Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale - De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
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3.58/5 rDev -6%
deep hazy coppery color, with a big ol tan head and good clumpy lacing.
smells a little like cotton candy and apples. a little farmhouse scent, straw and funk.
taste is the same. a little bitter and funky. dry finish
mouthfeel is watery and foamy. very dry finish.
moderate drinkability. kind of lasting flavor that doesn't necessarily taste all that wonderful.
im a bit confused by this beer it is kind of an odd farmhouse ale. not bad, but confusing.
04-17-2010 02:14:32 | More by ryanonline
3.53/5 rDev -7.3%
Poured this into my Chimay goblet. A honey color with hints of chill haze. Bright white foamy head settled very quickly. Aroma is very sweet, with hints of candy sugar, some citrus or dried fruit as well. Taste is not like other saisons i remember having. Some fruity notes , light sugar sweet flavor . Mouthfeel starts of fizzy, but fades nice and smoothly, leaving just a bit of sweet aftertaste. A fairly drinkable brew, unique flavor, but i kinda wish it was more sour.
06-29-2008 02:15:20 | More by BigJTrucker
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
10-29-2008 20:25:54 | More by Hophead101
3.93/5 rDev +3.1%
Bright cloudy red. Minimal lacing. Poured a bit heavy with less lacing than the sasion.
Aroma of sweet tart fruit like cherries and brown sugar. Floral hops.
taste is sweet and a bit puckering with bitter sweetnesss.
Mouthfeel is heavy and carbonation is explosive and intermittent.
Drinkability is medium. It's a bit heavy but pleasant and easy to drink.
07-05-2008 02:55:35 | More by gonzo46and2
3.75/5 rDev -1.6%
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.
01-28-2009 23:31:04 | More by pinotboy007
3.45/5 rDev -9.4%
Warning - LOTS of sediment. Pour this baby gently. Color is a dark amber. Darker than any other Saison I can recall. Nice head retention, nich lacing, but not the rocky monster it should be. Has a sweet funky smell which is reflected in the taste. Wow, this is sweet. Some banana. No white pepper, no discernable spice. Some barnyard is there, but the sweetness is too overpowering for it to stand out much.
Highly carbonated with a full and tingly mouthfeel. Drinkability is fine, but the sweetness just makes this too much for an everyday Saison. ABV is very well hidden. All and all, a decent brew, but not wone I would turn to before the big 3 (Dupont, Fantome, Hennepin).
04-19-2007 12:29:41 | More by Onibubba
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
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.
09-07-2007 15:49:05 | More by cabsandking
2.68/5 rDev -29.7%
Pours a murky light brown with orange highlights. Dark and murky for a saison. A huge tan head falls to a cap.
Aroma is sweet, caramel, bananas. Something in there is almost acrid. A hint of spices.
Taste is again, very sweet for a saison. Bruised bananas, caramel, almost rum like. No real tart or musty notes, but an alcoholic spiceness which dominates the finish.
Medium body with soft creamy carbonation. Dry finish.
This only way in which this resembles the other saisons I've tried is in the dry finish. This is more like the bastard child of a weizenbock and saison.
04-04-2009 19:56:18 | More by goatgoat
3.88/5 rDev +1.8%
Pours a cloudy, rusty brown with a one-finger light tan head that sticks around for most of the duration. Little to no lacing left behind. Probably the darkest saison I've ever seen, and I was quite surprised.
Smell is Belgian yeast, plums, and wet hay.
Taste starts out yeasty with some tart cherries, sour apples and plums. Some wet hay and horse blanket round out the middle with a hint of alcohol. Finishes slightly bitter with a bit more sourness.
Creamy, medium body with a slight tingle from the carbonation.
A good saison, but probably not a bottle a could drink on my own. I was glad to be able to share this one with a couple of friends.
11-23-2008 20:30:02 | More by MrMonkey
4/5 rDev +5%
Into my Duvel glass
A: Darker than anticipated. A murky brownish orange with a 1+ finger off-white head and fairly high carbonation. Great lacing
S: cinnamon, faint dark fruit, wild yeast funk, sour berries, a little medicinal, candied sugar and grassy. All sorts of aromas
T: dark fruit and berries (like aroma) caramel, malt, some wood
M: rather full bodied with high carb and a sourness, dry with a little bit of a sticky mouthfeel
D: A pretty good saison, not my favorite, but well done.
12-30-2008 20:55:26 | More by Rainintheface
4.15/5 rDev +8.9%
A: Deep gold to light amber with orange hues. Big beige head creeps ever so slowly back into the beer while clinging to the edges of the glass. This is a sill and hazy beer. In appearance, it seems more like an Imperial IPA than a Saison.
