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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: 319   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%.


4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dalekliz (875) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Bottle. Pours an inky black with an off-white small head. Woodsy aroma, of toasted malt, coffee, dark chocolate, brown sugar. Taste is rich and smooth, bitter chocolate, coffee, sharp wood, creamy caramel underneath. Hides the alcohol well. Lingering bitter woody dark chocolate. Very nice.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GenDV138 (1370) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUN 11, 2014
11.5 oz bottle poured into a Belgian snifter. Batch 03. Pours black with a finger of tan head. Aromas of big roast, dark chocolate, coffee, nuts. Tastes of dark chocolate, roast, coffee, nutty and toasty notes. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Medium carbonation, thick oily mouthfeel.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stuu666 (2328) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 7, 2014
Bottle at James’s. Pours black, sweet, chocolate, bitter, roast coffee, light fruit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
poech73 (197) - Nivelles, BELGIUM - JUN 6, 2014
Au fût @ ML Fontainas 30/5/2014. Magnigfique double Stout à la robe obscure et au col moka épais persistant offrant un nez ample d’orge grillé et fortement torréfié de café fort de cacao, d’esters alcooliques. La bouche se ravit de goûter un breuvage capiteux et dense porté sur la mélasse développant des arômes de boisé et de grillé; ce qui le rend doux et soyeux. Mais en même temps aigre grâce à un houblonnage généreux. La fin est amère sur des notes de café fort avec un fruité léger, genre fruits des bois (mûre, myrtille,..). L’alcool accompagne toute la dégustation. Classique mais merveilleuse!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
kathouse (1016) - Nevada, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Although not very thick, foam has depth of color. Coffee flavors are dry and bitter but balanced by chocolate notes. Not atypical.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wlajwl (3897) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2014
Aroma is coffee, chocolate, roasted malts, vinous and earthy. The flavor is chocolate, earthy, dark fruit/vinous, roasted malts and a long and acidic/tart finish.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Inbreak (2137) - Loddefjord, NORWAY - JUN 1, 2014
01.06.2014, 0,35l bottle @ home, courtesy of RobertDale:
Big brown creamy longlasting head. Aroma is slightly rich and sweet, dark malts, burnt caramel, toffee, licorice, dark sugar, espresso, roasted grain, chocolate, hops. Taste is slightly sour-ish dark roasted, burnt coffee, burnt caramel, hops, dark malts, ashtray, raw licorice, sour coffee, roasted grain, dark sugar, grass. Longlasting bitterness, dry roasted mouthfeel. Nice, but also too burnt / roasted.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lilja (1646) - Malmö, SWEDEN - MAY 31, 2014
Smak och doft av choklad, malt, kaffe, vanilj och rostade toner. Hämning fin. Krämig med fin syrlighet, välbalanserad. Avrundas med en bitterchokladbeska. Fina smaker o riktigt fin i gommen.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
AWISLguy (1302) - Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle from Rays in Tosa. Pours very dark with a tan head, leaving great spots of lace. Aroma has leather and dark chocolate, and certainly caramel, and meat smoke (funny that have seen other descriptions of "leather", but never felt/smelled that before). Taste immediately brings sweet caramel, dark chocolate, more of that smoky-ness, some espresso and molasses. Sweet, salty and bitter. All together. Some alcohol presence. Full bodied and thick. Finishes long and bittersweet/salty. This is a nice one from a solid brewery - but not sure it qualifies as the "great darkness".

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 23, 2014
Bottle. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of black licorice root, roasted chocolate, burnt toast, roasted coffee, bitter earth and woody alcohol. Dry alcohol and ashy earth finish. Full bodied.


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