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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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831 Ratings

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Ratings: 831
Reviews: 639
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.92%
Wants: 31
Gots: 21 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Unibroue visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Belgian Dark Ale |  6.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Name changed from Chambly Noire to Noire de Chambly in Aug. 2009.

(Beer added by: Beersignal on 09-29-2005)
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

edhizdeid, Oct 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

ZachT, Oct 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

RedAleMan, Oct 11, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

kabritz, Oct 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

KYboymatt, Sep 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

TerryW, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Bung, Sep 02, 2013
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3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by 10-30-10

P: Dark cola appearance with a khaki head that fades fast and swims to the outside creating a nice ring.

S: Sweet candy malt, grape juice, spicy funk, vinegar, fig pudding and tartness.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but more timid sweetness and tartness. Flavors are thin and oxidation has started to set in. Nose is much more enjoyable. Spice is aggressive once warmed and yeast leaves your mouth dry and chalky. Metallic finish. Thinner body than expected in a BSDA.

O: I didn't love this but I'm stoked that I got a bottle of the pre name change brew. The low ABV sums up the thin body and flavor. I would really like this in a six pack due to its easy drinkability. I probably won't be seeking this out in the future but a good brew to try.

Hopswagger, Aug 31, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

TT--Cashout, Aug 30, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

kushlash23, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Erniehoppyhung, Aug 26, 2013
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3.36/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Best before 2/22/08.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing signs of oxidation but still is pretty decent.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

tom10101, Aug 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Kopfschuss, Aug 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

OgreSanchez, Jul 28, 2013
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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.

jondeelee, Jul 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

NDG07, Jul 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

justinm4bama, Jul 22, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

kell50, Jul 02, 2013
Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.