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

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RATINGS: 289   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   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.


bursprak's rating

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bursprak (979) - 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
ramboraffe (959) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - APR 21, 2015
On tap at Bishops arms, Göteborg. Black with thin tanned head. Smell is sweet malty, with roasted tones, coffee, chocolate and a little sour berries. Taste is heavy malty with roasted tones, coffee, chocolate, ashes and a little yeast. Semi dry with medium bitterness and low carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
darkandersson (12) - SWEDEN - APR 20, 2015
Pitch black, brownish head. Sweet roasted smell. loads of Coffee, dry and roasted. A bit of sour berry taste complimenting. Long dry aftertaste with much roasted malts and chocolate.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
stantheman (701) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 14, 2015
Small bottle from Bottle Jockey in Burnaby. A black beer with a generous tan head. A distinct coffee nose. Tastes of coffee, chocolate and fruit. Nice. 3.8.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
batneil (436) - - APR 12, 2015
Thick black appearance. Slightest fizz. Very unusual taste, hard to place. Nice though - a bit on the strong side, but good for small doses.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Calisky (1427) - ALSACE, FRANCE - APR 2, 2015
Couleur noire, petite mousse beige. Nez de malt noir, levures, café, fermenté, notes caramel, fruits noirs et alcool. Gout malt grillé, café torrefié, levures, caramel doux, avec forte amertume grillée et levures fermentées en fin de bouche. Corps onctueux. Nickel

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Flyguytruckguy (52) - Quebec, CANADA - APR 1, 2015
Complex aroma of toasted malts, molasses, dark chocolate, and strong coffee. Hoppy flowers and perfume with a touch of earthy yeast. Massive, rocky, light brown, long lasting head with excellent lacing over a dark brown body. Slightly sweet, moderately bitter initial and heavy bitter finish of long duration. Full body, oily texture and lively carbonation. Moderate alcoholic feel to the finish. A killer beer!

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
VsXsV (2641) - Linköping, SWEDEN - MAR 26, 2015
Bottle. Deep brown liquid with medium tan head. Aroma of dill, licorice, coffee, red berries, citrus and white pepper. Taste is light sweet and medium bitter with notes of citrus, dill and licorice. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Trainwreck , if a rather tasty one.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
bjorninn (42) - - MAR 24, 2015
Flaska í saison smakki 21. mars. Svartur, ţykk brún frođa. Súkkulađi og ristađ malt, skemtilegur keimur af gerinu. Of kolsýrđur.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeremyh70 (841) - Missouri, USA - MAR 21, 2015
Poured black with chestnut highlights and a huge mocha colored fluffy head that retained very well and left nice thick lacing. Has an aroma of charred malt, chocolate and dark berries that have just been picked and have some dusty dirt on them. Blueberries come through in the taste with that same earthiness and perceived sweetness, along with a prominent charred/burnt malt flavor that is almost acrid until your palate adjusts to it. Also get some orange rind, anise, chocolate and some mild peppery spiciness. A moderate level of bitterness from the dark malt. Finishes with lingering charred malt flavor and bitterness. Mouthfeel is semi creamy with a medium/full body and high carbonation. Very interesting and unique beer. The charred malt flavors were a bit off putting but became acceptable, although still my least favorite part of the taste. Not one I’d probably buy again but was glad I got to try it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
adster (499) - HUNGARY - MAR 21, 2015
UPDATED: MAR 22, 2015 Kávészínű főzetünk nem kevés dilemmát tartogat az egyszerű sörfogyasztó számára, amennyiben a tipologizálásának kemény fájába vágja a fejszéjét. Az egyik legnagyobb sörértékelő oldal iránymutatása alapján érdemes a főzetet a belgian strong ale kategóriába sorolni, ugyanakkor maga az ital címkéje büszkén hirdeti az "imperial dark saison" jelleget. Mindemellett a felszínesebb szemlélődők hajlamosak lehetnek black IPA-ként tekinteni a sörre. Szó, mi szó, szegfűs, vadvirágos aromáitól csak úgy szikrázik a levegő, friss, parfümös illatai kávé, pörkölt magvak jegyeivel vegyülve teszik egyedivé a fekete hangulatú komlószerkezet kompozícióját. Csípőskés, vibráló kortyai ostorcsapásként hatnak, vérbeli, sötét tónusú IPA vonalai keverednek egy fajsúlyos, hirtelen haragú főzet jellemvonásaival. Vérmes, frissítő jellegű, ropogósan száraz benyomásai olvasztott étcsokoládé, karamell és kávé hangulatát hordozzák,végül virágos köntösbe bújtatott, hosszan elnyúló kesernyével dolgozó malátafolyam intenzív csobogása győzedelmeskedik a belga stílusú ale mondanivalójának befogadására felkészült ízlelőbimbók fölött. Nem mindennapi főzet, speciális igények kielégítésére messzemenőkig alkalmas ital.


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