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

Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse AleSaison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

202 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%


Brewed by:
De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot) visit their website
Belgium

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewmaster's Collection - Special Reserve
Mixed Fermentation - Saison De Flandres

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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazelnut color into my Bell's tulip. About a finger of quick forming head that is just as quick in disappearing. Moderate lacing is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell - A slight sourness to the nose which is followed by some barnyard funk. Not as prominent as one would think though. I get a bit of wet grass/hay, just a tinge of leather and is that cinnamon and/or nutmeg? Smells pretty good actually.

Taste - This tastes different at first from other Saison's I've had. I get an immediate sweet/malty taste (caramel) which is followed by the spices and finishes up with a slight barnyard funk. Not nearly as much funk as I would have assumed.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied (almost on the lighter side), decent carbonation, and finishes sweet.

Drinkability - I'm not sure yet...this is a very sweet Saison and I honestly am not sure I like it as of yet. I thoroughly enjoyed Bam Bière which had a lot more funk to it though was still relatively balanced. There are many more spices in here than I remember with other Saison's also. Overall it is not a bad sipper but I would prefer a more funky Saison in the future.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2010 19:00:46 | More by SpdKilz
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paired with a fresh, goat cheese

Mixed fermentation bottle

A: Pours a murky brown with a modest, off-white head. Very murky. I guess saisons are supposed to be rustic and look like this, but for some reason it doesn't look too appetizing to me. It isn't bad, but just not terribly inviting.

S: Beautiful notes of citrus and grass. This is followed by a lemony pepper aroma. Some aromas of flowers and hay. This is followed by some plum and maybe a hint of cherry. Some light earthiness. Rose petals in the end. Very aromatic. Some interesting aromas represented.

T: Citrus and tart cherry flavors predominate. Some deep plum flavors too. Not as much flavor as what the nose implied. Not as spicy as some saisons I've had. It has a light sourness that seems to be mostly present with the cherry notes. A light lemon rind bitterness is there in the end. Good flavors overall, but not as flavorful as it was aromatic.

M: Light-medium bodied. Some warming from the alcohol. Finishes to heavy for a saison. I like mine bone dry. Seems almost creamy at times.

D: This was an interesting beer. I really loved the aromas. It definitely reminded me of a farmyard or countryside. The flavors were a little too muted for me. Unfortunately the mouthe feel brings down the drinkability a little for me. It is worth a try as it is a very interesting beer. Definitely not one of my "go-to" saisons.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 22:23:54 | More by brewdoc75
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IceAce

California

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 07:04:53 | More by IceAce
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RBorsato

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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)

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 17:48:53 | More by RBorsato
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a real farmhouse, the barnyard smell is there and it stays, whati the brett accumulating?. Active white head that evolves ito some creaminess. Active spice and carbonation, yet it does not detract. Satisfying aftertaste. The alcohol warms as it accumulates.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2008 02:49:29 | More by Sammy
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is sour and medicinal on a malty, fruity base. Dark, ripe fruit with citric notes. Smells great. I love the complex aromas and interactions between malt and yeast.

Pours a deep murky brown with a small top. Looks okay - so dark and murky, some head but not a lot. Certainly doesn't look bad.

A complex sweetness greets the tongue; lots of fruity sugars. Good, stiff dose of medicinal and powdery dry yeast. As they say, a spoonful of sugar helps the medicinal go down. Moderately bitter and tannic-feeling. A little tart.

I wish it tasted like it smelled. It leaves me feeling kind of empty (flavorly speaking). I get some good yeast funk and sweetness, but I never get a good grasp of the malt or hops. Saisons are often lightly hopped, so I won't hold that against the flavor. I think it should be maltier to balance the medicinal yeast or the yeast should be tamed to balance the lighter malt.

Mouthfeel is alright. On the lighter side of full bodied, mild carbonation, a good deal of bitterness and residual coatings of yeastiness.

Drinkability is pretty good. It has many good qualities, but none roped me into loving it. As a Saison it is strong (as advertised by 'Imperiale') and lacks direction and balance. As a Belgian Strong Pale Ale it is soft and light with most of the medicinal flavors of a beer like Orval without the balancing grounding or strength to make up for it. As a beer, it is definitely better than average but it lands closer to pretty good than good.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 01:54:10 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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SuperWhite92

Colorado

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep red color, almost brown. Smells like pepper and fruit. Has a reasonably thin mouthfeel, which is actually appreciated in this brew. Taste is exceptional. It's peppery, spicy, a little fruity, but the saison yeast is very well balanced and actually a little subdued.

