Sans Frontière
To Øl

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Belgian IPA
3.91 | pDev: 8.95%
To Øl
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Sans FrontièreSans Frontière
Notes: "Heaven knows no frontiers, and I've seen heaven in yours eyes" : Sans Frontiere - a dry belgian ale at 7% packed with european hops fermented with belgian yeast and brett.

Ingredients: Water, Barley Malt, Hops, Rock Candy, yeast and brettanomyces.
ABV: 7% Content: 750 ml

Brewed at De Proef Brouwerij, Lochristi-Hijfte, Belgium.
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Photo of zonker17
3.85/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

2014 pouring amber in color, good head and some lacing. Nose a combination of hops and oxidation notes. Taste more like a German style dark beer at this time. Generally good but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of farmhaus
3.72/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Eyes: Pours a nice, deep golden with great top and lacing.

Nose: The first bit I get is something medicinal--almost plastic or rubber. Beyond that, there are some nice layers. Toasted malt notes mixing with a floral character and lavender. There is something slight that's vegetal and earthy. Finishes with a peppery/spicy note.

Tongue: Sweet toffee, from the malt. A mild, overripe banana note that gives way to some fruity/floral hop tones. The brett character is small but consistently throughout--seems to pull it all together with the slightest funkiness. Finishes grassy with some of that Belgian spice.

Mouth: Nice, medium body. Slightly boozy with a dry finish as one might expect.

Overall: A decent brew. Mediocre nose, and a touch sweet up front. I enjoyed the minimal use of the brett though. My first beer from To Ol, but not my last.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is lightly hazed copper amber with an off white tight head. Nose is dominated by candied sugar with a touch of sweet malt and sweet citrus hop. Taste is again dominated by candied sugar, the finish has a tartness to it that thins the flavor. A bit of sweet malt up front, hops are faint in the finish. Carbonation is extremely strong, body is fairly light. Beer is sweet and a bit simple, hops don't really shine through and brett doesn't really make a presence other than thin out the finish.

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Photo of mverity
3.99/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle share at Proof. Pours a hazy orangey gold. Good amount of whitish head and a good collar as well. Aroma is of toasty malt, some citrusy hops and really bready. Taste follows almost exactly, a touch more of the hop character than the nose. Low carbonation and medium body. Good brew.

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Photo of stakem
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

750ml into a snifter. The brew pours a murky clouded amber brown color. It looks very similar to fresh pressed cider.

The aroma is quite fruity with a significant malt backing like caramel/toffee. Some alcohol comes forward with a hint of yeast and tropical aspect before getting slightly grassy.

Taste is sweet with malt that blends into some fruity yeast and alcohol tasting of pear and apples with a little warmth and grassy to herbal hop component. The finish is a little medicinal.

This is a medium bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. I dont really know what to make of this beer. It is malty yet boozy, yeasty yet fruity and bitter. It is quite a hodgepodge. Not bad, it has no flaws that leap from the glass and insult you. It is just sadly boring, uneventful and not memorable. After drinking it, i still have no clue what sorta classificiation you would even try to put this in. "Belgian IPA" it is not.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

one heck of an interesting brew, the third (I think) in the series with first and final frontiers, both exceptional. this one has brettanomyces in it, giving it a nice farmy funk and slight acidity. the pour is deep red, darker than the others for sure, an almost apple red, with muted brown notes, and a tall airy permanent pure white head like a dense spider web. the nose is bretty, not sour or way out farmy, but a touch of vinegar acid and over the classic Belgian yeast complexion. a diverse but subtle hop profile, bitter and with shades of preserved lemons and a dried berry sweetness emerging from the grains and yeast together. very exotic tasting, unique to me, the brett has done some hard work here, turning sweetness into tartness and funky brightness. impressive depth of flavors, but I would like to see this have more time to develop, the brett is really onto something, but I feel like its too fresh to have really evolved. some age on this would be fun to try. good bubbles, lots of them, prickly, but also soft and foaming on the palate. medium body, more malt backbone than is usual in the Belgian ipa style. a good fusion of the elements, yet another enjoyable and interesting beer from tool.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy off-white head. Fades fairly slowly.

