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Unplugged Imperial Saison - New Glarus Brewing Company

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Unplugged Imperial SaisonUnplugged Imperial Saison

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BA SCORE
90
outstanding

228 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 228
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)
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Ratings: 228 | Reviews: 187 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of marcobrau
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.

marcobrau, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of jsurfs82
5/5  rDev +23.5%

jsurfs82, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of TrickkyGangsta
4.75/5  rDev +17.3%

TrickkyGangsta, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of chugalug06
3.4/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

chugalug06, Apr 07, 2012
Photo of groovy24
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

groovy24, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev -1.2%

whartontallboy, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of djrn2
3.5/5  rDev -13.6%

djrn2, Jan 09, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

corby112, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Jerktookmyname
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Jerktookmyname, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of TasteTester
4/5  rDev -1.2%

TasteTester, Dec 17, 2011
Photo of Beertracker
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Beertracker, Dec 16, 2011
Photo of beersis81
5/5  rDev +23.5%

beersis81, Dec 05, 2011
Photo of imperialking
5/5  rDev +23.5%

imperialking, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of brandoman63
4/5  rDev -1.2%

brandoman63, Nov 30, 2011
Photo of thewimperoo
4/5  rDev -1.2%

thewimperoo, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of cyrusthepup
4/5  rDev -1.2%

cyrusthepup, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of sjstraub
5/5  rDev +23.5%

sjstraub, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev -1.2%

denimdemon, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Diomede
4/5  rDev -1.2%

Diomede, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of HopStoopid120
5/5  rDev +23.5%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of inlimbo77
4.05/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

inlimbo77, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4.03/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

AmericanGothic, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

womencantsail, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of dragonWhale
4.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

dragonWhale, Jun 22, 2011
Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

yourefragile, Jun 18, 2011
Unplugged Imperial Saison from New Glarus Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.