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.

Added by Rastacouere on 03-15-2004

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Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
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 DenisKolkin
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
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 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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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
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 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 polloenfuego
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep almost black with a thin head. The smell is a lovely roast and chocolate combination. Taste follows the nose with roasts dominating, bitter chocolate and a touch of leather. Feel is very nice, medium with medium carbonation. There is no alcohol burn. This is a winner from DDC on my part. A perfect winter beer.

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Photo of kevinlater
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle into snifter. "bottled on 2016-10-15", consumed mar 9 '17. rich chocolate, smoke, caramel, and touches of both coffee and prunes. the feel is a little light, but finishes with an awesome strong dryness. this beer kinda strikes me as a lighter version of founders imperial stout -- very similar flavour profile. great stuff!

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Photo of Cramshawbar
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Dieu du Ciel! doesn't disappoint....again. Even though stouts are not my favourite, the best Canadian brewery manages to make one that is smooth, yet authentic. Again, this is not Peche Mortel, as nothing compares to that, but as a Russian Imperial Stout, this is superb. Get it, drink it, love it.

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Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a quarter inch tan head that leaves some lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, coffee and a bit or char. Heavy bodied, lightly carbonated (appropriate for a RIS), rich and creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle, dated 2016-10-13

A: Black with brown head.
S: Pleasant chocolatey roasted grain aroma.
T: This is a big beer. Big sweet chocolate flavour. Finishes quite bitter.
F: Very smooth, but boozy.

This is a beast of a beer, to the extent that I'm not really sure I want to drink the whole bottle myself.

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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 Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 fl. oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 2015-10-29. Pours an inky black with a loose, 1/8th inch, mocha-colored head that quickly disperses towards the edges leaving a clump froth across the center. Nose expresses roasted notes, char, chicory, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla or artificial sweetener. Taste consistent with nose; however, much more char upfront, followed by bold coffee notes and bakers chocolate. Finishes with a smokey/burnt quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style. If the price point wasn't so high, I'd make this a regular goto RIS. Top notch.

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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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