Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire - Unibroue

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Reviews: 642
Hads: 866
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.41%
Wants: 34
Gots: 28 | FT: 0
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Beersignal on 09-29-2005

Name changed from Chambly Noire to Noire de Chambly in Aug. 2009.
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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 4/2/2010. Pours slightly cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a foamy 1-2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers for a bit. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big prune, plum, caramel, apple, pear, molasses, clove, earth, tobacco, toast, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, toffee, apple, pear, toast, clove, molasses, prune, tobacco, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, pear, apple, molasses, prune, clove, toast, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malty and fruity sweetness with spiciness; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn good Belgian dark ale. Extremely nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and enjoyable stuff. Very well done. (1,083 characters)

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (1,022 characters)

Photo of ksimons
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a dark chestnut brown with a fingers worth of creamy head

S-pale malt, molasses, and a bit of mild dark fruit

T-pale malt which is surprising for how dark the beer is, very light molasses and dark fruit. Not much else going on.

M-thin body, high carbonation, light dry finish

Overall, its not too great, a little boring, a little watery and thin. Too bad since I am a big fan of other Unibroue beers. (406 characters)

Photo of TheBrewo
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

We pour a molasses colored brew. It holds a one finger head of creamy, active tan bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving bits of lacing and a ghostly sheet around the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be average, and sediment is hard to note, but nothing is grossly identified. The nose is malty and fruity. The grain bill is wrought with barley and pales, despite the darker coloring. They dip a bit darker with warmth, becoming more buttery, but by no means does the grain give caramel, chocolate, or roast. The closest thing to this is on the far back, as a tootsie roll darkness/sweetness rumbles about. The other primary aromatic is fruit, with boozy fig, fresh strawberries, and a sugary sweetness. Lactics eventually seep out, giving a little sour to the sweet for balance. As always, there is that obligatory Unibroue yeasty goodness. As we sip, black cherry hits up front. This mixes with the malts, which are puckering and souring, making for a decent balance. There are flashes of sugary sweetness, but the middle takes the sourness to a new level. This peaks, almost in the same sense as a lambic might, but with less overt and residual sugars. The dry fruity component, however, remains, along with an additional flour aspect to the malts. We finish on notes of booze, souring lemon, and a faint juicy hop stem. There is a certain mustiness about it, as well, with a final saltiness. The aftertaste breathes with peppery booze spice, coiny metallics, and a vegetable freshness. The body is medium and the carbonation is average. There is a nice creamy slurp to each sip, with bubbly froth and smack. The mouth is left with slight astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer has decent drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fruity inclusions throughout the aroma. This was not expected, and added a souring component to the flavoring. Where we lost points, actually, was in this same vein, as the souring grain become overbearing at points, taking away from an otherwise tasty beer. (2,037 characters)

Photo of Steasy66
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Dark Chocolate, light head that fades fast
S Candy Sugar, Red fruit, and a hint of dark malt
T A bit of dark malt, very little hops, overall fairly mild flavor
M Thin with less carbonation than I would like for this type of beer
O Overall, nothing special, nothing awful. (273 characters)

Photo of TownDunkel
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chambly Noire - a sweet looking bottle at the beer store, so I figured this Canadian beer was worth a sip

Appearance - the best appearance I have ever seen in an ale or almost any beer style. It is so dark that you can put it in a glass, put it in front of a television and only see the beer. That is what I am talking about.

Smell - A very complex smell but no single flavor or scents come to me. It reminds me of a oak age barrel

Taste - The taste is complexly delicious. Starts off smooth with hints of oak and then turns into a darkly coffee and cream flavor. Also, hints of mild fruits come around after several seconds.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation isn't what I was hoping for, but than again this is no porter or stout. It's head goes quickly unfortunately and it doesn't stick around for more than a minute in your head.

Overall - This may be the king of dark ale's for me. It's as dark as a stout but still light enough for an anytime drink. Must buy. (964 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: black as night. Brooding. One finger brownish collar settling into 1/8" thick tight collar.

