Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire | Unibroue

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly NoireNoire De Chambly / Chambly Noire
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Unibroue
Quebec, Canada
unibroue.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
898
Reviews:
647
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
11.38%
 
 
Wants:
39
Gots:
41
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Photo of stephendr
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 ml. glass bottle - color of dark brown , with light tan head - nose of malts , prunes , figs , and red berries – taste of malts , cherries , dark fruit , and toasty - body light watery , and slightly acidic – aftertaste of cherries , thin , and malts

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Photo of Rudgers73
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz foiled bottle into a short chalice this beer has a nice deep homogeneous dark brown color. There isn't much carbonation which adds to the stark appearance. This beer has less foam than other Unibroue's I've tried but it leaves a nice lacy ring. The smell is sweet, with big malts, slight citrus, currants, and maybe a touch of cocoa. The taste starts out nutty with taste of dark fruit and turns into a mellow citrus, almost a melon taste. The flavor is round, full, and deep. Very rich, just like most of the Unibroue's I've tried. The ABV is relatively low compared to most of their batches, so this would make a fine session if you want to drink Unibroue all night.

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Photo of AltBock
2.37/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle that was named after the brave soldiers of The Carignan-Salières Regiment and their traditional Black Hats. The Carignan-Salières Regiment was one of the first French regular troops in Canada to settle hostilities with the Iroquois and one of the first to wear to wear a uniform in the French army. The small oval label doesn't show any cool battle scene with the Iroquois. Instead the label depicts Lt. General Alexander de Prouville, Sieur de Tracy pointing the way for his Carignan-Salières Regiment to battle the Iroquois. Also in the label, you see some of his soldiers carrying their Muskets over their shoulders and somebody carrying a French Canadian flag (?) directly behind Lt. General Alexander de Prouville, Sieur de Tracy. This is another Unibroue label that doesn't disappoint my eyes. There is a black back label that talks about the picture on the label, picture of the proper glassware, Government warning, address of Unibroue, and a Best Before date that can be clearly seen, which mine is Best Before 02-21-08. No need to decipher anything, just a simple date.

Appearance: When poured into a Snifter it appears that the color of the beer is as black as the Carignan-Salières Regiment hats were, but in reality the beer's color was more of a dark murky brown color with yeast particles. The head of foam made up for the color. The head of foam was beige in color and at least a 2 finger. When it receded it left some beige foamy rings and a bare minimum amount of beige lace around the glass. It's too bad the Carignan-Salières Regiment didn't wear murky brown hats because then it would have match the color of this beer perfectly!

Smell: Let's just say that it smelled a little better than fighting soldiers in the field that haven't had a bath in quite some time. The majority of the aroma was just the yeast. Behind that was some diluted juicy fruits, a hint of spices, and a spatter of hops. There were some times that the juicy fruits smelled good, but that was few and far apart. That's too bad because I thought the aroma would have smelled better than this.

Taste: I was hoping to write this nice detailed paragraph about how wonderful the taste of this beer was going to be, but not this time. It was just as disappointing as the smell. I thought the roasted malt was going to balance nicely with the hops and juicy fruits, but instead the miniature taste of burnt malts blended in with the majority taste, the yeast. Beside that, there wasn't much else in this beer. I could only taste a small amount of bitter hops and a minuscule amount of fruits. I wish there was more, but there isn't. I guess it could have been worse, but by how much?

Mouthfeel: It was extremely light, in fact it was way too light for my taste and there was only a small aftertaste of yeast and bitter hops. To be honest, from a taste like this beer had, I knew the mouthfeel wasn't going to be good and I was right. It was too light with little or no mouthfeel.

Drinkability: It wasn't a drain pour, but let me say that I was happy when it was done. It was not definitely not one of Unibroue's best work. I sure hope not all of these Chambly Noires are like this and my bottle is just a rare bad tasting one. If they are all like this, then I would be mad that brave soldiers like the Carignan-Salières Regiment would be on the label of this beer.

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Photo of vwcraig
2.8/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours black with a thin tan head. Looks like Guiness without the craemy top. Hardly a smell to me. Picking out a licorice smell. Tastes like an average dark ale with a smoky taste. Thinner, watery mouthfeel. Not very drinkable for me even though I love most of Unibroue's stuff. My least favorite to date from them.

