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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 taez555
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

taez555, May 15, 2006
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).

NiceGuyMike, May 14, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

nlmartin, May 13, 2006
Photo of CreamAle128
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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!

CreamAle128, May 13, 2006
Photo of WanderingFool
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

WanderingFool, May 12, 2006
Photo of canadianbarman
3.43/5  rDev -7%
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

canadianbarman, May 10, 2006
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!

sulldaddy, May 07, 2006
Photo of jmz62565
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

jmz62565, May 07, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge yeasty aroma. That's not a bad thing, it's bread and spicy from fernmentation. There's a small amount of roast malt but most of the aroma is from fermetation and yeast. There are spicy hints.

Very dark black, some red highlights when held to bright light. Thick white head initially but it fades to a solid layer.

First hit is very malty sweet. Later sips bring out the yeasty flavor that's similar to what I get in the aroma. There's some fruity flavors and a lot of toasted bread-type yeast. Some dark roast malt but it's way in the background. Hop biterness is pretty high but there isn't a lot of hop oil flavor.

Medium bodied with nice creamy consitancy. The carbonation level is kind of high.

Pleasant and good but not really what I've come to expect from Unibroue. But I'd recommend it to people who don't like "Dark" beers or heavy beers or anyone who's looking for a flavorful but not "out there" beer.

czechsaaz, May 06, 2006
Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've come to appreciate quite a few of the unibroue offerings. I noticed this in a new local store for the first time and thought I'd take a flyer on it.

A - Black with a ruby tinge at the edges. Nice head, quickly dissipates.

S - Malty, ripe fruit.

T - This beer seems to really highlight the unibroue yeast. There's a balance of maltiness to help this brew stand, but it seems to bme to be all about profiling the yeast.

M - Medium bodied.

D - Decent enough brew. I may be getting spoiled by their other brews. Although I would drink this again if offered, it doesn't crack my purchasing rotation.

barleywinebrewer, May 05, 2006
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is absolutely gorgeous! The liquid is a dark dark brown and the head is off-white but huge and retentive. It’s damn near perfect.

Smell – The nose is subdued here, even as the ale warms. The dark, doughy yeast dominates though, which I always enjoy. There’s a light bananas foster fragrance here as well.

Taste – The yeast comes through at the taste and is almost weizen-like. The malts are a bit darker than I picked up at the smell and there’s a light peachy fruiting to compliment the banana.

Mouthfeel – This was lightly carbonated but the carbs were sprightly and the body in between light and medium.

Drinkability – This is a great drinking BSDA that is really light in the ass, which can be a good thing under some circumstances.

RoyalT, Apr 29, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml corked and capped botle with a best before date of 2-28-08.

Appearance- Pours a pretty good head with good full film retention. Color is a black licorice with highlights of shoe leather. Looks like office coffee.

Smell- It semms that a lot of Unibroue's dark ales have an odd difference in both smell and taste. Its roasted mlats, but with an air of sophistication for lack of a more specific word or description. Smells is The U's roastd malts with hints of licorice and nuts.

Taste- Starts out with some leathery nuts and Euro dark malts roasted and toasted with care. The middle has a lightly sweetened black licorice flavor with hazelnuts and walnuts bringing up the rear.

Mouthfeel- All these dark flavors brought a very comfortable feeling to the palate. With an overall flair for sophisticated taste.

I've never seen this brew on my local shelves before, and seeing that only twenty-one other people have reviewed this beer. I feel special!

scruffwhor, Apr 27, 2006
Photo of ypsifly
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Gold foiled 12oz best by 2-21-08 jetted on the back label. Purchased in a four pack from Bello Vino in Ann Arbor and poured into a Maudite tulip.

Tall head of light tan towering over a deep dark brown. Decent retention with webby lace.

The nose makes me wonder if this is a dunkel made with the Uni house yeast. Reminds me of Bell's Wheats 6 & 8, the yeast takes on a some tart to sour aromas when paired with the dark wheat aromas. Some spice and citrus notes. Interesting.

The taste follows the nose in that this also tastes like a cross between a wheat/wit but with roasted malt. The tart and sour notes are there, but more intense midway through. Dry finish with lingering spice and yeast flavors.

