Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire | Unibroue

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly NoireNoire De Chambly / Chambly Noire

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

Quite dark in color, but with a hazy ruby color that can be seen throughout the beer when held to a light. decent sized caramel colored head. A lot of esters from the Belgian yeast fill the nose, dark fruity flavors, raisin, plum, date, cherry, but also a lot like a hefe with banana and clove. I feel like the taste didn't quite measure up to the nose, it was a lot like a dark hefe, the darker fruits didn't come through as much until later in the beer when they were drowned out a bit from the slightly burnt bitter flavor from wheat malt, which was a little coffee and chocolate-like. Kind of a tart tangy mouthfeel. Pretty drinkable all in all.

Holding Unibroue to their own standard, I was not too impressed with this one. Don't get me wrong, it was an awesome beer, but not their best offering.

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Photo of sabrills70
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 brown bottle with drink before date of 2/21/08. Pours a deep ruby brown with a huge head, Ok longevity and good lace. Smells of dried dark fruits, candi sugar, a bit of roastiness and yeasty. Tastes of dried dark fruit but not as dominate as I expected. roasted malts, brown and candi sugars. A bit earthy and musty. Seems a bit watery. Relatively crisp as a dark ale goes. Its slight watered down nature increases its drinkability. A great beer to choose when wanting a Belgian but not all the heaviness that goes with it.

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

Appearance was lovely and dark, permitting light only around the edges. Many traits of this beer are characteristic of Unibroue, one being the carbonation. Relatively small head formed which was less typical. Smelled absolutely delicious with sweet malts but also some hearty fragrances and even some sour, vinegar and grape-like smells. Tasted sweet (of course) with a bit of sourness. Considerable breads, grains and nuts were found in the taste. Also some qualities similar to wine persisted. Sometimes tartness in the back of the throat was observed. At times, a nice alcoholic afterglow came about. Interesting! Occasionally a slight smokiness was found. Halfway through the bottle the taste started to wash out a bit. A slight bite of carbonation was had on the tongue. This one had a somewhat lighter feel than other Belgian and Belgian style brews I’ve had. I need to start stocking other cheeses because I usually have only dill havarti and Parmesan. Regardless, the parm went great with this delicious Chambly Noire.

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

A 750ml bottle with best by date of 2/22/08. A dark brown, almost black with a thick coffee-colored head. Aroma of coffee and prunes. Taste was coffee, sweet fruit, with a hint of chocolate and licorice. A little on the thin side. Still, an enjoyable beer from Unibroue.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750 ml. bottle with a best by date of 2-22-08. Left a big beige three finger head that quickly receded to 1/4 inch deep long lasting surface skim, not much lacing. Body was the deepest brown, almost black. Looks good.

Smell - plums, cherries, hint of banana esters, and some medicinal phenols.

Taste - pretty much as smell indicates. Plums and cherries washed with a hint of bananas and a hint of medicine. Nothing really complex or deep here, just a low key refreshing and mild malty ale.

Mouthfeel - medium fullness, smooth, low carbonation.

Drinkability - this good, refreshing, and mellow. It goes down well, and is rather sessionable.

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

Chamblay Noire pours deep purple into a glass, it creates a very nice, large white head on top, but that head didn't seem to last very long. Smell is mainly spice...cloves. Estery...reminds me slightly of Blanche.

Flavour, a mild take on a familiar Unibroue formula. Lightly fruity, nicely malty, that textbook yeast flavour that makes any beer by them immediately identifiable. Also a bit of a nutty tone present. I did like the flavour, but it really wasn't doing anything new, it was just recycling some of the familiar taste sensation from their other beer. Each swallow also left a bit of a metallic/alcohol flavoured hit too, which I didn't like. The front end is solid enough to pull it up to average though.

Mouth is fairly thin, but there is some carbonation and fullness present, so some slight marks there.Drinkability is sub-average though, as I said, the aftertaste on this was not to my liking, and it hurt the beer.

