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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Russian Imperial Stout

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Rastacouere on 03-15-2004

BEER STATS
Reviews:
113
Ratings:
372
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
25
Gots:
66
For Trade:
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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a quarter inch tan head that leaves some lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, coffee and a bit or char. Heavy bodied, lightly carbonated (appropriate for a RIS), rich and creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle, dated 2016-10-13

A: Black with brown head.
S: Pleasant chocolatey roasted grain aroma.
T: This is a big beer. Big sweet chocolate flavour. Finishes quite bitter.
F: Very smooth, but boozy.

This is a beast of a beer, to the extent that I'm not really sure I want to drink the whole bottle myself.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Ran me $5 USD at a beer store in Chicago. 11.5 fl oz format. Brown glass. Branded black twist-off crown cap. Fun label design. Bottled 2015-10-29.

9% ABV. Stout.

Served chilled into a snifter and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: ~1-2cm in height. Tan colour with a nice shining complexion and a rich robust consistency. Retention is below average - ~1 minute. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque jet black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated, which is to say it seems on the lower side in terms of carbonation - just right for a rich stout.

Not a unique or special appearance for a stout, but certainly right on the money in terms of style conventions.

AROMA: Subtle roasted barley intermingles with rich creamy chocolate to good effect (probably from chocolate malt; it lacks the expressiveness of true chocolate/cacao nibs), a blip of dark fruit (faint plum, maybe dates), and heavy dark malt sweetness. Cream. Thick caramel and molasses round out the high sweetness and malt backbone, but the roasted barley bitterness - while less pungent than would be ideal - keeps this beer balanced at least in terms of aroma.

Some additional bitterness-lending elements like coffee, char, or burnt malts would be nice, but overall this aroma is pleasant, suggesting an enjoyable dessert stout of adequate complexity. No off-notes, overt hoppy notes, or overt yeasty notes are present.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy, silky, and soft, with ideal carbonation and a pleasantly smooth, wet mouthfeel that plays well to the sleek milky chocolate notes and creamy dark malts. Robust and dessert-like in its sweetness, but there is a balancing roasted barley bitterness that works well (and would work volumes better were there still more roasted barley flavour). As the aroma suggested, the beer lacks adequate bitterness-contributing flavours like burnt malts, charred sugars, coffee, et al.

Adequately complex, with flourishes of subtle dark fruit (mainly plum and date) accentuating the creamy chocolate tone that is at the heart of this build.

No alcohol heat or off-flavours at all, and no style inappropriate overt hoppy or yeasty notes. Well-balanced, with nice depth of flavour. Flavour duration and intensity are above average (just right for the style).

OVERALL: The near ideal texture is the highlight here, but the classic flavour profile is right on the money in terms of style conventions. The 11.5% ABV is dangerously well concealed; this drinks more like a 8-9% imperial stout and the silky feel of the beer makes it slide down easily in spite of its higher than normal viscosity.

It's another commendable brew from one of North America's finest stout producers, but many U.S.A. drinkers will find its $5 price a bit tough to swallow given the ubiquity of better-priced beers of comparable quality like North Coast's Old Rasputin and Victory's Storm King. Price has no bearing on my rating, but even in terms of Dieu du Ciel's own lineup I'd much sooner reach for their more interesting adjunct stouts and porters if only because they feature more interesting flavours of coffee and maple syrup.

Fans of classic Russian imperial stouts will adore this beer, but discerning drinkers seeking the apex of intricacy, depth, and subtlety of flavour in their imperial stouts may find this somewhat wanting - undoubtedly well executed though it remains. Absolutely worth trying at least once, and a beer that would prove interesting when aged.

More solid work from what is possibly Canada's best brewery.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 fl. oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 2015-10-29. Pours an inky black with a loose, 1/8th inch, mocha-colored head that quickly disperses towards the edges leaving a clump froth across the center. Nose expresses roasted notes, char, chicory, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla or artificial sweetener. Taste consistent with nose; however, much more char upfront, followed by bold coffee notes and bakers chocolate. Finishes with a smokey/burnt quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style. If the price point wasn't so high, I'd make this a regular goto RIS. Top notch.

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Photo of deg
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer is very dark. Thick head. The head is coffee with cream color. I can't smell much, but there is something nice there. Excellent taste. Fig, roasted malt, a little coffee like aftertaste. The beer feels a little thin for my tastes for an Imperial Stout, but that's the only complaint I have about this beer.

