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

bottled
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on tap
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Broad Distribution

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RATINGS: 366   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.

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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (5410) - Michigan, USA - FEB 23, 2016
11.5 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/10/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, fig, blackberry, date, pear, apple, apricot, orange zest, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peppercorn, clove, licorice, toasted dark bread, char, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and citrus/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, fig, blackberry, date, pear, apple, apricot, orange zest, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peppercorn, clove, licorice, toasted dark bread, char, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, pear, apple, apricot, orange zest, peppercorn, clove, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from hop/roasted bitterness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial dark saison style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Flanfl (799) - Lyon, FRANCE - JAN 27, 2016
Deep brown body, three finger of lasting brown head. Aroma of toffee, dark fruits, spices, floral hops, yeasty notes. Flavour profile is completly different, lots of roasted malt, coffee, chocolate, dark caramel, Saison yeast, slightly sourish, alcohol fusel. Hoppy flavour is coming at the end. Long warm roasted malt and coffee finish. Lost of bitterness. Strong bitter coffee aftertaste. Full body, medium-low carbo. Waho. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
daniele (8911) - ITALY - JAN 20, 2016
thanks alex bottle on 2015/09/10 dark good head roasty herbal hoppy nose good bitterness dry roasty light spicy finish Scura buona schiuma mefia persistenza buone note tostate discreto sentore lupoolato erbaceo buona secchezza piutosto amaro filo speziato finale

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JBPortland (1540) - Hampton Roads, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2016
12oz bottle pours black brown with big 3 finger brown head. Nose is earthy, damp soil, dark fruit, herbal spice, mint, pine, plum. Taste is more on the imperial stout side with big roasty bakers chocolate, ash, with a fruity grape plum background and a forest greenery herbal note. Finishes with ashy roast, wet earth, soil, piney, mint, dark fruit. A lot going on here.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1951) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Pours a very dark brown with a deep tan head with a reddish hue. Grassy, doughy nose with dark malt notes as well. Smooth, thick mouthfeel with some crispiness around the surface. Grassiness dominates. Which, is remarkable given the prominence of the dark malt expression.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Sledutah (7456) - Utah, USA - JAN 15, 2016
Bottle thanks to Secret Santa
Pours clear dark brown with a medium sized tan head, good lacing. Aroma of dark malts, roast chocolate, brown sugar and resin. Flavors of dark roast malts, chocolate, peppers, leather and cherries
Nice

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
drpimento (3530) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Very malty, slightly vinous, rich. Nice tan, long lasting head, some lace.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lilja (3133) - Malm, SWEDEN - JAN 5, 2016
Flaska drucken p Nya Trls. Tung och lite svr hybridl. rostad, syrlig och besk. Listan p det jag saknar r lngre n den p vad jag hittar. Saknar lite frisk humle som kanske en gng funnits men nu bara lmnat beska efter sig. Saknar lite kropp och rundhet frn den rostade malten och alkoholen, saknar saisonen karaktr. Ganska fint kryddighet med lite lkerol special karaktr. Nej, Dieu du Ciel kan bttre n s hr... tack Daniel.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
BobyFischer (309) - FRANCE - DEC 28, 2015
Bire de haute qualit.Trs torrfie, caf, chocolat, caramel, vanille, tourbe. Houblon, amertume vgtale et subtilement aromatique. Corps puissant, semblable une brune belge, une quadruple. Un curieux et subtile mlange : puissante quadruple belge brune et puissante, saison houblonne et aux dlicats armes de houblons et de levures, stout crmeuse, torrfie souhait et sche.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MrChopin (4304) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2015
[ bottle ][ 6oz ][ @tasting ][ $ ? ][ snifter ][ 10.24.15 ]
jet black, thick dense tan cream head dies quick. Strong dark roast, gummy sugar anise profile but no saison notes, the roast and sweetness is all imperial stouts. Super dry, lightly barky, gummy front palate, a little root and chocolate, faint spicing / pepperiness. Heavy roast mid palate before salty roast finish, stinging with light sugar lasting long.

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