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Beauregarde - The Bruery

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539 Ratings
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Ratings: 539
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 153
Gots: 118 | FT: 22
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: UCLABrewN84 on 06-03-2013

Beauregarde is our first ever use of blueberries and we couldn't be happier with how this beer turned out. We added an incredible amount of fruit to our barrel aged, sour blonde ale and the result is just as expected. A lovely shade of reddish purple with flavors of tart blueberries, just in time for summer. Perfect along side a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.
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Ratings: 539 | Reviews: 53
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Photo of jeonseh
3.83/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -Dark raspberry color with a nice plum head

S - Blueberry, tart raspberry, lactic acid, slight balsamic vinegar.

T -Tart raspberry with a good lactic acid presence. Has a bit of the creamy butter presence that you find in a lot of Bruery sours. Light tart raspberry near the end

M - Good carbonation, medium body with a dry finish to it.

O - Don't get much blueberry as it reminds me of a raspberry beer crossed with the buttery Bruery presence to it. Decent but not that great.

Photo of markchristenson
3.53/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Good beer. The blueberries, for me, were most noticeable on the finish and were very pure in flavor and added a nice bit of complexity to this sour ale. The beer reminded me of Oude Tarte in terms of acidity and mouthfeel, but with a bit more lift and freshness. Good beer.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Purple tinge. Reddish more than purple. Minimal white head. Very thin collar.

Smell - Acidic. Deep berry aroma. Blueberry, I suppose. Lots of oak.

Taste - Pretty sour. Berry flavor, but again not really distinct blueberry. Oaky. Some vanilla.

Mouthfeel - Medium light. Quite sour, but never offensive.

Overall - One of the best Bruery sours I've had in a long time.

Photo of IKR
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Slightly cloudy reddish violet color. Moderate light violet head that dissipated quickly. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Mild funk and tart blueberries. The blueberries come off as tart fruit notes that I'm not sure if I would call them out as blueberries without knowing they were used. Regardless, I like the nose on this beer.

Taste: Tart blueberries and touch of funk. The beer finishes fairly dry with the blueberry notes. No acetic notes present in this one.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.

Overall: A good Bruery sour.

Photo of TWStandley
4.36/5  rDev +1.4%

Poured from the bottle into a taster.

Appeared a dark purple color with minimal head.

Smelled of tart blueberries with a raspberry/blackberry backbone.

Taste was a bit subdued which was nice - not too overpowering with the sourness, not too overpowering with the blueberries...well balanced.

Mouthfeel was light and bubbly.

Overall this one surprised me. It was quite delicious and easy drinking for a sour.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750 ml capped bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.
5.3% ABV, 2013 edition (05/09/13), "best enjoyed fresh."

A - Purple-ish ruby-hued, Beauregarde pours hazy and complete with a pink-tinted cap of foam that fizzles away to a loose ring of bubbles with little lace in it's wake.

S - Sour wild funk is almost eye-watering in this sharp aroma, rich with lactic acidity cutting through crisp pale malt and undertones of crushed blueberries.

T - Tart blueberries and semi-sweet malt washes over the tongue but its presence is cut short by sharp and funky yeast and acidity that lingers on the tongue with commanding presence.

M - The combination of both tart and sour make for a wonderful experience as this highly carbonated beer dances on the tongue, puckering the mouth and finishing very dry.

O - While I can imagine the presence and overall fruitiness the blueberries add when the beer is fresh, Beauregarde is still a delicious and intriguing beer even after a year. Its got plenty of sour power with acidic and funky yeast but bright and drinkable regardless.

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Syndicate hooked this one up tonight... Thanks a ton Darrel!! I caught the bottle a few pours in and it was a bit murky brown/purple.

Nose is big lactic sour with a nice punch of blueberry.. well done but a bit blown out IMO.

Flavor is tart, puckery, sour, tannic and THEN the berries come in on the finish. 2 dimensional is a generous observation... still, somehow the blueberries are so lovely. Such little berries harbor a huge kinship in my heart.

Very happy I got to try this one.. Big props again to Syndicate! Thanks Darrel!!

