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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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844 Ratings

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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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Photo of cabsandking
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yes, it is definitely noire! Big bubbled, foamy, light tan head that fades too quickly. The nose is malty with hints of licorice. Its starts of subtly with mild hops and malt balance...kind of watery. Orange and other citrus show up. Thin to medium body. Overall a mellow beer (particularly compared to other Unibroue) , but still very complex in terms of flavor and texture. Continuos to grow towards the end with increased acidity and a hint of earthy, bourbon like note.

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

12oz bottle poured into a chalice.

Pours a dark brown with deep blood-colored highlights, capped by a modest 1/4" beige cap of foam, which quickly disipates into near-nothingness.

Spicy, peppery hops are the first wave of assault on your nose, followed by a large yeasty presence. Some rich banana comes into play as well.

Lemon-pepper and lots of yeast in the flavour. However, pretty boring all in all.

Excessive carbonation hurts this one... the mouthfeel is entirely too sharp.

While inoffensive in the taste, the mouthfeel doesn't help in this regard. Decent, but not something I will search out again. Certainly one of this great breweries more mediocre offerings.

Photo of sstackho
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased in 6-pack for $10-$12 from grocery store (? Loblaws?) in Hull, Quebec. Apt to its name, it pours black with significant head - not much lacing. Aroma is somewhat faint - makes me wonder if proper glassware makes a difference - not that I'd know what the proper glassware is for this type of beer. Taste is not overpowering, with remnants of yeast of a Belgian brew, if I am placing that correctly. Rather underwhelming for a Unibroue beer, if only due to the lofty standards they have set themselves up to. I would pick up Maudite over this one any day.

Photo of bruachan
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

dark, eh. i don't see it. what i mean by that is that i can't see through it—at all. totally black with spotty belgian film on top. interestingly, the first smell i get is...witbier? yup. clearly we've got the blanche de chambly yeast here, and it's by far the dominant aroma. i'm trying very hard to get some dark malts, but i can't get beyond that yeasty façade

not by any means what i expected. in a blind taste i would never have guessed this brew looked like a stout. it really acts like a wit. it's tastier than blanche de chambly, but i'm getting nothing from the darkness

Photo of dherling
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The black hat of New France King Louis XIV's soldiers, sent to slaughter the Iroquois is the inspiration of the name of this dark deed, the latest offering from Unibroue. It pours a luxurious looking dark brew, with a thick, bubbly head that took forever to die down. The nose was surprisingly light, with a yeasty odor. On a second inspection, I picked up light malt and banana. My first sip was wonderful, what a creamy, lovely mouthfeel, and a fullbodied wave of flavor. There were some earthy and metallic tones, with a sharp effervescent bite that hid some light chocolate and banana. This may be the most drinkable dark beer I've ever had. Enjoy!

Photo of silver0rlead
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nearly opaque black with a thick cola colored head that retains nicely. The aroma is intriguing, with candy sugar and spices upfront, along with a roastiness, dark fruits, yeast and some alcohol. The flavor is similar to the aroma with spices and candy sugar upfront, along with a big yeast character, dark fruits (plum, fig, date), subtle roastiness, and some alcohol. The mouthfeel is medium with slightly high carbonation and drinkability is not that great as the alcohol is fairly evident. An interesting beer, not that drinkable but interesting

Photo of IntriqKen
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a ruddy black amber with a smallish tan head that melts to very fine lacing.
Aroma is predominately belgium yeast with faint raisen or dark fruit with a nice hint of caramel apple.
Taste is definate belgium yeast with some dark fruits in the middle then citrus tang on the end.
Nice mouthfeel of solid carbonation.
This is a quafer from Unibroue....not a heavy after dinner drink like most of their brews...a solid combination of tastes, mouthfeel, and aroma put together in a lighter ABV.
A solid offering.

3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another offering from the canadian belgium camp of Unibroue

poured nicely into a duvel glass, great brown colors washing up on the glass with a full head that disappeared pretty quickly and left little lacing behind

not too much aroma coming from the glass, a little roasted malt

i thought it would be a little zestier as it it my mouth, the carboantion meloowed out very quickly and almost feels a little flat

the flavor is more brown ale than belgian dark and although it is a little bit sweet, there really isn't any spice present

overall very mellow

additionally, the label seems to be a little offensive to native americans/canadians

Photo of lpayette
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The first beer I reviewed with my new beer journal... man am I behind on posting reviews.

12oz bottle.

Appearance- Quite dark in color- about as dark as the average stout. Head is pretty small- barely filling to the top of my snifter which I usually can't fit a whole 12oz beer in. What head is available dissipates quickly leaving only a small ring around the outside.

Smell- Fruity belgian alcohol smells. Faint hints of dark malts. Some smokeyness. Interesting.

