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 brystmar
3.19/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown to black, fizzy, minimal tan head with poor retention, no lace. Trademark Unibroue yeast in the nose, but it's more recessed than usual. Dark fruits, phenols, a touch bready.

Sadly, the taste is rather bland and boring. Sure, the signature Unibroue Lees are here, but similar to the aroma they're recessed and don't do much. All I really get here is a bit of candied sugar and some toasted malts for darkness. Slightly watery too.

The lightness on flavor is matched by its fizzy body. But truthfully, more body and less carb would help this brew tremendously.

All things considered, this isn't a bad beer; it's just disappointing considering Unibroue's other excellent offerings.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.21/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pours a medium brown color, settling into an unexpectedly opaque dark brown. It has an eggshell head with huge bubbles and a bit of sediment at the end. The appearance is perplexing; it has the combined qualities of a heavy stout and an effervescent Belgian.

S: Smells almost exactly like apple juice.

T/M: Taste is a lot like apple juice, too. It’s extremely light and has a high amount of carbonation, but it’s apple juice.

I could pick out some aromatic nuances and subtle flavor discrepancies here, but nothing would describe it as well as apple juice. Not as sweet and sugary and of course much, much lighter, but a carbonated apple juice nonetheless. This is a very strange brew, with its dark color and light flavor, it’s a paradox in a bottle.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown in color, with ruby hues when held up to the light. Small head and no lacing.

Smells of dark fruit and a banana/clove component.

This beer reminds of of a dunkelweizen, though the fruity banana esters never really blossom once they come in in the middle. Otherwise it's dominated by dark malts. Nothing overpowering.

Low-medium mouthfeel, somewhat fizzy.

I like this better than their Blanche de Chambly, but it's not as complex as some of their others.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out looking very similar to a Delirium Nocturnum to me. The color was dark brown and had just a bit of clarity to it. The head didn't last very long and hadn't left any really noticeable lacing. The smell was kind of roasted but livened up by some fruity aromas in there. The taste of the beer had a light rusty taste to it along with a sweetness and a bit of a boozey heat to it. The mouthfeel was a little thin but could tell that from when I poured it out. Overall i personally like it more than the Nocturnum, but it's still just about an average brew to me.

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Photo of peensteen
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours nearly jet black, 2 fingers of tan/off white head, light lacing at top of the glass. Smell is of dark fruit, raisin, plum leather, dark cherry and belgian yeast. Taste is of dark fruit and raisin with yeast in the finish not much else other than that, lacks depth in profile. Thin mouthfeel and slightly watery carbonation a little too high. Not a bad brew but pretty one dimensional and slightly bland from a brewery of their caliber.

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Photo of Long813
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark brown body with four fingers of bubbly mocha head. Retention is good with little lacing.

S: Strong scent of figs, raisins and brown sugar. Some mild spices and other malts come through.

T: Dark fruits with sweet malts. The mix of figs and spicies is very nice. The yeast adds a nice dynamic to it.

M: Medium light body with medium carbonation. Nice velvet texure and a great spicy aftertaste. No alcohol presence at all.

O: Great Unibroue, easy drink and very complex.

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Photo of ludachris
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Over two fingers of billowing off white head top its hazy cola brown body. Massive amounts of carbonation keep the head afloat.

That Unibroue spiciness I love is right at the front meshing with sweet dark fruits and faint chocolate notes. The strong yeasty character adds an extra kick of fruity zest. Not overly complex but still quite inviting.

Ripe plums, dates and raisons are spread across the tongue, soon mixing with a sweet chocolatey character I can't put my finger on. Some type of chewy chocolate bar comes to mind. The finish is both bready and spicy, tingling the back of the palate with some sweetness still being integrated into it.

The mouthfeel is the biggest disappointment. It's light to medium bodied but watery throughout. Much less carbonation than what I was expecting, seeming almost flat. This is very surprising when I take into consideration Unibroue's other offerings I've had to date.

I've had a fair amount of Unibroue's beers and this, for me, is their weakest offering yet and the mouthfeel more than anything is what makes me say that. Perhaps I got a bad bottle and in that case, I'm willing to try this again.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Near black and opaque upon first impression. Reasonably thick head of quickly-dissolving bubbles. No lace.

Aroma is sweet, with reflections of chocolate, raisins, and licorice.

Taste is spicy licorice and sweet dried fruit.

This is a heavily malted beverage, with plenty of flavor. Not among my favorites from Unibroue, but solid.

