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Unplugged Imperial Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

Unplugged Imperial SaisonUnplugged Imperial Saison

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223 Ratings
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Ratings: 223
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.36%

Brewed by:
New Glarus Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  8.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Atron67 on 05-10-2009)
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
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4.08/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to an overgenerous natasharai who hand delivered this and many others to the last frontier.

Pours a nice almost amber light orange hue with slight haziness and a huge fluffy white cauliflower head that retains extraordinarily well and leaves nice lacing.

Nose is somewhat tart with notes of peach and potpourri, slight green apple and a little hay.

Taste follows with large belgian yeast profile and a fairly profound hoppiness. There is definitely some green apple notes, peach also comes out. A slight tartness is there, but its more of a subtle berlinerweisse-like tartness rather than blatant bugs. Absurdly dry on the finish. Some floral notes in the aftertaste, and the light fruits come out again.

Mouthfeel is nice and bubbly, appropriately carbonated for the style. Viscosity is right around where you'd think it would be for an "imperial saison". Insanely dry finish.

Drinkability is pretty damn good. The abv really doesn't make an appearance, and aside from a little more thickness and a touch more sweetness you wouldn't even know this was imperial.

Overall, a very nice beer. Certainly a unique, yet authentically oriented adaptation of the style. I like where the tartness sits here, and i also love how dry the finish is despite the fact that this one is a bit beefier than your average saison. Would be interesting to see how this one ages, but i can't see it going for much more than a couple of years. Another good one from NG, they continue to appease on a regular basis.

Thanks tash!!!

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 06:32:00 | More by AKBelgianBeast
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Unplugged Imperial Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
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