Grande Noirceur
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
Stout - Russian Imperial
Ranked #357
Ranked #7,525
4.07 | pDev: 8.6%
Apr 19, 2022
Mar 15, 2004
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Notes: The Grande Noirceur (Great Darkness) is a dense black beer with robust roasted flavours. Its imposing bitterness is balanced by the presence of complex malted, caramel notes. It takes its name from the conservative policies of mid-century Quebec. The Grande Noirceur was born at our Montreal brewpub in March of 2004.
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4.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
by Sigmund from Norway

341 ml bottle, from Vinmonopolet. ABV is 9%. Pitch black colour, moderate brown head. Aroma of roast malts, coffee and caramel, also some vinous notes. The flavour has a well balanced sweetness, notes of roast malts, coffee and dark bitter chocolate, a hint of caramel, also distinct bittering hops. Smooth and pleasant to drink. Excellent beer.

Apr 19, 2022
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4.09/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

Pours black as night, with the viscous texture of well-used motor oil. The nose and flavor are at once roasty and smoky, with any harshness balanced by dark semi-sweet chocolate. A legitimate Russian-style Imperial, worthy of a Czar--a stout to be reckoned with.

Jan 24, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mntlover from Tennessee

2017 Pours black small coco layer of head falls fast to ringed bubbles, only wisps of lace.

Aroma is smokey, bitter roasted malts, anise, dark chocolate charred molasses.

Taste is like the nose smokey, dark roasted malts, dry bitter dark chocolate, anise some charred molasses hints of dark fruits. Finish is very dry with bitterness not so much from hops but just the malt, anise and dark chocolate bitterness. Unique and enjoyable so different then a lot of stouts today , more like an aged classic.

Mouthfeel is medium smooth and mellow carbonation.

Overall an enjoyable treat and change from todays crazy sweet desert stouts.

May 17, 2021
4.21 by morrowd3 from Vermont on Apr 26, 2021
3.55 by khargro2 from Tennessee on Feb 15, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by TerryMills from Tennessee

2016 bottle .

Heavy hitter in the roasted department ... It is a one trick pony pretty much , it has intense, somewhat bitter, roasted char from start to finish with just enough malt sweetness mid sip to combat the bitterness ..

This beer doesn't have the subtle hints of flavors that unfold but it doesn't need any apology for that , this is a fine beer.

Feb 06, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by SABERG from Massachusetts

Poured from a 2017 version 12 oz bottle into the test glass.
A - Ebony wood colored back drop, hides everything inside. Carbonation presence yields a lovely mocha colored thick frothy cap. Lacing is ring after ring of evidence.
S - Char, dark toast out of the toaster, bakers chocolate, some blackberry, caramel, and some fig and espresso.
T - Dark bitter cocoa, cigar wrap tobacco, earthy hop element keeps the offering grounded. dark roast malts a hint of anise all combine to make a wonderful medley.
M - Start is bitter and dry, midway through, a semi sweet thread develops acting as a balance beam of sorts. The finish is that bakers bitter chocolate and lovely. The body is delicate and avoids the heavy oily side. There is no hint of the 9% abv.
O - A stout worth finding, the roast, cocoa, bitter model are the antithesis of many of todays stout offering and frankly a welcome one for me. The body and pallete are simply wonderful.

Jan 03, 2021
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3.99/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

Bottled Sept 2015 - many years pre COVID-19....
Pours oily black with scant reddish brown head.
Aroma of caramel malt, molasses, roasty and slightly smoky, hint of licorice, chocolate. As warmed notes of graham cracker giving a s’more like scent.
Tastes initially of caramel, chocolate, grainy malt sweetness, with flavours of dark fruit, molasses - at the back end there is a slightly astringent earthy, coffee like bitterness.
Medium full mouthfeel - roasty but smooth and silky - molasses hangs with the caramel on the palate but finishes with a slightly sharp bitterness.

