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Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

122 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 122
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | 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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Photo of TheDoctor
3.84/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SERVICE: Bottle
Bottled On: 09-03-2014


A:
Pours an inpenetrable black with two and a half fingers of rocky tan head that airily settles to a decent film. Okay retention; polka dot lacing. (4)

S:
Fruity chocolate. Cocoa, citrusy tartness, fresh herbal aromas, coffee, leather, pepper. (4)

T:
Rich and boozy. Coffee, dirt, pepper, chocolate. (3.75)

M:
Bubbly, coating, medium plus bodied, lingering warm richness kind of boozy and sticky after a while (especially as it warms). (3.5)

O:
Tasty beer.
As for what makes a good Black Saison, I don't know.
Aroma-wise I felt like fruity hops were what really stuck out, but the rest drinks like a stout/porter. There aren't even discernable yeast flavors that I could pin down. Tasty, but warming and stiff for a cold night. Definitely a sipping beer.
Would have again; worth trying. (4)

TheDoctor, Saturday at 11:48 PM
Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

spw109, Oct 15, 2014
Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Franck, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

341 ml bottle poured into a tulip glass. Nearly pitch black with a copious creamy, frothy tan head. Incredibly complex fruit and spice aroma, I am getting fermented apples and pears, cherries, blackberries, black pepper, cranberries, coffee, singed grain, charcoal, a whiff of banana even. Rather unique. The palate leans more toward the darker elements, coffee, char, and burnt crusts, although the berry and orchard fruit notes remain salient and the massive ABV asserts itself admirably, lending the entire package a rum-like smoky barroom sort of vibe. Ashtray and orchard fruit provide an odd juxtaposition in the finish. Heavy bodied, thick, with just enough carbonation to keep this medicine from coming across as flat. I have yet to encounter many black saisons and certainly this evokes the notion: Earthy spicy yeast, a dryish vinous character, robust roasted/toasted malts, a sweeter fruitiness like black cherry juice dancing along the top. Not for the faint of heart but damn good overall.

CalgaryFMC, Sep 30, 2014
Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Corson, Aug 26, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -3.3%

Pours an opaque black with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy lattice of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of dark roasted malt, earth, chalk, spice, and char aromas. Taste is much the same with dark roasted malt, cocoa, char, and yeast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with more imperial stout than saison qualities in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 26, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

cam477, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of slowfade
4/5  rDev +1.5%

slowfade, Aug 13, 2014
Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

muskiesman, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

bobv, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Howlader, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Walkerjgt
3/5  rDev -23.9%

Walkerjgt, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of Socialiste
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Socialiste, Jul 10, 2014
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours an inky black with a bubbly, thick tan head.

S: Aromas of burnt toast, roasted grain, coffee, spicy saison yeast, leather, figs, Medjool dates, prunes, black cherries, and herbs fill the nose.

T: Strong notes of spicy yeast, black peppercorn, black cherry, dates, figs, prunes, rum raisins, and Merlot grapes are underscored by notes of herbs, leather, bitter chocolate, burnt toast, roasted grain, and coffee. The finish is bitter and complex with yeast, dark fruit, herb, and roasted grain flavors.

M: Medium-to-full in body and somewhat slick for the style. Carbonation is firm and supportive. Alcohol warmth is noticeable, but is very mellow. This ale is quite easy to drink despite its strength.

O: This is obviously not a traditional saison/farmhouse ale, but it is still a really nice little ale. This has been one of the better and more interesting North American saisons that I have tried in recent months.

mrfrancis, Jul 06, 2014
Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of Nunya
3.25/5  rDev -17.5%

Nunya, Jun 28, 2014
Photo of tykechandler
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

tykechandler, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of socon67
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

socon67, May 16, 2014
Photo of kbrown
4/5  rDev +1.5%

kbrown, May 10, 2014
Photo of dubdrop
4/5  rDev +1.5%

dubdrop, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of CowsandBeer
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

CowsandBeer, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of DannyBaldoni
2.75/5  rDev -30.2%

DannyBaldoni, Mar 21, 2014
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Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.