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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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3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

If you are ever in the Chicagoland and CAN get to one of their locations, Binney's Liquors remains a CANQuest (TM) source nonpareil! This was a recent score.

From the CAN: "Special Limited Release"; "Freshly Brewed in Michigan"; "Imperial Saison Ale Beer brewed with tellicherry black peppercorns and orange peel"; "WHY USE CANS? We set out to build a sustainable brewery and found through our research that cans are a better option than bottles. Cans are much lighter in weight, contain more recycled content, are able to be up-cycled, and use less energy to produce. The canning line also has a much smaller footprint than a bottling line. If this was not enough, cans provide better protection from flavor degenerating oxygen and hop flavor robbing sunlight. This is the best package we can provide to bring our beer to you, tasting the way the brewer intended it. Enjoy."; "IMPERIAL SAISON ALE Zaison takes its name from the famous Saison style of beer made in the southern rgion of Belgium. Traditionally this beer is made in the coolness of the winter months to be enjoyed in the Spring and Summer. Our interpretation uses a special yeast strain that gives this beer a little funkiness and is accented with tellicherry black peppercorns and orange peel."; "COMPLIMENTARY FOODS Barbecue, curried mussels, hard salumi, farm cheeses or aged gouda."; "GLASSWARE A tulip glass provides the right shape to capture the spicy aromas and maintain a rich head on the beer."

My Crack once again revealed a brimful CAN that gave us a mild spritz and caused me to again await some settling. The Glug produced two fingers of bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a deep-gold with NE-quality and King Midas, Croesus and Mammon all suddenly appeared to begin fighting for a taste. Up those guys! The Old Lady and I had drinking to do! Mouthfeel was medium, approaching full and the taste had a tartness to it that I was not really expecting. The CAN mentioned "tellicherry black peppercorns and orange peel" so it may have been the CANbination of the two or their interaction with the yeast, but this was odd in terms of taste. Finish was dry and it was here that the peppercorns really came into vogue. I would have said something about black pepper anyway, but since they cop to it, who would I be to disagree?

Photo of ROBSTARR
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of marcb105
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of sgoro
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of BlissJunkie
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of rolandboy
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of MMBrew
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of buschbeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of nlmartin
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MgoJohnStamos
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of Jas45678
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a mini-snifter, Zaison was a handsome copper color with a slight white head. The aroma was rather underwhelming with a mild grainy aroma. Nothing in the aroma would suggest this to be a special beer. In the initial taste, one gets lemon, a grassy orange taste, mild pepper, and a faint twang of barnyard funk. In the aftertaste, the ale evolves into a sour grassy taste. Toward the end of the glass, I believe I detected a little heat. The thickness of the saison was on par, allowing the funk to linger in the mouth. Though unspectacular, this is very drinker. "Imperial" suggests something to be amped up, but there is little about this that seems amped up. Overall, a very drinkable saison.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of MichiganderHB
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of mkennedy119
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of barnzy78
3.34/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, a copper colored ale with a bubbly, white head, loads of carbonation to keep the head afloat. Bready and yeasty aroma with orange and booze. At initial sip, it's boozy and hot, with orange rind, bready malt, yeast, peppery, and fruity. Full bodied, but not how I want a saison, plenty of carbonation only makes it feel fuller - too full. I get where they were going with this - a huge saison, but it's too bold. One and done here. I wouldn't get this again.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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