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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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143 Ratings

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Ratings: 143
Reviews: 35
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 16.25%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 zachary80:
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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

16oz Brewer's Reserve Zaison: Imperial saison ale. Beer brewed with Tellicherry black peppercorns and orange peel.

Light golden body with small white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma is a faint blend yeast and lemon juice. Hint of the peppercorn.

The flavor has a cirtusey bite to it that dominates its taste. It isn't unpleasant, just one note.

Mouthfeel is heavy for a saison, but expected for an imperial.

Zaison is better than I expected from an imperial saison, but loses some of the complexity of the style to the almost overwhelming citrus overtones.

08-22-2012 22:01:11 | More by zachary80
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-22-2014 02:00:57 | More by DanGeo
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3.61/5  rDev -0.6%

Pours golden with a hint of orange. Hazy, with a nice-sized white head. No lacing to speak of. The nose is full of wheat, orange zest, lemon peels, herbal spiced tea. The taste hits with background notes of banana and clove, along with nice warming alcohol. Peppery spices, lemon herbs, and pineapple really come through about halfway into the sip. The aftertaste leaves the palette with a slightly bready and sweet malty flavor with a touch of bitterness and sweet fruity esters. Slight hint of floral notes in the background, but hard to notice. Medium body with sharp carbonation.

My first saison. Tasty brew here, although it's hard to compare to other saisons since this is my first one. Based off of this one, the Belgian style is noticeable, but I would prefer a Belgian strong ale or dubel/tripel over this type.

10-26-2012 11:47:20 | More by tectactoe
Photo of MadScientist

New York

4.4/5  rDev +21.2%

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.

07-07-2012 00:22:26 | More by MadScientist
Photo of Jason


3.6/5  rDev -0.8%

16oz tallboy can with no freshness date.

LOOK: Bright golden, lacing on the glass, thin head

SMELL: Agave, peppercorns, citrus peel, quince paste, tartness, herbal, alcohol, poppy seeds, crackers, yeast

TASTE: Slick, crisp, tart, bitter, peppery, faint fusel, citrus peel, earthy, phenolic, herbal, nutty yeast, pineapple, applebutter, broth, peppery drying finish

Very bold and does not wait around to take over my palate. Peppercorn is a the perfect level though it too more than a few sips for this one to turn around, thankfully it did and ends up being pretty good.

07-02-2012 02:13:38 | More by Jason
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2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

07-20-2012 01:14:27 | More by Guinnsslvr
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West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

06-07-2013 00:11:49 | More by williamjbauer
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4/5  rDev +10.2%

06-17-2013 14:21:24 | More by deuce9259
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

08-17-2013 23:47:57 | More by fishkab
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

07-14-2013 23:22:54 | More by rolandboy
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

04-02-2014 15:42:31 | More by Dustin_A_Stoutdrinker
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

10-14-2013 11:37:56 | More by beergorrilla
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-12-2013 23:31:24 | More by Hurkie70
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

12-17-2012 03:54:34 | More by zonker17
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

06-27-2014 11:31:25 | More by ajz132
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

07-28-2014 03:12:04 | More by ianpstephens
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-21-2014 01:39:31 | More by jduprey007
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

05-18-2013 05:32:37 | More by YogiBeer
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-13-2013 20:10:27 | More by SpdKilz
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3.71/5  rDev +2.2%

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some spice, funky, a bit different. Taste is yeast, oranges, spices, alcohol is present, balanced and tasty. Feels ,medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a unique and solid beer.

11-11-2013 12:08:15 | More by tone77
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Can to Duvel tulip.

A - Cloudy orange/yellow colour. One finger of off-white head that reduced to a film on top of the beer.

S - Big grassy aroma up front with a sweet bready malt backbone that has a touch of caramel coming through as well.

T - Fairly big tartness up front that was unexpected but settles down after a few sips. A fairly prominent hop bitterness is present with some grassy, herbal and floral flavours. The malt backbone is fairly prominent as well, adding some sweet caramel and bready notes.

M - Medium body with a fairly big chew. Light carbonation.

O - This one is a touch strange but interesting in its own way.

09-03-2012 18:50:45 | More by TheSevenDuffs
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3/5  rDev -17.4%

16oz can picked up at Oades... Pours hazed dark golden... short lasting white head leaves no lacing.

Nose is slightly spicy.. tons of fruit that reminds me of overripe apples.. dried apricots... and rotting peaches.

Flavor is heavy fruitiness... peppercorns come out swinging a bit mid palate but are KO by the fruity esters... tastes like apricot nectar with a metallic twinge... sweet and not "malty", just sweet..

Carbonation is too light... body is entirely too heavy... not "too heavy for a saison", just too heavy in general... Thankfully, I had a good fella to share this with or it would have been 8oz down the drain... Sorry... This needs a TON of work. Not even close to a Saison... Sorry.

All 3's and that is generous.

09-04-2012 06:21:51 | More by JohnGalt1
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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

05-09-2013 16:38:08 | More by enelson
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

08-31-2013 22:24:48 | More by tommy5
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

07-07-2013 01:28:12 | More by buschbeer
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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
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