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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Saison
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
Serve in Tulip

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RATINGS: 286   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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Brewmaster’s Collection Special Reserve
Saison Imperiale was created as a bolder more flavorful interpretation of the style. This is a deep amber colored beer with active carbonation forming a large tan head. The beer is fermented with two yeasts - the traditional ale yeast Sacchoromyces along with a light touch of the lambic-like Brettanomyces yeast, yielding a mild earthiness sometimes referred to as "farmhouse character." On the palate the yeasts and hops initially combine for fruity and spicy notes, followed by a semi-sweet caramel medium bodied depth and richness from the malt. A truly unique saison experience.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5599) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2013
750ml bottle shared at Paul’s. Poured a syrupy honey orange body with a foamy off white head. Aroma was medicinal, old band aids, pepper, yeast and spice. Full big body with stronger carbonation and a lingering finish. Flavor was dry, cardboard, rather medicinal, yeast, old bread, spice. Was hoping for a light refreshing saison after an afternoon of big beers, this was not that.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaucusBacchus (63) - Sandy, Utah, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bomber: mahogany tone with a moderate, creamy head. Fair lacing. Caramel and fig on the nose. Frothy on the tongue. Malty with a mild toasty flavor. Very mild as farmhouse ales go. Easy drinker & very pleasant. ~m --RaucusBacchus

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (7325) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
At Epic Beer Fest 2013. Clear bronze under a foamy beige head. Aroma is wonderful with earthy spiciness and a sweet tangerine fruitiness along with typical yet delightful saison aromas. Flavor is crisp yet strong with earthy tones of barn grains, yeasty spiciness, hay, toffee, and strong boozy esters in that uniquely Belgian way.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (12190) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2013
@Pauls new condo Tasting-750 bottle shared by dmac-dissipating offwhite-amber. A-banana, lt med malt. T-lt/med malt, some spice.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (9548) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle shared at Paul’s housewarming tasting. Pours a clear amber brown with a thin white head. Sweet and a little grainy with a touch of musk on the nose. Sweet and faintly oxidized. Malty, sweet caramel and a touch of sweet grain. Tasty, but not a ton going on.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (14964) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle at Paul’s tasting. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of banana jolly rancher, candy fruit, baked bread and yeast. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10485) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ Epic Beer Fest Denver 2013. Pours a dark orange appearance with a tan head. Bubblegum, tangy fruity, light bretty, vanilla aroma. Somewhat toasty malty, mild caramel, a bit funky, light barnyard, light toffee, somewhat fruity, candy flavor. Kind of interesting.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3745) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle at Epic Beer Festival 2013. Pour is clear amber in appearance with a big cream head. Musty fruity, somewhat tangy, bicuity, honey, phenolic, and doughy atoma. Taste is phenols, some banana, cranberry, light caramel, tangy, dark fruity, doughy, and biscuity. Light body with high carbonation. Not bad, but kind-of a let down for me.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhamp9 (1671) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Hazy brown with a quickly fading off white head. Aroma is slightly tart apple, raisin, caramel, and a hint of wood. Taste is apple, earthy, malty, and a little funk. Very sweet overall. Flat with little carbonation.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Interesting saison -- bolder than others in sour/wildness. A little oaky too! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone


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