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

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RATINGS: 287   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
EtTuCthulhu (1281) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 13, 2015
The beer pours a very dark brown with a large tan head. The aroma blends bright Belgian yeast with roasted and chocolate malts. The taste is slightly sweet, slightly sour, and mildly umami with an aftertaste that is mostly Belgian yeast. The palate fuses a lively carbonation, medium-light body, and a slick texture.

3.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
gsmitty80 (1935) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2015
Great BSA that has an interesting taste because of the grain bill and the use of the saison yeast. Nice and estery but big and bold. Interessant.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Strykzone (5331) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle. A dark tan head that is big and cool looking. The beer is very dark with only a little amber. A roasty aroma. The flavor is roasty, chocolatey, and fruity. Sharp bitterness. Some vinous notes, too. A little burnt brown sugar

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Nisse666 (4708) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 2, 2015
Bottle at Bishops Arms - 92 SEK, too much, cons 2015-02-28 Östersund AR: roasted malt, brown syrup AP: dark brown body, high frothy dark brown head F: roasted malt, rich but soft carbonation, chocolate/coffey, heavy bitterness

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Speedy_Charly (122) - Plaisance, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
Bouteille de 341ml au Marché des Brasseurs. Noire très opaque coiffée d’un pouce de belle mousse mocha, durable qui laisse une dense dentelle sur le verre. Arômes de malt torréfié avec des notes de chocolat et d’agrumes sur un fond sucré. Légère de corps, elle entre en bouche avec une amertume surprenante et un goût de malt brûlé, de fumée et de réglisse. L’amertume traîne en longueur, s’aggripant aux gencives et à la langue, mais finit par laisser poindre des effluves d’alcool en toute fin de bouche. L’arôme sucré initial m’avais laissé espérer plus de rondeur, elle est en fait un peu désagréblement amère avec une finale très sèche.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BrewBoxer (2359) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 22, 2015
Draft at the one mile house NYC after battling through Chinatown. Wow. Very easy drinking deep black ale. No head. Taste is yeasty with a nice finish

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
mansquito (3908) - Nueva York, New York, USA - FEB 13, 2015
One Mile House, NYC tap: Pours black with a greyish head. No lacing. Aroma is strange: saison yeast, some chocolate, roast, flowers, and some spice. Body is kind of light and easy, but has a little heavy bit around the end. Somewhat sweet. Low bitterness. Kind of dry. Pretty complex. Quite good.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Leini (1138) - SWEDEN - FEB 10, 2015
Sample at a tasting event. Dark brown body with a minor head. Roasted malt, dark sugars and spices.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1479) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - FEB 6, 2015
11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, lemon peel, apricots, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, burnt/charred malt and a bit of blueberry. The brew tastes like roasted/charred/burnt malt, blueberries, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, citrus peel, peppery spice, blackberries, herbalness, apricots and a bit of grainy/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s coating and a bit creamy, and also has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a good and interesting brew. For some reason the flavor reminds me of Dark Horse’s Tres Blueberry Stout, even though there isn’t any blueberry in this beer (that I’m aware of anyway). The label says it’s a hybrid between an imperial stout and a saison, and I’d agree with that even though I think it leans more towards a stout. If you come across a bottle of this, pick it up! $5.19 a bottle.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardbeerman (222) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
Pours an almost opaque black letting a faint reddish hue topped by a finger or so of moka fissy head. Retention is moderate but the head totally dissipates leaving nothing behind. The nose is weird and sweet. Dark chocolate, mint, some booze and smokey features with charcoal and hickory. The taste is bold, spicy, peppery. Sharp and smokey dark chocolate with burnt toast/charcoal. There is a herbal element but I can’t put my finger on it. The brew feels dense and offers a long liquorish finish. This seems midway between a Belgian Strong Dark Ale and an Imperial Russian Stout. Probably an interesting one to let age in your cellar. Cheers!


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