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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale - Brewery Vivant

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Zaison Imperial Saison AleZaison Imperial Saison Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

143 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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
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NateMac13

Illinois

4.44/5  rDev +22.3%

08-25-2014 14:49:28 | More by NateMac13
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oldvines

Illinois

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-24-2014 17:54:35 | More by oldvines
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shiggins22

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

08-18-2014 19:55:35 | More by shiggins22
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DRush11


4.68/5  rDev +28.9%

08-15-2014 17:50:52 | More by DRush11
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lochef81

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%

08-05-2014 19:30:56 | More by lochef81
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Bubbaloosh

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-31-2014 07:48:58 | More by Bubbaloosh
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ianpstephens

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +24%

07-28-2014 03:12:04 | More by ianpstephens
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maxcoinage

Illinois

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
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-22-2014 02:00:57 | More by DanGeo
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thinwhiteduke

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

07-20-2014 19:51:01 | More by thinwhiteduke
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zeledonia

Minnesota

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
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

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
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drbenderdo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-12-2014 17:47:58 | More by drbenderdo
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Buck_Jones

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-07-2014 21:20:55 | More by Buck_Jones
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JohnathanColeman

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.2%

07-06-2014 00:59:07 | More by JohnathanColeman
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nate_nate_nate

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-04-2014 01:53:09 | More by nate_nate_nate
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CharlesAQ


4.5/5  rDev +24%

06-29-2014 22:06:35 | More by CharlesAQ
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ajz132

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-27-2014 11:31:25 | More by ajz132
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tslake

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

06-24-2014 04:25:45 | More by tslake
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midlifec

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-21-2014 22:45:52 | More by midlifec
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BrewtalHonesty

Oregon

4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-17-2014 17:50:54 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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TechBrew

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

06-16-2014 23:58:18 | More by TechBrew
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TreyIsWilson

Michigan

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
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rspauldi

Texas

3/5  rDev -17.4%

06-03-2014 23:50:41 | More by rspauldi
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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 143 ratings.