Raiden Imperial Saison
Sound Brewery

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Sound Brewery
Washington, United States
3.7 | pDev: 7.57%
Apr 08, 2019
Jun 04, 2016
Very Good
Raiden Imperial SaisonRaiden Imperial Saison
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is funky, lemons, grains. Taste is of malts, spices, a touch of lemons and alcohol, easy drinking for the abv. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.
Apr 08, 2019
Rated: 3.68 by Dave2234 from Minnesota

Sep 21, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by cd34 from Illinois

Apr 27, 2018
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Reviewed by EMV from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip. Cool Mortal Kombat themed artwork... novelty purchase.

L: Clear light golden pour with 3 fingers of thick foamy head. Great retention and lacing.

S: On point for the style... grassy, belgian yeast, and citrus.

T/F: Sharp flavor... sweetness up front and light grains. Saved by the complex yeast esters and some bittering hops. Lemongrass, spice, and mild citrus. Light bodied with zesty carbonation. The finish is lemon and spice.

O: A surprisingly good beer (and I had admittedly low expectations given the Mortal Kombat theme). Good flavor.. a little sweet but nice complexity and pretty on par for the style. Glad I tried it.
Jan 18, 2018
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Reviewed by jimmah120 from Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
22oz bottle with no date. On sale for 4 bucks

Knew I had to buy this the second I saw it, even with the high likelyhood that it would be awful. Poured very cloudy, smell is grainy and sweet. Tastes very fruity, from both the hops and yeast, with a sour/salty finish and noticeable booze presence.

Surprisingly good budget saison
Nov 07, 2017
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Reviewed by Mitzvahman72 from California

3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Because the flavors of Ralf Jones’ Galactica Phantom can explode in the taster’s mouth, this brewery made this beer instead! Honestly, I’m also not a fan of product placements, but I figured there is an opportunity to try something not commonly brewed like this Imperial saison. Does it taste like a Imperial Saison? Let’s find out!

The color is slightly cloudy gold, with the phenoly ester grain aroma. Meanwhile, the flavors consist of honey, mild apricots, phenol esters and slightly piney-to-grassy hops that isn’t so in your face. However, although it is part of the style, the extra alcohol is a little too much despite being within the Saison category. While this beer fits within that category, it is a decent offering overall. In terms of blonde ales in general, I recommend the 805 from Firestone Walker Brewing and the Blondie from Acoustic Ales Brewing. For those looking for a similar beer to Raiden, the Groupie from Acoustic Ales Brewing is the preferred setup. Yes, this is too strong for those specializing in the straightforward Hadokens, Shoryukens and Tatsumakis! Those who like the malt-forward flash kicks, like Guile’s Flash Kick/Somersault, Kim Kap-Hwan’s Hienzan and Saki Tsuzura’s Claimh Solais, may appreciate the flavors without the massive hop bombs interfering with the action, but will most likely be knocked out by the ultra alcoholic finish.
Sep 26, 2017
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Reviewed by justintcoons from Pennsylvania

3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Hazy gold. 1+ finger of creamy white head. Moderate carbonation.

Wheat, lemon, potpourri, caramel, orange zest, cracker, and Pilsner malt.

Wheat and crackery Pilsner malt. Potpourri, pink peppercorn, and orange zest. Lemon zest with touches of caramel.

Medium-plus bodied, crisp, off-dry, and well carbonated.

My expectations were pretty low so all-in-all it's not a horrible Saison.
May 17, 2017
Rated: 4 by ckollias from Maryland

May 15, 2017
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Reviewed by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Poured into a narrow Ommegang chalice: color is straw, a light haziness, head is brighter white, fine to small bubbles that present about 1/2 to 1 inch thick then dissipate to thick top with nice lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is grainy, then fruity, some esters, but a lingering sweetness with some light yeast phenols and spice.

Taste is less grainy than aroma, not much biscuit or wheat, then sweeter esters with some light yeast byproducts. I would call it a muddled flavor with out of place balance for saison: its sweet, not much breadiness and not very dry, though the hops are earthy.

Mouthfeel is sweet and linger sweet at first, then some very light dryness on the finish.

Overall a less than exciting saison, but it hides the abv very well.
Mar 04, 2017
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Rated by Scarecrone from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I am personally not a Saison guy however this was a decent beer.
Feb 21, 2017
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Reviewed by Zorro from California

3.21/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Chill hazed golden ale with a small white colored head.

Smells of malt and yeast with a mild coriander scent. That sums it up no nuances.

Starts out sweet for the style. Yeast and coriander and mildly bitter with no off flavors. Clean flavor without any complex flavors.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a solid if not complex saison.
Feb 19, 2017
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Reviewed by car2052 from Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from 22oz. bottle to tulip.

