1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Unplugged Imperial Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Unplugged Imperial SaisonUnplugged Imperial Saison

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

227 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 227
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 4.05
pDev: 11.11%
Wants: 49
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 227 | Reviews: 187 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of jsurfs82
jsurfs82

Ohio

5/5  rDev +23.5%

04-07-2012 18:38:25 | More by jsurfs82
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
TrickkyGangsta

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

04-07-2012 18:35:00 | More by TrickkyGangsta
Photo of chugalug06
chugalug06

Colorado

3.4/5  rDev -16%

Overwhelmingly hazy. Nice steady stream of bubble pour to the head from the middle of the brew. Very nice self sustaining white head. Not too much lacing. Pretty off for the style.

Very fruity. Slightly bitter scent. Fairly metallic and cardboard scent. Not a sugar scent. Underlying light tartness. Decent, but not overly impressive.

Nice milky tartness, kinda peachy. Strong burn from the alcohol. Dry and horseblanket taste, very farm-y. Tartness is not nearly strong enough. Carbonation is high, but not overwhelming.

Not too sure what NG was shooting for with this brew. It seems confused, 1/2 way to a wild and 1/2 way to a Saison, there's no true style definition. I'm pretty sure Apricot made this brew into a mild turn-off... Somewhat recommended, but not worth a big hunt.

04-07-2012 00:41:57 | More by chugalug06
Photo of groovy24
groovy24

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

02-08-2012 02:47:17 | More by groovy24
Photo of whartontallboy
whartontallboy

New York

4/5  rDev -1.2%

01-16-2012 03:03:40 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of djrn2
djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

01-09-2012 20:55:53 | More by djrn2
Photo of corby112
corby112

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev -3%

Pours a very dark golden orange color with a frothy two finger white head that slowly settles into a thin crown. Sporadic spots of lacing left behind.

Slightly earthy aroma with some funky saison yeast countered by some zesty spice, bread, alcohol and light fruit. Subtle grassy barnyard character with hints of apple, pear and peach balancing things out.

Creamy medi body with tight carbonation and a heavy spice presence up front. Hintsnof pepper, clove and and coriander followed by estery fruits, bread and alcohol. Well balanced and complex with a dry finish. Slightly tart with hints of apple, pear and light grapes with a touch of earthy hops toward the end of the palate. refreshing and deceptively drinkable.

12-30-2011 02:35:31 | More by corby112
Photo of Jerktookmyname
Jerktookmyname

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-18-2011 21:56:34 | More by Jerktookmyname
Photo of TasteTester
TasteTester

Ohio

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-17-2011 02:25:05 | More by TasteTester
Photo of Beertracker
Beertracker

Oklahoma

4/5  rDev -1.2%

12-16-2011 19:46:12 | More by Beertracker
Photo of beersis81
beersis81

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-05-2011 00:11:38 | More by beersis81
Photo of imperialking
imperialking

Illinois

5/5  rDev +23.5%

12-01-2011 20:02:45 | More by imperialking
Photo of brandoman63
brandoman63

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-30-2011 03:26:21 | More by brandoman63
Photo of thewimperoo
thewimperoo

Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-27-2011 04:31:17 | More by thewimperoo
Photo of cyrusthepup
cyrusthepup

Florida

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-26-2011 11:04:01 | More by cyrusthepup
Photo of sjstraub
sjstraub

Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-24-2011 03:55:03 | More by sjstraub
Photo of denimdemon
denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 14:44:07 | More by denimdemon
Photo of Diomede
Diomede

California

4/5  rDev -1.2%

11-20-2011 07:17:12 | More by Diomede
Photo of HopStoopid120
HopStoopid120

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +23.5%

11-15-2011 14:40:01 | More by HopStoopid120
Photo of inlimbo77
inlimbo77

Delaware

4.05/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle poured into Deschutes snifter. No bottle date or ABV is listed here, but I think this is from 2010 from what I have read. Got as an extra in a trade a few months back.

A: Deep copper/orange color. Two finger off white to tan head. Tight white bubbles. Lots of carbonation. Some alcohol feet.

S: Tons of green apple and grapes on the notes. Really different from an other Saison. I guess some peach. Maybe some breadiness, but really lots of dry fruits.

