Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)

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BA SCORE
86
very good

168 Reviews
THE BROS
89
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Reviews: 168
Hads: 208
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 5
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: clickpush on 05-04-2006

Brewmaster's Collection - Special Reserve
Mixed Fermentation - Saison De Flandres
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Photo of champ103
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an opaque amber/brown color. A large beige head of over two fingers forms. As the rocky, and frothy head recedes, rings of sticky lace are left.
S: Like all De Proef beers, a great medley of fruits. Lots of dark fruits of plums, raisins, melons, ect. That lovely barnyard funk that I love so much for the style as well.
T: At first a big caramel and sugary malt flavor. A bit odd for a Saison. A good fruitiness that follows the nose. Not as much of a barnyard flavor as I was expecting though. Still, the flavors work well together.
M/D: A full body that is low on the carbonation, which is a bit out of style. Though I love the rich creaminess that I don't get much of with Saison's. At well over 8%, this is so smooth and easy to drink. If I am not careful, I can do more than sip on this.

I love this beer. I am not sure I would call this a Saison though. Maybe a Belgian Strong Ale? I guess that is why it is Saison Imperial. A new style perhaps? What ever you want to call, it is very tasty. Something I would highly recommend. (1,044 characters)

Photo of spower
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

corked caged 750ml bottle

Some of the other reviews stated no brett. My bottle was a little dusty so maybe the brett came out more. Well the type of brett.

Color much darker than I expected. Dark amber.

Nose was malty. Very malty, but I got some cherry pie normal for a type of brett. Not the horse sweat brett at all.

Taste.. well it was a surprise. More hops than I thought for that cherry pie nose. A slightly bitter bite. Not to abnormal for saison though. No flavor or aroma from the hops.
I got some small amounts of sour from the brett. It made me think this beer was made to age and mix with a sour.

Mouth feel. Well like I said It made me think this beer was made to age and mix with a sour.

Over all. I was nice to get the cherry pie brett nose and sourness. It would be a good beer to brew to mix with a lacto and pedie ale to make a good flanders red, brown or the type. Enjoyed the beer very much. Great buy if you like malt and cherry pie. (963 characters)

Photo of clickpush
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Note: This is a special release for Michael Jackson's beer-of-the-month club. Labeled as Brewmaster's Collection.

Pour: 750ml to wide mouth wine glass, slightly chilled. It pours a gorgeous deep mahogany hue with a small but very long lasting tan-colored head. This ale is slightly foggy from yeast and the insane amount of tiny bubble trails streaming throughout the glass. Excellent, excellent lacings remain after the head has gone.

Nose: Smells slightly sour and at the same time floral; the raspberry and rose aromas would be responsible for that. There's also a sweet, malty smell in there.

Mouth: This beer enters the mouth smoothly and stimulates the back section of the tongue as it makes its way through. Starts sweet, nutty, and fruity (figs). It moves on to a pleasant tartness and hits the back of the mouth with just a touch of dry, hoppy bitterness. The sip concludes with a warm swallow, really allowing the flavor/feel of the alcohol to come through.

In all, this is a very well balanced and drinkable beer! (1,036 characters)

Photo of rtepiak
4.3/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

rather dark for a saison but i suppose thats what imperial means. come out reddish amber with some debris and a mild murkiness. nose has a flemish wild funk. barnyard. similar to their primitives but a bit earthier instead of sour. some fruit. raspberry marmalade with what would seem like juniper twigs. woody earth. a tad yeast. burn coriander and some premature orange peel and some cocoa bitter in the finish. it is rather meaty but i wouldn't have with something that isn't gamey. seems perfect for duck with boysenberry.

surprisingly close to jolly pumpkin Maracaibo Especial but broader and not a abrasive on the palate with smoke. (640 characters)

Photo of HardTarget
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Not much of a looker. Cloudy dark amber brown glass manages to hold a film thin head and a collar of tan foam.

Smell: Wow. Bubblegum, banana, juicy fruit. A Belgain yeast note and some background dark fruit. Close to a 5 here, really great smell.

Taste: Much of the smell is in the flavor,with a sour cherry finish that goes just a hint tart and funky. The banana is there, the bubblegum drops off a bit. A slight cola sweetness, a bit of gummi bear.

Mouthfeel: Medium light body goes a bit thin in the finish. Low carbonation is very noticable. Very slick and oily in the mouth after a swallow, takes two or three tries to really get it all.