Dec 27, 2020
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4.54/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

2017 bottle. Poured from fridge temp. Pours jet black with a small amount of brown head. Nose is classic Russian imperial stout, which is a nice breath of fresh air in a world filled with pastry stouts. Big notes of black licorice, roasted malts, molasses, and dark fruits. The taste is incredible. To be totally honest, I wasn't expecting a huge burst of flavor like this after the nose. Wow was I wrong. This is so complex and flavorful. A bit of bitterness and a bunch of sweetness. Burnt wood, licorice, maple, dark chocolate, cherries, a bit of nuttiness, and a bit of campfire smoke. The aftertaste is more bitter than sweet - a bit of burnt rubber, a touch of tobacco, and some charred wood. I actually love that. This is three years old, and I get the feeling that this could be aged for a long time and possibly get a bit smoother. Simply amazing, with a thick and creamy mouthfeel. Long aftertaste, and the alcohol (9%) is completely hidden. I will definitely seek this out again.

Dec 06, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by micada from New York

Almost 5 years old Dieu du Ceil Grande Noirceur Imperial Stout.

October 2015 bottle poured cool and fast to a tulip glass. Very fragrant chocolate upon opening the bottle. Pours a dark cola brown, with just a thin persistent ring. It has a very prominent roastiness, teetering on the flavor of a rauschbier, thought not THAT strong. Maybe a tiny, faint hoppiness on the very tip of it, but that gives way to a huge 80% cacao malty backbone with more roastiness all around. Its 9% ABV is no slouch, and it tastes even bigger than that...very hot presence, but not distracting. It’s a dominant flavor made for sipping. I took one big mouthful, and it is a bully. It lacks finesse, but oozes a confident stout core.

I don’t think there are any adjuncts in this, and I don’t think it has any barrel aging. I might be wrong. It’s very solid as is.

Sep 26, 2020
4.18 by mtnwesdew from New York on Aug 11, 2020
4.38 by BeardedWalrus from North Carolina on May 31, 2020
3.67 by Bandi from New York on Apr 14, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by metter98 from New York

A: The beer is jet black in color. It poured with a quarter finger high tan head that left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and a narrow collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of licorice are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and is mostly dominated by flavors of black licorice and has notes of dark and roasted malts. There is a moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than medium-bodied and dry on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This Russian Imperial Stout is has a lot of licorice in it and is quite dry and bitter.

Serving type: bottle

Apr 14, 2020
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4.57/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by GoBearsWalter34 from Illinois

Bottled 2015-10-29.
Pours tar black with light film of a tan head.
Malt, coffee, hop bitterness, dark fruits in the nose.
Taste follows the nose. Baker’s chocolate, black licorice, roasty bitterness, caramel, dark fruits, burnt marshmallow. Great roasty taste!
Oily, medium mouthfeel.
Worth the wait!

Apr 10, 2020
4.18 by Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts on Oct 19, 2019
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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by lmaduells from Spain

Beer that I liked. The brewery that makes this product seems to be served with high quality. And this is an example. I liked the balance of beer, complying with the style standards. L label and the name, an enchantment.

Sep 12, 2019
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3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by avalon07 from South Carolina

L: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a dark brown / black color and a thick, opaque consistency. There was a thin, tan-colored, creamy head that lasted an average amount of time. Not much lacing here.

S: An oddly mild aroma of roasted malt, coffee, char, dark fruit, chocolate, and caramel.

T: Tasted of a bit of dark chocolate (less than expected), a whole lot of roasted malt (the dominant element here), a good amount of char, light caramel, a hint of dark fruit (raisins, in particular), and a little coffee. Like the aroma, the flavor is much milder than expected. Not bad, but needs a little boost.

F: A fair amount of carbonation with a dry, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An uneven beer, but it has some good qualities. Worth a look.

Aug 01, 2019
4.09 by zbelair from Pennsylvania on Mar 03, 2019
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4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mikeinportc from New York

Dated 2015/10/29

Dark cola-brown, with very slight tan head.

Smell is roasty malt, plus a little black coffee & bitter chocolate.

