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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 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 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
cprochak (590) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2010
UPDATED: MAY 2, 2010 Re-Rate on 4/29/10 Bottle as part of epic sour tasting with callmemimckey. 750 mL Pours dark burgundy with gigantic head. Aroma was so incredibly complex and varied all over the place as it warmed. Dominant aroma of port but also got hints of orange, rosemary, chocolate, coffee, apple, plum/raisin and the slightest hints of bourbon. Incredibly complex nose. Flavor has some mild sweetness, and some great earthy funk. Very thick, full bodied, much more approachable carb than the first time. I could put away a 750 of this no problem. As part of an epic tasting, this just barely edged out Cable Car for best of the night (10/4/9/4/19 4.6) 750 mL bottle at Brouwerís on 3/13/10 (personal 500th rating). Bottle popped and is an insane gusher (think 1/2 inch beer to 5 inches of head). Pours very dark ruby with huge cream colored head. Aroma of chocolate, cherries, prunes and pine. Flavor is nice rich chocolate sweetness, with a wonderful tart cherry and citrus. Finish is a fruity coffee bitterness, almost like a sour raspberry mocha. Medium mouthfeel with good carb, maybe a bit on the heavy side (as evidenced by gusing)Incredibly well-blended an d unique beer. Fantastic sour that isnít overpowering and incredibly drinkable. (8/3/9/4/18 4.2)

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
madsberg (11369) - SÝborg, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
Bottled. Reddish coloured. Dense light brown head. Aroma of sourness, wood, fruits, light spice. Flavour of immense sourness, grape, brett, wood, fruits, spice, wood. Wow. Full bodied. Grapy and bretty sourness in the end. Magic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
50belair (3379) - 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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Beershine (5221) - 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!

   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 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
yespr (40447) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - NOV 22, 2010
75 cL bottle. Pours dark brown with a small off-white head. Aroma is fruity and slight wineous, red grapes and brandy fruity. Acidic, winous and distinct fruity. Mild brandy touch to a heavy acidic brett/barnyard flavour swept in red grapes. Utterly lovely. Underlying dark malt flavour. Lingering acidic, fruity, dry brett and roasted malt finish.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Pours a clear dark mahogany brown with a medium-fine, light tan head. No problems with the carbonation here. The aroma is tart and malt-driven with dark fruits--including a hint of Concord grape--and soft spice and earth. Flavor is sour with dark, spicy malt and slightly sweet prune, raisin, and black grape notes. The body is light but has some weight to it. The good carbonation delivers the complex flavor profile evenly and deliberately.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2284) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 23, 2010
Bottle shared by bret27 at Woodshop 5.0. Pours a deep clear brown, with a fluffy tan head. Aroma is sharp berries, grapes, vanilla, wood. Nice complexity. Lots of stuff going on in the flavor too. Cherries, unripe berries, port wine, vinaigrette, sweet bourbon. Sour, dry finish with some wine astringency. Killer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (998) - Carlsbad, California, USA - MAR 4, 2010
Bottle, sampled at Woodshop 5.0 (2010) in Anaheim with many fellow Ratebeerians. Apparently brought by bret27, thanks! Dark brown color with minimal head. Moderate carbonation. Sour aroma with many complex layers underneath. Lots of oak, bourbon and spices in the nose. Flavor is a smorgasbord of tart raisin and lemon, red wine and barnyard. Funky, acidic finish that is well complemented by the spicy rosemary. One of my favorites of the gathering. Damn fine, damn fine.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
thirdeye11 (6054) - 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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