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


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RATINGS: 272   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
teorn88 (3399) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 17, 2013
12oz bottle from BD Camden. It pours a deep dark brown body with a large mocha head with great retention. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, herbs, spices and a touch of alcohol. Taste is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, herbs, spices and some yeast with a bitter finish. Good one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11819) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 14, 2013
Draft. Medium brown head atop clear dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, roast, cherry, some bittersweet chocolate. Taste is moderately sweet, cherry, some roast, light milk chocolate. Medium body, some stickiness, light effervescence. The IS elements swamp the saison yeast.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MannyGoldberg (164) - The big bad LDN, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 10, 2013
Bottle at home- 9 Nov 2013. Pours dark with a thin creamy head. Nose is a beguiling mix of saison yeast and coffee. Taste adds a little more fruit into the mix. Bit of an odd one but enjoyed it once I go into it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
pintbypint (2744) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
330ml brown bottle. Pours black, not much light coming through. Large creamy beige head. Nose has a big of roast and chocolate, bit of fruitiness, some yeast spice and citrus. Taste has rich chocolate malt and roast malt with fruity notes and citrus. Mild hop notes and some yeast at the end. Enjoyable mix of saison and stout elements.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
baraciisch (2143) - California, USA - NOV 6, 2013
Deep black in with light tan head... Aroma of citrus, light roasted malts... Flavor is initially roasted malts, but not overly intense, allowing citrus and light tartness to come through... Notes of coffee bitterness and licorice on finish, amazingly complex ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
spacecube (1082) - Leeds, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - NOV 6, 2013
341ml bottle, pours back with a small tan head, very chocolate malty flavour which is great, but not really sure it goes with the saison yeast to make a great great beer, starts malty, finishes malty with some floral herbiness. Good, but not as great as some of the others.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
illidurit (2199) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 4, 2013
Bottle shared by someone at Sante Adairius. Thanks, whoever! Citru-scented Windex jumps out of the glass, solventy and sharp. Flavor has that too but blends it out a little better with the malt profile, which is a little arid and bland after getting zapped by the saison yeast.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gethinbeer (2231) - Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 3, 2013
Deep dark brown with a tan head and lace. Malt, brown sugar aroma. Lovely roasted malt flavour. Chocolate with an astrigent alcoholic finish. Warming, nutty roasted coffee bean notes towards the end. Tasty beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
krumbum (549) - truckee, California, USA - NOV 2, 2013
Mostly smells of yeast funk with light roasted undertones. Dark black big frothy tan head. A roasted coffee taste than melds in to the funk of a saison and then comes out the end with a charcoal dry . Left with nice coal coat on the tongue.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
patricks110 (1837) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 2, 2013
A gloopy, pure black viscous body with a thick, bubbly, tan head forms in the glass. The head settles slowly with larger bubbles and small, dense bubbles forming well. The nose has a general rich malt aroma with a moderately heavy roasted note, hits of coffee and chocolate and a beautiful mild saison style yeast scent. Soft esters complement the light saison yeast well with light barnyard dust notes and mild citrus zest. The aroma is rather elogent and the heaviness is a refreshing change for the saison style. My first sip has a thoroughly roasted, heavy malt flavour with a note of espresso and vanilla. More subtle flavours of smoke, wood, bourbon, lemon zest and barnyard dust work their way through. The finish is heavy with a mild saison yeast and a roasted malt bitterness that lingers for a while.

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