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


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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 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jbruner (2477) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MaBeer1972 (1368) - 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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
superspak (2828) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mansquito (3550) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
csaso (1460) - Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2012
Bottle - small foamy head, hazy deep amber color, nice balanced aroma and flavor with sweet malt and Belgian yeast - definitely darker than I expected being a saison, good though and different

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
redpooba (401) - New York, USA - FEB 29, 2012
A cheaper saison that is nice to have around the house. A light head with rich spices and overall good balance.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5077) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a dark orange-caramel color with a medium sized foamy off white head that left good lacing. The aroma was dryish and chalky with light tangy candied golden fruits. The flavor was sweettart candies, chalk and was fairly dry with herbs and pepper underneath. The finish was long, chalky and had lingering pepper and citrus. Medium body. Eh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mrmartin (707) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Hazy Amber pour with big off-white head. Nose is dusty with hint of sweet malt and earthy yeasts Sweet Maple Syrup in front to an alcohol tinged bitter finish. meh.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
SanfordBrewer (1391) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Hazy brown with bubbly beige head, medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Chocolate malt, yeast, and some citrusy esters and smokey phenols.

Funkiness is muted and sourness is not there. Too sweet and yeasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2011
750ml bottle poured into snifter. Grabbed this off the shelf at my local Total Wine to share with some buds. Golden color with a nice spicy/yeasty aroma. Flavor had slight hints of fruit and yeast. Middle of the road beer, good but not spectacular.

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