S - Sweet grainy and caramel malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, Belgian yeast, coriander, orange and lemon zest, tart green fruits, funk.

T - Sweet caramel and grainy malts, grapefruit, citrus, pine, and grassy hops, Belgian yeast, coriander, funk, tart green fruits, some bitterness, orange and lemon zest.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth with a dry, tart, funky, and bitter finish.

D - Nice tart and funky IPA.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours dark amber with a large head.
Nose shows herbal hops, grassy hints, soft funk, bready malt, confectionery.
Heavier flavours, quite malty with bready and biscuity notes alongside some fruitcake and herbal and spicy hops.
Too much carbonation.

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Photo of f4zZ3
4.05/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

At bottle from SB

A: Looking real nice with nice white foam and some lacing. Dark golden in color.
S: Smells lika a good farmhouse ale. Really strong white wine notes, some fruity note. Nice overall smell. Some cat litterbox smell as well, really bretty-smell I guess
T: Really hoppy with bretty tastes, a bit sour and some more white wine flavours. Not really an IPA as supposed but really good.
M: A crisp feel, wine notes that stays on the tongue. A good IPA-bitterness and that lingering white wine-feel. Really Nice.
O: Overall a nice Belgian IPA: Loads of white wine flavours and bitterness. High drinkability!

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.42/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a murky caramel body with a sticky bubbly beige head that is supported by strands of microbubbles that trail up the glass.

S- The bright blend of hops herbalness and brett tartness has a fresh natural sweettarts aroma that takes on a floral finish. It is hard to stop sniffing this beer and start drinking it.

T- The green floral hops have a bright brett flavor that takes on a pleasant soapy quality with an earthy flavor to follow. That delicious pithy grapefruit brett flavor lingers after each sip.

M- The medium-light mouthfeel has a gentle fizz in the finish that compliments the brett character nicely.

O- This beer is bright and well balanced with hops and brett flavor that starts to grow into a nice musty funky quality and less grapefruit pith as it opens.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a relatively clear medium copper in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some light orange + amber highlights. The beer has a two finger tall dense foamy off-white head that slowly reduces to a pillowy thick film covering the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus hops (with orange standing out and a slightly lighter presence of grapefruit) with lighter notes of Belgian yeast spices.

T: Moderate flavors of pale and caramel malts with just a touch of sweetness that is followed by the Belgian yeast spiciness. There are moderate flavors of citrus/grapefruit/orange and herbal hops that impart a light amount of bitterness that fades fairly quickly.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp but dry in the finish.

O: There is a pleasant amount of complexity to the smell and flavor of this beer and it is very enjoyable. Great pairing with a spicy lamb chili.

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Photo of Clonies720
4.6/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml bottle poured into snifter.

Appearance: Pours a golden orangish tint. Rocky off-white head.

Aroma: Subtle hints of lemon and lemongrass and light aromas of funk. I can't get anything else because my nose is stopped up.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Very Earthy, wet, leathery, and a hint of tobacco. Starts and ends very dry with a spicy, hoppy kick at the finish. High, prickly carbonation that gives it a very crisp and clean mouthfeel.

Overall: Holy Magikarp! This is one of the finest beers I've ever had. I want more of this. This beer is re-fermented with Brett, which I don't get much taste-wise, but there's some in the aroma for sure.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is relatively clear light amber in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a two finger high light beige head that has very good retention properties and took a long time to die down and also left lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of citrusy hops are present in the nose—oranges seem to stand out in particular along with some hints of grapefruit and herbs.
T: The taste is similar to the smell in that it has flavors of citrusy and herbal hops but there are also flavors of caramel malts, hints of Belgian yeast, a light amount of bitterness and faint bits of sourness from the brettanomyces.
M: It feels medium-bodied, dry and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is an interesting beer of which the taste gains some complexities in flavors as it warms up. There is a good balance between the malts and hops that also makes it easy to drink.

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Photo of StaveHooks
3.61/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml served in an Orval chalice.

A - Pours a hazy orange/amber with a bright white head that blankets the sides of the glass forming a thin cap.

