Saison Imperiale – Belgian Farmhouse Ale

$8.99 from Green’s on Ponce, Atlanta, GA, USA for the 750 mL corked & caged bottle. Synthetic cork which I am simply not a big fan of – takes away the authenticity a little for me. Opens with an encouraging pop.
Poured into the Duvel tulip, this is much darker than I was expecting. Nice, dark metallic copper hue with a great head and nice lace. Head is well maintained, and is creamy/dreamy – thick. Unusual color for the style.
Nose has light citrus funk, against some more aggreesive vinegar character. The nose worries me a bit, since it seems rather acidic. Luckily, the taste does not have too much acid.
Tastes are a little more muted than the nose would suggest. Simple, light acidic funk – with a darker edge (to match the color) than I would expect for the style. As it warms there is a slightly increased caramel note.
Even some Rodenbach type notes!
A nice brew, but I must admit I prefer a “lighter” looking and tasting Saison. This is a touch too tangy for me.

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05/03/2008
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bottle
ABV: 8.5 %
Appearance: 4
Taste: 3.5
Mouthfeel: 4
Smell: 3
Overall: 3.5
Total: 3.48
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