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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.


4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2010
11.2 oz bottle poured in to my chimay chalice. A- Body is a cloudy dark amber color. Much darker than most saisons. Pours with a 2 finger, creamy, slightly off-white head. Head fades slowly to 1 finger but has perfect retention from there and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness has medium thickness and is dynamic as yeast sediment and the cloudiness can be seen moving about in the glass. S- Smell is on the sweeter side with peach, maybe some mango, and apple and pear coming through first with a slight floral accent. Some yeasty funk can be found in the background. T- Upfront is a mix of sweet and tart fruitiness. I can definitely detect apples and pears, and maybe some peach and mango also (as there is definitely an exotic presence here). This is softly accented by a floral hop presence and a slightly funky, yet bready yeast looms in the background along with a healthy dose of sweet caramel malt. The finish is more tart and bitter than the initial flavor and the floral hops and yeast really make their presence known here. P- Low to medium carbonation and nice, smooth, yeasty body. O- This is an awesome beer and is definitely not typical of the style. I’ve never seen one this dark before and the exotic fruit presence is a great spin on this style. It is a bit sweeter than most but still very good. The ABV is undetectable also. Serving type: bottle Reviewed on: 11-06-2008 13:28:05

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (2991) - Georgia, USA - OCT 18, 2008
A nice, hazy mahogany-brown with a fairly decent-sized but not too persistent head. Aroma is strong and malty, and has an overtone of fruit, mainly apple. Flavor is rich and fruity, sweet but not cloying, with just a touch of hops and hints of caramel and nutty taste. Finish is smooth and very satisfying.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
patrickfannon (1230) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Pours hazy chesnut brown with a creamy, tall off-white head. Nice lacing. Aroma is pumpkin bread, ginger, brown sugar, malts, caramel, vanilla, and plenty of malty, hoppy, floral notes. Full bodied with a smooth, creamy, slightly spicy palate. Robust, rich finish. Amazing saison.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
onceblind (3673) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 30, 2013
At Epic Beer Fest 2013. Clear bronze under a foamy beige head. Aroma is wonderful with earthy spiciness and a sweet tangerine fruitiness along with typical yet delightful saison aromas. Flavor is crisp yet strong with earthy tones of barn grains, yeasty spiciness, hay, toffee, and strong boozy esters in that uniquely Belgian way.

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

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thornecb (4168) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 30, 2008
Pours brown into a snifter. Fluffy beige micro head with good retention recedes to skim surface. Pit fruit and pepper aromas. Crisp and well balanced. Fruity upfront with a dry hops and sour brett finish. Quite nice.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
steview (1012) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAY 29, 2009
the flavor is complex and well packaged - this is what stood out the most to me; dry and somewhat powdery with notes of apple and cheese also with pinches of spice as well as being sweeter and less peppery than some saisons; regardless of what I note I think overall this is great... It is smooth and entirely delicious!

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (4132) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 5, 2010
750ml rubber-corked bottle. Deep opaque brown with a lacy off-white head. Aromatic honey and sugar, spicy Belgian yeast tones. Pretty awesome, wasn’t sure what to expect when you see Imperial, but this is smooth a mellow, with no trace of harsh imperialness. Rich, but creamy and smooth brown malt tones, not unlike a Biere De Garde. The soft body is quite impressive, this is a world class beer. A touch soft on the carbonation, assumably from the closet aging, but it works.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (936) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Interesting saison -- bolder than others in sour/wildness. A little oaky too! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ratman197 (9042) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - SEP 5, 2006
750 ml bottle poured a clear deep reddish brown with beautiful creamy lasting amber head. Aromas of spices, banana, malt, teast and some herbal notes. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of malt, spice, cheries, a hint of banana, yeast and a bit of herbs with a lingering lightly sweet finish. A complex and interesting Saison.


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