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Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

100 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 100
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%


Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel visit their website
Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: bobsy on 10-05-2009)
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Reviews by DoubleJ:
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

What if a Japanese and Québécois brewery got together and made a beer? In this case, you get a black saison. On-tap at 38 Degrees in Alhambra, on to the beer"

Topping the black body is a tanned head, which retains well and leaves some lacing around the glass. Continuing the good start is the aroma, which offers a spicy rye note, a kiss of cocoa, and lemon wedges. And like that, the good start ends and it becomes....weird. There's a wild citrus flavor throughout the beer, and not even the breaths of cocoa can breathe enough into the beer and get it out of that direction. It's also modestly sour. The taste isn't bad to me; it's just on the singular side and unexpected.

One crazy beer. If you're prepared for a wild ride, Isseki Nicho might be ready for you. If not, shoot for another option. I'm glad that I tried it, but probably not again (more so considering the price).

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 23:32:35 | More by DoubleJ
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CowsandBeer

Kansas

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

11.5 oz bottle poured into a Brasserie de Silly tulip glass.

Appearance: A down the side pour produced a massive three fingers of mocha colored head. Lots of thick lacing with a persistent head. Black ink body.

Aroma: Wow, what an interesting aroma. Up front some soapy hops, some white peper, hay and funk, backbone of roasted malts and coffee. So it goes hoppy, saison, stout. Plenty going on but kind of confusing too.
Taste: The saison yeast seems to dominate over the stout notes here. Lots of white pepper, sea salt, and hay. A weird transition into the stout portion. Dark roasted malts, coffee, chocolate, but over powered by the saison yeast.

Mouthfeel: Creamy mouthfeel with prickly, low carbonation. Drying. Some booze.

Overall: A great looking beer but maybe not the best idea overall. The saison yeast overpowers the stout and seems too peppery and salty, almost one dimensional. Towards the finish the hop bitterness from the stout clashes with the yeast and almost makes it hard to drink too. I’d say back to the drawing board for this one.

Serving type: on-tap

04-12-2014 16:19:53 | More by CowsandBeer
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ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

04-02-2014 22:05:26 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
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DannyBaldoni

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

03-21-2014 22:28:54 | More by DannyBaldoni
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DC_Brah

District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-18-2014 17:51:54 | More by DC_Brah
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Ozzylizard

Pennsylvania

2.89/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle notched 0 and 2, at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of malt, alcohol, and ???
Head large (5.5 cm), creamy with some rocks, light brown, rapidly diminishing into a 2 cm layer with the center rising like an abbreviated Devil’s Tower
Lacing poor with an occasional clump
Body dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor is primarily malt with some alcohol – it burns when swallowed. No hops, no diacetyl. Fortunately only minimal aftertaste.
Body medium to full, slightly oily, carbonation soft.

I’m at a loss understanding what makes this a saison – the imperial and dark parts are obvious. There are no complex esters apparent, there is no spiceness or fruitiness. Wait – I just went back and reread the judging characteristics for a saison; it seems that anything goes. In the words of Emily Litella – “Never mind”.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2014 13:06:21 | More by Ozzylizard
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Marco_Gtz

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-15-2014 03:27:11 | More by Marco_Gtz
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Kurmaraja

Washington

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-02-2014 05:52:17 | More by Kurmaraja
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polishkaz

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-01-2014 03:47:40 | More by polishkaz
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brag

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-27-2014 16:10:32 | More by brag
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Modernrickk

California

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-20-2014 03:14:41 | More by Modernrickk
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-16-2014 17:04:10 | More by BARFLYB
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Focusf111

Vermont

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

02-13-2014 06:42:49 | More by Focusf111
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unclejazz

New York

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

02-11-2014 19:28:08 | More by unclejazz
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rale

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-06-2014 02:51:02 | More by rale
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Odri

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

02-05-2014 22:42:31 | More by Odri
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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-03-2014 04:34:37 | More by bigred89
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

02-02-2014 18:50:12 | More by Andrew041180
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from Brewdog's online shop

Poured a dark brown almost black colour... off white head pours big, billowy and meringue like then faded to light layer... very light carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Roasted dark malts mixed with lots of juicy fruitiness (apples, grapefruits), strong Belgian yeastiness, black pepper, quite earthy, some licorice, candy sugar sweetness, light biscuity malts, peppery hops, grassy, some hay notes, floral honey...

