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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner - Boulevard Brewing Co.

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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial PilsnerCollaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner

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188 Ratings

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Ratings: 188
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.47%
Wants: 17
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co. visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

For this inaugural installment of collaboration brews, we invited distinguished Belgian brewer Jean-Marie Rock to join our own Steven Pauwels for a zymological alliance. The two conspired to revive a recipe from the very beginning of Rock’s career, the memory of which he has cherished for more than 30 years. A starkly simple recipe combined with a painstakingly complex brewing process produce an Imperial Pilsner of subtle elegance and delicately balanced contrasts. First wort hopping, a very old technique in which hops normally added late in the boil are put in at the beginning, and allowed to steep for a much longer time, gives the beer an especially refined hop aroma and flavor. The 100% Pilsner malt makes a clear, yet restrained statement, answered by a stead, harmonious chorus of Saaz hop bitterness, echoes of which linger in the dry, crisp finish.

29 IBU

(Beer added by: bort11 on 01-14-2010)
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look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Batch #1, 2009. So this is a vintage.
Collaboration one pours a hazy golden color with a nice large long lasting head. The aroma is malty, sweet, crisp, with nice hints of yeasty and lemons. The taste has a nice crisp malty backbone, with nice hints of lemon, and a nice vanilla undertone. There are also a crisp grass like flavor, with a finish that has hints of a yeasty like flavor. Feels very nice, very nicely carbonated. Overall what a nice complex full flavored Pils, would have loved to tried a fresh one, but very surprised on how it aged.

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Thanks to JeepCop for this bottle...

A: Pours a nice semi-opaque lemony yellow with about one and a half fingers of pure white head. The foam settles slowly and leaves a good amount of lacing along the glass.

S: This beer smells like a prefect pilsner. It smells crisp and clean, there are notes of fresh cut grass, lemon, and a bit of sweet berry.

T: This beers starts out wet and crisp. There is a bit of stinging mixed with berry as soon as it hits the palate. The berry flavors fade and the citrus notes come on strong afterward. Fresh cut grass and more citrus are evident in the finish. There is a nice malt backbone all the way through the taste.

M: Medium bodied beer. Don't let the clean, light, color fool you. This beer has a bit of heft to it. The carbonation starts off high, but it settles as it moves on the palate. It's not easy drinking, but it's solid.

O: This is a solid beer. I don't think I've ever had an Imperial Pilsner before. The mouthfeel is good and the flavors are spot on for a pilsner. I can;t pick up much alcohol for an 8% beer, which I greatly appreciate. Another quality Boulevard beer.

trxxpaxxs, Mar 16, 2012
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Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very slightly hazy yellow golden amber with a two finger white head and lacing. Malt and hop aroma. Full bodied with bready malt and nice pilsner flavor. Light hop finish. Well made and satisfying, but not one of my top styles. Glad to have tried it. Might revisit if it was available in smaller bottles.

LiquidAmber, Mar 06, 2012
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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
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