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Photo of Stimack
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Brew was poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a good sized tan had that seems to have a fair amount of retention. The aromas are of fruit (berries), banana and biscuit from the yeast with a slight molasses scent. The taste is pretty good as I first notice a malt like flavor that mixes well with fruit like tastes. Has a yeast quality that seems to give off a banana like taste, very similar taste that I have experienced in the other Unibroue offerings. Has a very smooth and creamy feel, but seems a little watery. Over all I would say that this is a good beer, probably not in the class with the other Unibroue offerings but one that I would get again. Actually I really like this brew, if it was not for the price I would be more likely to get this one more frequently.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks: Very dark mahogany. Thick and luscious looking light brown head. It has great duration. Lacing is quite full as well.

Nose: Bready, dark malts, chocolatey, cookie dough yeastiness, and dark fruits.

On the Buds: Light fruitiness. Subtle cocoa. A little rasin. I really don't get a lot of anything here.


Feel: Thinnish and a little watery. Carbonation is prickly.


Overall: Not one of my favorites from Uni. Seem thin and without a lot of complexity. Nothing real bold stands out here. And it's not one of those beers where all the subtleties come together nicely either. It's just there...average.

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Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Corked and caged 750 ml bottle.

This beer pours a dark brown beer that is almost black with a momentary light brown head.

Smell is slightly sweet and mildly fruity with a mild coriander aroma. Mild apples and pepper aroma that isn't as strong as the others.

Taste is very mildly sweet and mildly chocolate. Really mildly flavored ale, this one doesn't wage war on your taste buds. Mild coriander and flowers flavor this REALLY tastes like a slightly sweeter Saison.

Mouthfeel is good.

This is under flavored to me. It is certainly easy to drink but it just doesn't have the outstanding flavor of their other beers like "Terrible" my favorite Unibroue beer.

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Photo of BrewnZ
2.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was with high expectations that I ordered this draft beer at the Palm in Milwaukee. It had a deep brown to black color, with an off white head that quickly faded. Low aroma, just a bit of a toasted not, not yeast or hop character. Just not much going on aroma wise.

Nice medium-full body with complex malt flavors, raisenous likely made with Special B, but not much else. Started out promising but ended too quickly. If there were more of a yeast presence this could be a great beer. It is good as it is, but just average. Perhaps, like many Belgain beers, it is best when served from the bottle.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle with cork and cage top.

Moderate pour into my New Belgium chalice produces a decent two-finger off-white quickly fading head over black brown almost opaque body. Lace is thick and clingy. Nice looking beer.

Smell is dark roasted caramel malt, raisins, burned cherries, dark toasted rye bread with current jelly on it. Really nice aroma. Hope it tastes this good.

Not as malty in the taste as in the aroma. More biscuity malt and bread. Pleasant metallic hops notes. Almost a saltine flavor here: very yeasty, with a long bread-dough flavor with some cardamom and allspice. Interesting. I like it. Tastes as good as it smells.

Nice round mouthfeel. Very smooth with soft carbonation and lots of sticky flavors lasting.

Drinkability? Excellent. Not hard at all to drink the whole bottle.

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Photo of fightingwords
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Cock & Bull Pub in Covington

A--Super dark filtered appearance. Black at first glance, but up to the light the slightest hints of brown came through. The heavy tan head faded really fast to nothing and there was little lacing. I was suprised by this.

S--Fruity. Currants, raisins, grapes. Some floral notes wrapped up with a spicy odor.

T--A vine fruit taste (like plumbs or raisins) was really out front for this one. Had a good malty caramelly flavor that was a bit overpowered. Couldnt find many hops in this one, and didnt expect to.

M--Pretty light for a belgian. Had a really carbonated feel, almost like a fresh coke but not as volitile. Finished reasonably quick with a good after feel.

D--For a belgian style this is one goes down easier than most. I could go for 2 with out feeling really "full" or wearing out my taste buds.

O--Okay beer from a great brewery. I liked the style, but I have had better. Worth a try in my book if you've never had it. I has its merits in its unique smell and taste. Good desert beer.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Inky black with a hugely frothy off-light tanned capping of spongey foam. Looks quite menacing as it keeps its foam very present for lengthy looking. Small patchy lacing in foamy little globs sticks about the glass.

Aroma is a bit one sided in a yeasty, cherry ester starkness. Kinda darkly set and slightly plummy/purple grapey with a floating earthy dryness within each wiff.

Taste is pretty decent with a nice dark malt profile that hits some notes of dark fruityness of dark cherry pits, plum skin, old raisin, and some earthy yeast rounds off in the finish. The earthy stuff is what is helping bring in a bit more interest to the buds as its fluffly, yeasty, dryness adds a unique tone of lightly chalky skins from old dark fruit and some milding licorice, nutmeg, and super dark toffee spice.