S: ripe plum, figs with a hint of tobacco and vanilla, musty leather. It has port barrel aged qualities.

T: vanilla spice undertones, then washing away into fig and toffee. This is a pleasant taste, but not what I'd expect in Belgian Dark Ale style. I want more ripe/sour fruit flavors in this genre.

M: smooth for this style. Thin, but not in a bad way. Kinda reminds me of what could be described as java-infused Remy Martin at this ABV might be like.

Complex enough to keep me interested and not slamming me over the head with any one flavor. Very well balanced. Very good. Worth trying. (689 characters)

Photo of soulfly1492
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark roasty malt. Apples, mild yeast, some spices, brown sugar. No alcohol. Expecting this brew to be much sweeter than bitter.

Appearance: Black. I can see some brown when looking at a small volume at an angle. Pours a tall light brown head. Good retention, dissolved leaving a thin layer that sticks around for a while. No initial lacing, although the brew is still very cold. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle after the pour.

Taste: Sweet malt. There's those esters in the form of apples. Sweet molasses. Mold spicy yeast. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, which was a bit surprising. Slightly drying due to the bite of the carbonation.

Overall: A bit light, but nice flavor. Very smooth and easy to drink, which is refreshing for a dark beer with moderate alcohol. (837 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.22/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cola brown with a thin tan head that does not retain well or leave much lacing.
S- Aroma is more tart than I expected with a bit of a red wine presence, cocoa, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol.
T- Dark fruits with a bit of chocolate, and a flash of acidic wine tartness. More dark fruit and less wine character than on the nose.
M- Medium-light body, a bit acidic on the tongue.
O- I like most of Unibroue's stuff, but this one will probably be a pass in the future. (469 characters)

Photo of JuliusWolf
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: This is just an average dark appearance. It has an almost lack of head, with minor lacing.

S: Moderate sour/acidic and alcoholic malt smell, that isn't overpowering (nowhere near as strong as something like a flanders red, but enough to pique your interest). There there is a dark ripened plum smell accompanying the sourness in a complimentary fashion.

T: The taste is very complex. It starts with the sour taste akin to the smell, quickly followed by strong malty, slightly fruity flavor. The malt is then succeeded by the fruitiness growing stronger. This fruitiness is reminiscent of grape-wine and plum.

M: This beer has moderately strong effervescence which almost masks the slight silkiness.

O: This is a well crafted beer that strikes the tongue with 3 distinct stages of flavor. The beer sweetens as it warms (starting from 55F to just below room temperature). Buy one and share it with a friend. or buy 4 and share it with 7 friends, your call. (964 characters)

Photo of dpasotti
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with woody highlights at the edges. Fairly small creamy beige head on top that leaves adequate lacing. Nice aroma of red grapes, ripe apples, plum, and a little caramel.

The flavor is disappointingly flat, so much so that it's hard to describe. A little fruit and spice upfront, but no depth at all. I was expecting much more based on the great nose, but the taste just can't stand up.

The body is thin and, in my opinion, under-carbonated. Chambly Noire is not bad, it's just forgettable. Actually it could make a great darker beer for summer, when you might be in the market for something with a little less substance. (638 characters)

Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Half the glass fills with an ecru colored head with a dark brown body with deep red tints.

Smell: Figs, dark fruits and plums. A nice strong aroma.

Taste: Plum skins, wood, dried fruit (mostly raisins) and a bit of candied sugar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with average to low carbonation. Starts strong but finishes a bit weak and watery.

Overall: A decent effort. Nothing to get excited about but still good. (459 characters)

Photo of julian89
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the fourth on my 3 day Unibroue tour.

Appearance: Purplish brown, with an inch head and minimal lacing.

Smell. Some plum and raisin notes with a dark malt sweetness.

Taste: Apples with spice, kind of like a cider, with a sour mash mix of raisin and plum.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied smooth taste and carbonation.

