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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).

ACHops' rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ACHops (799) - 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 youíd 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
alexsdad06 (6096) - 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 (1209) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 25, 2013
750 ml bottle opened to celebrate the completion of my PhD. Gusher, but we didnít 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 (3980) - 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 (13679) - 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 (9730) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 1, 2013
Bottle (dregs)... This beer rocks!Ö 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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (2524) - Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2013
Bottle. Dark brown pour with a tan head. Sour stone fruit aromas. The taste pretty much follows suit with pleasant tart and sour stone fruit highlights and woody vinous lowlights. A little over carbonated. Great mouthfeel, good body, and good balance. Outstanding. Thanks Ryan....

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tmoney99 (11224) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle shared by phaleslu. Poured a hazy ruby color with an average frothy brown head that mostly lasted with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy dark fruit, sour and wood aroma. Medium to full body with a sticky tingly texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy sour & sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet & sour finish of moderate to long duration. This is a standout beer for style.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
phaleslu (6905) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2013
So I opened this 750 ml bottle by twisting off the cage, and BANG - the cork shot up and hit the celing, prompting some shouts from bystanders at Fifty West Brewing in Cincinnati. Could this be a Lost Abbey beer? Is it just a mislabeled Saint Somewhere beer? Is it possible that thebaldwizard spent 2+ years shaking it before sending it to me, and it still hasnít settled? Whatever the case, this was live. After some gushing, our pours were a deep, semi-hazed plum-amber color with a huge beige head that settled fairly quickly. Aroma of plum, vanilla, berries, oak, raisins, dates, and some fruity, musty funk. The flavor shows more sourness than the nose did, with berries, plums, funk, oak, vanilla, and light balsamic vinegar. Medium-bodied, with a tart, fruity, dry mouthfeel and moderate carbonation on the palate. Nice sour. Vinous, but not overly so. Drinking well now.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
b3shine (5974) - Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2013
750 ml bottle to snifter (thanks phaleslu). Looks good...AND ITíS CARBONATED!!! Smells good too; cherry, wood, and funk. Tastes like it smells with a nice, silky brandy finish. Great stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
kbutler1 (1361) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 10, 2013
Bottle. Thanks Ben for opening. Pours a dark reddish brown color with a lively tan head, nice appearance. Sour notes abound in the flavor along with nice dark fruits; cherry and plum. The wine barrel aging is evident and adds some nice notes. Very similiar to Consecration but maybe a bit dryer.

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