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Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

112 Ratings
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Ratings: 112
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.93
pDev: 10.18%
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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rale

Quebec (Canada)

4/5  rDev +1.8%

02-06-2014 02:51:02 | More by rale
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Odri

Quebec (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

02-05-2014 22:42:31 | More by Odri
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bigred89

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

02-03-2014 04:34:37 | More by bigred89
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Andrew041180

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +14.5%

02-02-2014 18:50:12 | More by Andrew041180
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mdagnew

United Kingdom (Northern Ireland)

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

355ml bottle bought from Brewdog's online shop

Poured a dark brown almost black colour... off white head pours big, billowy and meringue like then faded to light layer... very light carbonation drifts slowly to the surface... lots of sticky lacing...

Aroma - Roasted dark malts mixed with lots of juicy fruitiness (apples, grapefruits), strong Belgian yeastiness, black pepper, quite earthy, some licorice, candy sugar sweetness, light biscuity malts, peppery hops, grassy, some hay notes, floral honey...

Taste - Earthy roasted maltiness, cocoa, some tart fruits (apples, pears), light biscuit malts, some clove spiciness, honey sweetness, light coffee, Belgian yeasty notes, peppery hops, grassy...

Feel - Quite sharp and dry when cool but becomes much more mellow when warmed up... quite drinkable - the 9% isn't noticeable at all...

Overall - An excellent dark saison and another fine brew from Dieu di Ciel... recommended...

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2014 14:54:09 | More by mdagnew
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Drknight

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

01-24-2014 15:09:40 | More by Drknight
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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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Pintofbrown

Iowa

4.48/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 09:24:14 | More by Pintofbrown
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deonreds

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

01-19-2014 07:29:51 | More by deonreds
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 17:02:04 | More by BEERchitect
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jbeervt

Vermont

4/5  rDev +1.8%

01-11-2014 05:45:41 | More by jbeervt
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baybum

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-27-2013 18:13:01 | More by baybum
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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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rcjennings

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-24-2013 19:14:26 | More by rcjennings
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Kirk

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-24-2013 12:45:13 | More by Kirk
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LoveStout

New York

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%

12-15-2013 23:45:12 | More by LoveStout
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Kelp

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.8%

12-14-2013 13:45:35 | More by Kelp
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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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lgmol

Nova Scotia (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%

12-11-2013 02:41:39 | More by lgmol
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metter98

New York

4/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-08-2013 12:13:47 | More by metter98
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smithj4

New York

4.25/5  rDev +8.1%

12-07-2013 16:41:34 | More by smithj4
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DoubleJ

California

3.5/5  rDev -10.9%
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).

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2013 23:32:35 | More by DoubleJ
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mtomlins

Ontario (Canada)

4.2/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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!

Serving type: bottle

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

Oregon

4/5  rDev +1.8%

11-24-2013 07:23:23 | More by mantissa
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t420o

California

4.49/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

A+

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2013 04:21:54 | More by t420o
Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 112 ratings.