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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
(750ml bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a cloudy reddish body with a medium tan head. Aroma of vinous, mustiness, raisins, honey, some bourbon, and toasted grain. Flavor of raisins, vinous, light bourbon, caramel, dates, honey, and cherries.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Sean9689 (285) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
Iíve drank two bottles of this stuff, and itís an awesome under-the-radar sour. 750ml bottle poured into tulip. Gusher warning! A - Pours a combo of ruby red tinge and brown body. Def a darker sour. Has some light head, maybe half a fingers worth, that quickly disipiates into a few bubbles here and there. S - Tart/sour notes right off the bat, some sour grapes, slight sweetness, and some medicinal/spice notes. A lot going on here, which really makes you break this one down and enjoy everything. T - I call this "Cuvee de Tomme on steroids". It has the dark sour notes mixed with the honey sweetness, oak, and medicinal finish that I attribute to the rosemary. As with the nose, lots going on here. Sour, sweet, spice, funk, etc. All this combines into one awesome-tasing sour. M - Light (closing in on medium) bodied, good light carbonation, dry finish. D - One of my favorite sours as of late. Better then CdT but alas, a lot more rare. I donít know when Iíll crack my next bottle open, but Iím already looking forward to it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
mar (4959) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2010
bottle thanks to exiled. deep chocolate brown with a cream head. honey, light tartness, raisins, wood, and much more going on here. nice on the palate, flavor is faintly tart, wood, honey, vanilla, raisins, the list goes on.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HonkeyBra (3523) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - APR 30, 2010
Sampled from a bottle at DLD2010. Pours dark brown, light off white head. Aroma is fruity, tart, sweet. Some apparent oak as well. Flavor is decently sour with lots of dark fruit, bourbon, vanilla, oak. Lots of stuff going on here. Red wine peeks out towards the finish. Definitely a crazy beer. Pretty awesome too. Glad I got to try it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
j12601 (6743) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - APR 29, 2010
Bottle in the parking lot at Dark Lord Day. Pours a murky brown with a large beige and tan head. Big funk up front, nice sour notes. Malty and with some good sour tones. Tart acidic finish. Very yummy.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheAlum (5909) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2010
Bottle shared by Kan. Pours a dark brown, good ha2, small tannish head. Aromas are lightly sour, fruit, nice strawberry and cherry, citrusy grapefruit sourness, mellow dark malts and honey sweetness, a touch of caramel and raisin with some oaky vanilla tannin. Dark fruit, raisins and red pit fruit, sour, decent acidity and brett. Faint touch of bourbon vanilla tannins, and a touch of red wine. Sourness grows and permeates, as this beer has a lot going on in it. Complexities abound and things I wouldnít have expected to pull together well. Very nice, the diversity of barrels plays well in this darker, fruity sour.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 26, 2010
Thanks to Kan for bringing this to DLD! Poured medium coppery-brown with a looser cap of beige head. The aroma picked up sour oak and lemony notes upfront spiced up by a warm alcohol impression.. bourbon and vinous character laced throughout.. complex sweet backing. The flavor found tart dark fruits, pale malts, and touches of honey at the core, with building barrel sourness and vinous influence as the main course.. lemon, oak, and slightly metallic wine did the most here.. memorable finish. Sour throughout the palate with lots of barrel presence.. the malts were a little roasty.. there was a lot going on here, and I wish I had it earlier in the day!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
750 ml bottle; pours clear dark brown with foamy tan head rising quickly and fading slowly; big nose that to me is like a vanilla jacked 10 commandments; yummy mix of bready yeast, sweet bourbon, raisins, vanilla and red wine; herbal, dark fruit, fizzy sourness, chocolate, honey and a sharpness from the wine that is borderline astringent; bourbon hits perfectly in the nose, but gets covered up in the flavors; thin texture with a lingering dryness; juniper comes out more as it warms, as do a more enjoyable texture and softness to the flavor profile; for me though, flavor doesnít fill up or blend together enough; nose is great and reminds me in many ways of 10 commandments, but not nearly as good

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Oakes (12788) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 24, 2010
Cheers to Matt for the hookup! Brown chestnut. Thick head. So much going on in this aroma - chocolate, rosemary, lots of barrel, dates, alcohol in near endless complexity. The palate is tart, vinous with chocolate and a range of dark fruits. Excellent blend, and itís picked up some tartness too, which emphasizes the malts.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2010
**@ Brouwers, Thank you Matt!** Deep mahogany pour that settles into an opaque bear brown. Aroma is huge cabernet sauv. The most vineous aroma I can imagine on a beer. Red wine is intense here, barrel, and the herbs are felt more than they are actually smelled. Palate is highly carbonated, it was a very excited bottle. Long flavors! The flavors take me on a journey. The culmination is the greatest surprise, a lingering dose of yummy chocolate. That is closely preceded by undulating grapes. Barrel sourness has the Lost Abbey house character. Prune. I barely detect the bourbon barrel. The wine barrel is so in my face. I find lots of fruit like raisin and cherry lingering beneath the surface here. Layered. Complex. Delightful. Extraordinary. Memorable!

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