Unplugged Imperial Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company
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Reviews by bryanbrick:
4.88/5 rDev +20.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12oz bottle, with no apparent dating, into a burgundy wine glass. (Note to self get better proper beerware soon!)
At first this seemingly pours a touch flat but the carbonation rises from the bottom of the glass like a submarined, empty oil drum. There is no keeping this down. The ¾ inch thick head, with a tint of yellow to the otherwise marzipan color, sits sturdily on top of the unfiltered, cloudy tangerine/tarnished gold colored beer. Pleasing from the get go. The head comes back with the smallest swirl of the glass and sticks and slides slowly down the glass, receding leisurely back into the edges of the glass.
The nose here is nothing short of incredible. So forward, outgoing, engaging with unabashed aromas of cherry pit, saffron, orange zest, bubble gum, with the ginger spiciness and the tropical grains of paradise wrapping up everything in a tight bundle of joy. If I could wear this smell I would. As this warms in the glass the yeast becomes more available to the nose and really adds another layer of complexity to an otherwise already insane nose.
This comes in tart and tangy something like a cross between a bret/lacto driven sour and faro/gruit beer. Refreshing and full of lip smacking acidity this is a perfect summertime beverage. The depth here is really remarkable, I have to say as a huge Saison fan, this goes where few is any Saisons I've tried have gone before. There is so much to it with the sour, tart citric flavors wrapping themselves around the more tropical, sweet flavors of mango, pineapple and dragon fruit and finishing with a drying pithy bitterness that could be from some magical hop strain, or at least I'd like it to be. It is like a party in my mouth. (Feel free to make your joke here)
The feel of this beer is slick and while not coating it surely leaves plenty of residue behind. It is sort of heavy in that way, this has some serious heft for a Saison. While that is not my favorite aspect of this beer, this surely makes up for it with its sourness. There is a great stony dryness to the finish here all compounded by the stripping mid-tongue carbonation.
Overall this is one of the best beers I've had this year, which has been a year full of beer. I could drink this all day; the only thing that may get to me is the underlying sweetness that seems to build with time. Other than that the only knock I have is that this is too damn flavorful. It is almost exhausting to drink from sheer amounts of flavor that are attacking your palate.
Get this beer at all and any cost! It is a must and makes me want to go to Wisconsin just to meet the genius that made this!
Serving type: bottle
07-29-2009 05:38:35 | More by bryanbrick
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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
3.73/5 rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a hazy, deep amber with plenty foam that settles to a centimeter of persistent head with some sticky bits of lace left behind. Smell is very complex; tart and sweet charry aromas mingle with vanilla (oak?) and a slight trace of balsamic vinegar. Gets pleasantly tart as it warms up. Sweet and sour finish. Suprisingly more body than I expected. Gets fizzy after a bit and the head falls to a very thin collar. Would like this to be a little drier; it's a little too sweet. Remarkably drinkable considering it's strength.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2012 02:41:16 | More by marcobrau
Unplugged Imperial Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 226 ratings.