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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 | website

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
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645
Ratings:
888
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.55%
 
 
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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle with full cage & cork purchased from LCBO for $6.80 CDN. Second Unibroue product I've seen recently in this part of Ontario, so figured it was worth a try, given that i rather enjoyed Blanche de Chambly and of course Unibroue's rep. Served chilled into a pint glass (unfortunately)

Appearance - Poured this out which yielded a dark cola brown beer with a massive 3.5 finger tan head that subsided at a moderate pace. After quite some time was left with a cap that stayed until the very end of the glass. Quite dark, virtually no light seems through. The creamy voluminous head left some trace lacing.

Smell - First things I noticed were the booze, which was not terribly well hidden and some dark fruits. That transitioned into a more defined chocolate & cherries collaboration that smelled rich and filling. Also bready aromas permeate my senses. In all quite Belgian but much more moderated and less intense.

Taste - Similar to the smell, with a dash of smoked flavor up front when the beer is coldest. Again the dark fruits make an appearance, but it is in a more secondary role this time around. In all there wasn't actually much that stood out to be in terms of taste. It was tasty yes, but slightly disappointing given the experience up to this point.

Mouthfeel - Medium / High carbonation gives this a nice creamy feel and there's a moderately light finish. Obviously with the lower ABV there's a limit on the richness of the mouthfeel, but I came away only moderately impressed.

Overall - Not overwhelmed in all by this, but it is a tasty Belgian Dark Ale that you can easily go back for more than two glasses worth, so it's high in terms of drinkability because it won't necessarily cause you to fall over when you stand up.

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

750 mL corked and caged bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled Aug 6 2013 . This brew will always have a spot in my memory as the first Unibroue beer I ever had the opportunity to try - I was staying at a friend's place in Banff, and some cougar gave this to me because someone had left a bunch in her fridge, she didn't like the beer and it was 'taking up too much space'. A strong endorsement, to be sure. Served slightly chilled.

Pours a murky, brownish cola colour with amber highlights, generating nearly two fingers' worth of dense, creamy, beige-coloured head. It quickly settles out, leaving a thin film behind on the surface in addition to a modest collar with lacing. The aroma should seem pretty familiar to anyone who's tried the other Unibroue Belgian dark ales - their signature yeast strain has its usual strong contribution, in addition to red apples, pears, and a slight note of banana. Lots of clove too, with a solid dose of dark fruits such as raisin, fig and plum.

Interesting flavour, not just a lighter version of Maudite or Trois Pistoles, and very well-balanced. Dark fruits are quite prominent, with notes of raisin and dark cherry coming through initially - fairly sweet, but with a nice tartness underlying it all. Next up is some toffee sweetness and dark toasted malts, providing a vaguely milk-chocolatey flavour that is quickly pushed aside by red apples and plums. There's an almost wine-like tartness I can't put my finger on; I really like this feature because it offers a break from the yeast and sweetness. Typical Unibroue clove and banana notes finish us off in familiar territory, leaving a lingering yeasty flavour behind on the palate. Medium-bodied, with fine, intense carbonation that prickles the tongue constantly. Dangerously drinkable at 6.2% - this wine bottle is more than enough for me, but if I were splitting it with someone I could see two or three bottles being necessary.

Final Grade: 3.74, a decent B grade. To be honest, I don't really remember if I liked Noire de Chambly the first time I tried it all those years ago - I wasn't truly converted over to craft beer at that point, and while it was a nice change-up from the Bow Valley Strong (I just threw up in my mouth a little), I wasn't exactly clamoring for another bottle. Looking at it today, however, I can see that this is without a doubt a quality Belgian-style dark ale. While their strong dark ales (Maudite, La Terrible, etc.) are undeniably better, this is a good substitute if you're in the mood for a Belgian beer you can have a few glasses of without losing your equilibrium. Worth a try.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.34/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Best by 10-30-10

P: Dark cola appearance with a khaki head that fades fast and swims to the outside creating a nice ring.

S: Sweet candy malt, grape juice, spicy funk, vinegar, fig pudding and tartness.

