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Brewery Vivant Zaison

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RATINGS: 74   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Spring   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Imperial saison. Our special yeast strain gives this beer a little funkiness and is accented with tellicherry black peppercorns and orange peel. At 9% abv this is probably one of the strongest summer beers you will encounter. The boozy note adds to the overall flavor of this beer. This is the deep end of the fun pool, please use the buddy system.


3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Bill Becker (407) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - AUG 27, 2014
16 ounce can thanks to Trent! It pours a hazy straw colour and brings a 1 finger head of foam. Lacing aplenty. My, I sure can smell the orange peel. Other spices, but no real funk showing up for me. Orange way up front in the taste too. It seems to bring some sweet and tart notes unless something else is doing the former or latter. A bit of pepper starts to show up after my 3rd sip. Tellicherry black peppercorns? Okay, I had to google that. Imparts floral and cherry flavours. ’splains a lot! Medium bodied, medium carbonation, it starts of with the orange and finishes with it. There’s not much heat from the alcohol or the peppercorns. It isn’t the easiest brew to drink but it’s enjoyable. I guess, my bottom line is...do "we" have to imperialize every style?

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mark_Eck (773) - - AUG 11, 2014
Draft at Vivant. Pours a clear yellowish color. Aroma and taste are fruits with black pepper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nate (3778) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
Sampled on tap at the brewery. Nice tart aroma with wheat and citrus, mild herbal quality. Pepper. Hazy golden with thin head. Medium body with medium carbonation. Starts moderately acidic with funky tang. Mild wheat and pale malt sweetness. Tart-like funky finish with smooth after, light pepper and orange notes.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Lubiere (10461) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2014
A hazed blonde to orange juice colour with a thin white head. In aroma, sweet fruity major with orange and light sulfur, light pine needles. In mouth, a sweet orange pulp with ginger, coriander, light maple, interesting. On tap at emporium.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
czar (4687) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 23, 2014
on tap at slows bar bq, detroit. unclear bright yellow pour with a nice bubbly white head showing some retention and lacing. honeyed malts, booze, spicy berries - very fruity, nice saison character, pepper, citrus skin, bitter herbs, grass. bright carbonation, light body - oily and a bit sticky, slightly boozy and citrusy-herbal-peppery finish. lower gravity saisons are my thang but this high gravity sticks to style but is somewhat sweetish. this makes it less drinkable and saisonable.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Hair6a11 (1387) - Illinois, USA - JUL 19, 2014
Can : Pour is murky gold, with a feint white head into this glass - it disappointingly fades to a light ring in this glass. The nose is heavy citrus, baked bread, moving to that spicey peppering note as you would expect based on the description. There’s a hint of booze as well. The flavor profile is light bittering hops initial, moving to heavy citrus - it’s nearly off putting. The "funk" is mild at best - another American take on a Belgian, and that’s ok, while it moves to a sweet finish line and a peppery finish .This brew has a heavy mouth feel, and the imperial saison feeling is different, not completely appealing. This is a brew that begins well for me but becomes something that becomes more difficult to drink with every sip.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBear11D (283) - Michigan, USA - JUL 17, 2014
The Zaison pours a mostly hazy wheaty golden yellow with a brief bubbly off-white head. The aroma is strong on the peppercorn with a bit of orange. The flavor is peppercorn initially with orange and citrus shining through later and into the aftertaste. Overall this is pretty nice brew.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcartamdg (2100) - Spring Hill, Florida, USA - JUL 15, 2014
Pours a light gold with a thick white head. Aroma of funk, saison yeast, spices and citrus. Taste is tart, malty, wheat, spices and alcohol. A bit too alcohol forward but this is an imperial saison.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
chucklemation (566) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JUL 6, 2014
Drank from the can. Has a slightly sour fruit aroma. Flavor is sweeter fruit and some spice. Overall pretty good.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DrSilverworm (6974) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Tasted at RBSG grand tasting. 16oz can. Mostly clear golden color. Virtually no head. Medium to bigger body. Smooth kind of soft lighter carbonation. More dry finish. Nice mild belgian saison fruity character. Moderate earthy black pepper flavor. Moderate sweet. I dig it!


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