S: Overripe pear dominates atop a solid base of bread-like pale malt sweetness that is punctuated with a faint banana ester. No tart, sour, or sharp scents. No clove or spice notes. Minimal musty hops aroma.
T: An unexpected shift in flavor tones to favor the musty and mineral hop profile as opposed to the light fruits. Overall, crisp and light. Unusual flavors for a saison and not quite the most pleasing.
M: Despite the hazy appearance and great head retention, this beer does not have an overly heavy body. perfect for saison.
D: A truly interesting take on the Saison. Perhaps more hops in the taste than any other saison I can recall.
11-10-2008 21:07:41 | More by BWH3
2.55/5 rDev -33.1%
Appearance - Almost the color of cherry oak, which is a little dark for a saison. Looking like an impostor and not true to style will cost it a fair amount of points.. Pretty nice off white head, which stood up for quite some time and left it's mark around the glass.
Smell - Sweet cherry with a sour breath to it, almost like a flemish red. Sour, most definitely sour, with a fruity aroma to it; most likely banana. Very pungent, while not bad, not very saison like.
Taste & Mouthfeel - Really mellow with a thick creamy malt. Has a lot of sour fruit to it, and a little bit of a belgian quad type taste. Loads and loads of dark fruit are thrown in and have a candied taste to them. Have no idea what they're trying to pull off here? Medium mouthfeel is coating, but not really interested in what it's coating my mouth with.
Drinkability - This beer has no identity whatsoever. Don't know how or why this beer came to be, and don't really care.
04-10-2009 06:54:03 | More by ryrust5301
4.18/5 rDev +9.7%
Poured from an 11.2 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Nice orange/amber/gold color with a huge, fluffy, three-finger head. The foam sticks around for most of the duration and leaves pretty decent lace as I drink it. This one is definitely darker than previous saisons I've had.
Big time aromas of Belgian fruity esters. Some honey and spiciness as well. Taste is very fruity with a little phenolic banana. The alcohol is slightly noticeable on the mildly bitter finish.
Mouthfeel is light-medium with lots of carbonation. This is a really delicious saison that definitely ranks up there with Hennepin and Dupont in my opinion. Very drinkable.
11-09-2008 05:51:59 | More by daythree16
3.68/5 rDev -3.4%
Thanks go out to glid02 for sending this brew my way.
A = A nice amber color with a generous white head. Thick lacing around the sides.
S = Lots of fruitiness. Some pear, apple, and some slight sour cherry.
T = This is pretty complex. i taste pears, some slight apple, and sour cherry taste. It comes through sweet in the end with some orange zest and a bit of spice with coriander. Very interesting and complex.
M = Kinda heavy and creamy with low carbonation
D = This is pretty interesting. It's worth a shot if you see it in the store or the bar. It's something that's a little different. Thanks again to glid02 for another tasty hook up!
04-10-2009 06:46:56 | More by ShrLSU
3.83/5 rDev +0.5%
Pours a hazy yellowish amber brown, with a one finger head. The darkest saison I have ever seen, but the label on the bottle warned of such a color.
Smells tart for a saison. Almost a sticky sweet toffee, fruity esters.
This is the lovechild of a saison and a quad. The first sip took me by surprise and I was mildly turned off, but the following sips grew on me quick. Dark fruits sweet, balanced by a lambic tartness.
A brave and interesting brew. A great twist on the style.
06-08-2011 03:22:53 | More by dbmernin83
4.08/5 rDev +7.1%
Pours nice reddish amber color that is cloudy with a thin off-white head. Smells of rich, sweet malt and sour yeast and a hint of spice. The initial flavor is a dominant lightly sour yeast with a good malt base. Less alcoholic than expected though it is definitely there. Sour yeast and lightly bitter aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with alcholic finish and moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a tasty saison. I can't say I have had another Imperial Saison, but his beer is definitely bigger than the saisons I have tried. It is very nice and easily drinkable. Try it paired with mussels. We steamed the mussels in 3/4 cup of this beer along with some garlic butter, and the results were very tasty with the rest of the beer!
10-16-2007 22:59:18 | More by walshclimb
3.48/5 rDev -8.7%
A -- Pours a deep amber orange with a nice frothy head that settles into a light skim and leaves a good amount of lacing.
S -- Caramel malt slightly soured with a solid barnyard funk. Almost smells of wild yeast although I don't think it A -- Pours a deep amber orange with a nice frothy head that settles into a light skim and leaves a good amount of lacing.
S -- is.
T -- Deeply malty with a nice crispness with a lingering dryness. Notes of peach and grapes, lightly hopped.
M -- Smooth and slightly tart, with a nice dry bitter note to end.
D -- Nice and approachable, I would use this as a great introduction to the style, although I wouldn't buy it again for my own consumption.
