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

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Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse AleSaison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale

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BA SCORE
86
very good

204 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 204
Reviews: 167
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 10.76%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
Brewmaster's Collection - Special Reserve
Mixed Fermentation - Saison De Flandres

(Beer added by: clickpush on 05-04-2006)
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x37x

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-08-2012 17:21:15 | More by x37x
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -4.7%

corked caged 750ml bottle

A-pours a slight hazed copper/amber color with a 2 finger tan head that recedes to a fresh cap with slight lacing

S-was malty first with caramel molasses and toffee ,dark fruits followed plum dates

T-followed the nose with sweet belgian candi mixed with earthy notes and yeast lots of caramel and molasses with prune and date notes
M- sweet and a tad boozy
O- very sweet and boozy with too much toffee/molasses not enough funk or light fruits

10-29-2012 19:25:28 | More by gatornation
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halo913

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-28-2012 14:53:39 | More by halo913
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KZE80

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

10-22-2012 05:12:01 | More by KZE80
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iwhitecavage


3/5  rDev -21.3%

09-22-2012 22:08:27 | More by iwhitecavage
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superspak

Michigan

3.38/5  rDev -11.3%

750 ml bottle into tulip glass, no bottle dating. Pours very hazy very dark reddish brown color with a small 1 finger foamy off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Decent spotty lacing clings on the glass. The cork hardly popped when I opened it, probably pushing 4 years or more in age. Aromas of caramel, toffee, molasses, prune, raisin, toast, pepper, earth, and big phenolic yeast esters. Aromas aren’t very pleasant at all; very stale and unbalanced feeling. Taste of caramel, toffee, molasses, prune, toast, biscuit, raisin, earth, herbal, grass, and light yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of caramel, molasses, toffee, toast, biscuit, dark fruits, herbal, earth, and light yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Pretty good flavor balance and complexity; but it feels more like a Belgian dark ale than a saison. Flavors were not as robust as I was expecting; no cloying sweetness. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a fairly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with pretty much no warming noticed at all after the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid dark Belgian saison. The aromas were pretty bad, but the taste turned out alright. Fairly enjoyable, if only they dated these bottles.

08-13-2012 05:51:11 | More by superspak
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51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +10.2%

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).

07-13-2012 02:01:46 | More by 51mmz0rz
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notchucknorris

California

3.65/5  rDev -4.2%

A: Pours a hazy and almost creamy looking brown color with a one finger light brown head.

S: Earthy with some bread, a touch of yeast, almond paste and maybe some cola nut.

T: Big malty flavors with distinct notes of earth and bread and some alcohol peeking out. Subdued peppery hops and some hints of lemon on the finish. Not a bad beer at all but probably not one I'd go for again.

06-18-2012 05:48:35 | More by notchucknorris
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lpotter

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

06-17-2012 04:17:25 | More by lpotter
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woosterbill

Kentucky

2.73/5  rDev -28.3%

750ml bottle into an Old Engine Oil snifter. Thanks to vonschplieffen for sharing.

A: Hazy deep amber body with a dense tan head. Ok retention, spotty lace. Not bad looking, but way too dark for the style.

S: Sweet candied fruit and not much else. Caramel apple, some plum, and a bit of grassiness. Not that good for a Saison. A Tripel, maybe, but never a Saison.

T: Follows the nose - super sweet, fruity, and sugary. Nothing but candy. Meh.

M: Medium body, moderate amount of creamy carbonation. Great.

O: This was a disappointment, as it was WAY too sweet for the style, and the Brett really didn't add much of anything. It was mediocre for a sweet beer, and decidedly underwhelming for a Saison.

Cheers!

05-21-2012 01:24:12 | More by woosterbill
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videofrog

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

05-06-2012 13:34:42 | More by videofrog
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

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

Pours a dirty gold bordering on light tan. Decent amount of froth forms and recedes fairly quickly. In the nose, Belgian yeast esters, mild fruity notes, brett, and some earthy/musty farmhouse aromas as well. In the taste, tempered fruit notes (fig, pear, plum) as well as a little brett funk but not really tart or sour. Caramel, toffee, even banana flavors emerge. A beer full of nice complexities that make this beer a sipper. Soft woody hop bitterness, and just a hint of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, semi-dry, and a clean finish. Overall, a really nice effort, a perfect night cap.

