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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire | Unibroue

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly NoireNoire De Chambly / Chambly Noire

Brewed by:
Quebec, Canada

Style: Belgian Dark Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Ratings: 901 |  Reviews: 649
Reviews by TeeCee:
Photo of TeeCee
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quick review - damn this beers is BLACK! Doesn't taste as dark as it looks and goes down pretty easy.

Color - a brown so dark that any thicker than about 1/2" looks black. I get just a small amount of head that quickly dissipates to just traces of foam. The head gets thinner as I top off with warmer beer (750ml bottle). Not much is left behind as I drink this beer down.

Smell - a fruity, raisiny sweetness that reminds me of a doppelbock with trace of something bitter.

Taste - like a light doppelbock or a very light weisen eisbock. I get the fruitiness, the raisiny flavor, some bitterness to balance it although no discernable flowery, piney hops. There's something else the second I take a sip that I can't place. Something acidic almost I can feel on my tongue just briefly.

Mouthfeel - thinner than it looks. Not as dry as a Guiness and not as heavy as a doppel bock. Despite the look of the beer, this goes down smooth and easy. I'd call this a medium light feel. It's definitely got body, but I don't have to chew it.

Sessionable? On a cool day, I could have more than one, but each one is the size of two so that makes at least four...

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Photo of oberon
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazed dark brown with some floaties and chukies into a chalice,a thinner wispy beige colored head atop.Spiced phenols in the nose along with caramel toffee and light roast,it was a little lackluster.Roasted nuts and caramel-like sweetness come thru upfront on the palate, again lightly spiced phenols as well as a hint of raisin.This beer could beer could be really good but it seems to lack a big punch,there is something missing here.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance – This one is absolutely gorgeous! The liquid is a dark dark brown and the head is off-white but huge and retentive. It’s damn near perfect.

Smell – The nose is subdued here, even as the ale warms. The dark, doughy yeast dominates though, which I always enjoy. There’s a light bananas foster fragrance here as well.

Taste – The yeast comes through at the taste and is almost weizen-like. The malts are a bit darker than I picked up at the smell and there’s a light peachy fruiting to compliment the banana.

Mouthfeel – This was lightly carbonated but the carbs were sprightly and the body in between light and medium.

Drinkability – This is a great drinking BSDA that is really light in the ass, which can be a good thing under some circumstances.

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Photo of cam477
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DaPeculierDane
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice presentation on a 750 ml bottle. I appreciate the history lesson, the picture, the cork, and the cap. Cork makes a big champagne “pop” upon opening. Pours a dark brown chestnut, near mahogany, into a goblet. Head is light brown, big, and beautiful. Retention is very good. Bubbles are large, reinvigorating the head each time the glass is lifted. Aroma is quite yeasty with a bit of lemon and cream. Touches of vanilla and banana as it warms. Taste is subtle, much less in your face than most Unibroue. Some sweet malts, peaches, pepper, a nutty yeastiness, and a spicy lemon finish. Mouthfeel benefits from the large carbonation. While its smooth to the point of being almost flat up front, it comes back with an ass kicking bite in the finish. Body is on the light side of medium and very refreshing. Very drinkable, and much more approachable for the newbie than any of their other brews but not really for me. I want a little more. Nice beer but a tad bland. Not worth the money in my book.

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Photo of beerhunter13
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 750ml bottle with best by date of 2/22/08. A dark brown, almost black with a thick coffee-colored head. Aroma of coffee and prunes. Taste was coffee, sweet fruit, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. A little on the thin side. Still, an enjoyable beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of csmartin6
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Todd
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml brown bottle, corked and caged. It’s a gorgeous bottle, with a label depicting a Carignan-Sallières soldier pointing to a distant target, backed by his brethren.

Massive “pop!” as the cork is released. It’s followed by a highly carbonated pour. The liquid is black, rich and opaque; deep brown hues show around the edges of the glass. The foaming head peaks with a milky coffee - colored froth, then settles to a thin, wispy lace.

The aroma is soft, with hints of pepper, cracked wheat and malt powder, as well as notes of fruit juice and caramel. It grows both yeastier and more metallic as the beer warms.

As its carbonation comes into contact with the palate, the beer exhibits a medium body and smooth, creamy mouthfeel. A well-placed candy sweetness dominates, as smooth caramel plays off bold fruitiness, with suggestions of fresh orange and peach. Complex spices - pepper, anise - highlight the alcohol and cause a prickliness on the palate. Eventually, an interesting smokiness emerges to balance the rest. Near the finish, there’s a light, wheaty tang and an increasing dryness, which meshes with hints of peach skin. It ends dry, with a coarser, faintly nutty yeastiness. Bitterness and hop flavors are minimal, marked only by a thin citric edge and a soft leafy feel.

Chambly Noire is another delicious offering from Unibroue, and another triumph for dark beers! Even skeptics will enjoy this complex, well-balanced, immensely flavorful and unique brew.

