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Imperial Vin Bu Weisse - De Garde Brewing

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Imperial Vin Bu Weisse
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BA SCORE
95
world-class

47 Ratings
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Ratings: 47
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 4.37
pDev: 7.78%
Wants: 46
Gots: 7 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
De Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: anteater on 02-03-2014)
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Reviewing the Imperial Vin Bu from De Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon. This beer is a berliner weisse style ale aged in wine barrels with Merlot grapes.

Score: 95

2014 vintage bottle served in a Toppling Goliath snifter and enjoyed on 04/09/14. Review is from iPhone notes.

Appearance: Pours a vibrant pink-ruby candy drop color with a finger and a half of fizzy pink-white head that settles to a nice coating. Excellent lacing and retention. The beer is noticeably effervescent. 4.75/5

Smell: Wheat, some grape and a touch of hay funk. A hint of oak and a little lacto. Good mix, but muted on the grape relative to the amount of cranberry in Cranberry Bu or boysenberry in Boysenberry Bu. 4.25/5

Taste: With no real funk or grain character in the taste, this tastes much more tart grape and musty fruit forward than than the nose. Similar in flavor to a fresh Saint Lamvinus, with a kiss of lacto towards the finish. Not very complex, but quite delicious. More lacto character comes through as the beer warms. By the time this beer reached room temp it tastes like Smarties candy flavored fruit punch with a lacto twist. Yummy. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel: Thin-plus bodied, appropriately effervescent. Quite dry on the finish (particularly on the gums), accentuating the tartness of the brew nicely. 4.5/5

Overall: A deliciously light, tart and flavorful, albeit not super complex, berliner-style sour ale from a brewery that is quickly becoming a master of these kind of beers. Highly recommend this one.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle

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This is an imperial berliner weiss aged in red wine barrels with merlot. I'm told the abv is actually 8.3%.

This growler was courtesy of TallPaul07 after his Portland trip. Thanks Paul! This beer pours a light bodied and well carbonated bright ruby red with a one finger, frothy white head. It has great color. The nose is light and tart featuring wild strawberry, roses, must, lactobacillus, hay, boysenberry. It smells great. It is light and tart with a good amount of fruit character. The flavors too offer wild strawberry, lacto, wild flower, and tart raspberry. It's pretty damn good. You get more raspberry and strawberry presence as you proceed through your glass. Of course it drinks pretty light in body, making this 8%+ beer deceptive. It leaves a musty fruit presence on your palate going into the aftertaste and lingers for about a minute. It is incredibly drinkable. I hadn't heard of this beer before but it is pretty fantastic. There is a lot going on for a berliner. De Garde certainly has found their niche in this style. I'd love to try more of them.

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Imperial Vin Bu Weisse from De Garde Brewing
95 out of 100 based on 47 ratings.