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


on tap

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RATINGS: 487   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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%.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pumpkinhead2 (848) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2014 Bière d’un noir parfait, qui ne laisse filtrer aucune lumière, d’une parfaite opacité, effervescence difficile à observer, mais qui semble bien, et surmontée d’une copieuse mousse, dense et crémeuse, et presque aussi brune que la bouteille de laquelle elle a surgi. Arômes dominants de malt torréfié, grains brûlés, café, chocolat noir, mais également du malt grillé, du caramel et de la mélasse. On peut également y percevoir certains effluves de houblon floral, de levure terreuse, de malt fumé, de fruits foncés bien mûrs (raisin, prune, cerise), et une pointe d’alcool. C’est un nez parfait pour une stout impériale, complexe, riche, très agréable. Ronde en bouche, pétillante, onctuosité parfaite, elle est incroyablement soyeuse au palais. Au goût, la torréfaction domine, grains brulés, café, chocolat noir, mais on note également du malt grillé, du caramel, de la mélasse, et des petits fruits foncés bien mûrs. L’alcool est également légèrement présente au goût, et les saveurs sont incroyablement bien intégrées les unes aux autres. La finale apporte un peu de houblon floral, et laisse place à une longue et franche amertume aux accents de grains brûlés. Quelle réussite! Chaque nouvelle dégustation de cette bière surpasse mes attentes pourtant de plus en plus hautes. Je lui donne donc la note parfaite! Disponible seulement à l’automne, à faire des réserves sans ménagement, et à laisser vieillir sans gêne, sa richesse n’en sera que plus incroyable!

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (397) - - 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.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tricker (389) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
Bière noire de 9 % d’alcool. Elle ne possède aucun col au versement. Très épaisse. Elle possède un odorat de chocolat noir et de café. Elle possède un goût de café noir, style expresso, de même que l’amertume du chocolat noir. Il y a même comme un petit goût de lactose. Honnêtement, outre l’amertume en finale, le goût du grain de café restant en bouche me plait beaucoup. Excellente !

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
fishead (28) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 25, 2007
Draught - tulip. Aged 1.5 years. On tap during the anniversary celebrations in Sept. 06. I think it was possibly the best experience I’ve ever had drinking beer. The only thing stopping me from giving it a solid 5 is that I could, conceivably, have something better someday.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (677) - HONG KONG - JUL 16, 2016
Oh this is a superior ale! Pours thick, black and with a brown head, nice lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, vanilla, chocolate and some hints of coffee. Very complex palate as well with a roasty and smokey character infused in coffee, malts, caramel, vanilla and dark chocolate. Booze is very well hidden, full body, dry finish. Overall... one of the best!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bedainedebiere (516) - Terrebonne, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2009
Probably the best imperial stout available in Quebec but not in bottle, only on tap at DDC on rue Laurier. Less coffee-aggressive than Peche Mortel, so smooth in taste and texture that it is hard to guess that this is a 8,5% ABV (I think it was written 9,5% on the board). Great bitterness in the aftertaste. God, do tap do good to stout!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lefossoyeur (589) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 20, 2009
Pitch dark with a thick moka head. Nose of sweet chocolate and plums. Wow! What a great stout it is! Full bodied, with loads of bittersweet chocolate, a bit of roastiness, so creamy, a real dessert. I don’t know if the fact that it was a 2 years old sample is really different than from younger examples, but this was close to nirvana. I prefer by far this one to the péché mortel. On tap at the pub

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (11423) - Illinois, USA - MAY 10, 2013
11 of 12 bottling date. Absolutely thick, dense black pour with a huge reverse cascading dark tan head that sticks for ever and leaves great lacing. Flawless appearance. The scent is fantastic, caramel, toffee, chocolate, roast, coffee, bread, dark fruit, light spice, it’s all here. Teh flavor is similar. It is not as sweet and caramally as I was expecting rather roasty, nice bitter cacao, but there is a noticeable caramel and dark fruit but it is only in the start not the finish. Such a complex beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
JEprado1 (12) - - JUL 5, 2014
Es increíble tener la oportunidad de probar esta cerveza, profundas notas tostadas con caramelo y un cuerpo de locura.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - JUL 20, 2005
07.09.05 tap at brewpub, RBSG. Black with dark brown head. Aroma is big coffee but also tons of dark, bittersweet chocolate. It’s all creamy love, no overhopped hate. Thick, extra creamy, very, very, very nice all-around brew. Maybe the best balanced impy stout I’ve ever had. Some toasted marshmallow. This is the little brother of Sam Smith’s Impy Stout that’s all grown up and kicking big bro’s butt. For me, it throws a big beat down on Peche Mortel, too. Wow, the highlight of my summer of 2005!

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