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

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RATINGS: 246   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.


3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
marcus (6586) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours dark brown with a thick but transient tan head and a smoky treacle aroma. There is a rich dark molasses flavor with a bitter finish. This is a very strange beer, but all the disparate tastes somehow work together.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bhensonb (11251) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Pours very dark brown/black with a creamy/fizzy dark tan head. Sort of dark malt aroma with yeast and hop aspects. Rather confusing. Full bodied. Flavor is biting, yeasty, "green" hop, treacle and dark malt. With a little time it gets somewhat earthy. Maybe dank is a word I should be using. Now I think I get a hint of mint. Or something that "tingles". Pretty nice ale.

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
maley1 (784) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2013
Black pour with foamy persistent beige head. Aroma of malts, yeast, hops and slight citrus. Taste of roasted malts, yeast, slight citrus, hops and pepper. As it warmed I noticed faint fruitiness up front, quickly hidden by the peppery middle and hoppy dry finish. This beer just doesn’t do it for me.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
allmyvinyl (3610) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 1, 2013
341ml bottle from Brewdog online shop. Pours deep dark brown with a big brown head, bit lively! Aromas of chocolate, liquorice, charcoal and a hint of zingy yeast. Taste has more of the same, a very rounded sweetness. Good slick mouthfeel, dry finish. Very nice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerGolem (683) - Quebec, CANADA - NOV 29, 2013
Bottle 341 ml. Bought in a conveniance store in Drummondville (Qc). Pours dark brown, with creamy beige-brown head. Lot of lacing. Hard to describe this beer. From my experience, I don’t have a lot of other Imperial Dark Saison, if any, to refer to. Malty beer, with saison yeast, chocolate, vanilla. Pretty heavy.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BMan1113VR (7867) - Los Angeles, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
Bottle. Pours with a pitch black hued body body with a massive tan head that stays. Aromas are of black pepper, roasted malt, chocolate and a lovely bready/toasty base malt character that I get on a lot of DDC beers. Lightly estery, leather, baked apple and molasses. Flavors are medium dry, roasty, chocolate, medium bitter, iodine, molasses, dry. Their malt profile is always very nice and elegant/baked biscuity. I get the flavor contribution so often on their bottled beers (that I can pick up thousands of miles away), that I assume it is something with their regular base malt. Lightly citrusy, fruit. Lively carbonation, medium bodied, with well hidden alcohol.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
VincentDamon (340) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Bière d’une couleur des plus obscures. Ténèbres les plus complètes, exhaussées d’une mousse moka fort généreuse. Nez de chocolat noir, de café également, mais aussi de houblons floraux qui amènent une petite touche acidulée. En bouche, c’est une explosion de saveurs qui se mélangent . Je dénote un goût de torréfaction, un côté grillé très présent, et aussi des notes de café. Mais il y a aussi une bonne amertume qui apporte une complexité très intéressante. En finale, après le goût davantage "Imperial stout", les houblons amènent des notes franches et sèches (agrumes)avec un brin d’épices. Très intéressant. Je rachèterais n’importe quand et pourtant, ce n’est pas mon style de prédilection habituellement.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Bendrixian (1131) - Canadiana, Nova Scotia, CANADA - NOV 27, 2013
Pour chocolate with a brown foamy head. Nice yeasty saison aroma with notes of banana meet with chocolate and light roast malty notes. Some sweet sugar and has a hint of prune or dark fruit. On the palate it is creamy textured, with yeasty profile and finishes a hot. Flavours of yeast, banana and chocolate make this a wonderful brew. Really good!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
cgarvieuk (14680) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 27, 2013
Keg at brewdog... Deep black... Thin tan head... Soft chocolate nose... Sift dark bitter roadt malts ... Sweet roast... Big chocolate.. Dark malts... Heavy roast... Light bitter... Toffee chocolate roast

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4050) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 26, 2013
12 ounce bottle from The Beer Trappe. Dark pour. Dark saison taste. Yeasty with licorice. Some roast like a stout. Hoppy aroma with the scent of flowers. Wow. Very different and very good.


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