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.

Added by Beersignal on 09-29-2005

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5/5  rDev +35.5%

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4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Black with ruby highlights, a nice full tan head, adn decent carbonation. Very nice light spicy Belgian yeast aromas, black pepper, and dark fruits. Nice spicy yeast profile balanced nicely by dark fruits and dark malts; a touch roasty. Light-medium bodied with a light spicy finish.

Incredible flavor profile for a low ABV Belgian Dark.

Best Before: 02/22/08
Tasted: 09/21/06

($6.99 / 25.4 oz. / 750 ml tall straight brown wine-like bottle, corked, and caged)

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Photo of dcook11
4.62/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- dark black. pitch black. light white lcing, very thin. looks very much like a stout.

s- grape. smells like chimay blue. roasted malt and coffee notes.

t-like a stout and cimay blue combined. malt aand roasted coffee combined.

m-smooth with a coffee and mild bitter finish


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Photo of PEBKAC
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle; 02-21-08

Always be well prepared, especially when traversing the bitter wilderness. Don't be like these poor souls on the label.

The beer pours black & tan in color, with just a little yeasty haze flowing through the edges, where light trickles though. Strong head, but ethereal in structure.

Lots of lightly macerated bananas, cherries, & oranges, in that order. Spicy yeast permeates through the fruit. A satisfying scent. Something you could concentrate into a candle.

For taste, same bananas & cherries, but the acidic oranges & yeast get muted. Lightly toasted, with a fresh, juicy finish.

Minimal carbonation, very fluid & effortless. As it warms, nothing sticks, or gets more then mildly sweet.

Sunday afternoons are so easy. :)

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Photo of neonbrown82
4.57/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Once again Unibroue delivers with a quality belgian ale. Their yeast strain is so distinct that I have a hard time telling the difference between their wide variety of 'Belgian Dark Ales,' and this one is no exception, though there is one thing that sets this one apart: it is lighter in alcohol and much more drinkable. The dark specialty malt profile can stand out a bit more over the residual sweetness and strong esters as well. Quality product all around.

THe beer pours to a thin inky black color with a nice crisp tan head. The foam recedes to a film within minutes, but it was pretty while it lasted. Lacing could be better as well. Other than that, it is a great looking beer, and it looks awesome in my brand new Unibroue tulip.

The smell? It smells like Unibroue. Need I say more? Well, perhaps you've never had Unibroue... touché. Well, it has a very fruity estery profile, like a tropical juice blend with just the right touch of a clove phenolic. In other words, it smells really good.

The taste, not surprisingly, is very good as well. Nice malty sweetness up front, accompanied by a great banana flavor, as well as a cornucopia of other fruits. The sweetness then fades away to a dryness with a taste of black patent malt, clove, and a very subtle herbal hop finish. It lingers for quite some time, drawing you back to the glass.

The body is fairly full and creamy. The carbonation has very little bite to it, but the finish is crisp and clean with just the perfect amount of bitterness to match the lingering ester flavors.

I could drink this all night. It's great to have a 6.2% belgian style ale that tastes every bit as flavorful as those that are 8-12%. Those damn Canucks must have made a pact with the devil. I commend them for it, whatever it is. Why is there no love for this brew?

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Photo of nortmand
4.56/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Dark brown/red pour with a frothy white head that reduces quickly.

Coriander cloven-ness in the nose. Just spicy as hell. Fantastic.

Sweet and slightly acid on the tip of the tongue. Spicy maltiness on the rest of the tongue. Leaves a slightly bitter/ roasty aftertaste.

Very carbonated a la Belgish beers. Very drinkable, an extremely nice offering.

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4.53/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a dark brown color. Aroma is malty and I can't detect much past that, except for some alcohol aroma.The taste is a different story as it starts out smooth and chocolate-like with some alcohol in the background. Very smooth dark ale that is surprisingly drinkable, despite the ABV. Leaves a somewhat dry mouthfeel.