Taste- Your typical belgian and alcohol tastes here, combined with stout-like darkly roasted malt flavors. Some clove-like notes as well.

Mouthfeel- seems pretty much right on for me. Nice tingly sensation. Fairly smooth.

Drinkability- I found this to be quite drinkable and the alcohol is not so intense as in other beers of this style. A better taste might have also attributed to a 5 in drinkability.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a seemingly black color, but when held to the light, it bursts forth with burgundy and cherry. Very nice. The head is a persistent, slightly tan film.

Smells of a sweet spicy yeast, a slight wheat, dry tart cherries and a hint of bubble gum. there's also a powdered sugar and honey sweetness hiding in the background.

Tastes of a dry, herbal yeast with a little rye bread that’s nestled up against a slightly metallic, tangy, tart cherry. Initially, there doesn’t seem like there’s that much going on here, but the flavor gets amplified in the finish that fades to a dry red wine.

The mouth feel is very light and dry that slightly numbs the tip of my tongue along with a very fine swarm of bubbles.

Not too bad. It’s very light and easy drinking, perhaps better served with a meal.

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

looks impressive.extremely deep ruby, almost black. large head that quickly dies down. big doses of wheat and yeast, light malt and spice. very unibroue. taste is not a suprise, def. wheat all over, lightly sweet dark malts. the slightest bit of clove and maybe pepper. highly carbonated, lively and a pleasure to drink. not complex like some other unibroue offerings, this one is relaxed. simple yet satisfying. a nice dark wheat with that spicy, champagne like unibroue twist. if that sounds like your bag, check it out.

Photo of beermanbrian
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

Another big thanks goes out to maltygoodness for this one.

Brown soda color with a creamy tan head. Plenty of small carbonation bubbles flowing to the top. Smell is pretty mild. A little bit of roasted malt and some nut flavors too. Taste is a little mild too but very nice. Light milk chocolate taste and faintest hint of pepper in the finish but all very subdued. A little bit thin in the mouthfeel. This just isn't a bold in your face beer but it is a nice drinker. Very enjoyable. Dosn't live up to Unibroue normally high standards but is still an above average beer. Might be a nice one to use to break a novice into Belgian beer.

Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
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 DogFood11
4.33/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml poured into a snifter it forms a easily managed, loose, tan head that leaves trace lacing. Jet black body, and the carbonation grabs the side of the glass and supports the head nicely.

Belgian yeast is so dominant and this is no exception. Darker fruits, some mild spices take charge towards the finish. Cola characteristics in the malt profile. A nice light alternative to most belgian darks and one that I find interesting enough and priced reasonably for future consumption.

Photo of cbl2
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$5.98 750 mL 6.20% Best before 2-22-08 stamped on the back.


Cork explodes forcefully from the caged bottle yielding a completely opaque black brew with 2 inches of finely laced medium tan head.


Notes of rich ripe dark fruit (plum and figs), coupled with a touch of licorice and a sweet malt backbone.


Mouthfeel is slightly coarse carrying with it a mildly sweet, sour cherry/plum flavor. Alcohol is completely masked (this is relatively low ABV from Unibroue). Finish is slightly bitter with a touch of cocoa.

Photo of Franchise
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This offering from Unibroue pours a dark brown with a creamy cascading tan head. The nose is so sweet, plum, dark figs, brown sugar, sasafrase, Belgian yeast to a tee. The taste is malty and delicious...brown sugar, thick on the palate syrupy mouthfeel a strong fruity malt backbone this is delicious. This is a fantastic style laced with just a taste of hops to alleviate some of the malt dominance.

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

Ruddy plum, under slim, but solid, tannish head.

Sweet, fruity nose...many dark varieties, berries, grapes, plum, maybe melon...with slight suggestion of cocoa and cola.

Taste: more dark fruit, smooth, pleasant...if lacking complexity, sophistication, or any amazing display of flavors we've come to demand from the maker of Maudite and Trois Pistoles.
Very easy drinking, and approachable, at the lower 6.2%. Nice and supple texture, but a bit too simple.

However, I'm getting the feeling that this was never intended to be a world beater in a bottle, and instead something milder for those who don't need their palates smacked every time. Just a drinking beer with ample flavor, but no need to set off fireworks with each sip. And as that, it is excellent.

Photo of expatsteve
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Mahogany hues on a black body. Light suds cover, with good thick lacing. Low/medium viscosity.

Aroma: Wow - this has a really nice nose. Raisins, plums across a bready background. A little yeasty; develops some smokiness as it warms.

Taste: Mild roasted espresso notes. Front palate bitterness gives way to a nice clean finish. Simple, well-balanced beer. A few raisins and plums in the finish, which develop a little over the course of a glass. A slightly vegetal finish as it warms. Subtle fruits in places.

