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


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RATINGS: 240   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12361) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 29, 2012
DDC version, draught at the brewpub. Brown colour and fruity aroma with a light chocolate note. The taste is simpler, drier than the Japanese version and the fruits are more muted. Dark fruits, light coffee and chocolate are highlighted, along with alcohol, so there is quite a bit of complexity. For me, however, it does not come together as well as it did in the Shiga Kogen version. I would like some acidity up front and barrelly dryness at the back. Perhaps that is what the BA version will deliver...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - JUN 26, 2012
On tap at The Festival in Worcester, session 1. Big dark fruit and hints of roast give way to vinousness with mild astringency and big time esters. Not bad at all.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Meilby (7386) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JUN 26, 2012
Draught @ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012
Pours black with a tan head. Aroma has notes of citrus, grape and chocolate. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with a long bitter finish with a hint of chocolate. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
swoopjones (5725) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 24, 2012
Sample at festival, dark pour, medium roast, fruity funk, dark astigent fruits , interesting take on the style

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
KingCecil (2043) - DENMARK - JUN 23, 2012
Tap at CBC´12 .... It pours pitch black with medium tan head....The aroma is roasted malts, fruit, chocolate, coffee, yeast and some spices......The flavor is roasted malts, chocolate, coffee and yeast.....very nice....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bov (9443) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - JUN 21, 2012
draught@brewpub - very dark brown, almost black beer with a little beige foam left; fair woody nose with roasted malts, sour cherries and hints of licorice; full-bodied, some sweetness below topped by a huge bitterness; very long woody hoppy finish with hints of black cherries and wood - big stuff !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
stobbe74 (3789) - DENMARK - JUN 18, 2012
Sampled at Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012. Pours a pitch black beer with a beige head. The aroma is malt, fruit, yeast and some roasted notes. The flavor follows the nose. The palate is dry. Overall a good beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kermis (4945) - The Hague, NETHERLANDS - JUN 11, 2012
Draft at CBC. Pours black with a beige head. Aroma is sweet, roasted malt, dark fruit and chocolate. Flavour has same aspects, sweet and medium bitter. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - JUN 6, 2012
Draft at DDC. Black, opaque, tan cap. Aroma of bourbon barrel, vanilla, smoked blueberry, and a well brewed fruity, acidic espresso. The flavors follow. Luscious body and silky flavors. Roast is soft and subtle serving as a foundational element of the beer’s architecture. The skeleton of the beer is a ripe Ethiopian coffee cherry, with lively acidity. Dark, assertive cocoa nib. A tannic finish seals the deal. Unfolds gracefully. Godly. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fonefan (34777) - VestJylland, DENMARK - JUN 2, 2012

Draught @ [ Copenhagen Beer Celebration 2012 ] @ Spartas Lokaler, Faelledparken in Osterbro, Copenhagen, Denmark.

Clear dark black brown colour with a average, frothy, fair lacing, mostly diminishing, beige head. Aroma is moderate to heavy malty, roasted, light chocolate, moderate to heavy yeasty, saison yeast, spicy. Flavour is moderate to heavy sweet and moderate bitter with a average to long duration, fruity, citrus, dark malt - roasted. Body is medium, texture is oily, carbonation is soft. [20120511]

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