Grande Noirceur | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Grande NoirceurGrande Noirceur
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Grande NoirceurGrande Noirceur

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 thehyperduck
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

341 mL bottle from an LCBO 4-pack that I purchased in late winter/early spring; dated Oct 5 2016 and served barely chilled.

This utterly opaque, jet black stout comes complete with a half-inch of frothy, tan-coloured foam that persists upon the surface for more than ten minutes. A smooth, thick coat of lacing is deposited as it slowly recedes at its seemingly infinitesimal pace; this looks fantastic to me. I'm getting molasses, licorice, fig, prune and plenty of rich, roasted malts on the nose - cocoa, dark chocolate, mocha coffee and perhaps a hint of burnt wood. Buried amidst it all is a faintly noticeable whiff of ethanol.

Borderline hedonistic; this imperial stout makes for an undeniably pleasurable quaff as its flavours of dark fruit, roasted malts and molasses sweetness sweep across the taste buds with each sip. Baker's chocolate and coffee grounds are quite prominent, while notes of plum, fig and date blend more into the background. A hint of vanilla is also discernable, with subtle suggestions of smoke and charred wood; altogether considered, it might seem surprising to learn that this stout never saw the inside of any sort of spirit barrel. The sip concludes with bitter cocoa, herbal licorice and a touch of alcohol; the latter facet also warms the throat a bit as you make your way through the glass. Full-bodied, with very mild carbonation that weakly agitates the palate's surface; it feels slick, smooth, and satisfying as you sip it.

Final Grade: 4.31, an astounding A grade. Dieu du Ciel's Grande Noirceur is everything that a Russian Imperial Stout should be, with an intense, roasted malt-driven front end, succeeded by a firm, moderately bitter back end that includes a slight alcohol burn. This is an imperial stout that looks, smells, feels, and tastes the part, checking all of the boxes while avoiding any pitfalls worth noting. I would not hesitate to purchase another 4-pack of this, and would encourage all stout-loving BAs to treat it in a similar fashion.

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Photo of csmrx7
4.1/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of hanuswalrus
4.09/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottled on date is 10/24/16. Pitch black in appearance. Not quite motor oil consistency, but looks relatively thick on the pour. Nice brown head. Aroma is a lot of roast, with some leather, tobacco, bitter chocolate and coffee as well. Flavor is much of the same that the nose has. A very roasty, bitter beer with some charred, ashy flavors. Has a nice lingering bitterness that sits on the tongue. Mouthfeel is nice. Not chewy, but satisfying for an Imperial Stout. Just enough sweetness to keep it from becoming acrid. I like this beer quite a bit.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4.19/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cozmo
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rolltide8425
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
4.08/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Aged around 8 months: Opaque black. Creamy brown 3-4 finger head, lasting around 10-15 minutes, with strong lacing but not much legs nor swirl effect. Flavors of dark grains, walnuts, wood, raisins, plums, coffee, cocoa, toffee, vanilla, and herbal hops. Silky light creamy medium body with a light crisp. Strong strength finish, impressive barrel aging effect, with some rauch style smoked hops. A bit leathery with a moderate earthy feel, some brown sugar and cinnamon. Lightly sour from the aging process although manageable. The smell is highly alcoholic but hidden in the mouthfeel, though a highly warming brew that is not overly dry nor lacking much freshness. Rich and densely flavorful, superb balance and intensity, deep complexity although shy in the smell department. Makes a really nice appetizer, yet easy to drink in big quantities. Overall superb quality craft.

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Photo of BenBreeg
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.03/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(11.5 oz bottle, bottled on 2016-10-24... poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: chocolate-milk brown, tight, tall pad of foam, with random craters strewn about... pretty much opaque black liquid... bottle was a twist-off, which I only noticed while in the process of prying off the crown the a bottle opener... the foam did fall slowly, scattered webs of lace

S: thin chocolate syrup/ganache with a mild highlight of charcoal-y roast, lightly-burnt wood grain... with underlying dessert-sweet tones, its malty constitution projects to be dense and layered... not very much boozy or hop notes, if any... overall, intense malt awaits?

T: good bit of bold, ashy char and crazy potent roasty bitterness in the finish, with a very delicate dark bitter cocoa note lingering... as expected, dense malty backbone, but any outstanding flavor mostly confined to a narrow spectrum of high-order crystal malt - toasty raisin and currant, extra dry

F: light-medium bodied - compact muscle, but lacking roundness... mildly scraping finish with some peppery heat simmering across the palate - allows/begs some rest between sips... damn dry...

O: one of the more intensely roasty/bitter porter/stout I've ever had - sort of reminds me of a less-nuanced, more-bracing Sinebrychoff... this begs for some sweet, rich, dark-fruit filled chocolate candy to balance/fill out its relatively rough, one-note punch

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Photo of tommy5
3.61/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StormAles
4.6/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Amguerra305
4.13/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours almost like a cross between motor oil and syrup and no head lingers in the glass. Smell is toasty with a little bit of chocolate, coffee, and just a bit of sweetness coming across as vanilla for some reason. Pretty spot on for the style with the added nuance of vanilla. The taste is more roast forward than the smell would suggest. There is a bit of sweetness in the nose that is altogether lost in the taste. More burnt acrid RIS than sweet and smooth. It starts strong and bold but it tapers off at the end. Feel is thick with not much carbonation which increases the silky feel. Overall this is a solid and good RIS but not stellar for my tastes.

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Photo of Eamonn-Cummings3
4.33/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a speiglau stout glass.

Look is pitch black with a tan head.

Aroma is roasted malt with a slight astringency.

Taste is thick and bitter roast malt.

For a beer with a bit of age on it this beer has held up incredibly well.

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Photo of Mousel
4.12/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of DoubleSimcoe
4.36/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jacob17
3.89/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GreenMind
4.18/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jason_nwx
4.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Stofko1992
3.88/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Knapp85
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.57/5  rDev +12.6%
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 taxandbeerguy
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
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 PhineasMcClintock
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Samallison
4.27/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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