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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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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

186 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 186
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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Mistofminn

Minnesota

4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boulevard has to be one of my favorite breweries. Their regular year-round offerings are all solid and very enjoyable, but I have found pure bliss in many of their Smokestack Series beers. I don't think I've had one I didn't like yet.

Naturally, when I heard back in October that Boulevard was pairing up with Orval, I couldn't wait! Then word came out that it was an Imperial Pilsner, and while kind of shocked, my excitement grew. Finally, after waiting a long time to try this, I get to crack open an extremely fresh bottle.

Pours a slightly hazy, mostly clear, golden color. The initial pour produces 4 finger of fluffy white head, with great staying power and leaving behind some massive lacing. This already looks like a Pilsner on 'roids. It seems as though the head on this always seems to be perfect. I would stop pouring with about an inch left at the top of the glass and the head would fill it in, maybe go a couple milimeters over and stop, just before you think it's going to flow over the edge.

This smells absolutely fantastic! 100% pale malt and 100% saaz hops and it smells every bit of it. For such a simple brew, the aroma is fantastic. Sweet and bready malts, with a nice spicey and grassy hop character in the finish.

Taste starts out with pears and apples, fruity and dry. Bready malts kick in about mid-palate and finishes with a spicey dry hop character. This tastes fantastic.

Mouthfeel is on the light side, but for a Pilsner what do you expect? Crisp carbonation but has a smooth feel to it. Incredibly drinkable, and doesn't drink any bit of it's 8.4%.

Overall, this is a fantastic example of a Pilsner. I could drink this all day. This will hence forth be the Imperial Pilsner that I judge all other Imperial Pilsner's by. Excellent stuff.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2010 06:03:07 | More by Mistofminn
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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.

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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.