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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.

Added by Beersignal on 09-29-2005

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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
3.74/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of weeare138
3.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to zrrbrrt for sharing this at the tasting...
Appears a dark brown with red hues and a light tan that that slowly fades into a mild film. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of the typical Unibroue house yeast that is categoried as a Belgian brew all the way. Yeastyness highlights the hard candy, brown sugar, spices, cocoa, and watered down molasses.
Taste is of the aromas. Sort of muddled though as the yeast seems to take this one with a strangle hold.
Mouthfeel is watery thin, spicy, and yeasty...there's not a whole lot more to elaborate on with this.
A bit of a dissapointment with this brew but not terrible. I have been looking forward to trying this one but the yeast just overtakes it.

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Photo of Generik420
3.09/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Sampled in a 22oz snifter. Beer pours very dark, almost black. Slight tan head. You can see small carbonation bubbles rising when you look closely enough.

Smell is a little odd. It was very difficult for me to determine what makes up the aroma. I honestly get a somewhat soapy smell, hints of alchohol, and a bit of fruity sweetness.

Taste is similar to the smell. The beer changes as it gets warmer, but it doesn't really get easier to tell what you are tasting. A little licorice maybe, some grains of paradise. Definitely have to agree with one of the other reviewers, there is a bit of peppery flavor in this. Also a touch of smoke.

To me the best part of this beer was the mouthfeel while it was still pretty chilled. Highly compacted carbonation, so when you take a sip it almost pops on your tongue. Light to medium body made up for with high carbonation.

I found it to be a decent beer, but one that I may never drink again unless it is handed to me. Somewhat disappointed, because the label hints at something more then what is offered. Worth a try.

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

Appearance – This beer is black and opaque with brown tones around the edges of the glass. There is plenty of tan frothy head all which rises above the glass. The retention of the head is good as well.

Smell – The aroma is mostly of sweet dark malts. There are ripe fruits, licorice, and a bit of yeast as well. It’s nice overall.

Taste – At the beginning of sipping I get a peppery taste with brown sugar sweetness. Some darker fruit flavors are there with a yeasty flavor which follows. I do detect a bit of smokiness as well.

Mouthfeel – Not bad…it’s about right for the style with a high carbonation and creaminess.

Drinkability – Decent. To be honest I’m not overly enticed to sip again.

Not a bad beer but not a really good one. I’d say this probably won’t be purchased again.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a bomber of this for the first time today. This beer purs a very dark brown/black amber color with a nice tan head about 3 fingers thick upon being poured. Left some ok lacing after settling. Aromas of spice, bread, malt, and some fruits such as plums or peaches were all present. A bit of a roasty taste comprising flavors of spice, bread, malt, and fruit are all present here. Has a slightly bitter lingering aftertaste. Has a smooth and frothy mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Fairly easy to drink.


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Photo of JOaikido
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

341 ml bottle.

A- Very dark black colour. Red, orange and brown highlights. Little streams of bubbles just visible in the beer. Big frothy beige head with some lasting power.

S- Roasted malt. Hiny of plummy fruit and berries. A bit weak.

T- Pleasant but mild dark beer. Roasted flavour up front. Ripe fruit and bitterness behind with some alcohol in finish. Pleasant lingering bitter aftertaste. Flavourful without being overwhelming. Well balanced overall.

MF- Soft but overly carbonated. A touch of pastiness to mouth. Light without being watery.

D- Very easy to drink dark beer. Probably a good intro to the style for those entering the world of craft beer. Also a good dark beer to go with a meal. Good beer, worthy of sitting next to Unibroue's classics.

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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 russpowell
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

BBD of 2-22-08 Pours chestnut/mahogany with a 1" tan head. A little lacing & head retention

S: Oak woody notes, then some sour notes as it warms

T: Oaky notes then fruittyness. Choclate & lactic flavors surface as it warms. Finishes with slight lactic sourness, fruittyness & some woddy/oaky hints

MF: Medium bodied, under carbonated & okay blalance

Drinks good, just expected more from this. Maybe with aging this would improve, I kind of doubt it. Still not a bad offering

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

11.2 Fl Oz. Bottle>Tulip shaped glass

AP: Dark brown with a purple effect, totally opaque. 1 1/2" thick bubbly head. Dissipated to a thin covering.

Nose: spicey yeast, fruity like grapes and wheaty.

Taste: Fruity-sweet malt, blackberries and grapes with mellow malt and a slight yeastieness.

MF: Very lively, like champagne style...Good bite, light feel on the palate.

