Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire

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Brown Ale - Belgian Dark
Ranked #48
Ranked #37,955
3.72 | pDev: 11.29%
Quebec, Canada
Noire De Chambly / Chambly NoireNoire De Chambly / Chambly Noire
Notes: Name changed from Chambly Noire to Noire de Chambly in Aug. 2009.

This dark ale was created in honour of the brave soldiers of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, with their famous black musketeer hats. In 1665, King Louis XIV sent the regiment to New France to defend against the Iroquois. He had a number of strategic forts, including Fort Chambly, built along the Richelieu River, ensuring peace and prosperity for the colony. Many French Canadians are the direct descendants of these intrepid forebears.
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Sigmund from Norway

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Sampled bottle, RBNAG 2007 in Grimstad. ABV was 6.2%. Dark reddish brown to black colour. Moderate roasty and malty aroma and flavour. Some oaky and vinous notes in the flavour too.

Apr 09, 2021
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Boto from Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle: This one pours an opaque dark brown color. There was a small tan head that didn't linger or leave much lacing. Nice nose. Some spices, roasted malts, light clove and some dark fruits. It has a good taste also. Light on the spice, roasted malts. Some sweet malts, hint of citrus, faint dark fruits.

Feb 23, 2019
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Organdrew from Canada (QC)

3.64/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 750 ml 5-year aged Noir De Chambly (30/12/12) poured into a flute-like beer glass. I've had this beer before but never reviewed it. Had left this with family and drank it for Christmas just to drink it up and get rid of it since it's pretty old now.

Appearance: Cork was under pressure and saw visible gases escape when it was uncorked. Pours a very dark liquid with an inch of some beige head. Almost completely opaque when put up to the light. Carbonation is noticeable through the dark drink. Foam stays stuck to the glass and leaves heavy lacing.

Aroma: Spicy, malty and roast notes. The typical Unibroue spice mix smell.

Taste: Slightly smokey, malty, sweet. Coriander is the dominant spice/taste. A lot more tame and mild after this many years. Possibly some cardboard notes - I may have over-aged. There is a significant taste I never noticed before in my last tasting of the beer.

Mouthfeel: Creamy-like, Finishes very slight dry.

Overall: It was good, although a bit on the light side. I've had it before and wasn't a huge fan of it, but aging changes the flavor significantly. It's still pretty solid.

Aging definitely rounded out the edges, removed any bite, and made it much more palatable. I did find it too mild and sweet after all these years. I wasn't particularly fond of the taste and mouthfeel, but it was still good for a beer. I'm not an expert on aging but I would say 5 years is a bit too long to age this beer. It definitely loses its potency and strength.

Still a good treat for those who like Unibroue and/or dark beers.

Next Unibroue review will be a 5-year Grande Reserve 17 on new years eve.

Dec 26, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: opaque; dark brown with mahogany at the edges if held to the light; 1 finger khaki head that receded to a wispy cap; no lacing;

S: clove and Belgian yeast are dominant; a hint of citrus in the background;

T: Belgian yeast for a moment, then nutmeg and clove get added it; no bitterness; not much roastiness;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking for the style - mainly because of the lower ABV; would paid well with food;

May 23, 2017
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manfromanotherplace from New York

3.66/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely a tasty beer, with all the qualities of a very fine quad, but there is something missing, taste if the dark fruits is there, mouthfeel is great but i believe the low abv of this beer doesnt do the very nice taste of the beer are just waiting for that boozy hit at the end of the sip which never comes....could be a lot better.

Mar 10, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pizza Paradiso- Dupont Circle. Treading the fine line between a black IPA and a dark saison. More tart than roasty, yeasty, smooth and slick. A real gender bender.

Feb 24, 2016
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al_al1357 from Canada (ON)

3.78/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A welcoming beer at the forefront with nice carbonation head and lacing. Appearance is mainly dark with red/brown highlights when put up to a light source. Smells like a Belgian dark with floral and fruity notes and tastes like a Belgian dark with a background of roast, clove, floral and sweetness from fruit. Beer has a nice carbonation that doesn't quite pack a punch - although the alcohol content is above six percent, it is not very noticeable. Overall an enjoyable and easy-to-drink beer.

