Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4.83/5 rDev +22.6%
Cool collaboration with a Japanese Brew pub. Served in a tulip glass, its nearly totally black with a rocky, cappucinno colored head. The aroma is of cloves, pepper, anise, chocolate. The first sip bursts with all the aforementioned spices and tonnes more. Extremely complex. There's also a subtle roastyness and coffee flavor of a stout that inmeshes seemlessly with the Saison flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with carbonation. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden throughout. The finish is herbal and lightly bitter.
This is a fantastic beer, one of the most interesting ones Ive tried in a while. Very complex and surprisingly representative of both styles.
03-04-2012 23:23:24 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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
4.49/5 rDev +14%
Dieu du Ciel! Isseki Nichō
A- pour yields a nice 2-1/2 finger mocha colored head receding to about a finger with good retention and very nice lacing. The beer, as it sits, is black in color 4.5
S- the Saison yeast is on the forefront of the nose with a slight spice and banana character while earthy and robust at the same time. That is perhaps due to the underlying roasted malts giving off a light coffee and chocolate smell. Smells excellent. 4.25
T- wow, I'm liking this a lot. The balance of the Saison yeast, the roasted malts, and the light hops is superb. The bitterness lingers on the back end drawing you back for more. Slightly dry on the backend as well. Excellent. 4.5
M- nice and full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. 4.5
O- I need more of this. Great beer, with good drinkability. 4.5
11-23-2013 04:21:54 | More by t420o
4.48/5 rDev +13.7%
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.
01-20-2014 09:24:14 | More by Pintofbrown
4.46/5 rDev +13.2%
341ml bottle poured into tulip 6/5/13 some hoser was nice enough to give me the bottle
A just a thumbnail of cola in a black liquid, three fingers of dark mocha foam has good retention slowly falling to a thick film that leaves lots of random lace on its way down
S charred wood, espresso, bakers chocolate, hit me first followed by a hop blast of grapefruit and tangerine that are much stronger then expected, a little licorice and fudge as it warms with just a hint of the farmhouse yeast and booze
T more dark roast in the mouth but the hops are still strong, the chocolates not quite as dark as what I was smelling and I get a little rind I didn't find on the nose, great mix of hops and dark roast but I think the "Saison" aspects a little hard to find
M not quite as thick as the color would have me guess but still a full bodied beer, has a bitter snap to it, and a long strange mix of coffee and hops on the finish
O even 6 months old this still has a massive hop presence, drinks like a fresh hopped up RIS and that suits me just fine, I was expecting more Belgian influence and I suppose it comes out a little more as it warms but still subtle
I'm pretty happy with whats in my glass and would definitely buy this often if I could get it off the shelf here in Alberta, time will tell I suppose. One of those beers where you want to taste a bottle fresh and with a couple years on it, I'm not sure what if age would do to this one.
05-07-2013 17:08:21 | More by wordemupg
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
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
The brew is very black, especially for a saison, the head is brown and leaves good lacing.
The smell is full of caramel malty aromas, burnt toast and coffee beans.
The taste is rather sweet, a bit licorice, dried fruits, figs and dates, strong wine, Madeira and Sherry.
A light carbonation, a bit syrup and alcoholic feeling, but very smooth.
Don't know if their style assignment is correct "Imperial Dark Saison", anyway a very good after-dinner beer.
09-24-2010 20:45:54 | More by rarbring
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
A: This beer is dark and black. When held to the light, this beer is darker than a coke. A pretty, tan head dissipates quickly. A mild amount of carbonation is present.
S: Dark fruit permeates the smell. The typical saison yeast smell is less prevalent than in normal saisons. The alcohols smell is non-existent for this 9.5% beer.
T: The taste opens with dark fruit and slowly gives to a muted yeast spice. An effervescent roasted chocolate malt blends in with the overall taste at the finish. This beer is not sweet, instead it's deliciously savory. One must hunt for the alcohol taste; it's virtually non-existent.
M: Mouthfeel is smooth with a slight, pleasing carbonation. The beer is full bodied. Honestly, this is a great balance of carbonation and body.
D: One couldn't blaze through a 6 pack; but then again, no one would want to blaze through a 6 pack. You could easily have two of these after dinner.