Overall, this is an everyman's kind of Unibroue. For the beer fans who have had U's bigger offerings, it's a bit of a let down though.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear but very dark reddish brown. A thin off white head provides no lace.
Kind of a fruity sugary aroma. Okay, but nothing special.
Much like the aroma, plus a touch of bitterness from hops and maybe a slight roasted malt quality.
Light to medium bodied. Well carbonated and dry.
This one's an okay beer, just not Unibroue's best work. Plus, I think this one was hyped up to much.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a dark mahogany brown with a huge tan head that thins. Mild lacing on the glass.

Mildly roasted aroma with some nice nutty and fruity yeasty scents.

Mild roasted malt upfront with a nice nuttiness. A mild yeasty fruitiness sets in and then quickly vanishes as it finishes very clean.

Body seems a little thin for the ABV, plenty of carbonation.

A decent Belgian dark and completely drinkable. Not as good as most Unibroue offerings.

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Photo of orfeu
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12-ounce crowned bottle poured into a Duvel tulip. Deep chestnut, nearly black, with brown highlights and a massive, sandy-ecru head. Yeasty funky fruit phenols in the nose: Granny Smith apples, green grape skins, dusty lemon rind -- this really (strangely) smells like a saison! (?) The taste is sweeter than it is tart, and maltier than it is sweet or funky. There is a sourness to it, but it's soundly cloaked in an expansive malt girth. Doughy and citric, but not sharply so. Chalky mouthfeel, medium body. Slightly distracting mineral finish. Dull sour aftertaste. Really not a bad beer, but it just doesn't stand out from the pack considering its pedigree. Worth a sample, at least.

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Photo of santoslhalper
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearence: Pours a nice, very dark brown with reddish hues. On top sits a nice, foamy, beige head.

Smell: Chocolaty and sharp, with nice fruit/vinous aromas.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very clean and very dry. Call me crazy, but this is a Schwarzbier. It has a strong lager crispness, and goes down like one as well. The flavors are of strong, roasted malts and chocolate, with not much complexity, and a very "dusty" (chalky?) finish.

Drinkbility and Overall: Not a bad brew, but far from near Unibrou's best offering. The past 2 new Unibroue's I've had lately have been off. This one and the 15. Still worth a try, and not as unnappealing as you may have heard.

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Photo of akorsak
2.36/5  rDev -36%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is a pint served in a Chimay goblet at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD. The ale is cold (in this case, that may help).

Appearance: This wheat ale is a nice dark brown to black color that lets little light through. There is little, if any, head.

Smell: The ale has a refreshing wheaty aroma, but there are other alefruits lingering below the surface that are not so pleasant.

Taste: The ale has a medicinal flavor that is very thin and often gives way to watermelon-like flavors. I noticed a deterioration in the beer from the first bottle to the second bottle that I bought (this review is NOT the second bottle) and I hoped that it was isolated to a bad bottle. It is not and this ale just doesn't cut it.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is thin and weak, not a good combo.

Drinkability: A new Unibroue ale is one to check out, but limit yourself to one pint.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.26/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with copper highlights and great clarity. Foamy, off-white head rushes to the top, then slowly settles to three fingers. Decent retention but the amount of lace is minimal. Mild phenolic yeast aroma and a whiff of fusel. The firsts sip is moderatly sweet with roasted notes; some weak alcohol and a yeast bite that gets in the way of the other flavors. Enough herbal/spicy hops present to dry the aftertaste, but the mouthfeel shows slight diacetyl due to low carbonation and slick, medium body. This is simple but but balanced, just a bit on the yeasty side, and that detracts from the drinkability.

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Photo of KFaulkner
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer from Unibroue...

Bottled in a large 750ml bottle with a caged champagne cork; upon opening which almost put a hole in my ceiling (and scared the shit out of the cat).

Pours a very dark, yet slightly reddish color into an oversized wine glass. The head foams up nicely and it's carbonation is quite apparent; this is a fizzy beer compared to most.

The taste, to me, is remarkably smooth. It defnitely has a wheat taste along with a malty finish; flavors are too many to describe, but quite good. As drinkable as the beer is, despite its relatively high ABV, its also very satisfying from a beer drinker's standpoint.