Jan 13, 2016
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Franck from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +7.5%

Distinctive smell of Unibroue's yeast. Red berries, spices, lemon and roasted malts.
Taste is light, mineral. Very fruity (blackberry and rasberry), torrefaction, dates.
Don't expect a smooth and round stout because of the "noire". That's a nice strong dark ale, very drinkable and accessible. It looks like a light version of the Trois Pistoles

Nov 30, 2014
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kevofficiel from Canada (QC)

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Black of chambly or ( noire de Chambly ) so what do I think about it lets its
So with the smellof it well, very light. Light coffee taste qith that chocolate on the after taste. The smell is not like the LEFFE Brown because it is more reserve.
The look of. Dark but when you put it on the light it is more like a brown color.
Now the taste of it: Well more on the watery. I think it is 6,2% ABV but doesn t fell like. It feels more like a 4 % ABV. You really have to search for taste, because it is so light that on the after taste you have to use your tongue really hard to catch the taste. And when you catch it you have that coffee chocolate taste like the Leffe Brune but really on the after taste, not when u still drinking it. I did enjoy it. Lots of carbonation once again but it is between a Blanche de Chambly and the Blonde of the Chambly.
So overall would I recommend it ? Yes definitely ! It is a nice easy drinking beer and you wanna drink a Unibroue Beer go for it but for myself I prefer the Leffe Brune or even the St-Ambroise Oatmeal scoot is muche better than this beer. But the Noire the Chambly is much better than those Rickard's Dark ... etc...,

Nov 11, 2014
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DaveBar from Canada (ON)

3.89/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around $7.00 for a 750ml bottle. Less than 6mths old. Want to try one fresh and others later....

A- Excellent! Very dark. Opened hard with a TON of brown head.... 3" in a chalice. Head dissipates over 3 to 4mins to a nice film.

S- Excellent hops and malt. Caramel hints. coriander so I know this is a blend with Blanch De Chambly.

T- Yup! Wheat dark ale 100%. Very nice blend of recipes to come up with a winner. All around great beer. Airy and light despite the colour. Touch metallic though.

M- Very good. Very carbonated. Needs a bit of time to blend the flavors of dark ale and wheat beer.

O- Excellent! Will try again next year to see how it aged.

Food Paring....

This very young, very carbonated beer surprisingly goes well with... Sushi!!!

For some reason this one went very, very well with sushi. Even with the light fish flavor it still does not overpower.

Thx for reading

Feb 09, 2014
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noire De Chambly isn't quite black ("noire") but it sure is dark; there may be a flicker of colour to the light but I have to stress *maybe* (in the sense that maybe others will see some but I don't). That being said, there's no mistaking this for a stout, if for no other reason than its tall, foamy, distinctly Belgian-esque head.

Unibroue has such a distinctive yeast that it's typically easy to distinguish their beers by smell alone. This beer's bouquet, however, has a slightly different profile: more spicy and, as the name suggests, appreciably 'dark'. It's got black licorice, cocoa powder and so much clove, ginger and anise that I don't know whether to drink it or bake with it.

The taste is relatively mild thanks to a lightly sweet and gently toasted maltiness, but vivid notes of star anise, perfumed clove and fresh-zested ginger continue on the palate and the full extent of their spiciness is felt with a little sting on the finish of each sip. It drinks kind of like a strongly-steeped chai tea (albeit with bold yeast and alcohol overtones).

Despite the sting of spices and bubbles, the mouthfeel falls a little flat. There is nowhere near the depth or richness of malt to induce chocolate or caramel notes - heck, there's hardly enough to evoke raisins even - and, as result, the alcohol overpowers (even at a reasonable 6.2%). The clove, anise and ginger notes go almost unchallenged.

Unibroue is arguably one of the best brewers of Belgian ales outside of Belgium but Noire de Chambly - unlike most of their offerings - doesn't quite live up to the Old-World ales it's been modeled after. It's not a bad recipe by any means, but the monks and time-honed brewers of Walloonia and Flanders make much more graceful and complex ales than this.

Jan 16, 2014
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polloenfuego from Canada (NB)

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a 750 ml bottle into a snifter.

True to it's name, Noire de Chambly pours almost black with a light two finger head that breaks quickly leaving little in the way of lacing or a cap.

The smell is mild, the Unibroue yeast is prominent and there is a scent of cloves, spices and some very mild dark fruits.

Taste is also mild, the yeast comes through as do the cloves and spices. Further back one gets some grapes or even apple. There is medium carbonation and a light finish on this beer.

Overall, I would have to say that this is a fair beer, and perhaps one that Unibroue could improve. It does not match their other offerings in flavor or texture. I would however recommend this as a good intro beer to the unibroue family.

Dec 29, 2013
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Digimaika2 from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

(3.75) A: Dark mahogany red with a modest bubbly head that quickly recedes to a ring. Good patchy lacing.

(4.0) S: Dark fruits (cherries, plums), tropical fruits (mostly banana), cloves, molasses, caramel, and underlying woody smoke. I’m a fan of that general Unibroue aroma and this doesn’t disappoint with added lighter roasted malt qualities as well.

