Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008 - Pizza Port Solana Beach
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3.58/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
05-11-2011 10:40:07 | More by Thorpe429
4.2/5 rDev +6.6%
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.
01-24-2012 17:08:43 | More by womencantsail
4/5 rDev +1.5%
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.
08-22-2010 01:33:19 | More by largadeer
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks to Shane for contributing this brew. Served in a tasting snifter.
A - Pours with a finger of off-white foam that settles to a thin cap and thick collar. Attractive hazy peach-straw color.
S - Fruity brett, pineapple, lemon, grains of paradise, a touch of faded hop character, and a pale malt backdrop. Pleasant and refreshing.
T - Taste is fairly similar, with a backbone of pale malt, and then pineapple and other tropical fruits, a bit of yeasty spice, and a nice touch of lemon sourness in the finish. There's a bit of hay and some floral notes in there as well.
M - Very dry, and perhaps a touch grainy. Nice active carbonation, and a medium body that is more than adequate for the ABV. No apparent alcohol.
D - This was a pleasant surprise, and I went for a refill. I'm curious how it compares to the recent batches of Carnevale that have the brett addition (but not the dry-hopping).
08-17-2010 17:23:51 | More by MasterSki
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Thanks to Richard for sharing this rarity. Beer is yellow and hazy with a nice white head of big and medium bubbles, some lacing, low retention, moderate carbonation.
Aroma is mildly bretty, a little yeast, some fruitiness, banana a little plum.
Beer is light in body, oaky, fruity, funky, not as good as the 2009 but a very good beer here. I enjoyed it. Light as airy on the palate, a little dry on the finish, A decent saison or wild or whatever this is. Thanks!
04-23-2012 15:33:38 | More by drabmuh
4.05/5 rDev +2.8%
From 04/14/12 notes. Bottled shared by GRG1313 at our DC Sour Tasting; thanks a ton Richard!
a - Pours a murky yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.
s - Smells of bananas, pineapple, tropical fruits, fruity malts, light brett. Nice, and a lot more fruit than I was expecting.
t - Tastes of bananas, cloves, yeast, spice, brett, fruity malts, light citrus and tropical notes.
m - Medium body and low carbonation, very smooth and easy to drink body. Great mouthfeel.
o - Overall a nice beer. Wasn't sour but who cares, it was a very good beer. Nice fruit and brett mixing together, worth checking out.
04-24-2012 17:17:37 | More by mdfb79
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.01/5 rDev +1.8%
A drank a bottle of this at Brouwer's in Seattle after the marathon.
Color is a vibrant golden yellow. A nice layer of white head. Great carbonation level despite it being from 2008.
Flavor profile is of brett and some funk, lemon and other citrus fruits, and some yeast. It has a bready malt profile with a barnyard musk to it.
Mouthfeel is pretty clean, but dry. Lighter bodied with a great carbonation level.
A great beer that has held up well. I enjoyed the entire bottle and wasn't sick of it. It wasn't mind blowing, but it was a solid brew.
01-26-2013 21:06:14 | More by mothman
District of Columbia
4.1/5 rDev +4.1%
Bottle shared by GRG1313 at our sour and wild ales tasting on April 14, 2012. Thanks Richard.
The beer is yellow and fairly hazy with a small white head. The aroma is enticing, with scents of funk, citrus, oak, and light spice. A very tasty beer. A touch of sweetness is balanced by a subtle tartness in the finish. Light to medium in body. A very interesting beer. It's always fun to sample rare and retired beers like these.
04-23-2012 22:26:25 | More by Huhzubendah
4.5/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
09-02-2008 20:32:36 | More by HopHead84
3.78/5 rDev -4.1%
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.
07-28-2012 05:10:36 | More by HuskyinPDX
3.1/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
08-06-2013 01:09:01 | More by Alieniloquium
3.53/5 rDev -10.4%
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.
05-05-2011 23:05:58 | More by AgentZero
4.3/5 rDev +9.1%
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.
04-01-2010 13:30:59 | More by DefenCorps
4.38/5 rDev +11.2%
Big thanks to Andre for this rarity, poured into a tulip.
Pours a brilliantly clear golden orange with a big fluffy white head that shows excellent retention and leaves some spotty lacing along the sides. The bubbles feed up from the bottom leaving a solid cap throughout.
The aroma is much sweeter than I was expecting, with tons of light fruit with apricots seemingly the most dominant. There is some yeasty spiciness with a bit of barnyard funk, but not a lot, as well as a bready aroma as well.
The taste is much the same as the aroma with the light sweet fruits dominating with pears and apricots playing a major role. The Belgian yeast and toasted biscuits form a solid that leaves a bit of spice in the finish along with a very small brett presence.
The mouthfeel is spritzy with lots of carbonation and extremely lively on the palate overall. It's light to medium bodied and slightly dry in the finish.
This is another great Belgian style beer from Tomme and Lost Abbey. It's much lighter on the brett than I was expecting, but it's a fantastic saison and possibly the most drinkable I've ever had in the style. Excellent.
10-05-2009 01:46:57 | More by gford217
4.25/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
08-04-2008 19:30:31 | More by illidurit
3.18/5 rDev -19.3%
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.
07-13-2011 20:30:36 | More by DavoleBomb
3.83/5 rDev -2.8%
Bottle shared by (???) at DLD.
A - Pours a hazy yellow, fizzy white head, spotty lacing with little to no retention.
S - Nice funky brett right away, barnyard-esk funk, bananas, slight pineapple/pear sweetness.
T - Lots of funk, seems it's really taken over the beer in a couple of years. Not much of anything else, just funky brett with some slight malty sweetness.
M - Light, smooth, dry finish.
D - A good Saision that I did enjoy, but Erudition beats it head-to-head. Maybe a little to much funk. Perhaps it would have been better to open this one a year or so ago? Who knows. Anyway, a good brett saison, but not outstanding.
05-04-2011 18:24:11 | More by Sean9689
3.6/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
06-11-2011 04:12:18 | More by ktrillionaire
4/5 rDev +1.5%
Pours hazy gold with a half inch head of white froth. Subdued carbonation with barely a trace of any pop from disgorgement. Dots of lacing throughout the glass and a solid skim coat.
Aromatics lead off with hints of pineapple, cloves, green apples, cut grass, and a bit of wet hay. A hint of wet paper pulls through.
Light bodied with a crispish mouthfeel. A bit syrupy and the carbonation is way low for the style.
Biscuity malt drizzeled with honey and clove dust starts the palate. Some turned earth and light spice follows through along some faint, weak citrus.
Finishes with quickly fading sweet malt, light spice, and traces of wet cardboard.
Maybe this one was better fresh? Dunno, but Saisons usually age pretty well and this ones way faded and the carbonation is weak.
09-17-2011 21:24:04 | More by brewandbbq
4.33/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
12-12-2008 21:44:12 | More by magictrokini
Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
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