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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: 447   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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%.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Seffle (415) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 27, 2016
Bottle from SB 160327. Batch 20150928. Pours a tar black with espressolike head. Heavy roasted nose with coffee, dark chocolate, soy sause. Heavy palate with espresso and chocolate but with a too distinct bitterness that makes it unbalanced and not to my liking. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
laakus (89) - Nossebro, - MAR 26, 2016
Black with a nice brown foam. Roasty aroma mainly. Splendid creamy mouthfeel, taste of coffee, liquorice those especially dominating in the finish, slight tones of sweet dark fruit like plum/raisin but it is the heavier roasty tones that dominates. Alcohol very well hidden. An excellent top motch imperial stout!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
fillepolo (340) - SWEDEN - MAR 25, 2016
Bottle from systembolaget. Pours a dark colour beer with a small brown head. Roasted malts, coffee and chocolate with beautiful hints of cinnamon and vanilla. Dry finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gaultier (1290) - SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
UPDATED: MAR 24, 2016 @ Kristoffers väg 24/3-16. Bottle from Systembolaget. Roasted malty with chocolate and coffee. Body is full, the finish is really roasted with notes of chocolate and coffee.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jorn69 (2359) - Ängelholm, SWEDEN - MAR 24, 2016
@ Havregatan 20160324. Bottle (341 ml) from Systembolaget. Really roasted and malty, quite sweet with chocolate and coffee, full body with an oily texture. The finish is dry and roasted with chocolate.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SvanteL (181) - SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2016
Nästan svart med ett tätt, mellanbrunt skum. Doft av kaffe, mörk choklad, någon mörk frukt och aningen rök. Fyllig rund smak med rejält med kaffe, men även riktigt mörk choklad, aningen lakrits, en liten dov mörk fruktighet, avslutningen är rejält torr med kaffebeska. En fin imperial stout med bra balans mellan sötma och beska.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (1101) - Örebro, SWEDEN - MAR 22, 2016
Aroma from dark chocolates, dark bread, slight licorice. Taste is really dark and almost burnt malts, light tar and chocolates. A great no-bullshit impy without fuss, just grande.

4.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Enteogenisk (37) - Bålsta, SWEDEN - MAR 21, 2016
(33 cl bottle in wine glass.) Pours black and peacefully leaving a halfish to a full finger light brown/beige frothy head. Sharp aroma with sweet malty coffee. Alcohol piercing a a bit, not sure it is temperate enough. Palate is full like a creamy espresso with a quite high but thin bitterness. It is like coffee.. Great!

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
libertine (364) - rochester hills, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2016
Pours black with a foamy brown head. Aroma of cocoa, anise, smoke, caramel, dark roasted malt and dried dark fruits. Flavor is moderately sweet with notes of smoke, molasses, anise, fig and caramel. Full bodied. Slick/creamy mouthfeel. Lasting roasty bitterness in the finish. What else would you expect from Dieu de Ciel. Solid

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4234) - Michigan, USA - MAR 19, 2016
11.5 ounce bottle into snifter, bottled on 10/29/2015. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark tan head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, and date; with lighter notes of licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toasted earthiness. Incredible aromas with fantastic complexity and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of huge dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, raisin, plum, fig, and date; with lighter notes of licorice, smoke, char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toasted earthiness. Moderate herbal/pine hop and roast/char bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark chocolate, cocoa, coffee, molasses, caramel, toffee, toasted dark bread, dark fruit, light smoke/char, leather, tobacco, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; with a great roast/hop bitter/sweet balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from roast/hop bitterness that increases through the glass. Light-medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/silky, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an incredible Russian imperial stout! All around fantastic complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malt, fruity yeast, and earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to sip on for the ABV. A highly enjoyable offering.


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