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.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 156
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 extralazy
4.21/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tulip Glass from 750 mL bottle.

Overall - Really enjoyed this as a beer version of cola. Tastes like a dry cola with a squeeze of lime juice and a little sweetness.

Look - very dark with a large light brown head and good head retention. High carbonation
Aroma - First smell is of sugar, followed with spices and a little citrus.
Taste - Roasted malts, spices and lime. Some residual sugar gives it a little sweetness.
Feel - High carbonation with a medium finish.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 4/21/15.

Pours an almost opaque crimson-brown with a foamy dark khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of generic cola, lime juice, lime pulp, earth, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with generic cola, lime zest, lime juice, spice, and toast flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of toast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and dry mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with distinct and unique cola flavors upon each sip, but the aftertaste is definitely more beer like to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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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 Zach136
3.79/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pitch black, off white head.

Aroma: Smells like cola, vanilla icing and root beer.

Flavor: Bitter tree bark, ginger spices, way off the nose and one of the least sweet Bruery beer I've ever had.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a drying finish.

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Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: reddish brown with an off white head
Smell: the lime and cane sugar is the first whiff
Taste: cola, lime, sweet rum.
Mouthfeel: could use more carbonation, tastes 'flat'
Overall: tastes like a cocktail, not like a beer. Pretty cool.

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Photo of nickfl
3.74/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Well, they certainly seem to have hit the mark here... at least in terms of imitating cola. Very cola like in aroma and flavor with a sweetness that is even just about right. It is very strange overall, I am impressed but not necessarily pleased. