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 DIM
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This one is a clear very dark mahogany color. It pours with a huge light tan head that has great lace and retention.

s: Sweet peaty grapes and raisins are the most obvious aromas. Some sour grains as well.

t: Pretty much mirrors the smell; this is sweeter than I'd like. It does have a nice dry finish, however.

m: This is a bit thin in the body, but has greta carbonation.

d: This is a very good offering, it just isn't my style.

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Photo of Murchmac
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I also had high hopes for this beer. For fans of belgians im sure they will like it.

It's light, ethereal, has some unique unibroue tastes, smells, and looks like a good beer.

I just wasnt a big fan of it. It has to do with my prejudice against certain belgian style beers.

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

A: Poured a dark cola-brown with a huge, rocky 2 finger dirty beige head that was almost fully lasting.

S: spicy ripe fruit (raisins, dates) and some dark roasted coffee hints.

F: sweet and fruity with fresh raisins, plums, and sweet soft roasted dark malts. The finish is warm fruit with a spicy plum alcohol fade on the tongue. Upon warming there was some sour fruitiness that surfaced.

M: light and very aerated, oily and slick drinking like a kolsch. There was a little carbonation bite in the swallow.

D: Overall a very light bodied beer but big on flavor, full of dark, ripe fruit making for a very rich treat.

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Photo of BucBasil
4.35/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from the 750mL corked and caged bottle into a tulip glass. The beer is a deep black color with faint hints of brown shining through when held to light. Head is two and a half fingers thick, foamy and light tan with good retention.

Smell: Surprisingly clean, fresh fruits come through immediately on the nose - apples, grapes, and a hint of raspberry maybe. A light bread note finishes the aroma. Not too complex, but very refreshing on the nose.

Taste: Distinctive and unique, this semisweet beer introduces itself with a surprising raspberry note, followed by subtle malts. A nice cherry character is followed by a balanced yeast note that introduces itself in the back of the mouth and then finishes somewhat clean. Again, nothing too complex, but a great balance of drinkability and flavor.

Notes: Extremely drinkable, this is a surprisingly laid back beer that can be sipped on for a long time. Another great offering by Unibroue.

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

Bottle poured into a tulip glass.

A- The beer poured a dark brown-black, a little like mahogany, with a solid 2-/12 to 3 finger tan-brown head and a touch of yeast sediment.

S- It was a little on the sweet side and smelled mostly of malt aroma with some yeast accents and light hops.

T- The flavor was much richer than the scent would suggest. There was a lot of malt flavor that almost hints at wheat. I also picked up yeast spices and a slight hint of smoke.

M- It had a robust feel that still went down smoothly.

D- It's quite drinkable with a modest ABV and good flavor.

Overall- This was a really good a seemingly unique beer. It's complex flavor was hard to pinpoint and almost had me thinking of a dunkelweizen.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is an extremely dark beer; it looks black even when held up to the light and every now and then you get to see the dark amber hues when the light hits it just right. It has a very thick tan head that thins out after a few quick minutes but has very little lacing. It has a mild floral aroma to it with some hints of alcohol. It has a clean semi crisp feel when it first hits your tongue along with hints of roasted malts and some chocolate and it has a slight bitterness to it. The body is a bit lighter than I expected, but it wasn't disappointing.

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Photo of Bobzilla
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another fine work of art on the bottle, and gold foil top. Pours "On Lees", with some nice sediment at the bottom of the bottle.

Black in color, as the name would suggest, with a hint of red shining through when held up to the light. Inital head was full and laced, near white in color. The aroma has a Lambic earthiness to it. It smells like it is direct from Belgium. (Not an hour north of home...) Behind the sourness is a fruity smell. Plums or raisins? Maybe a bit figgy.
The taste is much sweeter than expected from the color, but nicely so. A little prune character in the flavor, a bit like a Dr. Pepper with alcohol, and alot more carbonation. Toasted flavors and a bit of anis flavor seems present as it warms. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but smooth.

This is a good beer, but not something that I would have more than a bottle at a time. The combination of flavors becomes a bit strong by the end of the bottle.