Taste is char, roasted malt, and dark chocolate, similar to chocolate liqueur , but not sweet. There is just a touch of sweetness mid-taste. Finishes with light lingering bitterness.

Feel is medium oily, with light, very fine carbonation.

Overall, quite good. l would like to try it at a younger age, but it is just fine at 3+ years old.

Feb 18, 2019
3.94 by Fubudu187 from Illinois on Jan 06, 2019
4 by user785335 from Florida on Nov 18, 2018
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4.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by mishi_d from Romania

Black color, tan head, aroma of dark chocolate and coffee, medium sweetness, medium bitterness, medium body, flat, bitter finish.

Oct 21, 2018
4 by StoutAtTheDevil from Alabama on Oct 16, 2018
4.17 by socon67 from New York on Sep 10, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Treyliff from West Virginia

2016 vintage
12oz bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger creamy dark tan head that has good retention after the pour

S- robust roasted and charred malt aromas give notes of burnt coffee and dark chocolate, as well as undertones of graham cracker, anise, burnt brown sugar & faded herbal hops

T- bold roasted malt follows the nose with immediate notes of char, coffee roast, molasses, dark fruits & anise. Mid-palate brings out some caramel sweetness, the finish gives more bitter roast and charred malt notes

M- medium-heavy body with moderate carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel that continues into a silky, slightly warming finish

O- bold, bitter & roasty, just as a RIS should be

Sep 06, 2018
4.29 by Jibs from Canada (QC) on Aug 12, 2018
4.18 by videofrog from Texas on Aug 10, 2018
4 by bpfrush from Wisconsin on Jun 28, 2018
4 by mattycasey from Massachusetts on Jun 22, 2018
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4.21/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by LiquidAmber from Washington

Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a very dark mahogany brown, appearing opaque black in the glass with a thin brown head that dissipates to patches with light lacing. Aroma of dark toasted and biscuit malt with light char, light chocolate and coffee, a bit boozy with an odd isopropyl note. Flavor is dark toasted malt, quality coffee, dark and mild chocolate, hints of caramel and vanilla. Lingering dark malt, chocolate and vanilla, nice. Medium bodied with light to moderate creaminess. A flavorful, full bodied Russian imperial stout with great coffee and chocolate flavors. Balanced and robust throughout the taste. I'm really happy to find Dieu Du Ciel brews back on our market. It is one of my early experiences with big beers and I've always been a fan of their stouts, Scotch ales and big Belgians. Glad to get to try this one and I'll be back have this again.

Jun 22, 2018
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4.62/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Inky black with a finger of brown head that settles out in a short time. Spotty lacing.

S: Dark and dense fudge, German chocolate cake, brownie batter, dark chocolate truffles. Roasty. Dark roast coffee. Hints of black currant and plum.

T: Roasty up front with a lot of French roast coffee, char, and smoke. Bitter dark chocolate abounds. Dark chocolate fudge and double chocolate cake. Very slight hints of darkfruit at its core. Lingering roasty finish.

M: Thick and heavy in the mouth. Full bodied, coating, and chewy as hell. You could cut this with a fork and knife. Fine but stiff carbonation has a firm prickling feel on the tongue and scrubs a bit.

O: Russian Imperial Stouts really don't get any better than this. This is textbook, and absolutely delicious! This brewery is so under the radar it isn't even funny. Peche Mortel may get some good praise, but there are several beers they make that I'd personally put ahead of it, and this is one. If you're a style purist, this is your nirvana.

Jun 05, 2018
4.27 by stephenlee from England on May 18, 2018
3.96 by StoutSnob40 from California on May 15, 2018
4.38 by matthewsween from Oregon on Apr 08, 2018
4.07 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on Mar 30, 2018
4 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON) on Feb 28, 2018
4.16 by InfernoBoss from California on Feb 10, 2018
3.94 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Feb 06, 2018
3.96 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Jan 31, 2018
Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 91 out of 100 with 462 ratings