T/M: Taste follows the nose but more timid sweetness and tartness. Flavors are thin and oxidation has started to set in. Nose is much more enjoyable. Spice is aggressive once warmed and yeast leaves your mouth dry and chalky. Metallic finish. Thinner body than expected in a BSDA.

O: I didn't love this but I'm stoked that I got a bottle of the pre name change brew. The low ABV sums up the thin body and flavor. I would really like this in a six pack due to its easy drinkability. I probably won't be seeking this out in the future but a good brew to try.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle pour at the bottle share held at Chloe's inside Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Best before 2/22/08.

Pours a clear dark orange-brown with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, dark fruit, caramel, and toffee aromas. Taste is much the same with dark fruit and slight cardboard flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is definitely showing signs of oxidation but still is pretty decent.

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Photo of jondeelee
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Noire de Chambly opens to a nose that anyone familiar with Unibroue will be familiar with, featuring their funky, spicy yeast strain that lends a mulled apple cider note with threads of apple cider vinegar. In addition, there are apple, orange, berry, and cherry fruit esters, as well as what seems to be a faint haze of cigarette smoke, like stepping into a nightclub in the middle of the day. These mix with an undercurrent of brown bread, toast crust, biscuit, and floury baguette. A peppery spiciness overlays everything in typical Unibroue fashion. As a whole, the beer is nice, but seems to be lacking some of the depth and complexity associated with Unibroue beers. The light 6.2% ABV is likely the cause of much of this, robbing the beer of sugars, so that the proprietary yeast supply quite a large portion of the aroma.

On the tongue, the beer is immediately peppery and spicy, the typical Unibroue yeast notes of spiced cider and vinegar joined by scads of white and black pepper, burning the tongue. Apple, cherry, berry, and orange fruit esters bring fruity relief, as do thin bits of brown sugar. Brown bread, floury baguette, and biscuit add earthiness. The spice notes, however, take center stage, bringing not only pepper, but harsh whole-stick cinnamon and bits of cardamom and nutmeg—so if this is spiced cider, it’s overly-spiced cider. The aftertaste is heavily spiced, following the main mouthful, but even more so as the sugars die off, and lingers on the tongue for a long time. Mouthfeel is medium-light to medium, and carbonation is medium-high, approaching champagne, and causing the better portion of the mouthful to turn into foam.

As a whole, this is certainly decent beer, but when considered against the rest of Unibroue’s lineup, ends up being somewhat of a disappointment. The spicy, yeasty notes are simply overpowering here, causing the rest of the beer to be rather lost, and the heavy carbonation ends up marring the mouthfeel with foaminess. Decent, but could have used a bit more sugar, and a lot less CO2.

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Photo of decimator
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 6.2%.

A - Poured a very dark brown highlights and a 1cm beige head. Head quickly reduced to a ring of bubbles and a few small clusters. Minimal lacing.

S - Yeast, spice, some dark fruits, a hint of banana.

T - Dark fruit, hint of toast, some fruity sourness, mild bitterness. Aftertaste is a lingering fruity sourness.

M - Medium carbonation, medium body, a bit syrupy with some stickiness, somewhat dry finish.

O - Noire? Not as roasted or toasted as I'd expect for the name. Flavour wise still is a decent Belgian. For those who haven't tried it yet just don't expect the same complexity as Unibroue's stronger offerings.

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Photo of TheDoctor
3.49/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A:
Pours a nice brown-amber color with a fluffy beige head that dissapates really quickly leaving a patchy coating with a bit of lacing.

S:
Nice crisp smell with really strong clove notes and a hint of citrus and pears.

T:
Smooth, unoffensive flavor overall. Soft hop notes and some light sweetness. No super-strong flavors one way or the other, though.

M:
Predominate carbonation presence throughout. Kind of orangey/spicy up front with a clean, semi-hoppy, nutty finish.

O:
Good beer. Not life-changing but worth the taste if you get the chance.

