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Isseki Nicho - Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel

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BA SCORE
88
very good

118 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.9%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | 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 wordemupg
4.46/5  rDev +13.2%

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 Krakpoff
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Krakpoff, May 01, 2013
Photo of spinrsx
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%

341ml bottle from Broue Haha QC for 12$ for a 4-pack

Appearance - Brown/black colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 1-2 minutes.

Smell - Malts, clove, chocolate, coffee, earthiness

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, anise, and clove. There are also notes of coffee, chocolate and a light smokiness. It ends with an earthy yet spicy herbal aftertaste.

Overall - Lots of taste going on here.. a little something for everyone. Point for originality but not something you'd want to have more than 1 of in a sitting. It will be interesting to see how aging effects this one.

spinrsx, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of pknyc
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

pknyc, Apr 26, 2013
Photo of Whatup14
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Whatup14, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of CheapBeerBuzz
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

CheapBeerBuzz, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

westcoastbeerlvr, Mar 31, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Thorpe429, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of chickenm
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

chickenm, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of DaPan
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

DaPan, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

THECPJ, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of chippo33
4/5  rDev +1.5%

chippo33, Mar 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%

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 Phyl21ca
3.79/5  rDev -3.8%

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
Photo of yancot
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

yancot, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of ssmack
4.61/5  rDev +17%

The label says "Imperial Dark Saison". 9.5%

It fills the tulip with total blackness. The is a thin light tan head. Lacing with the tip of the glass.

This has a mysterious aroma. Musty and grainy. Is that the smell of meat? Yes it is. Pork or maybe uncooked beef.

There is tons of favours in the taste. The alcohol is up front. Dark chocolate and burnt toast. The is a burst of sweetness. Bitter orange in the end.

A satisfying, full, slightly oily feel.

Very enjoyable.

ssmack, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.39/5  rDev +11.4%

Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled 11/12.

Appearance: A very dense brown body with a massively huge head, color is medium brown. Really at ease in the glass and leaves gobs of lacing on the sides.

Smell: Plums, strong roasted coffee, mint, jelly. roasted vs. sweet vs. spices. Intriguing and very powerfully good.

Taste: Currants, plums, red wine, roasted coffee, assorted spices, has a cork-like flavor to it, almost port-like.

Mouthfeel: This is one that warms down the throat. Very creamy, sticks in the palate.

Overall: This one does not disappoint. A mesh of flavors and styles that is well pulled off.

papat444, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Noyt
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Noyt, Feb 24, 2013
Photo of nquigley16
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

nquigley16, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of enelson
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

enelson, Feb 07, 2013
Photo of montrealbcr89
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

montrealbcr89, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of Luk13
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Luk13, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of jrenihan
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%

Bottled November 2012. Thanks to Papat444 for the bottle!

Beer is black with a large tan head. Good lace, moderate retention.

Nose is very nice and somewhat unusual. A real mix of fruit and malt, with some yeast. I find it remarkably hard to place the scents with any particularity. There is a bit of a cocoa and roasted scent that is reminiscent of a stout, but the fruit (some citrus and tropical fruit, almost some blueberry?) and yeast reveal it to be something else entirely. Some spice as well. Impressive!

Taste is quite good but not quite at the level of the nose for me. Malt gets ramped up- caramel and roasted malt, coupled with a strong dose of yeast, citrus fruit and some spices. Quite interesting. Really a hybrid of styles, but a success.

Medium bodied, moderate to high carbonation. A bit oily.

Overall, really unusual and quite tasty. A winner in my books. Glad they bottled this one and I hope that it sticks around in that format.

jrenihan, Jan 30, 2013
Photo of LarryAppleton
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%

LarryAppleton, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of NightINgale
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

NightINgale, Jan 26, 2013
Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel
88 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.