3.25/3.75/4.25/3.75/4

Photo of angrybabboon
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Review from notes dated 8/2/14

Cheers to Bilco for sharing this

A: Cloudy, hazy, range of colors from deep red to apricot to orange, with some pink - small, white head, with hints of more pink - fades to a few wisps

S: Definite berry flesh, nice aroma of blueberry - tart, with some sourness - nicely aged, with some nice wood complexity, but also some fresh fruit aromas

T: Solid spectrum of blueberry flavors - ripe, juicy blueberry skin and flesh - like biting into a fresh berry - nice tartness, nice level of sourness - lactic sour with some nice acidity - some wood - pale malts at the base, finishes with even more blueberry

M: Medium body, low carbonation, smooth, lightly puckering

O: Worth being turned into a blueberry for more of this

While this may not be the best fruit sour I've had, it may just be the best blueberry sour I have ever had. This is worth seeking out.

Photo of JulioH
4.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

More than the blueberries, I tasted more smoke than anything else. Maybe it was because this beer was aged in oaks, or maybe the blueberries gave it that sweet and smoky taste, but this is a very impressive beer. I don't think is very high up on alcohol content, but it nevertheless is a great beer.

Wouldn't mind trying it again.

Photo of spicelab
3.78/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

750mL shared 4 ways at tasting. Reviewed from notes.

Musty, chalky magenta with a light and airy white head that peaks at a finhger before falling to the barest ring.

Pungent oak and busting out of the gates acidity. Blueberry is quite pronounced. Faint hint of nail polish remover.

Taste is tangy, zesty, and sherbety. So much so that the blueberry component is more fuzzy than focused. Nice, but not a complex flavour profile.

Thick, buzzy with modest but asertive carbonation. The oaky edges allay the sourness and any potential for harshness at the finish.

Solid and enjoyable, but it's conspicuously another product of the Bruery's well-worn oaked-sour template. Not that it's a bad thing, it's just becoming a bit familiar.

Photo of SHODriver
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Bruery Tulip to a reddish pink hue topped by two fingers of light pink head that fades quickly to a small collar around the edge of the glass with minimal lacing
S: smells of oak, funk, sourness and blueberries
T: taste is acetic sourness with some funk and oak with some nice blueberry flavor. a little barnyard as well. Swallow is blueberries, oak, funk and sourness with some lingering blueberry flavor and sweetness toward the very end of the finish
M: fairly light on the palate with slightly prickly carbonation and a drying finish
O: This beer is fantastic. It's extremely tart but the fruit is still there in a supporting role. Probably better fresh but still amazing after some age. Truly a world class sour and I'm not just saying that because it's hard to get.

Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yay for people having extra allotments!

A-Cloudy ruby pink, weel carbonated, one finger pink head that doesn't last long.

S-Oak, mild blueberries, funk but not a lot.

T-Woah, Very funky and sour, packs a mean punch. Mild blueberries that increase as it warms. slight oak.

M-Medium bodied, well carbonated, crisp dry finish,

O-A wonderful sour from The Bruery, one of the more sour sours out there.

Photo of ThickNStout
3.74/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750mL bottle acquired through the Reserve Society. Bottled 5/9/14. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours a lilac maroon hue wih about one finger of pale pinkish head that fades quickly and really doesn't lace.

Smells funky and tart. Acidic, vaguely floral and a little fruity. Not much that I can pinpoint specifically over the strong tart/sour aroma.

Taste is definately sour. A puckering blend of an almost tart wheat character, sour fruits, subtle oak earthyness and general funk. Blueberries come out more in the finish and are easily my favorite aspect of this.

Crisp light medium body with a healthy dose of carbonation. Tart blueberry and general sour blonde aftertaste.

The Bruery continues to keep me digging further into the realm of sours. Not what I'd typically pick up but an interesting change from my typical stounts n' hops. I may not buy another bottle but I'd drink it again without a problem.

Photo of ShanePB
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle, shared by greenplastic615.

A: Hazy, pinkish red colored body. Fluffy head that settled out quickly. Little to no lacing.

S: Funk, sour fruit, blueberry puree, generic berry fruits.

T: Blueberry though not overpowering as it isn't a strong fruit flavor to begin with. Plenty sour but not as much as I was expecting. Generic berry flavors and a dry malt flavor on the back end.

M: Fizzy, bubble and highly carbonated. Good but maybe slightly too much.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.38/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle on trade (thanks, John Serra!), unknown bottling date (2013 vintage), poured into my FFF Teku glass, drank 8/3/13 over an hour.