Overall: This is a lighter dark belgian brew. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great dark Belgian. I'm tired from the day, so I feel this brew did not receive the thorough review it deserved. (508 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was glad to try this on tap, as it has a nice fresh and uncomplicated flavor. Sharp on the tongue with some burnt malt flavors, toffee, and a touch of smoke. Watery but pleasing mouthfeel. Tastes like Schwatrzbier with very little hoppiness, and a very modest amount of Belgian character compared to some other Unibroue concoctions.

A decent quaff with an interesting touch of spicy yeast and a hint of burnt raisins. At Ritual Tavern in San Diego. (451 characters)

Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
2.35/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed November 4th 2011. 750 mL bottle poured into a Tulip.

A: Poured half a finger head, but it sadly quickly disappeared. There is very little carbonation is rising to the top. The body is as dark as I like them, reminds me of a nice quality stout. I am preparing myself for flavor.

S: I smelt the standard dark fruits, figs. Dark chocolate is present, but nothing too strong which is quite sad.

T: Those dark fruits are what hit me the most. Malts and possibly sugars are present which make up theses drinks sweetness. Some minor dark chocolates appear on the palate for a very quick period of time and then they leave.

M: This body feels close to a medium body, but it could be considered thin. The carbonation was something that just felt lacking to me. The carbonation was almost absent from the mouthful, but after I saw how fast the head left then I could almost assume this is what this drink offers. I would almost suggest swirling the glass to get more carbonation out of this drink before consuming.

O: This drink simply does not do it for me. It's decent for a bit, but consuming a whole 750 mL I have grown tired of it prematurely. I will simply avoid this drink in the future. Even a pint glass is too much of this for me. (1,250 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a dark, almost completely opaque black with a brown hue around the edges. Raw sugar colored head is half an inch, dissipates to a film and holds there.

Smells of fresh grain malts, citrus, coriander, and champagne grapes.

Tastes mildly fruity, grape and citrus, with some subtle toastier malts underlying that.

Feels is medium with light frothy carbonation.

Tastes good, easy to drink, unique profile, definitely worth trying, but it loses some points for me in having a taste that's a tad bit watery. Wish the flavor was more potent. (556 characters)

Photo of HotHands
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a jet black with a large tan head that quickly fades.

S - apples, plums, Concord grapes.

T - some apple, caramel, raisin, plums, dark fruits, dried fruits, etc. It's fine.

M - body and carbonation are fine for this style.

Overall - It's pretty good, but nothing special. Definitely Unibroue's weakest offering; I really love their other beers. That said, I picked this up for $4/4pack. I don't know of any beer that's as good as this for a buck a bottle. (468 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My last review of this was of a bottle that was several years beyond the best by date, which had not aged well at all. Now I have found myself in possession of a much fresher bottle, so I have deleted the old review to replace it with this one.

A. It is still dark molasses colored, but now sports a tan creamy one finger head, and very mild levels of lacing. Carbonation is also a lot better than before, even though I would dare call it on the low side...

S. Plums and very heavy black licorice and heavy candied raisin smell, but now there is also that Unibroue signature nose of peppery spice, and psuedo-belgian yeast earthy funk...much better than before!

T. Tastes of all sorts dark fruit esters, with lots and lots of pepper sprinkled all over, some hints of breadiness pop up here and there in between faint bursts of roasted character and there is still an occasional unwelcome metallic flavor, although it makes an appearance much less often and not nearly as strongly as the way past best by date bottle had..

M. Still light bodied in nature, but doesn't dip into wateriness levels of thinness. Carbonation is only somewhat stronger than my old bottle, but that is still an improvement. (1,203 characters)

Photo of Crossmd
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on draft at Forquet Fourchette in Chambly, served about 55 degrees Fahrenheit into a Unibroue beer flute?

Came an opaque, black (as the name suggests..) with lighter hints of translucent red as the glass bottom tapers. No head was present on receiving it, but it had a sticky, light brown rim that would lace throughout.

