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Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
89
very good

142 Ratings
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Ratings: 142
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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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
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).

Photo of mtomlins
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
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!

Photo of mantissa
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of t420o
4.49/5  rDev +13.7%
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+

Photo of mattsander
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of schnarr84
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of wizo
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of nmann08
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of illidurit
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Kmat10
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of flipper2gv
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours nice and very dark, lots of mocha colored
head. Head is creamy, has lots of retention. Solid
lacing too.

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.

Photo of groleau
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of krl2112
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of jmvogel512
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of evil_liver
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of JonnyBeers
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Photo of KeKeKumba
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of rgilbert
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of FondueVoodoo
4.19/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of wordemupg
4.46/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
89 out of 100 based on 142 ratings.