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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
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
364
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
16.55%
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
61
For Trade:
4
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 364
Reviews by kevanb:
Photo of kevanb
4.07/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a 2012 DDC/Cantillon Zwanze Day wine glass.

The beer pours like motor oil, deep black in color, very inky, with a finger plus of caramel colored head, very tightly packed bubbles that has great retention and leaves a few spots of lace behind. The aroma is of lightly roasted coffee and toasted dark malts, touches of stone fruit and sweet alcohol. The flavors are right in line with the nose, lots of toasted grain, rich coffee, bitter bakers chocolate, pitted stone fruit, a touch of alcohol and a touch of chalky ash. The body is thick and viscous, low carbonation with a just of bubbliness at the finish. It's very silky and smooth and coats the mouth very, very well.

Verdict: A very fine Russian Imperial Stout from DDC. It's simple, balanced and not too aggressive. With the trend of late being high gravity, brutal, in your face RIS beers, this is a really nice change of pace. A very enjoyable beer to sip on.

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More User Reviews:
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 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 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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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 fthegiants
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freewill35
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%

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