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

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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.78   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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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 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 (1239) - 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 (1716) - 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 (2874) - 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
BoostIPA (1219) - 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 (273) - montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 10, 2013
Excellente bière. Noir opaque, torréfié mais ça ne domine pas, chocolat/reglisse, chause en bouche, bonne bière dessert.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
kevinsenn (1035) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2013
Bottle from Bar Hop. Pours nearly opaque black, with lacing. Aroma is fruity and piney, with some slight roasty notes. Taste has EVERYTHING; fruit, spices, roasted barley, herbs, vanilla, bourbon, with an extremely dry finish. Very unique. Full body. A good one.

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
yrcrz (11) - - FEB 9, 2013
An incredibly strange, well balanced beer. Full of herbs, spices, and has a great balance between sour and sweet, bitter and spicy. All sorts of tastes but are subtle and complex, and they don’t overpower each other. I loved this beer.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GarnotingPete (775) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 7, 2013
Bière opaque, couleur de mélasse et coiffée d’un fin col beige marquant le verre d’une solide dentelle compacte. Des arômes torréfiés et boisés de grains brûlés, d’espresso, de litchie et un fort arôme d’alcool. Très amère avec une très légère pointe sucrée. Extrêmement robuste, elle est crémeuse, très effervescente et se termine sur une déferlante d’amertume. L’antipode d’une bière de soif.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
stef73 (201) - - FEB 3, 2013
d une couleur noir avec col brun au gout malt torrifier avec une ametume et avec une gout sucre comme la vanille au gout c est un malt torrifier comme un moka avec un une pointe amertume tres bonne biere de saison (rate 450


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