Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008
Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
3.95 | pDev: 9.62%
Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.09/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

Aug 06, 2013
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Smurf2055 from Washington

3.1/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

Aug 03, 2013
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mothman from Minnesota

4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jan 26, 2013
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HuskyinPDX from Washington

3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Jul 28, 2012
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craytonic from District of Columbia

3.95/5  rDev 0%
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

May 21, 2012
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mdfb79 from New York

4.05/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Apr 24, 2012
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Apr 23, 2012
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drabmuh from Maryland

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Apr 23, 2012
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womencantsail from California

4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Jan 24, 2012
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waltersrj from Washington

3.61/5  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.

Dec 15, 2011
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle.

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.

Sep 17, 2011
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DavoleBomb from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev -19%
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.

Jul 13, 2011
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ktrillionaire from Florida

3.61/5  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.

Jun 11, 2011
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

May 11, 2011
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AgentZero from Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

May 06, 2011
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Sean9689 from Illinois

3.82/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

May 04, 2011
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BearsOnAcid from Washington

3.52/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Oct 06, 2010
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largadeer from California

4/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Aug 22, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada

4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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).

Aug 17, 2010
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wedgie9 from Tennessee

4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
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!

May 12, 2010
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NittanyBeerFan from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Apr 10, 2010
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treyrab from California

4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A huge thanks to my man Dyan for bringing this rarity to our Philly tasting. This was a gem to try. Thanks man. Popped the cork and poured into a flute style glass:

A: Pours an amazing yellow gold with a white head. The haze on this beer is awesome - really goes well with the style. The head lasts a bit and is nice and spritzy.

S: Nice Brett funk. Tons of hay and barnyard with some underlying spices. Some clove and dry black pepper. Hints of orange and lemon accompany the funky Brett. A bit muted, but at the same time a lot going on.

T: Funky funk funk. Funk! A nice Bretty barnyard taste that is rather dry with a nice dose of orange and lemon. Pretty dry with pepper and some other spices.

M/D: Great.

Overall, this is one of the best saisons I have had. The Brett element goes perfect with the style, and especially this beer. Thanks again, Dyan.

Apr 08, 2010
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Apr 01, 2010
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CoolJosh from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was generously shared by Dyan at the 'Most Epic F'ing Tasting Ever.'

Poured into a Stone 4oz taster glass. This beer pours a soft lemon yellow with a nice light white film that rests on top. Tons of Barnyard funk in the smell, In addition to a lemony spritz. Light pepper, matched with slights of corriander and pear.

The taste is good with funk through the roof and a very sharp mouthfeel. High carbonation. Lemon is the most predominant flavor, but tons of barnyard funkiness creeping around the entire glass. Very interesting beer, with a light plasticity that semi bugs me out. All in all, a decent offering and one that I would like to try with some age on top.

Mar 29, 2010
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gford217 from Georgia

4.4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Oct 05, 2009
Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008 from Pizza Port Solana Beach
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 40 ratings