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

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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77   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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jbeatty (1020) - New York, USA - MAY 25, 2014
On tap at Dieu du Ciel, 04/05/2014. Pours dark black, creamy light tan head on the surface, dense lacing built up around the edge of the glass. Aroma is dark fruit and yeast, touch of caramel with earthy, dusty roast, tobacco, forest floor. Taste is dark fruit, berries, cherries, subtle tartness and funk, chocolate and dark roast, touch of coffee, lingering bitterness. Heavy body, yet round, drinks easy. Really liked this one.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Metalchopz (2213) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 19, 2014
Pours a real dark colour with barely red highlights. Big frothy light-brown head with great retention and some sticky-sloppy lace. Aromas of roasted malts, but balanced by caramel malts and notes of fruits and hints of vanilla. The taste starts off hoppy with some grassy hops and finished with the roasted malts that give out some coffee. Some chocolate in there. Imperial Dark Saison... a nice style !

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
NeoHippie2 (938) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 8, 2014
Black pour with a light beige head. Aromas of roasted malts, subtle dark fruit, and yeast. Flavor is not quite as roasty as an imperial stout but very roasty. Notes of plum and brown sugar as well. Finish is just slightly funky from the yeast. Tasty. Another solid brew from Dieu du Ciel.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fiulijn (14350) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAY 6, 2014
Draught at Söder om Småland, Malmö
Black color with small creamy head. The aroma is at first fruity, then perfumy; there is a mix of citrus fruits and nail polish; some roasted malt in the background. The mouthfeel is smooth, but also rather dry; it has an evident roasted malt character with coffee and ashes accent; the light residual sweetness is pleasant; the dark malts bring some acidity; traces of liquorice and cardboard, and of fruity hops; correct bitterness; ends with warming alcohol.
Layered beer, with the layers interchanging rapidly.
Interesting.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (2823) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2014
Decent beer. A little muddled, but interesting and complex. Aroma was heavy on the Belgian yeast with roasted malt and chocolate. Pour was a deep dark brown with a one finger light tan head. Taste had a lot going on. Very imperial stout like at first sip. Strong chocolate and roasted malt with hints of coffee. Mid sip and through to the finish, the strong Belgian yeast washed everything away. Every sip was a progression between the two flavors. Nice hard face slapping carbonation.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (4866) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 4, 2014
Bottle. Pours a clear dark brown body under a one inch frothy light brown head that had excellent retention. The nose is rather Stout-like with some roasted malt and dark chocolate, but with a fairly heavy yeast influence. It’s slightly fruity and earthy with some light coffee. The flavor is interesting I guess, it almost comes off as a slightly infected homebrew Imperial Stout. Plenty of roast, some slight licorice, a slightly sour twang on the finish. Some noticeable alcohol warmth on the back end. Lighter bodied than expected with lots of fizzy prickly carbonation and a lingering roasty finish. Interesting beer, but not something I’d drink with regularity.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6033) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 30, 2014
11.5oz bottle, from Party Source. Shared with friends. Code on bottle reads 0-2 (???). Black color. Thin light brown head, with good retention. Couple loose bits of lace. Some roast, tobacco, dark fruit aroma. Up front it strikes me as last than fresh, maybe oxidized. Get some metallic, big astringency. Very spicy. Hard to take more than a sip of. Some dark chocolate, cocoa nib, that part is nice. Spicy bite in the finish. Moderate sweet taste, moderate bitte. Decent, interesting stuff. Gets much better as it sits, and the soft carbonation has a chance to mellow it out. Still, a bit too spicy for my taste, though. Maybe I would have enjoyed this more without the saison yeast, as an straight up imperial stout... The malt bill is very enjoyable. Kind of makes me crave a peche mortel

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Splitenz (329) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 30, 2014
A splendid beer, with rich hoppy, stout and saison flavors. Hard to pin down then, but all the more rewarding for it.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jtclockwork (8044) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chad. Pours black with brown head. Nose/taste of unsweetened raison, saison yeast, roast chocoalte, dry coffee beans, grassy earth, rye bread and vanilla. Medium body.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
wyzzywyz22 (1942) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - APR 16, 2014
Bottle, Brew Dog.com on-line shop. Black, as night with a tan hat. Nose had notes of yeast, piney hop, choc and roast, with the flavour bearing similar traits. Some bitterness rocked up towards the finish mingled with a little tartness. What a pleasantly tasty surprise. Operates on many levels, a very classy and carefully crafted beer.


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