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**Re-Reviewed 12-05-2014**
This was one of the first few beers I reviewed and I am trying to revisit a few. This one was about how I had remembered it.
That said, I got a little more out of it this time and I felt that I should include my thoughts here for posterity. I have left my original score with the original review and have updated the rest below.
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Pours, looks, smells, and tastes a bit Coke-like. Lots of carbonation thin-feeling, sweet and slightly earthy. This time it looked and smelled a bit better than I remembered the first time. I imagine this was a slightly fresher bottle (the other was bought at a Dep.). Lots of Unibroue yeast character with some spiced fruit scents and a toasted malt character to the flavor. The beer drinks pretty easy, but could definitely be a little more robust in almost every way. Probably won't revisit. Not bad, but not terribly engaging either.

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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 Beelzebeer
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

341ml bottle, a little over a year old, served in an oversized tulip

A - Black body, with a 2" head you had to work to get. Quickly dissipates. Could be from the age.

S - Slight phenol, maybe, again, from age, light sugars, some dark malt, but not that "dense"

T - Darker raspberry, sugars, some caramel, some roast, but not a whole lot.

M - Medium-light on the carbonation. I liked the level. I remember there being more the last time I had it. Medium density.

O - Not bad. For an easy drink, it would be good to have.

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

Served from a 750ml bottle.

A: Very dark in color. Cloudy brown tinges when pressed to the light. One to two finger beige head that died down fairly quickly. Some lacing.

S: The typical Unibroue yeast strain smell. Some cloves with a touch of sourness.

T: Not to deep and roasty and once again relies on that Unibroue yeast character for the major backbone building. Some roasted malts however but fairly faint. Bitterness is low and so is hop character. Some cloves and candied fruit as well. Nothing overpowering and pretty well balanced overall.

M: Pretty crisp and the beer is quiet effervescent. Bubble and high carbonation make for champagne like experience. After taste does linger seemingly forever though.

O: It was a pretty good beer although probably not something I would buy again. Not to flavor intensive but very easy drinking at 6.2%. If it was one sale i'd get it but other wise it was passable.

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Photo of ZorPrime
4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The beer is black, not too dark. The head is beige in color. It disappear quickly. Quite effervescent. The aroma gives notes of unbroken yeast (typical), some fruits and a little bit of chocolate. On the taste side, the beer is typical unbroken. Slightly spicy with a good presence of roasted malts. Quite effervescent in the mouth. The taste lingers in the mouth. Smooth in the mouth also... Strange because the carbonation is quite present but it feels smooth. I'm surprised in a good way by this beer. A good one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for some reason i remember this being much much darker, nearly black, and thick, and scary. i was maybe too young to know any better, but i remember this being too much for me as a young craft beer drinker. revisited again and it seemed so basic, not intimidating at all, dont know what the younger me was thinking. the pour is dark dark brown, but letting some light through. inch or two of tan head rests lazily on top. the nose is more german than belgian to me, like a dark lager or schwarzbier. i smell a similar malt bill with similar roasty properties, and the belgian yeast is very understated. the yeast comes out more in the taste, where the dark malts give way to some sweeter notes and the spice surge of the yeast, but this still tastes to me like a german dark lager. it finishes oddly quick and dry, which to me wass a knock against this beer, i like the richness of the malt to linger on awhile. full bodied and brightly carbonated the feel is nice. i could drink several of these, but i must admit it was somewhat disappointing from what i had remembered of this deep dark mysterious liquid. maybe the recipe has changed, maybe my palate has matured, but this is still a great beer by any measure.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark walnut and clear with a thin, fine, beige head that leaves little lace on the Dogfish Head snifter.

The aroma is a bit yeasty with surprising clove and banana. Malt follows with some molasses and sweet plum pudding.

The flavors are surprisingly subdued for this style. Dark fruits are there, as is some candy sugar. Overall, Chambly is not too sweet and has a light, lingering finish.

Medium body and well carbonated with a watery texture.

Enjoyable with friends or food, but lacks any wow factor. It is a good relaxing beer.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle poured into a Maudite snifter. Exceedingly dark brown topped with a finger or so of tan foam, but this shrinks to nothing but a thin collar in short order. Little potential for lace, and that potential is fulfilled.

