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Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

122 Ratings
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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 Sammy
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Sammy, Oct 06, 2009
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
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Thorpe429, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

acurtis, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

nmann08, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

metter98, Dec 08, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.99/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

BEERchitect, Jan 13, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Phyl21ca, Mar 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

JAHMUR, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

biboergosum, Mar 22, 2013
Photo of nickfl
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - a very dark brown body, topped bya small head of medium tan foam. The head settles fairly quickly but leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - dark caramel and some molasses with a hint of green hops in the background.

T - brown sugar and toffee up front. Some dark caramel and molasses notes come out in the middle. The beer finishes with cinnamon, clove, and smoky chocolate as well as a lingering licorice note.

M - medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - very complex, with lots of dark sugar and some spicy yeast character in the finish. It could be a bit dryer, but at this strength, done residual sweetness is forgivable even in a saison.

nickfl, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of Kristina. Comes complete with photocopied label affixed via a rubber band. I'm guessing this is the correct beer, as it said Imperial Dark Saison in English and had a bunch of Japanese characters. Served in a wine glass.

A - It's definitely dark, with a semi-transparent dark chocolate body. A dark tan foam settles to a solid cap, leaving behind splotchy lace.

S - Cocoa, burnt and charred malts, spicy yeast, slight anise, and some earthy notes as well.

T - The taste is sweeter than the nose implies, with lots of baker's chocolate and dark fruit character. There is again some light spice character both of the estery variety as well as some star anise.

M - Medium-light body that seems a bit undersized for the alcohol. Very smooth texture, moderate carbonation, with a lightly chewy finish.

D - This was very nice, and a surprise highlight at the surprisingly debaucherous tasting that accompanied Jeppe's visit to Chicago. One or two beers, my ass. In any case, this was a very good beer and a textbook dark saison, but it's probably something you wouldn't want to pound all night.

MasterSki, Dec 29, 2010
Photo of GClarkage
4/5  rDev +1.5%

GClarkage, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
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).

DoubleJ, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of BARFLYB
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

BARFLYB, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.5%

DrBier, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Kelp
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Kelp, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Viggo
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Viggo, Oct 05, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

KAF, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of ShanePB
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

ShanePB, Dec 27, 2013
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Alieniloquium, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

wordemupg, May 07, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

THECPJ, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

TheSevenDuffs, Nov 14, 2013
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Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.