Rather impressed. I wonder how this cellars, because I really would like to keep a few bottles for shits and giggles.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2009 03:13:23 | More by SuperWhite92
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark tawny color, non-translucent, with a soft pillowy light tan head of generous size is slow to lapse while leaving thick spongey coating for a lacing. When held to the light a dense showering of micro-bubbles is aided by my etched duvel glass with a extreme rapid rate of rise.

S: Musky oranges, light worty notes with some cellar like dampness of fruit and pears. The finish is topped of by a faint peppery spiciness. Overall the strength was light, bordering on medium which was a slight disappointment for an imperial style labeling.

T: Rich caramel base with complimentary fruity tones of cantaloupe, fresh pears and miscellaneous notes of damp fruitiness. Sweet caramel, apples with some toasty warm munich malt is finished of with a spritzy, almost seltzer like carbonation that brings some life to the situation with a fade of peppery spiciness. The beer comes off with a bigger malt base then usual per style, with some sugary rum cane moments and chocolate. The touch of brettamyoces is nice, never overbearing and used as a compliment to the ale yeast to give it just the right amount of musky quality. Dried caramel nuttiness rounds things out here.

M: Lively mouthful from the overly active carbonation. Beautifuly malt base and forward beer with a medium dense state. Slippery smooth with a boozy malt finish.

D: A bit acidic but not so much per style, with a bit of alcohol. Smooth making for a moderate sipper, but with Fantomes and Duponts being commercially available in my area I find it hard to justify spending money (esp. $15) on a bomber that was just good, but ultimately falls short of the two fore-mentioned staples per style which are at par or even in some instances cheaper.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2010 00:11:03 | More by beerthulhu
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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

Pours a surprisingly dark amber color with a typically huge, fluffy saison-esque head. Just like the color of the brew, the foam is very dark for the style...I dont remember it being so dark last time I had a bottle. Excellent mountainous retention and sticky lacing.

Nose is mostly sweet base malts, alcohol and a bit of saison funk, but not enough for me.

Boozy malts and woody Belgian funk are foremost in the flavor. For me, this beer does not taste very saison-like, but it is an enjoyable beer nonetheless. Maybe more like a Belgian Strong Dark ale blended with a Farmhouse ale. Toffee malts give it an earthy funk enhancer, while the grainy malts remind me more of a kolsch. Alcohol is a bit much as well. Overall, it tastes good, but DeProef has better beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2009 17:52:00 | More by twiggamortis420
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DrDogbeer

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into a goblet. Thanks, TP!
Pours a dark orange/brown with a small off white head. Smell is pungent. Strong aromas of funk - definite barnyard here. Some cheese and alcohol too. Taste is totally phenolic. Tons of band-aid flavor. Very strong on the horse blanket as well. A good deal of spice to finish. Very dry mouthfeel. Interesting, does not taste like any saison I have ever had- more like a funky american wild ale.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 19:36:52 | More by DrDogbeer
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Hophead101

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

drank on 6.14.08 with bro in law jason. poured from bottle into wide mouth glass.

godo copper color, hazy. thick and bubbly head, foamy. however the head dissipated quickly. it did leave a decent lacing.

good sweet malty smell with hints of cherry and honey. unexpected taste. a little sharp at first but a great malty flavor. mouthfeel was quite nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 20:25:54 | More by Hophead101
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pinotboy007

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy amber/birch beer look to it with a decent, khaki head that revives a bit with a swirl. Trace amount of lace.

S - Interesting toffee, booze, leather, peat and barnyard aromas. I like it - it's something different.

T - Toffee, alcohol, wet leather - tastes sort of like its aroma. I like it.

M - Nice citus-like fizz deftly balanced against a creamy blanket of ale that's not too heavy.

