Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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3.7/5 rDev -2.9%
750 ml bottle with synthetic cork dated SI 1005
Initial pour is chestnut brown with outstanding clarity. Collar is medium tan, pock-marked and rocky, leaving beautiful trail of light tan lace on my Duvel tulip. Nose is phenolic, sweet, and promises a dry / funky experience.
Entry is lively and coats the palate with a pleasing mouthfeel. Midtaste gives way to sweet malts as well as candied plums and raisens. The finish is vinuous with plums as well and ends on a very dry note.
A very different take on Farmhouse Saison.
07-03-2006 07:04:53 | More by IceAce
4.2/5 rDev +10.2%
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.
06-30-2006 03:54:08 | More by ypsifly
4/5 rDev +5%
05/10/06- Purchased at Ledger's Liquors in Berkeley, CA.
Presentation- 750ml bottle. No freshness dating on the bottle. Poured into my Troubador tulip.
Appearance- Odd amber, extreme dark golden color. Full solid 3/4 inch head and leaves above average lacing. Can't remember a amber colored saison I've had.
Smell- The slightest bit of barnyard. A sweet carob-caramel scent? A bit of sourness and sweetness. Some definite sugary aspects.
Taste- This is some freaky hybrid beer. It's got qualities of many styles. If I had to call it something I would make it a Belgian Pale Ale. It has the bit of powdered sugar and touch of lemon rind like saisons have. It has a nice spicy and sweeter flavor like a strong belgian pale ale. It has a funky light brett sourness like a wild ale. It tastes good, but trying hard to figure out what it is.
Mouthfeel- Medium carb, nice sweet-sour aftertaste.
Drinkability- Whatever it is, it's definitely drinkable. Not outstanding, but worth giving it a shot...whatever the style may be. Although the $10 was a bit steep. I'm thinking about $7 or so may be worth it.
05-11-2006 05:25:35 | More by GClarkage
4.33/5 rDev +13.6%
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!
05-04-2006 19:22:47 | More by clickpush
Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.