Saison Impériale
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Belgian Saison
Ranked #1,242
Ranked #24,180
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Brasseurs Du Monde
Quebec, Canada
Very Good
Saison ImpérialeSaison Impériale
Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 25
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jan for this one. 2013 edition, poured into a Carolus chalice.

A: Translucent brown ruby body with a thick off white head. Fades to a lacy top. Mysterious, alluring.

S: Sweet malt, tons of fruit and Belgian yeast aroma.

T: Big yeast character, fruity and somewhat sweet with caramel notes in the back. Starts out like a quad, but it finishes rather tart and refreshing. Bitterness is there, and perfectly in balance.

M: Carbonation is dense, some residual sweetness, but overall mouthfeel is great.

O: A great beer, complex in flavor but not too heavy on the palate. Great balance.

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Photo of SebD
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice deep brownish/red color to it. It has a nice light beige head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of Belgian yeast, dark fruit, sweet caramel, bready malts and peppery spices.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some Belgian yeast, dark fruit, sweet caramel, some residual suguar, bready notes, faint peppery spices and perhaps some ginger.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. Not quite what I was expecting for a Saison but still good.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From notes... The last of my Montreal tasting notes that I've been slow to post.

A - Pours a nice dark ruby red, two fingers of head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Rich musty grains, loads of burnt sugar and caramel, solid dose of cloves, a touch of banana and bubble gum.

T - There's toasted grains, burnt caramel, charred cracker, musty hop notes, sour citrus rind, a solid clove undertone and rich caramel malt with an earthy hop finish.

M - Lighter bodied, loads of carbonation and finishes surprisingly dry.

O - A solid Saison that's incredibly drinkable, especially given the higher ABV. The brew I consumed was the 2012 vintage and clocked in at 9%, though could easily pass for a 7%-er. Well worth picking up, loads of flavour and surprisingly complex.

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Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Gusher, lots of brown foam coming out, continuously. An interesting spice aroma and taste. Lasting retained head forever. Decent drinkability. Spruce, corriander, pepper, caramel, malty, rown sugar and maple. Above average carbonation. Worth a try. Sticky and Yeasty.

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Photo of jrenihan
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dark brown, which is a surprise. It has a very large beige head, frothy. Dissipates at a moderate pace and leaves a fair bit of lacing. If one rated appearances to style, this would have to lose out, as it really doesn't look like any saison I am familiar with, but big deal.

Burnt caramel and bready malt in the nose. Some orange and a bit of yeast.

The darker hue of the beer plays itself out in the taste. Malty and bready, burnt caramel, orange. Some Belgian yeast, honey and a very VERY mild funkiness, but not much. Certainly not a typical saison.

Full bodied, a bit heavy (especially for the style), moderate carbonation.

Overall, unusual. It is OK, but not really much of a saison. I opened this sitting in the backyard on one of the first nice days of the year- not what I expected. Decent but probably mis-marketed.

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Photo of jbonapar
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I rated this based on both a Saison style and this beer in particular.

Once you pour it, it does not look like a typical saison. Dark as a baltic porter with a thick creamy head. Smells of sweet orange, peppery saison yeast and coriander. A touch of burnt caramel.

Taste is very very strong with sweet orange and a slight bitterness. As the orange fades, a stronger bitterness takes over but doesnt last. A very mild acohol burn, but certainly not overpowering. Very very sweet.

I must admit, i prefer a dry saison with a more tart and yeasty flavor, but this is very strong sweet orange peel. Nice, but just not the same as a nice saison you have with a meal.

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Photo of ZorPrime
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer is brown (surprise!) and quite dark. The head is beige, quiet dense and doesn't disappear... thrones on the beer like a good King! The aroma is spicy with some caramel notes and belgian yeast. Quite complex aroma, but very inviting... however I wasn't expecting this. I would say, based on my knowledge, it is closer to a belgian strong dark ale than a saison... however the alcohol per volume is not in the range of BSDA... Anyway, a good aroma if you ask me but not in line with a saison.

The taste is burnt sugar (caramel)... with a nice dry finish. Quite bitter in the end. Nice carbonation in the mouth. Delicious. Quite a warmer too. A good beer, however, the price is a little bit high to my liking to buy more of this beer.

A true sipper... as it warms up, it gets only better! A good beer overall.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a cloudy dark brown color ale with a large light brown foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma of spices is more pronounced then I had anticipated with some fruity and sweet ester. Taste is a mix between some coriander and some other spices (maybe cardamom), some fruity ester with candy-like qualities and some residual sugars. Body is full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Interesting though there is some rough edges and some more balance would be better.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Broue HAHA. From notes.

A - Poured a very dark brown with bubbles really clinging to the glass. Two fingers of creamy beige head leaving amazing rings of lace with equally great retention at two fingers.

S - Rich dark fruit, hops, grass, gentle funk.

T - Rich dark fruit, yeast, sweet spice. Yeast and spice definately dominate, but not in a typical Saison style, closer to a Tripel from my experience.

M - Nice carbonation, full body, sweet spicy finish.

O/D - Not a Saison in the typical sense. Too spicy to drink much of but quite tasty. Not what I expected, yet interesting and worth trying for a different take on the style.

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Photo of eat
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really love Brasseurs du Monde's bottles; all beautifully labelled with detailed (and quite accurate) descriptions of the beer found inside. Surprisingly dark pour for a saison; opaque, deep mahogany-coloured body with a thin cover of cream-white head leaving some lacing. Head retention could be better.

Decent nose: bread, yeast, alcohol, mixed fruity sweetness, coriander, ginger, light pepper and nutmeg, herbal hops, slightly floral, lightly astringent, minerals.

While missing out on the bit of funk and tartness I like to find in a good saison, this one does fill most other requirements for the style. Present (but not overdone) spices (nutmeg, ginger, pepper, coriander), dark fruit, bready and lightly-roasted malt (along with some nuttiness), herbal hops, touch of alcohol.

Good medium body with a light-to-moderate carbonation. Fairly drying on the finish.

A darker-than-usual, more roasty and higher-in-alcohol take on a saison but nicely done. Since there aren't many (or possibly any) good, bottled examples of saison available in Quebec I would consider picking this up again (even at the slightly-too high price point). The label states that this one could age well and I could see that being the case; I might pick up another to do just that. My favourite so far from this brewery; worth picking up.

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Saison Impériale from Brasseurs Du Monde
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 25 ratings