02-07-2011 22:43:19 | More by wisecracka
4.35/5 rDev +10.4%
A few half pints at Volo's Dieu du Ciel launch night. Apparently Isseki Nicho means to kill two birds with one stone. This imperial black saison was brewed as a collaborative effort between Dieu du Ciel and the Shiga Kogen brewery in Japan, then fresh hopped with local Nagano hops and cask conditioned. I believe this has been its only appearance on cask.
Pours pitch black with two fingers of dark tan head, which left great lacing as it settled down. Nice aroma - some funk, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, wood and cider. Flavour is a mix of two world's, with a decent roast being slightly edged out by some great saison funk. Its like a cross between their Grande Noirceur and St-Louis Saison. Nice roasted malt base provides flavours of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, which is complimented by a light fruitiness and hints of dates. Big, funky saison yeast wrestles the malt to the ground and leaves you in no doubt what sort of beer this is. A lingering bitterness is appended to a warming alcohol finish. I would have liked to see a bit more dark roast in there, but that would probably have tipped the scales to far in the direction of a Belgian Imperial Stout. The cask gives this a nice smooth body with a light carbonation, but probably also lets the alcohol shine a little too much. In spite of this it remains ridiculously drinkable.
Another fine experiment and a great collaboration!
10-05-2009 15:12:31 | More by bobsy
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
4.34/5 rDev +10.2%
Poured into a large wine glass. Bottle date of 11/12. Imperial Dark Saison. ABV this batch was 9.5%
A - Black brown body, not opaque at all, with an aggressive pour you get a decent 2 fingers of caramel/light brown head...head settles fairly quickly but lots of lacing on top and sticking to the glass.
S - Bittersweet, roasted malt aromas underlying, some other sweet aroma I can't quite put my finger on(almost butter scotch?), but quite fresh with a big blast of fresh hops in this type of glass but I don't get as much spice though on the nose.
T - Upfront, sweet, caramel sugars, roasted coffee malts. As it finishes it is slightly spicy, lots of bitter chocolate taste and slightly floral/grassy hops (which could be actually the yeast coming out a bit)
M - Medium carbonation with some fizz on your tongue, medium-thick body, but not syrupy like a heavy stout, much more dry saison here.
O - Really interesting combo beer here that makes it hard to review, because while it has a saison base it really is styled on a porter/stout flavour profile. That said I'm really enjoying it, very complex, you've got your stout malts, but then some underlying saison bitter/hops/funkiness going on which is nice, and then instead of a sticky mouth it's really quite drying... a relatively recent collaboration beer with Shiga Kougen in Japan, but already off to an amazing start I'd say... perfect for winter, sharing with friends and warming your bones.... highly recommended to give it a try, interested to see where they take this beer or develop it any more. (hard to classify purely as a saison so my review is more reflective of quality, as I'm guessing are others)
01-24-2013 01:19:01 | More by 4ster
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
On cask at the Volo Dieu du Ciel launch.
Pours a deep and dark reddish black, slightly opaque, medium sized and big bubbled tan head forms, quickly settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some solid lacing. Smell is neat, very fruity, some chocolate and a touch of roast, raisin, caramel, lightly funky saison character, hay, wood, earthy, pretty neat, alcohol comes through as well. Taste is nice too, fruity, very smooth light chocolate and roast character, some funk, licorice, alcohol, a bit herbal and grassy, pretty neat. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, some warmth going down. A pretty cool experiment, great beer.
10-05-2009 16:44:34 | More by Viggo
4.28/5 rDev +8.6%
Bottled November 2012. Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle!
Beer is black with a large tan head. Good lace, moderate retention.
Nose is very nice and somewhat unusual. A real mix of fruit and malt, with some yeast. I find it remarkably hard to place the scents with any particularity. There is a bit of a cocoa and roasted scent that is reminiscent of a stout, but the fruit (some citrus and tropical fruit, almost some blueberry?) and yeast reveal it to be something else entirely. Some spice as well. Impressive!
Taste is quite good but not quite at the level of the nose for me. Malt gets ramped up- caramel and roasted malt, coupled with a strong dose of yeast, citrus fruit and some spices. Quite interesting. Really a hybrid of styles, but a success.
Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.
Overall, really unusual and quite tasty. A winner in my books. Glad they bottled this one and I hope that it sticks around in that format.
01-30-2013 02:04:58 | More by jrenihan
Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.