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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:
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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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Photo of gbontrag
2.93/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

real french Candian pride here: Named for some Iroquios killing, black hatted French musketeers, ummm....
Pours the darkest, thinnest brown. A toasted froth wells up light and frilly, but holds well. There's continuous carbonation, and a gently swirl leads to beads of fine carbonation that bursts forth with a thicker froth. Blanket of lace.
Aroma of toasted malt with underlying plums; caramel and milk chocolate.
Surprisingly light flavor. There's a bitter edge from scorched grain. The carbonation fills the mouth and bites. Stings. I'm getting the slightest fruit sensation as if I ate a couple red grapes yesterday and just remembered. Once I adjust to the singe of the carbonation a few more grapes pop. The intense carbonation fills me up right away like a 3.2% macro. This gave me a tummy ache.

gbontrag, Jun 27, 2006
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.58/5  rDev -3%
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. Drinkability...an alright Unibroue offering not my favorite from their repotoire doesn't wow like their other creations used to prior to the Sleeman buy out.

WVbeergeek, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of Dithyramb
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled in a modified flute at Mahaffey's. Poured like a watered down Pepsi. It smelled mostly of light malts and yeast.
Loads of ripe fruits (loads of plum and some citrus) with light hints of chocolate flavors come through. Finished pretty clean, not bad. Slightly more drinkable then other darks out there since it was so smooth and clean on the tongue. Wouldn't mind trying it in bottle to see if that would be more complex.

Dithyramb, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of Budlum
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750mL bottle in to a Target-brand econo-goblet.

Be careful when opening the corked and caged bottle. This one packs a punch second only to Saison Dupont. The beer pours with a thick tan head that disappears after one minute. The body is black and opaque with reds and oranges when held to light.

Aroma is filled with malt and yeast. There are a lot of fruits. Mainly apples and pears. This stuff smells intriguingly similar to apple juice. Even more so than the apple Ephemere.

The flavors are dominated with a weakly roasted malt and yeast accompanied with a rush of over-ripe pears. The finish has an almost earthy / charcoal presense. This tastes much sweeter as it warms.

The pour displays plenty of effervesence which falls flat after about five minutes. The texture was well balanced throughout the bottle.

Overall, this is like a watered down Trois Pistoles. That said, the lower ABV would make this a better choice as a session beer. Personally, I'll stick with the Trois Pistoles. None the less, it is still a strong offering when judged by non-Unibroue standards.

Budlum, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of nkurz129
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had very high expectations for this one after having had the Unibroue 15 a few weeks ago. Needless to say, this poured much darker, less head and thinner. And that is exactly what the smell and taste reflected, thin. Still had the slightly sweet fruitiness similar to a dubbel, but tasted and felt weak. Could have benefitted from a stronger hop presence I feel. That being said, it is still a solid beer, but I would try other Unibroues before coming back to this one.

nkurz129, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of ColForbin
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm sampling from a 750ml bottle with a best before date of 2/22/08. Pours a dark black color with a voluminous light tan head that fades to a lacing on the surface of the beer. Aroma is sour fruit, coriander and some caramel sweetness. Taste is a bit heavy on the coriander, but some interesting undertones of sour fruit and roasted flavors lurk in there as well. Light bodies and pretty heavily carbonated. Goes down easy, probably just as easy as the Blanche de Chambly. In fact, this beer is really close to being just a dark version of the aforementioned beer. A little more character from the dark malts would be welcome.

ColForbin, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of bluejacket74
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours dark brown, with a about a 1/2 inch carbonated head which went away pretty quickly. It looks like I poured some Coke or Pepsi in my glass. It smells like roasted malt, chocolate, plums and raisins. It tasted pretty much like it smelled, but it had a sour/bitter aftertaste as well. The mouthfeel is pretty thin, and the beer was very carbonated. Too much carbonation in my opinion, but it isn't too hard to drink. Overall it's a decent beer, but it's nothing great.

bluejacket74, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Brent
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit, I was a bit letdown by this beer at first, as Unibroue offerings are always distinctive, and this seemed a bit pedestrian for a Belgian dark ale. Initially, it stuck me as more of a brown ale. Fortunately, I bought the four-pack, and the sucessive beer had a chance to grow on me, revealing the rather subtile Belgian yeast influence going on in the beer. Overall, not a bad beer, but falls short of the mark for the Unibroue lineup.