I would reccommend this with a dinner of wild game. Duck, venison, or maybe a nice pork dish with a red wine sauce reduction. It could make an interesting dessert with a few scoops of coffee ice cream, or a nice replacement for stout in a chocolate cake.

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Photo of Freshie
3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark color, with slight tan head.

Sweet malty aroma. Candy. Also, a bit spicy. Like Cinnamon.

The taste is crisp. Sweet, with a sense of earthiness. Dark fruit, like a plum or a currant.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery and sticky in the after-taste.

Goes down easy enough.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Copped a single 12 oz bottle from Total Wine and More in Union... this beer appears to be the "younger brother" of Trois Pistoles... similar in composition, aroma, and taste, but to a much lesser extent with a more modest 6.2% ABV... still a very pleasing and satisfying brew that can be enjoyed any time... Pours an attractive black, ebony hue with a tan and frothy head that soon dissipated within about two minutes... smell was laden with cocoa, esters, and toffee... taste strongly complemented the aroma with a noticeable chocolate-factor that included a latte-like, mocha representation... good, crisp, and clean flavor that vacilated between a toffe and vanilla taste... intricate and complex... another top-notch sample from Unibroue... Definitely recommended...

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Photo of Gehrig
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Two fingers of mocha froth address the drinker, topping a purple-plum body--really well done. Yet the look is better than the rest, alas. The smell exudes lots of good fruit that appear nicely in the taste--cherries, grapes, melon, oranges. Combined with good malt and well-presented yeast, the taste is nice--not great, but nice, like this beer.

The mouthfeel is a letdown and, were it not decent, would receive a worse rating for being insufficient vis-a-vis other Belgians. It lacks the effervescence of Trappistes 8, or Trois Pistoles for example, to get the good flavors dancing together. The result is a decent beer capable of more but falling short. In the end, it's a good beer, but capable of much more. It requires more carbonation and fuller flavor to make this as desirable as the rest of its wares. Again, a nice beer, but nice is usually not the way to characterize the Unibroue brands, which typically demand superlatives.

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Photo of skittlebrau
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this one today, not sure if I remember seeing it before. Maybe it's new.

A: As promised, this stuff is black and buried beneath a tall tan head that rises nearly the same height as the liquid.

S: Lots to smell here, very complex. Standard malt and hops smells are there along with a fruitiness: appless and cherries. The smell is very sweet.

T: The fruit character from the nose comes out in the taste to an extent, and there is hardly and malt discernible. There is a faint oiliness from the hops as it dries on the back of the palate, but it is not assertive at all. Alcohol is detectable in my throat as I swallow it. Yeast. For all I have to say about the taste, this beer has a remarkably weak flavor. Not watery, but very mild. I'm disappointed in fact since Unibroue makes so many fine, flavorful beers.

M: Very disappointed. I like beers that call themselves black to have a little more backbone. There is no texture here whatsoever.

D: I guess you could say this beer is easy going. I wouldn't drink too many of them though because the yeast tends to give me heartburn (TMI?).

In the end, give this one a shot if you just have to try all of Unibroue's offerings or are new to craft beer, otherwise skip it.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Alright, I'm back to perform the second entry here in the Unibroue "Les Autres" Invitational, which is Chambly Noire. How will Black Chambly fare after White Chambly? On to the beer:

Underneath the mystical bottle label lies a dark brown liquid. It creates a big head in my snifter and retains quite well. I have to add it looks very exotic in my glass right now. Let me bring my nose up to it...medium ripe fruits and yeast here. Not as crazy as I'd hope, but it will do.

Now to taste this beauty. Fruity yeast is the first thing that comes to the palate. There's a light edge of brown sugar and molasses. I'm finding a strange, but unique undertone of waffles and syrup. The flavors seem to want to be seperate from each other rather than together.

The beer's appearance looks as cool as the bottle label, but the rest isn't going to blow you away. We'll cease the invite until tomorrow night, when the gift of god (Don De Dieu) resumes play.

