Thursday, February 26, 2009

De Proef Imperial Saison

My previous experience with De Proef has only been through their collaborations with US brewers, so this is my first standalone brew from this very experimental Belgian Brewery. A saison can be a great thing, its probably one of the best beers to pair with foods. This one is an Imperial version which means what exactly? I'm assuming just a bigger, more flavors, more alcohol, just MORE....
The Beer: This one weighs in at 8.5% and its mixed fermented. It pours a cloudy brown with a thin taupe colored head. Malty and bretty on the nose, funky with a tartness. The mouthfeel is chewy with notes of honeysuckle, fruity, earthy, floral, and spicey. This is very funky with copious amounts of brett, kind of overpowering everything else. However as it warms, subtle chocolaty notes, and white fruits start to show up. A very interesting beer, a beer to have with some strongly flavored cheeses that could stand up to the funk. This one gets a B from me. Here's what the folks at BA say.

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