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

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86
very good

168 Reviews
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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 BMoney575
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 9-13-07

Pours a very pleasant golden/red with a foamy, craggy head that leaves huge lines of lacing.

Smell is very sour and funky, with just a hint of alcohol. I can see that barnyard character that has been noted before.

Taste is sweet, sour with that same grassy twinge as the smell. Surprisingly bitter on the finish, with a very dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light, very carbonated, adds to the sourness and bitterness.

Drinkability is good, but all I can say is different.

Overall, this is what you think of when you hear saison. Much more farmhouse than others I've tried, and better for it. (613 characters)

Photo of TheCrowsNest
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured orange/brown into a small stange glass. White, fluffy foam rounds on top, above the rim of the glass and sticks around with delicate lacing decorating the walls.

Very light farmhouse funk with some pear and apple esters also present. It's a light, refreshing aroma.

Delicious. The Brett is immediately present and a variety of light colored fruits are bouncing around. A delicious aftertaste of bubblegum lingers.

Effervescent and light bodied. Anything more would hide the complexities of this farmhouse ale.

I really liked this. I've heard a lot about these bubblegum flavors that are created by a lot of Belgian yeast strains, but this is the first time I've been able to track it down interdependently. (717 characters)

Photo of kamiller
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 ml poured into a Chimay chalice.

Appearance: poured a slightly cloudy reddish brown.

Smell: a great smell, fruity notes, sweet.

Taste: semi fruity taste, just a very slight bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Nicely carbonated, light to medium body, crisp and clean finish.

Drinkablity: Seems very drinkable, hides the high alcohol content very nicely.

Overall: I bought this beer on a recommendation from the store worker and I have been impressed. It is my first Saison's hopefully they are all this good. (531 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
4.4/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A nice, hazy mahogany-brown with a fairly decent-sized but not too persistent head. Aroma is strong and malty, and has an overtone of fruit, mainly apple. Flavor is rich and fruity, sweet but not cloying, with just a touch of hops and hints of caramel and nutty taste. Finish is smooth and very satisfying. (306 characters)

Photo of russpowell
4.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent amber/copper with 3+ fingers sand colored head. Superior head retention & lacing

S: Appleskins, dirt, mushrooms & mustyness

T: Appleskins, tartness, grapefruit & dryness up front. Hints of caramel, mushrooms, phenolics & tartness follow as this warms. I get acidic notes from the appleskins & puckery dryness as this continues. Finishes woodsy dry, with apricot, apple, & grapefruit & a hint of pear brandy

MF: Slick, medium-bodied with spritzy carbonation

Drinks a might ponderous, even on a dreary late summer's date here in the rockies. Very complex & dry, so that does slow me down a bit, plus the 8.5% abv, as well. One of the better Saisons I've had. This is retired??? What gives?? Get it if you can find it, Saison fans (755 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a 750 ml bottle served in a craft pub glass.
A: Pours hazy chestnut with a lacy, persistent 2” white linen foam cap.
S: Ripe to slightly over-ripe fruit, plums, earthy hops, toast, alcohol, spice.
T: Fruit, light funk, plum and prune, darker malt flavors, subtle tartness, a hint of anise. M: Very creamy texture, medium body.
O: Darker than many saisons but the darker malt flavors play well with the yeast driven saison flavors. (441 characters)

Photo of OStrungT
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a muddy copper color with a thick white head. The head fades slowly, leaving many thick laces.

This beer has a nice fruity aroma. Lemon and orange. It is also spicy. I smell some cloves and coriander. It has a pleasent grassy hop aroma also.

This beer has a spicy flavor. It is also slightly sour. I think the lemon flavor is very strong. It has a slight bubble gum flavor. The citrus hop flavor is very nice.

This beer goes down smooth, leaving a pleasent citrus like slightly sour aftertaste. This highly carbonated beer is very crisp and refreshing.

I think this beer would make a decent session beer. The only problem is that it is slightly high in alcohol.

Overall: I think this is a great beer. I have no complaints. If I see it again, I will buy it. (788 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

11.2 oz bottle poured in to my chimay chalice.

A- Body is a cloudy dark amber color. Much darker than most saisons. Pours with a 2 finger, creamy, slightly off-white head. Head fades slowly to 1 finger but has perfect retention from there and plenty of lacing is left behind in the glass. Cloudiness has medium thickness and is dynamic as yeast sediment and the cloudiness can be seen moving about in the glass.

S- Smell is on the sweeter side with peach, maybe some mango, and apple and pear coming through first with a slight floral accent. Some yeasty funk can be found in the background.

T- Upfront is a mix of sweet and tart fruitiness. I can definitely detect apples and pears, and maybe some peach and mango also (as there is definitely an exotic presence here). This is softly accented by a floral hop presence and a slightly funky, yet bready yeast looms in the background along with a healthy dose of sweet caramel malt. The finish is more tart and bitter than the initial flavor and the floral hops and yeast really make their presence known here.

M- Low to medium carbonation and nice, smooth, yeasty body.

D- This is an awesome beer and is definitely not typical of the style. I've never seen one this dark before and the exotic fruit presence is a great spin on this style. It is a bit sweeter than most but still very good. The ABV is undetectable also. (1,373 characters)

Photo of cjgator3
4.54/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A- Corked and caged 750ml bottle. Pours a dark brownish color with an off-white head. A little darker than most Saidons I've tried.

S- The aroma is surprisingly very malty with hints of spices, must, barnyard funk and yeast. The dark color was the first sign that this wasn't going to be your typical Saison, the aroma confirms this notion. I really like it! Fantastic!

T- The taste starts out with a good amount of malt and caramel flavors. Some spices start to come in along with some funk and earthy hops inthe finish. Like the aroma, the taste is fantastic!

M - The mouthfeel is somewhere between light and medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I really enjoyed this one. It is another great beer from this brewery and something I will definitely pick up more of in the future. Highly Recommended! (843 characters)

Photo of Sephiroth
4.67/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lively carbonation with this one, and it's darker than most Saisons. Faint aroma of wild yeast, I think most of the fruity scents come from the malt. Some spices.

This is quite a twist on a Saison. Plenty of dark, fruity malt comes together with the wild yeast, which brings an earthiness to the whole thing. Something apple-like. I can't tell if they used spices in this, or if it is just their yeast. Mouthfeel has gone from prickly to lively to pretty smooth, the bubbles are small.

I love De Proef beers mainly for their wild yeastie beers, but I love this one for its "restrained" yeastiness. (606 characters)

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