Mouth is a bit thin but the drinkability is good if you're in the mood for this sort of thing. I like this beer as I am in the pro-unibroue house yeast camp, and this beer certainly shows off the house strain. I like the way it played off of the dark wheat flavors.

ypsifly, Apr 26, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky chestnut brown with a stacked, fizzy khaki colored head. Aromas of pumpernickel, earl grey and oolong teas, faint kettle hopping, a smidge of raw sugar, and that subtle signature Unibroue spiciness. Initial sip threw me for a loop, because all I could really focus on was the high carbonation level. The aftertaste is kind of lagerish, with notes of some low alpha hops and carbonic acid from the big carbonation. Malt sweetness with hints of roasty husk show up as the beer warms. A slight bit of dusty funk shows up as well, letting the drinker know its Belgian-inspired roots. It's pretty good, kind of like a dark singel or paterbier crossbred with a Munich dunkel crossbred with a dunkelweizen. I think it might be a bit miscategorized; as I feel there is nothing "Strong" about this Belgian-Style Dark Ale.

crookedhalo, Apr 19, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle. Pours a very deep murky brown color with a 3 finger head that falls to a full finger head over top. Solid looking beer, and good retention. Clartiy is hard to discern, as the brew is pretty dark in color. Nose is solid Belgian spicey, with a moderate brown sugary sweetness, overlaying a very solid orange peel and lighter coriander citrusy character. The best descriptor to me would be a dark whit. Flavor is fairly well the same as the aroma. There are light roasted notes, with a lighter brown sugar sweetness, not cloying or anything, but with just a touch of sweetness. There are also lighter notes of citrusy orange. Its tasty. Feel is modrate with a moderate to active carbonation. It works well with the flavor. This one is pretty nice. I've had it a couple of times over the last few months and I have always enjoyed it. Its not anything that really blows my mind, but its something I can see having more of. Its highly enjoyable.

kmpitz2, Apr 19, 2006
Photo of amicar
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a 4- pack of this recently; something new from my neighbors to the north!

Pours a nice dark color, but not completely opaque. A bit of head that fizzles out to a lacing at a moderate pace. Not a lot that I smell, seems a little fruity, but mostly I'm smelling the "house yeast" character that Unibroue beers have. Taste is nice with bits of chocolate, ?currant, fruit. Seems to not have as much roast character as I thought by looking at it. Carbonation and feel in the mouth are nice. Not too much sweetness. The alcohol makes it easier to drink a few.

Nice beer. A little surprising in that I was thinking I'd get something heavier. It's actually comparatively lighter (well, compared to Le Terrible) and nicely balanced for carbonation, mouthfeel, and alcohol content. However, I didn't find anything really compelling flavor wise.

amicar, Apr 17, 2006
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4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a dark mixture of brown and red, almost purple. Very little head. If there was such a thing as apple flavored cotton candy, that would be the nose. Taste is black cherry, a smidge of tart apple, and pepper. Absolutely delicious. Mouthfeel is light on the carbonation. Not so in your face or high in alcohol that you couldn't session if you wanted. Also moderate in price. I love this stuff!

TheBungyo, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A little boldness and riskiness comming from Unibroue. Takes on Dunkle Weizen characters, but with a good Belgian kick. Dark brown, typical look for Belgian Strong Darks, with good retention and lacing (but not great). Smells boldly of toastedness, yeast, wheat, and some estery qualities (citrus, clove, bananna). Belgian yeast shows a tart, spicy kick on top of the barley. The sweetness level seems to be quite low, allowing the tosted boldness to show through. There seems to be lower, if any, belgian candy sugars added. This helps the beer; keeps it from becomming cloying or cotton candy like. Really enjoyed this one.

BEERchitect, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of elricorico
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very dark brown, looking opaque in the glass. A massive beige head formed, despite a careful pour. Makes me wonder if I hit a few bumps on the ride home.

The only smell I get in the beginning is a sour yeasty one, reminding me strongly of other brews from Unibroue, but in this case there doesn't seem to be anything else.

The taste provides much more of interest than the smell did. It seems that some of Maudite's better qualities show up in this one. Yeast still holds a lot of attention, but there is a berry mix of tart and sweet and the finish is dry. Cola makes an appearance just before the finish.

There is a bit of body to this beer, and the carbonation feels right, it makes an impression but isn't coarse.

