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%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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).

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DalzAle (2036) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Bottle sample. Dark reddish brown pour, some carbonation and an aroma of tart red grapes. Flavor is bittersweet white grapes, good effervescence, slightly boozy and good and tart on the finish. Great beer, although it tasted nothing like the original beers in this blend.

3.5
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2010
Courtesy of Brewdan. Brownish, no head, flat. Aroma has a decent acetone character, not much else. Flavor much the same. Pretty much one dimensional. Not their best offering.

3.8
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.

3.7
neepsntatties (1973) - 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.

3.9
wetherel (1880) - Cupertino, California, USA - MAR 15, 2010
Bottle from Javier. Sweeet! Cherries. Huge carbonation. Reminds me of Veritas 006. Medium bubbles. Light sourness. Malty. Dark color. Pretty good.

3.7
trevor211 (1681) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2009
On tap at Brouwer’s Big Wood 09. Deep dark brown pour, with a smallish tan head. Lots of fruit - tart citrus and peaches meet darker malts and a cola note with some cherries. An almost roasty (baked?) malt contingent pounds back what would otherwise be very sour. Like a mix of cherry coke with La Folie.

3.9
SuzyGreenberg (1603) - Seattle, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
750 ml bottle; pours clear dark brown with foamy tan head rising quickly and fading slowly; big nose that to me is like a vanilla jacked 10 commandments; yummy mix of bready yeast, sweet bourbon, raisins, vanilla and red wine; herbal, dark fruit, fizzy sourness, chocolate, honey and a sharpness from the wine that is borderline astringent; bourbon hits perfectly in the nose, but gets covered up in the flavors; thin texture with a lingering dryness; juniper comes out more as it warms, as do a more enjoyable texture and softness to the flavor profile; for me though, flavor doesn’t fill up or blend together enough; nose is great and reminds me in many ways of 10 commandments, but not nearly as good

3.5
ACHops (1566) - 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.

4.2
Rusty (1547) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JUL 4, 2010
Pours a deep brown with a light brown head aroma is belgian candi sugars yeasts caramel sour cherries dark fruits figs and rasins. Flavor is candi sugar sour dark fruit oak sawdust vinous grapes a bit of caramel. Light sourness melds with oak in the finish. Fantastic!

4.1
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 you’re 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...didn’t get any bourbon, rosemary, honey, eye of newt or anything else that they threw in there...apparently it’s much better in the bottle than on draft... tasty


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