Grande Noirceur | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

Grande NoirceurGrande Noirceur
BA SCORE
4.06/5
413 Ratings
Grande NoirceurGrande Noirceur
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:
#2,956
Reviews:
127
Ratings:
413
pDev:
8.87%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
24
Gots:
71
Trade:
4
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Ratings: 413 |  Reviews: 127
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Texasfan549
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ludachris
4.31/5  rDev +6.2%
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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Photo of fthegiants
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Pahn
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle into a NEBCO tulip. Bottled around March 2012, drank November 29, 2015. Thanks to BA morningthief for this bottle.

Appearance: Pours black with a dark tan head. Great retention and lacing. Looks like a nice big stout.

Smell: Cocoa and roasted malt. Some raisin. Smooth and good. With time it becomes very aromatic and sweet.

Taste: Chocolaty, coffeelike malt flavors up front, leading to some chocolate covered raisin / dark fruit notes in the middle, with a strong roasted malt finish. Pretty intense alcohol burn at the end, but the flavor isn't overpowered.

This is a definitely a beer that tastes like it was brewed up north; you could do worse than a beer like this on a snowy Winter's night. Fullness and creaminess of the body also go a long way toward forgiving the heavy boozy heat at the end and the rough, bristly roasted malt flavor. Bristly as in harsh and bitter, intensified by how dry the finish is; it's like wood. Meanwhile, the deep malt flavors and building sweetness of the beer also serve to bring balance to the whole affair.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied. It's not Marshall Zhukov thick, but it's thick. Excellently creamy feel, very dry finish, tons of alcohol heat. Despite the balancing elements, we'd be in 5.0 territory if that burn were tamed.

Overall: The kind of high end stout you'd expect from the makers of Peche Mortel. Big, complex, hot, good.

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

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of icormier
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bought at Rapido in Aylmer Qc, aged one year. Dark imperial stout, very satisfying taste, hid its booziness well (might have been the aging). Lovely at the turning of the seasons from fall to winter.

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Photo of CanadianBacon
3.84/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Poured into a tulip from a 341 ml bottle. The beer poored black with one finger of beige head. no carbonation visible.

Aroma - The smell is of coffee dark chocolate, smoke from a smoker and some toffee like malts.

Taste - The taste follows suit, you get the dark chocolate, some mocha,the smoked taste followed by a sweet caramel taste.

Feel - this beef feels like a lighter medium body to me. very little carbonation and the bitterness disappears after the sweetness kicks in.

Overall - Although I like peche and aphrodisiaque better this is still a great beer and worth a try.

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Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Modest smoked meat and tobacco alongside roasted barley and bitter dark chocolate. Nice thickness and full body, with a bit of syrupy sweetness on the tongue that pulls it all together.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.44/5  rDev -15.3%
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 Suds
4.05/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew is utterly dark, black and thick. The head is chocolate and towering. Bitter and intense...thick, chocolatey, roasted....chocolatey, grainy,and boozy. Bitterness starts in the foretaste, and continues through the beer. Excellent warmth and very satisfying.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.94/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

Photo of VbolieuV
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pitch black with a small creamy head. Intense dark chocolate smell with some hints of roasted and caramel malts, dark fruits are present too. Nice chocolate taste also with sweet notes from the malts and you can also taste the alcohol but it's not overpowering. The bitterness of the hops is really present, more than most Imperial Stout I've tasted. The chocolate taste stays for a while in you mouth which is really great.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4.01/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

There's something about the relationship of Québécois beer and telling a story that relates to its region's history. Unibroue does this very well, however Dieu du Ciel has a few blurbs within its profile. Enter the Grande Noirceur, a reference to conservative policies passed in Quebec during the mid-20th Century. With 11.5 ounces to savor, let's take it slow and move on to the beer:

A small mocha tanned head sits atop a body that is shiny obsidian colored. A little bit of lace remains from decent head retention. I smell something attractive. I may be getting ahead of myself, but after my experiences with Péché Mortel and The Aphrodite, two wonderful stouts, Grande Noirceur looks cut from the same cloth. It smells sweet, roasted chocolate, booze, smoke, easy to smell and full of aroma.

Grande Noirceur rolls along the smokey and sweet aspects of a stout. Sweet and smoky throughout, with the smoke leaning towards a woodsy and sometimes astringent flavor. I also get toasted marshmallow and just a splash of booze. The body is fine, showing a medium full texture with small bubbles which gently break from the liquid. It finishes with a somewhat bitter, sweet and smoky aftertaste.

Great Darkness indeed. Suitable for any mild or cold evening.

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Photo of spycow
3.91/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcsauter82
4.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 413 ratings
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