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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

130 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 16.43%
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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EricClayton

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

06-06-2013 21:50:44 | More by EricClayton
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TastyIsBeer

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

06-05-2013 21:47:15 | More by TastyIsBeer
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Tracker83

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

06-02-2013 14:39:35 | More by Tracker83
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yancot

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.4%

05-28-2013 15:24:49 | More by yancot
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shredder83

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-22-2013 15:54:55 | More by shredder83
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Kerrie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%

05-21-2013 01:37:14 | More by Kerrie
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YogiBeer

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

05-18-2013 05:32:37 | More by YogiBeer
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Etan

Wisconsin

3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz can into a tulip.

A: Pours a glowing golden-orange with a thick white head.

S: Heavy yeast, orange peel, sweet pale malt in the nose. Very citrusy.

T: Taste brings more bright orange and lemon zest notes, cakey maltiness, some mild stone fruit esters, tart edge. The peppercorns are subtle but provide a bit of spicy warmth on the palate.

M: Medium-bodied with light yet crisp carbonation.

O: Not bad. I wouldn't mind drinking this every once in a while.

Serving type: can

05-17-2013 04:54:23 | More by Etan
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My very first Saison -- $4.29 16oz can bought and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint ... no canning date.

Appearance: A very hazy yellow-orange color, with a tiny head that bubbles away quickly. Pretty significant, noticeable alcohol legs. The carbonation is insane on this one (I'm not sure if that's normally how Saisons are), as it sounds like pop being poured into a glass. Extremely active carbonation at the bottom of the glass. Once I got the whole can into the glass, the carbonation went down a little bit, and the appearance changed.

Smell: I definitely get the yeast in the aroma with some sort of citrus (probably the orange). The funk from the yeast is definitely the most obvious though.

Taste/feel: Being my first Saison, I didn't know what to expect. At first when I poured the beer, it had a SLIGHT haze with very high carbonation. Once I poured the bottom of the can into my glass, it changed quite a bit -- the carbonation mellowed out a touch, the beer got a lot hazier, and the taste changed just a tick. The sourness comes throughout the entire sip, which I guess is supposed to happen with Saisons -- along with that, there's a LOT of the orange flavor that's mentioned on the label. As far as peppercorns, it's there SLIGHTLY on the finish, and in the fact that Zaison should maybe make your throat burn a bit on the swallow... well, that, and the alcohol. I really find that this almost drinks like some sort of energy drink with its pretty dominant sour orange flavor and high carbonation. It's interesting as hell.

Zaison is strangely compelling. From what I read about Saisons, this is what I expected. I don't know if they all drink just like this one, but this one truly tastes like it could be an energy drink, even with the slight boozy flavor. While I'm not too sure I'd pick this up for the price of $4.29 a pint can, I definitely do quite enjoy it -- it's definitely unlike any beer I've had before, but that's more than likely just because it's a Saison. If I'm looking for a beer that's a little bit different, this one would be on my radar. Solid beer, even though a pint can might just be a tad too much.

Serving type: can

05-14-2013 15:35:37 | More by Alextricity
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-13-2013 20:10:27 | More by SpdKilz
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enelson

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

05-09-2013 16:38:08 | More by enelson
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Shit, we can barely pronounce this style properly, now these guys wanna go and alter the spelling here? We're screwed... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy sunset golden-auburn topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises banana peel, orange peel, black pepper, and plenty of white grape skin. The taste brings in more of the same, with less banana and a a strong vein of caramel and sweet biscuit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, I found this stuff to be too sweet and too, well, boring for its own good, coming across more like a mildly Belgian-inspired amber ale than a saison. Sadly, another letdown from the former shining light of Vivant.

Serving type: can

05-03-2013 20:45:56 | More by TMoney2591
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denimdemon

Indiana

2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

04-22-2013 00:38:52 | More by denimdemon
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Supergenious

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

04-11-2013 16:18:16 | More by Supergenious
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avalonct

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

02-08-2013 01:25:21 | More by avalonct
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AlMarzo

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

01-30-2013 01:23:35 | More by AlMarzo
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zonker17

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

12-17-2012 03:54:34 | More by zonker17
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Thorpe429

Illinois

2.3/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my parents for picking up this can. Pours a golden-orange color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose carries some peppercorn and a bit of citrus. Some alcohol present. Earthy as well. A bit too mixed and muddled. Flavor has spice and citrus. Again, too much going on without being integrated. Medium body with spice and some alcohol.

Serving type: can

12-15-2012 18:42:26 | More by Thorpe429
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buddyvelt

Michigan

4/5  rDev +11.4%

12-05-2012 06:20:08 | More by buddyvelt
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

11-27-2012 21:03:19 | More by Stinger80OH
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can received via Growling at the Moon from Stonequarrywest. Thanks for the brew, Gabe!

Poured into an imperial pint with a 3/4" blonde head over the cloudy golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with thick coating lace. Aroma is tart with spices.

Taste starts spicy, comes on strong in the middle with the sour grapes, which carry through the close, where the spicing tries to overcome, but cannot. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, if you can ignore the tartness, and drinkability is ok. Would make for an ok thirst-quencher, but the abv isn't agreeing too well with that idea. Not what I was really expecting.

Serving type: can

11-13-2012 00:56:08 | More by ppoitras
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leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +32.3%

11-11-2012 19:03:22 | More by leprechaunandfatman
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Rempo

Indiana

2/5  rDev -44.3%

11-10-2012 02:18:27 | More by Rempo
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beersabound

Alaska

1.58/5  rDev -56%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer had a massive amount of sweet white grape flavor which was not pleasant. This characteristic also made the beer seem much sweeter than most saisons. I was pretty fired up to try this beer. It had a decent head, was clear and looked nice in the glass. Overall, though, this is not a tasty beer. :(

Serving type: can

11-04-2012 05:57:55 | More by beersabound
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dfillius

Michigan

3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass
A: Gentle pour yields 1/2 finger of tight off-white head with so-so retention. Hazy orange-gold looks like a beautiful IPA. More head please, as it is non-existent after 30 seconds.
S: Orange peel. Slight earthiness. Slightly cheesy. Pleasant but not complex.
T: Alcohol is a bit overpowering. Orange peel is a bit heavy too. Peppercorns are apparent but unfortunately overpowered. Decent but too warm and imbalanced. Tastes more like a cocktail or a Belgian Strong Pale Ale.
M: Very sweet finish, I'd like it to be drier for a saison. A tad cloying. Strong on ethanol, but not boozy.
O: Would not buy again and would not order another. Won't finish this pint probably. Just too alcohol forward and sweet.

Serving type: can

10-28-2012 20:52:04 | More by dfillius
Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
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