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

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

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

182 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 8.72%


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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roblowther

Texas

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

The thought of an 8% pilsner in a 750ml bottle intrigues me...
BIG cork pop, light gold color, a VERY active frothy white head and its too soon to call it love but let's call it lust for now. Smell is lemon, hay, slight medicinal phenols, and I'm getting thirstier. Taste is peppery, almost sweet for a second then sharp and dry and back to the pepper. Has a bit of biscuit in there. Not nearly as hoppy as I expected, as most people try to differentiate themselves from macro pilsners by uber-hopping. The hops are subtle here, showing up in the aftertaste as a ghost of their former bitter selves. Very drinkable. Mouthfeel is well-carbonated but not overly so. It has a softness that rounds things out. Very drinkable. The hops just hover around after you drink it, reminding you how refreshing this beer is, how much is going on with it, without being too challenging. A very good, VERY drinkable beer. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 23:29:09 | More by roblowther
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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.

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The aroma has a crisp, citrus rind quality to it along with some tart fruits. I also get some sweeter pale malts and slight herbal spice.

The taste shows a little more of an herbal, earthy hop presence to it. I get some crisp, tart fruits to it along with some lemon rind zest.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is high. Overall it was pretty decent beer of the style. It was pretty drinkable and flavorful as well. I'm not usually a fan of double or imperial pilsners, but this one wasn't bad.

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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
92 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.