Diogène (1051) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 3, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the Mondial de la bière 2010. Pitch black with a medium mocha head with great retention. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, herbs, spices and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, herbs, spices and alcohol with a bitter finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3012) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce tulip sampled at the brewpub. The aroma on this is rather faint...what I do detect has light coffee and a light choco sweetness. Not bad, just faint. Virtually opaque black body with a frothy tan head and good lacing. Nice looking brew. Very roasted, burnt, ashy, chocolatey beer. Very slight belgian yeastiness is also present with some slight esters. The chalkboard said this was a "Strong Dark Saison", but this is basically an Imperial Stout brewed with Belgian Yeast. Tasty, just not what I was expecting. A bit disappointing because I wasn’t in the mood for an Imperial Stout.
tgncc (2286) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Powerful aroma of pinot, some roast, fruit. The appearance is dark brown, tan head, like an impy stout. The flavor is wine, roasted coffee, chocolate, fruit. The finish is again more like wine, slighlty sour. The body is a tad on the thin side of medium. Decent, unique beer.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2010
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Thick brown smog sponge foam on black. Heavy black malt coffee scent with some hop notes. Saison Noire = Saison Stout. Coffee, chocolate and herbal hops. Bitter chocolate pepper finish. Dry and airy. A great beer!
wedgie9 (1590) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 8, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted on draft at Lush CBC event. Pours nearly black with a huge brown head. Aromas of dark malt, chocolate, and hops. Flavors of bitter chocolate, bitter hops, and very dark malt. The carbonation is heavy, but the liquid itself is a little less than medium in body with a long bitter finish. Overall, this is a very unique beer that is also very good.
godofsky (262) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 2, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
on tap at Dieu du Ciel. pours a pitch black with a creamy beige head that leaves loads of lacing. aroma is roasted malts, coffee and dark chocolate. taste is unbelieable. very complex. starts off with the typical robust notes of roasted malts, then a bitter hops comes along, and it ends with the finish you would expect from a Saison. this is hands down one of my favorite DdC brews.
DougShoemaker (3148) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 19, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask @ Volo for the Dieu du Ciel Launch.
Rich malty nose, pitfruit, treacle and alcohol is noted. Deep brown, red highlights, small tan head.Taste has a full malt, some fruit with an appreciated booziness. Medium bodied, well balanced, nice tongue tingle, sour/tart and pleasant carbonated. Most interesting!
asheft (2264) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 14, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
[on cask at brewpub]
Fruity-fresh and dry aroma with notes of liquorice, star anise, plums, and currants. Lasting, bubbly foam over opaque red-black. Salty and quite bitter roasted barley flavour with sweet prunes and potent, fruity esters. Moderately bitter finish with some tangy coffee.
garthicus (2336) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at Volo. Appearance: Pitch black, small tanned head. Aroma: Coffee, chocolate, spices, lemons and oranges! Flavour: Woah! Alcohol and lots of it followed by chocolate, oak, spicy as all hell and with a long bitter coffee finish. Nice indeed.
dand645 (103) - Bayonne, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap at dieu du ciel...pours deep black with tan head, nice lacing...very interesting, looks and smells like a stout, but finishes like a saison...nice balance between roasty and yeasty funk