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

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

Brewed by:
Boulevard Brewing Co.
Missouri, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by bort11 on 01-14-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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3.15/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: I loved the appearance of this beer it had a yellow murky tint. Very eye pleasing.

S: The aroma was fantastic Similar to sour dough bread. not overwhelming.

T: This is where i became disappointed, the beer was crisp, fruitful and refreshing for the first few seconds. Until you swallow, then the after taste overwhelms the pallet. It has some Metallic flavor similar to copper or silver, and a tartness that can only be compared to chewing a piece of lemon peel. this ruined the entire preceding experience. After about half a glass you become used to the flavor a bit more but the tartness and metallic flavor still lingers long after the sip is gone. However i will say that for as potent of a beer as it is, Collaboration #1 was surprisingly smooth.

I love both Orval and Boulevard and I would have to say that this is my least favorite effort on both of their parts.

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4.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750 ml corked bottle, poured into a pilsner glass. Tight bubble formation in the head, which pushes just over two inches. This is one to pour in moderate pulls. Color is a bright straw yellow with a mild haze. Perfect amount of carbonation for a pilsner, which means tons.

Smell is a dry biscuit from the pilsner malt, with some green alfalfa from the Saaz hops. Taste has a lot more green grass character. Malts remain crisp and dry, with a interesting hint of vanilla.

Mouthfeel is crisp, but it definitely has body. It finishes with a mildly tart after taste. The finish is actually not as dry as what I was expecting. For an 8%, it is very clean and refreshing. This is no sissy lager by any means. Solid beer all the way through.

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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
4.11 out of 5 based on 192 ratings.
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