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


on tap

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RATINGS: 364   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.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ClarkVV (6409) - Boston, 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 doesnt even seem out-of-place, balancing the sweeter malts quite nicely and mixing with lightly peppery phenols. Nothing messy here and while its 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 Id like from the texture of a saison, with tight carbonation, to-boot. Theres more sweetness than Id 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 its 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ciocanelu (2051) - 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 its an interesting spicy beer with a very well hidden ABV but a bit unbalanced for my taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
BeardedAvenger (599) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rand (1660) - SWITZERLAND - JUN 19, 2016
Bouteille 341 ml de Hyperboissons - Doubs (F). Bire sombre haute mousse boise. Armes grills, fruits noirs, rglisse, pices et levure. Le got est trs rti, toujours avec rglisse, sec, amer avec un soutien dalcool, de lacidulit, des notes aigres-douces de levure, du bois, des herbes aromatiques, du soja et de la cendre. Bire de dgustation trs complexe et remarquable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fhoublon (461) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 8, 2016
Verre en ft (tulipe) dgust le 11 octobre 2015 la brasserie St-Jrme. Bire noire opaque. Col mince beige fonc assez durable. Odeur style sirop drable , un peu aigre. Trs douce, peu sucre, assez amre et sche en finale. Saveur de caf noir brl un peu aigre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
jc1762 (1230) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ryecatcher (1407) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bubblehouse (1460) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAY 16, 2016
A really old bottle but still pretty tasty. Poured with a huge head but once ut settled it tasted fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
willisread (3163) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - MAY 5, 2016
Bottle shared. Thanks Davido! Lots of dark fruit, some saison yeast character. Raisin, dark plums and some fig. Cacao and berry notes as well. Finish was slightly thin. I was lit by this point.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
fredfa (234) - belo horizonte, BRAZIL - APR 18, 2016
Imperial diferente de outras do estilo. menos encorpada e mais ctrica. lcool aparece um pouco, mas no encomoda. Na minha opnio, no est dentre as melhores da Dieu.

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