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Lost Abbey Brouwers Imagination Ale 2009

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 285   ABV: 9.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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 Angel’s Share, port barrels of Serpent’s Stout and red wine barrels of Gift of the Magi with brett. There were others, but as with all blends, it’s best to leave some things to the imagination (or the taste buds for that matter).


4.1
   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.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rusty (1543) - 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!

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6331) - 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.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (930) - 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 wasn’t 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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
nickd717 (3653) - 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!

4.2
   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 Angel’s imparting rich caramel sweetness. Likewise, the wine and bourbon barrels are distinct. The palate is quite substantial, but it’s 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, he’s one of the best in the world.

4.1
   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 10’. 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.

3.9
   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.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 19/20
PhillyBeer2112 (2641) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 2, 2010
Dark brown, with a big head. Really nice with notes of caramel, raisins, sour woodiness.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (5780) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 29, 2010
(750ml bottle thanks to Exiled) murky deep brown with deep khaki head and some reddish tints. Nose of Belgian yeast, olive, cherries, honey, raisin, tobacco and bourbon. Very complex nose. Taste is quite tart, honey, tobacco, raisin, smoky cherry, wet barrel. Very soft carbonation with a long linger. Loved this one!


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