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

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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   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.


3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
solidfunk (4013) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAR 21, 2013
This is one strange beast. Not sure what the hell I’m drinking. Pours black with lots of creamy head and lacing. Strong initial smell of hops and booze but balances well in aroma. Finishes with a very bitter, hoppy edge. Creamy consistency. Some hay in aroma as well. Some spice and what almost tastes like mint. Bottle at The Only Cafe.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Boutip (4726) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 20, 2013
Bottle: Poured a large dark black color ale with a large deep brown color head with good detention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt notes is quite dominant with some light tart notes and some green citrusy hoppy notes also easily detectable. Taste is also a mix between some huge roasted malt notes with a serious hoppy profile with some citrus notes. Chocolate and light dry coffee notes are also detectable as well as light tart/lemony notes in the aftertaste. Body is full with creamy texture with great carbonation and no alcohol was perceptible. Interesting combination of flavour and totally not what I was expecting but very good nonetheless.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
cfrancis (2362) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 17, 2013
Very interesting beer. They call it a dark saison, I don’t know what I would classify it as. It has characteristics of multiple styles. Pours black with a large dark brown head. Aroma is small farmy tartness, with dark malt and small pine hop. Taste is small roasted dark malts, nice tartness and small sour along with hop bitterness.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
RogertheKid (90) - Quebec, CANADA - MAR 14, 2013
Very good looking beer, dark of dark. Strong alcohol taste, with coffee, chocolate, hoppy! Since I’m not a fan of carbonation, that is where this beer lost most of it’s points... In all, if it can be called that, a great, saison with a black North American touch! Well done.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GuillaumeCL (343) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle at Thirsty and Miserable. Pours a deep opaque black with 3 fingers of chocolate head. Smell is hoppy citrus, a bit of a sour aroma, and a bit of sweet dark fruit. Palate is on the heavier side of medium bodied with strong carbonation. Taste is slightly sweet and roasty at first, then gets more bitter before leaving a bitter and roasty aftertaste. Awesome combination!

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rejtable (1300) - Ontario, CANADA - FEB 28, 2013
Pours inky black with a large foamy tan head that sticks around. Lots of lacing. Nose is pretty muted, very feint espresso. Aromas start with a light burnt cereal, then a quick hit of dark fruit, backed by espresso, pepper and some pretty lively grassy hops. Tastes are heavy sweet, bit bitterness. Mouth is reasonably creamy full bodied with lively carbonation. Alcohol is quite present. Quite a funky finish as well yeasty with tart cherries. Certainly an interesting take on whatever style it actually is!

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Minderbinder (1810) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
Bottle 341ml. Pours black with huge creamy brown head. Good lacing. Aroma is of roasted malt, chocolate, hops, vanilla, citrus, fruits, yogurt. Taste is of roasted malt, chocolate, bitter, some fruits. Palate: Thick mouthfeel. Full bodied, weird balance. Overall: Good, not too cloying. Not as good as others, badass-saison-wise. Heavy on alcohol. You can see things could get hairy, so a bottle is plenty.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
probstblueribbon (2919) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 16, 2013
341 ml bottle from Broue Ha Ha, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.

App.: Deep brown-black with a nice mocha head. Aroma: Intense pine/resin and grapefruit hops, slightly bright and tangy (not in a bad way), a touch of funk and wildness, some black coffee and molasses, a bit peppery and green, a little boozy, quite interesting. Palate: Medium+ body, fairly aggressive and full effervescence. Flav.: Lots of green/grassy hops, grapefruit peel, a bit peppery, dark, briny molasses and black coffee, a touch of soy sauce, intriguing; dry with good bitterness and a very long, inky black coffee and green pepper finish.

A well-executed example of a new(?) style.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MacBoost (1280) - Pouring Bus, New York, USA - FEB 15, 2013
Pours like a thin bodied imperial stout with a great deal of fine bubbled head. Aromas of grassy hops in the nose with a pretty good dose of roast. Taste is bitter and dry with sharp carbonation and a lingering bitter finish. The hops are really dialed up on this one. Very hop forward. Although the beer looks black in appearance, it lacks the heavy roast of an impy stout or even a impy porter. More like a regular porter grain bill, but with the alcohol and hops dialed up to 11. I like this a lot.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VincentL (274) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
Excellente bière. Noir opaque, torréfié mais ça ne domine pas, chocolat/reglisse, chause en bouche, bonne bière dessert.


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