Brewed by De Proefbrouwerij
Style: Saison
Lochristi - Hijfte, Belgium
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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.4   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 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.

   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

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
FoolishMortal (990) - 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.

   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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Poured a clear ruby color with a full and lasting off-white head. After warming up a bit it released some aromas of dark cherries and holiday spices. Flavor starts out like a sweet cherry pie they a hoppy bitterness joins in and finishes out with a very unappealing chalkiness. The finish is hard to explain and is unlike any beer I have had before. This is definately not a saison and really not that enjoyable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
marcus (6849) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
750ml bottle. This amber ale poured with a massive off-white head. The flavor is malt and caramel with a chalky finish. This was not a typical saison - it was darker and much more malty than one would expect. It was worth drinking, but not much more.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 750 mL bottle, corked & caged (fresh): clear, dark golden orange. A fluffy ivory cream persists at about a quarter inch. Candy sugar aroma with light wheat, red apples, and yeasty funkiness. The flavour seems dark and almost distant - buttery chocolate yeast along with some spicy wheat and over-ripe bananas. You know, I enjoyed this drink - but I wouldn’t recommend it for someone looking for a Saison - much closer to a fruity dubbel...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JUN 23, 2006
Clear dark amber/mahogany with 2 finger off white head. Aroma is quite nice, but nothing like a saison, more belgian dubbel almost. Plenty of caramel, dark fruit, tiny bit of floral, and very faint yeast, but caramel/sweet malt really dominates everything. Flavor is all caramel through and through, barely able to detect anything else. Faint banana and spice but not much else. Really isn’t a bad beer, just not a saison. Sweetness becomes very cloying by the end of the bottle.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Jokes (1453) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Clear, dark ruby red with a fluffy white head. The aroma is strong but based on a saison, but definitely suped up. Sweet caramel, earthy hops, some very mild leatherish funk, fruity floral perfume and definite residual sweetness. The body is big and sticky sweet. The low carbonation gives the beer seemingly slow movement across the tongue. The sweetness brings out a mild exotic fruitiness of pineapple, mango and some light lychee. Hints of toasted bread add some more depth that comes with a little time. More sugary sweetness and strong fruity esters come out in the mouth. The yeast is fun and playful, but not what I’d expect from a true Saison. The bitterness is there, but is light and certainly overshadowed by the sticky, sweet malt. This didn’t really do much for me, other than show how much I don’t really enjoy some suped-up versions of traditional styles.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Rich and dark fruit flavors, with a sweet caramel front. The carbonation breaks up the body on this nicely, making it very easy to drink. Very lively spicing for such a sweet brew, with clove staying behind long after you finish.

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