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Lost Abbey Brouwers Imagination Ale 2009

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RATINGS: 114   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.95/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - JUL 6, 2010
UPDATED: JUL 7, 2010 Rating #1500. 750mL into LA raster tulips. Gusher! Pours a deep mahogany, deep ruby brown that looks opaque in the glass topped by a massive tan head that has excellent retention and leaves giant poof balls of lace everywhere. Nose is all over the place as the blend in this is already crazy enough. There are red grapes, white grapes, red wine (port), raisins, milk chocolate, caramel, slight brandy. Overall hints to what is about to be a sour, acetic, citric concoction. Taste is also all over the place. Massive citrus tartness overlay a complex blend that seems like maybe it would have been a better beer non-soured. The blend is high in carbonation, loaded with lemony tartness, dry French oak, tawny port, Gift of the Magi herbal characters, red wine vinous character, more drying barrel character, nice cocoa and sweet chocolate to offset the dry wood and vinous qualities. It is very good, fun to drink, but too much lemon tartness and loses the rich body of the Angelís Share etc. from having all residual sugars wiped out by the Brett, lacto. Closest thing to this would be Veritas 003 or Oerbier Reserva 2006.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
redlight (2318) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Dark cherries on the nose with mint, very herbal aromas with oak notes as well. Pours dark brown with an off white head. Tart and creamy with wine-like flavors and hints of milk chocolate. The flavor is very spicy and funky with a very dry finish. Excellent!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Bottle @ Lost Abbey. Pours a deep cola brown with a small beige head. Nose holds dark cherry, various other dark fruits, oak, hints of red wine, with faint bourbon. A little over carbonated but other than that pretty tasty.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1545) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Pours a deep brown with a light brown head aroma is belgian candi sugars yeasts caramel sour cherries dark fruits figs and rasins. Flavor is candi sugar sour dark fruit oak sawdust vinous grapes a bit of caramel. Light sourness melds with oak in the finish. Fantastic!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6737) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JUN 11, 2010
Dark brown color/ viscous tan head; nice lacing. Awesome black cherry, caramel, chocolate, citrusy lemon aromas. Very good earthy brown sugar, dark caramel, tart black cherry, lemon flavors with some sweetening vanilla chocolate. <Mild to medium sourness throughout. great drink.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (965) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 11, 2010
750ml bottle courtesy of riversideAK. The second we popped the cork, the damned thing exploded. It gushed heavily for what seemed like five minutes. It wasnít infected at all, and it tasted normal. It poured ark brown with a huge tan head. Aroma is of dark fruit, cherry, wood, and oak. Lots of raisin to this one. The malt seems lost under everything else. Lingering taste of cherries. Way too carbonated for my liking. But it was good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (4183) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 8, 2010
750ml bottle generously shared by ipa247 on BA. Fire in the hole! Cork flew off at about 150mph like it was unleashed by Steve Dalkowski. Pours dark brown and fairly clear with a large off-white head and good lacing. Aroma is nice and funky with dark fruits and mild cheesiness. Flavor is really great. Sour fruits - cherries, figs, and dates are what I get - with barnyard crappy funk (crappy in a good way). Horseblanket and bleu cheese as well. Medium-bodied with very high carbonation and nice acidity. Solid beer overall. Big thanks for this, Jeff!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JUN 8, 2010
750ml bottle, corked and caged. The pour yields a clear but extremely dark crimson to mahogany colored body. A moderate head of lasting, khaki colored foam gives thin, delicate sheets of lacing. The nose is as complex as any, showcasing diverse barrel influences and a number of dark fruits and spices. The wine barrel is first to hit, as it imparts a vinous, tannic, Merlot-inspired woody pepperyness. Hints of brett stem from there too, coming across earthy, dry, and slightly wild. Port and bourbon prove to be unlikely bedfellows, the former offering notes of juicy currants and cherries, while the latter gives caramel, vanilla, and a hint of sour mash twang. Grapes, figs, and and a number of other fruits provide balancing sweetness, leveling out the drying influence of the barrels. In short, is smells pretty freaking amazing, and that carries over into the taste as well. Flavors again come across as dry, vinous, and softly acidic, the aforementioned barrel elements blending deliciously with rich fig, cocoa, and caramel sugars to form an excellent balance. You definitely pick up elements from each of the components, bretty Gift of the Magi being most prominent, with Serpents lending an earthy chocolatiness, 10 Commandments giving loads of dark fruit, and Angelís imparting rich caramel sweetness. Likewise, the wine and bourbon barrels are distinct. The palate is quite substantial, but itís nicely carbonated and rather dry for such a big beer. It drinks incredibly easily for a nearly 10% ABV barrel-aged beer. This is excellent stuff, and further proof that when Tomme is on his game, heís one of the best in the world.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
masonjer (609) - Holt, Michigan, USA - JUN 3, 2010
Big thanks to Kan for popping this at DL 10í. Finally getting my notes in on this. Poured a cloudy brown color. Aroma was dark fruit, yeasty funk, tobacco and red wine. Really inviting with a nice balance. Taste was wood, more dark fruit, almost citric sourness, raisin and some cherry. Very nicely balanced overall and quite approachable. Quite tasty and my kind of sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Thanks to Orlando crew again. Pours dark brown. Nose is funky, roasty and raisins as well. Flavor is same as the nose with the sourness taking precedent as well as oak and citrus flavors added in there.

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