Mouthfeel: Light, with constant carbonation. Refreshing with a nice malt/yeast finish.

Drinkability: While this is by no means the world's most assertive beer, I really like it. Lighter than Unibroue's La Terrible, it also lacks some of the off flavors I found in that beer. I tend to think of this as the Kostritzer of Belgians, and one of the few dark beers that is easy summer drinking.

Photo of DaveFL1976
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's a good beer.
A dark, dark body (not stout dark, but at least porter dark) with a nice, creamy tan head. This is a good looking beer.
The smell leaves a bit to be desired, though. A bit of caramel and toffee, but not much more. I can't get to the malt, and I can't get to the hops.
Taste is nice and smooth. Almost like a Belgium dubble without some of the fruityness. Instead, it's a bit dry. A really nice taste, and the beer's got a nice, medium mouthfeel and carbonation. This is a drinkable brew. Not overpowering in any way, but satisfying in every way.

Photo of dfried
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite dark in color, but with a hazy ruby color that can be seen throughout the beer when held to a light. decent sized caramel colored head. A lot of esters from the Belgian yeast fill the nose, dark fruity flavors, raisin, plum, date, cherry, but also a lot like a hefe with banana and clove. I feel like the taste didn't quite measure up to the nose, it was a lot like a dark hefe, the darker fruits didn't come through as much until later in the beer when they were drowned out a bit from the slightly burnt bitter flavor from wheat malt, which was a little coffee and chocolate-like. Kind of a tart tangy mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable all in all.

Holding Unibroue to their own standard, I was not too impressed with this one. Don't get me wrong, it was an awesome beer, but not their best offering.

Photo of sabrills70
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 brown bottle with drink before date of 2/21/08. Pours a deep ruby brown with a huge head, Ok longevity and good lace. Smells of dried dark fruits, candi sugar, a bit of roastiness and yeasty. Tastes of dried dark fruit but not as dominate as I expected. roasted malts, brown and candi sugars. A bit earthy and musty. Seems a bit watery. Relatively crisp as a dark ale goes. Its slight watered down nature increases its drinkability. A great beer to choose when wanting a Belgian but not all the heaviness that goes with it.

Photo of BabaJohn
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance was lovely and dark, permitting light only around the edges. Many traits of this beer are characteristic of Unibroue, one being the carbonation. Relatively small head formed which was less typical. Smelled absolutely delicious with sweet malts but also some hearty fragrances and even some sour, vinegar and grape-like smells. Tasted sweet (of course) with a bit of sourness. Considerable breads, grains and nuts were found in the taste. Also some qualities similar to wine persisted. Sometimes tartness in the back of the throat was observed. At times, a nice alcoholic afterglow came about. Interesting! Occasionally a slight smokiness was found. Halfway through the bottle the taste started to wash out a bit. A slight bite of carbonation was had on the tongue. This one had a somewhat lighter feel than other Belgian and Belgian style brews I’ve had. I need to start stocking other cheeses because I usually have only dill havarti and Parmesan. Regardless, the parm went great with this delicious Chambly Noire.

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 ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle with a best by date of 2-22-08. Left a big beige three finger head that quickly receded to 1/4 inch deep long lasting surface skim, not much lacing. Body was the deepest brown, almost black. Looks good.

Smell - plums, cherries, hint of banana esters, and some medicinal phenols.

Taste - pretty much as smell indicates. Plums and cherries washed with a hint of bananas and a hint of medicine. Nothing really complex or deep here, just a low key refreshing and mild malty ale.

Mouthfeel - medium fullness, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this good, refreshing, and mellow. It goes down well, and is rather sessionable.

Photo of CortexBomb
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Chamblay Noire pours deep purple into a glass, it creates a very nice, large white head on top, but that head didn't seem to last very long. Smell is mainly spice...cloves. Estery...reminds me slightly of Blanche.

Flavour, a mild take on a familiar Unibroue formula. Lightly fruity, nicely malty, that textbook yeast flavour that makes any beer by them immediately identifiable. Also a bit of a nutty tone present. I did like the flavour, but it really wasn't doing anything new, it was just recycling some of the familiar taste sensation from their other beer. Each swallow also left a bit of a metallic/alcohol flavoured hit too, which I didn't like. The front end is solid enough to pull it up to average though.

Mouth is fairly thin, but there is some carbonation and fullness present, so some slight marks there.Drinkability is sub-average though, as I said, the aftertaste on this was not to my liking, and it hurt the beer.

Overall, this is an everyman's kind of Unibroue. For the beer fans who have had U's bigger offerings, it's a bit of a let down though.

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