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


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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 255   ABV: 8.5%
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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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (5312) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11440) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (7700) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (10655) - , 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
adnielsen (10037) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (3292) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jhamp9 (1276) - 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1553) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Interesting saison -- bolder than others in sour/wildness. A little oaky too! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (5889) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Bottle. Pours a dark orange with large frothy off white head that lasts awhile leaving sticky lacing along the glass. The aroma is an earthy yeast and citrus. Medium mouthfeel with a sweet fruit and light caramel malt with nice light spice finish. A good saison from De Proef.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (997) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 7, 2012
Bottle. Pours dark amber with a medium sized tan head. Fig, fruits, caramel and yeast aroma. Medium sweet flavor with hops and carbonation to balance. Med-light body, good carbonation, creamy texture, and an oily bitter finish. The appearance and nose suggest malt sweetness, but there are plenty of hops in there. I agree with the style classification as the mouthfeel is there, but could also go as a Belgian Strong ale. It’s a very good beer nonetheless.

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