Sans Frontière | To Øl

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
To Øl
Denmark
to-ol.dk

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
67
Reviews:
23
Avg:
3.87
pDev:
9.04%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 67 |  Reviews: 23
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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
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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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
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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3.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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3.25/5  rDev -16%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.96/5  rDev +2.3%
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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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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 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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3/5  rDev -22.5%

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4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

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4/5  rDev +3.4%

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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4.5/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of avalon07
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
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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4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
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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4.2/5  rDev +8.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Mattias
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

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Sans Frontière from To Øl
3.87 out of 5 based on 67 ratings.
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