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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
Ranking:
#3,002
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
421
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
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Ratings: 421 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of NeoClassicist
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of patre_tim
4.14/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Almost black with a copper hue near the edge when held to the light. Topped with a cherry red foam.

Smells of dark toasted malts, bananas, black liquorice, vanilla, chocolate liquor, and umami soy sauce.

Tastes sweet, with dark toasted, chocolate notes, tar, and a soft char on the finish. Cherries and fruitiness are all through it, and floral notes as well.

Medium, smooth and foamy body. Covers the alcohol well.

Got this in Barrie, ON, drinking it in Northern Ontario Nov 30th, 2017. Very good brew. Even not being my favourite style, I love the brewery, and really enjoy the smoothness of this brew.

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Photo of Abstractspirit
4.47/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NolaHopHead
4.04/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.3/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter, the appearance was a nice looking dark brown color coming close to black with a thin cap of a little dark eggshell white foamy head that slid off at a mild pace. Just a little bit of some concave lace ran here and there.
The aroma shaped a wonderful blend of milk to dark chocolate sweet to bitter and refined roasty bliss. Light amount of some dark fruity sweetness and a touch of dried black licorice (the sweet side of it).
The flavor lead with the roastiness covering a little bit of the spicy part of the "black licorice" and pulled in a dry bitter dark chocolate edge that seemed to add a bit of dark bread/toast to dryly meet in the aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Carbonation was a bit under, but I think this was an aged bottle. ABV did feel as projected. Lots of roasty grip beating at my tongue super dry, but I didn't mind too much.
Overall, it's a very nicely done imperial stout that I would love to have again.

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Photo of eberesford
4.06/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours black with reddish highlights ar the edge of the glass. The .5cm head dissipates rather quickly leaving a thinnish irregular film that leaves modetate lacing. Aromas: liquorice, dark chocolate, dark fruit; especially prune, some toffee. Flavour: black coffee, burnt toast, could do with a touch more sweetness on the palate. No intrusive alcohol warmth despite the abv. Decent legth, medium bodied so a little on the light side for style. Still very interesting - very drinkable.

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Photo of threeviews
4.59/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Decanted from a 11.5oz (330ml) bottle with a twist-off crown(!) into a Teku 2.0 stemmed glass.

A - With the exception of some deep mahogany colors seeping through at the edges of the glass, the beer pours pitch black with a coffee colored head approaching 1-finger with minor retention. (4.25)

S - Baker's chocolate, Burndt Coffee, Molasses and a hint of dark fruit (raisin and prune). Not terribly complex, but a Russian Imperial Stout with all the trimmings. No alcohol in the nose (4.5)

T - Big coffee roast dominates with some baker's chocolate and some treacle rounding things out. Dark fruit sweeetness is countered quite handidly by the roasted malt bitterness. Like the nose, no alcohol infiltrates the palate. (4.75)

M - 9% ABV is not the most burly for an Imperial Stout and it is felt most prominently in the mouth. It features a medium body and with the heavy helping of roasted malts intensifies the bitterness and increases its drinkability. The carbonation also helps to scrub any residual sweetness from the palate and inviting another sip. (4.5)

O - At ~$4.50 a bottle, the value/flavor profile is pretty good and have no problem with that pricepoint here in The States. This is a well conceived beer and sports enough complexity to make it interesting. However, the mouthfeel is a bit thin leaving me a little abandoned. However, the heavy dose of roasted malt and residual bitterness makes this an enjoyable Imperial Stout. That said, I will still prefer the over-the-top flavor profile of Peche Mortel. (4.5)

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Photo of josanguapo
4.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Bierkraft. In Teku glass. Watching Stranger Things 2x03. With caña lomo. Very roasted and bitter, with light sweetness and light notes of licorice and metal, but in general very well balanced and pleasant.

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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

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Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 421 ratings
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