DA: very interesting brew, the berries effect was pleasant and I love the classic livelyness of the Unibroue line.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

$6.99 for a 750ml bottle at Merchant's, best before 2-22-08. 6.2% ABV. Pours out to a clear very dark brown, near black in the glass, forming a powdery light-tan head which settles down to pancake consistency and very good retention and average lacing. Carbonation is moderate strong. The aroma is instantly recognizable Unibroue, that trademark yeast that gives this abundant phenols, cloves and apples with a very clean ferment. The mouthfeel is powdery and cola-like with a medium-light body and lightly dry finish. The taste begins with the phenols, cloves, and apples followed by a brief kiss of pineapple, lemon and kiwi. There is a cola and slight roasted character in the middle which quickly settles into a leathery aftertaste of roasted grain. Sweetness is less than most other Unibroue beers, which is expected considering their other ales are in the 8-9% ABV range with more fermentable sugars. This one does tend to have a more watery mouthfeel as well. Belches are yeasty.

Overall, quite middle of the road and uninspiring, but still a step ahead of most brewers. They can do such amazing things with this yeast, I'd love to see them brew an authentic dubbel. This is a wanna-be dubbel...maybe. I'd pass on this again and stick with my three buddies Finn, Don, and Maude.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml caged & corked bottle.
Best before: 02.22.08.

Pours a very murky, deep maple with dark chocolate shades. Creamy, light brown foam that lingers as a thin sheet. Trails of thin, broken lace.

Semi-sweet candied sugar; bold clove and corriander spiciness. Faint milk chocolate, caramel with dark fruit esters: plum, cherry.

Powdered, unsweetened milk chocolate swallowed by an intense spice: clove, pepper, corriander. Hints of dark fruit; mainly plum and currants, that taste stiff and unripe. Gritty, floral bitterness followed by alcohol and clove in the aftertaste.

Full in body; heavy, yet overly carbonated to the point of near discomfort.

Flat in flavor; a little disappointing from Unibroue. Mouthfeel is the real issue here, probably best to cellar this for another year to see if it naturally mellows.

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

Poured into Duvel Tulip glass.

A: Pours a deep, near-black. Only by holding it up to some light do I make out the brown tint. Fills the glass with tan head that starts receding right away. A few lonely sticky trails remain.

S: Very bright lemon aroma at first. Is that peach? Peppery Belgian yeast toward the back.

T/M: Caramel-covered lemon wedges up front, and a bit of anise. Finish is a deep, musty nuttiness with some vanilla and smoke. Very brief bitterness in the tail.

D: It's not Unibroue's best, but it's also a nice, milder change from the big alcohol Big Beers that they usually put out. A pretty decent amount of flavor for a low abv beer.

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Photo of gdogalishus
2.63/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a Duvel style glass with a thick tan head of fine bubbles. Dark color with brown highlights around the edbes of the glass was very appealing.
The aroma was not distinct, but didn't reveal any sour or disturbing aromas.
The first sip tasted like.... Chloraseptic spray. This flavor vanished after 5 or 6 swallows, but I couldn't determine if it was only because my mouth was numb.

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

I bought a 8-bottle sampler of Unibroue and a Fin du Monde chalice at John's Grocery in Iowa City for 20 bucks plus tax. The sampler didn't include the Noire, so I picked that up on the side, and drank it first to extend the useful life of the sampler. Lots of frothy head leaps up the sides of the glass til the end of the pour, a brownish head and nearly black liquid. Smell is a little fruity, maybe a touch of vanilla. Taste is not mind-blowing, perhaps a little less flavor than could be expected or desired. Good balance though, the malts are nice and unobtrusive. A little coffee or cocoa or even a splash of hops would do something to pep this one up. Mouthfeel is solid, extremely easy to drink. It reminds me of 1554 Black Ale: a serviceable N. American interpretation of a Belgian dark, not necessarily for connoisseurs but a good beer for mainstream tastes, and light enough to have two or three.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A thick, frothy head rests a top a dark brown brew. The head lasts for a very long time. The beer itself has a transmission depth of about half a centimeter. No head.

S - Very strong red cherries and belgian yeast. There are some strong grassy notes and a bit of toasted grains.

T - Again with cherries dominating, dates and grassy hops as well. The aftertaste is an extremely pleasant grassy bitterness with a medley of indescernable fruit flavors.

M - Very thin and slick, incredibly refreshing.

D - Great here. I drank the fifth with ease and loved every sip. The relatively low abv makes it extremely quaffable. Although it functions well as a dessert beer, it's relatively low sweeetness would allow it to work with many meals.

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Photo of vanrassel
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received in CANBIF 2006. Thanks, Matt!

This beer isn't up to Unibroue's usual standards, however, that still makes it better than a lot of others out there.

It poured a dark, almost black colour that showed some ruby highlights when held to the light. A creamy tan head sat atop the body, but it quickly dwindled to a slight ring.