Not quite as good as some of Unibroue's other offerings, but fantastic for the style. Highly recommended.

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

Dark brown color--light will not shine through. Small, but long lasting head, some lace

Dark malt smells with a touch of barnyard aroma. Some noticable alcohol.

Surprising wheat taste up front. Dark malt flavors, although no chocolate or patent malt, closer to a heavily roasted crystal.
The body is thinner than would be expected. High carbonation.

While flavorful and dry, the body detracts from this offering. I prefer some of Unibroue's other beers. An enjoyable beer but not their top of the line.

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

Deep almost opaque ruby bodywith plenty of carbonation. Brown small bubbled head that dissipates quickly. Very little lace.
Earthy prune and fig scents with some brown sugar.
Taste is very similar to the smell and quite pleasant. The aftertaste is of long lingering sweet malts.
Medium body feel and some coating.
Nice brew that goes down easy without being plain or boring.


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Photo of brentk56
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a dark brown color with a tan head that displays good retention and leaves a bit of lace around the chalice

Smell: A dried fruit aroma, but without the sweetness one would normally expect; a bit lemony, in fact

Taste: A rather bready flavor up front; after the swallow, I pick up some of the trademark Unibroue yeast flavor, along with some subtle dried fruit and vague chocolate

Mouthfeel: Rather light bodied and fizzy

Drinkability: I was really looking forward to this, but it was rather disappointing; pleasant enough to drink but totally unremarkable

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Photo of kmo1030
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a nice looking dark brown with a tan head.
quite a bready aroma, with grain and a bit of sulfur (the the sulfer only seems to be apparent when there is still a good amount of head. beneath that a more subtle slightly candied dark fruityness, and a cinnamon-y molasses. a trace of booze.
the taste lacks any of the sulfuric aspect that the aroma had thankfully. roasted malts are evident. the dark fruit is more pronouced, raisin and plum mostly. there is a little bit of smoke in here to adding some needed complexity. a nit of vanilla? the taste deserves about a 3.75... rounding up in this case.
a little thin in the mouth, but it suits the taste i think.
easy enough to drink with out anything unpleasant to report, but it need turning up a notch. maybe a belgian dark that was a little on the lighter side was what they were going for. if so, they succeeded, but again, i'd like to see this ratcheted up slightly to be a little more substantial. a good beer none the less.

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

06/27/06- Purchased at Holiday Wine Cellars in Escondido, CA.

Presentation- 750ml bottle, both caged and corked. Best by date imprinted on the back label. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

Appearance- Cork lets with a furious loud pop! Always a good sign. Pour is on the higher carbonated side. Full inch plus head forms quickly. 5 minute chore to fill two Duvel glass with the liquid. A bit off white head, brown, if not very dark brown colored contents. Streaks and small chunks spread out in different places.

Smell- Mostly malt ball and caramel scents. A touch of milk chocolate and some dark fruit combine for a nice whiff of scent.

Taste- First flavor is a rather strong metallic one. This goes away though soon hereafter as it warms to a closer room temp. Prunes and raisins with a malt chocolate flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Fairly well carbonated, seems a bit creamy at times. Didn't really notice any watery aspects like others did.

Drinkability- Forgo the first metallic taste, not really bad at all. Worthy of buying to try it once. First and only time I have seen this beer I purchased it.

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Photo of jwc215
3.04/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.
Poured pitch black with a very large head that slowly dissipated to a thin, but very well-retained lace.
The smell was thin. Some mixture of various fruits were noticeable, but nothing that I could quite pin-point. Certainly, the aroma was fainter than the other brews that I've had from this brewery. In fact, there was a slight alcohol aroma despite the lower abv than the others - not as well covered.
The taste was also thin - not bad - but thin, especially when compared to the heavenly tastes of the other offerings of this brewery. There were some fruits - pear, raisin, etc. - but nothing really stood out. There was a thinness caused more by water than anything else. It didn't leave a very good taste in the mouth. Again, nothing awful, but nothing exceptional.
I have to say that this is my least favorite of the handful or so of beers that I've had from Unibroue. While not bad, it was too thin. The appearance was great, but the alcohol was too dominant and the taste, while what was there was not bad, was a bit too watery.

