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

bottled
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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGolem (724) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle 341 ml. Bought in a conveniance store in Drummondville (Qc). Pours dark brown, with creamy beige-brown head. Lot of lacing. Hard to describe this beer. From my experience, I don’t have a lot of other Imperial Dark Saison, if any, to refer to. Malty beer, with saison yeast, chocolate, vanilla. Pretty heavy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7884) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a pitch black hued body body with a massive tan head that stays. Aromas are of black pepper, roasted malt, chocolate and a lovely bready/toasty base malt character that I get on a lot of DDC beers. Lightly estery, leather, baked apple and molasses. Flavors are medium dry, roasty, chocolate, medium bitter, iodine, molasses, dry. Their malt profile is always very nice and elegant/baked biscuity. I get the flavor contribution so often on their bottled beers (that I can pick up thousands of miles away), that I assume it is something with their regular base malt. Lightly citrusy, fruit. Lively carbonation, medium bodied, with well hidden alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VincentDamon (370) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Bière d’une couleur des plus obscures. Ténèbres les plus complètes, exhaussées d’une mousse moka fort généreuse. Nez de chocolat noir, de café également, mais aussi de houblons floraux qui amènent une petite touche acidulée. En bouche, c’est une explosion de saveurs qui se mélangent . Je dénote un goût de torréfaction, un côté grillé très présent, et aussi des notes de café. Mais il y a aussi une bonne amertume qui apporte une complexité très intéressante. En finale, après le goût davantage "Imperial stout", les houblons amènent des notes franches et sèches (agrumes)avec un brin d’épices. Très intéressant. Je rachèterais n’importe quand et pourtant, ce n’est pas mon style de prédilection habituellement.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1206) - Canadiana, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Pour chocolate with a brown foamy head. Nice yeasty saison aroma with notes of banana meet with chocolate and light roast malty notes. Some sweet sugar and has a hint of prune or dark fruit. On the palate it is creamy textured, with yeasty profile and finishes a hot. Flavours of yeast, banana and chocolate make this a wonderful brew. Really good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (15544) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Keg at brewdog... Deep black... Thin tan head... Soft chocolate nose... Sift dark bitter roadt malts ... Sweet roast... Big chocolate.. Dark malts... Heavy roast... Light bitter... Toffee chocolate roast

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4332) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2013
12 ounce bottle from The Beer Trappe. Dark pour. Dark saison taste. Yeasty with licorice. Some roast like a stout. Hoppy aroma with the scent of flowers. Wow. Very different and very good.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BenH (2709) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 25, 2013
Keg at Brewdog. Black with tan head. Strange but pleasant aroma, blackcurrant, spices and flowers. Taste is similar with some licorice and dark fruits. Thick and smooth, body of an imperial stout. Quite an odd brew but very nice.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
RichTheVillan (3770) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 23, 2013
Keg at Brewdog Birmingham; dark black pour with velvety tan head, tart fruit aroma, taste is tart dark fruits, hint of chocolate that saison yeast action, with some resinous hop.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ferris (6216) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 18, 2013
Bottle - Dark malts, yeast, herbs and hints of anise. Jet black with a rich brown head that after half an hour is still going strong. Taste is very different with a ton of booze and hops, sweet yeast and dark roast malts. Finish is hoppy and dark roast.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
coreyc1221 (273) - Truckee, California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
Pear and citrus aroma. Black in color with a thick light brown head. Interesting combo of dark malts, chocolate and a bit of citrus zing in the background. A little spicy at the back of the throat. Complex and tasty.


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