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


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RATINGS: 339   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1751) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beardbeerman (312) - 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!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ljthiessen (1034) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - FEB 1, 2015
Bottle. Very dark pour with a thick mocha head. Very interesting aroma - mostly chocolate malt and citrus zest, mostly sweet. Flavour is a little tart, chocolate and slightly roasty notes with some citrus and spice. Really good but a little strange.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bmathers (9) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 31, 2015 does not count
There is an exotic aroma of floral, herbs, earthy, coffee, alcohol, cooked vegetables. Pour black, sparkling, frothy, brown foam, heavily sour, medium bitterness, medium body, oily feel, fizzy, sour, long finish. Packs quite a punch, attacks the senses, a world of its own.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Franckg (923) - Trois-Rivières, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 28, 2015
UPDATED: FEB 14, 2016 Liquide noir opaque surmonté d’un épais mais poreux col brunâtre qui se dissipe très rapidement. Le nez fait penser à celui d’une black ipa, malgré le terme "saison noire impériale" indiqué sur la bouteille, qui est quelque chose d’assez abstrait. Donc on percoit des arômes typique des stout comme le café et chocolat mais aussi un côté citronné et houblonné. En bouche, les saveurs sucrées et houblonnées envahissent immédiatement le palais. Suivent rapidement des effluves plus amères tels le chocolat noir et grains de café. Le tout s’enligne vers une longue finale très amère et sèche rapellant le bois et les noix de grenoble. Le corps est moyennement rond et assez effervescent. Une bière bien réussit dans l’ensemble mais malheureusement pas un coup de coeur dans mon cas.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
unclemike (2837) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - JAN 25, 2015
Pitch black with a medium mocha head with great retention. Aroma is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, herbs, spices and alcohol. Flavor is roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, herbs, spices and alcohol with a bitter finish

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ernest (7165) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2015
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy/creamy, brown, mostly lasting. Body is black (non-opaque, flashlight tested). Aroma is moderately malty (roasted grain, unsweetened chocolate), lightly hoppy (herbs), with notes of cherry, sour apple, clove. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/fizzy carbonation, moderately alcoholic. Aroma is a somewhat disjointed mix of stuff, kind of like a dump bucket at a beer tasting, but not really unpleasant exactly, just unfocused and vague. It’s not much fun in the mouth either, being overly sour and bitter and having a kind of flabby and fizzy mouthfeel. Disappointing and mediocre at best.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
procraste (464) - FRANCE - JAN 21, 2015
C’est un peu de tout mais pas le meilleur du monde ... ça se veut exhubérant dans un esprit très Québécois ( ce qui donne par aileurs des rucs très sympathiques ) Sauf que là, même si indépendemment, il y a des arômes intéresants; l’ensemble ne me semble pas très heureux. J’y reviendrai peut-être ....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (5382) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - DEC 30, 2014
Pours quite dark with a dark tan head. The aroma has roast, chocolate, saison earthiness, anise and other dry spices. It has a medium / full body with a good amount of modest carbonation. The flavor begins with dry roast, cocoa, red fruits, earthy saison notes, dry herbs and light spicy hops. The finish has dry leaves, ripe apple, leafy herbs, some stone fruit and a bit of alcohol presence. Pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thb (797) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Black black with lovely pillowy creamy head. Aromas of citrus, barnyard, roast. Interesting flavours abound in this, from a sour kick to a bitter, puckering mouthfeel, to a roasty, toasty finish. But honestly this is just really hard to drink. And hard to enjoy.

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