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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale - Brewery Vivant

Zaison Imperial Saison AleZaison Imperial Saison Ale

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BA SCORE
81
good

111 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 111
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 17.65%


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 Ryan011235:
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Ryan011235

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3.41/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Duvel tulip on 7/2/12

Thanks to beesy

A) Cloudy, dull honey tones. Two fingers of foam drops to 1/4th inch layer that remains fed by a stream of rising bubbles. Minimum lace.

S) Quite tangy, almost tart aroma - ripe apple, over ripe pear, peppercorn and some orange zestiness. Prairie grass and floral tones as it warms. Hints of biscuits and dough.

T) The taste is pretty tangy too, but there is a decent grainy presence to balance it out. Mild orange zest, but there is plenty peppercorn spiciness. Some alcohol is picked up toward the finish.

M) The feel is a juicy medium body. Carbonation is ample but not harsh; the overall feel is billowy.

D) Not too bad at all but it's a bit too ripe, as it were.

Serving type: can

09-28-2013 01:24:20 | More by Ryan011235
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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
81 out of 100 based on 111 ratings.