Unplugged Imperial Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by AKBelgianBeast:
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-21-2010 06:32:00 | More by AKBelgianBeast
More User Reviews:
4.23/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Bottle shared by Sammy, 12oz into a tulip - 2009 vintage.
Hazy orange brown, with a white head. Moderate retention and mild lace. Nose has huge berry notes, red grapes, yeast, some berry pie and a just a ton of fruit character all around. Taste has more berries and cherries, yeast character, some bready and crusty character, and just delicious fruits - almost like a berry pie. Medium feel, no alcohol. Has held up exceptionally well for 3 years on this, further asserts New Glarus as one of my favourite breweries going.
Serving type: bottle
12-24-2012 20:16:57 | More by liamt07
Unplugged Imperial Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.