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Imperial Vin Bu: Merlot - De Garde Brewing

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Imperial Vin Bu: Merlot
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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

36 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 3
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 7.55%
Wants: 12
Gots: 3 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
De Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.80% 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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tom10101, Friday at 12:11 PM
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Boozecamel, Sep 14, 2014
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Rutager, Sep 13, 2014
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SocalKicks, Sep 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

sendsilk, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of WTKeene
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A hazy red with hints of orange. A pale pink head fizzes away into a think crown, little to no lacing.

Smell: Hints of mint, lots of sour fruits, not sure I get merlot grapes specifically but still very nice.

Taste: Very, very tasty. Lots of citrus, really blood orange more than anything else. Tart in a very pleasant, refreshing kind of way. Perhaps hints of grape toward the finish, but nothing like say, Jester King’s Biere de Merlot. A little bit of that mint flavor I sometimes find in berliners is present here too. A crackery type malt is barely there, overtaken by the blood orange and grapes. A little bit of bretty funk comes through as it warms up as well.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carb but not excessive, and actually a bit low for the style. Dry, of course, and not a very long linger.

Overall: Another winner from De Garde. Not my favorite of their grape sours (I have eyes only for The Lily) but still an excellent beer by any stretch of the imagination. Delicious.

WTKeene, Aug 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

ShanePB, Aug 14, 2014
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SadMachine, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

cp45, Aug 03, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Moc513, Jul 24, 2014
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LoveStout, Jul 13, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: not sure how how I feel about this one. On the one hand it is a lovely shade of mauve. Sort of like pink lemonade. On the other it is cloudy grayish oxidized pink. Oddly, my drinking partner had a stable fluffy white head while my glass had absolutely nothing.

S: aroma can summed up in one word: fart. Seriously, I have nothing else to say about it. It smells like a fart.

T: taste is far more impressive. It is very vinous. But in a good, quite unique way. Slightly tart. Slightly tannic. Then there is the Berliner aspect. Lightly lemony with a wheat undertone. Quite interesting.

M: light side of medium in body. Tart and tannic.

O: a very curious beer. Aside from the aroma, it's one that works.

Florida9, Jul 12, 2014
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4/5  rDev -5.7%

acurtis, Jul 11, 2014
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Resuin, Jul 09, 2014
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LopeJuice, Jul 07, 2014
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CEDAMA, Jul 04, 2014
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ShaneTheWalrus, Jun 16, 2014
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BARFLYB, Jun 15, 2014
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3.73/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Ruby body. Slight haze. Medium white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Fruity. Grainy. Berry aroma. Light on that standard De Garde aroma.

Taste - Nice berry fruit flavor. Grainy. Light grape, almost a wine flavor. Mild sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Pleasant tartness.

Overall - Doesn't have the intense De Garde sourness I'm used to, which is nice. Very nice and pleasant sourness.

Alieniloquium, Jun 11, 2014
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DaveHack, Jun 05, 2014
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Knapp85, Jun 05, 2014
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Shmeal, May 08, 2014
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Imperial Vin Bu: Merlot from De Garde Brewing
92 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.