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Sans Frontière - To Øl

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BA SCORE
87
very good

57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.51%
Wants: 3
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Denmark

Style | ABV
Belgian IPA |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
"Heaven knows no frontiers, and I've seen heaven in yours eyes" : Sans Frontiere - a dry belgian ale at 7% packed with european hops fermented with belgian yeast and brett.

Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Hops, Rock Candy, yeast and brettanomyces.
ABV: 7% Content: 750 ml

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.

(Beer added by: bark on 06-08-2012)
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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is lightly hazed copper amber with an off white tight head. Nose is dominated by candied sugar with a touch of sweet malt and sweet citrus hop. Taste is again dominated by candied sugar, the finish has a tartness to it that thins the flavor. A bit of sweet malt up front, hops are faint in the finish. Carbonation is extremely strong, body is fairly light. Beer is sweet and a bit simple, hops don't really shine through and brett doesn't really make a presence other than thin out the finish.

cpetrone84, May 15, 2014
Photo of beernads
3/5  rDev -22.9%

beernads, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of TequilaTom
3/5  rDev -22.9%

TequilaTom, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

olradetbalder, Nov 20, 2014
Photo of BeerLover99
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy tan/gold body, off-white finger head,

S: mild yeast, lemon peel, rock candy

T: rock candy, lemon peel, spices, mild boozy, grassy bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, bubbly mouth

O: Enjoyed it but probably would not have again.
Wish was a little smoother.

GOOD, NOT MUST HAVE!

BeerLover99, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml into a snifter. The brew pours a murky clouded amber brown color. It looks very similar to fresh pressed cider.

The aroma is quite fruity with a significant malt backing like caramel/toffee. Some alcohol comes forward with a hint of yeast and tropical aspect before getting slightly grassy.

Taste is sweet with malt that blends into some fruity yeast and alcohol tasting of pear and apples with a little warmth and grassy to herbal hop component. The finish is a little medicinal.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I dont really know what to make of this beer. It is malty yet boozy, yeasty yet fruity and bitter. It is quite a hodgepodge. Not bad, it has no flaws that leap from the glass and insult you. It is just sadly boring, uneventful and not memorable. After drinking it, i still have no clue what sorta classificiation you would even try to put this in. "Belgian IPA" it is not.

stakem, Oct 24, 2013
Photo of Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Hellpop65, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Mattias, May 11, 2013
Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -10%

tom10101, Dec 29, 2013
Photo of BDIMike
3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking Belgian IPA. A light brown, tan color. A hazy color with good carbonation that creates a huge, fluffy cream-colored head.
Aroma does not have a ton going on. Some very subtle piney hops. A bit of spiciness and some tamer Belgian sugars.
Taste has some very bitter European-like hops in it. Very piney, Earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is nice. A crispness to it that leaves it dry, wanting another sip.
Drinkability is really good on this beer. Some interesting tastes of good hoppiness, but nothing overwhelming. Good beer.

BDIMike, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a well structured medium white head. Solid head retention, light lace.

S: Some dark malt character, piney hops, yeast.

T: Good pine and cedar, some earthy hops. Malt is biscuity and toasty, but tends to stay in the background. Hint of stone fruit.

M: Medium to full-bodied, firm and round. Soft carbonation, brisk.

O: A beer where the hops are to the forefront, but everything is in a good balance. A fun beer to try.

Halcyondays, Sep 24, 2012
Photo of StaveHooks
3.68/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in an Orval chalice.

A - Pours a hazy orange/amber with a bright white head that blankets the sides of the glass forming a thin cap.

S - Grassy, raw floral aroma, very mild spice, faint sweet malt, pineapple/orange.

T - Sweet pale malt, herbal and pine hops rush in, spicy in the middle, earthy tropical fruit backdrop, pineapple mostly, the brett is subtle and earthy while the hops seem to be front and center. The finish is dry and refreshing.

M - Moderate but soft carbonation, medium full body, dry finish.

Nice to see some hops in a Belgian IPA. The hop profile is rugged and green with notes of floral and mixes well with the subtle earthy brett yeast. Some mild tropical fruit mixed in with a dry finish and then you exhale with satisfaction. Good stuff here except for the weak nose. Was hoping for more brett character but after tasting it I'm fine with it. A nice rustic BIPA.

StaveHooks, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of GONZALOYANNA
3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle – thanks to Carlos for sharing this at the Freiburg- Copa flauta de Timmermans. Enjoyed on agt´12. Bright amber color. Foggy appearance. White froth creates an amazing copious & rocky crown. Moderate toasted malt aromas & sour notes from yeast. Crispy upfront made of flavors of toasted malts & hops in a synchronized dancing. Fruity palate. Light to medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Fruity-ripe apple- & slightly bitter hints in the middle followed by increasing resiny hops that linger into the finish. Refreshing & flavorful.

GONZALOYANNA, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

ste5venla, Nov 02, 2012
Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

UWBadgerFan4Life, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Sammy, Apr 24, 2013
Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

emilylee, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Liquoric3, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of guytyping
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

guytyping, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

abrodsky, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

kaelingirl, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Texasfan549, Feb 23, 2013
Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

Kirk, Jun 23, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.79/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high light beige head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to die down and also left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular along with some hints of grapefruit and herbs.
T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it has flavors of citrusy and herbal hops but there are also flavors of caramel malts, hints of Belgian yeast, a light amount of bitterness and faint bits of sourness from the brettanomyces.
M: It feels medium-bodied, dry and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer of which the taste gains some complexities in flavors as it warms up. There is a good balance between the malts and hops that also makes it easy to drink.

metter98, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of MusicaleMike
3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Rare Beer Club. Used a large tulip glass for his one.

The pour is a very hazy, yet bright orange-gold body with a massive, pillowy, peach-colored head. Fairly attractive beer, and would score higher were the body even slightly clearer. The head is pretty solid, and could be easily coaxed to three or four fingers high. It hangs around for a good long while, but doesn't do much of a job with any lacing.

The aroma is delicate (too much for an IPA) though it is very pleasant. Initial notes are grassy and herbal, juxtaposed against a sweet note, presumably from the added rock candy. Notes of citrus (lemon, lime), sweet butterscotch/caramel, and fresh floral/herbal hops. Again, the aroma is wonderful, but the volume is too low for an IPA.

Flavor is good. Bitterness is firm and prominent. Alcohol is there, tasting big but not hot. The yeast (Brett.) was more present at the start of the beer, then faded. Towards the end of the bottle, it came back again, this time in the finish, though definitely it has a subtlety to it. Like Orval, age would help bring this Brett character out more, but at the sacrifice of the hops. Notes of minty and citrus hop flavors and some sweetness coming through as the beers warms. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Hard to see this as just a Belgian IPA, and the Rare Beer Club goes further with a made up (?) style: "Strong Hoppy Brett Pale Ale."

The texture of the soft, pillowy head sitting on top of the soft, gentle bodied beer was a nice point of difference from other Belgian ales with massive heads that are sustained by excessive carbonation. Medium to full bodied and very decent mouthfeel.

Glad I got to try this beer. A beer conceived in the Netherlands, influenced by American craft beer, and brewed in Belgium with continental European hops. I would give it higher marks were it to have a more robust aroma, stronger Brett character and have slightly better clarity. Very enjoyable beer nonetheless and would suggest this to any fan of hops or Belgian ales. Would LOVE to try this beer with some Mexican food.

MusicaleMike, Dec 02, 2012
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Sans Frontière from To Øl
87 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.