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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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848 Ratings

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Ratings: 848
Reviews: 641
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 11.65%
Wants: 33
Gots: 24 | 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 carln26
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Incredibly dark brown beer, almost black with just a hint of a mahogany highlight. It’s topped by a thin tan head that shows good retention. The Pinot Noir of beers this shows some berry fruit, black cherry, a little black berry, some yeasty bread dough, and a touch of dates on the finish. The fruit carries forward into the flavor. The black cherry comes back stronger than I expected, there is mild caramel, and more of the date flavor. Mild bitterness with some Mandarin orange. That orange is the bitterness component in this beer. More berry fruit on the finish. The mouth feel is full, and a little slick. Decent drinkability although the sweetness may keep me from drinking too much of this beer.

Photo of ojiikun
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft into a generic glass chalice at the Stumbling Monk. Came almost without head, but had strong lace 'till the end. Carbonation was average at first, but faded before the end.

Very complex smells and tastes. Whiffs of clove, mint, and other spices. Taste is somewhat acid - cherry, cedar, and raw wasabi (for those of you familiar with Japanese cuisine).

Very mild malt, but a medium body. Almost no taste of hops but still bitter. Sour, almost like a lambic.

Photo of geexploitation
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Chambly Noire pours with an appropriately dark, dark brown with some ruby highlights and a dusty tan head. The aromas coming off this one are generally fruity, with strawberries and peaches present, but there are also some metallic notes in there. On the palate, Chambly Noire exhibits healthy carbonation with a slick, smooth body and a fluffy candy sweetness with hints of metallic sourness. A slight charred malt note is detectable in the finish. Overall, this is a very nice Belgian. It's very drinkable and tasty, albeit not as extreme as many Belgians can be, and as many of the darker Unibroue beers are.

Photo of edchicma
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beautiful dark mahogany pour...pillow head..nice lacing. Smell is of grass peat, some smoke.Taste is fruity..sweet..a tad cloying. Mouthfeel is full but the cloying quality brings it down. Drinkability likewise suffer from this cloyin quality ...One will do it for me.

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

Pours a deep black with a violet / brown corona. Initially huge, foamy beige head shrinks down to a creamy cap. Softened dark sour fruit and smooth malt aroma with a subtle spicy yeast. Soft berry fruit and dark malt flavor finishes on the sweet side with a little clove and fairly dry - the flavor effortlessly washes over the tongue. Airy mouthfeel goes down real easy with sparse, fine carbonation. Very easy going and enjoyable overall.

Photo of tastybeer
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black almost blue. Head is giant and taupe in color, or maybe more of a tan, slightly purple color. Its foamy and tight and leaves spotty lace around the glass. Aroma is great. Full of spices, vanilla, banana cream, caramel, and chocolate. Very sweet and especially soothing. Tastes of toffee malt, cream, various juicy fresh berries and apples, sweet malts, and mildly dry lemon hops. Very intriguingly awesome. Mouth is juicy, slick, and well carbonated. Very smooth and creamy texture. This beer makes your rmouh water. Drinkablity is great.

Ah, another great Uniroue and suprisingly black.

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice presentation on a 750 ml bottle. I appreciate the history lesson, the picture, the cork, and the cap. Cork makes a big champagne “pop” upon opening. Pours a dark brown chestnut, near mahogany, into a goblet. Head is light brown, big, and beautiful. Retention is very good. Bubbles are large, reinvigorating the head each time the glass is lifted. Aroma is quite yeasty with a bit of lemon and cream. Touches of vanilla and banana as it warms. Taste is subtle, much less in your face than most Unibroue. Some sweet malts, peaches, pepper, a nutty yeastiness, and a spicy lemon finish. Mouthfeel benefits from the large carbonation. While its smooth to the point of being almost flat up front, it comes back with an ass kicking bite in the finish. Body is on the light side of medium and very refreshing. Very drinkable, and much more approachable for the newbie than any of their other brews but not really for me. I want a little more. Nice beer but a tad bland. Not worth the money in my book.

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

750 ml corked and caged bottle pours a dark brown color with a nice light brown head that leaves some lacing in my glass. Nutty vanilla and spice aromas, chocolate, vanilla and lemon flavors, medium bodied with a somewhat watery yet carbonated mouthfeel, finishes sweet.

