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Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Saison
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
1FastSTi (3285) - 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.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
hezron (609) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Brigadier (2830) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MIBRomeo (2494) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Thanks to Mike. Very cloudy copper color nice off white head w/ nice lacing and ltos of visable carbonation. Aroma of sweet belgian yeasts banannas carmelized sugars. Palate is well coated warm & creamy. Flavor is hot nicely spiced.. all spice touch of nutmeg & bannannas belgian yeast & candied sugars. Very Good.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
vyvvy (3615) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
I think a lot of the people rating this had a different beer than I did - this was quite good. Pours dark bronze with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is spicy with slight sourness (lambic-ish) and grapes. There is also some vinious and earthy qualities. Flavor starts out with earthy wooden flavors mixed with a plum / apricot flavor. Finish has some spicy hops and viniousness traits coming out. It is medium / full bodied with semi-sharp carbonation. As it warms anise starts coming into the picture and passion fruit and hop element are more in front. Very nice saison.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
mjg74 (2462) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark amber/ruby color. Aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of yeastiness. Some sours candies as well. Somewhat bitter up front with some sourness as well. Some earthy almost champagne-like qualities. Some bitter maltiness. Bitter and malty finish. A little sour as well.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Pours a clear amber with a loosely-knit white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is horsey, biscuity malts, cherry-pie, with some acidity. Body is med-light. The flavors are mealy, rustic, stinky cheese with that very recognizable bretta-bruxellensis flavor of sour pie cherries. Finish is mildly bitter but not very dry as the style suggests.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
STEPHENDR (478) - California, USA - JUL 16, 2006
Medium brown- nice tan head-lemon grass, hay, bread, maple syrup nose- sweet, sour, brown sugar, dark sour cherries- fresh slightly bitter aftertaste

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (987) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
750mL bottle. Medium amber color with a large rocky white head that collapses quickly. Mildy musty fruitcake aroma: old citrus, cherries, and earthy spice. Chalky, rough textured cherries and sharp spiciness in the flavor. Mulling spice flavors then manifest, and linger into the finish with a peppery orange character. Mouthfeel is a medium, rather thick for the style and more astringent than dry.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Hazy reddish amber with a small beige head. Aroma of bananas, apples, clove, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body and gentle carbonation. The flavor was a blend of spiced fruit warmed by the alcohol. Mediocre.


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