Preservation Series: L'deracola | The Bruery

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Preservation Series: L'deracolaPreservation Series: L'deracola
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Brown Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
L'deracola is a beer inspired by another favorite drink of ours that probably shouldn't be such a favorite... cola! To create this unique beer we had to dive through the overwhelming layer of saccharine that dominates the flavor of most colas and discover the subtle flavors that create the world's most popular soft drink. Around a dozen different spices were added to a dark malt base and it was finished off with a twist of lime for good measure. The resulting beer has all of the flavors of an ice cold cola, without the overwhelming sweetness. Delightfully refreshing on it's own, but also ideal for a modern take on a classic style cocktail.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 05-04-2015

BEER STATS
Ratings:
154
Reviews:
33
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
18.79%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
22
For Trade:
6
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3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.98/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Resuin
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerOps
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Whiskeydeez
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of scottfrie
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml into stemmed glass. Bottled 4/21/15.

A: The pour definitely looks like the color of cola with that characteristic caramel coloring. Head is dense, tan, and nice and fluffy with a good three fingers foaming up after the pour before fadeing into a very thin collar.
S: Smells strongly of a spice rack with nutmeg and clove being the most noticeable. The spices are dominating and do not necessarily scream cola.
T: Strange combination of spices mixed with dark and caramel malts. Flavors are similar to a craft cola or maybe rootbeer, but overall it's just a spice rack bomb. Nutmeg and clove are noticeable along with maybe some all spice. Tastes a bit woody as well or root-like, with a touch caramel and vanilla in the finish.
M: Medium-full body, cola-like carbonation but maybe a bit softer and denser. Bittersweet mouthfeel with a chalky finish.
O: Tastes like a stronger version of an Anchor Xmas beer. Very spice forward. Not something I could drink a lot of, and not very good overall.

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4.16/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A tough one to rate. I have to rate against intention. They did a remarkable job getting this to taste like cola. There's great skill in this. And yet it's not overly sweet, there's not the impression of artificial flavoring (a la Not Your Fathers Root Beer). That said, it's not a beer I would really want to drink a lot of. A wild and successful experiment that's fun for a share.

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3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this one twice; didn't think much of it the first time, but really enjoyed it the second. I think I was judging it too much based on how close it was to actual soda the first time (it really isn't close...unless you mean flat soda), but the second time around I appreciated it for what it is.

The spices come through nicely and there's some hidden complexity that I missed the first time. Overall, I've found their "other drink series" (including horchata, cola, and a cocktail) to be underwhelming, but a fun experiment. Maybe they'll hit on a great one eventually.

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3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of JoshBrews
3.39/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle poured into an Oversized wine glass

A- pours a deep brown color with a small fizzy off-white head that reduces to a ring around the glass

S- smells just like cola, with additions of sassafras and lime, pretty impressive

T- herbal & spicy up front, mid palate brings flavors of cola & sassafras root, the finish gives a longer of lime juice and more cola

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and finish

O- this one loved up to the label, smells and tastes like cola with a hint of lime

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3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

2015 vintage

L - Pours a cola colored body with a one finger tan head. Definitely has the look and consistency of cola.

S - Pretty much nails it. Straight cola smell with not much else going on.

T - It has the underlying taste of coke and lime. The lime is just a came and went, not tart or sour by any means. It has a strange herbal bitterness that goes from beginning to end.

F - Light bodied and high carbonation. Effervescent with a dry ending.

O - Overall, an interesting beer that pretty much nails what it's going for. Guess people are judging based on taste rather than the beer trying to achieve what's on the label.

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Preservation Series: L'deracola from The Bruery
3.3 out of 5 based on 154 ratings.
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