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

bottled
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RATINGS: 514   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.98/5   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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5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
pumpkinhead2 (897) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2014 Bire dun noir parfait, qui ne laisse filtrer aucune lumire, dune parfaite opacit, effervescence difficile observer, mais qui semble bien, et surmonte dune copieuse mousse, dense et crmeuse, et presque aussi brune que la bouteille de laquelle elle a surgi. Armes dominants de malt torrfi, grains brls, caf, chocolat noir, mais galement du malt grill, du caramel et de la mlasse. On peut galement y percevoir certains effluves de houblon floral, de levure terreuse, de malt fum, de fruits foncs bien mrs (raisin, prune, cerise), et une pointe dalcool. Cest un nez parfait pour une stout impriale, complexe, riche, trs agrable. Ronde en bouche, ptillante, onctuosit parfaite, elle est incroyablement soyeuse au palais. Au got, la torrfaction domine, grains bruls, caf, chocolat noir, mais on note galement du malt grill, du caramel, de la mlasse, et des petits fruits foncs bien mrs. Lalcool est galement lgrement prsente au got, et les saveurs sont incroyablement bien intgres les unes aux autres. La finale apporte un peu de houblon floral, et laisse place une longue et franche amertume aux accents de grains brls. Quelle russite! Chaque nouvelle dgustation de cette bire surpasse mes attentes pourtant de plus en plus hautes. Je lui donne donc la note parfaite! Disponible seulement lautomne, faire des rserves sans mnagement, et laisser vieillir sans gne, sa richesse nen sera que plus incroyable!

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (478) - - 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.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Tricker (406) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2015
Bire noire de 9 % dalcool. Elle ne possde aucun col au versement. Trs paisse. Elle possde un odorat de chocolat noir et de caf. Elle possde un got de caf noir, style expresso, de mme que lamertume du chocolat noir. Il y a mme comme un petit got de lactose. Honntement, outre lamertume en finale, le got du grain de caf restant en bouche me plait beaucoup. Excellente !

4.9
   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 Ive ever had drinking beer. The only thing stopping me from giving it a solid 5 is that I could, conceivably, have something better someday.

4.9
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
colui72 (812) - 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!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
bedainedebiere (532) - 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!

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
lefossoyeur (608) - 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 dont 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 pch mortel. On tap at the pub

4.8
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 20/20
crossovert (12002) - Chicago, 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, its 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.

4.8
   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.

4.7
   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. Its all creamy love, no overhopped hate. Thick, extra creamy, very, very, very nice all-around brew. Maybe the best balanced impy stout Ive ever had. Some toasted marshmallow. This is the little brother of Sam Smiths Impy Stout thats all grown up and kicking big bros 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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