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:
398
Reviews:
121
Avg:
4.11
pDev:
9%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
68
For Trade:
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Ratings: 398 |  Reviews: 121
Photo of JakerLou
4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of EMH73
4.21/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours black with a quarter inch tan head that leaves some lacing. Smells and tastes of roasted barley, dark chocolate, dark fruits, caramel sweetness, coffee and a bit or char. Heavy bodied, lightly carbonated (appropriate for a RIS), rich and creamy mouth feel.

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Photo of souvenirs
4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

341ml bottle, dated 2016-10-13

A: Black with brown head.
S: Pleasant chocolatey roasted grain aroma.
T: This is a big beer. Big sweet chocolate flavour. Finishes quite bitter.
F: Very smooth, but boozy.

This is a beast of a beer, to the extent that I'm not really sure I want to drink the whole bottle myself.

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Photo of Sk8sean86
3.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of kojevergas
3.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

BOTTLE: Ran me $5 USD at a beer store in Chicago. 11.5 fl oz format. Brown glass. Branded black twist-off crown cap. Fun label design. Bottled 2015-10-29.

9% ABV. Stout.

Served chilled into a snifter and allowed to come to temperature over the course of consumption.

HEAD: ~1-2cm in height. Tan colour with a nice shining complexion and a rich robust consistency. Retention is below average - ~1 minute. Leaves no lacing as it recedes.

BODY: Opaque jet black. No yeast/lees are visible within.

Appears aptly carbonated, which is to say it seems on the lower side in terms of carbonation - just right for a rich stout.

Not a unique or special appearance for a stout, but certainly right on the money in terms of style conventions.

AROMA: Subtle roasted barley intermingles with rich creamy chocolate to good effect (probably from chocolate malt; it lacks the expressiveness of true chocolate/cacao nibs), a blip of dark fruit (faint plum, maybe dates), and heavy dark malt sweetness. Cream. Thick caramel and molasses round out the high sweetness and malt backbone, but the roasted barley bitterness - while less pungent than would be ideal - keeps this beer balanced at least in terms of aroma.

Some additional bitterness-lending elements like coffee, char, or burnt malts would be nice, but overall this aroma is pleasant, suggesting an enjoyable dessert stout of adequate complexity. No off-notes, overt hoppy notes, or overt yeasty notes are present.

Aromatic intensity is above average.

TASTE & TEXTURE: Creamy, silky, and soft, with ideal carbonation and a pleasantly smooth, wet mouthfeel that plays well to the sleek milky chocolate notes and creamy dark malts. Robust and dessert-like in its sweetness, but there is a balancing roasted barley bitterness that works well (and would work volumes better were there still more roasted barley flavour). As the aroma suggested, the beer lacks adequate bitterness-contributing flavours like burnt malts, charred sugars, coffee, et al.

Adequately complex, with flourishes of subtle dark fruit (mainly plum and date) accentuating the creamy chocolate tone that is at the heart of this build.

No alcohol heat or off-flavours at all, and no style inappropriate overt hoppy or yeasty notes. Well-balanced, with nice depth of flavour. Flavour duration and intensity are above average (just right for the style).

OVERALL: The near ideal texture is the highlight here, but the classic flavour profile is right on the money in terms of style conventions. The 11.5% ABV is dangerously well concealed; this drinks more like a 8-9% imperial stout and the silky feel of the beer makes it slide down easily in spite of its higher than normal viscosity.

It's another commendable brew from one of North America's finest stout producers, but many U.S.A. drinkers will find its $5 price a bit tough to swallow given the ubiquity of better-priced beers of comparable quality like North Coast's Old Rasputin and Victory's Storm King. Price has no bearing on my rating, but even in terms of Dieu du Ciel's own lineup I'd much sooner reach for their more interesting adjunct stouts and porters if only because they feature more interesting flavours of coffee and maple syrup.

Fans of classic Russian imperial stouts will adore this beer, but discerning drinkers seeking the apex of intricacy, depth, and subtlety of flavour in their imperial stouts may find this somewhat wanting - undoubtedly well executed though it remains. Absolutely worth trying at least once, and a beer that would prove interesting when aged.

More solid work from what is possibly Canada's best brewery.

Low B (3.55) / GOOD

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

11.5 fl. oz. bottle served in a tulip. Bottled on 2015-10-29. Pours an inky black with a loose, 1/8th inch, mocha-colored head that quickly disperses towards the edges leaving a clump froth across the center. Nose expresses roasted notes, char, chicory, dark chocolate and a hint of vanilla or artificial sweetener. Taste consistent with nose; however, much more char upfront, followed by bold coffee notes and bakers chocolate. Finishes with a smokey/burnt quality. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with a mild, even carbonation. Overall, a solid example of the style. If the price point wasn't so high, I'd make this a regular goto RIS. Top notch.

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Photo of deg
4.76/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

The beer is very dark. Thick head. The head is coffee with cream color. I can't smell much, but there is something nice there. Excellent taste. Fig, roasted malt, a little coffee like aftertaste. The beer feels a little thin for my tastes for an Imperial Stout, but that's the only complaint I have about this beer.

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

Photo of Simon212
4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jerk_Store
3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Budlum
4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Poljazz22
4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2016-10-13 abv 9% about $3.50 Can from Peluso
Really dark! Opaque with a tan foamy head that melts to a thin ring of foam.
Smoke, espresso coffee,
Coffee, dark malt, molasses, some alcohol warmth.
Very well balanced between smoky darkness, caramel smoothness and dark unsweetened chocolate. Perfect carbonation and no cloying sugar feel, the hop blend keeps the final really dry.
Just a great IS.
Works really well with a slow cooked pork roast and red cabbage.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Black pour with dark brown head. Lots of milk chocolate and some fresh liquorice on the aroma. Taste starts malt with some liquorice, more roasty with lots of coffee on the finish. Really soft mouthfeel, velvety smooth. Overall this was a really nice surprise.

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Photo of sdm9465
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of samibr
4.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

341ml bottle poured into tulip.

Pours utterly black with a thin cap of dark brown head that leaves a ring of rocky lace as it recedes. This beer clearly means business.

Smells of wood smoke, freshly ground coffee, black chocolate, toasted brown sugar, preserved dark fruit, licorice and earthy hops.

Tastes of more coffee and dark chocolate, molasses, burnt sugar, plum and raisin preserve, soft vanilla, charred wood, black licorice and more leafy, earthy hops.

Feels rich and creamy. Full bodied with silky carbonation. Finishes very dry.

Verdict: Vigorously recommended. A huge beer that is a joy to drink.

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

Photo of dmorgan310
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Stoutmeister
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Wisconsin_IPA_Lover
4.29/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.78/5  rDev -8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Beerbom
4.1/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of travelguy
4.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pezhead_79
4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark black with a slight ring of the head around my tulip glass. Taste as chilled is smooth with some stronger characteristics increasing as it warms. A slight sweet aftertaste on the finish but still pleasant.

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Grande Noirceur from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
4.11 out of 5 based on 398 ratings.
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