Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008 | Pizza Port Solana Beach

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Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008Brouwer's Imagination Series Saison 2008

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Pizza Port Solana Beach
California, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by seaoflament on 08-03-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Svejk
4.65/5  rDev +18%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was really surprised by this beer. For some reason I thought it was a tank of Carnavale that was dosed with brett. If that's the case, I think I need to dose every beer in my basement with brett.

At the first whiff, I could tell this was going to be a real treat. It has a floral impression that sticks with you. The taste is like a really nice saison, but it is a very dry beer so it doesn't stick around for long.

I followed this beer with Avec Le Bon Vieux, and I was surprised that I was wishing for more Imagination Series. This is one great beer.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.5/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of gford217
4.4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of treyrab
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of seaoflament
4.35/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer that was shared by Tomme at the RateBeer event (8/02). A bit of info given by Lost Abbey:
"Created solely for Brouwer's Café in Seattle and never released at the brewery. 43 Cases and 5 ½ bbls produced."
This beer is pretty much a non-dry hopped version of Carnevale with some brettanomyces.

Poured a light golden color with about half an inch of foam.

The smell was of yeast, earth, apples, pears and pale malt. Later on as the beer warmed up, and I got a second sample to finish my review, it started to open up more fruits like peaches and cherry.

The taste was very similar to the aroma with a touch of alcohol in the end. Sweet, fruity, and very little tartness. Later on I tasted some crackers, bread, peach and nectarines. (As for the score, this one really is between a 4 and 4.5 for me, but for the style it is pretty solid).

Very crisp and refreshing, would make a great beer for those warm days. Smooth, light, and a bit of bitterness in the finish.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.33/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of wedgie9
4.3/5  rDev +9.1%
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!

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Photo of NittanyBeerFan
4.28/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Photo of midaszero
4.23/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Clear golden body with three fingers with awesomely thick lacing

S - Good amount of funky farm house goodness with yeast and fruit as well.

T - A little funky and some good spice presence with good fruit presence just like the nose.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty good and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of womencantsail
4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of illidurit
4.2/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CoolJosh
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.1/5  rDev +4.1%
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).

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Photo of mdfb79
4.05/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.02/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4/5  rDev +1.5%
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!

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Photo of craytonic
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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

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Photo of Sean9689
3.82/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.74/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.61/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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