Isseki Nicho | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BA SCORE
80.2%
Liked This Beer
3.95 w/ 227 ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Quebec, Canada
dieuduciel.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Special collaboration between Dieu du Ciel and Shiga Kougen, a Japanese brewery located in Nagano. Hybrid of an imperial stout and a Belgian saison, its color is dark black. Strong bitterness and roasted malt flavours come in first, and are well balanced by a strong alcohol level. Dry and complex finishing provided by the saison yeast.

Added by bobsy on 10-05-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#5,872
Reviews:
72
Ratings:
227
Liked:
182
Avg:
3.95/5
pDev:
8.61%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
36
Trade:
1
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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.8/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Cool collaboration with a Japanese Brew pub. Served in a tulip glass, its nearly totally black with a rocky, cappucinno colored head. The aroma is of cloves, pepper, anise, chocolate. The first sip bursts with all the aforementioned spices and tonnes more. Extremely complex. There's also a subtle roastyness and coffee flavor of a stout that inmeshes seemlessly with the Saison flavors. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy with carbonation. Alcohol is impeccably well hidden throughout. The finish is herbal and lightly bitter.

This is a fantastic beer, one of the most interesting ones Ive tried in a while. Very complex and surprisingly representative of both styles.

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4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ssmack
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ZachT
4.61/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of VbolieuV
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful pitch black beer with a big nice creamy head. Smell of roasted malts, there a nice coffee smell too. There's also a nice fresh hop odor that's really pleasant. Tastes really good. You get a strong dark chocolate and sweet taste followed by the hops and the bitterness that are a really good complement to the beer. As it goes down you also get a slightly noticeable burn from the alcohol. Really nice and interesting, I can't believe I have never tried it before!

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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+

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Photo of Pintofbrown
4.48/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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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.

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Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.42/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of papat444
4.41/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

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4.36/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Jayurajun
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of bobsy
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A few half pints at Volo's Dieu du Ciel launch night. Apparently Isseki Nicho means to kill two birds with one stone. This imperial black saison was brewed as a collaborative effort between Dieu du Ciel and the Shiga Kogen brewery in Japan, then fresh hopped with local Nagano hops and cask conditioned. I believe this has been its only appearance on cask.

Pours pitch black with two fingers of dark tan head, which left great lacing as it settled down. Nice aroma - some funk, dark fruit, chocolate, coffee, wood and cider. Flavour is a mix of two world's, with a decent roast being slightly edged out by some great saison funk. Its like a cross between their Grande Noirceur and St-Louis Saison. Nice roasted malt base provides flavours of bittersweet chocolate and coffee, which is complimented by a light fruitiness and hints of dates. Big, funky saison yeast wrestles the malt to the ground and leaves you in no doubt what sort of beer this is. A lingering bitterness is appended to a warming alcohol finish. I would have liked to see a bit more dark roast in there, but that would probably have tipped the scales to far in the direction of a Belgian Imperial Stout. The cask gives this a nice smooth body with a light carbonation, but probably also lets the alcohol shine a little too much. In spite of this it remains ridiculously drinkable.

Another fine experiment and a great collaboration!

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4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rarbring
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The brew is very black, especially for a saison, the head is brown and leaves good lacing.

The smell is full of caramel malty aromas, burnt toast and coffee beans.

The taste is rather sweet, a bit licorice, dried fruits, figs and dates, strong wine, Madeira and Sherry.

A light carbonation, a bit syrup and alcoholic feeling, but very smooth.

Don't know if their style assignment is correct "Imperial Dark Saison", anyway a very good after-dinner beer.

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Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 80.2% out of 100 with 227 ratings
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