S - Grassy, raw floral aroma, very mild spice, faint sweet malt, pineapple/orange.

T - Sweet pale malt, herbal and pine hops rush in, spicy in the middle, earthy tropical fruit backdrop, pineapple mostly, the brett is subtle and earthy while the hops seem to be front and center. The finish is dry and refreshing.

M - Moderate but soft carbonation, medium full body, dry finish.

Nice to see some hops in a Belgian IPA. The hop profile is rugged and green with notes of floral and mixes well with the subtle earthy brett yeast. Some mild tropical fruit mixed in with a dry finish and then you exhale with satisfaction. Good stuff here except for the weak nose. Was hoping for more brett character but after tasting it I'm fine with it. A nice rustic BIPA.

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Photo of MusicaleMike
3.83/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this from the Rare Beer Club. Used a large tulip glass for his one.

The pour is a very hazy, yet bright orange-gold body with a massive, pillowy, peach-colored head. Fairly attractive beer, and would score higher were the body even slightly clearer. The head is pretty solid, and could be easily coaxed to three or four fingers high. It hangs around for a good long while, but doesn't do much of a job with any lacing.

The aroma is delicate (too much for an IPA) though it is very pleasant. Initial notes are grassy and herbal, juxtaposed against a sweet note, presumably from the added rock candy. Notes of citrus (lemon, lime), sweet butterscotch/caramel, and fresh floral/herbal hops. Again, the aroma is wonderful, but the volume is too low for an IPA.

Flavor is good. Bitterness is firm and prominent. Alcohol is there, tasting big but not hot. The yeast (Brett.) was more present at the start of the beer, then faded. Towards the end of the bottle, it came back again, this time in the finish, though definitely it has a subtlety to it. Like Orval, age would help bring this Brett character out more, but at the sacrifice of the hops. Notes of minty and citrus hop flavors and some sweetness coming through as the beers warms. Lingering bitterness in the finish. Hard to see this as just a Belgian IPA, and the Rare Beer Club goes further with a made up (?) style: "Strong Hoppy Brett Pale Ale."

The texture of the soft, pillowy head sitting on top of the soft, gentle bodied beer was a nice point of difference from other Belgian ales with massive heads that are sustained by excessive carbonation. Medium to full bodied and very decent mouthfeel.

Glad I got to try this beer. A beer conceived in the Netherlands, influenced by American craft beer, and brewed in Belgium with continental European hops. I would give it higher marks were it to have a more robust aroma, stronger Brett character and have slightly better clarity. Very enjoyable beer nonetheless and would suggest this to any fan of hops or Belgian ales. Would LOVE to try this beer with some Mexican food.

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Photo of rfgetz
4.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright golden amber in color, nice stiff, dense cap of white foam, good retention. Scent leads with notes of candy like sweetness backed with tropical and citrus fruit notes, lightly tart with some faint mustyness. Taste sweeter than nose dictated but works well with the fruit notes, the yeast makes it lightly tart and funky, but compliments the flavor rather than staring in it. Medium bodied, nice carbonation level. Overall i was pleased and impressed with this brew... something unique going on here.

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Photo of DaveAnderson
3.98/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 750ml bottle into a goblet. Seems like a good choice of glassware, since there's a serious amount of foam that does not quit. This would have overflowed a tulip. The head settled to about half of its original height, then just sat there. If I swirl it around, it looks like a milkshake on top. The beer itself has a lot of ruby color.

It's very subtle on the nose, with mostly tropical fruit. Smells like a pineapple upside-down cake. On the tongue, it has a nice maltiness that never becomes sticky. It's very clean. Well, aside from the beer mustache. That head is still going! While drinking this beer, I had to unexpectedly leave to run an errand, and upon returning an hour later, there was still at least 1/4" of head.

Overall, this was quite enjoyable. I wouldn't hesitate to drink this again.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy tan/gold body, off-white finger head,

S: mild yeast, lemon peel, rock candy

T: rock candy, lemon peel, spices, mild boozy, grassy bitter finish

M: med body, smooth, bubbly mouth

O: Enjoyed it but probably would not have again.
Wish was a little smoother.


