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Zaison "Super" Saison - Brewery Vivant

Zaison "Super" Saison
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BA SCORE
85
very good

38 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 14.02%


Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: brew3crew on 07-26-2011)
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Ratings: 38 | Reviews: 13 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by UpToMeBeer:
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UpToMeBeer

Colorado

4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first chance to try Vivant, thanks to buddy from Michigan.

A really intriguing beer! Lemon and hint of pepper on the nose. Cloudy golden/orange look, with nice creamy thick head.
Once I tasted it, the pepper was more pronounced. Some orange rind too, and slightly sweet malt. The ABV is masked. I totally forgot this was in the 9% range but toward the end of the glass, I was reminded! Very interesting beer from a creative brewery.... I look forward to more of their stuff!

Serving type: can

04-15-2012 05:03:45 | More by UpToMeBeer
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Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Michigan

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3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Ohio

1.68/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I wonder if I had a skunked can of beer? I was surprised in that most (all?) BA reviews had Zaison rated much better than I thought it was.

It poured flat, very little carbonation. Lacing quickly dissipated. Golden yellow color, slightly hazy.

Smell was sweet, the only scent I could clearly place was grapefruit.

It had strong stale-sweet taste and an almost 'chewey' mouth feel.

This beer was about as poor tasting as it could be for me to finish, any worse and it would have been poured down the drain. I would only try it again to see if maybe I did have a can that was old, it had no date.

Serving type: can

01-27-2013 19:19:19 | More by CopperMtnPlowboy
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Kansas

4.5/5  rDev +19%

12-07-2012 21:57:25 | More by Brad7132
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Michigan

3/5  rDev -20.6%

11-13-2012 05:07:57 | More by rolandboy
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Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Michigan

4/5  rDev +5.8%

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Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -14%

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Michigan

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4.5/5  rDev +19%

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superspak

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, no canning date. Pours slightly hazy golden amber color with a 2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Some slight spotty lacing on the glass. Aromas of lemon, apple, grape, pepper, clove, bread, orange zest, grass, wet hay, slight funk, and yeast spiciness. Some nice and well balanced aromas with good complexity. Taste of lemon, pepper, grape, apple, apricot, clove, coriander, bread, grass, hay, tart earthiness, light funk, and yeast spiciness. Tart spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, grape, apple, pepper, hay, clove, coriander, earth, and tart fruitiness on the finish for a good bit. Some pretty good flavor balance; but there is a bit too much bready earthiness for my liking. Flavors are minimally cloying, and are not an issue with enjoying this one slowly. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel. Pretty easy to sip on at 9%, with only a slight alcohol warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice imperial saison. Some nice flavor complexity; and quite smooth for such a big beer. Enjoyable stuff.

Serving type: can

05-10-2012 05:25:55 | More by superspak
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warnerry

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange-tinged golden brown with almost two fingers of white head that quickly settle into a thin cap. Not much lacing left behind.

S - Smell is initially grain and citrus, with some yeast funk and a bit of spice coming through as well. Has a sour edge to it.

T - Tart citrus, combined with wheat and yeast. Desent funk presence. More tart than I expected, with some pepper and other spice coming through as well. Pretty tasty.

M - Pretty full bodied for a saison, but I guess it's about right for an imperial saison.

O - An enjoyable brew from Vivant, but I think I'd rather have a regular saison on most occasions. This just feels a bit too heavy and lacks the refreshing qualities I like from the style.

Serving type: can

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Treebs

Illinois

3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tall boy can served in a Lost Abbey stemmed glass.

A: Pours a chilled light amber color with a frothy light yellow head forming on the pour. It recedes to a solid collar with a thin film. Small splotches of lace left around the glass.

S: Big funk up front with some orange zest and a pale malt backbone. Light lemon pledge, some barnyard and some fresh hay.

T: Barnyard and mildly cheesy funk. Grassy fresh hay, pale malts zesty tangerine sweetness and some lemon grass with a clean finish.

M: Nice light body with a bit of bite. Medium carbonation and a sweet, but clean finish.

O: Nice funky saison with great citrus zest. Pretty solid start to my Brewery Vivant beers I've got in the fridge.

Serving type: can

05-03-2012 00:58:36 | More by Treebs
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Zaison "Super" Saison from Brewery Vivant
85 out of 100 based on 38 ratings.