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 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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Photo of soulfly1492
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Aroma: Dark roasty malt. Apples, mild yeast, some spices, brown sugar. No alcohol. Expecting this brew to be much sweeter than bitter.

Appearance: Black. I can see some brown when looking at a small volume at an angle. Pours a tall light brown head. Good retention, dissolved leaving a thin layer that sticks around for a while. No initial lacing, although the brew is still very cold. Lots of sediment at the bottom of the bottle after the pour.

Taste: Sweet malt. There's those esters in the form of apples. Sweet molasses. Mold spicy yeast. The aftertaste is slightly bitter.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Moderate carbonation, which was a bit surprising. Slightly drying due to the bite of the carbonation.

Overall: A bit light, but nice flavor. Very smooth and easy to drink, which is refreshing for a dark beer with moderate alcohol.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.22/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Cola brown with a thin tan head that does not retain well or leave much lacing.
S- Aroma is more tart than I expected with a bit of a red wine presence, cocoa, dark fruits and a bit of alcohol.
T- Dark fruits with a bit of chocolate, and a flash of acidic wine tartness. More dark fruit and less wine character than on the nose.
M- Medium-light body, a bit acidic on the tongue.
O- I like most of Unibroue's stuff, but this one will probably be a pass in the future.

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

A: This is just an average dark appearance. It has an almost lack of head, with minor lacing.

S: Moderate sour/acidic and alcoholic malt smell, that isn't overpowering (nowhere near as strong as something like a flanders red, but enough to pique your interest). There there is a dark ripened plum smell accompanying the sourness in a complimentary fashion.

T: The taste is very complex. It starts with the sour taste akin to the smell, quickly followed by strong malty, slightly fruity flavor. The malt is then succeeded by the fruitiness growing stronger. This fruitiness is reminiscent of grape-wine and plum.

M: This beer has moderately strong effervescence which almost masks the slight silkiness.

O: This is a well crafted beer that strikes the tongue with 3 distinct stages of flavor. The beer sweetens as it warms (starting from 55F to just below room temperature). Buy one and share it with a friend. or buy 4 and share it with 7 friends, your call.

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Photo of dpasotti
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very dark brown with woody highlights at the edges. Fairly small creamy beige head on top that leaves adequate lacing. Nice aroma of red grapes, ripe apples, plum, and a little caramel.

The flavor is disappointingly flat, so much so that it's hard to describe. A little fruit and spice upfront, but no depth at all. I was expecting much more based on the great nose, but the taste just can't stand up.

The body is thin and, in my opinion, under-carbonated. Chambly Noire is not bad, it's just forgettable. Actually it could make a great darker beer for summer, when you might be in the market for something with a little less substance.

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Photo of papat444
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 341ml. bottle.

Appearance: Half the glass fills with an ecru colored head with a dark brown body with deep red tints.

Smell: Figs, dark fruits and plums. A nice strong aroma.

Taste: Plum skins, wood, dried fruit (mostly raisins) and a bit of candied sugar.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and creamy with average to low carbonation. Starts strong but finishes a bit weak and watery.

Overall: A decent effort. Nothing to get excited about but still good.

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Photo of julian89
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was the fourth on my 3 day Unibroue tour.

Appearance: Purplish brown, with an inch head and minimal lacing.

Smell. Some plum and raisin notes with a dark malt sweetness.

Taste: Apples with spice, kind of like a cider, with a sour mash mix of raisin and plum.

Mouthfeel. Medium bodied smooth taste and carbonation.

Overall: This is a lighter dark belgian brew. I thoroughly enjoyed it. Great dark Belgian. I'm tired from the day, so I feel this brew did not receive the thorough review it deserved.

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

I was glad to try this on tap, as it has a nice fresh and uncomplicated flavor. Sharp on the tongue with some burnt malt flavors, toffee, and a touch of smoke. Watery but pleasing mouthfeel. Tastes like Schwatrzbier with very little hoppiness, and a very modest amount of Belgian character compared to some other Unibroue concoctions.

A decent quaff with an interesting touch of spicy yeast and a hint of burnt raisins. At Ritual Tavern in San Diego.

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Photo of TheAlamoWrocker
2.35/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed November 4th 2011. 750 mL bottle poured into a Tulip.

A: Poured half a finger head, but it sadly quickly disappeared. There is very little carbonation is rising to the top. The body is as dark as I like them, reminds me of a nice quality stout. I am preparing myself for flavor.

S: I smelt the standard dark fruits, figs. Dark chocolate is present, but nothing too strong which is quite sad.

T: Those dark fruits are what hit me the most. Malts and possibly sugars are present which make up theses drinks sweetness. Some minor dark chocolates appear on the palate for a very quick period of time and then they leave.

M: This body feels close to a medium body, but it could be considered thin. The carbonation was something that just felt lacking to me. The carbonation was almost absent from the mouthful, but after I saw how fast the head left then I could almost assume this is what this drink offers. I would almost suggest swirling the glass to get more carbonation out of this drink before consuming.

O: This drink simply does not do it for me. It's decent for a bit, but consuming a whole 750 mL I have grown tired of it prematurely. I will simply avoid this drink in the future. Even a pint glass is too much of this for me.

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

12 oz.

Pours a dark, almost completely opaque black with a brown hue around the edges. Raw sugar colored head is half an inch, dissipates to a film and holds there.

Smells of fresh grain malts, citrus, coriander, and champagne grapes.

Tastes mildly fruity, grape and citrus, with some subtle toastier malts underlying that.

Feels is medium with light frothy carbonation.

Tastes good, easy to drink, unique profile, definitely worth trying, but it loses some points for me in having a taste that's a tad bit watery. Wish the flavor was more potent.

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

A - pours a jet black with a large tan head that quickly fades.

S - apples, plums, Concord grapes.

T - some apple, caramel, raisin, plums, dark fruits, dried fruits, etc. It's fine.

M - body and carbonation are fine for this style.

Overall - It's pretty good, but nothing special. Definitely Unibroue's weakest offering; I really love their other beers. That said, I picked this up for $4/4pack. I don't know of any beer that's as good as this for a buck a bottle.

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