Feel is evenly medium without much lack in carbonation. A bit spritey and prickly on the tongue, which slides off quickly to reveal its yeasty side with its dryness and spice as it middles and more so then not, finishes well. Clean too, nicely rounded and closing in on a firmness that I like.

A decent enough drinker. The tones are favorable and not all that big. Just a well made Belgian Dark thats easy to please and drink. About what you expect from the folks at Unibroue.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Virtually opaque dark brown/black body with a couple fingers of tan head. Smells citrusy and peety. Tastes fruity (dates and citrus?) and somewhat roasty. Full bodied and smooth. Very enjoyable. Better than Trois Pistoles, which is the other dark beer of thers' I've tried. Excellent. Definitely getting this one again if I can find and afford it!

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

another good beer from unibroue. having only sampled la fin du monde before, this is another awesome beer. blackish brown. tastes of berries and coffee. very little aftertaste. classic unibroue yeast flavor. overall, really solid. i think i stiull like la fin du monde better but so far unibroue hasn't disapointed. maybe one day i'll get to have one of these in quebec, although i hear there are no tours at the brewery. oh well.

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Photo of SPLITGRIN
3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep dark cola brownish black body is sinister. Hosts a deep tan head that makes you stop pouring early so it doesnt jump out of the glass. Nose has candied malt notes that dance around fresh wheat and earthy mineral notes. The raw what almost jumps off your tongue to your buds. Slight sweatness turns the end of the palate in to a silky well balanced mouthfeel. Very drinkable. Could be a bit richer for this dark style.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep brown with a short lived tan head that left minimal lacing.

Aroma was faintly fruity, maybe some plums or blackberry??

Taste was plums and berries. A touch of Coffee and some hints of cocoa.

Mouthfeel was a tad thinner than I expected. It is downright light.

Was drinkable and refreshing but not at all what I was expecting. I was hoping for something far richer and more complex. Not their best brew.

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Photo of drotski
3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice tan head, that quickly faded into a thin layer of foam that stayed until the last sip. Minimal lacing.

Smelled sweet, and fruity. Definite plum aroma. Maybe blackberry also.

Tastes sweet right up front, with mild roasty undertones. Definitely on the fruity side. Hints of chocolate. Slight bitterness on the finish. Very nice.

Felt good in the mouth. Nice carbonation, and not too thin.

Very drinkable beer. Very enjoyable, and goes good with many foods. Goes great with various berry pies.

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

Served in a Belgian tulip glass, this brew poured a very dark, nearly black color with a dense tan head. Beautiful beer, unfortunately the head was short-lived. The aroma is subtle but pleasant…lots of chocolate, some dark fruit (berries, plums), roasted malts, and a little yeast. It’s not a big, prominent aroma, but rather delicate. The taste is slightly sweet, with a notable yeast aroma. Medium body overall (although quite light, given the style), with a bit of a chalky mouthfeel. Not bad…I enjoyed the beer a lot, but it doesn’t stand up to many other Belgian Darks. It lacks their fullness and complexity.

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Photo of andjusticeforale
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This poured from a four pack bottle, quite blackish into my Maudite tulip. There was a definitive flowing white head that remained also blackish and did not have any white or cream opacity to it.

The smell was that unibroue yeast, and some smoky grains. The first taste was nice. The raosted grains created a top palate of bite and beneath was a smoothness without any alcohol astringency. Th e finish was dry and clean, with a hint of the smoky-roasted quality. This repeated and repeated until done. All in all, a very drinkable offering from unibroue. Not at all like the big darker beers in their line up, this was a superbly drinkable beer with just enough complexity to make you came back for more.

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Photo of zjungleist
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours nearly black, yeilding a murky brown to the light, with a very nice dull tan head. The smell is sour and earthy. The taste is hard to pinpoint, as it is complex, but it is not very bold. Malts and clove with a tart aftertaste are present in nearly every sip, while anise, black and roasted malts, even lemon peel and black pepper take turns in the spotlight. The mouthfeel is very smooth, but at the same time slightly watery. Drinkability is about medium, not at all effected by ABV, but this beer is most certainly filling. Overall, most certainly an enjoyable brew, but hard to pair with anything.

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Photo of Foxman
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a dark midnight black, impassably inky. Two fingers of light tan mousse head sustain well. Cirrus wisps of lacing romance the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, a black cherry malt sweetness connects with sassy notes of mint, anise, pepper, clove, and coriander. The tangy green apple ester of yeast wraps around and about.

upon tasting, there's a nip of roasted malt fruit and char, briefly sweet and mildly bitter. A mellower mix of clove and other vague aromatics relax the middle, and tart apple yeast slides along. Another feather of burnt malt blends into a muted but lingering crisp finish. There's no real standout elements, but they mingle into a pleasant presentation.

