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Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008 - Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008

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BA SCORE
88
very good

39 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 39
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.94
pDev: 9.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pizza Port Solana Beach visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: seaoflament on 08-03-2008)
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Reviews by craytonic:
Photo of craytonic
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared by richard at a April 2012 tasting

Appearance: Yellow-hazy pour with decent head and lacing
Smell: Light brett, lemon, faded hops, decent amount of pale malt
Taste: Yeasty spices, light brett, faded hops and a good bit of pale malt
Mouthfeel: a bit dry, light body and carbonation
Overall: Enjoyable saison that has held up with a bit of age

craytonic, May 21, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of Svejk
4.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised by this beer. For some reason I thought it was a tank of Carnavale that was dosed with brett. If that's the case, I think I need to dose every beer in my basement with brett.

At the first whiff, I could tell this was going to be a real treat. It has a floral impression that sticks with you. The taste is like a really nice saison, but it is a very dry beer so it doesn't stick around for long.

I followed this beer with Avec Le Bon Vieux, and I was surprised that I was wishing for more Imagination Series. This is one great beer.

Svejk, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a white film on top. Toasty nose, honey, bacon, nutmeg and other spices. Interseting taste that was full but still light. Honey ham, pineapple, lemon sugar blended with the brett. Took on a tripel-like flavor with funk and orange peel towards the end of the glass.

magictrokini, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of mdaschaf
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

mdaschaf, Apr 05, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.1/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Pale orange with a nice white head. Great retention.

Smell - Oxidized. Cardboardy. Pale malt. A little bit of yeastiness.

Taste - Super oxidized again. Cardboard and sherry. Pale malt. Fruity. Slightly estery.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Slick body, maybe from the oxidation.

Overall - Way too old. Nothing resembling a complex saison, but it's still decent to drink.

Alieniloquium, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +1.5%

GRG1313, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks, Shane.

Milky blond, highly carbonated and very turbid. Good head retention and lacing.

Yeasty, funky aroma, the brett has really taken hold after 2 years in the bottle. There's a pale husky grain character, over-ripe (almost rotting) lemon, hints of tropical fruit.

Husky and grainy malt flavors meet tropical fruit, dried herbs,  sour pineapple and funk. Surprisingly, it's still hoppy and bitter with a very long bitter finish that makes me think of bitter herbs. Very good, but I think I prefer the recent incarnation of Carnevale.

largadeer, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to Dyan for bringing this one along to "The Most Epic Fucking Tasting You Wish You Were A Part Of." Number 19 of day 2, and number 28 overall. This one was truly a treat.

Pours an orange creamsicle with some golden notes in the color. The haze is incredible. Nice and dense. A big fluffy white fez sits atop the foaming effervescent liquid, fed by the nucleation of bubbles below. The head lingers for the entire time that I takes me to drink my share. Lacing is sticky and nicely patterned.

The nose is full of hay, barnyard aromas, and a funky musty odor. Cloves and white pepper are very prominent. The clove was apparently more prominent for me than it was for my fellow tasters. Hints of banana esters give this an almost hefe-like quality, but the slight sourness and big funk make this all saison. The flavor is extremely well balanced, with the funky barnyard flavors ebbing and flowing, allowing the spices, fruity esters, and malty dryness to shine through in their own time and place. A slight band-aid plasticity accompanies the funk in the finish. I can't decide how I feel about it, to be honest.

This is one incredible beer. All around, the craftsmanship really shows through. I enjoy the way the bretty funk is almost an afterthought, meant more as an accent to an already phenomenal flavor and feel than it is a focal point. The carbonation is spot on, and the texture is great.

NittanyBeerFan, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.18/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Big thanks to psiweaver for this.

3.5 A: Hazed dark orange color. Two fingers of pillowy white head with average retention and nonuniform, scattered lacing.

3.5 S: First impression is that there is a fairly strong herbalness in this along with a touch of floweriness. Despite being about three years old, the brett is only mild and offers a damp basement aroma. Light peppery spiciness with a touch of peach and banana fruitiness.

3.0 T: Like the nose - herbal with a soft dank basement type funk. Very little fruitiness that comes in peach and wild apple. None of the flavors stand out. It's not exactly boring, but it is quite tame.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good level of carbonation, but it isn't as spritzy as I'd like. Could be creamier. Smooth.

3.0 D: A straightforward saison. Not bad, but not exciting either. Average or close to average all around.

DavoleBomb, Jul 13, 2011
Photo of wedgie9
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tasted from 750mL bottle at Lush CBC event courtesy of Dr. Bill. Pours cloudy gold with a thin white head. Nose of malt, lemon peel, soda sweetness, and biscuit. Flavor is more sour and bitter than expected with coconut, toasted malt, and lemon bitterness. Carbonation is lively with a medium plus body. This is an extremely unique and different beer that is very interesting. Thank you Dr. Bill!

wedgie9, May 12, 2010
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tight white head that boils down quickly. Clear orange-yellow color. Smell is like a lemony must. Like someone squeezed a lemon on damp rotting wood. Some vanilla and even...BO? Taste goes in another direction. Dry hay and pale malt flavor. Did the brett stop working or something? Herbal, dry, bitter hop finish. Milky, soft mouth feel. Brett is not too prevalent. I wonder what type of brett was used. This one was unique in a bad way.

BearsOnAcid, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of Smurf2055
3.09/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice clear yellow and very lively. three fingers head that sticks around.

Smell is sweet hay and fruity funk. More sweet than sour.

Taste is funky, barnyard up front, falls into fruity middle and a dry, chalky finish.

Good and refreshing. It’s a pretty good saison, but not sure I would want it again. It’s actually pretty impressive how unremarkable it is.

