Brewed by Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Style: Imperial Stout
Montréal, Canada
Serve in Snifter


on tap

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RATINGS: 571   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.96/5   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%.

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erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JAN 8, 2006
’02 Bottle at the brewery, thank you Stephane. It pours opaque with a somewhat fizzy head. Aromas are of burnt malts and dried fruits , absolutely no malts. The body is definitely on the dry side, a bit light for the style. The flavor is lightly oxidized but more in the cardboard sort of way. Roasted malts and dark chocolate dominate. Tha alcohol never reveals itself. Unfortunately this bottle was past its prime as Stephane definitely attested. I would love to try this again.

Ungstrup (39531) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - NOV 13, 2005
A pitch black beer wtih a lasting brown head. The aroma is sweet roasted with light notes of coffee - and in general the aroma is a bit light, but that was just coming off Peche Mortel. The flavor is sweet with coffee dominating, but also with lots of roasted malt. Another nice brew from Dieu du Ciel.

Radek Kliber (7546) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - AUG 27, 2005
This is black stout, neat tanned crown on top. Small , quiet carbonation . Superb appearance . Nose of smoked malt, slightly mineral in the middle, later sweet malts. Clean and pleasant aroma .Medium bodied. Initially strong dark roasted bitterness, chewy malt hides behind. Decent but not great.

BückDich (5465) - McCall, Idaho, USA - AUG 24, 2005
Bottle at the brewpub
Black, thick tan nitro head, lots of lacing. Nose of rich dark malts, very creamy, rich, nutty, delicious. Did I say rich? The flavor has some DMS but it blends well into the light oak, coffee and extremely tasty sweet chocolate. Delicious! Strawberry, chocolate covered peanuts. Very creamy.

Dickinsonbeer (5073) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2005
RBSG 05. Pours a deep dark black with a long lasting deep beige head that almost glistens in the light. Aroma of some chocolate malt and roast barley with lots of coffee. Flavor is a light burnt chocolate, lots of roasted barley, dark roasted coffee, burnt malt, molasses and caramel along with some fruits and a hop bitterness in the end.

dirtymike (2017) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 10, 2005
Black with a tan head. Aroma of roasted malt,chocolate. Flavor is bitter-sweet with dark fruit,smoked malt and a bitter lingering finish.

TAR (2802) - Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina, USA - AUG 7, 2005
Draft: Deep crimson. Puffy gray-tan foam. Plum and earthy yeast aromas. Lesser scents of chocolate toffee, roast, and butter. Slick, but grainy, mouthfeel. Coarsely earthy and yeasty, initially, with soft espresso whispers briefly absorbing the burnt cookie harshness. Quickly becomes overly fruity, though, with soggy notes of plums masking the chocolate truffle richness. No fat malt base to speak of, whatsoever. Finishes anticlimactically with a dryly chalky twinge of roast and gritty yeast, which amplify the black patent zing. Out-of-place fruitiness in the aroma muffles the refined elements of roast, and there’s too much slipperiness, which only compounds the body’s nitro-induced weightlessness. Very dull example.

joeycapps (1469) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2005
Black w/ thick, creamy finger of cascading brown foam. Rich, chocolately aroma w/ some roasty, bitter notes. Aroma also has a light hoppy fruitiness to round things off. Creamy, soft, full-bodied feel. Complex, roasty flavour of chocolate & coffee w/ some nice fruity aspects. Finish is very bitter & warm w/ alcohol.

Crockett (1151) - Southampton, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 2, 2005
Sadly for this beer it will always have to live in the shadow of Peche Mortel. Nitrogen doesn’t suffer this beer at all. Big rich and tastey. Pours deep dark brown with brown red hues. Originally I thought it tasted harsh but that was during a side by side comparison to P.M.’s velvetly marvel. Slightly more bitter and notes of roast and char. Smatterings of sweetness and an abundance of chocolate and coffee. Molases, and minerals. Supposed to be the original recipe for bierpholie Imperial Stout? Wonderful.

jsquire (4783) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JUL 30, 2005
On tap at the pub during the RBSG. This was served in a tupip from the nitro tap and had the same long cascade that the Peche Mortel did. The head ended up a thick, strong foamy dark beige. The nose was smaller than I expected with notes of molasses, alcohol and tar. This suffers when drunk with the Peche Mortel, but is a great beer nonetheless. Some vanilla, ash, charcol, with faint coffee bean in the finish.

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