Birra Basta - The Bruery

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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 10.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Bière de Garde |  8.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Halcyondays on 10-08-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 36 | Reviews: 14
Reviews by Murrhey:
Photo of Murrhey
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taster at Bruery Provisions, poured in a tulip glass

A: Lighter, nice head but little retention.

S: Some veggie smell, I swore it was pizza-y.

T: Very good, finished crisp.

M: Bit thin.

O: Strange type of beer, I want experiment more with Biere de Gardes.

More User Reviews:
Photo of womencantsail
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: This one pours a murky golden orange color with a small white head.

S: Smells pretty sweet. Lots of bread and a bit of the zucchini comes through. A bit of lemon peel and fennel. The cedar doesn't really come through all that much, thankfully.

T: Only a little bit of cedar on the flavor as well as a slight vanilla note. There is definitely some sweet toffee and caramel flavor. A little pepper, fennel, and a sweet starchy flavor I can only guess is zucchini.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was expecting a bit of a disaster, but this was quite good. It was too sweet for what I expect from a biere de garde, but nice otherwise.

Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

927th Review on BA
Draft to taster

@Bruery Provisions

App- A good orange with a yellow center. Very little head and fell to a ring of small popping bubbles.

Smell- More malt forward with a couple whiffs of spice and some vegetal notes.

Taste- A good malt spicy Bier de Garde. This wasnt as buttery as most. The vegetal notes comes in more on the taste. A little unbalanced but flavorful.

Mouth- A light medium body with a lighter medium carbonation level and a little spice on the finish.

Drink- This was pretty tasty. I am not sold on the style but if anyone in my backyard could make this work it would be The Bruery.

Photo of beagle75
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with over one finger of rapidly collapsing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fresh herbaceous character is featured, with a neutral malt backbone that is understated alongside an odd nutty quality. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined pale and crystal malts. Acidity is moderate and tangy, while earthy hop aromatics are mild. Nuttiness is savory in the middle, while the finish is brief with a thread of golden raisin. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate but refreshing, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The savory qualities of this beer are demonstrative, possessing the potential to pair in a contributory way alongside a variety of foods. It also possesses a palate-cleansing charm that would be lost on a bare palate. By itself it is relatively unremarkable, nuanced but not particularly memorable.

Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet. Reviewed from notes taken at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a caramel-copper.

Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, and slight lactic notes. Mild to moderate in strength.

T: Yeasty in a great way. Very bacteria-laden and wild without being too sour. Fantastic. It's exceptionally complex, with layers of lactic yeasty notes. Very well built and balanced.

Mf: Smoth and wet. Suits the flavour incredibly well.

Dr: Very drinkable and nice. I'd have it again at a lower price. Quite lovely.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky burnt orange or rusty color, but a bit lighter. Pretty good head and some lacing that hung around for a bit.

aroma is spicy, herbal, bready and green-y. A bit dull though, hard to pick out.

Anise up front in the taste, but it comes and goes rather quickly. Some vegetal hints, but nothing off putting. It seems the zuke adds to the body, which is kind of spongy. Not really, but it's kinda like velvet, but not as smooth. Chewy? Hmm...
Good spice and Belgian yeast going on around the end. I can see this pairing well with any pasta dish I can think of

Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the December 2011 Clusterfork. Brewed in partnership with Pizzeria Basta in Boulder, Colo., this one’s made with fennel seed, roasted zucchini, cedar chips and lemon peel. Poured into a champagne flute.

Apricot-gold, almost clear. One finger of creamy white froth eventually fades to a medium-sized ring.

Pear syrup in the nose. It’s nice and sweet, but backed by an odd, peppery quality — black pepper, maybe fennel. Soft and delicate.

With the combination of ingredients in here, I expected something weird, but this is a pretty normal biere de garde. There might be some vegetable notes from zucchini and hints of fennel, but they’re hidden behind more normal stuff: pears, flowers, roses, pepper. Like a sweet saison.

High, pinching carbonation and an equal amount of fizz. Medium body. Some alcohol in the nose. Fairly sweet throughout. Spritzy.

For a pizza beer, Birra Basta isn’t that weird, and is actually surprisingly tasty. Not weird enough for me.

Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Provisions.

A: Straw yellow gold with a big mousse-like head. Very good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Grainy malt with strong fennel seed and cedar notes. I get a touch of zucchini and soft fruity esters that bring pear and apple to mind. I do get some lemon peel as well.

T: The beer has a light fugacious sweetness up front with notes of orange, lemon, pear, and apple. Malt is grain and biscuit. I get a little coriander and vanilla as well.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable interpretation of the style, at least in a 4 ounce serving.

Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a white head. An aroma dominated by the fennel, unique though not sure I am a fan. Flavor is much more balanced, a touch tart, a little fruity, and some of the fennel. Medium bodied. Overall, not a bad brew. Quite balanced in flavor and enjoyable, but not a standout that has me craving more.

Photo of ngeunit1
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Served a cloudy golden orange color wit ha finger of frothy white head. The head faded down slowly leaving behind lots of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of Belgian yeasts with some farmhouse smells, with some spices, earthiness, and vegetable aromas.

T - Starts off with some vegetable and earthy flavors with a bit of Belgian yeasts and caramel. Through the middle, some wood comes through with some lemon and stronger yeast flavors with some clove and banana. The finish is a mix of yeast and spices with some more vegetable flavor.

M - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a bit of sharpness on the tongue.

D - Very drinkable. Interesting mix of flavors but comes together nicely, especially the vegetable flavors.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery,

A: Pours a murky unfiltered orange, with a medium white head, solid retention.

S: Musty, with definite squash notes, a hint of pear esters and lemon.

T: The zucchini is the most evident of the adjuncts, leaving a clear squash flavour. The fennel makes and appearance, but the lemon and cedar are hard to find. Good malty flavour overall.

M: Medium to full-bodied, pretty smooth, chalky at times, a little too sweet.

O: Solid biere de garde, I like the style, worth a try.

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

Had this on tap at The Bruery the night it was released. Poured a slightly hazy, golden-amber color with a small white head that disappeared quickly. Scent is sweet with a lot of spice and cedar wood. Sweet malt, with just a hint of squash as the beer warms. Taste is initially sweet cinnamon and pepper...other spices. There is definitely an apparent vegetable flavor, but can't distinguish zucchini specifically. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a spicy finish which leaves the mouth feeling tingly. Drinkability is high. Overall, this beer was not what I was expecting AT ALL. Did not remind me of pizza whatsoever...not even the slightest bit. It was tasty though!

Photo of phichifiji00
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden in color. pours a white head and moderate lacing.

Smell: malty, bready, lemon, woody, cedar, a hint of squash.

Taste: malty, bready, lemon, nutty, cedar.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, moderate carbonation, smooth, silky.

Overall: very tasty. drinkability is high. I wish the Bruery would bottle this.

Photo of Popp24
4.38/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one at the Bruery before and enjoyed it so I thought I would bring home a growler of it yesterday.

A: Amber/Orange; about a quarter inch head.

S: Mainly I just smell the signature Bruery yeast. A bit musty and some bread notes.

T: Full of flavors. It has a mild sweetness up front and then you taste a bit of hops in the background as well; it's mild though. The beer finishes with a mellow tart.

M: Light with a nice creamy finish.

O: I really enjoy this beer and I seriously could have drank my whole growler in one night but I restrained myself. The beer is nice and smooth and the flavors just seem to jump around in your mouth. This is one of my favorite's from the Bruery.

Birra Basta from The Bruery
83 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.