A: 3/3 - red-purple coloration, minimal clarity (cannot see through), carbonation rocky purple on first pour but very quickly dissipates into subtle glass lacing , no alcohol legs

S: 10/12 - lots of pungent sour (especially vinegar) notes admixed with those blueberries and other barnyard qualities; no vomit here though

T: 19/20 - on the anterior tongue, like the earlier taste Sans Pangeaie, there's a strong sourness - vinegar, sour blueberries; in the middle of the mouth, some of the vinous qualities start to rear their head probably from the oak aging - but less tannins than its sister; the alcohol is present but certainly not overwhelming in the taste; I taste alcohol but no malt to speak of

M: 4/5 - moderate bodied and appropriately carbonated for an American wild ale (unlike the Sans P.); still, I had drank Russian River's Supplication earlier tonight, and the sourness lingers too long with this one like its sibling, but I gave it an extra point for the improved carbo

O: 9/10 - another solid offering x 2 from The Bruery, which continues to emerge as one of my favorite American breweries; they nail sours better than any other American brewery to my palate and this is another must have for fans of American wild ales

TOTAL = 45/50

Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another one split with Rudzud due to our membership.

Light fizzy purple head, murky dark mahogany slight reddish blueberry juice.

Nose nice tart sour wild beer, tart fruit, acidic bite, blueberry flesh and light stem tannic, floral wild funk, blueberry pie filling, there's also light grainy blond ale underneath with hints of grainy crust, fairly sweet blueberry candy, nice tartness.

Taste is very sour, very very sour, big tart fruit, acetic acid, nice acidic bite, big blueberry pie, fresh blueberry flesh and skin, blueberry pie filling with light sweet blueberry candy, light stem tannin, nice sour blond ale too, light vinous funk and tart fruit, but plenty of blueberry. Finish is light flemmy, bit sticky syrupy but fairly dry, tart mouth puckering sour blond, plenty more blueberry lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, nice carb, light acidic burn.

Overall awesome!

Photo of jeff1973
3.71/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Piggly Wiggly tulip (yes, there is such a thing). 2013 vintage.

A - Brilliantly clear dark red, even on the edge of light purple. Light pink head that is very slight and almost no lacing.

S - Tart blueberries, cherries, white vinegar, and a slight bit of barnyard funk.

T - A very tart mixed berry fruit juice. Acidity isn't overpowering. Not much barnyard, but does dry out noticeable at the end (Brett?)

M - Light and spritzy. Refreshing, but I could easily see this with a bit more body.

O - Nice refreshing drink, not really complex, but good drink on a hot day.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Abraham/me. Thank you to both.

With a rapidly receding pinkish head, this beer is a moderately hazy and murky reddish pink. The nose is gorgeous. Plenty of berries - blueberries, blackberries, skin tannins, seed tannins - along with a blend of lemon and lactic acids with minimal vinegar. What's more impressive is the funk here. Mildly earthy and mushroomy, blending really well with the lemon, this is really good! A touch of vanilla is present. A touch of sulfur is also present.

The palate opens with a wonderful berry flavor and sourness. The brightness and sweetness of the berries is wonderful with the moderately lactic and rather yogurty sourness (closer to buttermilk, actually). The lemony sour notes also appear early up. The mid-palate has a moderate sweetness, surprising given the sourness, that has flavors of jammy berries, a little honey and simple syrup. A touch of spice - cinnamon? - is also present. The finish is a classic American sour beer finish, with a dextrinous sweetness, pronounced lactic sourness, a moderately jammy fruity character and a little vanilla. This is a combination that is especially hard to do well, and is done wonderfully here. There is a touch of dry white wine vinegar, especially in the backend. Tannin character is moderate, with a blend of skin and oak tannins complementing the lactic sourness. Wonderful stuff. Do not age this anymore, it's wonderful as is.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.51/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazed purple-ish red color with a thin and fizzy light pink head. Settles down pretty quickly.

S: Lots of lactic sourness mixed with oak. A touch of a spiciness from the oak as well as a raspberries and a nice blueberry pie filling aroma. The blueberries in here aren't overly sweet, but you can definitely pick them up.

T: Right away, there's a pretty good hit of lemon/tart raspberry sourness with a little dose of funk behind it. Not a lot of sweetness in here, but towards the finish, I get some tart blueberry and cream notes. Touch of lemon and lactic sourness on a dry finish. Carbonation in here is perfect and really works with the sourness.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.96/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Huge thanks to Bilco for sharing the bottle. Review copied from notes taken 8/2/14.

