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Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

115 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 115
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 9.92%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 1
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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duracell

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

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

Quebec (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -30%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

03-30-2013 01:54:46 | More by chickenm
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-14-2013 01:51:23 | More by acurtis
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JonnyBeers

British Columbia (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

09-14-2013 04:10:38 | More by JonnyBeers
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citycrab

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-31-2011 23:21:03 | More by citycrab
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%

341ml bottle, my thanks to Mike from Artisan Ales (hoser around these parts) for the sample. I very much like the 'kill two birds with one stone' cross-cultural aphorism explanation on the label.

This beer pours a slight caramel tinted black, with no discernible edges, and three healthy fingers of puffy, tight, but thinly foamy beige head, which leaves some sparse gull-wing lace around the glass as it slowly and evenly abates. A whole new kind of saison awaits me here, I'm guessing.

It smells of bittersweet black fruit - the usual suspect plums and prunes, mostly - mildly roasted, and slightly smoked grainy malt, gritty coffee grounds, sharply metallic spices, mint and anise, predominantly, swamped saison-friendly yeast, and a hint of warming alcohol. The taste is roasted bready malt, caramel-heavy coffee, tart dark fruit, dry Belgian yeast set afloat, a dose of baker's chocolate, sassy grapefruit and leafy hops, and some dampened, muddled earthy spices. The big ABV is sneakily obfuscated in the morass.

The bubbles are well active, and quite frothy, the body a sturdy medium weight, smooth amongst a slight grittiness, and actually a tad creamy. It finishes off-dry, the caramel/coffee/cocoa backbone hard to write off, even if the spicy, mildly yeasty and more to the point bitter hoppiness seems to have found its strong second wind.

Well, 'Imperial' and 'Dark' tend to have a specific effect on any base beer - in that they get very stout-like, with only tacit references to the bottom in the affair. Here, the dry yeast and subtle fruitiness gets lost in the maw of the beast, as it were. Not a bad thing, I suppose, but it's quite hard to not stifle a laugh now, looking at the classification, even more so than for some of the headier American Black Ales out there. Tasty, sure, but don't go looking for the pastoral French countryside in this one.

03-22-2013 01:43:22 | More by biboergosum
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev -3.3%

Cask remaining two days after DDC night, at Cafe Volo. Cross style one-off callaboration. Black colour, with significant bubbly cask head. Aroma of pepper,malt, roast, and spicey yeast. Above average mouthfeel, particularly for a cask. Some hops, yeast in taste, some astringency on the tongue, roasted barley, some brown rice. A sipper.A unique Belgian stout imperial porter saison.
Had it again at Mondiale 2010 and it was a middling saison and RIS. Noticed dark chocolate, 3/8" bubbly head and above average mouthfeel.

10-06-2009 00:20:23 | More by Sammy
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socon67

New York

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

05-16-2014 17:44:45 | More by socon67
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Alieniloquium

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +1.3%

330 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Black body. Kinda murky. Big mocha head. Great retention. Thick collar.

Smell - Yeasty and estery. Some bright aromas. Dark chocolate.

Taste - Much more roasty. Dark chocolate. The belgian flavors kick in with some fruity flavors. Yeasty with some bright fruity flavors.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation. Yeasty. Bitter.

Overall - Pretty good. Complex and unique.

08-27-2013 00:33:26 | More by Alieniloquium
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brag

Quebec (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

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

British Columbia (Canada)

4.34/5  rDev +10.4%

Thanks for the killer beers, montrealbcr89!

Appearance. Pours a very deep brown, pretty black in the glass with 2 fingers of than head that lasts a while and leaves a bunch of nice lace.

Smell. Spicy saison yeast and grapefruits, dark chocolate, some black licorice and bit of roasty, maybe smokey malt.

Taste. Dark chocolate and big citrusy hops, some spicy yeast, roasty dark malts and black coffee.

Mouthfeel. Medium-full body with smooth medium carbonation.

Overall. I would call this beast an "Imperial Cascadian Saison". Really nice stuff.

01-25-2013 01:26:27 | More by Rutager
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev -3.6%

Bottle: Poured a large dark black color ale with a large deep brown color head with good detention and some pretty good lacing. Aroma of roasted malt notes is quite dominant with some light tart notes and some green citrusy hoppy notes also easily detectable. Taste is also a mix between some huge roasted malt notes with a serious hoppy profile with some citrus notes. Chocolate and light dry coffee notes are also detectable as well as light tart/lemony notes in the aftertaste. Body is full with creamy texture with great carbonation and no alcohol was perceptible. Interesting combination of flavour and totally not what I was expecting but very good nonetheless.

