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Lost Abbey Brouwers Imagination Ale 2009

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RATINGS: 109   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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34% ale brewed with honey, raisins and rosemary and aged in bourbon barrels 33% ale aged in bourbon barrels 33% ale with raisins and aged in wine barrels
In July of 2009, the Matts and a couple of the guys flew down from Seattle to tour our hallowed halls in San Marcos, CA. In our barrel room they were drawn to brandy barrels of Angelís Share, port barrels of Serpentís Stout and red wine barrels of Gift of the Magi with brett. There were others, but as with all blends, itís best to leave some things to the imagination (or the taste buds for that matter).

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 Re-Rate on 4/29/10 Bottle as part of epic sour tasting with callmemimckey. 750 mL Pours dark burgundy with gigantic head. Aroma was so incredibly complex and varied all over the place as it warmed. Dominant aroma of port but also got hints of orange, rosemary, chocolate, coffee, apple, plum/raisin and the slightest hints of bourbon. Incredibly complex nose. Flavor has some mild sweetness, and some great earthy funk. Very thick, full bodied, much more approachable carb than the first time. I could put away a 750 of this no problem. As part of an epic tasting, this just barely edged out Cable Car for best of the night (10/4/9/4/19 4.6) 750 mL bottle at Brouwerís on 3/13/10 (personal 500th rating). Bottle popped and is an insane gusher (think 1/2 inch beer to 5 inches of head). Pours very dark ruby with huge cream colored head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, prunes and pine. Flavor is nice rich chocolate sweetness, with a wonderful tart cherry and citrus. Finish is a fruity coffee bitterness, almost like a sour raspberry mocha. Medium mouthfeel with good carb, maybe a bit on the heavy side (as evidenced by gusing)Incredibly well-blended an d unique beer. Fantastic sour that isnít overpowering and incredibly drinkable. (8/3/9/4/18 4.2)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
wetherel (1836) - Encinitas, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle from Javier. Sweeet! Cherries. Huge carbonation. Reminds me of Veritas 006. Medium bubbles. Light sourness. Malty. Dark color. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
WeeHeavySD (3359) - San Diego (Hillcrest), Oregon, USA - MAR 13, 2010
Bottle from Javier, thanks buddy, shared at a tasting at my house. Pours brownish with a tan head. Nose is sweet, with lots of honey, and raisins. Taste is sweet, very vinous, and full bodied, I can taste the bourbon and the wine barrels. Very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jblauvs (1346) - Chester, Vermont, USA - MAR 12, 2010
corked. Pops with a bang without provocation and leaves a red smear on the ceiling. aroma is sour, funky, some dark amtl and fruity currant. Flavor is horsey with funky currant and cherry tartness, some raisin, Sour grapes, red fruit. Really tastey.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
craftycarl21 (2254) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 12, 2010
Bottle exploded through the cage- thereís beer on the ceiling. Aroma holds brett, which is curious, along with definite herbal notes, acetic acid, dark fruit, and wood. Flavor is very funky and acidic, with vinous notes, herb, honey, and more dark fruit. Surprised this isnít the bretted version. Palate is really complex and unique. Really tasty brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2130) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2010
The cork exploded and left a massive stain on my ceiling. It was a fucking riot. The aroma is dank brett and huge dark fruit. Acetic acid and earth follow closely. Nectar fruit comes in as a backnote. The flavor is tart as dong with massive sour notes and a huge funken note. Raison, plum honey, and horse nuts prevail. The palate is highly effervescent with a attenuated and smackingly dry mouthfeel. Really amazing shit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle from After4Ever. Sneaky gusher with a huge off white rocky head. Eventually recedes but a solid fingers worth remains. nose is musty and dry with some candied sugar notes. Palate is very fizzy and pretty bold, nice and dry with a sweet, juicy after taste. Quite chewy as well. Lots of plummy fruit notes and some cherries are quite present as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (955) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle, sampled at Woodshop 5.0 (2010) in Anaheim with many fellow Ratebeerians. Apparently brought by bret27, thanks! Dark brown color with minimal head. Moderate carbonation. Sour aroma with many complex layers underneath. Lots of oak, bourbon and spices in the nose. Flavor is a smorgasbord of tart raisin and lemon, red wine and barnyard. Funky, acidic finish that is well complemented by the spicy rosemary. One of my favorites of the gathering. Damn fine, damn fine.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1312) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - MAR 2, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Alex, thanks dude! Thin and wispy head sitting on top of this beer. This thing exploded like a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Dark brown in color. Nice looking brew. Nice sharp pungent funky sour cherry aroma. There is some vinegar in this one. Very subtle wood contribution. This is reminding me of a kriek...big time. Some spice coming from this but not much. Let her warm up before you make rash judgment calls. Subtle sweet aroma coming from this, probably due to the honey added. Wow, very sour, but this has a lot of carbonation, which doesnít allow the sour to stick around that long. Not much wood going on here. Funk is coming through along with a great sour flavor. A little too carbonated for me to fully enjoy. Spice is coming through more and more as it warms. Honey, spice, and wood are coming through softly and adding a nice flavor. The raisin flavor isnít coming out either. Like the wine-type qualities coming through. A really nice sour Belgian beer. Why the low scores?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2172) - Petaluma, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle shared by bret27 at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a deep clear brown, with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is sharp berries, grapes, vanilla, wood. Nice complexity. Lots of stuff going on in the flavor too. Cherries, unripe berries, port wine, vinaigrette, sweet bourbon. Sour, dry finish with some wine astringency. Killer beer.

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