Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
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
3.8/5 rDev -3.6%
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
3.98/5 rDev +1%
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
British Columbia (Canada)
4.34/5 rDev +10.2%
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
3.79/5 rDev -3.8%
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
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
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
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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
4.61/5 rDev +17%
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.
02-27-2013 02:28:29 | More by ssmack
4.39/5 rDev +11.4%
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
Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.