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:
403
Reviews:
123
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
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23
Gots:
69
For Trade:
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2/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Average stout drinkable though give it a try

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2/5  rDev -51.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of fredmugs
2.5/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.75/5  rDev -33.1%

Photo of jw1978
3/5  rDev -27%

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3/5  rDev -27%

Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TheBrewLady
3.2/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The label art on this one is quite possibly the least subtle metaphor I've ever seen, but it will look excellent in my collection. Despite being inspired by what I'm sure was some serious political upheaval, I can't help think of Canada as a cold paradise where healthcare if free and moose's run rampant.

Appearance: Dark black, opaque. Thin, dark tan head with clumpy lacing. Mysterious.

Smell: Not much really. There's some malty hints, a bit of ashy smoke and vanilla, maybe a dark fruit, but nothing strong enough to stand out. It smells like the remnants of a great beer after you've drained the glass.

Taste: Mmmm, smoky. While not for everyone, I tend to love the smokiness of a bitter stout. Definitely more bitter than sweet, there are very subtle vanilla and caramel undertones. Hops have zero presence whatsoever, typical of this style. Bitter, charcoal smoke is dominant. There is a notable absence of the usually dominate chocolate/coffee flavours of an Imperial stout, but it doesn't really need them. With the outrageous bitterness of this one, any competing flavours are overwhelmed.

Mouthfeel: Typical chewy stout. Thick and creamy, it coats the mouth with stickiness. Unusually high carbonation for an Imperial stout.

The Verdict: A smoky, bitter, moody brew. I may reach for this when I feeling particularly pessimistic on a rainy day in the middle of winter. I've found the beer version of emo poetry.

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -20.9%

Photo of JohnnieNepal
3.3/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Casey3236
3.43/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 year old bottle. Think it was past its prime. Also, screw cap? What's that about?

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two-finger light tan head that fades quickly leaving some lace. Black color, no highlights. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Roasted coffee nose and flavor is roasted/burnt coffee, hoping for the caramel notes for balance but didn't find them, lingering burnt coffee aftertaste. $5.99 for a 340ml bottle from Julio's Liquors Westborough, MA.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.45/5  rDev -16.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sample at the Mondiale 2005: Poured a pitch black color stout with no head or carbonation. Aroma of roasted malt with strong coffee also easily recognisable. Taste is totally dominated by coffee with some subtle vanilla note. Body is quite full and alcohol is well hidden. Nice though DDC can do much better.

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.11 out of 5 based on 403 ratings.
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