Photo of hoffman
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours up really nice....with a frothy tan head whcih holds at a 1/8" ring around the glass. Lacing is pronounced with this head. Jet black color looks like coffee from a swanky all nite diner. The smell is decent and apparent weet vanilla, organic mapel, and some other sweet malts. The taste does not live up to the hype of the rest of the beer (ie look smell etc.) Lackin up front with a smokey middle, not my cup of tea. Leads into a sweet yeasty finish that is lack luster. The mouthfeel is a bit water and slightly overcarbonated. The drinkablity of the beer is hamperd by the taste and mouthfeel.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad offering, but not quite up to par with what I expect from Unibroue. Pours out to a dark black / ruby red color with a small head of white foam. Higher carbonation. Some lace, and medium to medium low carbonation. Aromas are very faint, but traces of malty nuttiness are noted. Maybe some bread in there too. Taste is quite mild compared to other Unibroue beers. Toasty malts, mixed cereal grains, a touch of sour yeast, a hint of hops. Good, but needs to be kicked up a notch. Mouthfeel is nominal, and relatively unimpressive, yet unoffensive. Drinkability is average. Is this what we have to expect in the future from Unibroue? Not bad, but pales in comparison to what their other beers can offer.

Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

A- Big frothed up tan head, decent head retention ... big bubbles. Hazy mahogany color.

S- Slightly spicy with a faint lemony, peachy and vanilla aroma. Hint of dark malt and nutty yeast in the back.

T&M- Smooth and very crisp, medium body. Nice mix of spicy wheat and watery dark malt. Yeast middle to end, clean powdery yeast. Not much else on the palate. Semi-dry finish.

D- A tad dull IMO, I guess I was expecting more out of this beer. Tasty, but just not as in-your-face as many of the other Unibroue beers are.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single at Steve's on University here in Madison.

Pours an almost porterish black/garnet with several fingers of khaki head in my Gulden Draak tulip. Nose is fairly neutral, heavy on the yeast as Unibroue tend to be, some roasted malt, and dark fruit. Taste is also more subdued than I would have guessed, heavy on the musty, peppery yeast, charred malt, anise and dark fruit. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, refreshing overall. Not an overwhelming BSDA, subtle and yesty but lacking in the "je ne sais quoi" that would make me crave another.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tumbler. The appearance was really good, with an almost blackish shade of brown liquid and thick carbonated head.

The smell is pretty subdued but has the Unibroue yeast aroma in it which is nice. Kind of burnt malt aroma too.

The flavor is mostly unibroue yeast I think. More sweet than bitter.

I don't really think this was worth $8.99 for a 4-pack, and now I've got 3 bottles left. Oh well.

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

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a dark brown opaque body with a light brown head that pops with excitement. No carbonation is visible through the body and the head settles down after a bit.

S- The sweet smell of toasted malt and brown sugar has a faint Belgian yeasty note that is not really bubblegum or banana but has faint qualities of both.

T- This beer has a dark slightly sweet malt flavor with some notes of molasses and perfume in the taste. The finish is pretty neutral with a faint sweetness that just gives the beer more depth and is not cloying.

M-The mouthfeel is medium with a slight fizz at the finish.

D- This beer has some nice perfume and malt qualities of a Dubbel but it has more dark malt that gives a stoic twist that is very nice.

Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged. It’s a gorgeous bottle, with a label depicting a Carignan-Sallières soldier pointing to a distant target, backed by his brethren.

Massive “pop!” as the cork is released. It’s followed by a highly carbonated pour. The liquid is black, rich and opaque; deep brown hues show around the edges of the glass. The foaming head peaks with a milky coffee - colored froth, then settles to a thin, wispy lace.

The aroma is soft, with hints of pepper, cracked wheat and malt powder, as well as notes of fruit juice and caramel. It grows both yeastier and more metallic as the beer warms.

As its carbonation comes into contact with the palate, the beer exhibits a medium body and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A well-placed candy sweetness dominates, as smooth caramel plays off bold fruitiness, with suggestions of fresh orange and peach. Complex spices - pepper, anise - highlight the alcohol and cause a prickliness on the palate. Eventually, an interesting smokiness emerges to balance the rest. Near the finish, there’s a light, wheaty tang and an increasing dryness, which meshes with hints of peach skin. It ends dry, with a coarser, faintly nutty yeastiness. Bitterness and hop flavors are minimal, marked only by a thin citric edge and a soft leafy feel.

Chambly Noire is another delicious offering from Unibroue, and another triumph for dark beers! Even skeptics will enjoy this complex, well-balanced, immensely flavorful and unique brew.

I recommend pairing Chambly Noire with grilled salmon, a plate of smoked cheeses and cured meats, or even some smoked pecans. Raw oysters might hold up to this one, too - preferably plump and briny Wellfleets.

Photo of jvdineen
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased at Charles St. Liquors Boston, MA

Poured into my Duvel tulip glass. Looks almost exactly like Coca-Cola. Pours with a brown-sorta tan head and very black. It (suprisingly) doesn't have a very coffee taste and the 6.2% alcohol isn't in the forefront. A well balanced lightly hopped dark ale. Very easy to drink, a bomber went down quickly. A new favorite from the Unibroue stable.

Photo of mynie
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very dark ruby with a small white head that sticks around for the whole friggin drink.

This was drank at nearly room temperature, and it was quite pungent. Very swarz-y spice with nodes of smoke, meat, and fruit. Nice.

