Beauregarde - The Bruery

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Reviews: 50
Hads: 546
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 2.15%
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Gots: 114 | FT: 22
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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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 UCLABrewN84
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pour at the 2013 Firestone Walker Invitational held at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, CA.

Billed as a sour blonde ale with blueberries.

Pours a murky light red with a foamy off-white head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of sour, tart, and funky with fruity and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with lots of berry flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink. (670 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.05/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (1,340 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +3.6%
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! (883 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 750ml bottle into my Bruery tulip.

a - Pours a deep, hazy pinkish-purple color with one finger of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Big fan of the color of beers like this; looks great.

s - Smells of sour blueberries, sour dark fruits, lactic notes, spice, some funk, and light earthy and floral notes. Loads of blueberries and very sour; exactly what I was hoping for. The funk is very light, but it is a great smelling beer.

t - Tastes of sour blueberries, tart dark fruits, light funk, oak, lactic notes, spices, yeast, and earthy notes. Taste is extremely sour, mouth puckeringly so. Very nice, though I liked the nose a bit better.

m - Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. Acidic.

o - Overall I liked this beer a lot; pretty much what I was expecting and hoping for. Loads of sour blueberries and some light funk throughout, glad I have a few bottles of this one. If you like the Bruery's other sour offering and like blueberries than you'll really like this one. (1,011 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (959 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (468 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

New blueberry sour from Hoarder's Society 2013. How exciting. Split with the wife and enjoyed with some old school Star Trek. That's how I roll.

The beer is purple ish blue with a foamy pink head. Violent hissing as the head fizzles away to nil. The aroma brings wild yeast, funk, blueberries. Puckering with a bit of an acetic bite in the finish. Nice blueberry presence, though I could always use more blueberries. Agressive in terms of sourness and tartness. Overall, another solid offering from The Bruery. (511 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4.03/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (423 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (416 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.97/5  rDev -5.3%
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 (558 characters)

Photo of rudzud
4.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros poured into a Kate the Great tulip.

A - Poured a nice cloudy light red blueberry juice hue with a super thin white blanket that left a light halo and wisps.

S - Aromas of distinct Bruery blonde ale, then whammy blueberry flesh, juicy and sweet, like a blueberry pie. Super floral here, not really blueberry skin but meat.

T - Taste is very very sour...mouth puckering sour! Again, thanks to the blonde. Then the blueberry comes into play, mostly skin and tannic stem this time than the flesh. Still distinctly blueberry, lingering blueberry pie finish. Not too sweet, very dry finish that odd slightly flemmy.

M - Mouthfeel is very dry and flemmy, nice carbonation, super drinkable even with our being so acidic.

O - Overall I really enjoyed this beer, wonder how this will hold up to age. (816 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
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. (1,426 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.59/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (1,063 characters)

Photo of popery
3.8/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (402 characters)

Photo of notchucknorris
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
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. (665 characters)

Photo of vonnegut21
4.02/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A very nice blue/purple color with a finger and a half of pale blue-ish white head.

S: Strong acidity, lemon, and a touch of blueberry

T: Moderate-high sourness. A bit puckering. Mild fruit character. Unbalanced, but still enjoyable.

M: Moderate carbonation. A bit thin.

O: This is a solid offering. Like most of the Bruery's sour beers, this one lacks depth but the powerful acidity keeps it enjoyable. (410 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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. (579 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of jeff1973
3.71/5  rDev -11.5%
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. (605 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.7/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (1,399 characters)

Photo of pkalix
4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of macrosmatic
4.44/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,092 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml, June 2013 release
Bruery tulip

A: Pours a really vibrant deep ruby reddish color. Very vibrant. Didn't get a lot of head. Thin layer of pinkish tight bubbles head. No lacing. Wish this had more carbonation, only knock on the appearance.

S: Getting a good amount of blueberry on the nose. Funkiness. Tartness. Some oak dryness for sure. Some of that chalk that I have gotten from other Bruery sours.

T: Blueberry. Tart funk. Not overly sour. Chalk. Dry finish but some lingering sweetness.

M: Light leading to medium. More carbonation would make it feel more. (569 characters)

Photo of pmarlowe
4.11/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (719 characters)

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Beauregarde from The Bruery
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