D - More than drinkable but my guess is that it would shine best when paired with food such as stew, BBQ ribs, etc.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2009 23:31:04 | More by pinotboy007
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Mora2000

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not your typical saison, but it was still an enjoyable beer. Taste was much more funky than a typical saison, as I detected no pepper or spice in the beer but got a lot of funk. When I smelled the beer the first thing I thought of was Victory WildDevil. The beer is very drinkable, but if you are looking for a standard saison, you need to keep looking.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:11:03 | More by Mora2000
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into my Goose Island tulip a deep burnished copper. Very reminiscent of a lot of Fantome's offerings. Nice head with strong retention and good lacing, but decreases as the beer warms The aroma is a sweeter, malty version of my pre-conception of a saison. Very caramelly. This is one of the sweetest and maltiest saisons I've ever had. Very unique, and you can taste and feel the alcohol on the palate. This saison would be awesome if the alcohol wasn't as present. This sweet saison still maintained a much lighter natural, earthy feel than most other saisons. A little tough to wanna ghave another after you had a bottle with your meal. Very glad I tried though.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2007 04:02:54 | More by scruffwhor
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Traquairlover

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle poured into tulips.

A = Opaque amber, small yellowish head which resolves quickly into thin layer of foam on surface.

S = Overripe pears, orange zest, some slight general barnyard funk.

T = Pears, maple syrup, apricots, fresh vanilla beans, slightly smokey quality, quite complex but not at all what I expect from a Saison, has some Scotch ale or English barleywine aspects.

M = Medium-heavy to heavy body, luscious creamy feel but surprisingly light mouthcoating for the body, would have been an almost perfect mouthfeel but for that.

D = I like this beer and enjoy drinking it, but one glass is enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-19-2009 00:14:51 | More by Traquairlover
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BeerImmediately

Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle while out in Orange Co, as I don't recall seeing it much in Philly.

Poured into a snifter with a fat, frothy off-white head over a chill-hazed amber body, with a touch of carbonation flowing up the middle.

Aromas are wild - lots of guava and mango fruit sweetness, cinnamon, and oatmeal in the finish.

Flavors carry through the aromas, but seem more leaning toward watermelon in the fruity profile. Lots of dull spices, biscuit, bubble gum, and just a touch of orange citrus.

Mouthfeel is rich, but lacking in carbonation for the style.

This is clearly not a traditional saison - as advertised, it is "a truly unique saison experience."

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 05:42:45 | More by BeerImmediately
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BeerAndBourbon

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours amber with a two finger creamy off-white head that dissipates leaving plenty of residual lacing. Lots of clumps of yeast floaties.

S. sweet cream, banana, some caramel malt. A nice mix of sweetness.

T. lots of sweetness with some belgian spice and caramel malt.

M. Medium body with fairly high carbonation.

D. A interesting sweet brew. Not really a saison, but a tasty beer regardless.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 22:48:38 | More by BeerAndBourbon
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emerge077

Illinois

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour is a hazy reddish amber, filled with tiny suspended particles. Foam has a creamy texture. It settles to a thin ring on the perimeter of the glass soon enough. One dimensional apple juice aroma. Slightly sweet, lightly spiced like a cider.

A light dried fruit note leads off, with an undercurrent of farmy Brettanomyces. It's a little horsey, but restrained well enough. The finish is dry, with a long aftertaste of rustic Belgian yeast.

Dry mouthfeel overall, but initially juicy and slightly cidery. With a medium level of carbonation, it could be quaffed or sipped. The dry Brett gets to be a little much, paired with the apple sweetness, i'm glad the 750 was shared.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2007 03:20:26 | More by emerge077
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3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25oz. bottle

Very clear, red toned brass in color. Large, creamy, ivory head. Some legs, pretty good lacing.

Smelled sweet, cherries and honey. Touch of the barnyard, very mild. Green apples. Bananas.

Taste was malty and sweet, almost like a yeast roll. Cherries popped up again. Touch of bitter at the finish, herbal. Honey.

Medium to full in body, a bit slick. Carbonation seems low compared to size of head, but fine. Sweet more than dry.

