Isseki Nicho | Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!

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225 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
Ratings:
225
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.98
pDev:
8.79%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
35
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 225 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of MakeMineADoubleJack
3.71/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bluejacket74
4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
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 +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Photo of Coronaeus
4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of smekermann
3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.95/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.75/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of ZachT
4.61/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ultrarunner100
4.15/5  rDev +4.3%

Photo of Boozecamel
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Hoptoria
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%

Photo of DaveR514
4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Rifugium
3.5/5  rDev -12.1%

Photo of barczar
3.9/5  rDev -2%

Aroma is roasty and vinous, with Belgian yeast esters and coffee surfacing. Flavor reveals medicinal phenols at the base, along with roast and dark chocolate. There's a tart character in the background, which adds intrigue. Wish the phenols were less prevalent.

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4/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Groulxsome
4.25/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of SebD
3.82/5  rDev -4%
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 +6.8%

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 -2.3%
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%

Isseki Nicho from Brasserie Dieu du Ciel!
3.98 out of 5 based on 225 ratings.
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