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

bottled
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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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%.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
allmyvinyl (3351) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle at home. Pours black with a thin tan head. Aromas of roast coffee, toffee and light fruit, Taste is more fruit and chocolate. Thin, abrupt finish. OK.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
cgarvieuk (14287) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 28, 2014
bottle at home ... deep black ... big tan head ... soft dark bitter chocolate roast nose ... little fizzy ... dark malts ... big berry fruits ... soft toffee ... light bitter roast ... lightest coffee ... too bitter and something not quite rioght for me

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rbrazell (1649) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - FEB 24, 2014
Bottle fromProof. Black pour with a small dark tan head. Big roasted malt aroma, with touches of smoke and ash along with black cherry, plum, raisins and tobacco leafs. Flavor is very similar but falls a limitless thin in the palate with average carbonation and medium body. No noticeable alcohol. Pretty good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (6019) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 23, 2014
Bottle from Mongers. Pours a pure black color with a medium beige head. A big roasty nose, sweet caramel and toffee, licorice. The flavor is more sweet smoke, licorice, some milkiness, coffee, heavy roast, pretty smooth, caramel, light dark fruit. Very nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Maverick34 (2248) - New York, USA - FEB 18, 2014
Bottled. A dark pour and eventually a tan head forms. Very roasty, dark chocolate, bitterness and a hint of spice. Pretty good.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
msnelling09 (154) - Beverly, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2014
The beer pours like used up motor oil- thick and black. It nearly oozes out of the bottle, and leaves no head behind, and only a slight hint of very dark khaki (nearly orange) bubbles. This stout has one of the smallest head formations I have ever seen on a beer, which is fine with the style and looks fine upon this beer, but is still slightly puzzling. When washed up against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves thin and drizzling legs of alcohol to evaporate into the air. In body, the beer is viscous and impenetrable to the eye. On the nose, the beer smells like a proper RIS. Smooth roasted malt mingles with dark chocolate and French roast coffee notes. As you swirl the beer, notes of earth and must kick up into the nose suggesting a decaying forest floor alongside the roast malt character. Herbal black licorice dances around the nose as well, slightly blurring with the beers soft touch of booze. This is a luxurious and complex scent for a beer. On the tongue, the beer tastes softly sweet with chocolate and bread nuances. These are balanced by a smooth bitter roast with just a kiss of grassy hops at the finish. Hot alcohol does burn through the second half of the sip, but it is blended in with the other elements and does nothing to hurt the taste of the beer. This is a true work of balance in an RIS; sure, the flavors are big and intense, but overall this beer is quite smooth on the palate. In flavor, the beer begins as smooth chocolate malt, sweet cherries, just a ghost of raisin, and then spicy booze. This opens into rich French roast coffee, dark chocolate, and then decaying leaves and must. The finish turns to black licorice and root beer with smooth dark chocolate coating the back of the throat. The aftertaste is of licorice and chocolate. As the beer warms, I also start to get hints of whipped cream at the finish, which add a rich, dessert-like character to the beer. In the mouth, the beer feels oozingly fat, yet divinely silky and smooth in mouthfeel. The beer is of a heavier body, and though the smoothness helps to hide this, the way the beer oozes off the back of the palate in the finish suggests quite a heavy beer. Carbonation is practically none-existent, with only the tiniest prickle making me aware of its presence in this beer. After the beer leaves, the mouth is left slightly damp in the middle of the tongue, but with a nice roasted-dry feeling throughout the rest of the mouth. The mouthfeel is quite luxurious, and nearly perfect, but I do wish it had just a little more grip on my tongue, so as to let me know the true weight of the beer. This beer is quite delectable, overall. Rich and complex malt flavors blend perfectly together to give a superb sip. This beer is also a great candidate for aging for one to two years, as the final traces of booze will surely meld away and bring the rich malts to further complex glory. Dieu du Ciel’s twist caps are a worry with oxidation, however, so if you do age a bottle be sure to dip it in wax. This beer is, of course, ready to drink as is, and provides quite a beautiful experience on the palate. This is the most balanced RIS I’ve had to date, and it is one of the best that I have tasted.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quercus (26) - - FEB 17, 2014
Nice deep dark pour. Great aroma toasty and nutty like almonds. Taste is a little more bitter than sweet. Good one, peche mortel is leaps and bounds ahead though.

4.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
deepeary (111) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2014
On tap at The Only Cafe. Really deep roasty notes, bitter chocolate, coffee. Some alcohol on the nose. Wonderfully creamy head that stuck around forever. Huge body, creamy mouth feel. Delicious.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
rxeight (1313) - Illinois, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Black pour with a slight head. Aroma is chocolate coffee some smoke. Taste is mostly toasty malts. Some smoke and licorice. No sweetness more of the European porter or imperial stout. Decent stuff but a little to much roast and not enough sweetness for my tastes.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
RobertDale (3455) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 12, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Pours black with a decent tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, and coffee. Taste is roasted malt, dark chocolate, coffee, and dark fruit. Some dryness and bitterness at the finish. Very nice.


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