Zaison Imperial Saison Ale | Brewery Vivant

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81
good
184 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
184
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
15.77%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 184 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of masterofsparks
3.49/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of breakingbland
4.19/5  rDev +18%
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 +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of moonboogie_n8
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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

Photo of jadler16
3.22/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of GRG1313
2.5/5  rDev -29.6%
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 -0.8%

Photo of CraigTravor
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of goast8127
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Photo of Azpittil57
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of CaptainFleeker
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of hosehead83
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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 +5.6%

Photo of Bitterbill
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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 +25.1%

Photo of oldvines
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of shiggins22
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of DRush11
4.68/5  rDev +31.8%

Photo of lochef81
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of Bubbaloosh
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of ianpstephens
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of maxcoinage
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can to Duvel Tulip, 2 finger fluffy white head, left some lacing, settling at a moderate pace. beer is a dark orange color

As I was pouring the can I could smell the yeast - belgian frutiness, hay/straw, a little bit of orange

fruity, slightly sweet, pepper, estery, some orange . orange not as much as i was thinking itd be,maybe ill add a slice for the next one to pump it up

good carbonation, medium body, finishes dry

solid brew, easy drinking, and will sneak up on you at 9%! not sure i'd purchase again given the price tag ( almost 17 after tax for a 4 pack of 16oz ), but enjoyed nonetheless and glad i tried it

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Zaison Imperial Saison Ale from Brewery Vivant
3.55 out of 5 based on 184 ratings.
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