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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 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).

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ACHops (1247) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 24, 2012
On tap @ Bottleworks, listed as Lost Abbey Brouwers #2. Pours watery brown with extremely thin fizzy head. Nose is sharply tart earthy sour. Taste is cranberry-like sour flavor and rather thin body. Hard to see how there is 9.5% abv here. This may have spent too long in the cellar. None of the barrel-aged notes you’d expect given the beers that went into this and a really disappointingly light body with the Serpents in there.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ibrew2or3 (7960) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - MAR 19, 2016
RBWG16. The bottle pours with a mahogany colored body that supports a tan head of foam. The aroma offers up dates and raisins and a murmur of funk in the background rimmed with a yeasty sort of note. The taste delivers big tartness with berry like tart notes and a bit acidic and leading into a dry tart finish. The flavor is very tart forward and different than the aroma.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
joeneugs (5355) - Livermore, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
Bottle at RBWG. Thanks Dak! It pours a dark brown color with a khaki head. The aroma is very nutty with some bourbon and cocoa. Smells like a big, malty rot box beer. Some moldy, tart dark fruits like raisins and plums. The flavor is much more sour than the aroma would lead you to believe. Sour plums, grapefruit, nuts, balsamic and cocoa. Very interesting and quaffable. I have to say overall, this one held up well. Very sour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beastiefan2k (3282) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - APR 7, 2015
12oz snifter at Brouwer’s 10th Anniversary party. Surprisingly similar to Decennium but aged and sourer. I get some light coffee roast in the finish mixed with an aging acetic quality. A little undercarbed (as the usual for LA).

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mcberko (12456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 30, 2015
On tap at Brouwer’s Cafe, pours black with a small tan head. Aroma is complex, with notes of balsamic vinegar, tart dark fruits, and wild yeast - very interesting nose profile. Flavour is along the same lines, with vinegar, wild yeasts, dark fruits, pitted fruits, and wood. Highly complex. A totally unique flavour profile with the yeasts and barrel aging after all this time. This has held up beautifully. Wonderful.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
DSG (11144) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2015
[2/28/15] Bottle sample at De Garde Brewing in Tillamook. Release and bottle share event. Murky brown. Sourish aroma with wine, bourbon, dark fruits and wood. Sourish-sweetish flavor with wine, bourbon and fruits. Medium-bodied.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (8268) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2013
750 ml bottle shared by phaleslu. Pours a dark copper/brown color with a large, but rapidly disappearing beige head. The aroma and flavor have big dark fruit character, tart, acidic, some spicy notes, wood, cherry, good carbonation (especially for LA), solid sour brown that is drinking nicely with the age.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Prufrockstar (1823) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
750 ml bottle opened to celebrate the completion of my PhD. Gusher, but we didn’t lose much of it thanks to some quick thinking. Pours dark brown with tan head. Aroma is prunes, figs, dark fruit, mixed with honey and wine. Taste follows, with a hint of some kind of spiciness in there as well. Nice mix of rich, dark sweet fruits with a pleasant sourness. Full body with lively carbonation. One heck of a fine beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
burg326 (5217) - Florida, USA - JUL 13, 2013
750ml bottle corked and caged poured a dark brown color with redish highlights. Aromas of sour dark fruit, prunes, and some wet wood. Flavors are the same sourness peels off the enamel on yoir teeth and sour dark fruits. Solid beer, thanks to Cleg! Cory knows how to throw it down!

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Travlr (19938) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUL 6, 2013
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2013 Final beer of an amazing long weekend in Seattle and Portland, with ajax25g at the Schmidt castle south. Gusher. Brown color, massive tan head. Aroma of sweet and sour prunes, candied dates. Taste is softly sour dark fruit, early beginnings of port wine. Delicious.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopscotch (10532) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle (dregs)... This beer rocks!… Murky brown pour with a fizzy, khaki, short-lived head. Fragrance-wise, sour cherries and vanilla really stand out. Medium-body with airy carbonation. The flavor offers heaps of fruitiness, breadiness and tartness accompanied by an undercurrent of yeasty, tannic bitterness. Astringent, dry finish. Big-time thanks to 50belair for sharing this world class beer! To me, this is miles better than the 2008 Imagination saison.

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