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

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RATINGS: 253   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.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2609) - NORWAY - SEP 9, 2014
On tap at The Bishops Arms Bellmansgatan, Stockholm, april 17th 2014. Dark brown, close to black body with a big tanned head.  Sweet toffee and cocoa aroma with a zesty saison punch. Taste of coffee, plums, raisins, spicy yeast and a crisp fruity finish. Pretty thick body, medium bitterness. 

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2804) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle at the Red Squirrel. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - pineapple and light spice under a blanket of chocolate. Taste - again easy to pick out the tropical citrus and spice in amongst the chocolate. An edge of coffee too. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a long elegant finish. Overall - both stout and saison in the same glass and in balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manuelMTL (137) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
From 341 ml bottle in tulip glass. Pour is black with a thick brown head. Aroma is coffee beans with a touch of vanilla. The belgian yeast is well present. The taste is even more coffee beans. This is followed by a boozy dark fruit, prune wave and all finishes with a long espresso taste. The saison character works well with the dark IPA character of this beer. High carbonation. Great mouthfeel. A great, complex beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oqnid (84) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
11 fév '13 -->Imperial saison noire, 9,5%, 341ml -noire absolut; mousse foncée veloutée, nuageuse -nez de torréfaction, vanille, dates, racines (terreuse) -entrée terreuse, cendrée, alcool -liquoreuse -finale raisins secs, houblon, café fort; amère, alcool, boisée Co=4 Arô=3.5 Am=3 Su=1.5 Arr= via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1540) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 31, 2014
341ml bottle that a friend brought from Montreal. Dark dark brown color, head is medium and brown. Body is super smooth, finish is medium long. Taste is medium bitter, and medium sweet and low sour. Light umami. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, light roasted, hops, spices.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9379) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle... Pours murky and dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is a luxurious collection of dark chocolate, fudge and toasted nuts, with a whisper of vanilla. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is bitter, deeply burnt and lightly acrid. Finishes charred, bitter, a bit raspy, and then dries out. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
haukur (1335) - Reykjavik, ICELAND - JUL 19, 2014
Dark with a big off white head. Aroma is slight burn, tobacco, yeast. Very dry on the tongue with a long dry finish. Interesting.

4.2
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Lukaduke (2313) - Portland, Maine, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Pours a deep dark burnt umber with three fingers of sticky khaki foam. Nose is heavy on the roast, layers of baking chocolate, dark ripe berry, forest floor, moss trace of smoke. Palate follows the nose with great complexity, dusty dark chocolate, blueberry, anise, some umami character,mushroom, boozy burnt brownie. Yummy, this beer makes more sense of the pinot barrel version I tried at the first festival, now Im interested to revisit that beer !

4.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
packers188 (9) - - JUN 30, 2014 does not count
une biere noire avec une mousse brune consistante/ un nez moka et epices/ gout torrifie avec une bouche complexe avec une amertume en finale legerement houblonne

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slipstream (2061) - USA - JUN 28, 2014
Dark, foamy pour. The label features a drawing of samurai holding a little red bird - what is that all about? The aroma is tangy, with hints of brandy, fruit punch, coffee, and prune. The flavor is complex - lots of hops and toasted grains, and there is a spicy tingle in the finish. A little hard-edged but impossible to ignore. Another superior brew by DdC.


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