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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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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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ungstrup (29604) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JUN 8, 2009
Bottled. Unclear dark golden with an off-white head. The aroma sweet with notes of yeast, over ripe fruits, malt, and spices. The flavor is sweet with notes of over ripe fruits, vegetables, lightly tart and dry finish. More like a imperial Biere de Garde, not that exciting.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Oakes (12777) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 27, 2009
Cloudy and amber. Funky nose with deep fruit (apple, pear) and some light clove. There’s also a mac & cheese note in the aroma, which makes no sense at all. Herbal, berryish (blueberry, boysenberry), funky light foot, alcohol, rich caramel, and spice...lots of stuff going on here. For all its complexity, though, it really is not very cohesive.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2006
(Bottle) Pours a deep amber body with an average-sized creamy beige head. Aroma of bread, grapefruit, dark fruits, and bubble gum. Flavor of toasted malt, caramel, and vinous.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
argo0 (11579) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 30, 2007
(750ml bottle) Particulate-filled copper body topped by big beige head that diminishes fairly quickly, leaving nice lacing. Aroma is moderately sweet, bubblegum, some orange, cinnamon, raisin, some alcohol. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, some bubblegum, vanilla, herbal, light cinnamon. Dry alcohol finish. Medium-full body, somewhat sticky.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
bhensonb (11360) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Aroma of malt, flowers, peach(?), spice. Ruby apricot color with tiny bubbles and a vigorous beige head that laced somewhat. Starts a bit brettomyces? Grass and herb are present. Some sweetness to go with the unusual tartness. Medium mouthfeel. Fairly dry once it settles down. Not getting much bitterness in the finish, just that unusual character. I can see why Matta suggested Wintergreen, but I don’t think that’s it. Interestingly different.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thewolf (11204) - Kolding, DENMARK - MAY 14, 2009
Bottle. [thank you, after4ever]
Pours dark amber, micro-floaties, small creamy, off-white head. Great lacings. Aroma has notes of cheese, red apples, caramel, some funk; almost like a french cider. Great, super-dry mouthfeel. Flavour has a lot of maltiness, light cellar-notes, red apples. Caramel, oranges, light funk, some brett creeps up. Well, also a little chocolate.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11175) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2013
@Pauls new condo Tasting-750 bottle shared by dmac-dissipating offwhite-amber. A-banana, lt med malt. T-lt/med malt, some spice.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Tmoney99 (10947) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2006
Corked bottle. Poured clear copper color with a large frothy brown head that was lasting with excellent lacing. Heavy nutty malt and fruit aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky finish. Medium blalanced flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid complex drinkable beer.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 9, 2008 Date: 08/17/2007
Mode: Bottle
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party

Appearance: clear dark copper, wispy off white head,
Aroma: sweet fruity aroma with lots of spicy character and a light touch of funk,
Flavor: lots of funky spicy flavor, spicyness is balanced by fruity sweetness, nice balancing bitterness,
-------- /> Date: 03/04/2008
Mode: bottle
Source: brick store

lots more funkiness in the aroma and flavor,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Rating: 3.1/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: *4

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
Lubiere (10273) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 12, 2006
Golden dark amber to brownish with a thin off white head. Big butterscotch aroma, rather cloying, with fruity esters, like banana. In mouth, a sweet lightly butterscotch malt, thin. A thin light body, with light caramel, light hops, overall, cloying. Enjoyed with the Mtl Crew Sept. 9, 2006.


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