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:
#31,153
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 Ozzylizard
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
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 -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 aussiebeer
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mikus
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
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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Photo of dmorgan310
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of deakin
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of masterofsparks
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breakingbland
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 1 pint can with a scant head that quickly dissipated. The beer is slightly cloudy with a golden hue. The aroma is full of funk and barnyard with slight sweetness that includes some fruit. The taste is a downplayed version of the aroma with funk and sweetness predominating. There is a slight but pleasant sourness along with some orange sweetness and pepper. All elements of the taste are in good balance. Even with the high ABV, there is no alcohol burn. The beer has a perfect carb bite and an appropriate body.

Overall, this is one of my favorites of this style. (It definitely helps me in overcoming any prejudice I have against cans.) I will get this one again!

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Photo of coz
3.57/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

a decent representation of the style, with some added features...

the pepper adds just a hint of heat, while the coriander imparts a tartness that is unique.
imperialized saison? sure, whatever. worth a try if you are all out of saisons to try.
stay away if you dislike sour or tart beer with citrus undertones.
the peppercorn hides some of the alcohol heat, but not all.
it's a powerful beer for the lightness of the body.

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Photo of ngaron
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jfstilling
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jadler16
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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 mpalestino
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Azpittil57
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Poured from can into a tulip glass.
Cloudy apricot in color, with a nice cap of bone-white foam.
Aroma-Toasted malt, orchard fruit
Taste-Sweet toasted malt,honeyed peach, very faint spiciness, sweet finish.

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Photo of _morandi_
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

16 ounce can thanks to Trent!

It pours a hazy straw colour and brings a 1 finger head of foam. Lacing aplenty.

My, I sure can smell the orange peel. Other spices, but no real funk showing up for me.

Orange way up front in the taste too. It seems to bring some sweet and tart notes unless something else is doing the former or latter. A bit of pepper starts to show up after my 3rd sip. Tellicherry black peppercorns? Okay, I had to google that. Imparts floral and cherry flavours. 'splains a lot!

Medium bodied, medium carbonation, it starts of with the orange and finishes with it. There's not much heat from the alcohol or the peppercorns. It isn't the easiest brew to drink but it's enjoyable. I guess, my bottom line is...do "we" have to imperialize every style?

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Photo of NateMac13
4.44/5  rDev +21%

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