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Dieu du Ciel Grande Noirceur

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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Imperial Stout
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Snifter

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 388   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Grande Noirceur is an intensely black and dense beer with pronounced roasted flavours. The bitterness is very imposing but is balanced by a malty-caramel taste. The alcohol content is quite high, but its presence remains discrete in this beer.

ABV initially 8.5%, changed in late 2012 to 9%.


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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Idiosynkrasie (5559) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - FEB 8, 2016
341ml bottle. Jet black colour with late awakening, small to average, thick, creamy, fairly lasting and lacing, tan head. Chocolately, dark malty aroma, notes of dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, a touch of rum and treacle, minimally ashy and smoky, roasty overtones gain upper hand while the beer’s warming up, some liquorice comes in. Taste is roasty and chocolately dark malty, caramel notes, hints of Chinese fortune cookie, treacle, vanilla, the roast comes along in slightly ashy, smoky and even tart-ish fashion, additional notes of liquorice; oily texture, soft and minimally sticky palate. Quite strong and forceful but not really heavy, superb balance of caramel and chocolate gravity and ashy, roasty repulsion. In my personal order of succession their ’Péché Mortel’ ranks behind.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fashawn (516) - Montesarchio, ITALY - JAN 18, 2016
Aroma di liquirizia, orzo, leggero caffè e caramello, liquirizia, orzo. Tostatura al comando, per una birra nero intensissimo, impenetrabile, con una bella schiuma marrone. Sapore di caramello leggermente dolce, con una leggera dolcezza come intermezzo, prima dell’amertume da liquirizia, orzo. Caffè amaro, cacao nero, birra molto amara ma comunque mai invadente, sempre presente, bella nota. Densa, perfetto la sensazione al palato. Accarezza sempre, senza mai perdere di intensità. Calore alla fine, buona birra davvero.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
BobyFischer (208) - FRANCE - JAN 16, 2016
Robe noire d’encre, fin col de mousse se dissipant rapidement. Nez : chocolat noir, torréfaction, alcool, fruits macérés. Bouche : corps dense, huileux, doux, subtile amertume de chocolat, noir, fruits macérés : cerises, raisin, agrumes "vin chaud". Finale entre amertume, rondeur et douceur.Subtil équilibre. Excellent.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
simardsam (256) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 10, 2016
Noire, presque comme la nuit, avec un mince col de mousse brun pâle. Nez de torréfaction, de café, terreux et de cacao. Goût de chocolat noir, de torréfaction, légèrement vanillé, d’anis et de petits fruits foncés. En bouche, c’est épais, liquoreux et la finale est l’amertume du chocolat noir.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gerbeer (2683) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 9, 2016
341 ml bottle. Pours black with moderate tan head. Aromas of oily black coffee, licorice, dry dark chocolate, and heavily roasted malts. Flavors of creamy black coffee, very dark dry chocolate, light vanilla, light chicory, and more roasted malts. Very nice balance; a little dry but also a little sweet.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Patrickctenchi (5442) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 8, 2016
Bottle: Pours black with a light brown head. Smoky, dark chocolate/fudge, vanilla cream aroma. Dark chocolate, cocoa, molasses, coffee roast, vanilla flavor. Chewy, creamy....with a big, ashy-bitter finish. Really smoothly done. I could enjoy one of these almost everyday....Excellent.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Calisky (2169) - ALSACE, FRANCE - JAN 1, 2016
Couleur noire, très légère mousse. Fort nez malt noir, un peu grillé, avec douceur chocolat noir et café cremeux. Gout de malt noir, chocolat noir, café cremeux, moka, note légères réglisse et fuits noirs. Corps bien onctueux. Fin longue un peu grillée et cremeuse. Une superbe stout pour commencer l’année!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
DCLawyer (2313) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2015
Bottle share at the WWWW beer tasting at iphonephan’s. Deep brown with small tan head. Chcolate, molasses, coffee, hint of booze. Excellent, right in my wheelhouse.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2015
[7890-20151025] Cask. Roasted grains and chocolate coffee aroma. Black cola body with a quick bubbly off-white head. Coffee chocolate roasted grains flavour. Full body. The dregs of the keg but still delicious. (8/3/8/4/15) 3.8
(Cask Days 2015 @ Brickworks, Toronto, ON)

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
markas101 (2171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2015
Bottle, Winnipeg, MB, Canada via LC. Dense black. Dark head. Prune cacao and pine pitch aroma. Thick, sweet, inky, resin and bitter chocolate.


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