Grande Noirceur | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Grande NoirceurGrande Noirceur
BA SCORE
89.7%
Liked This Beer
4.05 w/ 407 ratings
Grande NoirceurGrande Noirceur
BEER INFO

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
Ranking:
#3,060
Reviews:
125
Ratings:
407
Liked:
365
Avg:
4.05/5
pDev:
8.89%
Alströms:
-
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
69
Trade:
4
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 407 |  Reviews: 125
Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aged around 8 months: Opaque black. Creamy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong lacing but not much legs nor swirl effect. Flavors of dark grains, walnuts, wood, raisins, plums, coffee, cocoa, toffee, vanilla, and herbal hops. Silky light creamy medium body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, impressive barrel aging effect, with some rauch style smoked hops. A bit leathery with a moderate earthy feel, some brown sugar and cinnamon. Lightly sour from the aging process although manageable. The smell is highly alcoholic but hidden in the mouthfeel, though a highly warming brew that is not overly dry nor lacking much freshness. Rich and densely flavorful, superb balance and intensity, deep complexity although shy in the smell department. Makes a really nice appetizer, yet easy to drink in big quantities. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(11.5 oz bottle, bottled on 2016-10-24... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: chocolate-milk brown, tight, tall pad of foam, with random craters strewn about... pretty much opaque black liquid... bottle was a twist-off, which I only noticed while in the process of prying off the crown the a bottle opener... the foam did fall slowly, scattered webs of lace

S: thin chocolate syrup/ganache with a mild highlight of charcoal-y roast, lightly-burnt wood grain... with underlying dessert-sweet tones, its malty constitution projects to be dense and layered... not very much boozy or hop notes, if any... overall, intense malt awaits?

T: good bit of bold, ashy char and crazy potent roasty bitterness in the finish, with a very delicate dark bitter cocoa note lingering... as expected, dense malty backbone, but any outstanding flavor mostly confined to a narrow spectrum of high-order crystal malt - toasty raisin and currant, extra dry

F: light-medium bodied - compact muscle, but lacking roundness... mildly scraping finish with some peppery heat simmering across the palate - allows/begs some rest between sips... damn dry...

O: one of the more intensely roasty/bitter porter/stout I've ever had - sort of reminds me of a less-nuanced, more-bracing Sinebrychoff... this begs for some sweet, rich, dark-fruit filled chocolate candy to balance/fill out its relatively rough, one-note punch

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Photo of tommy5
3.61/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amguerra305
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours almost like a cross between motor oil and syrup and no head lingers in the glass. Smell is toasty with a little bit of chocolate, coffee, and just a bit of sweetness coming across as vanilla for some reason. Pretty spot on for the style with the added nuance of vanilla. The taste is more roast forward than the smell would suggest. There is a bit of sweetness in the nose that is altogether lost in the taste. More burnt acrid RIS than sweet and smooth. It starts strong and bold but it tapers off at the end. Feel is thick with not much carbonation which increases the silky feel. Overall this is a solid and good RIS but not stellar for my tastes.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a tan head.

Aroma is roasted malt with a slight astringency.

Taste is thick and bitter roast malt.

For a beer with a bit of age on it this beer has held up incredibly well.

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Photo of Mousel
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacob17
3.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
4.56/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

11.5 oz. bottle dated 10-24-2016

Pours black with a creamy tan brown foam head. Smells like milk chocolate, dark chocolate, vanilla, smoky roasted toasted bready malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark molasses, espresso coffee, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Tastes like dry dark bitter baking chocolate, vanilla, smoky roasted toasted bready malts, caramel, brown sugar, dark molasses, black espresso coffee, some dark fruits, with floral earthy herbal grassy pine. Feels medium bodied, creamy with moderate low carbonation. Overall a really nice imperial stout.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
4.3/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

355 ml bottle served cool into a chalice. Purchased from the LCBO for $13.80 CDN for a 4 pack or $3.45 CDN per bottle.

Appearance - black, inky colored beer with a small half finger of tan head. Immense darkness so no details about carbonation and haze levels. Certainly ominous.

Smell - Cacao nibs, hints of licorice blended in with dark chocolate. Subtle sweetness, but mostly on the more bitter malty side. Lots of treacle and molasses perhaps.

Taste - Big an malty, blend of burnt malts, some coffee, dark chocolate, but a little more licorice and anise profile than others in the style. Completely up my alley and one of the best tasting imperial stouts out there. Plenty of smoke for good measure.

Mouthfeel -Smooth and velvety, body is medium-heavy, carbonation is robust and the finish is dry.

Overall - An amazing imperial stout that stacks up nicely with some of the best south of the border. Definitely worth the expenditure of a 4 pack, and I'm thinking about picking up some more to enjoy in the warmer weather, when the odd cool night hits.

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Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samallison
4.27/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an inky black color with no head.

Aromas of soy sauce and rotten smoked meats. Light aromas of chocolate behind that.

Flavor is extremely hoppy for the style, I can basically taste the bittering hops used, and behind that some heavy roast and smoke, light coffee and dry cooca. Some of the soy sauce element comes out to play as well.

Heavily carbonated for the style which helps the drinkability but doesn't do much for retaining thickness. Dry, acidic and bitter finish.

Overall, it's a stout I'll definitely pass on from now on. Not a big fan at all.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.36/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ikidunot
4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tyronegangsta
3.84/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle at Armsby Abbey in Worcester, Mass. The description on the bottle is pretty accurate. Gorgeous dark, frothy head - dark roastedbflavor and a great balance

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Photo of irishkyle21
4.18/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 89.7% out of 100 with 407 ratings
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