Nose features a pleasingly potent combo of baked apples, molasses, sweetened tobacco and red grape juice. Plentiful malty and fruity sweetness, perhaps a tad much for my liking, but a tangy yeast presence goes a long way toward balancing it out. Dryish finish. The flavor profile really doesn't deliver the complexity I'd hoped for, but it's a decent sipper.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled March 30, 2011.

Very dark brown, almost black. A small off-white head. Fades fairly quickly.

Very malty scent. Yeast, a bit bready. Fairly simple. A bit of dark fruit (raisin) but not much.

Taste is like the smell. Very malty (almost like malted milk), a bit of dark fruit but this is very minimal. Yeast is there.

Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. A bit lighter than expected.

Overall, not bad but pretty simple. OK.

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

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a dark red tinted brown with a thick light brown head that dissipates quickly, leaving a ring and lacing. Aroma of dark fruit and light malt. Light fruit, cloves, cinnamon, light malt, slight nuttiness. Somewhat dry, bitter finish. Less assertive flavors than other Unibroues. Medium bodied. Interesting, but not impressive.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 Oz botle pored into a pint glass
Dated best before 10-29-10 ... oops

A- Black, but clear and with reddish hues. A one finger off tan head with quick dissipation.

S- Caramel, raisins, dark fruits, rum, spices. A rum soaked raisin would describe this brew well. Such a strong smell from only 6.2 is impressive.

T- I get a bit of the dark fruits at first. A lot of caramel and toffee, a spicy and zesty end to each sip. A smooth caramel cream taste and feel.

M- The feel is a bit light in my opinion. The beer does have a slight creaminess to it and goes down quite smooth. There is high carbonation and a spicy aftertaste.

O- This beer is very much a Unibroue beer, only turned down a bit. I think they should stick to their stronger offerings but this is a decent enough entry level for them.

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Photo of mscudder
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz best by 10/29/10. Lets hope it isn't skunked.

A - Dark raisin colored beer with a thin tan head. Little retention.

S - Dark fruits, cognac and a bit of molasses to keep it all together. Pretty good.

T - Interesting... Dark fruits are the primary thing going on here but there is also a presence of some bready malts, vanilla, pepper and a touch of tartness. Good but not great.

M - Light body for a dark beer carrying a considerable amount of carbonation. Slightly creamy during the taste and finishes fairly dry.

O - A fair beer, but I expected better from Unibroue.

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Photo of superspak
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, best by 4/2/2010. Pours slightly cloudy very dark reddish brown color with a foamy 1-2 finger light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a very thin cap that lingers for a bit. Some decent spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big prune, plum, caramel, apple, pear, molasses, clove, earth, tobacco, toast, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity. Taste of caramel, toffee, apple, pear, toast, clove, molasses, prune, tobacco, earth, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of caramel, toffee, pear, apple, molasses, prune, clove, toast, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malty and fruity sweetness with spiciness; with no cloying sweetness at all. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and lightly prickly mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a damn good Belgian dark ale. Extremely nice flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and enjoyable stuff. Very well done.

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Photo of chinchill
3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated best by Feb. 2011, so more than a year past this, but a higher ABV beer properly stored, bottle refermented, and with no signs of deterioration in the pour. aroma or flavor. A good bit of sediment left on the bottom of the bottle, some of which was added mid-taste. Served in a Unibroue snifter.

A: Very dark brown; a vigorous pour raised a creamy but short-lived tan head. Lasting partial top coat and ring.

S: Sweet smell, mainly of dark fruits (cooked raisins and a bit of dates and prunes) and cognac.

T: Plenty of dark fruit flavor with prunes and raisins dominant. A yeasty dark bread flavor as a base. Hints of vanilla, cooked peaches, white pepper and cognac. A touch of tartness keeps the sweetness in control.

M: Very good, medium-low carbonation; creamy smooth; slight dryness in the finish.

O: Another fine, complex and unique beer from Unibroue. Not one of my favorites from them but easily recommended.