Smell consisted of a well projected sweet malts, dark chocolate, and smoke.

The taste was generally reserved, really getting started as it was starting to dry down, rushing at the end into a blend of the same qualities found in the smell. Just the tiniest hint of effervescence was looking to keep it from getting mired, but only did that- rather than adding real texture to the mouthfeel.

Overall, not disappointing, but probably not something that I would reach for on the shelf next to other Unibroues, or other blacks. Very well paired with smoked fish or game with corn and beans maybe. Really something food friendly (With the right cuisine, it should be noted..) I guess, before it's looking to stand alone.

86. (1,048 characters)

Photo of brouwer
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of Unibroue. I had not tried this to date. On appearance it has a opaque dark brown color. It pours with a 2-3cm head. Little lacing evident. Smell of fruit with yeast. Taste is appropriately hoppy with sweet overtones. Quite drinkable. The carbonation is somewhat lacking. Overall this is a good dark but not up to some of the other Unibroue standard. (363 characters)

Photo of Rutager
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance. Pours a deep, deep brown-red with two fingers of sticky, light tan-yellow that leave some thick lacing.

Smell. Apples, plums, spicy belgian yeast and some light grains.

Taste. Apples again, slightly sour grapes, a little spicy hops and yeast and a light, clean hint of malt. Pretty refreshing on this warm summer day.

Mouthfeel. Just over light in body with lots of super-smooth carbonation.

Overall. Pretty light body and taste in this, but as I mentioned, kinda refreshing and goes down really easy. That counts for something in my books. (557 characters)

Photo of GallowsThief
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into my Duvel tulip.

A – Light cola brown color with just a touch of off white head that recedes quickly and settles. Spotty lacing.

S – Has almost a wine like aroma. Lemon and citrus.

T – Some dark fruits are balanced with citrus. Has a bit of toasty malt flavor. Caramel sweetness but not much. Drying towards the finish. Rather ho hum honestly.

M – Solid carbonation. Smooth on the palate. Medium bodied. Leaves a bit of sweetness behind as well.

O – Ok brew here. I expected more and perhaps it didn’t live up to that. This falls into the sure I will take another one but I really don’t care on way or another. (668 characters)

Photo of brystmar
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black, fizzy, minimal tan head with poor retention, no lace. Trademark Unibroue yeast in the nose, but it's more recessed than usual. Dark fruits, phenols, a touch bready.

Sadly, the taste is rather bland and boring. Sure, the signature Unibroue Lees are here, but similar to the aroma they're recessed and don't do much. All I really get here is a bit of candied sugar and some toasted malts for darkness. Slightly watery too.

The lightness on flavor is matched by its fizzy body. But truthfully, more body and less carb would help this brew tremendously.

All things considered, this isn't a bad beer; it's just disappointing considering Unibroue's other excellent offerings. (699 characters)

Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a medium brown color, settling into an unexpectedly opaque dark brown. It has an eggshell head with huge bubbles and a bit of sediment at the end. The appearance is perplexing; it has the combined qualities of a heavy stout and an effervescent Belgian.

S: Smells almost exactly like apple juice.

T/M: Taste is a lot like apple juice, too. It’s extremely light and has a high amount of carbonation, but it’s apple juice.

I could pick out some aromatic nuances and subtle flavor discrepancies here, but nothing would describe it as well as apple juice. Not as sweet and sugary and of course much, much lighter, but a carbonated apple juice nonetheless. This is a very strange brew, with its dark color and light flavor, it’s a paradox in a bottle. (794 characters)

Photo of musicforairports
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color, with ruby hues when held up to the light. Small head and no lacing.

Smells of dark fruit and a banana/clove component.

This beer reminds of of a dunkelweizen, though the fruity banana esters never really blossom once they come in in the middle. Otherwise it's dominated by dark malts. Nothing overpowering.

Low-medium mouthfeel, somewhat fizzy.

I like this better than their Blanche de Chambly, but it's not as complex as some of their others. (463 characters)

Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.