Appearance: Ruddy plum purple with a peachy pink tint. Minimal white head with a soft purple tinge. Loose bubbly cap with a tin collar.

Smell: Acetic. Loaded with vinegar and bright blueberry flesh. Tannic with blueberry juice and skin. Carries some solid oak. barrel and deep musty funk. Building push of grass and earthy funk with the typical moist Bruery funk. Woody with a strong lactic push as well. Blueberry is prevalent but overshadowed by the sour component. Slightly rotten fruit with some darker berry thrown in as well.

Taste: Lactic blueberry pie. Deeply acetic with the associated vinegar push. Wood comes through the sip and increases as the beer warms. Macerated blueberry flesh with a ton of tannic skin. A bit juicy on the initial sip giving way to a bracing acidic bite. Tart with lemon zest and a sharp citric bite. Deeply acidic. Reminds me of a blueberry Warhead. Some blackberry sneaks in the back or other vague dark berry. Malts are very light with a touch of bready sweetness laced through the back. Slightly powdery yeast as well.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium body with a slight carbonation. Astringent and dry on the finish.

Overall: Roll me down the hall.

Another solid "sour" from The Bruery. Blueberry lends itself well to they're particular blend of bugs and whatnot. A bit unwieldy thanks to an off balance acetic push, but definitely tasty and worth drinking again and again.

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into a matching Bruery snifter. The brew appears a hazy purple ruby color with a mildly pink stained head. Pretty solid retention for a sour, the finger of froth fades leaving some spotty lace and a swirl effortlessly revives it.

The aroma is fruity sour that is mostly lactic with a mild funk appeal. Trace amounts of neutral wood emit from the glass as well as sulfur when swirled.

The taste is very tart with lemony lactic quality that mostly suggests strong greek yogurt. A little bit of backend mild funk. I has some earthen property with a trace amount of raw oakiness.

This is a light bodied brew with a modest level of carbonation. It is interesting and enjoyable. Surprisingly, I served this one a little too cold and while allowing it to warm up, it really didnt evolve much. I enjoyed the subtle fruity touch and was impressed it did mot display any phenolics or mild plastic suggestions that are sometimes associated with blueberry usage.

Photo of mhksuccess
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

pour from bottle into bruery snifter
reddish color no head
smell is of tart fruit and nice tart berry
crisp easy drink slightly acidic little bit feel in the chest
little lacing but overall excellent drink
glad i have another bottle nice top level sour

Photo of homebrew311
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours are clear dark purple with white head that has a pinkish hue. Nice clarity and color. The nose features a great balance between lactobacillus tartness and blueberry flesh. Notes of oak are present as well. The taste is super tart up front and followed by nice bright blueberry notes. This reminds me a bit of sucking on a Warhead candy. The outside is tart and puckering and the inside is like candied fruit. Mouthfeel is light with high carbonation. This brew is hitting it on all marks for me... terrific balance, huge tartness, and nice fruit presence. Well done Bruery.

Photo of macrosmatic
4.44/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Poured from 750 mL bomber into a Brooklyn Brewery snifter glass.

A: Purplish pinkish red, fairly hazy, with streams of bubbles running up the sides of the glass. It tries to form a thin white head during the pour, but it fades almost instantly.

S: Tart, lactic, funky and a bit of barnyard, berry fruitiness, citrus (lemons). Sour with a moderate acetic quality, and dry tannins.

T: Significantly sour and tart, blueberries (I would have also said blackberries), and tons of lactic acid character. Then a lemony citrus sour bite, funk, barnyard and feet, and dry oak tannins. Very acidic and dry on the finish and on my lower esophagus. The fruitiness here is natural-tasting, and quite pleasant.

M: Medium to light body. Carbonation sensation on the low side but not flat, and the alcohol is very well-hidden.

O: This was very good, but quite acidic. As much as I enjoyed it, I don't think I could drink more than a glass in one sitting. But I'm looking forward to the couple of other bottles I've got in the cellar. Not a sour for a beginner, but very recommended.

Photo of Uncleserg
4.49/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

-pours like Welchers grape juice but slightly watered down. This is not a bad thing.
-drinkability is way easy, light and crisp with a highly acidic back ground. nuances of oak and lemon smells appear in the back ground.
-carbonation is nicely done with a zesty and sour ending. All though the blueberry smell is subtle, the drinking of this alchemy is were this beer shines. Reminds me of Sans Pagaie with a twist....personally this is a much better crafted brew.

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