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Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of light tan foam on top of an opaque, dark brown body. The head settles down fairly quickly and leaves light lace.

S - Light caramel notes with some fruity yeast notes of red apple and plum in the background.

T - Caramel and toasted malt come out up front with just a hint of fruity yeast. Notes of plum and sweet red apple appear in the middle with some toffee. Things finish up sweet and malty with some nice yeast character and just a little bit of toast.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly sweet finish.

D - Pretty nice, this beer doesn't taste as dark as it looks but it does have enough character malt to add some interest. The yeast is prevalent throughout with lots of dark fruit that work very well with the caramel and toffee notes. Very well done.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Dark brown body with a thin offwhite coating of head.

S - Pretty mild nose of some roasted grains, fruit skin, bitter grapes. Some yeast twang about.

T - Lightly alcohol soaked apple and apple skin. Mild alcohol there, and some faint yeast notes. Soft and mild spice charachter present. Faint raisin finish.

M - Semi dry medium body. Foaming carbonation.

O - So I was expecting more here. Unibroue is a pretty good brewery and Im into Belgian Darks. I think it lacked quite a bit in the taste in complexity and strength of flavors. Overall an easy drinker.

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Photo of Duckmancgy
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 340ml bottle to snifter.

Noire de Chambly is an interesting beer. Pours very dark (almost black) with a nice tawny foamy head that disipates relatively quickly but leaves a decent lace on the side of the glass.
Smells include some fruity notes and come sweetness from the malt. Also included is the ever present Unibroue yeast.

First taste moves sweet caramel and coffee notes across the tongue, finishes with a bit of yeast and some nutty notes.

Carbonation is odd, smoothly across the tongue and not too obnoxious. Carbonation mellows out quickly and the alcohol warms the mouth nicely in the end.

This is a wonderful beer in my opinion, and one that I will be enjoying over and over again. Can't get enough of this one but beware, the Chably multipacks seem to have over carbonated bottles of Noire (but this could be an unlucky few cases here in south Calgary).

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Photo of chaz01
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 750ml bottle into tulip type glass. There's some numbers stamped on the back of the bottle 6 270921000 -- but I'm not smart enough to figure out if that's some type of date stamp.

A: Dark brownish/black, opaque with a thick tan head.

S: Dark fruits like dates and plums dominate the aroma.

T: Little bit of licorice and more dark fruit flavors -- dates and plums. Not picking up a lot of yeastiness nor any roasted malt flavors.

M: Medium bodied with above average carbonation.

D: I'm normally a big fan of Unibroue, but this one doesn't do much for me. It's drinkable and OK, but the flavors are too subtle and bland for such a dark looking beer.

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Photo of coalcracker
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours cola dark with a touch of ruby. Frothy tan head sticks around for a while.
Smell: Aroma is of dark, deep malts and fruits (especially black cherry, fig, raisin) as well as caramel. These aromas strengthen over time out of the bottle.
Taste: A sweet and somewhat smoky taste upon first sip. Cherry, pear, and other fruity sweetness abounds- but is not cloying. Aftertaste lingers for some time. Alcohol is well-hidden.
Mouthfeel: Sweet on the palate, medium-bodied. Finishes dry.

Overall: Good little dark ale without the overt personality of an alcohol-bomb. Recommended.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the corked 750 ml. bottle with an expiration date of 03-10-11. Sampled on April 16, 2011. The pour has a nice looking dark brown to ruby red color with excellent head retention. The aroma has a touch of alcohol and dark fruit along with a minor background of malts and yeast. The taste tends to bring out a more alcohol-like quality as well as a tart hoppiness in the end. But it remains delicate on the tongue throughout.

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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 psujmatt
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

~12oz bottle poured into goblet.

A--Very dark, nearly opaque, except at nadir of glass, where a red chestnut is observed. Tan head about 1/8 inch, quickly dissipated.

S--Sweet, rich, tropical fruity, Belgian yeasty. Smells so good, that I cannot wait for it to warm a bit and have to dive right in to taste it.

T--While cold, a slight bite to it, a little like tonic water. This detracts from the otherwise nice flavor profile. This bite subsides as it warms. Nevertheless, the flavors are weaker than the aroma suggested, although the fruit, yeast, and a hint of date are in there. Alcohols comes through a small amount.

M--Very smooth carbonation released when swish a tiny bit in mouth. A litte more carbonation than I find ideal, but better than most.

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Photo of jwinship83
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. the bottle reads chambly noire. best before 04/08/11. drank just in time i guess. drank out of my unibroue la fin du monde glass. it just seemed appropriate.