04-07-2010 00:58:11 | More by CPeterson
4.05/5 rDev +6.3%
Pours slightly murky amber. Dark for the style I suppose, but it's appealing. Large frothy off-white/light tan head that recedes but sticks around for a while. Nice sticky lacing.
Smells of overripe fruit, green apples, brown sugar, molasses, a hint of bubblegum, earthy and funky yeast. A nice dose of tart and barnyard from the Brett. Somewhat spicy and very nice.
The taste consists of mild dark fruit, brown sugar, roasted malts. Finishes relatively sweet but earthy as well and leaves a spiciness that is almost reminiscent of rye, but is most definately from the yeast. The funk is not as present as in the aroma. Sweet and roasty for the style, but it's good.
Definately not carbonated enough. It's not awful because it does has a nice silky quality, but for a saison, it lacks the necessary dry crispness.
It's a very interesting beer to drink. It's a bit sweet, but for 8.5%, it's not much of a trouble to finish.
12-30-2010 03:23:42 | More by sjccmd
4.03/5 rDev +5.8%
A - Ruddy amber with a finger of thick white foam. Some yeast floaties are present.
S - Smells heavily spiced; cinnamon and the like. Still an undercurrent of yeast and a touch of saison funk.
T - Not quite as spiced as the smell would lead you to believe, but the cinnamon/nutmeg combo is coming through here and is really brought forward by the caramel malts. Not too much like a traditional saison, but some of that farmhouse flavor does come through. Also some citrus and other fruits; pear, grape etc.
M - Medium bodied and fairly high in carbonation; luckily this one doesn't cloy or the spices might be too much.
O - I like this beer; that being said, it really is unlike any saison I've come across. I guess the intensity is the whole 'imperial' part of the equation. Personally, I would desire this beer on a cooler evening where the warming alcohol and spices could comfort better.
08-10-2011 03:50:33 | More by LiquidCucumber
3.03/5 rDev -20.5%
Poured from a 750 into my Duvel tulip. Darker than other Saisons I've had, an amber to brown color with lively carbonation and a one finger head. Some minimal lacing down the glass.
Smell was funky, sweaty, almost sour.
Taste was similar; dry but musty and funky. Not exactly what I was hoping for, but not horrible either.
Mouthfeel was good due to the carbonation.
Drinkability was decent smoothness-wise, but not a favorite taste for me. I wouldn't buy it again, but I'm sure there are those (Fantome fans) that would like it.
06-01-2009 16:49:04 | More by BeTheBall
3.85/5 rDev +1%
Appearance: There wasn't a huge pop when I pulled the cork, so a gave it a roughish pour into a tulip, which resulted in some yeast sediment making its way into the glass. This is much, much darker than I expected, with a one-finger off-white head that lingers somewhat.
Smell: Tartness attacks even before I put my nose into the glass, at which point there's some barnyard funk. Frankly it's not the most appealing nose I've experienced, and I'm a fan of the funk.
Taste: Fruit sweetness dominates - peaches and pears, and a little spice. The tartness is present, too, and I'm wondering if this one is a little past its prime; could over-aging cause it to both darken and get tart? Although interesting, it feels a little unbalanced - the hops just play around the edges, and the funk in the nose doesn't get rolling in my mouth, so I ended up feeling like this was a bit sweeter than I'd typically expect for the style.
Mouthfeel: As you might expect, I didn't love the mouthfeel. Given the sweetness, a little more zip in this category might have helped. As it is, it finishes a little heavy for what I expect from this style.
Drinkability: I applaud the brewers for pushing the envelope a bit here (and the saison envelope is a pretty damn big envelope as it is), but it's not really a beer I'd be happy drinking all night, and at the same time it doesn't do it for me as a evening capper, etc. I wouldn't say don't try it, because it's interesting, but there are better saisons out there.
07-18-2008 00:32:29 | More by rdickey
4/5 rDev +5%
750ml bottle purchased for $8.99 on 4-25-7 at Whole Foods Tanasbourne.
This beer pours dark for a saison. Almost amberish. Average sized head that collapses on itself quickly, leaving behind splotches of lacing.
The aroma features light fruit notes such as honeydew, and a distinct sweet caramel maltiness. Yeasty, but not getting any funk here.
The taste is lightly sweet with a background hop bitterness. Not much of a resemblance to any other Sasion I've had, but I really like it. It's not as crisp and funky as I expected.
There was zero yeast sediment in the bottle, so I'm not sure if a bit of age would yield anything in the way of the desired brett funk.
Overall, a very enjoyable beer. Unique.
04-30-2008 08:05:16 | More by jakon
4.22/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-11-2008 00:29:40 | More by RodBurg
Saison Imperiale - Belgian Farmhouse Ale from De Proefbrouwerij (bvba Andelot)
86 out of 100 based on 204 ratings.