Grande Noirceur | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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
Ratings:
400
Reviews:
122
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
69
For Trade:
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Ratings: 400 |  Reviews: 122
Reviews by evil_liver:
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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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 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 oberon
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on 10/24/2016.Pours into a goblet black with a creamy mocha colored head atop that is quick to fade.Molasses and cherry wood aromas,I know know wood was used in this beer but I get that quality.'Meaty' upfront on the palate with sweeter molasses and caramel notes,underlying coffee roast is there but the sweetness is bigger,alcohol creeps as it warms.A fuller almost creamy feel makes it even better.

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Photo of DanGeo
3.99/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of tbryan5
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of sabitu
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of dandaugherty1221
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alarmclock314
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle, 0 and 5 notched on side. Pours jet black with a medium-sized brown head. Smells of roasted malts, smoke, and coffee. Taste is heavy in roasted malts and char, and ends with some strong bitterness. Some caramel taste shines through. Somewhat above average carbonation and above average body. Grab this if you like a bold, smoky RIS. Kind of reminded me of Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout.

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

Photo of BeerDrinkingDiver
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chickenm
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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

Photo of amstokesdb9
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of doremite
3.75/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

2013? bottle of Grande Noirceur with 9% ABV listed.

Essentially black colored body with a semi-durable tan head and decent lacing.

Aroma: slightly sweet, medium and dark malts with hints of smoke and dark chocolate. Milder than expected, especially after tasting it.

The flavor is dominated by dark roasted grains with a bit of char and smoke. Hints of bitter chocolate and expresso in the aftertaste. Appropriately bold for style with partially hidden alcohol. Approaches 4.25.

O: relatively dark-roasted version of the style that's certainly worth a try.

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Photo of JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of biboergosum
4.11/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz glass at the Underground in YEGDT, DDC TTO.

This beer appears a solid black abyss, with subtle mahogany highlights, and one finger of dense, somewhat bubbly light brown head, which leaves a solid, thick band of painted lace around the glass as it lazily bleeds away, and notably persists through the subsequent 'glass more or less half empty' experience.

It smells of roasted, kind of meaty caramel/toffee malt, musty ash, bittersweet cocoa icing, herbal, leafy hops, and a twinge of metallic alcohol. The taste is grainy, sweet baker's chocolate, bready caramel malt, edgy dark fruit, wet ash, mild day-old coffee, a hint of earthy, musty hops, and some underlying warming booze.

The carbonation is present, but pretty well understated, the body a solid medium weight, and generally smooth, a certain creaminess lingering from the ingrained chocolate notes. It finishes off-dry, the cocoa powder and BBQ-charred caramel still contending with the offsetting fruit, coffee, and liquor essences.

An agreeable enough RIS, almost restrained to a certain degree, though. I'd like to try this anew in a less heady and busy environment - I'm not refuting the purported 17-proof booze, as everything else does well to keep the inherent imperial nature a benevolent one. Oh, hey Mike!

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Photo of Tmappin
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Futbolmanby
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sammy
3.88/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A great smooth pleasing imperial stout. A bit of sourness Russian style but overwhelmed by chocolate malts and fruity taste. Coffee and vanilla notes, roastiness. Suitable understated carbonation. Chocolate coffee aftertaste. Opaque black. Very satisfying.

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Photo of Roguer
4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours black as motor oil, thick and oily, topped by a modest dark brown head with good retention. If I'm nit-picking, I would prefer a larger head.

Huge, classic RIS aroma: roasty as all get-out, carrying notes of burnt coffee, barley, and dark chocolate, along with some cream and overripe dark fruit (grapes and figs). Intimidatingly roasty.

Flavor follows, leaning toward a drier, bitter roast than any sweetness (although there is a kiss of sugar on the back-end, quickly overwhelmed by charcoal-and-burnt-toast levels of roast). Only a touch of the sour fruit.

Some earthy and grassy hops only add to the bitterness. Burnt coffee, burnt toast, extremely dark cacao.

Very lively in the mouth; dry; hot, arid finish, with lingering bitterness. Full mouthfeel, not particularly thick.

This is a huge roasty stout, somewhere right in between Old Rasputin and Ten-FIDY. It has less sweetness than the latter, and less overripe fruit than the former - and the roastiness of both.

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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.11 out of 5 based on 400 ratings.
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