Overall: Not what I was expecting at all, and I'm very happily surprised. Going to try to grab another one of these. (776 characters)

Photo of TheDoorman
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy amber color with a white head, minimal lacing. Pungent aroma that initially reminds me of grape soda. Its a funky yeasty aroma. Earthy. A hint of animal feed and hay. Vaguely reminds me of XXX De Ranke Bitter. A bit spicey, like a spiced winter ale, cinnamon notes perhaps. The palate is has an earthy, yeasty tartness. Very tasty. Mouthfeel is as it should be for the style. Light and refreshing. This is a saison that makes much more of a statement that DuPont, Hennepin or Forte. Though it seems a bit off-style, I truly enjoy this beer. (547 characters)

Photo of ypsifly
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 that has a synthetic cork but no dates purchased at Merchant's in Dearborn and poured into a Gulden Draak tulip.

Dark amber with over two fingers of light tan that shows good retention and leaves lots of scattered lace.

The nose is yeasty and has some clove, sweet and tart notes with some basement funk in the background. The sweet/tart notes remind me of a cherry-strawberry flavored Sweet Tart candy and is actually quite appealing. Mouth watering aromas overall. I like it.

The sweet and tart combo is first up with lemon zest dipped in confectioners sugar. The tartness lasts throughout while the sweet flavors turn from sugars to more of a malty flavor that is backed by grassy hops. Very dry finish with some pepper from the alcohol in the back.

Moderatly carbonated and with an almost puckering tartness. Dry and very clean with a spritzy feel. A very nice summer drink if your in the mood for something with strength without all the weight and heat. I will buy this one again. (1,001 characters)

Photo of RodBurg
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice dark copper with a thick tan head into a goblet. Good Lacing.

Lots of spice floating off this one. Cinnamon, allspice, cloves. Also has some fuity notes, plums and apples and some yeast.

Taste starts off with the spice and a little fruit. Yeast and banana bread also there. End has unique combo of tart, tang, and bitterness. Body goes well with the prickly carbonation.

Very complex and well put together. I'm a fan. (434 characters)

Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a Tripel Karmeliet tulip. No bottle date as far as I can see. Beer seems interesting from the description, but like it should work...brett to finish a saison, not too out there.

A: Cloudy amber hue, head has medium size bubbles, off white color. Lacing is great, retention is also pretty good.

S: Incredibly fruity, definitely some brett character in the nose. Smells a little like Pez candy (in a good way).

T: Kind of a light tasting Belgian amber with extra fruitiness from the brett and a more aggressive bitterness. Not what I was expecting, but tasty.

M: Nice and dry for a beer of this gravity.

O: It is a unique version of the style, unlike any beer that I can remember. Reminds me of a mild dubbel they dried out further with brett. Good stuff (but I forgot the price). (816 characters)

Photo of thebreederswow
4.21/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks wayyy different than I was expecting for the style. A nice reddish orange, like thick honey. Creamy head that dissipated moderately quickly.

Aroma: Plum, honey, liquor, butterscotch, and some unfiltered apple juice. For me, this was one of the most appealing scents I'd smelled in a long time.

Taste: What a trip! Lots of rich, malty notes. Raisins, subtle funkiness (bordering on chantrelle-y), pear, apple, and many dark, non-roasted flavors.

Mouthfeel: More carbonated than I would have liked, but nice body, not too syruppy.

Drinkability: Drinkable, though the richness and complexity lends itself to smaller quantities. (649 characters)

Photo of theopholis
4.2/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Deep, rich, amber/ body. Almost the color of old honey. Has a huge, off-white, loose head with great head retention and a little lace.

Aroma- Very nice mix of honey-like malt sweetness, floral hops and a bready aroma. Very well balanced.

Taste- Fairly sweet and malty up front. A very pesistant spicyness follows. I also get some ctirus, pineapple, lemon and pepper in the finish. I normally don't like the spiciness of Belgian ales, but this is very well balanced. The spicyness does increase as it warms.

Mouthfeel- Smooth, with a medium body and a nice tight carbonation that works well with the taste.

Drinkability- One of the best Belgium beers I've ad. (683 characters)

Photo of daythree16
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Nice orange/amber/gold color with a huge, fluffy, three-finger head. The foam sticks around for most of the duration and leaves pretty decent lace as I drink it. This one is definitely darker than previous saisons I've had.

