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Beauregarde - The Bruery

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51 Reviews
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Reviews: 51
Hads: 552
Avg: 4.21
pDev: 8.08%
Wants: 165
Gots: 111 | FT: 20
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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 DefenCorps
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of stakem
4.08/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.28/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of vonnegut21
4.02/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of chugalug06
4.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Amber/peach colored brew, with lots of haze. One-finger snappy white head rises and falls without leaving any head.

Lemon, funky, horse blanket, blueberry, pear, green apple.

Whoa. The flavors are amazing. Grape, tart blueberry, lemon, green apple, farmy funk, tons of citrus vinegar. Nice prickly carbonation, sweetness with a side of dry earthyness. Awesome flavors meld into a great even mouthfeel. No spice, heat, over the topness...

Nothing is over done with this brew, just smooth and even. Highly recommended for a fantastic tart sour.

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Photo of markchristenson
3.53/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

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Photo of mhksuccess
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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

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Photo of mdfb79
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of DovaliHops
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, what a pretty-lookin beer! Pinkish, purple-red, with a very light-pink head. Scent is packed with funk from the moment I opened the cap. Tart, funky barnyard with some sour fruit skin. Blueberries and plums. Some raspberries as well. A strange nail-polish remover aroma, which is slightly off-putting, but just a tiny bit. Taste is sweet blueberries up front, followed by sour raspberries and tart blueberry skin. Super ripe blueberries with other tart berries. Very berry-forward with a nice lactic sourness. Some nice funk in the flavor, just as the nose hinted. Puckering finish. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing, crisp and lip-smacking tart. Drinkability is very high. Overall, this a fantastic sour beer. I definitely picked up on the blueberries, which is very hard to accomplish in sours. Very enjoyable, and glad I have five more bottles.

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Photo of jlindros
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of ThickNStout
3.74/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
4.37/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of jeff1973
3.71/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of alaimoa
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: blue/purple with a bit of head that dissipated quickly but you could see a lot of rolling carbonation from the bottom up
S: the one downfall of this beer.. wine/grape notes coming through but nothing great
T: punch in the mouth puckering sour with champagne blueberry flavors
M: awesome mouthfeel with small rolling bubbles and super sour that lingers
Overall: should be what a blueberry sour is with the only complaint being smell - definitely would drink again

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.51/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of jeonseh
3.83/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of MNishCT77
4.38/5  rDev +4%
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

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Photo of Treebs
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

750 ml bottle served in a Zwanze taster.

A: Pours a hazy purple color with a light white head forming on the pour. It recedes to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace are left down teh glass.

S: Light berry notes with a touch of oak. Lactic sourness with a tart blueberry note.

T: The blueberry isn't as prevalent as I would have liked. It's very subtle because the rest of the beer is dominated a by a deep sourness. Mouth drying and puckering with an oaky undertone.

M: Bubbly carbonation with a drying finish. Light bodied with an intense sourness to it.

O: Overly sour and one dimensional. I needed a little more blueberry on this one.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.41/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

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Photo of HoppyKilaMonster
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Served out of a bottle, into a snifter

A- Reddish purple, hazy, little head/ lacing

S- Smells of Brett, slight blueberries, tart

T- Tart. Right off the bat this hits you with tartness. Blueberries, in the aftertaste. Very sour. I like it, but it may be a little too overpowering for some.

M- Once again, it is very tart. I feel like I have to brush my teeth right afterwards

Overall- This is a good sour from the Bruery, they could back down on the sourness a little bit. There is a hint of blueberries, but not too strong.

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Photo of IKR
4.23/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of Rinkor16
4.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Opened on 7/10/13 with my brothers.

A: A foggy red with a pink hue. Very light white head that dissipated and laced around the glass as it went down.

S: The smell was fantastic. Lots of fruit and a definite sour smell.

T: Very tart with a lot of berry flavor. I don't know that I would be able to pull out the Blueberry in a blind tasting.

M: Right amount of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel.

O: Definitely impressed. I'm a little let down by the amount of blueberry taste, but it is still a great sour none the less. I'm very glad that I maxed my allocations out on this one.

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Photo of Uncleserg
4.49/5  rDev +6.7%
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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Beauregarde from The Bruery
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