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

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BA SCORE
86
very good

168 Reviews
THE BROS
89
very good

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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 DaPeculierDane
3.42/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Striking orange amber color with a less impressive head that reduces quickly to a thin skim and minor clinging around the glass. Nicely assertive carbonation.

Aroma: Highly impressive nose. Sweet caramel base, with all the farmyard attributes one expects in a good saison and then some. This brew goes above and beyond to a certain degree in terms of sour lemon that one might find in a lambic. Other aroma notes include rotten hay, clove, and a cherry-strawberry jam like quality. Also, some light floral notes are present.

Taste: What a let down. The nose got me all hyped up for something unique and interesting yet the taste is just blah. Very plain caramel malt and light floral hops with almost no farmlike qualities to speak of. Subtle candied sugar, lemon sweetness but that’s it. Very dull.

Mouthfeel: Almost flat, despite loads of visible carbonation, although perhaps this was just my perception because the flavor was so bland (I suppose this beer could have been spritzy and I didn’t notice because I was so depressed by the flavor. Very simple, light, and dull.

Drinkability: Average. There is nothing special about this beer’s flavor and I would not go out of my way to drink large quantities of it, however, it does quaff well and has no negative attributes.

A let down overall yet so close to my favorite approach to one of my favorite styles. (1,390 characters)

Photo of RBorsato
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber to chestnut in color with a low tan head, nice active carbonation in the middle of the goblet, and nice sheets of lace at the end. Spicy grassy aromas with a touch of Belgian candi sugars (maybe..). Similar flavors for the most part with a small touch of sourness and a touch of cinnamon. Medium bodied with a light warming alcohol sensation.

An interesting and different Saison...

Per label: "Brewmaster's Collection Special Reserve" & "Mixed Fermentation" & "Saison de Flandres"

'S1 1005' on faux cork
Tasted: 07/04/06

(25.4 oz / .75L tall brown wine-like bottle, corked, and caged) (603 characters)

Photo of Tbone
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this beer. I don't worship at the style alter andI don't knock beers for being atypical, unless they clearly belong to a very different category than labeled.

This is a saison, darker and stronger than most (as indicated by the qualifier 'Imperiale'), but I would still peg it as a saison, due to its subltle but still noticable spicy bite. I have actually been on the lookout for a saison that is a bit darker, stronger, and more caramelly. This fits the bill.

The appearance is crystal clear deep copper with a nice head.
The weakest element is the nose. Very few aromas come out of the beer . However, the taste is very nice. A classic though subtle dry peppery spice starts halfway through the swallow and stays with you for a half minute. The intensity is far below the highest rated Saisons, but the flavors are there to be had with a little reflection.
The caramel sweetness forshadowed by the color strolls along with the subltle pepper bite, while the 8.5% ABV stays well hidden.

The mouthfeel is thinner than what the appearance leads you to expect, but about right if not slightly on the rich side for a Saison.

If you go into this beer expecting the 'imperiale' to denote a stronger than average saison taste, then you will be dissapointed. The moniker reflects more its stronger ABV accompanied by a darker, more caramelly, and sweeter than typical beer, which somewhat mutes, but also complements the peppery bite and is an interesting twist. (1,484 characters)

Photo of Dukeofearl
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had a hard time reviewing this beer- what is it? A saison? Not like any I've ever seen. More like a light DIPA than a saison. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

750 ml. bottle purchased at La Bodega in Riverside, CA. in July 2006 for $8.99.

Pours a deep reddish amber with a light off-white head in a Duvel tulip. Lots of carbonation feeds the head.

Color is much darker than any saison I've ever seen. Aroma is not strong, but it's good malty, with a slightly sweet biscuit nose. A bit of saison organics, but not much.

Flavor is malts and hops, with little to no farmhouse ale notes- disappointing. Actually a decent touch of alcohol in the back end- I generally don't like that, but it's not bad here. It actually reminds me more of DIPA flavors than saison.

I really like DeProef brews (OK, I like most of them) and this is interesting and enjoyable. But it's completely off-style. As I said, tough to review. Points for creativity and different approaches, but I don't know why I would buy this one. (1,019 characters)

Photo of IceAce
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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. (533 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 GClarkage
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (1,115 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)

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