Beauregarde - The Bruery

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Ratings: 543
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 7.67%
Wants: 163
Gots: 116 | FT: 23
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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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Photo of Furlinator
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glorious magenta colored sour ale with subtle blueberry accents. World class.

Photo of Kevinpitts
4/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fairly sour beer. Blueberry is subtle, though blends nicely. Nice, but I would like more blueberry.

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 pkalix
4.55/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

kind of bland looking, some foam at first but settles down to a light cranberry-juice-looking liquid..... but what an aroma! aroma follows the palate: tart and fruity, easy to drink, light on the tongue. 5/13 dated. feels fresh, though.
blueberry for sure.

Photo of helios7
3.9/5  rDev -9.3%

2013 vintage. Extremely sour, even after a year. Beneath the tartness is a small, but noticeable, hint of blueberry.

Photo of Jonada
3.82/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2013 release. 750ml bottle poured into a wine glass.

Appearance: Pours a light purple color with a blue-ish hue and 1 finger of an off white head that settles to a ring. Body is moderately hazy.

Smell: Sour blueberries, lacto, moderate funk, hay, lemon, damp wood.

Taste: Relatively high acidic sourness along with blueberry (though weaker than the aroma), funk, oak and a hint of red grape. Some blueberry skin character in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with medium, fine carbonation. Not watery, but a little thin.

Overall: Pretty similar to other Bruery fruited blonde sours. Nothing mind blowing, but still good stuff. Not a must have, but still worth trying if the opportunity presents itself.

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 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 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 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 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 StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

i have not had a ton of blueberry sours, i can recall evil twin, cascade, and a handful of others, and this is definitely up there with the best of them. a great use of blueberries and a rather sour lambic type brew. the pour is gorgeous, deep dark pink, sort of purple, but way darker than raspberry or cherry beers obviously from the skins of the berries. good inch of white foam too. it smells like lacto first, extremely acidic and oaky, a good indication that the base beer is outstanding, which it is. similar to rueuze really, maybe less complex, but the same sourness is present. the berries dont add a ton to the smell, maybe some generic fruitiness, but its hard to identify them specifically. the taste is a whole different story, the blueberries are right up front and center, ripe and tart, just a little sweet, blueberry preserves and lemon juice carry through the whole flavor. the finish is all acid, i can taste the blonde sour through the fruit. its a similar base for the bruery i think, it seems familiar to me, but the blueberries transform it. they say to drink it fresh, and this bottle is over a year old, but certainly i dont think the fruit has fallen off much, its really buzzing. nice carbonation, no leftover sugar, and just a really well made fruit brew from the bruery, who seems to have these styles on lock.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.23/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter.

A: A sultry ruby red with tinges of purple and blue. Not much head to speak of, but some lacing. What a cool color.

S: Picking up sour apples, blueberries and bits of funk. Fruity, floral, summery.

T: Like riding a freakin' Sweettart. The sour hits you like a tidal wave, then the blueberries waft in for a pleasant finish. Pucker power is limitless. Earthy, floral and lots of attitude.

M: Light to medium with medium carbonation.

O: Sour fans, rejoice. Beauregarde is the real deal. A great summer sipper on the veranda. Oh, Beauregarde, fetch me a sour.

Photo of siege06nd
4.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured into my Mad Fox snifter...

A. She's a beaut...pours an opaque deep red, with tinges of purple and blue. Blueberry juice influence is evident in the coloring. A half finger of pinkish white head that doesn't linger long before it disappears. Mild lacing.

S. Pungent and tart blueberry, fleshy notes of grape skin, a good deal of funk, dryness from the oak. This is a complex nose, with lots of barnyard and hay to meld with the ripe, tart fruit notes. Outstanding.

T. Blueberry flesh, tart, dry wine-like notes. Plenty of funk to couple with the sourness, which is prominent in the flavor profile. There's a green and rather fleshy quality here, but I mean that in a good way. It's a compliment to the high acidity and sourness. This beer does have a good bit of body to it, I even taste a bit of residual sugar on the back end. Excellent stuff here.

