Grande Noirceur | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada

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.

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 367
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!


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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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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.66/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: pours thick, black with thick foamy head. Looks great
S: dark roastiness, bitter chocolate, slight black licorice.
T: all dark roast, fairly bitter. Too bitter for mine tastes
F: thin, really surprised how thin this feels.
O: not impressed, glad I got just one.

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

Look: The beer's body is pitch black and produces a sand two-finger head. The retention of the head is good although it doesn't outlast an otmeal stout or even other imperial stouts.

Smell: The nose doesn't offer notes of sweetness mixed with an alcoholic warmth. It smells like roasted coffee beans.

Taste: An exact replay of the nose. In addition to what was previously mentioned in my assessment of the beer's nose, add to that notes of dark chocolate. The warmth comes once the beer reaches our throat.

Feel: No creaminess. The beer's finish dries your mouth as much as coffee. Besides, the taste of chocolate and roasted coffee beans persist in our tongue.

Overall: The malt/alcohol profile is barely discernible unlike what you can taste with Péché mortel, another Imperial Stout from Brasserie Dieu du ciel. However, the bitterness is well featured.

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Photo of kalosjakar
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass.

Screw top!? Im surprised.

Almost pitch black, chocolate head. Good retention.

Smells of cocoa, sweet malt, dark druits??

Beautiful creamy mouth feel with a dryness that follows. Roastedness. Some sort of spiciness i cant figure out.

A unique tasting stout in comparison to others ive tasted.

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Photo of ludachris
4.31/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It pours big and black. Not even its edges emit light. An inch of mocha brown head falls nearly as fast as it forms. Alcohol legs and a single strand of lace rim the sides of the glass.

Roasty indeed. It's a dark, dry, and rich roast. Sweet raisin and plum peak through. There's a layer of dark, dark chocolate and dry cocoa powder. A delicate but rich meaty smokiness is etched in the nose as it warms. The lick of ethanol that's present still doesn't hint at its 9% ABV.

It's immediately black, dry, and roasty. Earthy bittering hops along with bakers chocolate and cocoa powder really accentuate its dryness. It's not sharp and cutting, instead, it's firm and builds on itself. Alcohol soaked coffee beans comes through on the exhale. The middle is filled with sticky raisin and plum.

There's a luscious creamy, silky smooth texture to its body. Oats have got to be apart of the grain bill. It's robust and dry and leaves me with sticky lips and a warm chest.

In terms of styles Dieu du Ciel consistently nails, stouts are their cat's pajamas. In comparison to Peche Mortel, there's obviously a greater emphasis on roast and all of its complexities it brings. Its creamy, silky, rich body is an excellent counterpoint to its dryness. DDC, I will always love you.

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