I recommend pairing Chambly Noire with grilled salmon, a plate of smoked cheeses and cured meats, or even some smoked pecans. Raw oysters might hold up to this one, too - preferably plump and briny Wellfleets.

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Photo of chip26
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label.

A- Big frothed up tan head, decent head retention ... big bubbles. Hazy mahogany color.

S- Slightly spicy with a faint lemony, peachy and vanilla aroma. Hint of dark malt and nutty yeast in the back.

T&M- Smooth and very crisp, medium body. Nice mix of spicy wheat and watery dark malt. Yeast middle to end, clean powdery yeast. Not much else on the palate. Semi-dry finish.

D- A tad dull IMO, I guess I was expecting more out of this beer. Tasty, but just not as in-your-face as many of the other Unibroue beers are.

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Photo of merlin48
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Corked and caged bottle pours a dark chestnut body with a small beige head. Patchy lace is left on the goblet. Aroma is spicy and yeasty, raisins and earthy wild mushrooms. Medium body is lightened by an aggressive carbonation. Taste is spicy and earthy. Dark fruit presence is prunes. Wild mushrooms evidence the yeasty character. On the malty side, yet dry on the finish. Very enagaing and quite drinkable, but not overly exciting.

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Photo of Billolick
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Large bottle, caged and corked, "best before" dating provided, typical Unibroue packaging. Pours near black with some ruby notes shining through, dark latte froth, good retention and leaving some spotty and short lived lacing. Nose is mildly of some smoky dark rum. More smoke, caramel, and other dark malts noted on the palate. This is a thinner and more accessible brew then expected from Unibroue. More of an everyday sessioner, then the typical, strong, perhaps over the top selections from this north of the border brewer. Understated and tasty, worth a try. Probably would be nice with some spicy BBQ.

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Photo of tigg924
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: dark and highly carbonated

Smell: It smells like Belgian spices, yeast, dried fruit, and a bit of blacky cherry

Taste: I taste a mix of balck cherries, coriander, and spice
Mouthfeel:a bit sweet--I can feel the carbonation

Drinkability: I think this is a highly drinkable beer. I love the dried fruit taste and could easily drink a six...My favorite from the brewery so far based off of taste

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Photo of locckdown
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chalice. An opaque, dark brew, with a little bit of brown around the eges. The pour produces an inch of off-white head which retains itself well. Lacing coats the glass with every sip.

Nose is a bit underwhelming, considering my previous bottle was Don de Dieu. A bit of yeast, caramel and fruit. Surprisingly hard to detect.

Very smooth, slightly yeasty, with notes of caramel and plum. Slightly tart to the finish, a bit of fig there as well. A milder version of the BDA style. Very easy to drink, certainly enjoyable, but a bit bland for Unibroue. However, despite being "bland for Unibroue" this is still pretty excellent.

A good session brew (about as good as Unibroue gets in this regard), but certainly pales in comparison to the brewery's successful brews. Enjoyable, but not very exciting. A good introduction beer to the style, I have to say.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't really do much for me. Brown pour with a good-sized off-whtie head. Vinuous nose with licorice, cherries, and spice. Flat mouthfeel. Fruity, sweet, and spicy. Lots of grapes. Turned into concord grape juice with beer added. It just felt as if somehting was missing.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a gold foil wrapped twist-off cap served into a tulip glass. Deep brown with an off-white towards tan head about an 1" tall. Tiny tightly knitted strings of bubbles rushing up around the sides of the glass leaving some webby lacing down the glass.

Lots of dark fruity aromas,slightly viniuos,slightly woody/earthy with sweet overrippen fruity nutty maltiness.

Clean taste to start with tangy subtle dark fruitiness. Earthy with a dry vinious,slighly grassy and some mineral like qualities. The body with somewhat thin,not what i expected. Not a bad beer just left me wanting more. Not up to par with other Unibroue beer i've tried

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Photo of kingcrowing
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml corked and caged bottle poured into a snifter

pours a nice deep dark black that's got some nice dark brown with a light brown very thin lhead that stays.

Taste is sharp sweet, a bit funky with a sharp tartness that's fairly plesant and sweet. It is asid beer that's usually at a great price. Worth trying!

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Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of bpfrush
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured into a goblet out of 750ml belgian style bottle. poured a nice initial head that left pretty quickly. the color is almost completely black with an off white head. nice lacing. the smell is mostly the belgian yeast esters, banana, clove, maybe a little dried fruit. somewhat of a flowery smell off the pour. the taste is somewhat malty with some very nice belgian yeast going on, perhaps some dried fruit, dates, prunes. finishes a little dry with a very nice fruity after taste. the only thing that could have been a little better with this one was that it was slightly watery and maybe even a little over carbonated, but i defiantely enjoyed it as well as all the other unibroue beers ive tried. definately some very quality belgian style beer and this one is definately worth checking out exspecially if you want a nice belgian with a little less alchol.

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Photo of DannyBaldoni
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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