Tweet Finally, the time came for the last of the bottles that Todd had brought me, Smokestack Series Collaboration No. 1 fom Boulevard Brewing Co.. Unlike the previous two, Yeti Espresso Oak Aged and Russian River Supplication, I didn't open Collaboration Nº1 because I thought it would "pair" well with a given moment. I did it just because I wanted to drink something new and its elegant bottle was the one that caught my attention first.
Todd had brought it a bit like a joke. According to the brewer, it is an Imperial Pilsner and he had read my opinion about this "style". Opinion that hasn't changed a bit, actually, after reading the back label, it's been reinforced.
The name, Collaboration, is because the beer was brewed together by Steven Powels, brewer at Boulevard, and Jean-Marie Rock, Brew Master at Orval, recreating a beer the latter used to brew at the beginning of his career, which I very much doubt was categorised as an Imperial Pilsner.
But nobody gives much of a toss about what the labels say, better pay attention to what the beer says.
something Mr. Rock himself confirms, the beer, at 8%ABV, is stronger than he had expected.
The link article speaks in detail about the "first wort hopping" method that was used to brew Collaboration Nº1. I wonder if they also used decoction, since they don't mention it, I will assume they didn't. Can that have been one of the reasons the beer attenuated so much, or at least, why it feels so thin?
Frankly, I didn't like it. With its pedigree and the presentation (and I'm sure, the price, too), I was expecting a lot more. In the end, it ends up loosing against the humble Jihlavský Grand.
Anyway, Todd thanks a lot for these three beers. Hope we can meet again soon.
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