Tastes like an American or European Swarz enhanced with Belgian spice and yeast. Strange. Very complex, with Belgian fruit an alcohol starting off, mixing with smoke, peppers, and meat near the middle, and ending with an alcohol twang.

Not as delicious as some of unibroue's other beers, but very tasty nonetheless.

Photo of taez555
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a black body with a huge thick off-white/tan head.

Nose was rather subtle but had some very inviting smells of dark malts, fresh wheat grain, yeast, phenols and even faint hints of smoke.

An interestingly mild dark flavor. Subtle dark roasted malts with that classic belgian yeast flavor. Big natural carbonation fits nicely with the medium body. Yeast, fresh grain, mild milk chocolate, subtle hints of coffee, pears, peaches, apples and very very faint touches of smoke. There's really not much in the way of hops, but it has a nice mellow bitterness that balances well.

Really treads right on the line between a German Schwarzbeir and Belgian dark ale. At only 6.2% it's sort of a Unibroue Session beer, but it's really quite tasty. Another winner from a fantastic brewery.

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

a: pitch black with off white head and delacate lacing
s: nice typical Unibroue belgian scents.
t: more of the trademark Unibroue flavors with some vanillas and fruitiness and sweetness.
m: smooth champagne bubbly mouth feel.
d: this is a good beer and enjoyable. I'm not a huge fan of the style (with a few exceptions).

Photo of nlmartin
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer was purchased at Jungle Jims for $6.49. The beer was served from the bottle into a wide mouthed wine goblet.

Appearance: The beer pours black with a ruby opaqueness to light. The thick tan head resolved very quickly into a ring of foam.

Smell: The beer has a very good spicy peppery yeastyness. There is a some flashes of citrus fruit and a brief roasted grain smell.

Taste: The beer has a vaguely smokey spicy peppery, yeasty fruity citrus. The beer has substantial sweetness but it is never cloyingly over sweet.

Mouthfeel/ Drinkability: The beer is medium bodied. The beer is well carbonated. The beer is very smooth drinking. This is a very tasty and easy to drink beer.

Photo of CreamAle128
2.97/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer wasn't bad.

Its essentially a watered down Blanche from Unibroue. It looked great, very black, nice head.

Mouth feel was OK, it didn't compliment the appearance, should have been thicker, and slicker.

The aroma was lacking everywhere, it didn't smell much different than your regular cheap beer.

Taste: Not much here either. Where did it go? I barely got a taste of anything!

All in all, I am very dissapointed in this, and had high expections. I guess Sleeman did have some impact on the famous Unibroue, whom once made many many unreal beers, that out-classed true Belgians made in Belgium.

This beer isn't worth it! Stick to Terrible!

Photo of WanderingFool
4.24/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Like its name Chambley Noire pours a black color into the glass. A hint of brown and red hues are seen around the edges. There's a small foamy off white head on top that quickly dissolves leaving a few spots of lace on he side of the glass. A nice aroma of raisin, clove and molasses greets you before each sip.

This medium bodied beer is rather fizzy on the palate. The flavor begins rather sweet with some notes of molasses, caramel malt and a hint of raisin. Clove and anise soon take over and it finishes somewhat malty sweet leaving behind traces of spice.

This beer almost reminds me of a root beer with its sweet/spicy flavor. It's easy to drink and well balanced, but I thought the spices were a bit overpowering compared to the malt.

Photo of canadianbarman
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

--Came in a regular brown bottle with no freshness date found. The top was covered in a gold foil.
--Poured a very dark in color, almost black. Had a slightly better than average head, tan in color, that thinned to a just right size. Minor lacing was found.
--A slight sweet with a slight smokey smell.

To be fair this is the first beer of this style that I have sampled. That bieng said I think it is a better than average beer. You can taste the yeast but it is not overwhelming. Another good beer from a good brewery. I would drink again. Thx

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

I split a 750 at room temp with Stopper. I poured into a snifter. I get a fluffy beige colored head of 2 cm that fades gradually to a sturdy edge layer. The color is very dark almost black. Aroma is toffee and black licorice (anise), cloves, and a bit of molasses. First sip reveals a fine very fizzy carbonation that leaves a tingly felling on my palate.
Flavor is similar to nose with some cloves and caramel and a little anise and molassess in background. I am glad the anise is sublte cause I dont like black licorice. I also get a fairly robust general yeastiness that fills out the flavor.
The beer is very tasty and fairly on the sweeter side. Very easy to drink and smooth finish. A nice malty offering from Unibroue that I enjoy!

Photo of jmz62565
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a dark brown with a large tan foamy head. The smell is light with some smoked wood aromas and abit of a "bisquity" smell. The taste is a crisp bold smoked wood, porter, and some nuttiness like flavors. The m/f is medium with the flavors mixing very well. This is a very good beer that is also some what different and unique. Good job Unibroue.

Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 848 ratings.