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


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RATINGS: 287   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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FROTHINGSLOSH (7796) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
Sampled from a 750 ml corked brown bottle this beer poured a dark orange-caramel color with a medium sized foamy off white head that left good lacing. The aroma was dryish and chalky with light tangy candied golden fruits. The flavor was sweettart candies, chalk and was fairly dry with herbs and pepper underneath. The finish was long, chalky and had lingering pepper and citrus. Medium body. Eh.

mrmartin (780) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2011
Hazy Amber pour with big off-white head. Nose is dusty with hint of sweet malt and earthy yeasts Sweet Maple Syrup in front to an alcohol tinged bitter finish. meh.

SanfordBrewer (1576) - Sanford, Florida, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Hazy brown with bubbly beige head, medium-full body with medium carbonation.

Chocolate malt, yeast, and some citrusy esters and smokey phenols.

Funkiness is muted and sourness is not there. Too sweet and yeasty.

dimenhetfield (2486) - , 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.

keepersj12 (3117) - 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.

SphinxTX (2875) - 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!

drjay44 (3714) - 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

maltdog (626) - New Mexico, 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.

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.

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.

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