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Noire - Goose Island Beer Co.

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Reviews: 5
Hads: 7
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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Goose Island Beer Co.
Illinois, United States | website

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale | 5.90% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: tmitch75 on 06-15-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Hads: 7
Reviews by botham:
Photo of botham
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on cask at the Clybourn Brewpub. pours black with faint garnet highlights and two fingers of tan, dense head that is creamy and takes a minute or two to subside. minimum lacings.

aroma is of dark fruit up front, mainly raisens and plums, with a lightly grainy base. somewhat non-descript in the nose, without any real defining characteristics.

taste has the same dark fruit as the nose with a very light roasted character, nestled right up next to the fruit. there is a subtle sweetness overall, without much else for the palate. well composed overall and just subtle enough to be a good cask brew, but in the end it needs some defining characteristic to call its own.

mouthfeel is light bodied and smooth with a mildly sweet character and an extremely smooth finish.

drinkability is good. this brew plays the 'cask' card well, but in the end it needs a bit more to be a great brew. it ends up being an exercise in subtlety, which is drinkable, but not too memorable.

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Photo of emerge077
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On cask today at Clybourn.

Served in a fluted tulip glass, it looked black with a bit of khaki foam on top. Turning it in the light brought out some reddish brown highlights at it's edges, with crystal clarity. It was served at cask temp, maybe 55º. The aroma reminded me of homebrew honestly. Just a little bit green and under attenuated. Aroma was mostly a muted sweet apple. Flavors of baked spiced apple, a little buttery, with a slippery feel. Vague bitterness in the back after a larger mouthful. Low carbonation, and easy enough to drink. It just seemed to be lacking complexity, especially as a dark Saison.

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Photo of GbVDave
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in an MBA imperial pint at Goose Island-Clybourn 6/18/08. Thanks to HeatherAnn for the assist!

A: Served a dark black with faint ruby highlights and a tiny off white head. Minimal lacing.

S: Strong aromas of spicy Saison yeast, roasted malt, dark chocolate, and sweet dark fruit.

T: See above with the addition of spices, bitter hops, and a tart fruitiness.

M: Tangy and dry. Very interesting mixture of dry roastiness, bitter dark chocolate, dry spices, sweet dark fruit, and a touch of sharp & tart fruit.

D: Pretty excellent. Sort of like a Black Saison. Kudos to Will Turner!

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Photo of johanvond
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I Had the Noire at the Clybourn. It came in a tulip glass with a slight cream colored head sitting on top of a deep mahogany body. It was giving off a aroma of sour black roasted currents. Off the first sip you get a instant hickory like flavor that settles into a smokey campfire backed up by carmel and fruity esters. The hops are only briefly detected in the aftertaste. Noire has a nice interplay of smoke, tart and sour. You can also detect a small amount of clove and bananas. Pleasant and thought evoking with out being heavy.

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Photo of tmitch75
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice black color and thin tan head. Should've been served in a tulip (even according to the menu), but I was short on time and did not get it corrected.

Smell is rather muted, slightly roasted with nice tart and peppery notes.

Flavor is a bit fuller, roasty with fruity and tart notes. Slightly spicy without too much astringency.

A tasty and unusual beer thanks to the use of saison yeast. Very tasty.

Sampled on tap at the brewery on 6/10/08.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of ccozzi
4/5  rDev +5.5%

Noire from Goose Island Beer Co.
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