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Imperial Strawberry Bu Weisse - de Garde Brewing

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Imperial Strawberry Bu Weisse
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

57 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.18
pDev: 15.31%
Wants: 22
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kscaldef on 05-04-2014)
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4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of SadMachine
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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3.75/5  rDev -10.3%

Photo of _morandi_
4/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of tectactoe
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.6/5  rDev +10%

Beer No.450. And to think I almost traded this away...

A - A captivating pinky-orange hue. Another reviewer mentioned papaya and I'd second that. I'm a huge fan of unfiltered beer, and this beer is swimming with sediment.

S - Interestingly I'm getting peaches rather than strawberry, with a little blue cheese funk and lactic acidity. Smells like stewed peaches slathered in pungent crème fraîche, dowsed in lemon juice and topped with crumbled blue cheese. In a good way.

T - Pretty much following the nose with a little must from the oak barrels. The more I drink this, the more I want to keep drinking; just to get to the bottom of what it has to offer.

M - Fairly low carbonation which I like as it makes for a very smooth experience.

O - Several other reviewers have noted some fairly awful plastic, band-aid or other generally unpleasant flavours. Part of me wonders if there was significant bottle variation or perhaps it just needed a few months for the flavours to come together. Either way the bottle that I poured was next-level stuff. I'm not normally a fan of strawberry either, so that's saying something. Every now and again you have a beer which makes you feel a little sad you'll never get to drink it again. This was one such beer. Everyone knows De Garde is brewing great beer, but having had Brun Marron yesterday, and this today, it's clear that even De Garde's least highly rated beers are still on another level from most breweries. A 4 from De Garde is not the same as a 4 from most breweries, and based on the contents of the bottle I just poured, neither is a 4.2.

Photo of cpetrone84
1.9/5  rDev -54.5%

Pour is dark hazed deep amber with a tight white head. Nose has a strong burnt plastic phenol, strawberry cream underneath that off aroma. Taste has the same off flavor, manure, burnt hair, strawberry cream, dusty hay. Body is lighter, soft feel, nice carb.

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4.92/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev -4.3%

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2.48/5  rDev -40.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -16.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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5/5  rDev +19.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.53/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at GRG1313's tasting.

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. Tiny chunks of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is slightly sour with malt, strawberry, and funk aromas. Taste is much the same with sour malt, strawberry, and adhesive bandage flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but the adhesive bandage quality I am getting in the taste is odd.

Photo of PHBoiler
4.88/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful pink color with a really nice fluffy head and cloudy appearance. The smell is all fresh strawberry. The taste is almost like a slightly bitter strawberry. A super fresh strawberry along with the leaves and the seeds. The big surprise is the fresh oak woodiness on the finish. The mouthfeel was just fantastic. I'd never had an imperial berliner, but this absolutely adds a lot to the style. Absolutely delicious with a fresh tartness that reminds me of the fresh fruit and not artificial acidity.

Photo of schmidtmattsays
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of thebigredone
3.55/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Bobby for sharing this.

Pours a vibrant pink with a nice white head. Looks great.

Smell is interesting. Almost fake strawberry aromas with some funk and a bit of plastic.

Taste is a touch better than the nose. Real strawberry flavors are present, there's a touch of tartness, but then weird plastic flavors come in ruin the finish.

Mouthfeel is decent.

Overall, I was psyched to finally try something from De Garde, and this was a big let down.

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +1.7%

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Imperial Strawberry Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.