Our BrewView on Unibroue’s Noire de Chambly was originally published on January 8, 2015.

Brewed since 2005, Noire de Chambly was one of the first black ales in Quebec not made according to the British brewing tradition. A must try for anyone who thinks they don’t like black beer.

This dark ale was created in honor of the brave soldiers of the Carignan-Salières Regiment, with their famous black musketeer hats. In 1665, King Louis XIV sent the regiment to New France to defend against the Iroquois. He had a number of strategic forts, including Fort Chambly, built along the Richelieu River, ensuring peace and prosperity for the colony. Many French Canadians are the direct descendants of these intrepid forebears.

STYLE: Unibroue-style Black ale. 6.2% ABV.

APPEARANCE: Dark brown with deep mahogany hues. Creamy dense 3-finger height off-white colored head. Soapy lacing on the sides of the glass as the liquid is consumed.

AROMA: Toasted bread, roasted malt, dark fruit, smoky notes, faint licorice.

FLAVOR: Bready yeast, roasted malts, with a pleasant chocolate, smoky finish.

MOUTHFEEL: Light bodied, and smooth, on the palate, the carbonation level is mild. The roasted, chocolate notes linger inviting you to that next silky sip.

IMPRESSION: Was really taken aback with the smoothness of it, being a dark ale. Because of that, it can be paired with washed-rind cheeses, game, beef, and chocolate desserts. Another Unibroue beer we haven’t had since 2015, due to its rare availability in the States.