Brent, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Boilermaker88
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a La Fin du Monde tulip glass. Had the color of weak coffee, vibrant carbonation, and a firm tan head that lingered for a good long while.
Smelled of toasted malts, somewhat doughy, and sweet dark fruits like raisins and dates. Also a dose of nut aromas, brown sugar and Belgian yeast spiciness.
The initial taste was like getting a handful of sugar coated tropical fruit and tossing it down. Fortunately, a fairly robust nutty malt flavor arrived on cue to temper the fruitiness and save this beer from going off the deep end, sweet-wise. Still, the candy sugar was a bit much. As it moved back on the tongue, an earthiness seeped out and the light spice taste brought all things back in harmony. The feel was lighter than expected but creamy and rather lively thansk to all that carbonation.
Overall, pretty tasty and it went down in short order so drinkability was on par. Another good, albeit not fantastic, offering from Unibroue.

Boilermaker88, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of ybnorml
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A clean dark brown beer with deep mahogony highlights. Has a nice light brown head. There is a light sour note up front in the aroma witha solid nutty malt character in the background. That light sour note confines it self to the back of the throat. Allowing the robust malty characters to dance all over your tongue, nutty sweet and some dried fruit and a hint of roasted bitterness. Another quality product from a quality brewery.

ybnorml, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the chalice blackish brown with a small forming tannish head which departed in an instant leaving little behind to take a stab at lacing the glass.

The aroma was earthy with a plum fruity character and a light Belgian yeast spice. The aroma contained a bit of farmhouse, some dark caramel and a bit of raisin thrown in for good measure.

The flavor was much more interesting that the aroma. The flavor began with a very nicely accomplished plum/grape flavor, not like wine, more of a port wine character. The flavor was crisp with a very light spice which was lightly peppery with an earthy character in tow. Flavors of dark caramel and dark fruits, raisins and prunes came later, but before the finish and were interesting contributions.

The finish was very dry with lasting fruity impressions into the aftertaste. The body was medium with a fairly high carbonation despite the complete lack of any head at all. A really nice beer, lacking in aroma complexity and appearance, but nice overall.

12 ounce bottle. Best before 2-21-08.

GCBrewingCo, Jun 14, 2006
Photo of Blakaeris
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours deep dark mahogany. Head is a huge tan mass, with moderate lacing and little retention.

Smell is sweet dark fruit and the distinctive Unibroue yeastiness. Hints of spices and bananna.

Taste is roasted dark malt and hints of chocolate that I didn't expect from the nose. Mildly fruity and exceptionally dry. Smokey roasted character reminds me of a porter. Finish lingers with the dark malt and yeasty spices.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied.

I rather enjoyed this new Unibroue offering. However, I don't think this should be in the strong dark catagory due to it's relative mildness (for a BSD). This is a tasty and enjoyable session beer.

Blakaeris, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of RedHaze
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to bditty187 for the bottle.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, with a frothy dark tan two finger head that fades pretty quickly to a thin cap and ring, leaving behind a thin webbing of lace.

Smell; the aroma is fairly subdued, with nothing really standing out all that much. There's some traces of dark fruits, a bit of chocolate and a little roasted malts.

Taste; a little better than the smell lend me to believe. A roasted, almost charred smokey flavor comes to the fore, followed by some dark fruits. There's a little molasses, and chocolate malts, and finishes slightly peppery and with just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied, with moderate carbonation.

