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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%.


mathieuc's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (2958) - Québec, Quebec, - NOV 12, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 Remember that coffee pot that you let cool down in the morning? Take a whiff, this is exactly what this smells like. Not sure if it should qualify as a positive, but it is an imperial coffee stout so yeah. At least it is not ashy like some of them are. Pretty intense roasted aroma/flavor as advertised, with a hint of sweetness. Ultimately it comes out to me like wet, cheap brand coffee grounds though... but it’s still quite drinkable mind you. It had a nice moka head but now it has diminished into a small brown-ish ring. Alcohol is expertly hidden for such an ABV. I thought I would rate this one higher so the cheap coffee thing going on must be affecting me more than I thought. I’m still drinking though.

2012-11-23: I’m glad to report that a second bottle didn’t have that unpleasant smell so I’m bumping it up just a little. Nothing spectacular to me still.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
tomer (2684) - Rishon Le Zion, ISRAEL - MAY 1, 2016
At a tasting, thanks, smallish creamy head, opaque very dark brown color, aroma of charred dark bread and some dark fruits, sweet dark chocolate with some charred notes, medium to light bitterness, a bit subdued. Nice.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
larsniclas (6446) - Billdal, SWEDEN - APR 30, 2016
Bottled from Systembolaget Black with a small, beige head. Milly chocolate in the aroma. Vinous with liquorice, chocolate and tar.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DSG (10542) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - APR 29, 2016
Bottle sample at a tasting at Max’s place. Thanks Tom L. Black with a tan head. Aroma of charcoal, chocolate, some dark fruits, smoky note. Bittersweet roasty flavor with charcoal, some chocolate, a bit of smoke, a bit of dark fruits, a bit of soy sauce, and a bitter finish. Full-bodied. Very good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
NordicV (1749) - Malmö, Sweden, SWEDEN - APR 27, 2016
Svart öl med brunt skum. Doft av rostad malt, alkoholsötma och choklad. Smaken är balanserad, mjuk och dominerars av choklad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matbigrey (108) - Mascouche, Quebec, CANADA - APR 24, 2016
341ml Bottle. Small long lasting head, pitch black color (Grande noirceur is right). Aromas of vanilla,lactose, resinous hops. In mouth, the grain dominates pretty much everything followed with dark chocolate flavors and bitterness. the finish is quite smooth. very good brew, cheers!

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
SaintMatty (6469) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - APR 19, 2016
341ml Bottle - Black with a tan head. Liquorice, plain chocolate, roasted coffee and some smoky hints in the aroma. Smooth, luxurious and roasted taste with coffee, liquorice, plain chocolate and roasted malt detected. Some smoky notes are also in the taste but not as noticeable as the smoky notes in the aroma. Very easy to drink for a beer of this strength.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
drfabulous (5863) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - APR 17, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Dark chocolate pour. Big and thick. Lots of roast and bitterness.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Vignale (2989) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 17, 2016
Flaska från SB. Holsvart, tjock vätska i princip helt utan skum. Fin stor doft med mycket kaffe, kaffelikör, kaffegodis, fudge. Bra balans i smakbilden, stor kropp med rostade smaker, måttlig sötma, alkoholvärme, tydlig beska, lätt brända smaker. Riktigt riktigt gott.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JFF (92) - - APR 17, 2016
Robe noire opaque, faible mousse brunâtre éphémère. En bouche onctueux, amère et notes de torréfaction avec un léger goût d’alcool lors des première gorgées. Une stout bien forte en goût et en alcool.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jokestereo (251) - SWEDEN - APR 16, 2016
UPDATED: APR 22, 2016 Pours black with a nougat colored head. Aroma; Vanilla, roasted malt, coffee, and chocolate. Taste; Chocolate, vanilla, coffee, cacao and roasted malt with a semi dry bitter finish. A well balanced stout.


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