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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: 308   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%.


3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
conway (1332) - - MAR 28, 2014
Bottle. Black with a tan head. Aroma is booze and roasted malt. Taste adds some chocolate, coffee and caramel. Medium sticky mouthfeel. Awesome.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stoutnick (456) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - MAR 26, 2014
Bottle from Yonkers, NY. One of the best pieces of label art from this beer. Haunting. Appearance of beer is black with some mild tan foam. Aroma is roast coffee. Taste is the same with some bakers chocolate in the mix. Very smooth and drinkable but not terribly exciting or moreish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Spab (2302) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 25, 2014
On tap at the beerbistro. Pours a near black, oily dark brown with big, lasting brown head. Aroma has an interesting amalgam of roasty coffee, dark fruit, molasses and anise. Flavour is more fruity than anticipated with dark fruits and berries, molasses, anise and understated roasty coffee character. Very fine, reasonably lively carbonation. Dangerously easy to drink. Wow!

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jkwalking05 (3646) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
11.5 oz bottle. Black in color with a decent sized brown head. Aroma is of roasted malts, cocoa, licorice, fudge, and light smoke. Taste is of bitter baking chocolate, coffee, cocoa powder, heavy roasted malts, light cola, and fudge.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
travita (3857) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAR 23, 2014
Bottle. The look is black in color, dark, and tan in color. The smell is roasty, chocolate, powder, malts, and brownie. The taste malts, dusty, chocolate, alcohol, fruit, slight vinegar, and some sweetness.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (108) - - MAR 22, 2014
March 21, 2014. On tap at beerbistro. Yet another Dieu du Ciel beer that I much prefer on tap. Very, very smooth beer. Coffee and chocolate on the nose. Very dark colour, with dark tan head, lovely lacing as I was drinking. Coffee and dark chocolate flavours, lovely silky mouthfeel. The bitterness I remember from drinking this on a previous occasion from a bottle is mostly gone when on tap. Very nice beer.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4299) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 16, 2014
11.5oz thick bottle. Deep opaque black body. Thin beige head fades away after a few sips. Relatively muted and sublime chocolate aroma. Oily and rich, quite a massive mouthfeel. Big bitterness in addition to huge malt tones. Real deal Imperial Stout, quality. Oily blanket of specialty malt smoothness, reminiscent of some Scandinavian examples. Chocolate dominated but also some licorice, tobacco, leather come out at it warms. An excellent beer.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
marcus (6365) - Sacramento, California, USA - MAR 16, 2014
On tap at Monks Kettle. Pours jet black with an attractive tan head and a chocolate and treacle aroma. There is a rich chocolate, dark molasses and coffee flavor with a dry finish. Magnificent!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ataraxia (354) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 15, 2014
Opaque black, beige head. Mild aroma of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. A little sweetness, but quickly gives way to black coffee bitterness. Smooth, moderate carb, and a lingering bitter finish

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
ajnepple (2001) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - MAR 14, 2014
11.5 oz bottle from Mile High Wine & Spirits. Black with a small brown head, minimal lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, coffee, rich chocolate, lactose, caramel, pine and earthy hops. Similar flavor, malty, roasty and bittersweet, nicely balanced, the alcohol is hidden well. Medium to full body with a robust finish. Very good.


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