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RATINGS: 70   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.45   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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Imperial saison ale. Beer brewed with Tellicherry Black Peppercorns and Orange Peel.


3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
mikem409 (1476) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2012
tap. pours hazy yellow. very minimal head. aroma of grapefruit and funky hay. taste is very zippy slight sour funk little sweet very refreshing

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
crossovert (6970) - Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2012
This one tastes like grapefruit juice. Decent bitterness, sweet but nowhere near 9% sweet. Alcohol is well-hidden. A great surprise.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
michaelinwa (583) - Bothell, Washington, USA - AUG 19, 2012
Bottle from trade with umich03jm. Pours a very light golden color, with moderate head, and a Belgian pale sort of aroma with hints of lemon. Nice. Taste is very reminiscent of Belgian pale but with strong notes of lemon and sour apple, all pretty balanced. Middle holds up nicely, and the finish lingers with the flavor. Sort of a Belgian pale with more going on. Nice surprise.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Strykzone (4812) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 27, 2012
A big fluffy lightly golden colored head slowly falls. It sits atop a hazed golden beer. Yeast, pale malts, and peppers are found in the nose. The flavor isn’t quite what I expected. Those pale malts are tasted and in the beginning get little help. Slowly the peppers creep in and they are subtle. Actually, this favors some high gravity beers with some pepper thrown in. This was a bit of a mess.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
b3shine (5187) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 16, 2012
Draft to tulip at Hop Cat (from notes). Looks good; honey-colored with thin white lacing. Smells sweet and spicy. Tastes like it smells with some banana in there too. Mouthfeel is good too. Good beer!

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
OldMrCrow (1767) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 14, 2012
Draft at Zingermans Roadhouse.

Lovely pour into a large snifter, glowing gold-amber and gently sticky along the sides of the glass. Pineapple and mango aroma, nice sticky winter saison palate, orange peel apparent but peppercorns far backgrounded. Restrained, almost minimal funk but none of the overly-estered American saison flaws that are so common to the style. Delicious.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDurden24 (1548) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - JUL 9, 2012
Hazy yellow orange pour. Small white head. Yeasty, citrusy and spicey...a lovely and strong taste profile with similar notes in the flavor with a little bit of a bite.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmschefke (566) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - JUN 22, 2012
Pours a cloudy orange with slight amber hue, medium white head, decent lacing. Aroma of bread, yeast, citrus, orange, and spices. Flavor matches well and finishes with a slight alcohol warmth and a bit more tartness than I was expecting from trying some of their other saisons. Very solid.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drdisque (510) - Illinois, USA - JUN 18, 2012
On tap at the brewpub. Pours deep gold and clear. Flavor is fairly light and malty with just a hint of spice. Peppery and malty finish - for some reason this reminded me of an amped up Stroh’s for what it’s worth.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2012
Thanks to my parents for picking up this can. Pours a golden-orange color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose carries some peppercorn and a bit of citrus. Some alcohol present. Earthy as well. A bit too mixed and muddled. Flavor has spice and citrus. Again, too much going on without being integrated. Medium body with spice and some alcohol.


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