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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale - Brewery Vivant

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BA SCORE
82
good

129 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 6 | 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 +22.6%
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
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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.

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

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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.