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

bottled
common

on tap
available

Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 296   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Iphonephan (4426) - McLean, Virginia, USA - MAR 6, 2014
From a 33 cl bottle shared in Avon NC. Pours a dark cola brown with a tan head. Aroma of root beer. Flavors of licorice. Medium bodied. High carbonation. Bitter roast finish.

4.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - MAR 1, 2014
Bottle from Jane’s bottle store. Aromas of chocolate, liquorice, dough, some alcohol. Sweet, with bitter and sour notes.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
JesseMartineau (89) - Alberta, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
Pours black with thick tan head. Aromas of dark fruits, licorice And some orangey citrus. Initial taste is quite floral, and into plum, molasses, chocolate and coffee. Nice lingering bitter finish. I really like this!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ametras (777) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2014
341ml bottle. Black with a foamy tan head. Aroma is citrus, spices, dark fruits, licorice and roasted malts with herbal notes. Taste is chocolate, coffee, orange peel and molasses. Medium body, soft carbonation, creamy texture.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3940) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 15, 2014
Bottle shared at session, pours dark black with off white medium was, light lacing. Aromas and flavor are roasted malt, plum, cocoa, dark fruit, and hop bitterness. Medium body.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dnicolaescu (1279) - Chișinău, MOLDOVA - FEB 14, 2014
BOTTLE 341ml from Boystout, thanks Anatol! Look: pitch black with big dark espresso-like creamy head with good retention. Aroma: very fresh for a beer this dark, hoppy, a little piney, with some fresh spice and also some yeast spice, light alcohol/solvent when warms up. Taste: spicy and herbal hops, some freshness like „Halls” cough drops, restrained roasted malts, moderate bitterness - just right, no alcohol.

A unique beer. Delicious with its eclectic choice of ingredients.

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Reimer96 (1511) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown with a nice frothy brown head. Aroma of roasted malts, dark dried fruits, spicy farmhouse yeast, pepper, licorice and a hint of light citrus. Taste is roasted malts, licorice, dark dried fruits, spicy farmhouse yeast, coffee and some alcohol. Nice smooth warming on the palate and a pleasant beer to drink. First of this style but great to drink.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - JAN 28, 2014
Pours very dark brown letting little to no light coming through, a decent light brown head with little lace and decent lace. Aroma is dark dried fruits, spicy Belgian yeast, mild licorice, cocoa, earthy, caramel and a touch of alcohol. Flavour is cocoa, roasted malt, coffee, dark dried fruits, mildly spicy Belgian character, mild-med bitterness, some alcohol, and some caramel. Tasty brew no doubt.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Reynolds314 (2833) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 27, 2014
I dont know about this one. Tastes like loose change and charcoal. Ashy metallic and harsh without any real saison flavors as advertised.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Scopey (8999) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 25, 2014
Bottle at BD Aberdeen. It pours near black with a small tan head. The nose is roasty, earth, toast, varnish, cocoa, caramel and blackcurrant jam. The taste is rich roast, toast, earth, spice, varnish, light candy, earth, good bitterness, jammy fruits and cocoa with a dry, roasty finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Tasty gear.


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