Sans Frontière | To Øl

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Sans FrontièreSans Frontière

Brewed by:
To Øl

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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.

Added by bark on 06-08-2012

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Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -22.5%
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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.38/5  rDev -12.7%
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 stakem
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
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 Hellpop65
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of BDIMike
3.59/5  rDev -7.2%
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 StaveHooks
3.61/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Halcyondays
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
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 farmhaus
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
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 ste5venla
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of emilylee
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Liquoric3
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of guytyping
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of abrodsky
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of kaelingirl
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of Kirk
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
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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Photo of zeff80
3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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