Medium bodied, the tangy and spicy edges work with the carbonation to impress the palate.

The hats are black, the page is white...oh, sorry, listening to TDN here. Anyway, it looks sumptuous, and while it's not remarkable, it is nicely enjoyable. There's a light, gradual buzz from the ABV. It's a pleasure to drink, if not especially notable. So I'll doff my hat, black or otherwise.

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

I must say, I'm not all that impressed by this pitch black brew. It lives up to its name in appearance. Trademark Unibroue smell: fruity, with a spicy, yeasty, candy sugar hint.

One-dimensional taste. Yeasty, fruity almost apple-juice like. Nothing to jump for joy over.

Mouthfeel is fine, but this suffers in drinkability only because it so boring. Not one of Unibroue's finest.

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

pours jet black with a tan head.
the aroma is fruity, has the unibroue smell, spicy, citrus.
the flavor is light, fruity, citrus, spicy, finishes with a bang and drops off to nothing, then a hint of lemon.
good beer not like most dark beer, diferent than trios pistoles, very light good summer beer.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a black color with ruby hues when held to light and a two and a half finger head. Nice lacing.

Smell is of fruit and yeast with a little carmel as well. Not a very strong smell.

Taste is of fruit and yeast with a little spice mixed in as well. Not too many distinct flavors.

Mouthfeel is fine and drinkablility is ok as well but I dont think I will purchase this too often.

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Photo of dblinkhorn
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml corked and caged bottle into a Trois Pistoles chalice.

Appearance - Pours with a light-tan head that is about a finger thick at pour, but quickly dissipates to a thin 1/4 film of somewhat soapy head. Moderate lacing is left as you drink. The beer is opaque black, unless held up to a strong light source in which case it's a very deep reddish amber and moderately clear.

Smell - Smells like Unibroue! Brown sugar, strong clove and peppery spiciness. An almost pudding-like malt smell. Strong floral and herbal notes from the hops, and the usual strong aromas of dark ripe fruits: especially raisins and figs. Moderate alcohol burn on the nose.

Taste - Clove spice and some sweet fruits flavors come through immediately. Strong floral notes from the hops in the flavor also. Caramel and brown sugar make up the sweet side of these flavors. A very rich and slightly sugary malt comes through, but the beer becomes rather bland toward the finish and aftertaste. Moderate alcohol warmth throughout, and a warming finish.

Mouthfeel - Quite smooth with a medium-body. The carbonation is perfect. Has a very wet mouthfeel, that lasts into the aftertaste. Very refreshing considering the style.

Drinkability - Still a strong and dark beer, with moderate alcohol warmth. I think a few glasses of this and I would be done for the night.

Overall a decent beer from Unibroue. The first part of a taste is wonderful, but it unfortunately slips away and becomes rather bland through the entire finish and even the aftertaste is not very complex or flavorful. Still a good beer overall. This actually might be a nice sessioning beer for the style. Worth a try for certain.

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

I have to admit that I find the Chambly Noire kind of dull. I don't think that the dark malt adds anything to it, and in fact, I think it detracts from what could otherwise be a great beer because it masks some of the delicate flavors underneath.

Now, normally, I'll review a beer the first or second time I've had it, but as I'm quite a fan of the Unibroue line, I've given this one quite a few go rounds, and each time I find myself looking for something that's not there. This one just falls short.

It looks good in the glass, and that's great; and the nose isn't bad at all, it's just that there's not much there (some mild spice, a touch of lemon rind, some apple or orange-gold fruit and the yeast). The mouthfeel is good, just like the appearance, that's hard to hurt. But the flavor should offer more, and it doesn't. There's some darkish, wheaty malt but it's non-descript... there's no cocoa or chocolate or roastiness to it, and it doesn't really lend to adding any dark-fruit flavors. (Perhaps it just doesn't have the sweetness behind it that would usually bring that type of malt flavor round, it is a kind of light and dry style anyway). And it's lightly spicy, but I think that's kind of covered up too. I don't get the differentiation between the cloviness and the more black-pepper spiciness that I find in the regular Blanche De Chambly. And it's yeasty. I think that the regular might benefit from a little less yeast as well, but within the confines of this beer, I think it really hurts. Either the dark malts have muddled the yeastiness, or the yeastiness is blanketing the darkness. I don't know. It finishes powdery dry with some residual, low key malt and subtle yeasty spice.

Final analysis... muddled.

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
3.69 out of 5 based on 898 ratings.
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