Lightly roasted barley greeted my nose, along with dried fruit (raisins, figs) and that sweet, yeasty smell familiar to veteran Unibroue drinkers. The taste is a continuation of the same theme — with no indication of the bitterness alluded to on the label. It's nicely carbonated, but the mouthfeel is a little thin. This is a subtle, drinkable beer, but not a stand-out.

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Photo of horshack7
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Down right black with about two fingers worth of head nice head retention very frothy and thick leaves lace from start to finish.

Aromas: Dried fruit notes very small malt notes as well.

Taste: Slight hopiness dried fruits notes currants and cherries.

Mouthfeel and drinkabilty: Medium bodied slight crispness to it. I could certainly handle a couple of these.

Notes: This one is not too shaby but I was expecting a bit more kick to it on the lines of sweetness basicly thought it might be a nice malt bomb. None the less not to bad of a brew. Cheers

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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 pootz
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Small bottle.

Poured a near black, lightly clouded dark brown with a big thick sticky mocha cap. Great lacing, lively effervescence.

Aromas of toasty malts and yeast, some sweetness.

Rich malt spine, creamy mouth feel, sweet-spritzy-drying wheat-like character.

Lightly sweet, molassas and figs up front, fruity tones, a tad peppery from the carbonation. Drying, crisp finish with toasty flavors ( probably from the unmalted wheat in this brew)

Fills a niche’ in the Unibroue line...sort of a dark bock weizen to offset Chambly Blanche.

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Photo of Hefe
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a snifter @ Brewer's Art 10th anniversary beer dinner.

Dark cocoa/motor oil colour, with a slight tannish head, leaves nice lacing. The aroma is refreshing and citrusy? with subtle roasty- smoky notes in the background. Mild roasted flavor with subtle burnt chocolate notes, yet finishing wheaty/lemony. Spritely carbonation, lively refreshing mouthfeel. An excercise in subtlety that should not be mistaken for blandness.

Paired brilliantly with a decadant veal soup w/ marrow bone.

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

12 oz. bottle, conditioned, best before 2/21/08. The beer pours a deep, dark maroon/brown that is difficult to see through. It has fairly active carbonation leading up to a 2 finger tan head that reduces to a collar and leaves light lacing. In the bouquet its fruity and spicy, with almost acidic orange juice, light pink grapefruit, and some yeast. It tastes of wheat, spice, oranges, light roasted/smoked malt, pilsner malt, leather?, strawberry?, and light green hops that leave a mild bitterness. The body is medium to light with an equal finish and it is lightly numbing from the spiciness. Overall it's nice and complex, but it needs more flavor and a longer finish - a bigger version of this beer would be quite nice.

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Photo of skizziks
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. The bottle is a gusher and I have to quickly get the thing over the glass. The head still only amounts to about 1.5" of very coarse mocha colored foam which quickly recedes to a thin layer. The beer is dark brown with ruby highlights.

Aroma is faint with caramel, coffee, raisins, figs, and dark cherries. Nice and complex but takes a lot of effort to get it all.

Flavor has a lot of chocolate and dark fruit with some woody and earthy notes. Fairly tannic and numbing with some grape in the back and a definite impression of Dr. Pepper. Finish is bitter and very dry.

Medium body, well carbonated and fizzy. This is the first offering from Unibroue that I was not impressed with. Very underwhelming, tastes like it still needs some tweaking.

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

From notes of 08/28/2006 visit to The Map Room, Chicago IL.

In the glass was a nearly black, dark brown hazed liquid. The head was a rocky dense tan foam. The lacing was fine, but sticky.
The smell was sweet malts, ripe dark fruits and Unibroue’s signature yeast.
The taste was a bit on the sweet side bringing to mind a lightly carbonated cola. Notes of smoke and a trace of anise. Not much roasted character for a brew of this color. Faint hop signature.
Light carbonation. Light to medium bodied.
This is a much more subtle offering from Unibroue. The lower ABV here is also a pleasant change and helps the drinkability.

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Photo of MMansfield
1.69/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Had a 750 ML brought back from Quebec.

Appearance: Pitch black in colour, poured an out of place fizzy head which did not stick around. Hadn't seen a beer quite like this.

Aroma: Picked up coffee and slight fruit notes, yet I could smell something not quite appealing.

Taste: Not pleasant! I'm very dissappointed because I have a pretty good sense for beer, but I hated this, as did all who tasted. It tasted like burnt prunes. It was just awful.

Mouthfeel: Overly carbonated, I just did not want it in my mouth.

Final Statement: I was disappointed because of the great things i heard from Unibroue. I have had Maudite and enjoyed it. I'm hoping I had a bad bottle, which is common for micros.

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 900 ratings
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