03-20-2013 18:38:37 | More by Phyl21ca
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TheSevenDuffs

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

11-14-2013 02:52:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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enelson

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

02-07-2013 13:11:15 | More by enelson
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%

Poured from a 341ml bottle into a stemmed tulip glass.

A: It is dark and opaque and pours to 3+ fingers of dark mocha head, very persistent and thickens as it settles leaving lots of lacing.

S: It has a nice Belgian nose, spicy and some lemon; rich sweet malt with lots of roasted notes and a bit of chocolate.

T: As the nose predicted, the beer has those typical Belgian flavors with lots of chocolate and some deep roasted malt. The finish is long, spicy and dry.

M: Medium-high body and carbonation; very smooth, round yet surprising; very smooth, round yet surprisingly light as a saison should be light as a saison should be.

O: A very interesting combination of smells and flavors. Delicious!

11-27-2013 18:25:43 | More by mtomlins
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DrBier

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.8%

07-26-2014 02:38:00 | More by DrBier
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is essentially jet black in color; faint hints of reddish brown are visible near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high dark tan head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles in the center of the glass, a collar around the edge and bits of lacing down the sides,
S: Moderate aromas of dark roasted malts are present in the nose along with notes of yeast.
T: The taste is similar to the smell but seems more like a saison with more spices towards the finish. Noted of licorice are also apparent. No alcohol is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is really interesting as it has some properties of a Russian Imperial Stout having used its grain bill. It is extremely easy to drink considering its strength.

12-08-2013 12:13:47 | More by metter98
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montrealbcr89

Quebec (Canada)

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-04-2013 16:46:39 | More by montrealbcr89
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ssmack

Ontario (Canada)

4.61/5  rDev +17.3%

The label says "Imperial Dark Saison". 9.5%

It fills the tulip with total blackness. The is a thin light tan head. Lacing with the tip of the glass.

This has a mysterious aroma. Musty and grainy. Is that the smell of meat? Yes it is. Pork or maybe uncooked beef.

There is tons of favours in the taste. The alcohol is up front. Dark chocolate and burnt toast. The is a burst of sweetness. Bitter orange in the end.

A satisfying, full, slightly oily feel.

Very enjoyable.

02-27-2013 02:28:29 | More by ssmack
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pknyc

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

04-26-2013 17:39:38 | More by pknyc
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-27-2013 15:49:58 | More by ShanePB
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papat444

Quebec (Canada)

4.39/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 11/12.

Appearance: A very dense brown body with a massively huge head, color is medium brown. Really at ease in the glass and leaves gobs of lacing on the sides.

Smell: Plums, strong roasted coffee, mint, jelly. roasted vs. sweet vs. spices. Intriguing and very powerfully good.

Taste: Currants, plums, red wine, roasted coffee, assorted spices, has a cork-like flavor to it, almost port-like.

Mouthfeel: This is one that warms down the throat. Very creamy, sticks in the palate.

Overall: This one does not disappoint. A mesh of flavors and styles that is well pulled off.

02-26-2013 12:27:32 | More by papat444
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

05-10-2013 16:59:21 | More by Caudalie
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FondueVoodoo

British Columbia (Canada)

4.19/5  rDev +6.6%

This was kindly provided courtesy of papat444.

A: Pours a deep molasses black with 3 fingers of tight microfoam head that is caramel colour.

S: Initial scents of roasted grains together with wet wood, espresso, deep malt or buckwheat honey, slight hints of dark fruit and hoppy presence. Intriguing and contrasting scent profile.

T: Acrid and slightly burnt coffee flavoured with smoke and peat. Deeply toasted grains throughout along with charred wood. Pronounced hop profile. Finishes dry with wet earth and deeply charred wood.

M: Acrid and dry. Despite the active head there is very low to no carbonation. Medium to heavy bodied, coats the tongue. Noticeable alcohol esters linger on the finish.

O: I struggle to see the saison characteristics in this beer, possibly due to burnt flavour profile, low carbonation and the imperial alcohol content. Regardless, this beer is deeply complex, rich and very enjoyable. It would offer a solid compliment to roasted meats.

Thanks again to papat444 for providing us with this beer.

06-15-2013 04:18:17 | More by FondueVoodoo
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Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.