Isseki Nicho | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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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
Ratings:
226
Reviews:
72
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.79%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Photo of smcolw
4.14/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Deep dark brown where no light through. Some streaks for lace from the modest beige head.

The smell is more stout than saison. Chalky and chocolatey smell. I also get a bit of black cherries and currants.

The taste is as I expected from the smell. I don't get much sourness at all, except briefly in the swallow. Very little burnt elements and even the chocolate is semisweet. The mouthfeel is middle of the road all around. Unsweetened cocoa is the aftertaste.

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Photo of alucard
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of DaveBar
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at Dapanneur AS in Montreal for $3.50 for a 341ml bottle. Served at 6deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high brown head that lasted nearly 5mins before film out. Very dark almost black colour to it. Can't tell if it's filtered or not

S- Lots of chocolate and roasted malt. Just a wonderful scent

T- Chocolate and roasted malt. Very hoppy at the end when you let the chocolate and such come out. Rather complex and enjoyable.

M- Dry and tart

O- Very good brew. Glad I tried one and will buy again if I see it. Nice break from the every day and rather complex blend of ingredients. I like this brew

Food Pairing

This wonderful little brew went well with......... Brazed lamb shank on a bed of creamy potato infused with garlic and thyme.

Enjoy

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Photo of Chico1985
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

341ml bottled on 9-10-15. Label also lists aging potential as: yes. So there.

A - Pour to a tulip is just about black, big ol tan head forms. Eventually it drops to about a half-finger and retains as such, nice retention and lacing.

S - A pretty striking blend of stout+saison that leans a bit more in the way of stout. Definitely potent chocolate and roast, coffee, some dark fruit and licorice, a grape/spicy yeast/straw feel. Definitely a bit peppery with some warmth.

T - Grape, saison yeast, licorice and clove+pepper spice are more amped up here, more obvious saison elements coming through but still quite the roasty toasty cocoa backbone.

M - Feel a bit on the hefty side, somewhat chewy with nice highish carbonation, a bit boozy. Finishes quite dry with a lil spicy kick. Somewhat easy-drinking all things considered but it's a bit of a beast for sure.

O - Usually a bit wary when it comes to the whole dark saison thing, but this is quite a shining example. Great flavors coming from both imperial stout and saison, pretty complex, love the spiciness and licorice vibe going on for xtra fun.

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Photo of vandeir_bochi
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brew_42
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was a super interesting beer with a really gorgeous label. Normally I don't pay attention to the label but I dig the one on this beer.

Pours jet black with a coffee and cream head that lasts for a while and leaves slight lacing.

Smells of roasted malts and coffee. A little chocolate. There is a hint of floral and grassy notes that really do make it seem like a saison.

Taste-Char, coffee, chocolate, eventually give way to a hint of floral and berry tartness. It really is part saison. I would say its almost 50/50 stout and saison. It's a harmonious mixture too. The alcohol is well hidden. Good beer for sure.

Mouthfeel-More stout than saison here. Medium to full body with low carbonation.

Overall-I was intrigued by the idea of this beer so I bought it. I was kind of expecting to be disappointed because the concept seemed strange. I was wrong. It is a good beer. I don't think I could drink a ton, which is for the best given the 9.5 ABV. Definitely worth a try and I'll definitely be giving this brewery a few more tries.

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Photo of Pray_For_Mojo
3.78/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: jet black with a solid 1-finger tan head. Void of light. When poured, the beer doesn't appear as heavy as an imperial stout, otherwise, this beer would easily pass as such.

Aroma: bitter, roast - black patent? - sweet malt and bittersweet chocolate.

Flavor: bitter from the roast malt. This beer is more imperial stout than saison, but very little hoppiness. There is light licorice/anise in the taste.

Mouthfeel: light-medium. Surprisingly light being 9.5%.

Overall: Meh! There are no off flavors in this beer, but it is far from possessing the "wow" factor. Try Dieu du Ciel's other beers before this one.

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Photo of Steve_sully
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Derek
4.21/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

More saison than imperial stout? A bit odd... Enticing aroma, the roasted flavours are consumed by the saison yeast byproducts... More "Belgian" than many so-called Belgian stouts.

