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%
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (11790) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2006
750 ml bottle poured a clear deep reddish brown with beautiful creamy lasting amber head. Aromas of spices, banana, malt, teast and some herbal notes. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of malt, spice, cheries, a hint of banana, yeast and a bit of herbs with a lingering lightly sweet finish. A complex and interesting Saison.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
thegreenrooster (3649) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 25, 2006
Pour is a deep redish brown with a large tan head. Aroma is spicy and winey. Lots of dark fruits and vinegar. Flavor is wood smoke with some dark fruit and a slight cherry after taste. Finish is very sweet and tart. A different but very adequate rep of the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - AUG 21, 2006
Pre-GTMW tasting @ 1FastSTi’s place. Clear amber with off-white head. The arom ais floral, camomile and spice. The flavor is floral, bready and toffee. The mouth is light and crisp.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
kujo9 (1095) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - AUG 18, 2006
750 ML bottle: Deep amber w/ a short lived off white head. Plum, raisiny fruit, and raisiny fruit dominate. Lightly toasty malt and sour cherries come in second. Also earthy, leathery, and woody hops/malt aromas. Lightly gingery and clovey/peppery. Lightly sour and lactic, but not offensive! Well balanced, but lighlty sweet and malty up front. A bit cherry wood flavored, lightly woody, and herbal hop flavored. Aftertaste is wood and herbal. Smooth m/f, lighter med. body. Alcohol is well hidden. Not a bad beer, but not a great one. Some complexities, but not worthy of a strong dark!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2006
750ml bottle pours copper and pretty clear with a nice frothy tan head that stays well and laces in weblike patterns down the tulip glass. Aromas of yeast, light cherries, toffee, and caramel. Flavor consists of yeast, caramel, toffee, graham crackers, a few fruity apple notes blend in and very little spice on the tail. Mouthfeel is smooth and buttery but the spice at the finish does tickle the tongue just enough to persuade you back for another sip. Alcohol is well covered... I’m quite surprised at the ratings here as I found this one quite delicious...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Murky copper. Thin soapy head. Wannabe sour aroma… caramel, Dry caramel. Some spice and sweetness. Okay… but needs more stuff for me.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2006
Beautiful, ambient caramel brown in color with an ice sheaf peninsula and a graying wrung for the head. Cherry cheesecake and rubber stamps lead the nose into an amaretto candi shell composure. Buttery almonds, ginger tobacco spread loosely over grahams, rustic pencil erasures and toffee provide other aromatic support. Effervescent sprits is high and fills in the palate gaps. Spruce needles sharply acupuncture the coarse corners of the tongue. Buttered water chestnuts capped with caramel give off plenty of greasy toffee traits. That cherry toffee sweet substance meets a mineral and sulfurous tinge. Medium bodied and descending effervescence. Bitterness jives solemnly with a cherry spruce and almond butter substance at the outset. Thanks to BBB63 for sharing!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3357) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
The beer pours to a hazy chestnut body with a thin white head. The aroma is farmhousey. The flavor is very yeasty for a saison. Strange malts. The palate is medium bodied.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hezron (611) - Viroqua, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 13, 2006
Malty caramel aroma; floral...very floral with a touch of barnyard and dried fruit. Cloudy amber-brown, almost orange with a thin, off-white head. Flavor is a bit thin, sweet caramel malt, minerals and a bit hot. Medium, light body, highly carbonated. Too sweet for me. Thanks to BBB63 for sharing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (3345) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastSti’s house

This one turned out be somewhat of a disappointment. Despite a promising aroma, the taste was somehow wrong. Perhaps it was me - most other people seem to like it. However I find cough syrup to be more of a turn off than something to look for in a saison. It was interesting though; I was glad to give it a try at least.

Aroma / Appearance - Apple cider, caramel, fresh spring leaves and a funky sourness dominiate the aroma. It was unusual for a saison, but not totally strange. The body was the color of murky river water with a thin bubbly layer of head floating lazily on top.

Flavor / Palate - The first impression I got was of Wonderbread. Perhaps once again I got a healthy dose of yeast but this time I am certain it was not the bottom of the bottle. The sugary mouthfeel was not bad but when it was followed by a feeling of cherry cough syrup I had to bail. This one needs more balance to be enjoyable. The taste is just too sweet for me to give it the benefit of the doubt.

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