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Lost Abbey Brouwers Imagination Ale 2009

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RATINGS: 112   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.93/5   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 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SrSilliGose (3326) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - MAY 29, 2010
tap at brouwers sourfest. pours a dead plumy brown hue with some stale cola bubbles. aroma of bourbon, cherries, vanilla. sour doughy sweet bread flavor. strong, biting doughy plum sourness. interesting and weird. dry finish. leaves a coating of cherry chocolate doughy medicine on the pallete. neat beer, but seemed a bit muddled at times.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
douglas88 (7583) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 22, 2010
On tap at Sour Fest listed as Brouwers Imagination 2 (Iíll make sure this is the right place for this rating). Pours a dark brown color with a white bubbly head. The aroma is tart vinegar, wine and wood. The flavor was very nice; fruity wood, vanilla, rich sweet fruits, very tart with a thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mora2000 (6097) - McKinney, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2010
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle at our recent sour tasting. The beer pours a dark brown color with a tan head. The beer looks about like Coca-Cola. The aroma is dark fruit and yeast. The flavor is tart dark fruit. The beer is not as sour as I was expecting but the tartness does meld very well with the darker malts to make a very good drink. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bu11zeye (12367) - 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 (5063) - 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 (3849) - 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 (8000) - 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 (6487) - 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 (7426) - 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!

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