Taste - Earthy roasted maltiness, cocoa, some tart fruits (apples, pears), light biscuit malts, some clove spiciness, honey sweetness, light coffee, Belgian yeasty notes, peppery hops, grassy...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry when cool but becomes much more mellow when warmed up... quite drinkable - the 9% isn't noticeable at all...

Overall - An excellent dark saison and another fine brew from Dieu di Ciel... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 14:54:09 | More by mdagnew
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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-24-2014 15:09:40 | More by Drknight
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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-20-2014 17:23:36 | More by duracell
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a snifter.

Milk chocolate foam builds to four-fingers in width, recedes very slowly, there is still a finger-width of puffy, thick stuff after a few minutes, plastic-y webbed lacing all over. An ominous dark brown body sits heavily in the snifter.

A tangy bouquet meets the nose. The notes are a little roasty, like coffee, a bit of sour cherry, barnyard funk, earthy, smokey, dark chocolate, this miasma of scents is complex and offers something new with each sniff.

The beer starts smokey and tangy with the sour cherry from the nose followed closely by that slight barnyard funk. The finish builds with coffee roast and a nice blast of milky dark chocolate. The hop bitterness is a little surprising, with some good resin quality in the finish as well. The yeast also imparts a chalkiness in the back of the throat. The combo of tanginess, smoke, subtle sweetness, and surprising hop bitterness make this beer loads of fun to sip.

This beer has a solid medium body with a decent dry quality. It is velvety smooth and rolls over the tongue with a little bit of bubbliness.

Isseki Nicho is a quality beer. Dieu du Ciel and Shiga Kougen have created something very special. This dark beer is a complex monstrosity that drinks far too easily for a beer that is 9.5% ABV. I always enjoy the anticipation that comes from trying a style bending beer, and Isseki Nicho did not disappoint! I was debating on whether or not I would pick up a bottle of Dieu du Ciel's Penombre, but after this, debating no longer! Enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 09:24:14 | More by Pintofbrown
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

01-19-2014 07:29:51 | More by deonreds
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Whenever I hear a type of beer that's dubbed "black" anything that wasn't originally a dark beer (Black IPA, Black Saison...) I have become accustomed to it becoming a Porter with the base beer tendencies. But with the quality I've come to expect from Dieu Du Ciel, I'm expecting different from Isseki Nicho.

And dark brown to its core, the ale pours with a head porter character. Its body is a shade off of black but is opaque due to its shaddowy hues. A creamy ivory head billows to the top of the tulip in true farmhouse fashion. Its long retention and well-defined concentric rings sing praises of well-constructed Saison.

Its nose is surprisingly perfumy and floral. A waft of potpourri washes over the nose with a backbone of honey, orchard fruit and spice. Black peppercorn and a faint scent of charred toast bring a balance to the malt and fruit. Coming up to temperature, the ale continues to reveal mild coffee and walnut notes.

Its malty-dry taste is of cream, baking bread, toasted grain and with supple buckwheat honey. As the sweeter side trails, its fruity and spicy center emerges. Again, with apple, pear, orange and a tinge of tart berries; then a more spicy side balances with cardamom, clove, coriander, peppercorn, dandelion, and flower pedals. As the ale finishes, its timid coffee, char and cocoa note are a bit more pronounced.

Its body is highly effervescent with fine bubbles that give a creamier, rather than zesty impression. Yet, the beer sheds its medium weight late and prefers a dry malt texture that highlights its spicy alcohol and peppery bite. Its dry toast character further elevates the ale's dryness before echoes of that floral bouquet linger in aftertaste.

I'm impressed that the ale shows so much darkness and dryness from roasted malt, but doesn't contribute any porter or stout-like char. I'm also impressed that the ale can retain such dryness as its resists becoming a sweet beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 17:02:04 | More by BEERchitect
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jbeervt

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.3%

01-11-2014 05:45:41 | More by jbeervt
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Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 100 ratings.