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Photo of mobyfann
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Paid $9.99 for Party Source to fill my growler...

The beer pours a very dark brown base, with a medium white head, 20 minutes of head retention and a speck or two of lacing on the glass. The smell is of roasted malt and sweet, like caramel mixed with oranges.

The taste is a little disappointing from a wonderful snif... slightly overbalanced in sweetness to any of the above smells, which all exist in the taste. Very light on the mouth, low carbonation, clean delivery. As a session beer, this comes close to perfection.

Final Thought: I bought this beer for a second time this month, so that says a lot; especially since I like to experiment with new growlers/beers. Impressive brew!

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

Pours a dark brown with a small fizzy head and hardly any lacing, pours a bit like a cola.

Smell of malt but with other spices and some surprising fruitiness to it, hints of berries and raisins, dark fruit is definitely the show though.

Taste upfront is malty with some caramel tones, the spiciness leaves a lingering aftertaste, bit slick, carbonation is on the high side and would be better if a bit more subtle.

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Photo of kosmoraios
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep translucent brown with cherrywood tinges. Head is sand-coloured and about 1 1/2 finger high. Dissipates to a tenacious ring within a few minutes, leaving almost no lacing. Served at 52 degrees F.

Aroma is "husky" and bready. A bit of dark fruit sweetness.

I expected this ale to taste like a Chambly, only darker. Wrong. It's better and more complex. There's a bit of a bready flavor among the plum and light fig. Golden raisins, some spices - black pepper, hint of clove.

Mouthfeel is delightfully peppery and carbonated, finish is smooth and dry without being too dry. A very drinkable ale at 6.2%, I will certainly obtain more of these.

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

Appearance- A dark and deep brown. That poured in to my glass wit a wonderful thick dark tan head with superb lace.

Smell- The smell was good but not as pleasant as a lot of Unibroue. A very strong aged roasted caramel malt scent.

Taste- Not overly roasty but has some moderately roasted flavors. Mainly sweet roasted caramel with a little bit of mild almost chocolate after taste.

Mouthfeel- This has a moderately thick feeling but is thinner than it looks.

Drinkability- Not my favorite Unibroue brew but good all the same. I haven't had a bad beer from them yet.

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Photo of baby4rose
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's all about the glass. This dark in color beer, has a chocolate taste. When poured into the wine like glass, it created a nice creamy smooth head. The glass allows the flavor to breath.
Tastes like a cherry lifesaver in a wine glass.
Would definitely like to have this enjoyable beer again.

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

A- Dark chocolate, deep brown color. Head is 2 fingers of tan head after a semi conservative decanting. Brew is totally non-transparent.

S- Creamy and roasty malts; almost burnt like but sweeter than that. Some sour hoppy notes. Nice deep caramel smell in the backdrop.

T- Very light and subtle chocolate along with the same roasted malts. Some darker fruits such as over ripe plums.

M- Medium thickness and high carbonation makes for a nice and refreshing feel.

D- High. Mild and sweet. It is a darker beer, but the looks mislead the lightness on the palate and the stomach.

Overall- Great beer and totally consistant to style and tradition of the brewery. It is deep and dark looking which makes you think of a rough and tough brew, but it is very light and refreshing. Nothing more to say but another good job to Unibroue!

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Photo of BeerLover729
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black as night beer with small fizzy head that quickly fades to a moderate laceing. This beer smells malty with mild fruity esters in the plum/raisin area with a burnt wood finish. The taste is crisp with a kind of creamy malty cherryish finish and moderate presence of phenol's which I can feel/taste/smell leaving my mouth after a sip. The body is medium light with sharp carbonation. This beer has a cleanlyness about its mouthfeel that I can only describe as refreshing despite the lingering phenolic presence. I found it goes down quite well. Good beer.

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

Pours a dark raisin colour with fluffy offwhite head. Nose is very yeasty- def. notice the house yeast mustiness.
Taste- some dark fruits, plums, raisins. Juicy mouthfeel. Nothing too complex, rather easy drinking. Carbonation lower than many other Unibroue offerings. Tasty enough, but nothing to get excited about.

