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New Glarus Unplugged Imperial Saison

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RATINGS: 274   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 261   ABV: 8.7%
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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Petrucci914 (910) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Pours a vibrant orange color with a medium off-white foamy head, which leaves some bubbly streaking. Aroma is lemon lime citrus, apricots, grassy hops, and sweet malt. Taste is dry, with some white grapes tartness, lemony hops, and finishes with a roasted grain taste. Not too bad. Very different compared to most Saisons, which I donít generally care for. This is a lot more tart and fruitier, compared to many others that are very yeasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
madvike (3200) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 22, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2010 Bottle - I anxiously awaited this beer after seeing it on the Unplugged schedule. It looks great, with a big, badass head above a copper pour. It smells good too -- apricots, peaches and sweet malt; a little honey and lemon are dancing around as well. The taste, like others have stated is all over the freaking place. But thereís potential, and thatís what excites me. Yeah, Iíd love this to be great out of the bottle, but thatís what Iíve got a cellar for. The taste is apricots and peaches again, with a lot of spicy hot booze in the middle. Itís odd -- even though itís pretty hot, it never goes over the top and ruins the beer. Itís just distracting at this point. The finish is a nice sour apple, and the overall results is pretty refreshing. Right now itís a decent beer, but Iím hoping this becomes something great in a year. UPDATE 6/17/2010 - This beer has sat over a year in my cellar, and most of the bottles Iíve had since have gotten so much better. The heat has been dialed down, the yeast smoothed out, and the fruitiness of the apricot and peach still big and bold. Thereís a touch of spice and the body has become more syrupy. Knocked down a couple notches because of the inconsistency of the bottles, but when on this is a phenomenal beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HonkeyBra (4036) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Deep, firey golden orange color with thick white head and effervescent. Yeasty, earthy aroma, with notes of apricot, peach, strawberry. Strong apricot and peach in the flavor, light notes of strawberry and raspberry, some yeast, and a subtle tartness. Medium body, slick mouthfeel with lively carbonation. Dry, slightly tart finish. Awesome beer, and I canít wait to see how this gets better with age.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Juelze (1144) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2009
Iíve been anxious to try this one and I was surprised when my local bottle shop got it. Pours a slightly hazy gold color with thick bubbly white head that fades quickly and leaves thin sheets of lace. Aroma is of apricot marmalade, unmalted wheat, light strawberry, some white wine, mild pepper and some light alcohol. The taste is apricot upfront with a toasted grain presence that segues into some pepper, sour grapes, some light grains of paradise. The finish is too dry for my liking and the sweetness and alcohol are just too brash. I was really hoping to like this one. But there is too much going on and itís just not very drinkable. Iíll let some of these age and see if it improves. Sorry Dan, I canít like all your stuff, but keep doing the brew-doo that you do so well!

   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 (2020) - 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 (5597) - 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 (1378) - 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.

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