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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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Brewmasterís 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.


Riotbeard's rating

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Riotbeard (107) - Birmingham, USA - JUL 28, 2010
pretty nice Saison, but there are a lot better ones out there. Aroma is hay with some light apple elements. Appearance is a light amber with a white head and nice lacing. Taste is vanilla and apple. Palate is dry but a bit creamy. A decent saison.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Bottle at BeerDig 2011 on 03/06/2011. Mostly clear copper body with a small tan head. Sweet fruit and light spice aroma. Sweet sugary fruit flavor with belgian spice. Medium light body with moderately high carbonation.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (5031) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2013
Bottle sampled at Paulís housewarming tasting 2013. Pours a clear amber body with thin white lacing. Aroma is grain, yeast, caramel malts and light dust. Mouthfeel is medium to full with notes of rich caramel malt, yeast, wheat, light funk, musk and lots of grain.

2.2
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Alphadelic (1751) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 1, 2013
A crazy dark saison. Heavily oxidized to me, but not my companion. Hot and spicy all over and very dry in the mouth. Not a fan.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (3754) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - AUG 18, 2013
750ml bottle shared at Paulís. Poured a syrupy honey orange body with a foamy off white head. Aroma was medicinal, old band aids, pepper, yeast and spice. Full big body with stronger carbonation and a lingering finish. Flavor was dry, cardboard, rather medicinal, yeast, old bread, spice. Was hoping for a light refreshing saison after an afternoon of big beers, this was not that.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
RaucusBacchus (63) - Sandy, Utah, USA - AUG 8, 2013
Bomber: mahogany tone with a moderate, creamy head. Fair lacing. Caramel and fig on the nose. Frothy on the tongue. Malty with a mild toasty flavor. Very mild as farmhouse ales go. Easy drinker & very pleasant. ~m --RaucusBacchus

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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11004) - 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6585) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle shared at Paulís housewarming tasting. Pours a clear amber brown with a thin white head. Sweet and a little grainy with a touch of musk on the nose. Sweet and faintly oxidized. Malty, sweet caramel and a touch of sweet grain. Tasty, but not a ton going on.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jtclockwork (7116) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 28, 2013
Bottle at Paulís tasting. Pours reddish amber with off white head. Nose and taste of banana jolly rancher, candy fruit, baked bread and yeast. Medium body.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
NielsenRatings (8275) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 29, 2013
Bottle @ Epic Beer Fest Denver 2013. Pours a dark orange appearance with a tan head. Bubblegum, tangy fruity, light bretty, vanilla aroma. Somewhat toasty malty, mild caramel, a bit funky, light barnyard, light toffee, somewhat fruity, candy flavor. Kind of interesting.


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