27, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

freewill35, Feb 25, 2014
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.