De Proef Brouwerij Saison Imperial Belgian Farmhouse Ale - 8.5% ABV
Ah, summer. It's time for the beer afficionados to turn toward the lighter beers. Lighter beers like the lagers, the kolsch, the pilsners, the pale ales, and the hefeweissens. Another summertime style is the cousin of the hefeweissen is the saison. So is the Imperial Saison one of these summer treats? Not really.
De Proef Brouwerij is one of the oddest breweries out there. The “proef” (proef is Dutch for "test")brewery is specifically equipped for the development and production of beers for third parties. "Huh"? Many of the new beer lines developed by beer architects (yes, there really is such a thing, start up breweries, or existing breweries who wish to try out a new recipe are perfected by this R&D brewery.They also have scientists on staff who conduct research to improve beer quality. So in other words my fellow lab rats, you are drinking a lab experiment.
The hazy amber brew poured with a decent head that did not persist and left nice lacing. The smell was of sweet with dark fruits, earth, bread and malts. The medium body was a bit of a tough drink. It's complexity was such that you are forced to drink it slow. Quite sweet with the flavors of fig, molasses, malts in the front and a bit of sour notes at the end of the swallow. Really not a great example of a saison and too sweet for a quick drinking summer beer. Interesting though and delicious.
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