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.

Added by Beersignal on 09-29-2005

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Photo of RBorsato
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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Photo of Brad007
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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Photo of allergictomacros
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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Photo of pmcadamis
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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Photo of Cyberkedi
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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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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Photo of AaronRed
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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Photo of AdamMY
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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Photo of Stinkypuss
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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Photo of Slatetank
4.43/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from12oz bottle with a foil covered cap and neck and best before 2-20-08 prominently displayed on the label

A - A deep brown beauty with a tan head. Vigorous wheaty head is achieved that gradually declines leaving delicate lace behind in the traditional wheat glass.

S - A sweet bready yeast odor that hints of pumpernickle with a spiced bread quality. Roastiness joins the aromas as the ale gets swirled.

M - Energetic creamy feel with a dry light quality. This tempting libation pleasantly floats atop the tongue.

T - Sweet lager like smoothness and tantalizing sweet ripe banana and nutty cardamon spiciness that relaxes into a banana nut bread malted creamy taste that lingers. Fresh yeast tastes flourish.

D - A masterful quaffable, refreshing supple, roasty wheat flavored ale that I could appreciate year round.

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Photo of hughesm4
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a- Very Dark, Completely opaque. Just the way I like my dark ales

s- Smells wonderfully of spices and floral buds

t- Tastes good. Nothing special, good amount of spices.

m- Feels nice when you hold it in your mouth before you drink it down. Leaves just a small tingling feeling on your tongue.

d- Goes down incredably smooth. A near perfect combinations of ingredients, enough to taste them all, but none to strong to leave an overpowering taste in the mouth.

A wonderful beer that I would recommend to anyone, unless they don't like good beer.

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Photo of RickS95
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, dark brown, almost black, with some red hues on the edges. Comes with a nice thick off tan head, but it doesn't stay long.

I love the dark fruits and Belgian spices in the nose. It's got a port wine scent to it.

The taste follows the smell. Dark fruits and spicy accents. Maybe a touch of licorice in the finish.

Despite the spices and port wine like qualities, it's very smooth. There's almost a creaminess to it. With the carbonation, it's a slightly dry finish.

I would like a bit more alcohol, but everything else is top notch. It's gently sweet from beginning to end and in the end, there is a dryness that makes you take another swig.

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Photo of graywalker
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very nice, somewhat subtle aroma of spice, dark fruits, raisins, and malt. Perhaps just a little bit too much carbonation, but its not overpowering. Mouthfeel is pretty good, although I would like just a little more. Overall, this is like a slightly lighter version of Trois Pistoles - a tripel that you can drink more than one of. Even though it doesn't knock me out like a traditional tripel, I really like the fact that I can have more than one without getting plastered, yet still drink something with the character of a dark Belgian beer. I plan to keep a supply of this on hand. Once again, nice job, Unibroue!

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Photo of Stuffman
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
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...

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow... I was surprised by this one. It poured out a nearly black color. Very cola like. There was a thick dark tan head resting on top. Nice toile type lacing was left behind.

The aroma reminded me of a yeasty, doughy raisin bread that was left soaking in cherry cola. Wasn't too strong, but the scents all were there and blended nicely.

Flavor was of nice, dark roasted malts. Dark fruits (raisins, plums) some chocolate, dark caramel, burnt molasses, black cherries, bananas, a little smoke, and just a touch of spicy floral hops at the end. Very nice.

Slightly dry, creamy, smooth, medium bodied beer. Goes own exceptionally easy. Very enjoyable. Not sure why I never picked it up before, but I know now that I will be grabbing this one again.

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Photo of jlandis
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich deep black with 2 inch head that slowly fades to a thin rim.

Rich sweet malt with sweet fruit and candy. Tons of sweet red grapes and apple.

Right up front I'm hit with a bright sweet red wine. Sweet apples and red grapes with a slight roasty chocolate malt. A very interesting and complex combination.

Thin to moderate mouthefeel with tons of carbonation.

This is a fantastic beer! Wow, I'm just blown away by the rich red wine characteristics and rich malty chocolate flavors. It feels like a nice beer white hybrid. I need to find more of this beer right away.

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Photo of wanker
4.37/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer needs more love. Very crisp finish. Perfect level of carbonation. Complex sour fruits nose makes you expect a more oily mouthfeel, but the mouthfeel turns out to be quite crisp, like a witbier.

I've been trying to find great Unibroue session beers. I like their higher ABV beers, like La FDM and Terrible, but at 9+% ABV, you can't session them. Blanche de Chambly is a great, but it is very light -- a summer beer to me.

Chambly Noire is the perfect all season session beer. Give it a try!

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.36/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had this in a variety pack made about a year ago so this is a year +old.

A - Pitch black with little head.
S - No real fruit smell but smells of yeasty malts and bread.
T - Ow wow! smokey taste (like a porter) with slight choco flavor and molasses.
M- Smooth but unexpected.
D - Hell yeah I would try this again! It tastes like a porter so since it is an ale I want to try it to see if it tastes better.

Not the best Unibroue I had but quite weird like the Éphémère (Apple) after a year of age. Pretty cool to see beers like this taste different.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a deep black color with faint hints of brown shining through when held to light. Head is two and a half fingers thick, foamy and light tan with good retention.

Smell: Surprisingly clean, fresh fruits come through immediately on the nose - apples, grapes, and a hint of raspberry maybe. A light bread note finishes the aroma. Not too complex, but very refreshing on the nose.

Taste: Distinctive and unique, this semisweet beer introduces itself with a surprising raspberry note, followed by subtle malts. A nice cherry character is followed by a balanced yeast note that introduces itself in the back of the mouth and then finishes somewhat clean. Again, nothing too complex, but a great balance of drinkability and flavor.

Notes: Extremely drinkable, this is a surprisingly laid back beer that can be sipped on for a long time. Another great offering by Unibroue.

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Photo of CampusCrew
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

found this is in a store that had multi aged bottles, this could be a 1-2 years old.

appearance: nice and dark, little head retention

smell: belgian sweetness, light coffee aroma

taste: man I was seroisuly impressed, unsure if the possible agemness hekped, but this was one of the nicest belgian darks I have had.

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: overal, loved, and will try again. maybe try to get a fresher one to compare.

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Photo of skeetermoses
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great beer, loved it... I am actually having it for the first time tonight. I am very impressed with the Chambly regular not bad, over all a good hearty beer, could see eating with a nice hearty meal, overall I think this is one of the better beers from Unibroue. Great job overall

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