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

bottled
common

on tap
common

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RATINGS: 364   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.99   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%.


Minderbinder's rating

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (2595) - Québec, Quebec, - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle 341ml. Pours pitch black with low diminishing brown head. Some lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, alcohol, slitgh hops. Taste is of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, btterness, warming alcohol. Palate: Full bodied, syrupy, pretty dence. Overall: Serious imperial stout. Drinkability is average. Pretty good.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
halfonit (1227) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 25, 2015
Pours black with a small tan / light brown head. Aroma is very roasted, some bittersweet chocolate and chalky, coal-like notes. Flavour is heavily roasted, with loads of chocolate malt, some wood, oats, but the chocolate and roast dominate this one. Very robust and uncompromising, without being brutal in any way. Excellent stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chinchill (2988) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 18, 2015
2013? bottle of Grande Noirceur with 9% ABV listed. Essentially black colored body with a semi-durable tan head and decent lacing. Aroma: slightly sweet, medium and dark malts with hints of smoke and dark chocolate. Milder than expected, especially after tasting it. The flavor is dominated by dark roasted grains with a bit of char and smoke. Appropriately bold for style with partially hidden alcohol. O: relatively dark-roasted version of the style that’s certainly worth a try.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GlasgowTAD (588) - Glasgow/Aberdeen, SCOTLAND - MAY 29, 2015
Pours jet black with a huge brown head. Aroma is malts, caramel, slight figs and a bit of coffee. Taste is coffee, figs, raisins, dates, cocoa bitterness and slight caramel. Full bodied with thick mouthfeel.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zach8270 (3858) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAY 15, 2015
(bottle - 330 ml) Pitch black pour with a creamy tan head. Light coffee and lots of caramel in the aroma. Some hints of cream and chocolate. Roasted coffee flavor at the start with a rather bitter middle and a heavily bitter and roasted finish. Some light hints of the chocolate at the end.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bigtaster (796) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAY 12, 2015
From a bottle into snifter. Black with large light brown head. Nose is chocolate, light coffee notes, some dark dried fruits, plums, raisins. Medium body, very soft carbonation, medium to high bitterness, medium sweetness. Long dark chocolate bitter finish, hints of dried fruits. Not bad.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Chudwick (2438) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2015
12 ounce bottle - nose is molasses. Sip adds black licorice and coffee. Reminds me of the stale licorice candy from my grandmother’s treat jar. Bitter chocolate aftertaste.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AndyReynolds (1055) - Dayton, Kentucky, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle shared by the flaming Chudwick. Aroma is sweet molasses, roasted malts, and dark chocolate. Some notes of vanilla and brown sugar come through but faint. Flavor is bitter dark chocolate and brings out a little roasted coffee and black licorice.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
onceblind (5413) - Denver, Colorado, USA - APR 10, 2015
Rich dark oily black with a thin Rocky khaki head. Robust aroma of roasted black malt, burnt toast and black licorice. Very large robust flavor with sweet earthy cheated black malt, a touch of bitter smoke, black licorice, and bittersweet blackness.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BelgianBeerGal (3384) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 25, 2015
Jacksonville bottle. Pours jet black with a big brown head and lacing that lasts forever. Big aroma of caramel and dark malt. Huge flavor of molasses and finishes with espresso bitterness. Very nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
yourilevesque (388) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2015
Une bière digne de la Cour Impériale! D’un noir absolu, cette bière ténébreuse possède toutes les caractéristiques pour faire rêver : un collet généreux et collant, une effervescence subtile, des arômes de café rôti, d’alcool, de noix de Grenoble, de pain noir Russe. Wow! En bouche c’est léger et amer. L’amertume n’est pas celle d’un houblon frais mais plutôt celle du café frais. Plutôt sèche, cette bière possède un corps de déesse : elle est ample, généreuse, crémeuse tout en étant légère comme une plume! Fantastique bière à déguster autant à l’apéro qu’avec le dessert! Grâce à Dieu Du Ciel! Novembre est un mois que j’appréhende avec le sourire depuis plusieurs années!


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