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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

154 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 154
Reviews: 38
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.98%
Wants: 5
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MichPaul on 05-12-2012

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Photo of jfstilling
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jadler16
3.22/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold white color with light white head. Orange/light toast nose. Very big and bold flavors but not pleasing - sour in a weird "not supposed to be sour" kind of way. Tastes like spoiled oranges. No need to try again.

Photo of mpalestino
3.52/5  rDev -3%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Azpittil57
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TheSamKuehn
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Poured from can into a tulip glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a nice cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, orchard fruit
Taste-Sweet toasted malt,honeyed peach, very faint spiciness, sweet finish.

Photo of _morandi_
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Bitterbill
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?

Photo of NateMac13
4.44/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of shiggins22
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of DRush11
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of lochef81
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of ianpstephens
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Photo of DanGeo
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of thinwhiteduke
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of zeledonia
3.66/5  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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of drbenderdo
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 154 ratings.