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Brewed by Dieu du Ciel
Style: Saison
Montreal, Canada
Serve in Tulip

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 347   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.77/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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.


simardsam's rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
simardsam (261) - Montreal, Quebec, - MAR 8, 2014
Noire, avec une mousse de couleur crème. Nez très herbeux (foin), d’agrume et de mûres. Goût torréfié et fumé. Belle amertume douce, finale sèche.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AleRider78 (628) - Winchester, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 21, 2016
Pours a thick brown bubbly head and has a dark brown almost black appearance. Good lacing. Much more hops in aroma than malts, sort of an earthy spiced hops with notes of citrus hops and grainy malts. Mild roasted malt flavours, chocolate, coffee and hints of caramel. A little sweet. Less hoppy flavour, mainly earthy hops, notes of nutty malts and toffee as well. Quite flavourful! Has a creamy mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Full bodied and some mouthcoating slickness. Has a mild bitterness in the finish, not offensive. Easy drinking, especially for a 9.5% abv beer.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rosenbergh (10202) - Tampere, FINLAND - AUG 13, 2016
341 ml bottle. Bottled 2015/09/10. Merci beaucoup Timo A!
Dark brown color with a tiny tan head. Mild sourness, strong sweetness, mild hoppy bitterness and dark maltiness in the aroma. Mild sourness, moderate bitterness, vinegar, soy and dark malt in the flavor. A bit too challenging. It’s a mystery what this is.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
VDuquerroux (1183) - Airvault, FRANCE - AUG 7, 2016
Bottle, 341mL. Home. A very dark brown beer, nearly black ; beige-brown foamy head ; good retention and lacing. Red beries (blackberry), roast, toast, black chocolate, herbal note. Medium dry lasting bitter ; nicely refreshing, light acid, light sweet. Medium elegant body, avearge texture, average good carbonation, dry roasty lasting finish. Overall, great ! I enjoyed this fruity toasty herbal story.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (5686) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 3, 2016
12oz bottle, purchased September 2015, drunk 7/30/16. The notches on the side indicate a 0 and a 3. I have no idea what that means, but I assume this beer is somewhere between 1.5 and 2 years old.
An absolute immense amount of dark beige head tops a dark, deep-amber-mahogany brown body with moderate clarity. Head retention is strong.
The nose is full of plastery yeast-like minerality and very soft honey-vanilla. The dark malts do not impose too much strength, adding lighter burnt caramel and maple/treacle notes. Very soft all around with maybe just a touch of ethanol, but it doesn’t even seem out-of-place, balancing the sweeter malts quite nicely and mixing with lightly peppery phenols. Nothing messy here and while it’s obviously not a traditional saison, the yeast profile is actually pretty in-line with what I want from a saison.
Incredibly soft, pillowy malts also show exactly what I’d like from the texture of a saison, with tight carbonation, to-boot. There’s more sweetness than I’d like overall, but just by a touch. Otherwise, the maple-vanilla-caramel flavors delight and a very strong treacle-like dry acidity balances fairly well. Light brown bread notes as well, but it’s not bready in the bad sense. Some alcohol dryness, but nothing sharp/noxious. Very, very drinkable and made all the better by the plaster/mineral character of the yeast.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (1134) - Timisoara, ROMANIA - JUN 29, 2016
Dark brown color with mocha head. Aroma has dark malts, chocolate, brown sugar, dark fruits and some spices. Taste starts with some liquorice, chocolate, roasted malt, quite bitter, especially on the finish and lingering very long on the aftertaste with roasted chocolate malt. Body is quite light with a good amount of carbonation. Overall it’s an interesting spicy beer with a very well hidden ABV but a bit unbalanced for my taste.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeardedAvenger (131) - Addlestone, Surrey, ENGLAND - JUN 27, 2016
Bottle at home, 27/06/16. Ordered from Saviere Biere. The alcohol comes through in the aroma, with a dark roasted element. Dark and treacle looking. Had a superb chocolate milkshake head, which disapated far too quickly. Bitter but not too much so. Full thick body with a good alcohol burn to it. More of a winter beer. Good stuff.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rand (1490) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Bouteille 341 ml de Hyperboissons - Doubs (F). Bière sombre à haute mousse boisée. Arômes grillés, fruits noirs, réglisse, épices et levure. Le goût est très rôti, toujours avec réglisse, sec, amer avec un soutien d’alcool, de l’acidulité, des notes aigres-douces de levure, du boisé, des herbes aromatiques, du soja et de la cendre. Bière de dégustation très complexe et remarquable.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fhoublon (428) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
Verre en fût (tulipe) dégusté le 11 octobre 2015 à la brasserie à St-Jérôme. Bière noire opaque. Col mince beige foncé assez durable. Odeur style sirop d’érable , un peu aigre. Très douce, peu sucrée, assez amère et sèche en finale. Saveur de café noir brûlé un peu aigre.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (643) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Tap into a snifter showing pitch black with sparse latte foam The nose shows roasted malts and ground coffee. The palate shows moderate carbonation, a full body and smooth but only light coffee and roasted malts with a faint anko sweetness on the finish.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (1336) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2016
Bottle (date stamp says 9/10/15). Stouty brownish-black pour, massive, rocky, beige head with wicked retention and lace. Nose is full of roast, minerals, prunes, candy, soy sauce, some faint funk from the yeast (although is mostly overcome by the mash bill). Mouth is medium-full, sharp carbonation, but still slick on the palate, dry but overly so, roast and hoppy bitterness dominating, some cocoa, strong black coffee, more soy sauce, hint of smoke, some phenolic notes near the finish. Not sure this is anything more than a slightly unusual stout... I would have liked to get some more of the character from the yeast. Still, Dieu du Ciel proves to be, as usual, a quality pour.


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