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

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RATINGS: 279   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steve_0 (2229) - 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 (947) - 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 (928) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Interesting saison -- bolder than others in sour/wildness. A little oaky too! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
djd07 (2915) - 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
cmonster (953) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
annunz123 (809) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Fruit, wood, and a little sour funk in the aroma. Flavor is sweet and fruity, with a little sour and alcohol bite in the finish. Good, but not great.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (1982) - Athens, Georgia, USA - AUG 25, 2012
Pours darker than you expect for a saison, but most other characteristics in appearance match. Aroma has all the fruity notes, but no real funk beyond the typical belgian yeast. I think the imperial part puts it closer to a belgian strong than a saison. Good balance in the spice, but lacking the funk to make it farmhouse. Alcohol is present but not overbearing. Pretty good.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1246) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 17, 2012
Bottle from Julios. A deep medium amber with a light tan head. Big sweet fruity aromas. Flavor is deep sweet and malty. Raison notes. Some yeasty fruit. Medium to heavy body, but very smooth and drinkable. Not too sweet. Reminds me a lot of Raison d’etre by DFH. Low bitterness, but well balanced. Clean, fruity finish. Warming as it goes down. More of a Belgian Strong Ale than any Saison I’ve ever tried.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2203) - Michigan, USA - AUG 12, 2012
750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small 1 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings on the glass. The cork hardly popped when I opened it, probably pushing 4 years or more in age. Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, prune, raisin, toast, pepper, earth, and big phenolic yeast esters. Aromas aren’t very pleasant at all; very stale and unbalanced feeling. Taste of caramel, toffee, molasses, prune, toast, biscuit, raisin, earth, herbal, grass, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, biscuit, dark fruits, herbal, earth, and light yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Pretty good flavor balance and complexity; but it feels more like a Belgian dark ale than a saison. Flavors were not as robust as I was expecting; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid dark Belgian saison. The aromas were pretty bad, but the taste turned out alright. Fairly enjoyable, if only they dated these bottles.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3106) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2012
Grape & Gourmet, VA Beach 750ml ($10): Pours an orange body with a white frothy head. Aroma is not conventional saison at all: actually, it resembles a Belgian Strong Ale much more. Dark fruity aromas make up most of the nose. Taste is pretty sweet, with an intense fruitiness. There is no funk and barely any trace of saison yeast. I had high hopes for this beer, but it turned out to disappoint.


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