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

bottled
common

on tap
common

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 305   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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%.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
smith4498 (2988) - Miami, Florida, USA - MAY 10, 2014
Pours dark brown/black color with brown head. Aromas of dark roasted malts and chocolate. Burnt malt and bitter dark chocolate flavors with some coffee. Full body with minimal carbonation. Nice.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JBPortland (674) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 9, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to robloc303, pours dark rich black brown with a finger of tan head. Nose is earthy bitter bakerís chocolate, coffee, compost, soil, some oxidization. Taste has a nice creamy palate, bitter chocolate, burnt bread, dark fruits. Finish is bitter roasty nuts and fruity dark chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
patlab (21) - Ontario, CANADA - MAY 9, 2014
Wonderful stout with a nice thick yet smooth palette. It tastes better as you let it sit out for a while. Highly recommended. Another great beer from Dieu du Ciel.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bhensonb (10792) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Bottle from Bine & Vine. Pours dark brn/blk with a slight dark tan head that didnít last long. Aroma is very dark malt with a hint of anise. Full bodied. Flavor is bitter dark malt. Still getting something suggesting anise. Also very dark bitter chocolate. Thereís a huge amount of malt, but it is so bitter that itís not very sweet. All in all this is a dark bitter and extremely tasty beer, tho perhaps a tad challenging. Good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hammy78 (725) - Dundas, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 3, 2014
Bottle from trade. Pitch black pour, thin tan head. Nose is sweet malt. Tastes sweet, al little bitter and slight spice, and some chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
scoth (478) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 29, 2014
Pours inky and black with a medium brown head, good retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of coffee, dark chocolate, some fruity notes, maybe pineapple, toast, and pine. Full chewy body, velvety, dry. Mildly sweet, mild citrus, with a creeping medium bitter finish. A little boozy. This would probably age well.

4.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
robertjm (762) - Albany, California, USA - APR 28, 2014
(12 oz bottle) - Scant dark tan head. Black opaque body. Aroma of black strap molasses and brown sugars. Rap thick body. Heavy flavors from roasted malt, which lingers on the tongue for quite some time. Surprising carbonation amount, to the betterment. Yet another top notch beer from this Canadian gem of a brewpub!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
northropfrye (2144) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - APR 26, 2014
Dark black body, lots of foamy lasting brown head, some large bubbles and lacing, very attractive. Very roasty aroma. Taste is somewhat bitter at first, then changes to lactose before finishing with more bitterness. Abv well masked. Lovely imperial stout.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DeanF (1662) - Nunavut, CANADA - APR 25, 2014
So, how many massive imperial stouts can you drink in one night? Letís find out! Also I think Incubus is really a working-class band.... not serious artists, but they deliver what they intend to. Is that necessarily a bad thing? Do we need to see genius in everything? So this pours black like tar with only a modest bit of dark beige head. The aroma is alcoholic barley kind of bolstered by a bit of carbonation, some roasted coffee in there too but soft. The flavour is a lot of sugary sweetness with barley thrown in, chocolately goodness, a gooey chocolate cake experience and icing too. Itís a strong contender in the over-alcoholized stout section but I wish it had more complexity. Drinkable however and a few of these will definitely knock you down in no time.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - APR 19, 2014
Thank you Kbudd-what a wonderful bonus! Black pour w/ a dark brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate/cocoa. Taste is roasted malt, char, dry, chalky. Such a tasty beer. Without sounding greedy- I want more. OK lacing. The beer clung to the side of the glass. This beer is worth moving to Canada for.


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