Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire - Unibroue

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly NoireNoire De Chambly / Chambly Noire

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Ratings: 864
Reviews: 644
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 34
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Beersignal on 09-29-2005

Name changed from Chambly Noire to Noire de Chambly in Aug. 2009.
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Reviews by dwilson01:
Photo of dwilson01
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz into my brand new New Belgium tulip glass. The body is dark, composed mainly of black, but with hints of a tan/red brick color along the edges when held to a light. The head is a creamy off white foam, two fingers worth which dissipates slowly and evenly while it is replenished by small carbonation bubbles creeping up the sides of the brew.

The scent is balanced very well, initially I thought fruits were the main component, but this is definitely just a component of a more complex maltiness. I get a toasted sweet brown sugar and a dark currant and raisin smell with a small amount of esters included.

The flavor of this brew differed from the smell a bit, the first thing I noticed was the fruitiness I detected in the smell had changed to more of a tart raspberry than the dark currant. The sweetness from the malt is there but takes a more background feel, it gives me more of a toasted sweet bread type taste. I also get a small nutty flavor to this as well as a very light roasted malt flavoring.

The mouthfeel is interesting, this brew seems to feel more solid and chewy than a belgian strong dark ale and yet it is only a belgian dark. This is definitely a product of the lesser amount of carbonation in the beer, it has less of that champagne-like mouthfeel, and more of a dark ale/porter feel to it which I enjoy.

Very drinkable brew if you want to drink fast, and also a sipper if you choose to savor the flavor. I would say this is an all around quite well balanced beer, and the first from Unibroue I have intrigues me and I hope to try some more soon!

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed dark brown with some floaties and chukies into a chalice,a thinner wispy beige colored head atop.Spiced phenols in the nose along with caramel toffee and light roast,it was a little lackluster.Roasted nuts and caramel-like sweetness come thru upfront on the palate, again lightly spiced phenols as well as a hint of raisin.This beer could beer could be really good but it seems to lack a big punch,there is something missing here.

Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is absolutely gorgeous! The liquid is a dark dark brown and the head is off-white but huge and retentive. It’s damn near perfect.

Smell – The nose is subdued here, even as the ale warms. The dark, doughy yeast dominates though, which I always enjoy. There’s a light bananas foster fragrance here as well.

Taste – The yeast comes through at the taste and is almost weizen-like. The malts are a bit darker than I picked up at the smell and there’s a light peachy fruiting to compliment the banana.

Mouthfeel – This was lightly carbonated but the carbs were sprightly and the body in between light and medium.

Drinkability – This is a great drinking BSDA that is really light in the ass, which can be a good thing under some circumstances.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice presentation on a 750 ml bottle. I appreciate the history lesson, the picture, the cork, and the cap. Cork makes a big champagne “pop” upon opening. Pours a dark brown chestnut, near mahogany, into a goblet. Head is light brown, big, and beautiful. Retention is very good. Bubbles are large, reinvigorating the head each time the glass is lifted. Aroma is quite yeasty with a bit of lemon and cream. Touches of vanilla and banana as it warms. Taste is subtle, much less in your face than most Unibroue. Some sweet malts, peaches, pepper, a nutty yeastiness, and a spicy lemon finish. Mouthfeel benefits from the large carbonation. While its smooth to the point of being almost flat up front, it comes back with an ass kicking bite in the finish. Body is on the light side of medium and very refreshing. Very drinkable, and much more approachable for the newbie than any of their other brews but not really for me. I want a little more. Nice beer but a tad bland. Not worth the money in my book.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with best by date of 2/22/08. A dark brown, almost black with a thick coffee-colored head. Aroma of coffee and prunes. Taste was coffee, sweet fruit, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. A little on the thin side. Still, an enjoyable beer from Unibroue.

Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged. It’s a gorgeous bottle, with a label depicting a Carignan-Sallières soldier pointing to a distant target, backed by his brethren.

Massive “pop!” as the cork is released. It’s followed by a highly carbonated pour. The liquid is black, rich and opaque; deep brown hues show around the edges of the glass. The foaming head peaks with a milky coffee - colored froth, then settles to a thin, wispy lace.