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Photo of BDIMike
3.59/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking Belgian IPA. A light brown, tan color. A hazy color with good carbonation that creates a huge, fluffy cream-colored head.
Aroma does not have a ton going on. Some very subtle piney hops. A bit of spiciness and some tamer Belgian sugars.
Taste has some very bitter European-like hops in it. Very piney, Earthy hops.
Mouthfeel is nice. A crispness to it that leaves it dry, wanting another sip.
Drinkability is really good on this beer. Some interesting tastes of good hoppiness, but nothing overwhelming. Good beer.

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Photo of mwilbur
4.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a slightly hazed orange-copper hue with high carbonation producing a 2-3 inch bubbly off-white head. Excellent retention. Nice sticky lacing too that lasts and lasts and lasts... (4.5)
S: A nice balance of bright melon and peach notes, pine and spicy citrus hops, and funky brett. Spicy Belgian yeast comes through as well. (4)
T: Hmmm...this is actually quite a bit different than the aroma. Pepper with spicy hops and yeast up front. Citrus rind, mint, and earthy and funky brett. Bitter hops dominate over the sour this more time for the brett to emerge would be advised. (3.5)
M: Medium body. Prickly carbonation tingle. Dry and moderately bitter throughout. (3.5)
D: Definitely an interesting brew and easily drinkable. Decently complex, but would give this at least 6 months to allow the brett to impart a stronger presence. (4)

Poured from 750 mL bottle into tulip.
A: See above. (4.5)
S: See above, perhaps less hops and Belgian yeast. (4)
T: Ah ha! Here we go...letting the brett work and allowing the hops to die down a bit did wonders for this brew. More in line with the aroma now. Peach and soft citrus notes, funky brett, melon, and still some spicy hops but much more balanced now. (4)
M: Medium body. Dry and semi-sweet. Very mild hop bitterness in the finish. (4)
D: Time in the cellar served this beer very well. Much more balanced now...and still extremely drinkable and refreshing. (4)

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Duvel tulip glass.

I'd hate to get lost with only those signs to guide me... This stuff pours a clear sunset clay-amber topped by a more-than-healthy coif of cream-white foam. The nose comprises stiff pine, grapefruit rind, a touch of cobweb, and, way in the back, some decidedly dry toffee. The taste brings in more of the same, backed by a nice amount of clean brett that stays in there until the job is done. Hell, just that little tweak elevates this stuff to the next rung. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a surprisingly smooth feel. Overall, a very nice BIPA, one that employs the brett with a deftness not normally seen.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Beachwood I,

A: Pours amber with a well structured medium white head. Solid head retention, light lace.

S: Some dark malt character, piney hops, yeast.

T: Good pine and cedar, some earthy hops. Malt is biscuity and toasty, but tends to stay in the background. Hint of stone fruit.

M: Medium to full-bodied, firm and round. Soft carbonation, brisk.

O: A beer where the hops are to the forefront, but everything is in a good balance. A fun beer to try.

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Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a tulip glass. Had a dark orange color and a cloudy consistency. There was a huge, foamy, very long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: A nice aroma of hops, yeast, and a sugary quality.

T: Tasted of hops (a good amount, but keeping in line with the Belgian IPA style), Belgian yeast, a hint of malt, and the aforementioned sugary quality. A balanced, sharp, well done flavor.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, yet prickly, finish. Medium-bodied.

O: This is a well made, drinkable beer. Solid and easy to drink.

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3.76/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750ml bottle – thanks to Carlos for sharing this at the Freiburg- Copa flauta de Timmermans. Enjoyed on agt´12. Bright amber color. Foggy appearance. White froth creates an amazing copious & rocky crown. Moderate toasted malt aromas & sour notes from yeast. Crispy upfront made of flavors of toasted malts & hops in a synchronized dancing. Fruity palate. Light to medium body. Moderate but lively carbonation. Oily to watery texture. Fruity-ripe apple- & slightly bitter hints in the middle followed by increasing resiny hops that linger into the finish. Refreshing & flavorful.

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Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 68 ratings