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


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RATINGS: 284   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (2932) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2011
Bready yeasty aroma from an amber pour with a big off white head. The flavor is a bit too sweet for me, root beer like. There is some Belgian yeast present along with a good deal of booze. Finishes fairly dry with a long lasting after taste. A little less sweet and it would be in my top ten for the style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - MAY 3, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Pours a deep, hazy amber with frothy, creamy off-white head. Aroma has strong notes of farmhouse, musty, citrus, faint hints of toasted grain, light acidic. Flavor is very much the same. Mouth feel is medium body with high, fizzy carbonation. Overall, solid brew!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
drjay44 (2966) - Salida, Colorado, USA - MAR 27, 2011
750 ml. bottle. Served at cellar temperature. Pours a medium, lasting off white head of long duration, with attractive lacing, over a clear amber ((SRM 9) body....nose is heavy sweet malts with raisin, plum tones, light molasses, brown sugar....taste is sweet malts with light dried fruits ( raisin, fig) finishing with a harsh fusel alcohol tones along with light allspice, pepper.....mouth feel is light, carbonation low. Except for the fusel heat, which is partially hidden by the pepper/spice tones, this is a reasonable attempt at a Saison. It is definitely not one of the best, but let this open up, it really improves. BJCP 7/3/12/4/7 e

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
maltdog (621) - Colorado, USA - MAR 23, 2011
Obfuscated rust color, stiff buff foam and mediocre lacing. Potent grape, bubblegum, and cherry licorice nose; a concentrated candy smell. Some peach and vanilla afternotes. Flavors of Tootsie Roll, plum and coughdrop… some crabapple acidity… a shortlived phenolic and somewhat acrid aftertaste. Thick creamy mouthfeel more befitting an oatmeal stout; low carbonation. Completely not what I expected from saison in any incarnation. Sweet, dimensionless and boring.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JohnnyMummbles (151) - Pitman, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2010
750ml bottle pours a redish amber beer with a lacey white head. Aroma is somewhat sweet with notes of banana, dark fruits and tons of malts. Taste is close to an oak aged sour ale but not as strong very well balanced. A little fruity but a great beer that is easy to drink and a great flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 2, 2010
Appearance: deep ruddy reds with a few dreggy globules hovering near the bottom. Pinkish head thick and tightly packed eventually fades into a thick color surrounding a broken patch of film. Blood-orange around the edges. Swirls with minimal lace.
Nose: sweet, spicy. Intense almost pungent nose ripe in coffee cake and cinnamon rolls, gentle sugary sweetness, prunes, dried dates, preserved apricots and peaches. Maple with brown sugar. Must whispers in and out of the back. Spiced apples and nutmeg amidst cakey doughy breakfast breads. Laffy taffy.
Palate: wow and wow. Not as heavy in weight as her massive nose impressed but also nowhere near lacking in flavor complexity. Musty dry finish of old wood and leather. Soft frothy mouthfeel thanks to bottle-conditioning lifts her palate up and keeps her hovering over the tastebuds. Toffee, taffy, maple, brown sugar, and candied apples. Touch of dense fruitcake underneath. Candied maraschino cherries and pineapple. Coconut shavings. Nutmeg and spice lingers long in my breath. Pecans and hazelnuts dabble in and out while treacle joins her sweet side. Coffee cake and cinnamon rolls for sweetness, chewy doughy breads, and spice. Flavors blend together very well.
Final Thoughts: what I got was not what I was expecting, but what I got was also very good. Reminded me more of a Flanders inspired saison ala Biere de Garde versus the Belgian saison. Either way, mighty tasty. Would love to have a chalice of this with breakfast sometime.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bbbeer (592) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 23, 2010
Amber with large head. Aroma muted by head but with some spices and yeast. Body a little lighter than expected, not much carbonation, I don’t notice the alcohol until after finishing half the bottle. Flavors with some spice, pumpkin, esters, a little bit of hops bitterness. Overall it seemed surprisingly thin with interesting flavors but almost diluted, I don’t know if I didn’t have a good bottle or something and should try again but was expecting more, also not really indentifiable as a saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Bottle, A nice amber hue with red highlights, a nice white head and good carbonation. Aroma had a nice fruity presence along with some banana, clove and biscuit malts. Flavor seemed to have a good fruity note that had almost a tannin like quality to it. Some nice grassy hops were present. Carbonation was present, but not overpowering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dperrey (8) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 4, 2010 does not count
Sampled today 09/05/10. Slightly sour taste, golden color, refreshing and tasty.

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