Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

144 Ratings
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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.37%
Wants: 8
Gots: 16 | 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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3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of Corson
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%

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.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3/5  rDev -24.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of mrfrancis
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Photo of KAF
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CowsandBeer
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -30.4%

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.89/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle notched 0 and 2, at 50 degrees into goblet
Aroma of malt, alcohol, and ???
Head large (5.5 cm), creamy with some rocks, light brown, rapidly diminishing into a 2 cm layer with the center rising like an abbreviated Devil’s Tower
Lacing poor with an occasional clump
Body dark brown to black, opaque
Flavor is primarily malt with some alcohol – it burns when swallowed. No hops, no diacetyl. Fortunately only minimal aftertaste.
Body medium to full, slightly oily, carbonation soft.

I’m at a loss understanding what makes this a saison – the imperial and dark parts are obvious. There are no complex esters apparent, there is no spiceness or fruitiness. Wait – I just went back and reread the judging characteristics for a saison; it seems that anything goes. In the words of Emily Litella – “Never mind”.

Photo of Marco_Gtz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.