RedHaze, Jun 13, 2006
Photo of Kicksmile67
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unibroue almost never fails to please me. When I heard of this new brew I was almost giddy. The appearance of this beer is a redish dark brown with bits of yeast falling in the glass. The head is cherry red and very soda-like in body. The smell is good and demands at least a good swig. The taste is what you expect from this brewery and more. Not too bitter, not to bold, just enough balance of tastes. The yeast lend a sweet aftertastes that blends well with the light bitterness. The mouth feel is thinner than others by this brewery but fits the other characteristics of the brew well. I will buy this again and encourage anyone who likes bottle conditioned ales to give this a try.

Kicksmile67, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of jaluria
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4-pack of this at Whole Foods and enjoyed with some veggies and some rye bread.
Poured a dark brown-black color with a soft mocha colored head that dissipated quickly leaving behind just a touch of lacing. Aromas of plums, figs, alcohol, and caramelized sugar seemd to come out. The taste was as might be expected with a semi-sweet flavor dominating and undertones of dark fruit. Somewhat slick in my mouth with a nice level of carbonation and yeast. A bit chalky in the finish, making it a bit unusual, but still enjoyable.

jaluria, Jun 12, 2006
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3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark brown/black with red tones. Moderate head. Aroma was mild, slight metallic smell. Taste was very dry and bitter, again a slight metallic tone and a peppery finish. Despite/because of this, it was actually pretty refreshing. Mouthfeel was highly carbonated, but this suited this type of beer. Drinkability was pretty high, as it went down very easily.

, Jun 11, 2006
Photo of Gavage
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a dark brown color with and off-white 2" head. Spotty lacing develops.

Smell: soft but pleasant hints of cocoa and yeast.

Taste: roasted malts, hints of dark chocolate, molasses, raisins, and a spicy yeast tone. Mild bitterness and an overall light sweetness makes this a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel: lightly crisp throughout. The aftertaste is short as the roasted malts and spicy yeast linger briefly on the tongue. Lighter in body than expected.

Drinkability: easy drinking, an enjoyable beer that gives you the roasted taste that is lighter.

Gavage, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of lackenhauser
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice,deep brown color-on the cusp of being black. Terrific cocoa head on top. Great looking beer. Sharp and spicy aroma-yeasty and bready. Crisp, malty flavor. Touch of roasted malt with a hint of hop bitterness. Somewhat sharp bite to it. Body is a bit weak and thin-nothing special. An ok beer overall but not the best from Unibroue.

lackenhauser, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of bashiba
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very dark brown in color with a huge thick creamy head with great retention.

Smell is lightly fruity with hints of spices and yeast.

Has alot going on with hints of cocao, raisons, pepper, and plums with a nice touch of anise in the finish.

Mouthfeel is Light and bubbly.

Overall an enjoyable easy drink lighter styled belgian dark. I could see this being a good Belgian Dark Session beer.

bashiba, Jun 10, 2006
Photo of benmiliron
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

paid 2.39 for a 12 oz. bottle. Interesting pour, much like coca cola with the consistent fizz and the head rises and quickly subsides. Appearance is similar to coke as well. Not as dark as I was expecting. Smell is the Unibroue yeast, sweet malts, and plums. Taste is pears, plums, very sweet malts and dominating fizz. Good bitter background. Bubble is too sharp at first. This dissipates over time. Despite the sweetness, this beer isn't overly thick.

benmiliron, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of veggiemafia
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

750mL bottle served in my GLBC tulip glass.

Appearance is very dark. Almost stout black with dark red and tawny brown highlights around the edges when held to light. Good off-white head and decent retention that dissolves to islands with little lacing.

Smell is big on raisins, peppery spice, with a grainy backbone and some other dried fruits, like dates or apples in there. Really nice, really well constructed.

Taste is more of the same with the peppery spiciness from the house yeast coming out more. I love Unibroue's house yeast strain, so I guess in that respect I'm a little biased. There's also a dry sour quality reminiscent of a drier stout. Coffee or baker's chocolate come to mind. Nice touch.

