Zaison Imperial Saison Ale | Brewery Vivant

Zaison Imperial Saison AleZaison Imperial Saison Ale
BA SCORE
3.67/5
222 Ratings
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 brew3crew on 07-26-2011

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#31,243
Reviews:
57
Ratings:
222
pDev:
14.99%
Bros Score:
3.62
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
22
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of HRamz3
1.25/5  rDev -65.9%

Photo of beersabound
1.64/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer had a massive amount of sweet white grape flavor which was not pleasant. This characteristic also made the beer seem much sweeter than most saisons. I was pretty fired up to try this beer. It had a decent head, was clear and looked nice in the glass. Overall, though, this is not a tasty beer. :(

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Photo of CopperMtnPlowboy
1.73/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I wonder if I had a skunked can of beer? I was surprised in that most (all?) BA reviews had Zaison rated much better than I thought it was.

It poured flat, very little carbonation. Lacing quickly dissipated. Golden yellow color, slightly hazy.

Smell was sweet, the only scent I could clearly place was grapefruit.

It had strong stale-sweet taste and an almost 'chewey' mouth feel.

This beer was about as poor tasting as it could be for me to finish, any worse and it would have been poured down the drain. I would only try it again to see if maybe I did have a can that was old, it had no date.

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Photo of baybum
1.75/5  rDev -52.3%

Photo of pschul4
2/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Leaving it in the can because whalesbro

S- Interesting nose. Sweet notes, alcoho notes, malt in there a little bit, sour and funk a little too

T- I hate to say it but this is BAD. I might pour it out to see if that helps it at all but at the moment this is going to be drain poured. Abrasive vegital sour note that overtakes all else

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Okay start over, pouring this into my Great Lakes snifter (numeric score reflects this time around)

A- Pours a slightly dark orange with a white head that completely dissapears

S- Nose s te same, maybe a bit more pungent

T- Improved over drinking from the can but still not good. More vegital notes with some sweetness and funk flavors. Something is really wrong here though

M- Totally still, no carbonation whatsoever

O- Maybe this was a bad can but this really sucked.

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Photo of Rempo
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of JustinMatthew
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Thorpe429
2.32/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to my parents for picking up this can. Pours a golden-orange color with a good white head and some lacing. The nose carries some peppercorn and a bit of citrus. Some alcohol present. Earthy as well. A bit too mixed and muddled. Flavor has spice and citrus. Again, too much going on without being integrated. Medium body with spice and some alcohol.

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Photo of Guinnsslvr
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Gold white color with light white head. Orange/light toast nose. Very big and bold flavors but not pleasing - sour in a weird "not supposed to be sour" kind of way. Tastes like spoiled oranges. No need to try again.

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Photo of kvgomps
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
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 denimdemon
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of lookrider
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can picked up at Oades... Pours hazed dark golden... short lasting white head leaves no lacing.

Nose is slightly spicy.. tons of fruit that reminds me of overripe apples.. dried apricots... and rotting peaches.

Flavor is heavy fruitiness... peppercorns come out swinging a bit mid palate but are KO by the fruity esters... tastes like apricot nectar with a metallic twinge... sweet and not "malty", just sweet..

Carbonation is too light... body is entirely too heavy... not "too heavy for a saison", just too heavy in general... Thankfully, I had a good fella to share this with or it would have been 8oz down the drain... Sorry... This needs a TON of work. Not even close to a Saison... Sorry.

All 3's and that is generous.

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Photo of MidwestBA
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of amalburg
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of akttr
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of rspauldi
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of yancot
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of nrbw23
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of jrob21
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ppoitras
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can received via Growling at the Moon from Stonequarrywest. Thanks for the brew, Gabe!

Poured into an imperial pint with a 3/4" blonde head over the cloudy golden brew. Head dwindles gradually, with thick coating lace. Aroma is tart with spices.

Taste starts spicy, comes on strong in the middle with the sour grapes, which carry through the close, where the spicing tries to overcome, but cannot. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, if you can ignore the tartness, and drinkability is ok. Would make for an ok thirst-quencher, but the abv isn't agreeing too well with that idea. Not what I was really expecting.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Shit, we can barely pronounce this style properly, now these guys wanna go and alter the spelling here? We're screwed... Anyway, this stuff pours a cloudy sunset golden-auburn topped by over a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises banana peel, orange peel, black pepper, and plenty of white grape skin. The taste brings in more of the same, with less banana and a a strong vein of caramel and sweet biscuit. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a very light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, I found this stuff to be too sweet and too, well, boring for its own good, coming across more like a mildly Belgian-inspired amber ale than a saison. Sadly, another letdown from the former shining light of Vivant.

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Photo of mothman
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 222 ratings
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