A: Hazy full yellow, with a small white head.
S: Orange, Clove, Lemongrass, Banana, Fresh cut grass, and White bread.
T: Bright fruits up front: orange, lemon, mango. Light malts at the middle of the palate. Soapy and spicy finish.
M: Medium.
O: Not bad!
Dec 18, 2016
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Reviewed by TheSixthRing from California

3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Appearance - Pours hazy and dull orange in color with an off-white, quarter-finger width head that fizzes away rather quickly, leaving a mostly barren surface and a thin ring of suds around the edge of the glass. No lacing.

Smell - Lemony aroma with lesser hints of spice and funk.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild lemon throughout, with a bit of green banana and some spice. Malty sweetness comes through mid-taste and builds in the finish, giving the brew a sweet, slightly tangy finish that lingers in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with tingly, soda-like carbonation. Fair smoothness with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Overall - A decent saison, but a bit sweet in the finish, and I'm not too high on the big, carbonated bite. Unfortunately for this brew I had North Coast Le Merle last night, which is a rock solid, classic example of a saison, and this one simply falls short by comparison.
Nov 28, 2016
Rated: 3.74 by ncherf from Washington

Nov 14, 2016
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Reviewed by LiquidAmber from Washington

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured into a Fremont small snifter. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber; the hazy is interesting because it looks like fine silt in a river, rather than consistent opaqueness. A thin white head dissipates to persistent patches and light lacing. Aroma of saison and Belgian yeast, grainy malt, Belgian spicing, mild light stone fruit; leans towards a tripel profile. Flavor is grainy malt, saison yeast, pepper and Belgian spices, light stone fruit, white wine, mild yeast funkiness. Medium bodied with sharp, peppery carbonation. Tastes like I expected an imperial saison to taste; the base is fairly classic grainy malt, saison yeast with hints of wild yeast, clove and mild notes of fruit. The flavors were more robust due to the ABV and that made the spicing a little over the top on first taste, although that balanced a bit more as this warmed. The aftertaste is actually closer to traditional saison flavor than the initial sip, possibly due to flavor oversaturation due to higher ABV. The aroma got me pining for a tripel, but I'm quite happy with the results. Sound does a good job with Belgian style ales and that's true with this one. I tried this series only because of fairly good reviews here; I ordinarily avoid product association beers, which usually do not turn out very interesting. This series is well done and a credit to the brewery.
Nov 07, 2016
Rated: 3.96 by guzzleacoldone from Ohio

Nov 05, 2016
Rated: 3.42 by Nucleosynthesis from Massachusetts

Oct 23, 2016
Rated: 3.79 by CharlesK from Pennsylvania

Sep 26, 2016
Rated: 3.47 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Sep 24, 2016
Rated: 4.13 by AJmon13 from Ohio

Sep 06, 2016
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours slightly hazy golden/yellow color with a 2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, light banana/bubblegum, wheat, biscuit dough, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Good amount of herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, apricot, pear, apple, white grape, peppercorn, clove, banana, bubblegum, wheat, biscuit dough, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero astringent flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness from bitter/spiciness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-plus body; with a very smooth, and moderately sticky/bready/grainy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial saison. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/spicy yeast, earthy hops, and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
Aug 13, 2016
Rated: 3.78 by Needmorebeer312 from Washington

Aug 13, 2016
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Reviewed by biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
22oz bottle, part of a trio of Mortal Kombat-themed brews recently released by this brewery, ostensibly as an ode to the tenth version of this video game franchise.

This beer pours a slightly hazy, yet bright medium golden yellow colour, with a teeming tower of puffy, chunky, and creamy bone-white head, which leaves some heavily bug splattered windshield lace around the glass as it slowly but surely recedes.

It smells of grainy and doughy wheat malt, mixed citrusy and pome fruit esters, docile earthy yeast, and some decent grassy, leafy, and herbal green hop bitters. The taste is grainy and bready pale malt, a lesser toasted and gritty wheatiness, still muddled domestic citrus and stone fruit notes, pleasantly sedate yeast, a touch of metallic flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and grassy hoppiness.

The carbonation is actually pretty tame after that opening act, in terms of the generic frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and more or less smooth, as neither the big hops nor the small yeast seem interested in mussing about here. It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and even more mixed-up fruitiness the ongoing concerns.

Overall, this is indeed an engaging and well-made version of the style, the hops employed not particularly identifiable, but tasty all the same in their boldness, and not to mention the essentially AWOL alcohol. I still have no idea who the character referenced here is, but I'm sure that they wouldn't mind the 'Imperial' association.
Aug 09, 2016
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