Big time aromas of Belgian fruity esters. Some honey and spiciness as well. Taste is very fruity with a little phenolic banana. The alcohol is slightly noticeable on the mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light-medium with lots of carbonation. This is a really delicious saison that definitely ranks up there with Hennepin and Dupont in my opinion. Very drinkable. (640 characters)

Photo of domtronzero
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a brownish copper with a tan/off-white rocky, massive head. Lacing left through the finish. Aroma is of sweaty gym socks (major musky funk) and some piney resionous hop smells noted. Taste is similar to the aroma, but much more intense. Caramel sweetness up front, with the same gym sock flavor (it sounds bad, but is actually quite good tasting). Subdued hoppy resin/herbal flavors. Earthy undertones with some slightly noticable DMS flavors (cooked veggies). Mouthfeel is smooth but oily, and quite easy drinking. Not for the average beer drinker. For a good laugh, try giving this to one of your buddies who prefer Coors Light. (636 characters)

Photo of BWH3
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep gold to light amber with orange hues. Big beige head creeps ever so slowly back into the beer while clinging to the edges of the glass. This is a sill and hazy beer. In appearance, it seems more like an Imperial IPA than a Saison.

S: Overripe pear dominates atop a solid base of bread-like pale malt sweetness that is punctuated with a faint banana ester. No tart, sour, or sharp scents. No clove or spice notes. Minimal musty hops aroma.

T: An unexpected shift in flavor tones to favor the musty and mineral hop profile as opposed to the light fruits. Overall, crisp and light. Unusual flavors for a saison and not quite the most pleasing.

M: Despite the hazy appearance and great head retention, this beer does not have an overly heavy body. perfect for saison.

D: A truly interesting take on the Saison. Perhaps more hops in the taste than any other saison I can recall. (885 characters)

Photo of eljefe21
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Ice tea like in color. Pours to a single-finger head that quickly zeros out. Impressive fine lacing.

S: Sour malted smell. Very enticing. Ever so slight hint of vanilla.

T: Sour, slightly spicy, with a nice malt backbone. A very faint sweet, almost vanilla finish.

M: Good carbonation up front, fine bubbles like the lacing. Carbonation rolls back over the tongue and leaves with a pleasing dryness.

D: Probably popped the cork on this when it was still a bit cold. Got better as it got warmer (or was it me getting warmer?). Flavor and smells came out as it did. Refreshing flavors and mouthfeel hid the power in this brew. Nice for any time of the year.

Served: in an oversized wine glass.

Review from notes taken on: 9/7/09 (735 characters)

Photo of mmmbeer
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL cork and cage Belgian bottle is mistakenly labeled 11.2 oz. This "saison de flandres" utilizes mixed fermentation. It is a hazy reddish copper, with medium carbonation and an inch of yellowed head that leaves sheets of lacing. Hops and spicy, lightly funky yeast in the nose, with caramelly and bready malts. It has a nice hop flavor, mild bitterness, pungent yeast bite and more caramel malt than most saisons. Light and smooth, with lots of carbonation and a dry finish. Not as assertive as I was hoping for, but this is a delicious brew that has a good hop/malt balance, and a mild, but noticeable "wild" flavor; probably a good gateway beer for those who have yet to try Brett. (688 characters)

Photo of CHADMC3
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky copper with amber hues and a light tan head that starts foamy and scatters as it dissipates to a voluminous lacing.

This saison possesses a unique aroma immediately exuding the yeasts that are traditional to such a beer. Beneath the yeast lays certain sweetness, perhaps a touch sugary, perhaps a bit fruity or zesty like citrus, maybe even plum. There is also certainly some clove spice in here as well.

The flavor somewhat mirrors the aroma with the same yeasts, but also pepper like spice, as well as both dark and citrus fruits. It is also quite earthy and increasingly sour as it warms.

Medium to light in body with generous carbonation while remaining both crisp and assertive, and also just a hint puckering and a hint spicy.

This is fantastic beer, I am really impressed. The unique combination of aromas and flavors really leave you craving the next sip. A must try. (895 characters)

Photo of Kraken
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured from a corked an caged 750 ml bottle into a Fin Du Monde tulip glass. Moderate pour yields 1 inch of head. Head is an off white/tan with great retention and copious lace. Color is a cloudy orange brown.

Nose- Citric and musty, with nuances of yeast and dough.

Palate- Slightly sour citric quality. Smooth with highly active carbonation. Plenty of bitters at the finish. Some sweetness comes through. Distinctive yeast characteristics contribute to a musty element in the flavor profile. Plenty of hops, reminiscent of a Belgian IPA rather then a saison. Finish is long and dry with plenty of pithy bitterness.

