Lost Abbey Brouwers Imagination Ale 2009

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 Angels Share, port barrels of Serpents Stout and red wine barrels of Gift of the Magi with brett. There were others, but as with all blends, its best to leave some things to the imagination (or the taste buds for that matter).

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
oteyj (2139) - New Hampshire, USA - MAR 12, 2010
The cork exploded and left a massive stain on my ceiling. It was a fucking riot. The aroma is dank brett and huge dark fruit. Acetic acid and earth follow closely. Nectar fruit comes in as a backnote. The flavor is tart as dong with massive sour notes and a huge funken note. Raison, plum honey, and horse nuts prevail. The palate is highly effervescent with a attenuated and smackingly dry mouthfeel. Really amazing shit.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 7, 2010
Bottle from After4Ever. Sneaky gusher with a huge off white rocky head. Eventually recedes but a solid fingers worth remains. nose is musty and dry with some candied sugar notes. Palate is very fizzy and pretty bold, nice and dry with a sweet, juicy after taste. Quite chewy as well. Lots of plummy fruit notes and some cherries are quite present as well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
hapjydeuce (999) - 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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
CheersMate (1343) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - MAR 2, 2010
750 ml. bottle from Alex, thanks dude! Thin and wispy head sitting on top of this beer. This thing exploded like a Jolly Pumpkin beer. Dark brown in color. Nice looking brew. Nice sharp pungent funky sour cherry aroma. There is some vinegar in this one. Very subtle wood contribution. This is reminding me of a kriek...big time. Some spice coming from this but not much. Let her warm up before you make rash judgment calls. Subtle sweet aroma coming from this, probably due to the honey added. Wow, very sour, but this has a lot of carbonation, which doesnt allow the sour to stick around that long. Not much wood going on here. Funk is coming through along with a great sour flavor. A little too carbonated for me to fully enjoy. Spice is coming through more and more as it warms. Honey, spice, and wood are coming through softly and adding a nice flavor. The raisin flavor isnt coming out either. Like the wine-type qualities coming through. A really nice sour Belgian beer. Why the low scores?

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
illidurit (2324) - 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 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 23, 2010
750mL - Picked up from Bottleworks...Opens with a pop and fakes you out...you have a good two second window before the starts gushing, so you think youre a lucky guy...there are no lucky guys...Pours deep dk brown with a large tan head...aroma is very inviting, tannic wood, sour cherry, other dk fruit as well...flavour is nicely sour, old cherry, sour apple and some vinegar, phenolic...almost salty in its savoriness, very big in the mouth and finishes the same way...oddly addictive...didnt get any bourbon, rosemary, honey, eye of newt or anything else that they threw in there...apparently its much better in the bottle than on draft... tasty

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - FEB 16, 2010
750ml. Cork in cage bottle. Courtesy of a friend of mine who lives in Seattle. Huge pop that gave way to a wispy vapor trail that was quickly followed by a frothy overflow. Sits with a deep mahogany color with shades of purple and a decent large bubbled collar of froth. Big vinous nose with some oak and a little touch of stale Brett funk. Bottle says that this is a blend of barrel aged Angels Share, Serpent Stout and Gift of the Magi. Based on the raisin and rosemary characters that are present I would guess that there is some 10 Commandments mixed into this as well. When the beer was colder the Gift of the Magi stood out with its subtle Brett flavors and pervasive dryness. As it warmed up it showed some red wine tannin flavors, hints of malt sweetness and some overly ripe dark fruit notes. Impressive sour character that hit hard towards the end. The high level of carbonation gives it an interesting tangy fizzy profile that was oddly reminiscent of pop rocks candy. Showed a level of complexity and depth that is lacking in many sours. Flavor profile changed dramatically as the beer warmed with the sweetness subsiding and the sourness taking over towards the end of the bottle. This beer is good now and could be fantastic with a couple years in the bottle. Wish I could get more.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
neepsntatties (1945) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Had some of this recently thanks to, "hannont". Colour... dark brown with a thick head. Nose... highly acetic and citric with hints of cola sirop. Palate... bursting with CO2! Next up, sour cola, moderate bitterness, dried stone fruits, apple skin and a long sweet-tart finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (6260) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 24, 2010
Port brouwers # 2 - black with thiinish bubbly ringsd and light foamy islands. Tart sour nose, funky vinnegar, light poop. Dark undertones very similar to 09 sinners to start. Cuvee is noticeable, dark malts and cherries. A little spicy perhaps. Flavor is cherry vinegar dark malts and some light spice. Lingering dark malt dryness and vinegar tart. Lingering tart. Bretty funk too. Lots of cuvee and ten commandments. Interesting but in the sinners 09 mold. Meh. 8 3 7 4 15

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
luttonm (5721) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 29, 2009
Draft at Brouwers Big Wood 2009. Dark cola with funky head. Nose is tart flat coca cola. Soft first sip that rises with bitter-sour grapes. Very flat, very odd. Strange blend, body is thin later. Interesting but dont need to have again.

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