03-28-2012 12:08:35 | More by Stinkypuss
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MrJolly

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

02-25-2012 03:49:56 | More by MrJolly
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TheCrowsNest

California

4.4/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

02-02-2012 22:43:14 | More by TheCrowsNest
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davidthesnoozy

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

The Saison Imperiale is a Belgian style beer with a brownish color and citrus aroma. The head is a creamy color. There is moderate head retention. The appearance reminds me of a British brown ale. There is a malt aroma coupled with citrus. The taste is balanced between bitter and sweet with a slightly more sweet finish. There is no lingering aftertaste. The mouth feel is moderately carbonated with strong alcoholic heat. The Saison is one of the more interesting Belgian style beers I have yet to try.

01-30-2012 05:22:10 | More by davidthesnoozy
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +7.1%

750mL shared with friends.

A: a very hazy caramel hue. much darker than most saisons. billowing off-white head.

S: the aroma begins horsey. definitely get the Brett aspect. following the tart, a moderate amount of caramel and fruity smells. pears and apples.

T: im really enjoying this funk. very unique to this bottle. not overpowering, but certainly present. the palate then moves to a big malts. chewy toasted caramel and toffee. more fruit. figs. plums.

M: great carbonation. perfectly dont bottle carbonation here that makes for just the right amount of fizz. medium/full body.

D: really neat saison here. very different. the funk as well as the additional dark malts really makes this brew unique.

01-22-2012 23:11:37 | More by Jimmys
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Stoffel

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

01-02-2012 20:29:10 | More by Stoffel
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jophish17

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-24-2011 07:58:24 | More by jophish17
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KC9LDB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +5%

12-20-2011 21:05:51 | More by KC9LDB
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djrn2

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -21.3%

12-17-2011 17:38:22 | More by djrn2
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

11-29-2011 03:56:34 | More by JAHMUR
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Exiled

Texas

4/5  rDev +5%

11-27-2011 02:37:58 | More by Exiled
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +5%

11-26-2011 02:29:24 | More by Rochefort10nh
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clayrock81

Virginia

4/5  rDev +5%

Poured a clearish red-brown w/ 2 finger offwhite head that died real slow and left lace ring as it descended. A great mix of that Belgianesque aroma of yeast and orange, as well as some citric fruit/floral hops, a touch of sourness (or funk) and I'm getting a rather good amount of sweet caramel malts. The beer passes my tongue smooth, even slightly creamy, a bit chewier than a regular saison as there is some bready type malt in here. I still get that yeast/wheat twang with helps the beer go down easy and has some residual sweetness. Also picking up tart, citric fruit flavors mixed w/ touches of cherry/sour fruit and some dark fruit as well. The sweetness is there as there is a nice chunk of caramel and sugary sweet malts. The the spices and hops come together (w/ just a touch of the alcohol) for a dry, crisp finish that complements the rather sturdy and complex finish. To me, maybe closer to a Belgain dark ale than your typical saison as the malts and hop bite are stronger, but nonetheless a great beer.

11-05-2011 18:48:16 | More by clayrock81
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gpogo

California

3.88/5  rDev +1.8%

A- Hazed amber body with moderate sized off white head. Light lacing.

A- Caramel malts and some light dark fruit aromas. Quite pleasant, occasional belgian + cinnamon spiciness.

T- Caramel malt up front, with a belgian spiciness following. When the beer was cooler I got phenolic flavors, as it warmed they seemed to go away. Raisins, dates, and molasses.

M- Medium-full body that coats the mouth. Moderate carbonation.

D- Quite enjoyable. The smell I initially got was amazing.

10-26-2011 05:36:06 | More by gpogo
Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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