UPDATE: ages well, based on a Best Before 2009 bottle consumed in Jan. 2013.

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Photo of ksimons
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-a dark chestnut brown with a fingers worth of creamy head

S-pale malt, molasses, and a bit of mild dark fruit

T-pale malt which is surprising for how dark the beer is, very light molasses and dark fruit. Not much else going on.

M-thin body, high carbonation, light dry finish

Overall, its not too great, a little boring, a little watery and thin. Too bad since I am a big fan of other Unibroue beers.

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

We pour a molasses colored brew. It holds a one finger head of creamy, active tan bubbles. This retains nicely, leaving bits of lacing and a ghostly sheet around the top of the glass. Carbonation appears to be average, and sediment is hard to note, but nothing is grossly identified. The nose is malty and fruity. The grain bill is wrought with barley and pales, despite the darker coloring. They dip a bit darker with warmth, becoming more buttery, but by no means does the grain give caramel, chocolate, or roast. The closest thing to this is on the far back, as a tootsie roll darkness/sweetness rumbles about. The other primary aromatic is fruit, with boozy fig, fresh strawberries, and a sugary sweetness. Lactics eventually seep out, giving a little sour to the sweet for balance. As always, there is that obligatory Unibroue yeasty goodness. As we sip, black cherry hits up front. This mixes with the malts, which are puckering and souring, making for a decent balance. There are flashes of sugary sweetness, but the middle takes the sourness to a new level. This peaks, almost in the same sense as a lambic might, but with less overt and residual sugars. The dry fruity component, however, remains, along with an additional flour aspect to the malts. We finish on notes of booze, souring lemon, and a faint juicy hop stem. There is a certain mustiness about it, as well, with a final saltiness. The aftertaste breathes with peppery booze spice, coiny metallics, and a vegetable freshness. The body is medium and the carbonation is average. There is a nice creamy slurp to each sip, with bubbly froth and smack. The mouth is left with slight astringency. The abv is appropriate, and the beer has decent drinkability.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the fruity inclusions throughout the aroma. This was not expected, and added a souring component to the flavoring. Where we lost points, actually, was in this same vein, as the souring grain become overbearing at points, taking away from an otherwise tasty beer.

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Photo of Steasy66
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A Dark Chocolate, light head that fades fast
S Candy Sugar, Red fruit, and a hint of dark malt
T A bit of dark malt, very little hops, overall fairly mild flavor
M Thin with less carbonation than I would like for this type of beer
O Overall, nothing special, nothing awful.

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Photo of TownDunkel
4.19/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Chambly Noire - a sweet looking bottle at the beer store, so I figured this Canadian beer was worth a sip

Appearance - the best appearance I have ever seen in an ale or almost any beer style. It is so dark that you can put it in a glass, put it in front of a television and only see the beer. That is what I am talking about.

Smell - A very complex smell but no single flavor or scents come to me. It reminds me of a oak age barrel

Taste - The taste is complexly delicious. Starts off smooth with hints of oak and then turns into a darkly coffee and cream flavor. Also, hints of mild fruits come around after several seconds.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation isn't what I was hoping for, but than again this is no porter or stout. It's head goes quickly unfortunately and it doesn't stick around for more than a minute in your head.

Overall - This may be the king of dark ale's for me. It's as dark as a stout but still light enough for an anytime drink. Must buy.

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

A: black as night. Brooding. One finger brownish collar settling into 1/8" thick tight collar.

S: ripe plum, figs with a hint of tobacco and vanilla, musty leather. It has port barrel aged qualities.

T: vanilla spice undertones, then washing away into fig and toffee. This is a pleasant taste, but not what I'd expect in Belgian Dark Ale style. I want more ripe/sour fruit flavors in this genre.

M: smooth for this style. Thin, but not in a bad way. Kinda reminds me of what could be described as java-infused Remy Martin at this ABV might be like.

Complex enough to keep me interested and not slamming me over the head with any one flavor. Very well balanced. Very good. Worth trying.

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
83 out of 100 based on 645 ratings.
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