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Photo of schopenhauerale
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of outdoor7or24
3.34/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at CBX in Charleston for $5.50. Pours a dark cola color with a 1finger brown foam head that quickly fades. Aroma of char, saison yeast, coffee. Taste is similar, the burnt wood taste to me is very strong with the saison yeast bringing up the rear with some pepper. Mouthfeel is not silky smooth with the carbonation kicking in. Hybrid brew is okay and would not seek again as the char flavor is too much for me.

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Photo of babaracas
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a mostly clear very dark brown with one finger of light brown foam that settles to a thin ring, spray of lace on the glass. Smell: toast, french roast, a little char, dark chocolate note, compote... figs, blackberries. Taste: spiciness and plum and berry tartness clashes a bit with dark chocolate and charred toast, but a punch of caramel mid sip helps everything meld pretty nicely. The feel is the first place where this is more identifiable as a saison than a stout... space-filling carbonation, pillowy feel, finishing drying and peppery.

This comes of as a stout with saison characteristics, vs. the black/dark saison interpretations that I usually find successful and that take a saison and add a caramel or dark fruit emphasis. That said, it seems like there's a really good stout in here and even if the saison elements aren't perfectly harmonious, it's still a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

11.5 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 9/10/2015. Pours pitch black color with a 2-3 finger fairly dense and fluffy tan head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense foamy lacing clings around the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of big raisin, fig, blackberry, date, pear, apple, apricot, orange zest, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peppercorn, clove, licorice, toasted dark bread, char, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and citrus/earthy hop notes; with great strength. Taste of big raisin, fig, blackberry, date, pear, apple, apricot, orange zest, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, peppercorn, clove, licorice, toasted dark bread, char, herbal, and yeast/roasted earthiness. Good amount of roast/char bitterness and peppery yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of dark fruit, pear, apple, apricot, orange zest, peppercorn, clove, licorice, chocolate, cocoa, coffee, toasted dark bread, char, and yeast/roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Good amount of dryness from hop/roasted bitterness as well. Medium-high carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warmth lingering after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial dark saison style! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, roast/bready malt, and citrus/earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of binno
3.89/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DanGeo
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dcmchew
3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jfreeze
4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roybert
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of LampertLand
4.16/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brasserie Dieu Du Ciel 'Isseki Nicho' @ 9.5% , served from a 341 ml bottle purchased for $3.95
A-pour is a dark cola brown from the bottle to a near black in the glass with a medium size tan head leaving a fine streaky lace along the tulip
S-boozey , imperial stout meets saison
T-so smooth , big ABV is well hidden
MF-ok carbonation , big full body
Ov-good beer , great imperial saison , will definately buy & try again
prost LampertLand

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Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

picked up in Montreal, split with rudzud

Big oversized fluffy thick head fades slowly with tons of lacing, super dark just about pitch black beer.

Nose mild roast and dark caramel, toasty wheat, fruity esters that don't blend nicely, little orange zest, apple thing and perfumey phenols, choc malt note.

Taste creamy malts, little choc, roasty dark caramel, burnt roast and smoke like, bitter roast, peppery phenols and perfumey chemical notes, bitter spicy hops that don't blend at all, citrus rind, yeasty over attenuated weird, bitter, etc. Finish sticky dry phenols orange cleaner, bitter earthy hops.

Mouth is way over carbonated, med bod, little syrupy sticky.

Overall this was a mess, nothing went together well, too many different flavors messing with each other and nothing came through nicely without being effected by something else.

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Photo of valianes
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BAsbill
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-almost black in color with a fingers worth of medium tan head that leaves a layer of lace around the top

S-roasted malt, chocolate, roasted coffee

T-taste is more saison like than the smell suggests, still has a roasted backbone but with more spices than in teh smell

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, roasted and somewhat dry aftertaste

Overall like a cross between an imperial stout and a dark saison, which actually works pretty well

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Photo of rudzud
3.43/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost black hue with a fat two finger mocha head that fades to leave sticky lacing and fat blanket.

s - Aromas of wheat, darker malts, light saison notes, very subtle funk.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, light roast malts, light chocolate, decent funk, nice toasty malts. Rather yeast and over attenuated.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, almost too much.

O - Overall this beer started decent but quickly became yeasty and over attenuated. Really just mediocre.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of spycow
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.98 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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