The aroma is soft, with hints of pepper, cracked wheat and malt powder, as well as notes of fruit juice and caramel. It grows both yeastier and more metallic as the beer warms.

As its carbonation comes into contact with the palate, the beer exhibits a medium body and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A well-placed candy sweetness dominates, as smooth caramel plays off bold fruitiness, with suggestions of fresh orange and peach. Complex spices - pepper, anise - highlight the alcohol and cause a prickliness on the palate. Eventually, an interesting smokiness emerges to balance the rest. Near the finish, there’s a light, wheaty tang and an increasing dryness, which meshes with hints of peach skin. It ends dry, with a coarser, faintly nutty yeastiness. Bitterness and hop flavors are minimal, marked only by a thin citric edge and a soft leafy feel.

Chambly Noire is another delicious offering from Unibroue, and another triumph for dark beers! Even skeptics will enjoy this complex, well-balanced, immensely flavorful and unique brew.

I recommend pairing Chambly Noire with grilled salmon, a plate of smoked cheeses and cured meats, or even some smoked pecans. Raw oysters might hold up to this one, too - preferably plump and briny Wellfleets.

Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

A- Big frothed up tan head, decent head retention ... big bubbles. Hazy mahogany color.

S- Slightly spicy with a faint lemony, peachy and vanilla aroma. Hint of dark malt and nutty yeast in the back.

T&M- Smooth and very crisp, medium body. Nice mix of spicy wheat and watery dark malt. Yeast middle to end, clean powdery yeast. Not much else on the palate. Semi-dry finish.

D- A tad dull IMO, I guess I was expecting more out of this beer. Tasty, but just not as in-your-face as many of the other Unibroue beers are.

Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle pours a dark chestnut body with a small beige head. Patchy lace is left on the goblet. Aroma is spicy and yeasty, raisins and earthy wild mushrooms. Medium body is lightened by an aggressive carbonation. Taste is spicy and earthy. Dark fruit presence is prunes. Wild mushrooms evidence the yeasty character. On the malty side, yet dry on the finish. Very enagaing and quite drinkable, but not overly exciting.

Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, "best before" dating provided, typical Unibroue packaging. Pours near black with some ruby notes shining through, dark latte froth, good retention and leaving some spotty and short lived lacing. Nose is mildly of some smoky dark rum. More smoke, caramel, and other dark malts noted on the palate. This is a thinner and more accessible brew then expected from Unibroue. More of an everyday sessioner, then the typical, strong, perhaps over the top selections from this north of the border brewer. Understated and tasty, worth a try. Probably would be nice with some spicy BBQ.

Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark and highly carbonated

Smell: It smells like Belgian spices, yeast, dried fruit, and a bit of blacky cherry

Taste: I taste a mix of balck cherries, coriander, and spice
Mouthfeel:a bit sweet--I can feel the carbonation

Drinkability: I think this is a highly drinkable beer. I love the dried fruit taste and could easily drink a six...My favorite from the brewery so far based off of taste

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. An opaque, dark brew, with a little bit of brown around the eges. The pour produces an inch of off-white head which retains itself well. Lacing coats the glass with every sip.

Nose is a bit underwhelming, considering my previous bottle was Don de Dieu. A bit of yeast, caramel and fruit. Surprisingly hard to detect.

Very smooth, slightly yeasty, with notes of caramel and plum. Slightly tart to the finish, a bit of fig there as well. A milder version of the BDA style. Very easy to drink, certainly enjoyable, but a bit bland for Unibroue. However, despite being "bland for Unibroue" this is still pretty excellent.

A good session brew (about as good as Unibroue gets in this regard), but certainly pales in comparison to the brewery's successful brews. Enjoyable, but not very exciting. A good introduction beer to the style, I have to say.

Photo of magictrokini
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't really do much for me. Brown pour with a good-sized off-whtie head. Vinuous nose with licorice, cherries, and spice. Flat mouthfeel. Fruity, sweet, and spicy. Lots of grapes. Turned into concord grape juice with beer added. It just felt as if somehting was missing.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a gold foil wrapped twist-off cap served into a tulip glass. Deep brown with an off-white towards tan head about an 1" tall. Tiny tightly knitted strings of bubbles rushing up around the sides of the glass leaving some webby lacing down the glass.

