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

bottled
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on tap
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RATINGS: 548   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.97/5   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%.

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3.8
DYCSoccer17 (3708) - Woodland, California, USA - JUN 2, 2005
Draft at Mondial 2005. Mildly hoppy bitter aroma with traces of roasty chocolates. Somewhat faint, though. Opaque dark brown with a nice frothy tan chocolate-milk colored head. Very smooth and sweet to start with sweetened chocolate sugar notes. Turns more roasty with some anise to finish. Mild alcohol presence, but still very smooth and drinkable.

3.9
GonZoBeeR (3061) - ste-catherine, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
Bottle one year aged. Aroma:Chocolate and sugar. Appearance:Black with a good brown head. Flavor:Chocolate and sugar taste. This beer is the peche mortel without cofee.

3.9
Eructoblaster (4392) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 11, 2005
Bottle - One year aged. Pours a perfectly opaque black body topped with a thick bubbly brown head. Its malty aroma is nice and well-balanced, but also a bit shy. Notes of roasted coffee, chocolate and dark berries. Its perfectly balanced taste (flavors of malt, hops, roasted coffee and chocolate) hides the alcohol very well. Its long roasty finish leaves a pleasant warming effect. Delightful winter beer.

4.1
beerhugger (572) - Oshawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 8, 2004
No commercial description eh. Well I’ll give it one - good stuff. alright that sucked, but I’ll elaborate a little more. Black with tan head. No surprise for an Imperial Stout. Aromas of coffee and bittersweet chocolate. No surprise for an Imperial Stout. Aroma not finished though - is that black currant? Waaah? Now it’s a surprise for an Imperial Stout. Flavours match the aroma nicely with a creamy big mouthfeel and a lingering, mouth-coating, dry, bitter finish. Solid.

4.3
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 26, 2004
Sampled from bottle aged 6 months at the brewpub. Black in colour with a tan colour head, yeast floaties. Wonderful aroma of bittersweet chocolate, some coffee and vanilla. Flavour of chocolate, coffee, espresso, very creamy, slightly bitter. Huge body, wonderful mouthfeel with no alcohol to be found. Finish is very dry and long. A lighter Péché Mortel? Excellent imperial.

3.8
beerbuzzmontreal (3486) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 13, 2004
Aged 6 months, bottle. Pitch black color with a frothy light brown head. Roasty, sweet and black chocolate aroma. The flavor is roasty and bitter with black chocolate. Bitter finish. Full body, soft carbonation, powdery mouthfeel.

4
nickchalk (229) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 9, 2004
Strinking black, tan head. Nose is a little weak, coffee and hops. Roasty bitter flavour, not over the top, but the coffee and oaky notes really came through nicely. Creamy body has made me think twice about the potential of nitrogen. Yummy. Draught.

4.1
Lubiere (14155) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 3, 2004
Deep black beer with a deep brown moka head. Chocoalte, vanilla and cold coffee come out in the aroma. Powdered chocolate, like milk chocolate, with initially intense hops at the beginning, and some lactic notes. Creamy body with complexity, and alcool warmth very evident.

4.4
tiggmtl (4543) - East York, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 12, 2005 Original rating (6-5-7-4-14=3.6) Very shy nose for an imperial stout - a touch of coffee and a hint of chocolate. This is one nice looking beer. Perfect pour in a tulip with dark black almost opaque body and a finger and a half of dense cappucino coloured thick head (on nitro). Flavour is also rather more tame than I would have expected yet as I found my way towards the bottom of the glass, it grew on me very quickly. Roasty bitterness builds throughout the drink, sweetness promised in the aroma is restrained but noticeable. Alcohol noticeable in the finish. Huge, thick creamy body and wonderful big mouthfeel. A hint of alcohol and dry bitterness in the finish.

Re-rated at 6th anniversary (8-5-9-5-17=4.2) Roasty but fruity aroma with hints of smokiness. Opaque black with dark brown head that recedes slowly to light cover. No alcohol apparent to the nose. Roasty and malty with plenty of bittersweet chocolate. Very roasty and bitter, dry finish. Thick, smooth, chewy mouth. Very full body. On tap at the brewpub.
I’ve had this one a few more times since the sixth anniversary party, and feel that the later score more accurately represents this beer so I’ve set that as the score.

3.9
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
Black, not totally opaque with a cm perfectly laced and sticking to the glass coffee coloured head (nitrogen). A rather subtle nose for an imperial stout, chocolatey and cofeeish. Milky palate with a strong coffee aftertaste (cappucino, espresso, they're all there). 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. The comparison to Bièropholie's imperial stout is mandatory..


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