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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire - Unibroue

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly NoireNoire De Chambly / Chambly Noire

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Ratings: 844
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 31
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
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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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $7.00 for a 750ml bottle. Less than 6mths old. Want to try one fresh and others later....

A- Excellent! Very dark. Opened hard with a TON of brown head.... 3" in a chalice. Head dissipates over 3 to 4mins to a nice film.

S- Excellent hops and malt. Caramel hints. coriander so I know this is a blend with Blanch De Chambly.

T- Yup! Wheat dark ale 100%. Very nice blend of recipes to come up with a winner. All around great beer. Airy and light despite the colour. Touch metallic though.

M- Very good. Very carbonated. Needs a bit of time to blend the flavors of dark ale and wheat beer.

O- Excellent! Will try again next year to see how it aged.

Food Paring....

This very young, very carbonated beer surprisingly goes well with... Sushi!!!

For some reason this one went very, very well with sushi. Even with the light fish flavor it still does not overpower.

Thx for reading

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noire De Chambly isn't quite black ("noire") but it sure is dark; there may be a flicker of colour to the light but I have to stress *maybe* (in the sense that maybe others will see some but I don't). That being said, there's no mistaking this for a stout, if for no other reason than its tall, foamy, distinctly Belgian-esque head.

Unibroue has such a distinctive yeast that it's typically easy to distinguish their beers by smell alone. This beer's bouquet, however, has a slightly different profile: more spicy and, as the name suggests, appreciably 'dark'. It's got black licorice, cocoa powder and so much clove, ginger and anise that I don't know whether to drink it or bake with it.

The taste is relatively mild thanks to a lightly sweet and gently toasted maltiness, but vivid notes of star anise, perfumed clove and fresh-zested ginger continue on the palate and the full extent of their spiciness is felt with a little sting on the finish of each sip. It drinks kind of like a strongly-steeped chai tea (albeit with bold yeast and alcohol overtones).

Despite the sting of spices and bubbles, the mouthfeel falls a little flat. There is nowhere near the depth or richness of malt to induce chocolate or caramel notes - heck, there's hardly enough to evoke raisins even - and, as result, the alcohol overpowers (even at a reasonable 6.2%). The clove, anise and ginger notes go almost unchallenged.

Unibroue is arguably one of the best brewers of Belgian ales outside of Belgium but Noire de Chambly - unlike most of their offerings - doesn't quite live up to the Old-World ales it's been modeled after. It's not a bad recipe by any means, but the monks and time-honed brewers of Walloonia and Flanders make much more graceful and complex ales than this.

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3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

True to it's name, Noire de Chambly pours almost black with a light two finger head that breaks quickly leaving little in the way of lacing or a cap.

The smell is mild, the Unibroue yeast is prominent and there is a scent of cloves, spices and some very mild dark fruits.

Taste is also mild, the yeast comes through as do the cloves and spices. Further back one gets some grapes or even apple. There is medium carbonation and a light finish on this beer.

Overall, I would have to say that this is a fair beer, and perhaps one that Unibroue could improve. It does not match their other offerings in flavor or texture. I would however recommend this as a good intro beer to the unibroue family.

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 844 ratings.