T: Really interesting beer. Almost a dry white wine flavor: Sav Blanc or Pinot Gris. Lots of fruitiness. Really dry finish. Apples and pears and grapes. Lives in the mid tongue and close. It reminds me of a fall apple orchard. Really enjoyable actually.

M: Medium bodied, solely due to the ABV.

O: Pretty good brew but different then other Saison's I have had. Higher ABV and tastes.

09-13-2011 19:16:22 | More by inlimbo77
Photo of AmericanGothic
AmericanGothic

Iowa

4.03/5  rDev -0.5%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a hazy, golden amber color with two fingers of off-white head. Strong retention and lace, fierce carbonation.

S: Light fruits and some earthy funk-- brett?

T: Sweet, fruity malts up front, slowly turning cider-tart in the middle and fading to equal parts tart and sweet on the finish. Not too complex, but tasty nevertheless. Alcohol totally hidden.

M: Medium mouthfeel, equal parts soda and cream, bit of a pucker from the tartness at the end. Become creamier as the beer warms.

O: This was a nice beer for a warm afternoon. Nothing outstanding, but plenty tasty. I hope they bring it back again-- it's a good one.

08-06-2011 23:21:18 | More by AmericanGothic
Photo of womencantsail
womencantsail

California

3.68/5  rDev -9.1%

Thanks to Brad for sharing this beer.

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden-orange color with a rather large white head.

S: Lemon zest is the most prominent aroma on this beer. It's got an almost lemon drop candy aroma to it with all the sugary sweetness. Some yeast and a light spiciness with some oranges.

T: The flavor is pretty much exactly the same as lemon drop candies. Sweet sugar and more sugar with a bit of malt. A little bit of yeast and spice esters in there as well as some grass/straw.

M: Medium in body with a medium to high carbonation.

O: A pretty decent beer, but the sweetness was a little much for me.

07-13-2011 00:04:50 | More by womencantsail
Photo of dragonWhale
dragonWhale

New York

4.6/5  rDev +13.6%

Received from my boy Peesie, thank you sir, this was a treat. Hazy light orange pour with a glorious white head. Delicious aromas of peaches, a little foot funk, some pepper spiciness. This is an outstanding saison. A little wheat, some sweat, some peach, a touch of bubblegum and banana. These all meld together in a slightly sweet and funky fashion that it utterly desirous. Well done, I'm sad to see that this is a retired brew.

06-22-2011 14:36:51 | More by dragonWhale
Photo of yourefragile
yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev -4.9%

12 oz bottle received in a trade long ago.

Pours a bright clear, golden copper with a massive and retentive cream colored head. Some legs and dots of streaky lacing. Aroma is fruity and mildly tart, mushy bananas, pear, clove and grass. Flavor is very fruity and tangy, like a hybrid hefe/saison. Not much funk or earth except for the dry grassy finish. Fruit is generally overly ripe and similar to a slightly past it's prime peach. Medium full body with soft carbonation and mild booze. Refreshing, yet robust; a very unique enjoyable saison.

06-18-2011 00:06:38 | More by yourefragile
Photo of ktrillionaire
ktrillionaire

Florida

3.15/5  rDev -22.2%

Review from backlog 2010

Looking forward to trying this one.

A - The brew pours a fizzy bright orange-golden hue, hazy, and is capped with a large pillowy white froth.

S - The smell is banana, bubblegum, clove, sour apple, metallic, peppery, and sweaty. The alcohol is too hot in the nose, and has a sort of Malt Liquor nuance that is less-than pleasant. It reminds me too much of Blue Moon Grand Cru, as much as I hate to say it.

T - The flavor is somewhat ripe and tart in comparison to the nose. Overripe banana, green apple, tart green grapes and a hint of that popsicle-y New Glarus character round out the fruity side, and the spicy side is grassy and with clove and herbal-lemongrass notes. There is a vague vegetal aspect that I am picking up on, but it is a mild objection. As it airs out some peach or apricot is noted, as is alcohol.

M - The feel is softly, yet steadily, effervescent; enhancing.

D - While I admit the drinkability of this brew is better-than-average, I am not blown away by the way either the flavor or the taste comes across. I prefer much of the regular lineup to this.

05-31-2011 07:13:21 | More by ktrillionaire
Unplugged Imperial Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 227 ratings.