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:
222
Reviews:
70
Avg:
3.99
pDev:
8.77%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Photo of constantine_272
4.17/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Jet black with a thick billowy fluffy dark tan head. Smells of thick rich dark roasted grain with a brown rye bread. Smells of cold brew coffee followed up with a cool clean vanilla. Tastes slightly sweet with dainty biscuit notes at first. The cold espresso coffee flavor rushes over the palate. Dry cocoa powder finishes. As the brew warms up from fridge temps a herbal licorice and earthy honey aftertaste starts to come forward. Mouthfeel is overal fairly dry but surprisingly thin and light. With all this grain and roast I expected a thicker viscosity. The dryness matches well with the cold coffee. It cleanses the palete well. This beer is weird. Weird in that I've never had anything like it and I don't really know how to categorize this. It's like a CDA mixed with a triple mixed with a stout. I like it purely for how innovative this is. A fascinating deviation from the usual stout.

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Photo of Tone
4.13/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a black color. 1/3 inch head of a tan color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong alcohol, sweet malt, slight roasted malt, strong yeast, wood, hint of chocolate, and a hint of hop. Fits the style of a Saison / Farmhouse Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of roasted malt, hops, slight sweet malt, slight alcohol, hint of wood, yeast, and a hint of chocolate. Overall, good appearance, aroma, body, and blend.

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Photo of Letrom
3.92/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 9/14.

First time having this style, in fact, I had never come across it before so I don't have much to compare it to.

Appearance: Very black, almost no light can pass through it. About as dark as the darkest stouts. A nearly 3 fingers thick light tan head that persists for several minutes, slowly dying to no head. Leaves a little lacing. Good carbonation.

Smell: I did not get an intense smell, but what I got was mostly coffee, chocolate and a hint of Belgium yeast.

Taste: It took a few sips to get into this beer but then it come on good and tasty. Very stout like, coffee and chocolate seemed to dominate for me, but then some fruitiness. Perhaps my bottle was a bit old? At ten months maybe some of the saison qualities have taken a back seat to the stout qualities? Mine didn't taste much like a saison, but it was there, behind the stout, like an afterthought. At 9.5%, I was impressed that the alcohol was very well hidden, just a hint coming through.

Feel: Very nice drinking beer. Medium + Very smooth, good carbonation.

Overall: I like this beer. It is an interesting blending of two of my favorite styles. It was difficult to rate based on not having this style before, but it grew on me with each sip. I would like to have a fresher one sometime and see if the saison qualities are more pronounced. Worth checking out.

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Photo of Mlkluther
3.64/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.11/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregJ
3.62/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatChar
3.84/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jutjut
4.63/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

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

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Jayurajun
4.35/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of dleiner
4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of D_Min
3.97/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beervana
4.27/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of squack
3.87/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Johnny_Blackhands
3.78/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ivanhoes_Backpack
3.86/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of bylerteck
4.15/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottled 09.14

A - Pours black of course. Good mocha head at 2 and a half thick creamy fingers. Good carbonation. Good retention with a full finger and great lace rings.

S - Coffee, Belgian yeast, some funk,

T - Huge wallop of Belgian yeast and funk. Lot's of dark malt, coffee and nuttiness. Lot's of fruit and some booze.

M - A good yeasty, funky finish with some fruit, good carbonation and a nice full body.

O/D - Definitely an interesting beer. Wacky and new for sure. The bending of style guidelines works well here and the yeast really drives the malt profile in a new and interesting direction. Worth a shot for sure.

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Photo of thegerm87
3.56/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.71/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

11.5 ounce bottle. Served in a tulip, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention and lacing are both good. I like the aroma, the brew smells like roasted malt, lemon peel, apricots, coffee, bittersweet and milk chocolate, burnt/charred malt and a bit of blueberry. The brew tastes like roasted/charred/burnt malt, blueberries, coffee, bittersweet chocolate, citrus peel, peppery spice, blackberries, herbalness, apricots and a bit of grainy/bready malt. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's coating and a bit creamy, and also has a good amount of carbonation. I think this is a good and interesting brew. For some reason the flavor reminds me of Dark Horse's Tres Blueberry Stout, even though there isn't any blueberry in this beer (that I'm aware of anyway). The label says it's a hybrid between an imperial stout and a saison, and I'd agree with that even though I think it leans more towards a stout. If you come across a bottle of this, pick it up! $5.19 a bottle.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.36/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.99 out of 5 based on 222 ratings.
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