Zaison Imperial Saison Ale | Brewery Vivant

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81
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186 Ratings
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Zaison Imperial Saison AleZaison Imperial Saison Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Brewery Vivant
Michigan, United States
breweryvivant.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MichPaul on 05-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
186
Reviews:
44
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
19
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 186 |  Reviews: 44
Photo of briantullis1
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of gopens44
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not getting orange or peppercorn, but I do enjoy this as a straight up Saison which is a tad hotter than the run of the mill of the style. Even with that, it's no stingingly hot beer either. I'd rate it higher if it lived up to the label, but it doesn't.

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Photo of MI_beerdrinker
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jackalope1977
3.91/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of loganburgh
4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of km02600
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of seanchai
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gemini6
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beginner2
3.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like many of Vivant's experiments. Spicing is beyond pleasant, but I would have this again.
But judging by the reviews, Zaison is not for everyone.

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Photo of BLZR
4.24/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MDM
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of PassMeAZima
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of RyanPoff
3.83/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: Clear, light copper with very little head, little retention. Slightly above average.

S: Citrus notes, strong spices, but nothing really sticks out. A good saison nose, but not memorable.

T: Coriander, lemongrass, malts, strong booze, and a spicy zest.

M: excellent medium body and very fresh.

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Photo of jmiah22
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.37/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of aaronyoung01
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Rschimmell
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Ozzylizard
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Undated 16 oz can at 45 degrees into a Brewery Vivant snifter
$ 4.09/16 oz can at the Lager Mill
Aroma of pepper (slight)
Head fizzy, completely gone seconds after pouring, leaving neither head nor lacing nor ring
Lacing – none
Body light orange, chill haze, effervescent
Flavor – slightly sweet, some taste of pepper but only a slight bite, no hint of the orange peel, some estery spiciness present; no particular yeast phenolic taste or aroma, no malt, no hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl. The blend is oddly pleasing and not the typical saison.
Palate light to medium, very thin syrupy texture, lively carbonation

Appearance 3.5, Aroma 3.5, Flavor 4.5, Palate 4, Overall 4

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Photo of Desimoaj
3.66/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kvgomps
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Coors Ice with a touch of Brett.

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Photo of aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikus
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

9% saison? Huh? Poured pale and minimally carbonated (with some lemon yellow highlights in the light). Bright fruity esters on the nose, mild peppery note. Overall a light, airy nose that came off as extremely clean. Big peach/apricot type sweetness up front leading into the spiciness of the yeast towards the aftertaste. Came together particularly well as the glass warmed. Spot on mouthfeel. Don't know how to explain it... but this managed to feel Imperial and substantial while still maintaining the prickly and ephemeral notes of the style. Another tasty Brewery Vivant beer... can't wait for these to continue getting better and better.

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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
3.55 out of 5 based on 186 ratings.
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