(3.5) T: Belgian-style flavours upfront with cloves and bubblegum, that transitions into some roasted malt flavours, and finishes with molasses and faint caramel. The woody smoke taste is present throughout. Quite dry as well. The overall taste may be a bit confusing/clashing at first but these flavours are growing on me as I drink.

(3.5) M: Lighter bodied with lively carbonation. Slightly viscous but treading on the thin side.

(3.75) D: Not my favourite Unibroue offering but this started to taste better after the initial first few sips. The woody smoke flavour was interesting and different than other smoke tastes I’ve had to date.

Nov 11, 2013
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taxandbeerguy from Canada (ON)

3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with full cage & cork purchased from LCBO for $6.80 CDN. Second Unibroue product I've seen recently in this part of Ontario, so figured it was worth a try, given that i rather enjoyed Blanche de Chambly and of course Unibroue's rep. Served chilled into a pint glass (unfortunately)

Appearance - Poured this out which yielded a dark cola brown beer with a massive 3.5 finger tan head that subsided at a moderate pace. After quite some time was left with a cap that stayed until the very end of the glass. Quite dark, virtually no light seems through. The creamy voluminous head left some trace lacing.

Smell - First things I noticed were the booze, which was not terribly well hidden and some dark fruits. That transitioned into a more defined chocolate & cherries collaboration that smelled rich and filling. Also bready aromas permeate my senses. In all quite Belgian but much more moderated and less intense.

Taste - Similar to the smell, with a dash of smoked flavor up front when the beer is coldest. Again the dark fruits make an appearance, but it is in a more secondary role this time around. In all there wasn't actually much that stood out to be in terms of taste. It was tasty yes, but slightly disappointing given the experience up to this point.

Mouthfeel - Medium / High carbonation gives this a nice creamy feel and there's a moderately light finish. Obviously with the lower ABV there's a limit on the richness of the mouthfeel, but I came away only moderately impressed.

Overall - Not overwhelmed in all by this, but it is a tasty Belgian Dark Ale that you can easily go back for more than two glasses worth, so it's high in terms of drinkability because it won't necessarily cause you to fall over when you stand up.

Oct 27, 2013
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

3.74/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL corked and caged bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled Aug 6 2013 . This brew will always have a spot in my memory as the first Unibroue beer I ever had the opportunity to try - I was staying at a friend's place in Banff, and some cougar gave this to me because someone had left a bunch in her fridge, she didn't like the beer and it was 'taking up too much space'. A strong endorsement, to be sure. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky, brownish cola colour with amber highlights, generating nearly two fingers' worth of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head. It quickly settles out, leaving a thin film behind on the surface in addition to a modest collar with lacing. The aroma should seem pretty familiar to anyone who's tried the other Unibroue Belgian dark ales - their signature yeast strain has its usual strong contribution, in addition to red apples, pears, and a slight note of banana. Lots of clove too, with a solid dose of dark fruits such as raisin, fig and plum.

Interesting flavour, not just a lighter version of Maudite or Trois Pistoles, and very well-balanced. Dark fruits are quite prominent, with notes of raisin and dark cherry coming through initially - fairly sweet, but with a nice tartness underlying it all. Next up is some toffee sweetness and dark toasted malts, providing a vaguely milk-chocolatey flavour that is quickly pushed aside by red apples and plums. There's an almost wine-like tartness I can't put my finger on; I really like this feature because it offers a break from the yeast and sweetness. Typical Unibroue clove and banana notes finish us off in familiar territory, leaving a lingering yeasty flavour behind on the palate. Medium-bodied, with fine, intense carbonation that prickles the tongue constantly. Dangerously drinkable at 6.2% - this wine bottle is more than enough for me, but if I were splitting it with someone I could see two or three bottles being necessary.

Final Grade: 3.74, a decent B grade. To be honest, I don't really remember if I liked Noire de Chambly the first time I tried it all those years ago - I wasn't truly converted over to craft beer at that point, and while it was a nice change-up from the Bow Valley Strong (I just threw up in my mouth a little), I wasn't exactly clamoring for another bottle. Looking at it today, however, I can see that this is without a doubt a quality Belgian-style dark ale. While their strong dark ales (Maudite, La Terrible, etc.) are undeniably better, this is a good substitute if you're in the mood for a Belgian beer you can have a few glasses of without losing your equilibrium. Worth a try.

Oct 19, 2013
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Hopswagger from South Carolina

3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by 10-30-10

P: Dark cola appearance with a khaki head that fades fast and swims to the outside creating a nice ring.

