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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: 461   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%.


4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hopmaestro (1173) - 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 (74) - 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 (374) - 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 (4400) - 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.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kryon (2531) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - MAR 19, 2016
Pours black with low brown head Aromas of coffee, alcohol, soy, caramel, dark fruits Taste has intense notes of coffee, dark bitter malts, hints of chocolate, soy, caramel Medium body and carbonation, dry with long bitter finish

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mad_Ferret (965) - SWEDEN - MAR 18, 2016
Bottle from SB. Pitch black with a medium big thick tanned head. Big rich nose of coffee, charred meat, chocolate and a pinch of dark fruits. Taste is sweet and roasted with licorice, chocolate, alcohol, ink, resin and dark fruits. Big long bitterness. Ful bodied, soft carbonation, oily, hot like chilis. A bit too much alcohol and bitternss, but it’s nice and genuine. Really didn’t have any problem drinking it. Don’t let it warm too much. Might be a candidate for aging.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
omhper (22896) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - MAR 17, 2016
Bottled, from Systembolaget. Near black, small beige head. Rich aroma of coffee and dark chocolate. Mid dry with medium-full body and cleam, rounded mouthfeel. Black pepper, coffee, chocolate and grain. Resiny finish with mild heat.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hackobock (3213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - MAR 16, 2016
March 16, 2015. Bottle, bottled September 28, 2015,
Black with with a small creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt, hints of ash, cocoa, licorice, some inky notes, caramel, earth. Taste is medium sweet, slight dry roasted bitterness. Finish is slight warming alcohol, some dry ash and cocoa notes, ink, sweet maltiness. Medium to full bodied, soft carbonation, slight dry finish.
Good roastiness, perhaps a bit too inky and dry finish.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
klm1 (811) - - MAR 14, 2016
Pours black color, clear, with foamy brown head, which transforms itself to a ring around the glass. Visually medium carbonation. Aroma: intense, rich roasted and dark malts aroma, with notes of coffee, coffee beans, cocoa powder, hint of cinnamon, vanilla and dark fruits... Flavor: very similar to aroma. Rich roasted and dark malt flavors, with notes of roasted coffee beans, cacao nibs, espresso coffee, cinnamon, vanilla, dark chocolate, supported with hop flavors, which takes on pine, dark fruits. Taste is roasted, sweet, slightly sticky and lingers into finish. Finish is dry, slightly bitter. Bitterness lingers long in aftertaste. Body is full, texture is soft and smooth, carbonation is low. Wow, surprise, surprise! For me much better then "bigger sister" Peche de mortel.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (5450) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 13, 2016
Dark brown/nearly black color with a taller, stable brown head. Sweeter roasted malts, light ash, dark chocolate and hint of molasses in the scents. Fairly light feel. Mild sweet start. Bitterness builds along with some acidity. Dark breads, coffee and very dark chocolate come to mind. Mild toasted and roasted malts in the finish. Linger is dry and bitter with hints of alcohol. I think I want to like this more than I do. 4/14


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