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4.52/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Super dark red/brown. Some lacing, but head retention could be better.

S - Big yeast aroma, typical of unibroue beers. Pruny, musty, malty smells as well.

T - Sweet, toasted goodness with notes of raisins. Sweet, notes of black grapes, a slight tartness followed by a mild, lingering bitterness. Slight tinge of coffee as well. Well balanced and complex, but with a youthful assertiveness.

M - Spritzy and medium bodied.

D - More quaffable than the stronger dark ales from Unibroue. Overall impression is energetic and fresh - this is to Maudite what Beaujolais is to Burgandy.

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

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4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - A rocky light brown two finger head rises above a nearly black brew that shows dark blood red coagulated blood (cool). The head settles pretty quickly to a haze with a fat collar around the rim. Swirling brings back a fat and thick two finger cap, and leaves some big sheets of creamy lace on the glass.

S - Twangy wheat and banana peel notes remind me of a dunkle weizen, and there is a similar yeastiness there too. Smells a lot like those boxed chocolates that have gooey orange stuff know, the kind that lie hidden in a box of otherwise caramel-y and chocolaty candies.

T - Again, very much like a sweeter dunkel weizen. Milk chocolate and orange candy. Lots of yeasty banana flavors along with some

M - Medium bodied, creamy, but with loads of refreshing finely bubbled carbonation. This stuff is angelically soft, yet really really refreshing and cleansing. There is a secondary wave of flavor after the swallow that is entirely different from the initial taste. This second helping of goodness is accompanied by a nice oily and sugary coating that adds to the fruity-chocolate candy vibe.

D - This isn't as complex as other fantastic Unibroue offerings, but it more than makes up for it with the exquisite mouthfeel and wonderfully drinkable nature. I almost wish that this wasn't so damn drinkable since my seven dollar bomber is quickly (and I mean quickly!) disappearing.

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

The first whiff from the opened bottle was strongly fruity, but the second was more malty with strong smoky and yeasty undertones. It pours a deep, almost opaque sable with a tan head that doesn't hang around for long. Thick, rich flavor has undertone of molasses and some smoky and nutty hints, and just a touch of sweetness. Texture is smooth and thick, and finish is malty and slightly sweet, though there is a hint of hops.

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4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tr4nc3d
4.44/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a dark brown color with minimal head and hardly any lacing.

Had a very nice, sweet malty smell to it like plums, rasins, dark sugar.

Nice warm biscuit taste comes to my mouth, followed by a nice amount of carbonation with a hint of sweetness, like purple grapes, raisins, dark sugar, plums. Very nice thing going on.

Good amount of carbonation, sweet.

Overall this is a good drinkable beer due to its low ABV and nice taste, not so expensive either. NOt the best beer from Unibroue as Trois Pistoles is, but still another good beer from them

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4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Just love this beer. Pours dark, but not too heavy, with nice tan lace cascading down the glass. Wonderful malt and sweetness upfront, but perfectly balanced but some dark woody flavors that gives this beer some uniqe qualities I have not tasted in many a year. Almost has a smokiness to it- but it is just a wonderful dark ale, good anytime, almost anywhere.

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4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The appearance leaves a bit to be desired but typical for a dark beer so its average in that regard.

The nose is quite interesting, rye toast, champagne and chocolate. Really an amazing combination.

The taste is great, its got the belgian yeast taste to it, but its quite a bit fruitier on the end with a banana and chocolate strawberry heading into the finish. The taste is rather champagne like, with the definite note of hops, and I dare say some green apples.

The mouthfeel is quite good, not amazing but its mute compared to the taste, and I would say its one of the most drinkable beers just on shear scale of flavor

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4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A. Dark brown with nice lacing, head off white.

S. Very sweet and spicy.

T. Unique taste that is very balanced. Fairly fruity. All I could pick out were apple and some wild berry flavors.

M. Slick and sweet aftertaste.

D. Extreemly drinkable and enjoyable.

Overall: Split a large bottle with a friend...and you should too.

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