Better than I expected. It doesn't make me long for another though. I could see it being good as a before dinner drink though.

elricorico, Apr 02, 2006
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4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a deep dark brown, almost black with a centimeter thick tan head sitting pretty on top of the brew. Smell is clean, some essence of roasted malt in the nose. Taste is quite nice, very subtle roasted coffee aroma with a refreshingly clean finish with little aftertaste. The carbonation in this brew complements it well and carries the aroma and flavors perfectly. Easy to drink, this carries all the positive qualities that beer should carry. This is a great beer.

funkengruven, Mar 27, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass. From Collection 2006, a 12 pack variety pack from Unibroue.

Black and opaque. Just a hint of light shows through the edges giving a brown tinge. Big foamy head is light brown and 1 inch on the pour. Recedes to 1/8 inch with good retention.

Aroma is dominated by the traditional Unibroue belgian yeast. Reminds me of a Belgian Quad. Caramel and toasted malt scents combine with the yeast to give this an almost sweet dark fruit smell.

Taste harkens back to the aroma as it is also dominated by the spiciness of the yeast. Toasted malts meander in the undertones lending a bit of sweetness. Bit of a metallic quality in the finish that reminds me of tin foil. Aftertaste is yeasty and dry.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, but seems a little thin for the style and presentation. Lots of carbonation in the presence of tiny pin prick bubbles.

Like most Unibroue beers, I find this to be a sipping brew, thus the drinkability is a bit low considering how it tastes. The carbonation tends to fill my stomach with gas which, combined with the dry aftertaste, reduces the urge to drink. All in all, this is a good beer and I'm glad that unlike some strong belgian ales, the alcohol character isn't forefront in this beer. At 6.2% the alcohol is no more noticable than in your average macro. Perhaps the best Unibroue beer I've had to date.

Noxious26, Mar 16, 2006
Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Highly carbonated black beer, common style found in lineups in Quebec, just like English traditional pubs have a brown. A bit of molasses in nose. Minimal taste and a small amount was all I needed. Standard Unibroue yeast and astringent finsh. Little exitement from this brewery, a sign of the Sleemanization of Unibroue.

Sammy, Mar 12, 2006
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer looks like a massively carbonated stout when poured. It has a tan big bubbled head that drapes the glass in sheets if lace. Little trails of carbonation are visible clinging to the glass, surrounded by ruby glints. The aroma is of perfumey malts, chocolate powder, roasted barley and cherry stones. The taste is yeasty and fruity like other Unibroue beers but also chocolatey and a tad bitter from the roasted malts. Its like a mix of an English stout and Maudite. The finish is bitter from dark malts rather than hops. The mouthfeel is velvety and thick with fine carbonation bubbles.

A very unique tasting beer. Its the darkest, most roasty Belgian dark ale Ive tried. Though not Unibroue's best, Its definitely a must try if you like the brewery, or stouts for that matter. It could have a little more stout character and less Unibroue house character, thats my only (minor) criticism of this.

CAMRAhardliner, Jan 19, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

At 6.2%, this is just a Belgian Dark, not a strong dark ale.

A: Black with a slight ruby tinge. Pours with some off-white head, no retention, only a hint of lace.

S: Malty, fruity sweetness with a little chocolate. The odours are really nice, but there just isn't a lot of nose.

T: Doesn't seem to have much brown malt... I'm guessing pale/pilsner, with some burnt stuff for colour. There's a little fruityness from the yeast, but it doesn't stand out like some of their brews.

M: Moderate body, moderate to high carbonation, finish is dry.

D: It seems like this one is aimed at the general public. It's a decent brew, unoffensive, but it just doesn't bring me back for more.

I love Unibroue, and I thought the scores might be a little low... but then I tasted it.

Derek, Jan 16, 2006
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3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

341 ml foil capped brown bottle, in the 2006 Unibroue Variety Pack. I like the picture on the label. Is this going to be the opposite of Blanche de Chambly?, or the same but a different color?
Pours a very dark black, held up to the light only the slightest amount of light can get through. Thick foamy head, tan/caramel colored, leaves thin lacey strings down the side of the glass.
I was expecting an explosion of smells, but it is not to be. Smell of toasted malts, some spice and yeast. Some smokiness hiding in there too. Taste (and mouthfeel) are a bit thin. Reminds me of their Blanche - somewhat fruity and coriander spice, with yeast and a touch of metalic aftertaste. I guess the dark color throws your perception off a bit. Smooth, but light body. Probably wouldn't search this out again.
Too many differences to really compare against Maudite, or other beer of the style.
I am always curious to find out what the next new offering will be.

BigBry, Jan 08, 2006
Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 831 ratings.