S: Sweet candy malt, grape juice, spicy funk, vinegar, fig pudding and tartness.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but more timid sweetness and tartness. Flavors are thin and oxidation has started to set in. Nose is much more enjoyable. Spice is aggressive once warmed and yeast leaves your mouth dry and chalky. Metallic finish. Thinner body than expected in a BSDA.

O: I didn't love this but I'm stoked that I got a bottle of the pre name change brew. The low ABV sums up the thin body and flavor. I would really like this in a six pack due to its easy drinkability. I probably won't be seeking this out in the future but a good brew to try.

Aug 31, 2013
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UCLABrewN84 from California

3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Best before 2/22/08.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing signs of oxidation but still is pretty decent.

Aug 23, 2013
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jondeelee from Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Noire de Chambly opens to a nose that anyone familiar with Unibroue will be familiar with, featuring their funky, spicy yeast strain that lends a mulled apple cider note with threads of apple cider vinegar. In addition, there are apple, orange, berry, and cherry fruit esters, as well as what seems to be a faint haze of cigarette smoke, like stepping into a nightclub in the middle of the day. These mix with an undercurrent of brown bread, toast crust, biscuit, and floury baguette. A peppery spiciness overlays everything in typical Unibroue fashion. As a whole, the beer is nice, but seems to be lacking some of the depth and complexity associated with Unibroue beers. The light 6.2% ABV is likely the cause of much of this, robbing the beer of sugars, so that the proprietary yeast supply quite a large portion of the aroma.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately peppery and spicy, the typical Unibroue yeast notes of spiced cider and vinegar joined by scads of white and black pepper, burning the tongue. Apple, cherry, berry, and orange fruit esters bring fruity relief, as do thin bits of brown sugar. Brown bread, floury baguette, and biscuit add earthiness. The spice notes, however, take center stage, bringing not only pepper, but harsh whole-stick cinnamon and bits of cardamom and nutmeg—so if this is spiced cider, it’s overly-spiced cider. The aftertaste is heavily spiced, following the main mouthful, but even more so as the sugars die off, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium-high, approaching champagne, and causing the better portion of the mouthful to turn into foam.

As a whole, this is certainly decent beer, but when considered against the rest of Unibroue’s lineup, ends up being somewhat of a disappointment. The spicy, yeasty notes are simply overpowering here, causing the rest of the beer to be rather lost, and the heavy carbonation ends up marring the mouthfeel with foaminess. Decent, but could have used a bit more sugar, and a lot less CO2.

Jul 26, 2013
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decimator from Canada (ON)

3.52/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 6.2%.

A - Poured a very dark brown highlights and a 1cm beige head. Head quickly reduced to a ring of bubbles and a few small clusters. Minimal lacing.

S - Yeast, spice, some dark fruits, a hint of banana.

T - Dark fruit, hint of toast, some fruity sourness, mild bitterness. Aftertaste is a lingering fruity sourness.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, a bit syrupy with some stickiness, somewhat dry finish.

O - Noire? Not as roasted or toasted as I'd expect for the name. Flavour wise still is a decent Belgian. For those who haven't tried it yet just don't expect the same complexity as Unibroue's stronger offerings.

Apr 28, 2013
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TheDoctor from Canada (QC)

3.49/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice brown-amber color with a fluffy beige head that dissapates really quickly leaving a patchy coating with a bit of lacing.

Nice crisp smell with really strong clove notes and a hint of citrus and pears.

Smooth, unoffensive flavor overall. Soft hop notes and some light sweetness. No super-strong flavors one way or the other, though.

Predominate carbonation presence throughout. Kind of orangey/spicy up front with a clean, semi-hoppy, nutty finish.

Good beer. Not life-changing but worth the taste if you get the chance.

**Re-Reviewed 12-05-2014**
This was one of the first few beers I reviewed and I am trying to revisit a few. This one was about how I had remembered it.
That said, I got a little more out of it this time and I felt that I should include my thoughts here for posterity. I have left my original score with the original review and have updated the rest below.
Pours, looks, smells, and tastes a bit Coke-like. Lots of carbonation thin-feeling, sweet and slightly earthy. This time it looked and smelled a bit better than I remembered the first time. I imagine this was a slightly fresher bottle (the other was bought at a Dep.). Lots of Unibroue yeast character with some spiced fruit scents and a toasted malt character to the flavor. The beer drinks pretty easy, but could definitely be a little more robust in almost every way. Probably won't revisit. Not bad, but not terribly engaging either.

