Grande Noirceur – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel (St-Jerome, QC, Canada)

Grande Noirceur (Imperial Stout) – Brasserie Dieu du Ciel, 9% ABV, 341 ml., (St-Jerome, Quebec, Canada)

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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%.”

  • Style: Imperial Stout
  • Taste: Sweet alcoholic creamy smooth thick caramel barley malt coffee vanilla bitter roast
  • Where I got it : High Point / Vancouver
  • How much: $4.60 (after 20% off) – 341ml., February 2016
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yes, a balanced Imp stout it is

Visual: Pours pitch black with virtually not head, fine ringed retention, a few micro bubbles popping sporadically at the surface.

Nose: marshmallow, vanilla, mocha – all subtle. (lvl-4)-pungency

Attack: slick-thick, soft crisp, oily

Mid-palate: long (lvl-7)-sweetness, tangy alcohol detection, milky CO2, thick caramel barley malt, vanilla,

Finish: woody bitter roast, lingering bitter hops with roasted coffee

Summary: It goes down very smooth and it’s gone with each sip before you know it. The vanilla-roasted coffee flavours are the ‘like’-factors in this one. Recommended for imp stout lovers. I wished for more spice/vanilla in the mids to push it to an A-rating.