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:
405
Reviews:
124
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
8.76%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
70
For Trade:
4
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Ratings: 405 |  Reviews: 124
Photo of alostplot
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DannyBaldoni
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of icormier
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -6.6%
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 +15.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of darktronica
4.07/5  rDev -1%
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 -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 Suds
4.05/5  rDev -1.5%
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 -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Hohnbaum
4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of VbolieuV
4.37/5  rDev +6.3%
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 -2.4%
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 -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mcsauter82
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Piglet_rulz_da_yard
4.18/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of zeff80
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of simplejj81
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tmappin
4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ElGallo
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of alarmclock314
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

11.5oz bottle, 0 and 5 notched on side. Pours jet black with a medium-sized brown head. Smells of roasted malts, smoke, and coffee. Taste is heavy in roasted malts and char, and ends with some strong bitterness. Some caramel taste shines through. Somewhat above average carbonation and above average body. Grab this if you like a bold, smoky RIS. Kind of reminded me of Dark Horse Fore Smoked Stout.

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

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.15/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle a deep black with two fingers of creamy tan head.

Aroma of dark chocolate, coffee, dark roasted malts, vanilla, and a touch of dark ripe fruit.

The taste was bitter roasted malts, ash, dark chocolate, coffee, vanilla and dark ripe fruits in the finish.

Medium bodied and creamy with a moderate carbonation.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
4.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.11 out of 5 based on 405 ratings.
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