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

bottled
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RATINGS: 530   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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   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
crazy_cat_lady (521) - - 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 (413) - 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 (946) - 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 (535) - 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 (612) - 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 (12470) - 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
pumpkinhead2 (916) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 20, 2013
UPDATED: APR 8, 2017 Bire noire comme la nuit, aucune lumire ne peut la traverser, effervescence trs difficile observer mais qui semble bien adquate, et surmonte dun col brun pas tellement large, mais trs dense, trs mousseux, collant et persistant. Armes de malt torrfi, surtout du caf et du chocolat noir, aussi un peu de grains brls et de ptisserie bien cuite, avec un peu de noisettes grilles et de fume, lgers bois et vanille, et des notes de tourbe, dherbes brles. Par moment, les effluves semblent plus sucrs (caramel, mlasse, voire rable), et dautres moments plus fruits (mre, raisin rouge, cerise fonce, prune/pruneau). Nez parfaitement agrable, complexit trs leve, bonne intensit. En bouche, ptillement moyen sur la langue, onctuosit formidable au palais, cest moelleux, crmeux, soyeux et velout souhait! Au got, malt torrfi, abondants caf et chocolat noir, ptisserie trs cuite, sucres foncs (caramel, mlasse), noisettes grilles, fume, bois, vanille Trame de fond de petits fruits foncs, et finale apportant un agrable houblon qui semble la fois floral et herbac, en route vers une amertume de faible modre. Excellente intgration des diffrentes saveurs entre elles, complexit trs leve, intensit en bouche galement trs leve. Pour moi, il sagit dune stout impriale tout simplement exemplaire, pas dartifices, dajouts ou de traitements spciaux, juste exactement ce quil faut faire! Trs gros coup de cur pour moi!! /// Cette bire vieillit admirablement bien! Je me fais de petites rserves chaque automne, et je laisse tout le temps quelques bouteilles vieillir bien labri et la fracheur sous mon bar, parfois mme quelques annes. Explosion des flaveurs de chocolat noir, de petits fruits foncs et de sucres foncs avec apparition de notes doxydation et de cuir qui se marie parfaitement la bire. Affadissement des cts herbac, houblonn et amer. Trs intressant!

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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