Lots of dark fruity aromas,slightly viniuos,slightly woody/earthy with sweet overrippen fruity nutty maltiness.

Clean taste to start with tangy subtle dark fruitiness. Earthy with a dry vinious,slighly grassy and some mineral like qualities. The body with somewhat thin,not what i expected. Not a bad beer just left me wanting more. Not up to par with other Unibroue beer i've tried

Photo of kingcrowing
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter

pours a nice deep dark black that's got some nice dark brown with a light brown very thin lhead that stays.

Taste is sharp sweet, a bit funky with a sharp tartness that's fairly plesant and sweet. It is asid beer that's usually at a great price. Worth trying!

Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Noire de Chambly opens to a nose that anyone familiar with Unibroue will be familiar with, featuring their funky, spicy yeast strain that lends a mulled apple cider note with threads of apple cider vinegar. In addition, there are apple, orange, berry, and cherry fruit esters, as well as what seems to be a faint haze of cigarette smoke, like stepping into a nightclub in the middle of the day. These mix with an undercurrent of brown bread, toast crust, biscuit, and floury baguette. A peppery spiciness overlays everything in typical Unibroue fashion. As a whole, the beer is nice, but seems to be lacking some of the depth and complexity associated with Unibroue beers. The light 6.2% ABV is likely the cause of much of this, robbing the beer of sugars, so that the proprietary yeast supply quite a large portion of the aroma.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately peppery and spicy, the typical Unibroue yeast notes of spiced cider and vinegar joined by scads of white and black pepper, burning the tongue. Apple, cherry, berry, and orange fruit esters bring fruity relief, as do thin bits of brown sugar. Brown bread, floury baguette, and biscuit add earthiness. The spice notes, however, take center stage, bringing not only pepper, but harsh whole-stick cinnamon and bits of cardamom and nutmeg—so if this is spiced cider, it’s overly-spiced cider. The aftertaste is heavily spiced, following the main mouthful, but even more so as the sugars die off, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium-high, approaching champagne, and causing the better portion of the mouthful to turn into foam.

As a whole, this is certainly decent beer, but when considered against the rest of Unibroue’s lineup, ends up being somewhat of a disappointment. The spicy, yeasty notes are simply overpowering here, causing the rest of the beer to be rather lost, and the heavy carbonation ends up marring the mouthfeel with foaminess. Decent, but could have used a bit more sugar, and a lot less CO2.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a goblet out of 750ml belgian style bottle. poured a nice initial head that left pretty quickly. the color is almost completely black with an off white head. nice lacing. the smell is mostly the belgian yeast esters, banana, clove, maybe a little dried fruit. somewhat of a flowery smell off the pour. the taste is somewhat malty with some very nice belgian yeast going on, perhaps some dried fruit, dates, prunes. finishes a little dry with a very nice fruity after taste. the only thing that could have been a little better with this one was that it was slightly watery and maybe even a little over carbonated, but i defiantely enjoyed it as well as all the other unibroue beers ive tried. definately some very quality belgian style beer and this one is definately worth checking out exspecially if you want a nice belgian with a little less alchol.

Photo of chickenm
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

750mL bottle. Pours very dark brown with an off-white head. Aroma of yeast, some dark fruits, and malt. Flavour is slightly sweet with malt and Unibroue yeast. This seemed quite thin and watered down. It's easy to drink but I was kind of disapointed by this. Not one of Unibroue's best.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz offering label pays homage to black capped soldiers who fought some of the native peeps...appears a dark cola brown hue as it's poured into my Delerium pink elephant ridden chalice, almost noire seems a bit schwarzish and it presents itself with a nicely formed head with uneven sporadic lace strips as it dwindles. Aroma cotains somewhat of an edgy fruit and hop character with some raisin and tart lactic notes with the herbal hop seeming somewhat leafy in the tobacco sense with some extracurricular spicing noticeable as well. Taste has a doughy chocolate with soft but tart raisin/grapeseed tea leaf profile nothing here is too cohesive finishes with some sweet spiced plum highlights with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied brew evenly carbonated a bit silky on the palate. alright Unibroue offering not my favorite from their repotoire doesn't wow like their other creations used to prior to the Sleeman buy out.

