L'deracola | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

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

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by ThickNStout:
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2.48/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle acquired through The Bruery's Society. Bottled 4/21/15. Served in a Bruery snifter.

Pours dark brown with three fingers of fluffy sand-hued head. The froth settles quickly to a thin collar that leaves a couple small flecks of lace.

Smells pretty much like cola with some caramel, lime and sweetener. Not much here but then again cola doesn't smell that great.

Flavors of caramel, lime, cola, mild roast and artificial sweetener. The lime seems to overpower the cola, which is considerably less sweet than it's target beverage. I get the soda notes but this just doesn't taste good.

Fairly thin body with carbonation that seems to vacillate between sharp and moderate. Lots of lime in the finish along with a little more caramel.

L'Deracola is an interesting experiment (and great Super Troopers reference) but something that I don't need to try again. It doesn't help that I'm not a fan of cola to begin with but this just didn't so it for me on any level. Despite my low opinion of this particular brew, I still respect The Bruery for taking chances and trying new things.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of FutureMan91
4.6/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Very delicious soda beer. Drinkable for a geek or noob. Would be great in a cocktail but leaves a bit to be desired in terms of carbonation. I already would like to see an imperial version as well as imperial barrel aged. Worth a try. Cheers!

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Photo of ivegot3Dvision
4.31/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer lives up to its billing. It smells like cola, tastes similar to cola, and is refreshing like cola.

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Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of aquazr1
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Nose is definite lime cola. Taste is pretty much the same. I'm not a soda drinker but the beer is definitely to style.

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Photo of gibgink
3.81/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I was expecting something a little sweeter, especially coming from the Bruery.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chinchill
3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Large shared bottle into a tulip glass.
Mouthfeel: Light carbonation medium body.
Aroma: lightly fruity.
Flavor: lightly sour; moderately lemon-lime. A couple of others at the tasting session thought this tasted more than a little like a lemon soda.

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Photo of samtrillo
3.65/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mhenson42
1.95/5  rDev -40%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Photo of tbttfox
3.26/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is exactly what it says it is. Looks, feels, and tastes like a cola. Very much RC cola I think, if you were to split hairs. Unfortunately, because it is so cola-ish, and (I believe) cola is so average, that it loses points in general. Side note: it's pronounced "Liter O' Cola" like from the movie Super Troopers.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

750ml capped bottle into a Cigar City snifter. Shared with schen9303.

Pours coke-like. A .5 finger light cream colored head with moderate retention (soda head collapses quickly). The color is exactly on point. Clear and dark brown. Lacing is very stringy and sparse with little stick. Solid.

Nose is just like coke. Sweet, effervescent and with that twinge of tart carbonation that tickles the nose.

Opens tart and moderately sweet. Some residual sugar lingers in the back but there's an awkward bitterness and sourness that throws the experience completely off. I can see where they were going with this... but along the way, something went really wrong. Finishes sweet and a touch tart and bitter with hints of brown sugar, caramel and nuttiness. Tart aftertaste. Strange.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Prickly and foamy in the mouth and goes down filmy. Messy finish with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty much like coke.

If you're gonna do a soda beer, it better be very good since beer people drink beer.... often because they like the taste of beer.... If you're going just by the nose and feel, L'deracola is on point. Its just right... but something has gone horribly wrong with the taste here and this make the beer nearly undrinkable.

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Photo of Kylo76
3.27/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Keith_R
4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of GRG1313
3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Treyliff
3.86/5  rDev +18.8%
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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Photo of dvmin98
3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of drummerdwzp
3.96/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Rutager
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I aged this for almost 3 years in the cellar waiting for the premiere of Super Troopers 2. It was a nostalgic moment, but I wouldn't recommend aging this

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Photo of GhostMilk
3.9/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sazz9
3.82/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of SHODriver
3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: poured into a pint glass to a deep brown with a finger of dense off white head that fades quickly and leaves some lacing
S: smells like a diet coke and lime with some sugary sweetness. It smells like they hit the mark
T: taste is like a cola with some lime. faint roasted malt is battled back by a bit of lime flavor and more cola. Swallow is still more lime and cola. The bitterness is kind of offputting and it's kind of herbal. It really does taste like cola with lime
M: Fairly light on the palate with cola like effervescent carbonation. Swallow is quite refreshing
O: I can see why a lot of people don't like this. As a brown ale it fails horrendously but as a beer that tastes like cola it hits the marks. With an open mind I kinda dig it but if I wanted to drink an alcoholic cola loaded with calories I'd rather put some rum or whiskey into a regular cola...

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Photo of rlee1390
3.7/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting. Grassy spices, poor balance, not all there. The finish as this odd after taste.

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L'deracola from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 155 ratings