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

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RATINGS: 247   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.


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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (674) - Aarhus, - JUN 1, 2014
341 ml bottle shared two ways. Pours a dark dark black with a fairly small dense tan head. Nose has lots of burnt malts and some yeasty notes. Taste is fairly sweet, with a lot of roast, some light ash and a tad vanilla. Pretty good but much more like a stout than a Belgian ale.


3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jauneattend (74) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 22, 2014
Pours an opaque black colour with a foamy, khaki head that lingers. Aroma is saison yeast, smokey malts, chocolate and espresso. Taste is similar to aroma with minor citrus and peppery notes as well. Mouthfeel is medium with prickly carbonation and a bitter, drying finish. Odd beer, but not bad.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 16/20
jennawood79 (281) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
Some alcohol. Taste is alcohol all along, quite warming. Yeasty (saison) and bit bitter all along. Some grain and chocolate also. Nice experience overall but it feels a bit unbalanced. Very powerful. Nice lacing. Finish is alcohol, sweet and dark chocolate.

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
RickTheRick (401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 14, 2014
Noire et opaque, cette bière aux multiples facettes se laisse dorloter par une mousse plutôt épaisse de couleur crème. En respirant à fond, une impression étrange mais agréable de tarte au citron et chocolat m’est venue à l’esprit. J’ai replongé mon nez plusieurs fois pour être certain et je n’ai pu chasser cette perception. Assurément un résultat de la combinaison entre la levure Saison fruitée et les grains légèrement torréfiés. On retrouve cette signature chocolatée et citronnée en bouche, les houblons utilisés dégageant des flaveurs fruitées qui sont sans équivoque. La texture est assez soyeuse et une amertume marquée s’amalgame à la finale un peu épicée de cette bière qui se veut un exemple parfait de l’alliage des styles. Une de mes bières favorites au Québec.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HippyHop (165) - CANADA - SEP 27, 2014
Pours black with a bit of tan head thah fades pretty quick. Nose is roasted grain, coffee/chocolate notes, floral hops and some nice spicy funk from the saison yeast. Taste is lots of alcohol, roasted grain, sweet fruit and caramel, a bit of coffee and chocolate that lingers through the finish along with the floral hops. This is a really interesting mashup. Heavy, not sessionable but really damn good

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
daje (2602) - NORWAY - SEP 9, 2014
On tap at The Bishops Arms Bellmansgatan, Stockholm, april 17th 2014. Dark brown, close to black body with a big tanned head.  Sweet toffee and cocoa aroma with a zesty saison punch. Taste of coffee, plums, raisins, spicy yeast and a crisp fruity finish. Pretty thick body, medium bitterness. 

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AshtonMcCobb (2701) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - SEP 6, 2014
Bottle at the Red Squirrel. Appearance - opaque black with a lovely fawn head. Nose - pineapple and light spice under a blanket of chocolate. Taste - again easy to pick out the tropical citrus and spice in amongst the chocolate. An edge of coffee too. Palate - medium to full bodied with a creamy texture and a long elegant finish. Overall - both stout and saison in the same glass and in balance.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
manuelMTL (109) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 4, 2014
From 341 ml bottle in tulip glass. Pour is black with a thick brown head. Aroma is coffee beans with a touch of vanilla. The belgian yeast is well present. The taste is even more coffee beans. This is followed by a boozy dark fruit, prune wave and all finishes with a long espresso taste. The saison character works well with the dark IPA character of this beer. High carbonation. Great mouthfeel. A great, complex beer!

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oqnid (81) - Quebec, CANADA - AUG 6, 2014
11 fév '13 -->Imperial saison noire, 9,5%, 341ml -noire absolut; mousse foncée veloutée, nuageuse -nez de torréfaction, vanille, dates, racines (terreuse) -entrée terreuse, cendrée, alcool -liquoreuse -finale raisins secs, houblon, café fort; amère, alcool, boisée Co=4 Arô=3.5 Am=3 Su=1.5 Arr= via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
andrepintado (1483) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - JUL 31, 2014
341ml bottle that a friend brought from Montreal. Dark dark brown color, head is medium and brown. Body is super smooth, finish is medium long. Taste is medium bitter, and medium sweet and low sour. Light umami. Aroma is coffee, chocolate, light roasted, hops, spices.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopscotch (9258) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUL 24, 2014
Bottle... Pours murky and dark brown with a small, creamy, khaki head. Good retention. The aroma is a luxurious collection of dark chocolate, fudge and toasted nuts, with a whisper of vanilla. Full-bodied with a lightly creamy mouthfeel and airy carbonation. The flavor is bitter, deeply burnt and lightly acrid. Finishes charred, bitter, a bit raspy, and then dries out. Bottle courtesy of biggsbowler!


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