Not much like a prototypical saison (DuPont, for example), and a bit sweeter than what I was looking for, but very tasty. Reminded me a bit of Delirium Tremens or La Fin du Monde.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 15:02:20 | More by
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Billolick

New York

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Belgian bomber, caged and corked, no freshness info to be taken in. Pours dark and murky for a saison, dark tan head, with good staying power, then leaves a load of ringed, froth and then lace. The nose is just moderately of some earthiness and perhaps some lazy yeast in the background. On the malty side for a saison, this one lacks some of the guiding traits that make saison the popular style that it is. Light on the spice, funky barnyard and yeasty intrigue. I do get plenty of maple infused malts, some light holiday type spicing, some heady warming alcohol and a moderately floral hoppy final wave. Decent stuff, nothing special, a bit of a disappointment, especially from Deproef, who have turned out some special brews over the years.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2008 00:20:44 | More by Billolick
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shivtim

Georgia

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is a very solid saison that straddles the line of beer definitions. It has some strong saison characteristics, but it certainly isn't the poster child for the genre.

It pours out surprisingly dark, mostly orange with a ruddish hazy tint. Quite a large tan head for a saison too. Nose is mild wild yeast and a gentle mix of light fruits, vaguely citrus, with subtle wet hay.

Taste is malty at first, with tinges of allspice, and a mish-mash of dark fruit flavors. Slightly nutty. It's complex, but the flavors overlap just a bit too much.

The mouthfeel is great. Perfect amount of carbonation. Appropriately dry. Nice drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:16:34 | More by shivtim
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tavernjef

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Autumn bronze gold color with a massive crown of dark beige foam that never moves. Impressive. Lacing is a lather of leftover sticky foam that coats the glass thickly.

Soft but alluringly complex nose with some dark earthy spices, fruits, and grasses. Quite musty as well with some rum raisin bread, a touch of dirty wood, all spice, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Taste is of paled breadyness and light fruity tang of dark malts. Some raisin and dates softly display a bit of dark tangyness. Caramel and molasses seep in as just a nudge of some the earthy grasses and spice tinge towards the finish as it stays mostly sweeter throughout. A bit drab overall on the taste and a bit muddled. However I do like it, but the complexity I found in the nose wasn't as prevalently showcased as I would like on the taste.

Body is a fluffy sweet medium with some malty tangyness creating a soft and smooth roundness with just a touch of grass and spice along the edges to make it interesting. Reminds more of a bakery with its bready flow and cookie spices as it goes along.

A OK to good Saison that's more on the malty side, which I tend to favor in this style.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 20:37:39 | More by tavernjef
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blitheringidiot

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Caged & corked 750 mL. bottle synthetic cork cap offering.

Pours into a Piraat tulip with an impressive statue ivory head cap topping of of pillowy cloud coating loading the glass with impressive lace content.

Nose is doughy with full on bready scents and light almond nuttiness.

First swigs: Thick saison with full body yet easy on flavor. Delicate citus fruit middle, red apple, crisp finish of fading wood. Dry weak funk of wet leather, but follows dry almost wanna be Orval.

Last swigs: An average stradle of Belgian Ale that is inviting but not impressive.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2007 07:26:04 | More by blitheringidiot
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cabsandking

Ohio

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy orange/brown with a billowy off white head. Big fruity nose, banana pudding, orange, passion fruit, banana bread and some herbals. Earthy malt and sweetness play well with the sour yeasts although malt seems heavy for a saison. Begins dry and peppery and ends with a rush of honey sweetness, and unripened bananas. Big floral effervescence, herbals, caramel, and musty yeast notes all around. Medium body with lots of carbonation and a slightly syrupy mouthfeel. I enjoyed this one even though it might not fall along the lines of a traditional saison.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2007 15:49:05 | More by cabsandking
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rossthefireman

California

3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Nice deep brown hue, good head

S- Smell of funk and alcohol. Got a sweaty sock smell.

T- Lots of flavor. Slight sour and funk. Dark fruits. Tripel like sugar flavors. Caramel and biscuit. Lots of malt very ,little hops. Dark rum raisin alcohol. There is a lot going on in this beer.

M- A little thick and definatley heavy.

D- This isnt for everyone, its drinkable but for a small group.

Is this beer a saison or a belgian strong ale? I know its called 'imperale' but this isnt very close to 'normal' saisons. Too heavy, too thick not as light on the palate as it should be. However, this is a good beer with good flavors ! I like it , just not as a saison. It definitely strays from the norm. If you go into this beer thinking 'saison' you might be disappointed, but if you have no preconceptions, you will be okay. Definitely worth trying but if your looking for a true saison, this isnt the beer you want.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 06:49:04 | More by rossthefireman
Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.