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

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RATINGS: 329   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%.


mathieuc's rating

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mathieuc (1398) - Quťbec, 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 itís 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. Iím still drinking though.

2012-11-23: Iím glad to report that a second bottle didnít have that unpleasant smell so Iím bumping it up just a little. Nothing spectacular to me still.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
rouhlas (199) - GREECE - OCT 18, 2014
From tap at BierCarb, Barcelona. Black color with small dark beige head. Aroma is roasted malty, coffee, light chocolate and hazelnuts. Taste is sweet and light bitter. Medium to light body, oily, soft carbonation. I liked it more the first time I tried it at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
I didnít think many 100% beers would be under the radar for me, but this one was. Very comparable to Rasputin in that itís a great classic RIS that is just a little bit over-hopped (in a good way). This was a delicious treat and Iíll be keeping an eye out for more. Not hot at all, but drinks bigger than itís abv.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
HoppyBudgie (756) - SOLA, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2014
On tab Biercab. Beautiful black pour with dark tan head. Dark chocolate and roasted malt aroma. Some nice chocolate and coffe aromas. Smooth drinkin

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
jennawood79 (367) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2014
Not as sweet as the nose lent me to believe, more coffeeish and and reminiscent of a coffee crisp. 8.5%, where? Hops presence appear restrained, but bitterness coats the tongue sides after a few sips. What I prefer about it has got the be the mouthfeel, very comfortable and pleasant medium-full with just the right carbonation. A big glass of flavourful cream with vanilla notes, velvety if not too complex

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukasmh (178) - Aarhus, DENMARK - OCT 15, 2014
Tap. Pours a thick pitch black with a really nice on-finger chestnut head. Aroma is surprisingly packed with berries! Then after some sniffs it reveals dark chocolate, roasted coffee, caramel and dark dried fruits, dates especially. Taste is again very fruity fresh berries among loads of caramel. Sweet but balanced by a roasty dark chocolate bitterness. Smooth mouthful and really rich and have this kind of fruity berrinness thatís goes really well with the dense beer. Dieu de Ciel certainly make some high end and delicate beers!

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
adasko (412) - Poznan, POLAND - OCT 14, 2014
Kawowy i czekoladowy aromat. Czarne, nieprzejrzyste, przepiękna piana, bardzo drobno pęcherzykowa. W smaku czekoladowy, palony, ciemne słody i bardzo wyraźna nuta alkoholowa. Wyraźna ale krótka goryczka w posmaku, zostawia tylko odczucie świetnej jakości kawyi nieco alkoholu. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BRW (1072) - Barcelona, SPAIN - OCT 10, 2014
On tap at Biercab. Black colour with dense brown head. Wood and vanilla aroma. Intense chocolate taste, sweet, some roastiness, also vanilla and wood. Medium to full body.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (4753) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2014
Draft at GBD, this was about inning 12 of that ridiculous 18 inning Nationals/Giants game. Poured a dark, almost pitch black brown color with a tan head. Aroma was roasted malts, light burnt coffee. Flavor was dark chocolate, some anise, bitter roasted malts. Pretty solid, though perhaps a little more bitter than I hoped.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ippopotamo36 (254) - Rome, ITALY - OCT 5, 2014
At Eurhop festival in Rome-Italy. Pours the closest to deep black, dark ivory minimal foam who stays there with bubbles. Nose: massive attack of coffee, toasted malt. Mouth: dark chocolate, coffee, with a round sweet final. Simply great! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BVery (6610) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 3, 2014
Bottle. Super dark dense looking pour with a spotty brown head. Awesome roasty notes in the aroma and taste. Silky smooth mouthfeel. This is awesome.


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