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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 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
SanfordBrewer (1505) - Sanford, Florida, USA - APR 21, 2010
lucent copper, bubbly white head.

aroma: bright, fruity, slight saison funkiness, slightly sour.

taste: complex, fruity, bright, sour, barnyard funk, smooth alcohol (apricot wine).

very good, and surprisingly easy to drink (several of íem). great with some creamy funky cheese or indian/thai food.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mnbrewer (1) - USA - JUL 28, 2009 does not count
Apricot and peach flavor is very apparant, there is a dryness to it that I like very much. This is an amazing beer, but being a Minnesota, I have to drive to Hudson Wisconsin to get it!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
bradner (91) - Oswego, Illinois, USA - AUG 9, 2009
12 oz. bottle poured with a huge white head. Copper in color with a bunch of carbonation. Aroma of spice and fruit. Flavor is spice and fruit. A slight sour taste is noticeable. This is a very good beer!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mnjeff (5) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - NOV 22, 2009 does not count
Poured from bottle to tulip. A: Pours an brilliant, sparkling golden color, with a thick 1 finger head that dissipates quickly. S: Very muted notes of grapefruit, a little boozy smelling. T: Intense tart flavor followed by a mellow citrus aftertaste. A crisp hop finish rounds this brew out. Great balance between all the flavors, I canít pick all the fruit out. An impressive complex beer! M: Medium body with many differing floral notes and clear sour tones. D: A quite drinkable beer which is amazing considering the style. The higher ABV deteriorates from this ever so slightly. Still a solid addition to the new glarus lineup, and an enjoyable beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
wetherel (1862) - Cupertino, California, USA - JAN 11, 2010
Tried at paytoplayís house. Cloudy orange color. Lightly sweet. Kind of orange citrusy bitterness. Excellent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JUN 7, 2009
Slightly cloudy gold color with a large head. Aroma of apricots and a light amount of dusty hops. Holy piles of apricot. It tastes like they just squeezed a few into each bottle. A little orange and ginger. Yeasty. Some hinting of a barnyard dryness and mustyness. Delicious.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - JUL 8, 2009
Pours a hazy, dark peach with a tall, chunky, off white head that has awesome retention and leaves nice lacing, beautiful beer. Aroma is bready yeast, a little banana, dusty citrus, pit fruit-especially a slightly tart peach, ginger ale and some mild, sweet grass. Flavor is dusty apples, fresh peach flesh (the part toward the pit that is often quite tart) spicy ginger, day old strong sourdough, a little grass, muted tart citrus, nectarine and just a hint of musty grain. Finish is tart peaches, some spice and light mineral notes. Palate is medium bodied with a strong carbonation that fits the beer really well. This is a fantastic beer, I really donít understand the lower ratings. Itís pretty odd as a saison but I think it makes up for it with an intense and delicious flavor profile.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CanIHave4Beers (4027) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUL 11, 2009
Just a smidge less booze and a smidge more funk and this would be perfect. Pours a dirty hazy blonde color with a thick enormous head that leaves sheets of lace. Aroma is mildly funky with some banana, apricot, some bubblegum, some mild spicy hops. Flavor is just slightly sour and a little funky with some great tartness, some harsh alcohol, some apricot, some banana, plenty of spicy Belgian hops, a bit of doughy yeast, some apple, a little lemon, and the list goes on. Very good, but the alcohol harshness keeps it from being great, I wonder if that would improve with aging? I guess Iíll find out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
nuplastikk (5797) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 7, 2009
12oz bottle...also was lucky enough to have this on draft at OF. Murky orange-brown color with a big, patchy head. Fruity, sugary aroma. Lots of citrus subtleties, with some soft Belgian effervescence. Somewhat lemony, with Belgian yeasts flavors as well. Alcohol is present, but never dominates, incorporating itself well into overall picture. Excellent beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - DEC 26, 2009
Man was this a great beer. After having their R& D a little earlier, I needed something like this from New Glarus to wash away those insignifigant doubts that start to tug when you get a bad beer. Fantastic beer and right up there with some of the great saisons.

The beer pours out a beautiful hazy golden body that erupted into a fluffy white head that could support a warehouse I think. The aroma was full of oranges, ginger, bread, apricots and alcohol. Tart apples, dried fruits, bread, alcohol and tangy citrus round out the flavors. I donít know if it was me, but it seems like there was a little funkyness in the flavor and aroma too. Great beer, and would no doubt be even better on a hot day.

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