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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

147 Ratings
THE BROS
82
good

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Ratings: 147
Reviews: 36
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 16.21%
Wants: 6
Gots: 9 | 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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4/5  rDev +9.9%

MMBrew, Jul 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

buschbeer, Jul 07, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

oldp0rt, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

nlmartin, Jul 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

MgoJohnStamos, Jun 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Jas45678, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

JohnnyHopps, Jun 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

shamrock071521, Jun 20, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

MichiganderHB, Jun 20, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

lookrider, Jun 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

deuce9259, Jun 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

mkennedy119, Jun 17, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

barnzy78, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

steevbr, Jun 09, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

HardyA, Jun 09, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

BeerOps, Jun 08, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

williamjbauer, Jun 07, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

EricClayton, Jun 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

TastyIsBeer, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

Tracker83, Jun 02, 2013
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3/5  rDev -17.6%

yancot, May 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

shredder83, May 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +9.9%

Kerrie, May 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3%

YogiBeer, May 18, 2013
Photo of Etan
3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Etan, May 17, 2013
Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
82 out of 100 based on 147 ratings.