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


on tap

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RATINGS: 360   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 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
kanaclane (418) - - OCT 3, 2015
Nez: Malt torrfi, agrumes, fruits noirs Bouche: Caf, chocolat, fruits noirs, notes dagrumes, vineuse, belle rondeur, finale sche Elle emplit la bouche trs longuement. Quelle complexit ! Une bire dexcellence.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gription79 (2879) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. Poured with a huge head, there is definitely brettanomyces at work here. The aroma is chocolate, cherry, dusty, estery. The flavor is chocolate, cherries, almond, burnt sugar, ashy. This is better than I expected.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
yourilevesque (1658) - Montral, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 24, 2015
Bire ayant subi une vieillissement de presque un an. Dguste bien tranquillement, la Isseki Nicho est noire, mousseuse, ttue, collante au verre dune mousse onctueuse et forme de minuscules bulles actives et agressives. Au nez, je ressens beaucoup dherbe, du litchi, des levures saison mais qui peinent poindre tant la torrfaction est importante et omniprsente. a sent les champs brls. Je puis affirmer, puisque je connais assez bien cette bire, que le vieillissement ne lui va pas mal du tout. Le ct furieusement herbac en bouche que lon retrouve dans la version frache laisse place ici quelque chose de beaucoup plus rond. Je ressens beaucoup de lavande certes, mais le manque dquilibre que je lui reproche habituellement est maintenant un problme qui pour moi est rsolu par le vieillissement. Un sucre rsiduel sest maintenant install et avec lui se prsentent dtonnantes notes de vinaigre balsamique, sans que le liquide soit pour autant acide. Alcool trs discret pour une bire de ce calibre, effervescence forte et densit apprciable, cette bire complexe nest pas faite pour les palais non exercs.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Freaky_tiki (1137) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2015
Bottle gifted from the right honourable Hippyhop -- thanks, man! Pours like a muscular imperial stout into the glass, oil leak black with a rocky mocha cap. I could smell the saison yeast as it poured out of the bottle & gurgled into the glass, hinting that this was not going to be a normal drinking experience. In fact, I love the border blur of styles that is at play here: sour cocktail cherries, yeasty funk, roasted grains, boozy warmth goodness, overripe blackberries, wet pipe tobacco & soy sauce. Most interesting is the three act arc of the sip: starting with an imperial stout mouthfeel to a prickly saison middle & a conclusion that trails off into a dry, roasted finish. Theres a lot of moving parts here & it --along with the 9.5% kick -- forces you to enjoy this as a slow sipper. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MarcoDL (4500) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 22, 2015
Bottle @ ZEBF 2015. Aroma of roasted malt and hop. Taste is surprisingly soft, with grassy hop and roasted malt and coffee. Like a strong dark saison. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
edgallow (3932) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUN 10, 2015
12 oz bottle pours black with a off white head. Aroma of coffee, caramel and toasty malts. Taste is caramel, dried fruit and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
OrangeWindies (2) - SWEDEN - JUN 2, 2015 does not count
Creamy port wine and coffee while youre drinking, then more chocolatey aftertaste but still with a hint of port.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rarbring (2288) - Linkping, SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2015
Aroma: The smell is full of caramel malty aromas, burnt toast and coffee beans.
Appearance: The brew is very black, especially for a saison, the head is brown and leaves good lacing.
Taste: The taste is rather sweet, a bit licorice, dried fruits, figs and dates, strong wine, Madeira and Sherry.
Palate: A light carbonation, a bit syrup and alcoholic feeling, but very smooth.
Overall: Dont know if their style assignment is correct "Imperial Dark Saison", anyway a very good after-dinner beer.
Note: On-tap at Dieu Du Ciel in Montreal. Reviewed 2010-09-14.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
HarryPlopper (57) - - MAY 3, 2015
Dark brown color with thick, brown head that has plenty of lacing. Has scent and taste of chocolate with floral notes. Thick and rich mouth feel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2705) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 2, 2015
Bottle at home. Pours dark brown with a big tan head. Aroma is Roasty yeasty and some funkiness flavor follows with a good bit of roast. Nice interesting beer. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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