Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Belgian Strong Ale
Montreal, Canada


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RATINGS: 325   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
This "Imperial Dark Saison" is a collaboration between DDC and Shiga Kogen. It has the grain bill of an Imperial Stout, hops grown at Shiga Kogen and is fermented with Saison yeast.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
packers188 (50) - - JUN 30, 2014
une biere noire avec une mousse brune consistante/ un nez moka et epices/ gout torrifie avec une bouche complexe avec une amertume en finale legerement houblonne

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2319) - USA - JUN 28, 2014
Dark, foamy pour. The label features a drawing of samurai holding a little red bird - what is that all about? The aroma is tangy, with hints of brandy, fruit punch, coffee, and prune. The flavor is complex - lots of hops and toasted grains, and there is a spicy tingle in the finish. A little hard-edged but impossible to ignore. Another superior brew by DdC.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DocLock (8956) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
Bottle from State Line. Pours thick, fizzy, and jet black with 1-finger tan head. Nose is yeasty funk, roasty dark malt, figgy fruit, molasses, cacao. Tastes malty, yeasty, funky, with figgy fruit, cacao, cherry, hops. Comes off like a Belgian Quad, dark saison, and Impy Stout hybrid.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Mora2000 (6132) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JUN 1, 2014
Dark brown pour with a tan head. The aroma has some toffee and roasted malt notes. The flavor is similar. I get some toffee and some Belgian farmhouse character with a hint of pepper and some yeast notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (1712) - Aarhus, DENMARK - JUN 1, 2014
341 ml bottle shared two ways. Pours a dark dark black with a fairly small dense tan head. Nose has lots of burnt malts and some yeasty notes. Taste is fairly sweet, with a lot of roast, some light ash and a tad vanilla. Pretty good but much more like a stout than a Belgian ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2610) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAY 27, 2014
11.5oz bottle into Le Listermann - sip came from the head that was about to spill over; that sip was coffee, roast and almost burnt. Nose has hints of lactose. Second offers a "vague à propos of nothing" to quote some guy from TV. Smoother than the usual impy stout.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Stephane_Houle (227) - - MAY 26, 2014
Apparence: D’une couleur café opaque, elle est coiffée d’une généreuse mousse d’une bonne durée. Arômes: Au nez, ce sont des notes d’épices et de fraîcheur. Saveurs: C’est le malt rôti qui vient complètement envelopper la bouche avec une touche de chocolat noir et d’alcool pure. Une légère effervescence sur la langue et une finale un peu houblonnée. Fiche technique : Style: Saison Noir Impérial Format: 341 ml Taux d’alcool : 9,5%

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1236) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2014
On tap at Dieu du Ciel, 04/05/2014. Pours dark black, creamy light tan head on the surface, dense lacing built up around the edge of the glass. Aroma is dark fruit and yeast, touch of caramel with earthy, dusty roast, tobacco, forest floor. Taste is dark fruit, berries, cherries, subtle tartness and funk, chocolate and dark roast, touch of coffee, lingering bitterness. Heavy body, yet round, drinks easy. Really liked this one.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2832) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours a real dark colour with barely red highlights. Big frothy light-brown head with great retention and some sticky-sloppy lace. Aromas of roasted malts, but balanced by caramel malts and notes of fruits and hints of vanilla. The taste starts off hoppy with some grassy hops and finished with the roasted malts that give out some coffee. Some chocolate in there. Imperial Dark Saison... a nice style !

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Black pour with a light beige head. Aromas of roasted malts, subtle dark fruit, and yeast. Flavor is not quite as roasty as an imperial stout but very roasty. Notes of plum and brown sugar as well. Finish is just slightly funky from the yeast. Tasty. Another solid brew from Dieu du Ciel.

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