Mouthfeel is nice, crisp and lively. Good carbonation.

Very refreshing and drinkable for a Belgian dark, and only maybe gets a tad too sweet and cloying toward the very end of the bottle.

veggiemafia, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of EPICAC
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought this at Downtown Wine & Spirits. I let this warm a little and served it in one of my Duvel tulips.

Appearance: The cork pops out very loudly. It pours an almost opaque black. Holding it to a bright light reveals a beautiful clear ruby color. It's topped with a creamy beige head with good retention.

Smell: Strong yeastiness, hints of malt and a light graininess. There's also a subtle tart fruitiness.

Taste: Sweet caramel malts, tart fruitiness, and a lightly sweet finish with hints of roasted bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and a little watery. Prickly carbonation.

Drinkability: Smooth and easy to drink, but a little lacking in flavor.

Overall: This is a decent brew, but I was expecting something more flavorful.

EPICAC, Jun 08, 2006
Photo of allergictomacros
4.58/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super dark red/brown. Some lacing, but head retention could be better.

S - Big yeast aroma, typical of unibroue beers. Pruny, musty, malty smells as well.

T - Sweet, toasted goodness with notes of raisins. Sweet, notes of black grapes, a slight tartness followed by a mild, lingering bitterness. Slight tinge of coffee as well. Well balanced and complex, but with a youthful assertiveness.

M - Spritzy and medium bodied.

D - More quaffable than the stronger dark ales from Unibroue. Overall impression is energetic and fresh - this is to Maudite what Beaujolais is to Burgandy.

allergictomacros, Jun 06, 2006
Photo of asabreed
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a Duvel tulip.

Appearance: I didn't really believe this would as opaque as it is, but yes, that's definitely the case. An off-white head billows, then fades a bit, then settles down to about 1/2" and stays there, though with the darkness of the body I can't really see what the carbonation's doing. Spotty lacing revolves around the middle of the glass as I drink.

Smell: Lots of wheat malt, some peppery spiciness, and dark fruit overtones (or undertones?). There's also a banana presence that isn't overwhelming.

Taste: I like the peppery spiciness that comes through a lot with a nice backbone. A good mix of Belgian yeast, wheat malt, and light fruitiness (peach, cherries, plum, and some apple skin). For the fairly low ABV (which Unibroue of course isn't all about), there's a lot of flavor here. It lacks some of the punch of a bew like Trois Pistoles, but I like the attempt here, and there's a lot that's pleasant about it. I feel that if this were stronger and more complex it'd be a huge force to be reckoned with. But for now it's solid for sure.

Mouthfeel: There's a nice lip-smacking crispness to the body here, with the carbonation levels very nice and contributing to a surprisingly welcoming creaminess by the end.

Drinkability: I'm glad I have three bottles left, and I really enjoy this. It also went very well with some smoked gouda. Fairly low ABV, easily drinkable, and very tasty. Thanks again, Unibroue.

asabreed, Jun 05, 2006
Photo of granger10
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This new Uni offering pours a nearly black opaque crimson color with a large fizzy tannish head. Lively carbonation is obvious but the head does not maintain. Moderate lacing.

Aroma is of musty yeasty qualities and some burnt toast. A bit of spice and fruit come out as the beer opens up. Still, not really that enticing of a smell.

Taste is dominated by the roasty bread qualities. The roast flavor is good for Stouts and Porters but it doesn't really fit here. Fairly sweet malt undertones and the yeast doesn't come out like I thought it might. Finish is still a bit peppery and acidic but the roastiness never really leaves.

The body was a bit thin and too overcarbonated. It had a fizzy feel to it and lacked any sort of depth or delicacy.

This was decently drinkable at best. The flavors weren't horrible and they were unique but I wasn't really sad when my half of the bottle was finished. This was essentially a Belgian Stout and I didn't really care for it.

granger10, Jun 04, 2006
Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.