Zaison Imperial Saison Ale - Brewery Vivant
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3.85/5 rDev +6.1%
16 ounce can thanks to Trent!
It pours a hazy straw colour and brings a 1 finger head of foam. Lacing aplenty.
My, I sure can smell the orange peel. Other spices, but no real funk showing up for me.
Orange way up front in the taste too. It seems to bring some sweet and tart notes unless something else is doing the former or latter. A bit of pepper starts to show up after my 3rd sip. Tellicherry black peppercorns? Okay, I had to google that. Imparts floral and cherry flavours. 'splains a lot!
Medium bodied, medium carbonation, it starts of with the orange and finishes with it. There's not much heat from the alcohol or the peppercorns. It isn't the easiest brew to drink but it's enjoyable. I guess, my bottom line is...do "we" have to imperialize every style?
08-27-2014 21:37:33 | More by Bitterbill
3.74/5 rDev +3%
16oz can to Duvel Tulip, 2 finger fluffy white head, left some lacing, settling at a moderate pace. beer is a dark orange color
As I was pouring the can I could smell the yeast - belgian frutiness, hay/straw, a little bit of orange
fruity, slightly sweet, pepper, estery, some orange . orange not as much as i was thinking itd be,maybe ill add a slice for the next one to pump it up
good carbonation, medium body, finishes dry
solid brew, easy drinking, and will sneak up on you at 9%! not sure i'd purchase again given the price tag ( almost 17 after tax for a 4 pack of 16oz ), but enjoyed nonetheless and glad i tried it
07-23-2014 21:39:14 | More by maxcoinage
3.64/5 rDev +0.3%
Thanks to GRPunk for the BIF beer. Tasted 5 July 2014.
Pours a clear medium golden yellow. Two fingers of fuzzy white head, good retention and lacing.
Smell is powerfully citrusy. That's the prominent character - a sweet, juicy citrus presence. I don't get much funk or spice, despite what the can says.
Taste is odd for a saison. It's quite sweet, and very fruity. Almost like a shandy. Doesn't have the zip or the dryness I expect. Tasty enough, just a little weird.
Feel is good. Medium body, fizzy carbonation that reminds me (again) of a soda or shandy.
Good beer, like a jacked-up shandy or a very fruity saison. The citrus is too powerful for my tastes, making it hard for me to pick up on subtler elements.
07-19-2014 22:59:32 | More by zeledonia
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
Can opened on 5.8.14
A - Pours a cloudy medium orange with a large light tan head that fades slowly.
S - Saison yeast, citrus orange, peppery.
T - Very orange and bright, a hint of pepper in the finish.
D - Light body with good carbonation.
O - Light and very orange heavy. Good stuff.
07-17-2014 05:41:35 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.7/5 rDev +1.9%
A - Pours a cloudy golden orange with a two-finger foamy white head.
S - Yeast, orange peel, and light sweet malts.
T - Taste is sweet juicy orange juice mixed with the bitterness from the orange peel. Finish has a nice yeast flavor and a lingering bite from the peppercorns.
M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Dry finish.
O - This was a nice surprise. Could have used a little more carbonation, but still rather good.
06-13-2014 02:34:00 | More by TreyIsWilson
Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.