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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

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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Ratings: 192 |  Reviews: 152
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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.22/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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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3.95/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Gulden Draak tulip. Pours a very slightly hazy yellow golden amber with a two finger white head and lacing. Malt and hop aroma. Full bodied with bready malt and nice pilsner flavor. Light hop finish. Well made and satisfying, but not one of my top styles. Glad to have tried it. Might revisit if it was available in smaller bottles.

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3.83/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a tasting glass. It poured a light golden color with a thick white foam covering the top of the beer. Nice looking color to it.

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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Photo of MTNboy
4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A mildly hazy gold body that clears up (If you baby it). Nice carbonation to the body that leads to a white rocky head and forms a soapy lace.

Smell: There is a grainy presents with some zest qualities. Biscuits and some floral hop tones.

Taste: It has a sharp taste the hops although this is not really a “hoppy beer” hit you first then the finish is all about the malt.

Mouthfeel: I would say it has a medium body with a refreshing bite and a creamy feel.

Overall: I loved it. It was as it should have been a heavy pils. It was very refreshing

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -14.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of oline73
3.98/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: Pours a slightly cloudy yellow/golden color with two fingers of white foam. The head fades to a layer on top of the pour and leaves some lacing.

Smell: Sweet malt with some mild herbaL notes as well as some citrus. Very pilsner like.

Taste: Not a whole lot of sweetness, maybe a bit in the finish. Pilsner malt with some mild citrus notes. Some alcohol and a bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with prickly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: One of the better examples of the style I have had. I'd have another if I ever get the chance.

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +9.5%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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4/5  rDev -2.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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5/5  rDev +21.7%

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3.67/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a wit. Hazy light orange color with a bright white head.

Given the age, it's no surprise the hops have faded. Mostly a bready aroma with a hint of alcohol.

Bready taste, slight citrus, hints of alcohol and a nice malti sweetness.

Crisp in a way, but full bodied for a 2x Pils.

Nice brew, but I regret not having it fresh.

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4.06/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a snifter - Best by date is 9/2010 and it's 9/2011 so take this review with a grain of salt. It's been sitting in the back of my fridge since I bought it and I forgot it was there.

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a nice white head that fades to a layering and leaves a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Looks pretty great.

S: The nose is very malt forward with notes of sugar bread, light tropical fruits, and a bit of vanilla in the background. No hops but I expect this was once a hop bomb given the tropical fruit influence.

T: The taste has barely any hops and more tropical fruits like pineapple with sweet bready malt and vanilla in the background. I actually love the way it tastes but I imagine it's not anywhere near what they intended. Kinda tastes like it's oak aged with the vanilla aromas and flavors.

M: The feel is actually creamy and medium bodied. The finish is slighty dry but you can tell it should be a bit drier.

O: I actually like this with a year or more of age. It tastes like a regular oak aged IPA that is past its prime yet it has the characteristics of a regular Pilsner. Very tasty yet not what intended by the brewery at this point.

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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a slight hazy bright yellow color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of lightly sweet malt base with a solid dry hops aroma. Taste is a nice mix between some lightly sweet floral malt bill with nice notes of dry European hops. Body is quite full with average filtration and good carbonation with no apparent alcohol. Very drinkable with nice complexities and nice balanced mix of hops.

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4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Shared a 750ml with jeed2316. This bottle has been in my cellar for over a year as it is was being tested for food pairings for an upcoming tasting.

A - Very light, crisp golden color. Tons of pillowy, foamy head. I remember that when I first tried this when it came out, there was a ton of carbonation at first, almost like a champagne. The carbonation was still there, but it was definitely not overwhelming to look at this time around.

S - The earthy notes really take over with aging. Very complex, almost a bit skunky, but very strong grain, wheat tones to this. The aroma is very clean and refreshing, and is truly one of the highpoints of this beer. I almost gave this a five.

T - Very balanced, as the hops are present on the smell but the taste brings out more of the malts. There is just a bit of spice on the tongue, but very crisp and smooth overall. Excellent Imperial Pilsner that seems very basic at first, but is really very deep and complex.

M - Exceptionally clean and easy to drink. I really want more of this. Pilsners sometimes have that gross, skunky finish at the end, but this leaves me wanting more.

O - I've had this twice and the second was even better than the first. Grab a bottle if you can still find it and enjoy!

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Collaboration No. 1 - Imperial Pilsner from Boulevard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 4.11 out of 5 with 192 ratings
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