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Photo of Poljazz22
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016-10-13 abv 9% about $3.50 Can from Peluso
Really dark! Opaque with a tan foamy head that melts to a thin ring of foam.
Smoke, espresso coffee,
Coffee, dark malt, molasses, some alcohol warmth.
Very well balanced between smoky darkness, caramel smoothness and dark unsweetened chocolate. Perfect carbonation and no cloying sugar feel, the hop blend keeps the final really dry.
Just a great IS.
Works really well with a slow cooked pork roast and red cabbage.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with dark brown head. Lots of milk chocolate and some fresh liquorice on the aroma. Taste starts malt with some liquorice, more roasty with lots of coffee on the finish. Really soft mouthfeel, velvety smooth. Overall this was a really nice surprise.

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Photo of Hat_Fulla_Beer
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours utterly black with a thin cap of dark brown head that leaves a ring of rocky lace as it recedes. This beer clearly means business.

Smells of wood smoke, freshly ground coffee, black chocolate, toasted brown sugar, preserved dark fruit, licorice and earthy hops.

Tastes of more coffee and dark chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, plum and raisin preserve, soft vanilla, charred wood, black licorice and more leafy, earthy hops.

Feels rich and creamy. Full bodied with silky carbonation. Finishes very dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A huge beer that is a joy to drink.

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Photo of pezhead_79
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a slight ring of the head around my tulip glass. Taste as chilled is smooth with some stronger characteristics increasing as it warms. A slight sweet aftertaste on the finish but still pleasant.

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Photo of GunnarStahl
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours very dark, half inch, creamy brown head. Aroma is roasty, some coffee and dark chocolate. Taste of roasted malts, caramel, chocolate, coffee. Some smoke and bitterness on the end. Very good.

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Photo of stortore
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a snifter. Bottled 10/29/15.

Pours a very dark brown, opaque, thick looking, with a small, quickly dissipating head of dark foam, some oily lacing. Smell is big roasted malts, chocolate, some vanilla, raisins, light caramel. The label says "aromatic ", and it is. Chocolate and vanilla more prominent as it warms. The taste still brings big roasted malts, then chocolate, cocoa, some caramel and vanilla, light coffee. Decent amount of bitterness throughout. Smooth, medium bodied, the taste certainly lingers, with all those roasted malts.

This one is pretty straightforward, with a great aroma and a very good flavor. Very drinkable and enjoyable, well worth a purchase.

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Photo of Boto
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz. bottle: This one pours an opaque, inky dark brown color. There was a finger of a dark tan head on it that didn’t linger too long. Good nose. Roastiness, caramel malts, fruit, smokiness, some chocolate and coffee. the taste is very good. Smokey, chocolate, roastiness, some bitterness. No alcohol notes. A really good imperial stout.

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Photo of dpgoblejr
4.8/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Born on 10/29/15
Very black pour yields an opaque dark brew with a thin layer of tan colored foam. Roasted malts, dark fruits, some smoke and char make up the aroma. Dark fruits, ash, roast and as it warms, some bitter roast coffee comes through on the palate. Medium feel, well, almost full feel, coats the palate and the abv is nicely hidden. Grande Noirceur is a really nice RIS that delivers the classic stout qualities fantastically.

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Photo of MaltyPythonsHopCircus
4.84/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Inky black pour. Forms ad dark tan head that persists. Aroma of roast malt, licorice, smoke and dark fruit. Flavour starts with tobacco, coffee grounds, toffee, leather, finishing with a dry woodsy hop bitterness. Warming alcohol. Mouthfeel is chewy, coating and drying.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.93/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel 'Grand Noirceur' @ 9.0% , served from a 341 ml bottle purchased for $4.50
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a small thin tan head leaving a fine spotty lace film along the snifter after every sip
S-smoke & coffee
T-roasted malts , hints of caramel with a bitter/dry finish/swallow
MF-decent carbonation , full body
Ov-possible good beer , needs time in the cellar to mellow
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

$ 4.79/11.5 oz bottle ($ 0.416/oz) at The Lager Mill, Frankenmuth, MI
Bottled 2015-10-29 at 42 degrees into hand washed and dried JK snifter, allowed to warm to 50 degrees
Aroma – roasted malt, some aroma of dried dates
Head small (< one cm, aggressive pour), light brown, frothy, irregular three to four mm frothy ring and partial layer
Lacing narrow partial rings of tiny bubbles, stalactites present
Body dark brown/black, opaque
Flavor begins with roasted malt, dates, and licorice, rapidly becomes just bitter roasted malt; no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium to full, not quite creamy, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 3.75, Palate 3.75, Overall 3.75

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Photo of DaveBar
4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Got on trade and thx P.

A- Opens well and pours a half inch high brown head that is gone in two minutes.

S- Nice smokiness here. Chocolate and coffee.

T- Smokiness. Roasted malt and caramel. Super well blended. I like this one

M- Creamy then it dries right out.

