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New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Saison

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RATINGS: 270   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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Our Imperial Saison captured a bold celebratory shout of apricot and peach in a bottle. Both bright and bold this is a lively truly living beer. Bottle conditioned with rare Belgian yeast and soured to illuminate its copper hued body. Ginger and Grains of Paradise promiscuously dance with Styrian Golding hops. Wipe winter from your brow and enjoy now or attempt to resist its siren song and lay down in your cellar.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2009
From a 12oz Bottle. Mostly hazy, golden peach colored body with a thick head of fizzy white. Aromas of under-ripe apricot dominate the nose. There are also notes of strawberry and a slight alcoholic warmth. I could swear that Iím smelling a glass of apricot juice - there really arenít any other descriptors I can extract right now. Medium-full bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a low to moderate acidity. The acidity is strangely enhanced by the brightness of the ginger and grains of pepper spice characters that come out in the finish. Mostly sweet up front, with a moderate neutral, herbal hop bitterness balancing it out while the unique apricot flavor rides along. Lots of brett induced tannins, like sucking on the unwashed skins of a white grape. Notes of strawberry and white zinfindel in the finish, just prelude to the pepper. Thereís too much body and too much going on to make this really enjoyable to drink, although it has a lot of promising dimensions. I could see how ironing this out a little bit, and perhaps simplifying too, could make a great beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 18, 2009
That tart peach comes through in a hurry,some zesty hopping tickling the nose. The lemony,peach tartness pretty much burys everything in the taste,curls the tongue a little,a little sweetness there,not as much as others experienced,,not sure I like that finish thats left on your tongue.To thick to be a thirst quencher,Interesting,Iím glad Dan tried it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2009
Bottle. Pours a golden orangish color with a medium off white head. Aroma of spices, peaches, yeast. Taste is crisp, bold and a little effervescent. Flavor of yeast, peaches, apricot and spices. Has an earthy semi sweet finish. Nice enjoyable brew!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DalzAle (1941) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Bottle picked up today. Light pumpkin colored pour, a little bit of carbonation. Aroma is lemongrass and some good yeast. Flavor is spicy, bubblegum, peach and finished a little sweet. A good offering to try once, but probably wonít buy again.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 17, 2009
Deep golden liquid. Tall taupe colored head. Big snap to the bubbles. Light fruit and citrus aromas. Some peaches and plums along with a bit of banana. Some hints of spice, just enough to pique the interest, but not enough to overpower. Fruity flavors seem to dominate the flavors. Apricots and acidic white grapefruit. Crisp. Quite thick in feel, but enough effervescence to keep it lively. Finish has a bit of lemon zest. LInger is a mix of fresh fruit and light spice. Certainly a different brew. Iím curious how this one will age out. Iím thinking the complexity will really come out. Look forward to my next, whether it be tomorrow or in a few months.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Magjayran (1379) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 16, 2009
Rather clear looking golden color with a huge white head. This one is fruity and crisp. Hints of banana and apricot along with some witbier like spiciness. Tangy. A decent saison.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
redlem (1301) - Ohio, USA - MAY 15, 2009
Hazy honey color with an initially large head that quickly disappeared- very disappointing. Big aroma of pepper, yeast, peaches and faint grassy pine. Taste, while at first is good and has hints of pepper and spices along with some malty bread, it turns very sweet even with a medium dry finish but the sweetness hangs over at the end. Also the glass needs to be swirled at frequent intervals otherwise the sweetness overwhelms. I think this one needs to age some to get rid of the residual sweetness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Guerde (1161) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 14, 2009
(bottle) Pours hazy dark orange with a medium white head that leaves good lacing. The aroma is very fruity, with apricot, peach, banana, and light hints of funk as well. A little vanilla and floral hop appears right on the end of the sniff. As this warms, the booze begins to meld with the fruit smells and it imparts a medicinal aroma which is regrettable. The taste begins with sweet apricot preserves that quickly switches to a light sour lemon flavor that really carries all the way on to the finish, where it is slowly replaced by lingering bread, funk, and spice. This is a really interesting sequence of flavors, and one Iíve never experienced in a saison before. The mouthfeel is thicker than most saisons, and the carbonation is lightly spritzy. All in all, this is a really unique beer that I can only see getting better with age.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 9, 2009
Bottled. Poured hazy, orangey golden with a tall, dense, well-retained cap of off-white head. The aroma was huge with a bouquet of chamomile, apricot, and orange peel over a bready and almost honeyed base.. sourness and warmth resonate on the back of the nose. The flavor had pale and bready malts at the core, but that character was deep, deep, deep in the background.. sour apricot, black and white pepper, and floral bitterness surrounded.. increased in intensity as it approached the finish, and was very aggressive through the long finish. Syrupy texture across the palate with well-placed sourness, but the combo of malts and booze was tacky on several points.. quite sour and hot on the finish.. hopefully this mellows out with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
noncaloric (684) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 8, 2009
As fresh as it gets. Hazy gold pour with a billowing yellowish head, gobs of networked lacing on the glass. Farmhouse yeast funk aroma with lemon zest and a bit of grain husks. Flavor starts off a fruit basket full of apricot and lemon at the front, maybe a bit of banana underneath that, nicely bittered with the some floral hops. Very refreshing at the outset. Finish is a bit of a mess: yeast funk, cheese, carbonic flavors, light tartness, soapy bitters, all coming together. Lingering thickness on the palate.

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