Mouthfeel- Mildly cloying, very active and dry.

Drinkablility- This is a great beer. Keeps you interested. (750 characters)

Photo of buffettfan
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle, into a tulip glass.

Poured a cloudy copper/orange color, with a thick, pillow of creamy head that lasted a long time. There was a nice layer of head in the glass almost the whole time!

Smell, hint of fruit, apple cider, almost a pumpkin spicy smell. Smelled like fall to me.

Taste- fruity, spicy and bit bread/yeasty. Not a real hop taste.

Went down smooth, not a beer I would drink more then one of, but certainly a nice, refreshing late summer/fall beer. I enjoyed it. (498 characters)

Photo of fartingdog
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a nice auburn color, with a soon-to-receed head. Surprising color for a saison- smell was typical of a saison with an underlying sweetness- I wouldn't say raisiny, but perhaps some rich candied fruit. Taste hits all around- some typical spicy/appley notes with some good caramelized candy-sugar sweetness- kind of a cross between a saison and a dubbel. The carbonation dances on your tongue. Very nice and unexpected- I'm drinking this quicker than expected, glad I saved it till fall!.

And on that note, this is a perfect fall/indian summer beer (which we are currently having) - it's flavor is light and spicy, yet has a little more body , richness and warmth for the warmer days that receed to cool nights. Absolutely perfect fall beer! (750 characters)

Photo of HombreWing
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

corked bottle...Glass > oversized Duvel

Eyes: Pours bright, darker amber....off white creamy head, laces as it goes. 2nd pour let some of the yeast come into play....nice little haze.

Nose: First pour had mostly malt w/ a little yeast ester. 2nd pour some lactic aromas...peppery yeast

Tongue: First pour...malty, subtle ripe fruit, balanced by mostly yeast characteristics. 2nd pour added a nice element of tartness that played nicely w/ the fuller mouth feel from the haze.

Texture: I prefer a drier saison. This was a little more fuller bodied but I'm sure that was due to it's strength

Overall experience: As much fun as it was to drink I thought it made a better Biere de Gard (692 characters)

Photo of OWSLEY069
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange-ish copper, with a fluffy tan head. In the aroma, yeasty and a small tart green apple. In the taste, just like the aroma, small tart green apple, and a nice yeasty taste. A small tart bite, and a medium mouthfeel, with a dry, tart green apple aftertaste. A great saison, good flavor and mellow, and doesn't taste like 8.5%. (345 characters)

Photo of draheim
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a Hennepin glass. Pours a clear amber w/ a 1-finger head that leaves behind some fine lace. Moderate carbonation.

Aroma is spicy, earthy, and floral. Some wet hay. Typical Belgian saison character.

Taste is a little more complex than the nose. A blend of pale and sweet caramel malts, along with some spice and fruit. More floral notes; warm, bready yeast. No hint of alcohol.

Mouthfeel is smooth and slick, very drinkable. Crisp clean finish.

Overall a really nice saison from De Proef. There are more traditional versions of the style, but this one gives it a unique twist. (590 characters)

Photo of bort11
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've been eyeballing this one on the shelf for some time. Finally broke down and grabbed it.

750 ml corked bottle, poured into a St Bernardus chalice. Solid 1/4 inch thick head that leaves OK lacing. I think the head would have been bigger if the glass wasn't so wide mouthed. Dark but clear orange amber color.

Smell is full of banana esters with some nuttiness. Sweet malt aroma, lots of fruit, baked apples. Taste is also quite sweet with the fruity flavors. Spiced apples, banana nut bread. All very warm flavor combinations.

Mouthfeel is very sticky and juicy. Solid carbonation. I really liked this saison a lot. I will definitely try the others from the brewery. (672 characters)

Photo of walshclimb
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nice reddish amber color that is cloudy with a thin off-white head. Smells of rich, sweet malt and sour yeast and a hint of spice. The initial flavor is a dominant lightly sour yeast with a good malt base. Less alcoholic than expected though it is definitely there. Sour yeast and lightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with alcholic finish and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty saison. I can't say I have had another Imperial Saison, but his beer is definitely bigger than the saisons I have tried. It is very nice and easily drinkable. Try it paired with mussels. We steamed the mussels in 3/4 cup of this beer along with some garlic butter, and the results were very tasty with the rest of the beer! (748 characters)

Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.