A- this pours out a dark brown colored body with a very tall light beige colored head. the head takes its time falling, and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- the first thing i can pick out of the nose is lightly roasted malts. after that i pick out some caramel notes and some dark fruits. plums, cherries, and dates. none of them come off as too strong. a little bit of coffee and spiciness at the end.

T- the taste starts out with some lightly roasted malts and a slight fruitiness. the fruits seem to be plums, grapes, and cherries. its all very subtle. a little bit of chocolate towards the end. spicy and coffee in the finish.

M- light bodied and overly fizzy. they need to knock the carbonation level down a little bit here. slightly dry finish.

O- not one of unibroues better offerings. if i tried this again, id want the freshest bottle possible to compare. nothing offensive, it just didnt hit me the right way.

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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 LacquerHead
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very dark brown. Barely translucent.

Has an apple cider smell mixed with caramel malt background.

Lively taste. Slightly acidic tasting at first. Reminiscent of a dark brown ale but with a cider twist. Dark fruits started to come out as it warmed. Started to have a more sweeter taste.

Overall: I liked! This seemed like a dinner party beer. This had a set of flavors that could make for some interesting food pairings.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Unibroue Chambly Noire has a black colour and a 5 mm head that fades to excellent lacing. The smell is yeasty and roasty: like vegemite. The taste is roasty malt into a mily charcoal finish with notes of sweet, Belgian yeast. The beer is very foamy and feels great in my mouth. This is a very drinkable and delicious dark ale, but lacks the syrupy sweetness of my favourite Belgian dark ales.

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Photo of Jesse13713
2.61/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - A finger of dull head sits on top of a dark brown beer. A slight purplish hue to it. Decent lacing.

Smell - Smells extraordinarily sweet and full of Belgian yeast. It's got that Unibroue trademark yeast smell to it. Strong hints of dark fruits. Overall just very yeasty and bready.

Taste - Very tart fruits are noticeable here. Dark cherry accompanied heavily by Belgian yeast. Quite sweet and slightly sour actually. Funky and tart fruits. Signature Unibroue yeast.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Quite sweet, slightly bitter and full of Belgian yeast. Slightly darker tasting (obviously) than other Unibroue's. Maudite or Trois Pistoles are much preferred over this. A little unpleasant upon first touch of liquid to tongue.

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Photo of marty21
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a murky brown with a finger worth of creamy off white head. Settles to a thick creamy cap and left a few specs of lacing.

S: Lots of yeast in the aroma with some bananas and other light fruits. Also some spices. Not very complex.

T: At first there's the yeast taste with some spices. Then you get some fruit blending in. Finishes with a bit of a banana aftertaste.

M: High carbonation with a light to medium body.

D: Not much to say about this beer. The best part was the apperance. Everything else was pretty average.

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Photo of CharlieMurphy
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Thin white head 1/2". Black beer, brown tint.

S: That familiar belgian dark smell. Can't for the life of me put any fingers on it.... tripel-esque? No, like a light dubbel, almost hefe-tinged?

T: More pronounced deeper dubbel flavor with a funky dip and a still light champagne crisp. Really like.

M: not dry, tart, or dehydrating. Very friendly.

D: Very easy to drink, it's making me to think I should drink lower abv belgians more than the higher ones.

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

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a Chimay chalice.

A: Incredibly dark, completely opaque and essentially black with a slightly brown tint at the edge of the glass. Head is about a finger's width, which has pretty short retention before falling down to a thin, uneven coating on the surface of the beer. As the head fades it leaves a full ring of lacing.

S: Malty, yeasty with a hint of banana to it. Not much to the aroma beyond that, smells like an incredibly malty Belgian. Smells good, but not terribly unique or interesting.

T: Not nearly as malty as the aroma led me to believe. Some malt, a huge amount of banana tasting yeast. Like the aroma, it's good, just not overly complex or interesting.

M: Pretty heavy beer, lots of carbonation.

D: A drinkable beer, not overly complex. Worth checking out, but certainly not worth searching or fighting for. Makes for a nice, dark Belgian-style without a lot of alcohol.

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Photo of chiccabeer
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I thought this beer did not stand up to the Unibroue name. It felt very watery for a dark beer and lacked a lot of the full flavor that I was expecting. It is labeled as a dark ale, so I should have expected the flavor. This beer would be good with dinner, but would not be my first choice. Cheers.

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
3.69 out of 5 based on 896 ratings.
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