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Unplugged Imperial Saison by New Glarus Brewing Company
Saison / Farmhouse Ale
8.70 % ABV

Review by everetends on 02/22/10  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 17 3 8 0
Stoked to give this beer a go. I have to thank kpruim01 for sending this my way with incredible generousity. Served up in a snifter.

A: Pours golden yellow to orange like copper, depends on where it is sitting in the glass and how much light is hitting it. Held to the light. Held to the light, we have more of the same going on in here. We have a bit more of the yellows coming out. The body is nice and hazy with a medium amount of carbonation moving around in here. The pour got me a little over a finger of white, foamy head. Falls to about half a finger and throws up some chunky lacing on the glass. Nice and sticky. This is a good looking brew.

S: The apricot is coming out nicely in this nose. Lots of clean apricot aromas coming out. Little bit of orange and tangerine making themselves known. Lots of fruit coming out in here. There is a bit of pepper kicking around in here with a touch of ginger. Really nice earthy hops coming across, nice and grassy. Little bit of yeast making itself known. Barnyard is nice and light, just a touch of wet hay and sweat in here. Really nice aromas.

T: Yet again we start out with a lot of fruit. Starts with a light, nice and fresh apricot flavor. Behind that some sour peach makes an appearance. Citrus rounds out the fruit with some orange and lemon and orange peel. A little bit of ginger bite along with some peppery spiciness as well, very tame though. The flavor doesn't hold much as far as barnyard flavors. A little bit of tartness might be covering up anything barnyard. All the sour that comes out is a bit grape like and comes in on the very backend. Just a touch of sour at the end but nothing crazy. Yeast is very light but also keeps on the backend as well.

M: Medium in body which has a nice slickness to it. ABV has a really big presence to it. Very not saison like. Huge amount of heat just sitting on the back of the throat and really warms you up. This is a beer to warm you in the winter (so says the label) so it is absolutely making that happen. Carbonation is a little prickly or it might be just before prickly. Aftertaste is that sour grape and a touch of residual peach.

D: This is a sipper for me which seems to be unlike other folks impressions. I am getting some serious heat and warmth out of this beer which is crazy because there is no booze in the aroma or flavor. Its a weird sensation. Still a very nice beer that has a lot of flavors kickin in here. We have fruity sweet, tart and sour all moving around in here. Very enjoyable and glad I had a shot at it. Tasty stuff.

Served In: Bottle

Review by joe1510 on 11/24/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
84 3 10 17 4 8 2009
12oz Bottle

Dave, AKA d0b, tossed me one of these the other day after a recent trip up north, thanks man! New Glarus's Imperial Saison sports a gleaming, polished copper body with only a touch of yeasty haziness. Carbonation rises in streams from all over the glass and keeps the stellar head in place. The crown grew to two fingers and shows great staying power only falling to a one finger over the course of a glass. Sticky, clumpy lacing coats the glass when I'm finished.

I could smell the peppery apricot from a foot away as this was being poured into the tulip. This Imperial Saison has orchard fruit all over the place, not only is the tangerine huge but dripping juicy peach plays a major role as well, white pepper spiciness and coriander. The base is slightly sugary and has an angel food cake smell to it. Fruit abounds in this brew with another wave of ripe red apple, banana, and gritty pear. The spice is there but tempered enough by the unique fruitiness that it never gets in the way. I could keep my nose tucked in the glass all day long.

The flavor doesn't quite live up to the aroma but that's to be expected with a nose of that caliber. A wheat twang starts things off with some banana ester qualities. The apricot and peach quickly take over again with faint hints of red apple and pear. The finish is slightly spicy with white pepper, coriander and a musty feel on the swallow. There's a touch of tartness in the middle but the slightly sweet angel food cake pushes it back rather quickly. I have to say, the flavor isn't far off the aroma.

The mouthfeel has been nailed on this big, bad saison. The body has a velvety character that comes across nicely light when combined with the lively carbonation. The carbonation never reaches prickly put creates that airy feel on the back of the tongue like I enjoy so much in properly carbed saisons with a bit of tongue sapping dryness on the swallow.

This saison could get me in some trouble if I had a healthy supply on hand. The alcohol is nowhere to be found and the unique fruitiness makes this beer hard to keep from gulping.

I was a little worried this beer would be too spicy for my liking, turns out its expertly balanced. The particular fruitiness in this big saison is unlike any I've encountered in the past and it works surprisingly well; incredibly well as a matter of fact. Don't expect the "standard" saison when you reach for this one. I'm looking forward to picking up a few 4-packs of this in the near future. New Glarus hit yet another homerun with this one, they can do no wrong in my book. Thanks for the bottle Dave!

Reviewed: 5/16/09

Served In: Tulip

Review by Lum on 11/04/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
82 3 10 16 4 8 0
Natasha - I can't thank you enough for this one!

A modest pour into my Hennepin glass announces a Saison of a tawny, golden color... here kitty kitty. A good deal of haze (chill haze - clears on warming) inhibits a clear view of the lettering on the opposite side of the glass. Nice and frothy the stained ivory head shows itself to be, slowly giving way to a clumpy cap. Vigorous carbonation streamers leave the safety of the depths on their migration to the perils that await along the inner periphery of the glass... sticky remnants of webbed lacing to be all that remains of their legacy.

Aroma is heavy with spice, fruit and barnyard must. Cinnamon, nutmeg, candy sugar and yes, ginger, find their balance along with strong notes of peach, lemon, tangerine and over ripened pear for the fruit side of this. As for the funk... reminds me of warm, muggy childhood days sitting atop freshly stacked hay near the cattle barn.

Wow - taste caught me off guard somewhat. Quite tart... grabs at the back of the tongue/cheeks, giving the jaw that tightening sensation. Interesting. The fruity aspect of this follows the nose quite well - peach, green apple, lemon and apricots. A good amount of vinous, green grape tartness here as well. Just a small touch of hop bitterness - real light. The funky nature of this has been tamed by the tartness that runs throughout the entire tasting... but is there, behind the scenes, adding it's touch in the most appropriate places (!!). Light white pepper and corainder taste towards and through the finish.

Medium in body. Crisp, smooth and almost sticky mouthfeel. Very dry and astringent in the finish, along with a light, peppery bite. The ABV makes itself known with it's alcohol warmth as well. Carbonation is a touch lacking - but not in a glaring way.

An Impy Saison... enjoyable. That is what a Saison is all about, is it not? Crisp and refreshing.... almost quaffable despite the "bigness' of this. The tartness most assuredly helps this seem more refreshing - with out this aspect, this would not be as easy drinking as it is.
Wish I had more... Natasha?

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by orbitalr0x on 08/05/09  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 2 11 17 3 7 2009
Huge whoosh of CO2 as I pop the cap. Pours into my glass with a big billowing 3 finger white foam cap. Hazy orange brew lingers underneath the seemingly everlasting foam. Aromas start with bold yeast spiciness and loads of peach and tropical citrus. Crisp, earthy malt along with some pepper. Ginger is there and it has a nice overall freshness to the aroma.

First sip brings smooth spicy grains upfront with a melange of fruit flavors especially peach and tropical notes. Earthy accents with a big yeasty undertone. Ginger is quite obvious and I enjoy it. Flows down with a touch of pepper and a sour twang that kind of wraps it all together. Quite spicy overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with lots of fast moving carbonation. It'd a tad bit over carbonated for me personally, but otherwise it works well and is refreshing. For an amped-up beer in the framework of a saison it ends up tasty and I like the sour twang. Keep the Unplugged's coming Dan!

Price: $2.00 Served In: Tulip

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