M. It's puckering for sure, but I enjoy the depth and complexity on display. The sourness is accompanied with fruit notes, sweetness, and a complex body.

O. The Bruery has been making outstanding sours for awhile, and this is one of their best yet. I love what they've done here with the blueberry profile...it adds a sweetness and fleshiness with the sour notes that takes this to the next level. This is a world class wild ale, and I can't wait to see what else The Bruery has in store going forward. Beauregarde is as good as it gets.

Photo of jethrodium
3.57/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750 ml bottle. Pours a cloudy purple with a small light pink head that settles pretty quickly and leaves some light lacing on the glass. Smells tart with a bit of blueberry, some hay, and a hint of cherry. Taste has a bit of initial sweetness and is really tart. Mid palated has some blueberry and a pez-like flavor. The finish is quite tart with a bunch of blueberry and a little cherry. The blueberry lingers for a bit. Medium body. Medium carbonation.

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

The beer pours a dull maroon raspberry color without head, reminiscent of most blueberry sours in appearance. The nose is a distinct blueberry with a touch of vinegar and malt. The taste is an intense washing of blueberries on the palate, some sweetness following, and a lingering tartness. It's mouthfeel is definitely medium bodied, slightly under-carbonated, bone dry, and fruity. This is definitely a delicious sour, comparable to many blueberry sours, bright and fruity, but also slap in the face sour.

Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle into a snifter. 5/9/13 bottling date.

pours a light murky red with a small head. slight sour aroma with slight blueberries...the taste is intense and impressive. starts out moderately tart which builds on the palate throughout. blueberry flavor is on point and subtle, not overwhelming. ends with a good tart aftertaste. medium bodied with mild carbonation.

overall a very drinkable sour. recommended.

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 popery
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy and purple-tinged amber in color. In strong light, it's brightly magenta. Small off-white head. The head dies away relatively quickly. No big deal, regardless, but particularly not for a sour. The aroma shows off the sourness right away. Lots of acetic and lactic sourness. Lemons and oak. The blueberries come through but get a bit muddled and could definitely be brighter and fruitier. This is a beer to drink sooner rather than later - probably a bit late with this bottle, already. Some vanilla. It's pleasant enough but fairly simple and a touch harsh. The fruit doesn't show up as juicy as I'd like, and there's a sort of bile-ish note to it. More than anything, it doesn't have the funk delicacy of better sours. Taste is similarly a bit too harsh and simple. The acidity is strong and needs to be dialed back so other flavors can shine. Sour blueberries and oak. Finish is a bit gummy as the acidity passes. The vanilla shows up again. Lots of pucker. A bit tough to drink after the first six-ish ounces. Happy to have tried it but it didn't live up to expectations. The base sour just isn't quite my cup of tea.

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 vinny21bal
4.5/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A wonderful beer. I didn't pull a ton of Blueberries. But it still was an excellent beer again from the Bruery. The nose is almost perfect, The taste is very amazing and sour. You get enough funk and wood flavors coming through. But again not to sour where it is unapproachable. The mouthfeel is there but again if it isn't a stout the mouthfeel does nothing for me.

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 pmarlowe
4.11/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First batch (2013). Tulip glass.

A: Pours mostly reddish with a slight purple tint, like a dark rose, with a half finger of pink hued head. Retention is so-so and eventually the head completely dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

S: Blueberry, a little blackberry and wine, slight funk, copious sourness.

T: Moderate-high sourness, blueberry and a little grape juice, with a moderately long finish. Not as full flavored as it could be.

M: Mouthpuckering, with a little burn in the esophagus. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.

O: A little one note-y, with almost no complexity evident on the palate and no evident oak influence. It needs a little funk or oak or other fruit flavors to balance what’s there.

Photo of ediaz
4.03/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light purple with pinkish edges held up to the light. Little carbonation and barely any lacing. smell is acidic and vinegar with very mild fruit notes. The taste is similar to the taste. The sourness and tartness of the beer are overwhelming for the blueberry flavors. Blueberry takes a back seat but really comes in at the finish. Mouthfeel is pretty dry with light-med body. Overall, a good beer but I was really hoping for more out of this offering.

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