Smurf2055, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -11.2%

ygtbsm94, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at DLD 2011. Sorry for the lack of mention to however brought this, but I didn't write it down. Sean and Mike are slacking :) Served in a SAVOR snifter.

Pours a mostly-clear yellow-straw color with a good white head. Nice lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some very light malt and a touch of moderate funk. The yeast takes a semi-interesting turn from there, throwing off a bit of banana and other light fruits. The flavor falls along the same lines--it's different, though fairly enjoyable. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing on what was one of the warmer DLD afternoons I can recall. Very nice. Thanks again.

Thorpe429, May 11, 2011
Photo of AgentZero
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I don't remember who brought this, Ryan?

A - Yellow colored beer with a white head that didn't stick around for long and left some random spots on the side.

S - Somewhat fruity for a saison, with some sweeter notes and banana in there as well. Nice grass and barn smell with some light malts. It is pretty funky.

T - Brett funk, with some grass and some sweetness just on the edge of the tongue. Nothing profound, but not a bad beer.

M - Light, moderate carbonation, finishes dry.

O - Not a bad beer, although not mind-blowing. This was easy to drink and even with brett managed not to go down just fine. Could drink again, but won't seek out.

AgentZero, May 06, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Ryan for this one. I've wanted to try this for quite some time.

Pours gold in color with a big white head. A very intense pineapple aroma to this as well as some more subtle notes of citrus and tropical fruit. There is some bready malt, a touch of yeast, and a mild straw note. The flavor is moderately sweet with notes of bread, sweet fruits (especially pineapple), and some citrus. Just a hint of yeast and Brett funk. Medium in body and carbonation.

womencantsail, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Someone shared this at DLD. I thought it was either Sean or Thorpe but after perusing the reviews it is apparent it was not either of them. My guess is nkersten or shadesofgray. Thanks, whomever. The brew is a hazy straw yellow with a nice pillowy white froth replete with clingy lace. The nose is nice enough, I guess; dusty and musty and evokes straw and overripe banana. It does not wow me; aromatically, it is just a smidgen north of plebian. The taste does not really do any better, though it is also relatively pleasant. Flavors of wheat, dusty hay, banana, bubblegum and grass are noted upon the palate. The feel is nice and expansively creamy. Overall this is just a bit better than average.

ktrillionaire, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.78/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle opened on on 7.26.12.

A - Pours a clear, medium orange with a two finger cream-colored heat that seems to last forever.

S - Woody and mildew come to mind.

T - Buttery and oak, subtle tartness, old citrus.

D - Great carbonation and a light body, the after-taste is an oily tartness.

O - Different, buttery and some hop oil is still present. Not much funk is left however.

HuskyinPDX, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of DefenCorps
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I shared my lone bottle at the tasting this past weekend. What an excellent beer! Thanks to 5000 (on RB) for trading this rarity to me.

An absolutely gorgeous pour, light orange with a dense white head with great retention and excellent lacing, so intense it almost doesn't wash off! This is perfect, both for the style and otherwise.

The nose has a surprising amount of citrus dry hop character and an explosion of Brett. Straw, hay, grass, pepper, clove, light green apple, honey and a mild bready character and a moderate saison yeast spiciness. This is excellent.

The palate opens mildly bandaid-like with a beautiful citrus character, very well-balanced with plenty of hay, pepper and clove and a little lemon. The base saison is excellent, with straw and mild spices (pepper, a touch of something else?). Medium-light in body in body, I love how it feels on the palate. Carbonation is high and the finish is very drying and refreshing with a mild grassy and citrus character. Eminently drinkable, I must grab some Carnevale.

DefenCorps, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of midaszero
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden body with three fingers with awesomely thick lacing

S - Good amount of funky farm house goodness with yeast and fruit as well.

T - A little funky and some good spice presence with good fruit presence just like the nose.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good and pretty enjoyable.

midaszero, Feb 28, 2009
Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice pale golden with a 1 finger head. Good retention and some lacing. Smell is some brett at first, then spices and banana. The taste is of ripe peach, banana, and apple. It finishes with a slight dry bitterness, then tartness, and finally some alcohol. A great summer beer. I wish I could get more of this.

HopHead84, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.5%

spycow, Sep 28, 2014
Photo of waltersrj
3.6/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

2008 Vintage from Lost Abbey for Brouwers Cafe.

Pour: Murky straw/golden yellow with a big and fizzy, frothy white head. Lots of sludgy yeast in the bottom
Of the bottle.

Nose: Weak citrus, slight clove, honey, caramel malt, green apples, pineapple, and toast.

Taste: Belgian yeast, toast, honey, clove, faint green apple, caramel, and some funky, wet, musty "barnyard."

Mouthfeel: Murky thick from All the yeast "flocculants." Mildly carbonated but a bit thick for the style.

Overall: This has probably tapered off within the last few years and I'm not sure I'd recommend it other than for a tick.

waltersrj, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of illidurit
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle sampled at Lost Abbey during RBSG. Pours a clear dark gold with a watery off-white head that leaves wet lacing. Aroma is of overripe stone fruit. Flavor is sweet and yeasty, with some peach and banana esters. A slight hoppiness can be detected in the finish. High carbonation, dry finish.

illidurit, Aug 04, 2008
Photo of slaintemhor
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color of this saison was golden and slightly peachy. The nose was, obviously, saison-like but with hints of funk. On the palate, the first taste I got was a bit metallic (zinc-like) and bitter then funk, yeast and citrus and medium finish. I rather expected more, e.g. something better, from this brewer

slaintemhor, Jun 15, 2009
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Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
88 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.