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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
82
good

136 Ratings
THE BROS
82
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Ratings: 136
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 16.34%
Wants: 6
Gots: 7 | 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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Reviews by MadScientist:
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MadScientist

New York

4.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I stop by Vivant on my way back from a wedding and had to pick up some samples
This pours a slightly haze deep gold. The rocky white head fizzles away quickly like half an alka selyzelter.

The aroma is like orange, apricot and with some spice which is mostly pepper and something else. There is some low spicy hop aromas and some alcohol in the nose.

Wow it's like a hug hit to the palate with big thick layers of fruit and spicy the dominate flavors being orange, apricot and pepper. There is a moderately high bitterness and a fairly firm tartness like there tasting like they had used some orange peel. There is that belgian yeast quality in there with a hint of sourness. The hop type bitterness really hang in there after the fairly dry finish.

It a little thick for a Saison style with a medium-heavy body and high carbonation.

I didn't know what to think of with an Imperial Saison other than that sounds like a great idea. This really fits that description, it an assertive bold beer with the Saison characteristics amped up a few notches. It's a great concept and it's well executed.

Serving type: can

07-07-2012 00:22:26 | More by MadScientist
More User Reviews:
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ianpstephens

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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

Illinois

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Serving type: growler

07-23-2014 21:39:14 | More by maxcoinage
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DanGeo

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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

Minnesota

3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-19-2014 22:59:32 | More by zeledonia
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-17-2014 05:41:35 | More by HuskyinPDX
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drbenderdo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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


4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

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

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -10%

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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

Michigan

4/5  rDev +10.8%

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

New York

3.5/5  rDev -3%

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

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: can

06-13-2014 02:34:00 | More by TreyIsWilson
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rspauldi

Texas

3/5  rDev -16.9%

06-03-2014 23:50:41 | More by rspauldi
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jemarent

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

06-03-2014 17:38:22 | More by jemarent
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TheBeerDad

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-31-2014 14:01:57 | More by TheBeerDad
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SportsandJorts

Virginia

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: light straw yellow color. two fingers of a white head that fade pretty quickly and leaves just about nothing behind. hazy and nearly opaque.

Smell: agave and citrus. pepper, some yeasty qualities.

Taste: opens with a little bit of agave, some pepper and spicy yeast. back end is full of orange and bitter citrus.

Mouthfeel: medium to heavy. pretty strong dryness. some lingering bitterness.

Overall: a pretty good offering from Vivant but misses some of the qualities that I enjoy in a saison. worth a try but I don't think Ill be visiting it again too soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2014 00:30:08 | More by SportsandJorts
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amalburg

Michigan

3/5  rDev -16.9%

05-26-2014 13:23:35 | More by amalburg
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stortore

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

05-23-2014 20:39:11 | More by stortore
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jduprey007

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -3%

05-21-2014 01:39:31 | More by jduprey007
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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 136 ratings.