Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire - Unibroue
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3.58/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-16-2006 17:06:51 | More by Brent
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-16-2006 00:21:13 | More by Boilermaker88
4.3/5 rDev +16.5%
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.
06-13-2006 23:30:30 | More by ybnorml
3.88/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
06-13-2006 23:16:59 | More by GCBrewingCo
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
06-13-2006 02:46:42 | More by Blakaeris
3.58/5 rDev -3%
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.
06-13-2006 01:10:23 | More by RedHaze
4.1/5 rDev +11.1%
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.
06-12-2006 19:55:01 | More by Kicksmile67
3.95/5 rDev +7%
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.
06-12-2006 18:41:32 | More by jaluria
3.28/5 rDev -11.1%
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.
06-11-2006 20:54:03 | More by
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
06-10-2006 14:14:06 | More by Gavage
3.48/5 rDev -5.7%
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.
06-10-2006 00:42:36 | More by lackenhauser
4.13/5 rDev +11.9%
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.
06-10-2006 00:33:25 | More by bashiba
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
06-09-2006 20:59:02 | More by benmiliron
3.93/5 rDev +6.5%
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.
06-09-2006 06:11:36 | More by veggiemafia
3.55/5 rDev -3.8%
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.
06-08-2006 02:49:23 | More by EPICAC
4.58/5 rDev +24.1%
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.
06-06-2006 00:31:27 | More by allergictomacros
4.15/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
06-05-2006 22:04:20 | More by asabreed
3.25/5 rDev -11.9%
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.
06-04-2006 21:26:25 | More by granger10
2.6/5 rDev -29.5%
Not very impressd this time around from Unibroue.
This dark belgian style ale is very nice when it is poured out of the bottle intio the glass but for me that was about it. It had too much of a metallic taste for me. I did like the dark mahogony color and it settled with a nice foaming head. The taste was not nearly as good as La Fin du Monde or Trois pistoles. I also was not impressed with the ABV. At 6.2% it seems a little too low for a Unibroue bottle fermented belgian style ale. Still love other Unibroue beers but I will have to pass on this one next time.
06-03-2006 23:08:07 | More by HellsBELLS24
3.6/5 rDev -2.4%
Pours a deep murky brown color with a smaller light brown head, even with a strong pour, no lace on my glass.
Aroma is light toffee, light chocolate and lots of fruit plums, grapes and cherries some light spice and mellow yeast aromas. Overall good but not too strong.
Taste malty some toffee chocolate mixed with fruit and peppery spice some clove present also, but pepper dominate. Overall the taste is good little too spice intensive for me could use a bigger malt presence.
Mouthfeel is a little light for the style pretty big carbonation light and lively with some tingling felt.
Drinkability is ok not bad but not too good would choosr others from this brewer before revisiting this one. Still its not bad either. Taste(spice) kind of mellows and grows on you as you have another but still not the best offering from Unibroue.
06-03-2006 15:52:26 | More by mntlover
3.33/5 rDev -9.8%
I bought this bottle at a grocery store in Quebec, cost was $4.50.
It pours a nice dark mahogany colour, with reddish overtones. The head is a light dusty tawny shade that dissipates slowly to a constant creamy film.
Smell is fruity, malt, with a light roasting effect, that is surprising considering the first look at the stuff. I thought it would be a bigger smell. Oh well, on to the taste:
Light roasted malt with a bit of smoke, or earthy flavour. I was expecting more, but still, it is nothing to sneer at.
Mouthfeel: Easy, light carbonation.
Drinkability: Maybe a bit to sweet to quaff all night long. I would have another if someone else is buying.
06-02-2006 18:24:19 | More by Conrad
3.95/5 rDev +7%
Tasted at my new favorite Chicago bar, Hopleaf.
Rich, mahogany in color with a very light brown or tan head. The aroma is intriguing - some lighter, summery fruits are offset by some richer, maltier notes - perhaps hazlenut?
The taste is equally as intriguing, with a nice amount of spice that leads to some more faint fruits, wheat, and yeast and a dry, crisp finish.
There isn't as much punch in this as my favorite Unibroue offerings, but it's still an enjoyable beer to drink - even if it leaves you wanting a little more. I suppose it suffers from sharing some elements with its bretheren (like Maudite) in appearance, aroma, etc. - but doesn't back it up with the depth of flavor or "wow" factor.
But, far be it from me to criticize a beer because it comes from a routinely exceptional brewery...
05-31-2006 01:56:00 | More by RockyTopHeel
3.3/5 rDev -10.6%
Found a bottle at Sam's wines in Chicago, for a home tasting.
The color was a nice black/brownish color, with a medium light brown head that mostly diminished quickly.
The aroma was not that strong, had a malty, lightly roasted smell, with a light doughy yeast at the end.
The taste somewhat surprised me, it was lighter than expected, but still satisfying with the molasses and roasted malt flavor. Also some spices that I couldn't make out. Very smooth smooth with almost no bitterness. Watery texture, medium body, with a very soft carbination. I did not sense the alcohol too much.
Was expecting a little more kick, but was still a good drinkable ale.
05-30-2006 15:50:23 | More by brushpig
3.1/5 rDev -16%
12 oz bottle pours a dark brown hazy color, with a one finger head that falls very quickly. Small ring around the glass remains, with no lacing.
Aroma is very light. Mostly smells of grain, bread, and yeast. Not very enticing.
Flavor is also a little thin. Honestly, all that I taste is the distinctive Unibroue yeast. Very very little malt profile, and only a hint of yeast esters. Relatively dry from start to finish. Mouthfeel is thin, and nothing lingers on the palate. Drinkability is decent though.
I'm honestly very disappointed in this beer. Usually, most Unibroue offerings are fantastic, but this one just doesn't do it for me. Perhaps this was an off 4 pack, perhaps the recipe is still being finalized... I don't know. I'll have to re-review this when I can grab a corked bottle of it. I find most of thier beers to be better when corked and caged. But for me, this is an underwhelming beer from a typically fantastic brewer.
05-30-2006 04:03:25 | More by phisig137
2.93/5 rDev -20.6%
A: Deep antique brown with bronze hilites. Good off white head with bib bubbles making holes like Swiss cheese
S: Smells somewhat ciderish. Slight candi sugar notes with a yeasty tang to it.
T: Fairly simple and bland. Straight forward yeast flavor. Slightly sweet from the malt and candi sugars. Touch of lemon citrusy tartness. Finishes with a mild smokey flavor.
M: Carbonation too fine. Creates foam in the mouth
D: Pretty disappointing beer from a great brewery.
05-29-2006 20:29:26 | More by Westsidethreat
Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 824 ratings.