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Photo of jeffmonarch
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750ml in a snifter.

A - Beautiful dark brown with a slightly brown hint to the head.

S - Fruit smells, a little citrusy and very sweet.

T - Sweet with a raspberry flavor.

M - Great carbonation. It hits your tongue and rolls back over it with great flavor with a smooth finish.

D - This is a great beer to sit back and enjoy. It has a strong fruity flavor but not like a lambic. It's a beer with fruit meshed really well. I would recommend it to anyone.

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

Not my favorite of the unibroue offerings (particularly as they are all about the same price).

Dark beer, with some reddish tinges. Not much head, just a thin off white crust. Flavor is sour cherries?/prunes?/raisin puree? mixed with dark roasted malt. Sounds good, but the flavor is surprisingly weak. For such a nice smelling, robust mouth-feelin', dark lookin' beer it just didn't taste like much.

There are better Unibroue offerings.

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Photo of Graham5161986
4.28/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a deep dark brown with a thick (almost stout-like), tan, rocky head with good retention.

S:grassy hoppiness and fruity sweetness quite pungent with hints of ripe raspberries.

T: fruity, slightly spicy and a pleasant hoppy finish

M: thick and creamy, nice carbonation and a very smooth, crisp finish

D: This is a very good dark beer from Unibroue. Love the hoppy fruitiness and love the way it goes down with a spicy kick. Very drinkable for such a dark beer. I would definitely recommend this one.

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Photo of StonyB
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

My latest Oak Tree haul netted this relatively new addition to Unibroue's portfolio. This "Dark Ale on Lees" has the brewery's traditionally artistic label, which notes the 6.2% ABV as well.

Appearance - As the "Noire" in the beer's name alludes to, this is a dark brew, nearly black with just a wisp of crimson around the edges. An appealing finger of foam floats above, leaving an impressive ring of stubborn lacing. A very attractive beer.

Smell - An aromatic, powerful blast of of raisins, grapes, chocolate, spice and yeast. Somewhat complex, very assertive.

Taste - The mouthfeel actually leaves more of an initial impression than the taste does. A bit of tart fruit and malt up front, with a yeasty, drying finish. Flavor a bit more pronounced as the beer warms, lending some welcome notes of spice, semi-sweet chocolate and alcohol warmth. Pleasant, but nothing special.

Mouthfeel - Tart, crisp, highly carbonated. Surprisingly thin.

Drinkability - Not quite a dessert beer, not really a session beer. Hard to find the proper niche, hard to give a great drinkability rating.

Got to admit, I'm disappointed. Chambly Noire is a pretty and aromatic brew that doesn't quite deliver where it counts; taste. Not bad, just not as good as anticipated.

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

750 ml bottle, about 6 months old served in an oversized wine glass

A: Very carbonated pour, with quickly dissipating light coffee colored head. Left a thin lacy head in center of glass. Liquid is dark but not opaque, deep brown color with rosy tones around edge.

S: Mild fruity smell, different berries, slightly sour, other spices and background yeasty smell

T: Not much going on at first. Carbonated, smooth taste, but has an almost watery taste and aftertaste. Better as beer warmed up, very smooth, creamy taste, more of the fruity/berry taste detected in aroma. Sour fruit taste grows stronger, but not unpleasant and is persistent in aftertaste. Yeast is also present at end. However, the watery taste in the background doesn't go away and is most dominant part of aftertaste.

M: Thinner than expected, deriving from the watery taste. Still pleasantly creamy and smooth, just disappointed in flavors. Not very persistent or notable aftertaste.

D: Given lower ABV than other Unibroue's and well-balanced flavors (nothing very bold or big going on here), very easy to drink 750 ml in one sitting. More enjoyable and interesting as it warmed up.

N: Not sure why this ended up being my first review contributed here. Oh well, not my favorite Unibroue by any stretch and doubtful I'd return to this beer anytime soon, though I wouldn't complain if served it

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Noire De Chambly / Chambly Noire from Unibroue
3.69 out of 5 based on 900 ratings.
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