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Photo of gbontrag
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

real french Candian pride here: Named for some Iroquios killing, black hatted French musketeers, ummm....
Pours the darkest, thinnest brown. A toasted froth wells up light and frilly, but holds well. There's continuous carbonation, and a gently swirl leads to beads of fine carbonation that bursts forth with a thicker froth. Blanket of lace.
Aroma of toasted malt with underlying plums; caramel and milk chocolate.
Surprisingly light flavor. There's a bitter edge from scorched grain. The carbonation fills the mouth and bites. Stings. I'm getting the slightest fruit sensation as if I ate a couple red grapes yesterday and just remembered. Once I adjust to the singe of the carbonation a few more grapes pop. The intense carbonation fills me up right away like a 3.2% macro. This gave me a tummy ache.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz offering label pays homage to black capped soldiers who fought some of the native peeps...appears a dark cola brown hue as it's poured into my Delerium pink elephant ridden chalice, almost noire seems a bit schwarzish and it presents itself with a nicely formed head with uneven sporadic lace strips as it dwindles. Aroma cotains somewhat of an edgy fruit and hop character with some raisin and tart lactic notes with the herbal hop seeming somewhat leafy in the tobacco sense with some extracurricular spicing noticeable as well. Taste has a doughy chocolate with soft but tart raisin/grapeseed tea leaf profile nothing here is too cohesive finishes with some sweet spiced plum highlights with a touch of alcohol. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied brew evenly carbonated a bit silky on the palate. alright Unibroue offering not my favorite from their repotoire doesn't wow like their other creations used to prior to the Sleeman buy out.

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

Sampled in a modified flute at Mahaffey's. Poured like a watered down Pepsi. It smelled mostly of light malts and yeast.
Loads of ripe fruits (loads of plum and some citrus) with light hints of chocolate flavors come through. Finished pretty clean, not bad. Slightly more drinkable then other darks out there since it was so smooth and clean on the tongue. Wouldn't mind trying it in bottle to see if that would be more complex.

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Photo of Budlum
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a 750mL bottle in to a Target-brand econo-goblet.

Be careful when opening the corked and caged bottle. This one packs a punch second only to Saison Dupont. The beer pours with a thick tan head that disappears after one minute. The body is black and opaque with reds and oranges when held to light.

Aroma is filled with malt and yeast. There are a lot of fruits. Mainly apples and pears. This stuff smells intriguingly similar to apple juice. Even more so than the apple Ephemere.

The flavors are dominated with a weakly roasted malt and yeast accompanied with a rush of over-ripe pears. The finish has an almost earthy / charcoal presense. This tastes much sweeter as it warms.

The pour displays plenty of effervesence which falls flat after about five minutes. The texture was well balanced throughout the bottle.

Overall, this is like a watered down Trois Pistoles. That said, the lower ABV would make this a better choice as a session beer. Personally, I'll stick with the Trois Pistoles. None the less, it is still a strong offering when judged by non-Unibroue standards.

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Photo of nkurz129
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had very high expectations for this one after having had the Unibroue 15 a few weeks ago. Needless to say, this poured much darker, less head and thinner. And that is exactly what the smell and taste reflected, thin. Still had the slightly sweet fruitiness similar to a dubbel, but tasted and felt weak. Could have benefitted from a stronger hop presence I feel. That being said, it is still a solid beer, but I would try other Unibroues before coming back to this one.

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

I'm sampling from a 750ml bottle with a best before date of 2/22/08. Pours a dark black color with a voluminous light tan head that fades to a lacing on the surface of the beer. Aroma is sour fruit, coriander and some caramel sweetness. Taste is a bit heavy on the coriander, but some interesting undertones of sour fruit and roasted flavors lurk in there as well. Light bodies and pretty heavily carbonated. Goes down easy, probably just as easy as the Blanche de Chambly. In fact, this beer is really close to being just a dark version of the aforementioned beer. A little more character from the dark malts would be welcome.

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Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 900 ratings