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


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RATINGS: 283   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41/5   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.

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Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Pre-Great Taste sampling at 1FastSti’s house

This one turned out be somewhat of a disappointment. Despite a promising aroma, the taste was somehow wrong. Perhaps it was me - most other people seem to like it. However I find cough syrup to be more of a turn off than something to look for in a saison. It was interesting though; I was glad to give it a try at least.

Aroma / Appearance - Apple cider, caramel, fresh spring leaves and a funky sourness dominiate the aroma. It was unusual for a saison, but not totally strange. The body was the color of murky river water with a thin bubbly layer of head floating lazily on top.

Flavor / Palate - The first impression I got was of Wonderbread. Perhaps once again I got a healthy dose of yeast but this time I am certain it was not the bottom of the bottle. The sugary mouthfeel was not bad but when it was followed by a feeling of cherry cough syrup I had to bail. This one needs more balance to be enjoyable. The taste is just too sweet for me to give it the benefit of the doubt.

MIBRomeo (2579) - Wisconsin, USA - AUG 11, 2006
Thanks to Mike. Very cloudy copper color nice off white head w/ nice lacing and ltos of visable carbonation. Aroma of sweet belgian yeasts banannas carmelized sugars. Palate is well coated warm & creamy. Flavor is hot nicely spiced.. all spice touch of nutmeg & bannannas belgian yeast & candied sugars. Very Good.

vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 1, 2006
I think a lot of the people rating this had a different beer than I did - this was quite good. Pours dark bronze with a medium sized off-white head. Aroma is spicy with slight sourness (lambic-ish) and grapes. There is also some vinious and earthy qualities. Flavor starts out with earthy wooden flavors mixed with a plum / apricot flavor. Finish has some spicy hops and viniousness traits coming out. It is medium / full bodied with semi-sharp carbonation. As it warms anise starts coming into the picture and passion fruit and hop element are more in front. Very nice saison.

mjg74 (3204) - La Mesa, California, USA - JUL 31, 2006
Bottled. Pours a dark amber/ruby color. Aroma is sweet and malty with a bit of yeastiness. Some sours candies as well. Somewhat bitter up front with some sourness as well. Some earthy almost champagne-like qualities. Some bitter maltiness. Bitter and malty finish. A little sour as well.

erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Pours a clear amber with a loosely-knit white head that quickly diminishes. Aroma is horsey, biscuity malts, cherry-pie, with some acidity. Body is med-light. The flavors are mealy, rustic, stinky cheese with that very recognizable bretta-bruxellensis flavor of sour pie cherries. Finish is mildly bitter but not very dry as the style suggests.

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

FoolishMortal (990) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 13, 2006
750mL bottle. Medium amber color with a large rocky white head that collapses quickly. Mildy musty fruitcake aroma: old citrus, cherries, and earthy spice. Chalky, rough textured cherries and sharp spiciness in the flavor. Mulling spice flavors then manifest, and linger into the finish with a peppery orange character. Mouthfeel is a medium, rather thick for the style and more astringent than dry.

YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2006
Hazy reddish amber with a small beige head. Aroma of bananas, apples, clove, pepper, cinnamon. Medium body and gentle carbonation. The flavor was a blend of spiced fruit warmed by the alcohol. Mediocre.

winegarner (220) - san diego, California, USA - JUL 10, 2006
Poured a clear ruby color with a full and lasting off-white head. After warming up a bit it released some aromas of dark cherries and holiday spices. Flavor starts out like a sweet cherry pie they a hoppy bitterness joins in and finishes out with a very unappealing chalkiness. The finish is hard to explain and is unlike any beer I have had before. This is definately not a saison and really not that enjoyable.

marcus (10869) - Sacramento, California, USA - JUL 4, 2006
750ml bottle. This amber ale poured with a massive off-white head. The flavor is malt and caramel with a chalky finish. This was not a typical saison - it was darker and much more malty than one would expect. It was worth drinking, but not much more.

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