Apr 14, 2013
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Stuffman from Pennsylvania

4.42/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle from a local restaurant that has a very good selection of beer. I wanted Rochefort 10, but they wanted $15 for the bottle. Picked up this instead as I just got done drinking the Unibroue Sommelier 6-pack and this wasn't included. Got home and opened the cap only to be greeted by a seemingly-endless-yet-very-slow stream of overflow head. Poured it into a tulip to begin. Out of curiosity, I checked the date code... February 21, 2006! This is either going to be really good, or really really bad.

Appearance (4) - Extremely dark brown with just the slightest hint of red. Very light head reminiscent of that of what you'd see on a root beer float; quickly subsided. No head to speak of after a few minutes. Looking into strong light reveals faint hints of active effervescence. Fairly opaque/hazy.

Smell (4.5) - Yeast, dark brown sugar/molasses, faint hints of banana. Typical Unibroue.

Taste (4.5) - Primarily delicate yeast and strong malts. Very dark molasses with barely-perceptable traces of burnt sugar on the finish. Hints of dark fruit, dark maduro tobacco, and the slightest tinge of banana. Pleasant light lingering aftertaste. Nearly no traces of hops or alcohol.

Mouthfeel (4) - Light with very little carbonation. Drinks very smoothly despite the lack of effervescence.

Overall (4.5) - Very good. I would certainly like to try a much younger version to compare it to, but I'm going to go back and buy up all the old bottles that I can. Not my favorite Unibroue, but yet another solid offering from what is perhaps by favorite brewery. On a side note, even though there was almost no indication of alcohol, this hit me a lot more than I'd expect 6.2% to... probably got a bit higher during its aging.

Hmm... maybe they have some old Maudite/Trois Pistoles/La Fin du Monde laying around...

Mar 31, 2013
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Beelzebeer from Canada ()

3.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle, a little over a year old, served in an oversized tulip

A - Black body, with a 2" head you had to work to get. Quickly dissipates. Could be from the age.

S - Slight phenol, maybe, again, from age, light sugars, some dark malt, but not that "dense"

T - Darker raspberry, sugars, some caramel, some roast, but not a whole lot.

M - Medium-light on the carbonation. I liked the level. I remember there being more the last time I had it. Medium density.

O - Not bad. For an easy drink, it would be good to have.

Mar 24, 2013
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Haydn-Juby from Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from a 750ml bottle.

A: Very dark in color. Cloudy brown tinges when pressed to the light. One to two finger beige head that died down fairly quickly. Some lacing.

S: The typical Unibroue yeast strain smell. Some cloves with a touch of sourness.

T: Not to deep and roasty and once again relies on that Unibroue yeast character for the major backbone building. Some roasted malts however but fairly faint. Bitterness is low and so is hop character. Some cloves and candied fruit as well. Nothing overpowering and pretty well balanced overall.

M: Pretty crisp and the beer is quiet effervescent. Bubble and high carbonation make for champagne like experience. After taste does linger seemingly forever though.

O: It was a pretty good beer although probably not something I would buy again. Not to flavor intensive but very easy drinking at 6.2%. If it was one sale i'd get it but other wise it was passable.

Mar 15, 2013
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ZorPrime from Canada (QC)

4.01/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black, not too dark. The head is beige in color. It disappear quickly. Quite effervescent. The aroma gives notes of unbroken yeast (typical), some fruits and a little bit of chocolate. On the taste side, the beer is typical unbroken. Slightly spicy with a good presence of roasted malts. Quite effervescent in the mouth. The taste lingers in the mouth. Smooth in the mouth also... Strange because the carbonation is quite present but it feels smooth. I'm surprised in a good way by this beer. A good one.

Jan 26, 2013
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.85/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for some reason i remember this being much much darker, nearly black, and thick, and scary. i was maybe too young to know any better, but i remember this being too much for me as a young craft beer drinker. revisited again and it seemed so basic, not intimidating at all, dont know what the younger me was thinking. the pour is dark dark brown, but letting some light through. inch or two of tan head rests lazily on top. the nose is more german than belgian to me, like a dark lager or schwarzbier. i smell a similar malt bill with similar roasty properties, and the belgian yeast is very understated. the yeast comes out more in the taste, where the dark malts give way to some sweeter notes and the spice surge of the yeast, but this still tastes to me like a german dark lager. it finishes oddly quick and dry, which to me wass a knock against this beer, i like the richness of the malt to linger on awhile. full bodied and brightly carbonated the feel is nice. i could drink several of these, but i must admit it was somewhat disappointing from what i had remembered of this deep dark mysterious liquid. maybe the recipe has changed, maybe my palate has matured, but this is still a great beer by any measure.

Dec 24, 2012
Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 902 ratings