Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
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4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
12-08-2013 12:13:47 | More by metter98
3.5/5 rDev -11.2%
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).
12-06-2013 23:32:35 | More by DoubleJ
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
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!
11-27-2013 18:25:43 | More by mtomlins
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
3.81/5 rDev -3.3%
A: Pours nice and very dark, lots of mocha colored
head. Head is creamy, has lots of retention. Solid
S: It's a dark saison and you couldn't mistake this
for a stout, even though it definitely looks like one.
Lots of funky smells, good amount of hay and some horse
blanket. Some rose petal too. Then, the roasted malts
come alive. Surprisingly quite sweet with chocolate milk,
coffee and caramel. Maybe some ripe mandarine too.
Complex and interesting, but doesn't come together THAT well.
T: The rose petal is quite strong in the taste. Also, second
thing I noticed, it's much less sweet as expected. Still some
hay and horse blanket, but not as much as in the smell. There
is funk, but I find it hard to describe. The mandarine is
definitely there as well as STRONG coffee notes without
sweetness. Complex and interesting, but no synergy at all
between the tastes.
M: Light but sticky at the same time. A bit peppery too.
O: This is an interesting beer, very complex that I think
would be much better after a 6 months aging process (the
same as I like my Péché Mortel, also from DDC). Highly
recommended solely on the fact it's a very different experience
than anything else I had before.
10-31-2013 00:04:08 | More by flipper2gv
3.98/5 rDev +1%
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.
08-27-2013 00:33:26 | More by Alieniloquium
British Columbia (Canada)
4.19/5 rDev +6.3%
This was kindly provided courtesy of papat444.
A: Pours a deep molasses black with 3 fingers of tight microfoam head that is caramel colour.
S: Initial scents of roasted grains together with wet wood, espresso, deep malt or buckwheat honey, slight hints of dark fruit and hoppy presence. Intriguing and contrasting scent profile.
T: Acrid and slightly burnt coffee flavoured with smoke and peat. Deeply toasted grains throughout along with charred wood. Pronounced hop profile. Finishes dry with wet earth and deeply charred wood.
M: Acrid and dry. Despite the active head there is very low to no carbonation. Medium to heavy bodied, coats the tongue. Noticeable alcohol esters linger on the finish.
O: I struggle to see the saison characteristics in this beer, possibly due to burnt flavour profile, low carbonation and the imperial alcohol content. Regardless, this beer is deeply complex, rich and very enjoyable. It would offer a solid compliment to roasted meats.
Thanks again to papat444 for providing us with this beer.
06-15-2013 04:18:17 | More by FondueVoodoo
Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.