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by Feb. 2011, so more than a year past this, but a higher ABV beer properly stored, bottle refermented, and with no signs of deterioration in the pour. aroma or flavor. A good bit of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle, some of which was added mid-taste. Served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Very dark brown; a vigorous pour raised a creamy but short-lived tan head. Lasting partial top coat and ring.

S: Sweet smell, mainly of dark fruits (cooked raisins and a bit of dates and prunes) and cognac.

T: Plenty of dark fruit flavor with prunes and raisins dominant. A yeasty dark bread flavor as a base. Hints of vanilla, cooked peaches, white pepper and cognac. A touch of tartness keeps the sweetness in control.

M: Very good, medium-low carbonation; creamy smooth; slight dryness in the finish.

O: Another fine, complex and unique beer from Unibroue. Not one of my favorites from them but easily recommended.

UPDATE: ages well, based on a Best Before 2009 bottle consumed in Jan. 2013.

Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Nice dark brown color and with a nice brown head that holds some thick lacing.

Smell- Sweet currants, citrus, sweet malts, and maybe some cocoa.

Taste- Very sweet dark fruits, with some light citrus flavors. Finish is caramel.

Mouthfeel- The mouthfeel is light for such a dark beer. The carbonation is high for the style as well.

Drinkability- Drinkable dark beer that never feels heavy or overpowering. I might use this to introduce people to darker beers.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown opaque body with a light brown head that pops with excitement. No carbonation is visible through the body and the head settles down after a bit.

S- The sweet smell of toasted malt and brown sugar has a faint Belgian yeasty note that is not really bubblegum or banana but has faint qualities of both.

T- This beer has a dark slightly sweet malt flavor with some notes of molasses and perfume in the taste. The finish is pretty neutral with a faint sweetness that just gives the beer more depth and is not cloying.

M-The mouthfeel is medium with a slight fizz at the finish.

D- This beer has some nice perfume and malt qualities of a Dubbel but it has more dark malt that gives a stoic twist that is very nice.

Photo of pwoods
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, gold foil topped, purchased at Party Source, poured into a Unibroue flute.

A: Pours a dark, opaque Mahogany. 1ish finger worth or lightly tinted head forms and holds nicely. A bit of lacing.

S: Malty and Belgian candied sugar sweetness. Plenty of yeast. Maybe a touch of funk?

T/M: Light caramel and lots of sweet Belgian candied sugar. Some zesty yeast and grapes and raisins. There's a bit of tartness. Body is medium light with lots of Belgian carbonation.

D: Low ABV and decently easy to drink. The regular Belgians(as opposed to the Belgian Strongs) usually leave me with something to be desired.

Photo of hughesm4
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- Very Dark, Completely opaque. Just the way I like my dark ales

s- Smells wonderfully of spices and floral buds

t- Tastes good. Nothing special, good amount of spices.

m- Feels nice when you hold it in your mouth before you drink it down. Leaves just a small tingling feeling on your tongue.

d- Goes down incredably smooth. A near perfect combinations of ingredients, enough to taste them all, but none to strong to leave an overpowering taste in the mouth.

A wonderful beer that I would recommend to anyone, unless they don't like good beer.

Photo of sloejams
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Recently, I heard of Unibroue's latest, but have been unable to find it in my local shops of Los Angeles. On my recent cross-country trek, I finally came upon it in Chicago. Again with the cool label (yeah you like it too), Chambly Noire was not messing around. It poured dark into my glass. It looked almost exactly like Coca-Cola, but with less carbonation. A dark ale indeed.

It had wonderful aromas of cherry, raisin and Belgian yeast strains. The flavor was strong and a bit sweet. It is a lot lighter than the color suggested but has a slight welcome alcohol warmth. The dark Belgian taste is predominant. A fine beer from fine brewers.

Photo of zjungleist
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black, yeilding a murky brown to the light, with a very nice dull tan head. The smell is sour and earthy. The taste is hard to pinpoint, as it is complex, but it is not very bold. Malts and clove with a tart aftertaste are present in nearly every sip, while anise, black and roasted malts, even lemon peel and black pepper take turns in the spotlight. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but at the same time slightly watery. Drinkability is about medium, not at all effected by ABV, but this beer is most certainly filling. Overall, most certainly an enjoyable brew, but hard to pair with anything.

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
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