Isseki Nicho | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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BA SCORE
3.95/5
229 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:
#5,964
Reviews:
73
Ratings:
229
pDev:
8.61%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
37
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of SebD
3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: It has a nice jet black color to it. It has a nice thick creamy tan head that dies down moderately slow and leaves nice lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of roasted malts, light coffee and chocolate, some lemon zest, Belgian yeast, some peppery spices and a slight earthiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has alot of roasted malts upfront, some coffee and chocolate, an earthy bitterness, some lemon and Belgian yeast.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied by good flavors and aromas. The only disappointing thing about this beer was the lack of Saison characteristics. They were there but seemed overpowered by all that roastiness. Nevertheless, this is still a solid offering from Dieu du ciel.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of 2_Shaynez
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

My first imperial dark saison...

Pours jet back with a big 3 finger dense fluffy mocha head with great retention thus far.

N: Dark roasted malts, complimented by sweet belgian fruit esters, some booziness

T: Wow so much fruitier than I anticipated, apricot, pear, raisins, dark fruits, earthy yeast. Roasty malt finish. Alcohol is well masked in the taste, but you can feel it

M: Really crisp with nice tingly carbonation, medium-full bodied, a cosy alcohol warmth, this is a good fall/winter comfort brew.

O: I can't be too critical of the style as this is my first saison ale, but it's definitely a good slow-sipping beer for this time of year

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Photo of ludachris
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A hefty three finger mocha head has a thick foamy density to it, really helping it to stay afloat. Swirls of stringly lace follow the head downwards. Its deep cola brown body barely lets light through. A sturdy looking Saison.

The nose is filled with fruity Belgian esters. Ripe apricot and pear drop mix with an overlay of spices and phenols. Sweet alcohol is laced in, amplifying its aroma. As it warms, I also get a musty earthiness with bits of raisins and chocolate.

Its ABV gives it a sharpness and clarity that really enlivens the palate. Dark fruit and chocolate sit on the middle of the tongue. Its fruitiness is mixed in but fleeting. A touch of rounded roast leads into the finish.

The body sits between medium and heavy. Its zingy kick of alcohol makes this a sipper. Its carbonation level is on par for the style. It finishes dry, partly due to the roast.

I love to see that DDC still has a sense of adventure distributing this imperial black Saison. This seems to be a great candidate for the cellar. I'd love to try this again with the alcohol more rounded. Although this isn't my favorite from DDC, it's unique enough and great for this unruly winter coming up.

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Photo of Geomartino
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of mick303
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%

Had a special Isseki Nicho with Mosiac hops at Cask Days 2014. Nice aroma of blueberry and dark fruits. Taste has coffee with spice and xmas cake, dates and a growing spiciness. A bit of an alcohol bite to it and a nice yeast spice. Really quite nice, very enjoyable.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Mack
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of TheDoctor
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

SERVICE: Bottle
Bottled On: 09-03-2014


A:
Pours an inpenetrable black with two and a half fingers of rocky tan head that airily settles to a decent film. Okay retention; polka dot lacing. (4)

S:
Fruity chocolate. Cocoa, citrusy tartness, fresh herbal aromas, coffee, leather, pepper. (4)

T:
Rich and boozy. Coffee, dirt, pepper, chocolate. (3.75)

M:
Bubbly, coating, medium plus bodied, lingering warm richness kind of boozy and sticky after a while (especially as it warms). (3.5)

O:
Tasty beer.
As for what makes a good Black Saison, I don't know.
Aroma-wise I felt like fruity hops were what really stuck out, but the rest drinks like a stout/porter. There aren't even discernable yeast flavors that I could pin down. Tasty, but warming and stiff for a cold night. Definitely a sipping beer.
Would have again; worth trying. (4)

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Photo of spw109
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of Franck
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CalgaryFMC
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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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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Photo of cam477
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of slowfade
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of muskiesman
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of bobv
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Howlader
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Walkerjgt
3/5  rDev -24.1%

Photo of Socialiste
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Nunya
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 229 ratings
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