Imperial Apricot Bu Weisse - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 232
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 4.58
pDev: 6.77%
Wants: 248
Gots: 26 | FT: 4
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Berliner Weissbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Port_Seat on 05-05-2014

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Ratings: 232 | Reviews: 19
Photo of AndyEdgar
4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

damn near perfect. one of my favorites from DG

Photo of Wowcoolman
4.01/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As usual tons of fruit jammed in but not all is fermented. Kind of like a Jumex beer. Fruity

Photo of cultclassic89
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolutely delicious, definitely going in the top favorite beers. Such apricot.

Photo of Stevedore
4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Golden-orange body, very hazy, two finger white head with very short retention time, no film or lacing. Essentially looks like Apricot juice. Smells of straight up apricots, moderate lactic tartness, mild wheat aroma, but for the most part it is fresh apricot purée here. It's very similar to the regular Apricot Bu in that regard. Flavour is intense apricot, but not significantly different compared to the regular Apricot Bu. Strong lactic acid, mild yogurt. In that regard, the wheat seems to come out a bit more and balances out the straight up yogurt qualities. But essentially, if you're looking for sour apricots and no funk, you're in the right place. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink despite it being quite tart due to the fruit sweetness. Overall, an excellent apricot sour, and met all the expectations that the base Apricot Bu set for this. This isn't necessarily different than the base Apricot in character, but it's excellent and seems to have more balance.

Photo of Svyturys30
4.41/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a wonderful medium yellow with no legs and a small head that vanished quickly.

This neer smalled like lacto and brett, slight sweet fruit stung the nostrils

This beer was lacto forward with some fruit coming through in the back

The mouthfeel was flat, needed a lot more carbination, IMO to make it shine

I would like to try this beer fresh to see if the fruit faded, or wasn't overly forward to begin with...

Photo of DrunkAl
4.59/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle. Amuses me that they call something that 5.5% imperial. Bright yellow/orange. Almost looks like it could be apricot purée in my glass. Intense apricot aroma. Very sour taste, but mixes well with the fruit. Really good stuff.

Photo of Petcha
4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brightly sour with great, but not overpowering, apricot presence. The amazing de garde creation of the imperial bu base beer shines through very nicely. Sublime

Photo of chinchill
2.96/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shared bottle at RBWG-2015.
Aroma: smells like a sour ale.
Flavor: quite tart; mainly fruity; ample citrus.
Very tart (which I like), yet challenging.

Photo of mendvicdog
3.63/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Tons of sediment. Not an improvement over the non-imperial version.

Photo of mportnoy
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Spectacular. Pure apricot nectar. Most apricot forward beer that I have ever had.

Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle picked up by my buddy Barry when he was in town, enjoyed from a degarde dimpled mug.

a - wow. My glass is apricot orange, thin fizzy head is gone quick leaving what looks like a fruit juice. Can't believe this is a beer.

s - nose is ripe apricot. Really nice.

t/m/o - I have had the pleasure of having this beer a few times in the past along with a bunch of other bus and imperial bus and this is one of my favs. Really nice apricot with a hint of eggy sourness. The ultimate in refreshment. Overall there is a lot of hype around degarde, but for good reason. This is one of the many shining examples of why everyone is so degarde crazy.

Photo of Desp59
5/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Holy crap. Awesome. One of the better apricot beers I have had.

Photo of jegross2
4.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Imperial Apricot Bu from de Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.

Score: 98

2014 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 01/09/15.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with nice fade and tons of floating particulate. Minimal head off the pour, which totally settles. 2/5

Smell: Apricot for days plus some oak. Quite lovely. It's simple, but incredibly appetizing. 5/5

Taste: Tart apricot with a good pucker factor on the mid, which gets more intense as it warms. Notes of lemon too. A little vanilla, oak, and wine character on the finish too. Super lovely mix. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, mild carbonation. Lovely sourness, without a heavy acidic character. Very dry finish. 4.75/5

Overall: Another home run of a fruited Bu Weisse from de Garde! This one rivals the likes of West Ashley and Fou Foune in deliciousness, albeit less complex than either.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of nmann08
4.04/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a very cloudy pale orange color with a thin wispy head and good carbonation.

The nose is heavy apricots, tart, tropical fruit, a little chalk and candy. The flavor is pretty sour, puckering, dominated by apricots, other tropical fruit, a little grass and some lemon. The finish is clean, fresh fruit, but very tart and makes it difficult to drink alot of this at once. A bit intense tartness wise.

Photo of jakewatt135
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had this at de garde winter release an was not impressed. Was an older bottle release. Today I had this on tap from the recent release and wow! Much more apricot flavor and aroma. Beautiful beer

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.44/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - The liquid pours a wonderful apricot hue, before sitting thick, glowing and burnished orange in the glass.

S - Scent is sour, like unripe apricot or the tartness of apricot juice. A little funk, but it stays well in the background.

T - The beer washes into the mouth thick and flavoursome. A little watery sweetness comes first; fruity, apricot notes make up the body, with a refreshing, bracing hit of sourness to finish. A wonderfully refreshing beer well-suited to summer-drinking. It's certainly tart but nowhere near as sour as something like an Almanac, allowing the fruit to come through which I really like. It's not overly sweet, in fact I'd actually like it a little sweeter. I also thought the oak barrel aging could have had a more prominent effect as I found this influence pretty difficult to discern.

M - The word nectar springs to mind and I think I'll stick with it. This is thick, smooth and satisfying. Did I mention smooth?

O - Apricot character was definitely stamped all over this beer. You'd expect this to be top notch and it is. Definitely beats out the Fou'Foune I had recently on tap. Having said that I did feel that it lacked wood, and I personally would have like a little more residual sweetness.

Photo of rlee1390
4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation, one finger head

S-Holy apricots. Apricots everywhere. The citrus is amazing. Some grass and mild tart notes as well.

T-Amazing apricots. The flavor is spot on. More tart than sour and a slight grass.

M-Medium to lighter, some carbonation.

O-Wow. This was spot on. If it was a tad more sour the beer would have been perfect as this might have been the best apricot beer I've ever had.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a murky whitish-orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fresh apricot, and apricot nectar aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour apricot fruit and apricot nectar 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 mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is very tasty but has a slightly better apricot presence in the aroma to me.

Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the most unique beers I've had to date. I shared this one at a recent tasting alongside the Imperial Hop Bu, which paled in comparison.

Popping the cap revealed a goopy ring of what was presumably apricot residue around the rim of the bottle mouth. Pouring yielded an orange-copper color, murky but bright, with pours past the middle of the bottle giving quite a large amount of pulpy apricot floaties. A fluffy white head receded to a small ring, lacing the glass nicely. In the nose, apricot dominated, with lesser notes of oak and wildflowers, lightly toasted wheat. The taste was no joke...apricots and lots of them, more pronounced than in any other apricot beer I've ever tasted, a mix of fresh apricot meat and candied apricot, more sugary sweet than tart/sour; secondary flavors of fresh oak, toasted wheat, and some hay funk. Medium body, juicy mouthfeel. Overall: amazing. I would foam-dome this all day every day if I could.

Imperial Apricot Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
100 out of 100 based on 232 ratings.