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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
82
good

147 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MichPaul on 05-12-2012)
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Azpittil57, Sep 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

TheSamKuehn, Sep 15, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Poured from can into a tulip glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a nice cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, orchard fruit
Taste-Sweet toasted malt,honeyed peach, very faint spiciness, sweet finish.

hosehead83, Sep 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

_morandi_, Sep 03, 2014
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3.85/5  rDev +5.8%

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?

Bitterbill, Aug 27, 2014
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4.44/5  rDev +22%

NateMac13, Aug 25, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

oldvines, Aug 24, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

shiggins22, Aug 18, 2014
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4.68/5  rDev +28.6%

DRush11, Aug 15, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

lochef81, Aug 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Bubbaloosh, Jul 31, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

ianpstephens, Jul 28, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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

maxcoinage, Jul 23, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

DanGeo, Jul 22, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

thinwhiteduke, Jul 20, 2014
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3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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.

zeledonia, Jul 19, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 17, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

drbenderdo, Jul 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Buck_Jones, Jul 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

JohnathanColeman, Jul 06, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

nate_nate_nate, Jul 04, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

CharlesAQ, Jun 29, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

ajz132, Jun 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

tslake, Jun 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

midlifec, Jun 21, 2014
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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.