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
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 229 |  Reviews: 73
Photo of ksimons
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
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 -13.2%
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 +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of cpetrone84
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is black with lots of dark tan head and leaves a ton of lacing. Nose has a fair bit of roasted malt, moderate green olive note, mild dark fruit sweetness, faint peppery spice. Flavor follows suit, assertive olive, lighter roasty malt, subtle dark fruits and a peppery spice that hasn't been in some of the other stouts. Very dry finish, assertive carb, medium body, fairly smooth.

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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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Photo of GRG1313
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Tmappin
3.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of constantine_272
4.17/5  rDev +5.6%
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 +4.6%
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 -0.8%
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 -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GoHabsGo
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of WillieThreebiers
4.11/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GregJ
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of atlbravsrno1
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MatChar
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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

Photo of elamb106
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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 dleiner
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of squack
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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