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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2013
16oz can. Poured a lightly hazy golden color with an averaged sized head. Aromas of yeast, citrus, and spices. Tastes of citrus, orange zest, and some fruitiness. Alcohol content hidden.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
wchesser (1244) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Deep orange. Nose is initially fairly standard saison aromas but becomes odd vinyl, nail polishy. Taste is decent saison with some orange citrus. Black pepper very subtle but lost under alcohol.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - SEP 9, 2013
My very first Saison -- $4.29 16oz can bought and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint ... no canning date. Appearance: A very hazy yellow-orange color, with a tiny head that bubbles away quickly. Pretty significant, noticeable alcohol legs. The carbonation is insane on this one (Iím not sure if thatís normally how Saisons are), as it sounds like pop being poured into a glass. Extremely active carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Once I got the whole can into the glass, the carbonation went down a little bit, and the appearance changed. Smell: I definitely get the yeast in the aroma with some sort of citrus (probably the orange). The funk from the yeast is definitely the most obvious though. Taste/feel: Being my first Saison, I didnít know what to expect. At first when I poured the beer, it had a SLIGHT haze with very high carbonation. Once I poured the bottom of the can into my glass, it changed quite a bit -- the carbonation mellowed out a touch, the beer got a lot hazier, and the taste changed just a tick. The sourness comes throughout the entire sip, which I guess is supposed to happen with Saisons -- along with that, thereís a LOT of the orange flavor thatís mentioned on the label. As far as peppercorns, itís there SLIGHTLY on the finish, and in the fact that Zaison should maybe make your throat burn a bit on the swallow... well, that, and the alcohol. I really find that this almost drinks like some sort of energy drink with its pretty dominant sour orange flavor and high carbonation. Itís interesting as hell. Zaison is strangely compelling. From what I read about Saisons, this is what I expected. I donít know if they all drink just like this one, but this one truly tastes like it could be an energy drink, even with the slight boozy flavor. While Iím not too sure Iíd pick this up for the price of $4.29 a pint can, I definitely do quite enjoy it -- itís definitely unlike any beer Iíve had before, but thatís more than likely just because itís a Saison. If Iím looking for a beer thatís a little bit different, this one would be on my radar. Solid beer, even though a pint can might just be a tad too much.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
charule (1272) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 24, 2013
Midwest Brewers Fest. Poured orange yellow with white head. Slight farm aroma. Quite smooth with light hop taste.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (1972) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 13, 2013
Nice. Slightly sour. Had this at their tap room with Raith. Not sure it was supposed to be sour. But it was nice overall.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2668) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUL 25, 2013
Oh, that extra little bitterness is the imperial part of this drink. Adds a bit of complexity and uniqueness although not sure if adds value. Pours a dark yellow with an effervescent white head. A little wild and funky yeast aroma. Lemon, light citrus flavors. Hint of pepper on the finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JUL 21, 2013
Sampler flight on tap at the brewery (Grand Rapids, MI). Pours a nice well hazed golden hue, dulled body with some gentle glow. Darker, a gentle frothy offwhite head atop dies to a mellow small ring, laces small. Aromas show gentle spice, a touch of pepper, gentle sweetness is dough, gentle fruit, and a mellow gentle earthy hop element, touches of apple, dough, and bread. Initial is a touch tart, a bit of apple, some gentle pear, bread and dough. Firm tartness into the middle, a touch sharp, mellow lemon, sour apple. Middle is gentle bread, dough, a thinner beer especially at 9 ABV. Some florals, grass, gentle yeastiness and sun tan lotion. Firm tartness. A touch bready, straw, gentle sweeter fruit and dough element. A bit chalky, dry, and weird as we finish. A bit tart, fresh grass and dry straw. Weird cereal feel, touch of yeastiness. Odd finish for me. A lot of promise with the tart fruit element finishes on an off note for me. Not a true saison for me, prefer a smaller ABV and more dry, session worthy beer. As it is, this is more interesting than a lot of American interpretations but overall loses me in the finish. Ok.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
njager246 (356) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - JUL 4, 2013
Citrus and yeast... great orange hazy appearance! A little too much orange flavor for my taste.. but pretty good overall beer

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tmoreau (2562) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2013
Pint can poured to a flute at Lunar Brewing Co., showing a hazed, orangy amber color, a fluffy hat of soft white foam, and ribbony cling to the lacing. The aroma was light at first, as warming and additional rousing helped. Some earthy, yeasty, barn yard funk, esters, orange zest, berries, and tartness were noticed. Medium to full bodied, the flavor was sweet, then tart, showed some peppery hints for the first time, and some looming alcohol presence. Full flavored, but a little astringently harsh, exhibiting an imperial heaviness to the palate. Whether an Imperial Saison, or a Belgian Specialty Ale, Iím not necessarily a fan of the style. A little tough to finish.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (2275) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Cloudy burnished golden amber with a short lived head and horizontal streaks of lace. Taste begins with tart fruit and malt, followed through the palate with pepper sour apples. Apples continue through a surprisingly unwelcome finish. Points for originality, but not a satisfying brew. Not recommended.


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