After enjoying Unibroue's La Fin Du Monde Ale I decided to give their Chambly Noire a try. To be honest I just do not know where to begin with the beer as I really have not tried anything like this before. Given this is such a dark beer, I cannot compare it to a brown ale, porter, a stout or any other beer I have had before.
Chambly Noire poured almost black (Noire) and the beer just looked like mud. The head was thick but very loose.
The aroma was laced with light malts and a hint of sweetness in the background. For the most part the aroma was unremarkable.
However, the taste was very classy and tough to explain. My first thoughts were, the beer tasted like a root beer float. The malts are well roasted but not smokey like a stout or a porter. There also was some sweetness and tanginess that was light and balanced. Hence it reminded me of a root beer float in concept. There were no coffee or chocolate notes, but the malts were deep.
For such a dark beer, I was surprised at how light the body was. The beer was also very smooth.
The texture of this beer was just like a creamy ice cream float or even a good ol' fashion Brooklyn Egg Cream. It seemed the beer creamed up in my mouth when I drank it.
Unibroue is reminding me of Wychwood Brewery out of the UK. Unibroue's beers have a lot of character, are unique and to me that is what craft beers are all about. After trying so many different beers, after a while most begin to taste the same. For that reason, I appreciate it when I have a stand-out beer like Chambly Noire. This beer took effort and I applaud the brewer.
I also plan to try the rest of Unibroue's beers.