O- Very nice RIS. I do like it and will buy if I see it again

Food Pairing

This nice RIS went well with........... Roasted red met. I had roasted leg of goat!

Enjoy

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Photo of larryarms847
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours somewhat thin in appearance but a rich dark brown/black with a finger of dark brown foam.

Heavily roasted malt, coffee, dark bitter chocolate, and a touch of caramel like sweetness.

Caramel, coffee, espresso, dark roasted malt, and huge roasty goodness.

Medium-heavy bodied, low-medium carbonation, bitter, roasty, very dry.

Overall, another quality brew from these guys. One of the driest imperial stouts I've ever had and so darn good.

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Photo of strohme2
3.97/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice pitch brown pour, and tiny head. Small ring of mocha bubbles in the glass. Smells of dark fruits and coffee.
Tastes like bitter cocoa, raisins and figs, and just a touch of licorice. Some smoke and char come out in the end. Mouthfeel is spot on, velvety smooth. Drying and astringent finish.
Those Canadians make a damn fine beer!

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Photo of superspak
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/29/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, and date; with lighter notes of licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, and date; with lighter notes of licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/pine hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, dark fruit, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Russian imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Derek
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 9/28/2015

Pours a thin head, shows some leg. Port-like alcohol aroma is enveloped in roast. Flavours of black strap molasses, licorice and espresso. Light acidity, full body, slightly drying finish, but the alcohol is subtle in flavour and finish.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in a taster glass. Thanks, Alejandra.

A: Pitch black with a half finger tan head that lingered. Thick lacing.

S: And the dark fruits roll in, bested by dark roast coffee. Plums, dates, raisins, figs with a coffee bitterness.

T: All those dark fruits with dark roast coffee bitterness followed by a vanilla/cocoa/bourbon finish that begs for another sip.

M: Medium to heavy with medium, chewy carbonation.

O: Glad I got to try this monster in a bottle. Now that's a Russian Imperial Stout. But that's also Dieu du Ciel! Recommended.

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Photo of Catracho5
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle poured into a snifter

A: Pours pitch black, very dark, mocha colored head, creamy, full of tiny bubbles, head lasted a few minutes, lots of tiny bubbles clinging to edge, some lacing, very nice looking stouts.

A: Dark fruit bomb, raisins, plums, dates, roasted malts, dark roasted coffee, very pungent.

T: Big flavors, dark fruits, raisins, plums, dates, dark roasted coffee bitterness, it's pretty bitter, finish is dry with the coffee and hints of dark fruits mixing, flavor is more on the bitter side than it is dark and sweet.

M: Big, full bodied, semi-creamy and smooth, dark coffee like dry finish.

O: I drink dark roasted coffee black with some sugar, this is just like that. If dark roasted coffee is your thing, then this is your beer, not as dark fruit forward as other RIS, it's there, but the dominant characteristics are of dark roasted coffee. As the beer warms, the dark fruits become more noticeable. Overall a very good beer, definitely going to try to pick up another bottle or two for the cellar.

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Photo of biegaman
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes the title says it all: Grande Noirceur ("great darkness") is absolutely right! Place this glass next to a sample of crude oil and see if you can tell the difference (I'm assuming the cappuccino-coloured suds would give it away, but you get the idea). They don't get much bigger, badder looking than this.

Grande Noirceur is not bourbon barrel-aged and, frankly, it doesn't need to be; it already has all the qualities it could possibly stand to gain. And that includes bourbon flavour - swirl the glass and you'll note the big fat vanilla pod, the dry, splintery wood shavings, the pinch of cinnamon spice...

And let's not forget well-integrated but incredibly distinctive notes of unrefined cocoa and darkest roast coffee. Taken altogether, this is an especially intense, intricate and impressive imperial stout. Powerful though it is fresh, there's really no need to cellar (though it does make an excellent candidate).

Some imperial stouts are difficult to drink until they've mellowed out - this is not one of those. Sure it's awfully heavy (and sinfully rich) but that's the idea; if I have dessert I want decadence and satiation. Serve this with the last course and no one will even touch their spoon or fork.

Like its brothers Péché Mortel and Aphrodisiaque, Grande Noirceur is a near perfect receipe in every detail. In fact, it resembles a blend of the two, marrying the rich coffee intensity of the former with the lush vanilla and cocoa flavours of the latter. It is yet another flashy jewel in DDC's ridiculously big crown.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black color. Thick.

Initial reaction is expedition with more roast. Roasted, smooth, chocolaty. Rich. Molasses and coffee.

Full bodied. Nice carbonation. Ends a little dry, but overall pretty clean.

Solid stuff.

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