Grande Noirceur | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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4.06/5
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431 Ratings
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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:
#3,264
Reviews:
132
Ratings:
431
pDev:
8.62%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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24
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Ratings: 431 |  Reviews: 132
Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tan head. Black color. Thick.

Initial reaction is expedition with more roast. Roasted, smooth, chocolaty. Rich. Molasses and coffee.

Full bodied. Nice carbonation. Ends a little dry, but overall pretty clean.

Solid stuff.

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Photo of RichH55
4.02/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Casey3236
3.43/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3 year old bottle. Think it was past its prime. Also, screw cap? What's that about?

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

Photo of ZachT
4.17/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jfreeze
4.2/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Kenmac19
4.29/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of yesterdayfaraway
3.66/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

L: pours thick, black with thick foamy head. Looks great
S: dark roastiness, bitter chocolate, slight black licorice.
T: all dark roast, fairly bitter. Too bitter for mine tastes
F: thin, really surprised how thin this feels.
O: not impressed, glad I got just one.

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

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

Solid stout. Nice roasted malt, little cocoa and a little heavier on the hop bitterness.

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Photo of Hopyard57
4.37/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of TBonez477
3.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Initial nose is all chocolate coffee, but after first time the nutty deliciousness hits. The late taste us of espresso and light caramel.

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

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

Look: The beer's body is pitch black and produces a sand two-finger head. The retention of the head is good although it doesn't outlast an otmeal stout or even other imperial stouts.

Smell: The nose doesn't offer notes of sweetness mixed with an alcoholic warmth. It smells like roasted coffee beans.

Taste: An exact replay of the nose. In addition to what was previously mentioned in my assessment of the beer's nose, add to that notes of dark chocolate. The warmth comes once the beer reaches our throat.

Feel: No creaminess. The beer's finish dries your mouth as much as coffee. Besides, the taste of chocolate and roasted coffee beans persist in our tongue.

Overall: The malt/alcohol profile is barely discernible unlike what you can taste with Péché mortel, another Imperial Stout from Brasserie Dieu du ciel. However, the bitterness is well featured.

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

Photo of kalosjakar
4.15/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle into pint glass.

Screw top!? Im surprised.

Almost pitch black, chocolate head. Good retention.

Smells of cocoa, sweet malt, dark druits??

Beautiful creamy mouth feel with a dryness that follows. Roastedness. Some sort of spiciness i cant figure out.

A unique tasting stout in comparison to others ive tasted.

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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

Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 4.06 out of 5 with 431 ratings