Not exactly as electrifying as the name implies, but still satisfying
Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. commissioned the beer masters over at Sound Brewery in Polusbo, Washington to create three limited release, special edition brews to celebrate the commercial success of Mortal Kombat X/XL (PS4, Xbox One and PC). This is the final entry in the three-part series review.
The almighty god of thunder, Raiden–staunch protector of Earthrealm’s precious humans against the wiles of Outworld and Netherrealm’s most murderous entities. His finishing moves may be milder compared to the other fighters but they command authority no less. No wonder he is the subject of awe and reverence with an earthy beer to his name.
HOT: It has all the spices needed to make a respectable Belgian-style ale, and has that wonderful tartness of lemongrass.
NOT: The lemongrass notes are nice, but a touch of apricots and orange peel zest would really make this saison stand out.
Raiden Imperial Saison First Splash
The esters make the spices come through very early at the first sip, which is pleasant. The fruit notes follow soon after, with a finish that is both warm and inviting.
This brew is something I’d expect a person full of wisdom and benevolence to consume as he/she is reciting a parable, or a quippy anecdote.
Raiden Imperial Saison High Notes
There is a lot to like about this beer–it has body, class, and some palatable sass. Usually, the lower ABV saisons are the ones that have more refreshing qualities to them, however this beer seems to bypass that convention altogether.
Personally speaking, I’m not much of a Belgian-style beer fan. But this something I could enjoy.
Raiden Imperial Saison Low Notes
Surprisingly, this beer has little to complain about, at least coming from someone who isn’t really a saison aficionado, per se. Besides lacking a little citrusy zing to tie everything together, the only downside to the Raiden Imperial Saison is its apparent flatness. Despite what the bottle description says, it is most certainly not a “blast of CO2,” especially at higher temperatures. The same goes for the hops–they almost feel non-existent.
Maybe it is the yeast strain, or perhaps the bottle I purchased was a one-off. Either way, it doesn’t deliver the expected carbonation.
The Imperial Saison Raiden is a rustic beer, so it beckons rustic dishes. Herb roasted chicken, pad thai, chicken shawarma, etc. Since this beer is a little on the hefty side, it’s probably best to stick to hors d’Oeurves. A creamy cheese like Humboldt Fog is perfect as a companion–it has a clean citrus taste, and is musky and earthy.
Is the Mortal Kombat X: Raiden Imperial Saison a Year-Round Drinker?
Most certainly. The spices, fruit notes and ABV make it a beer for all seasons. To be more exact, this would be an excellent choice to have when winter is just about to end and spring is rolling around the corner.
Out of all three of the Warner Bros. collaboration beers, Raiden gets the highest earmarks for composition.
Beer BB’s Hoptasic Rating: 4.4 / 5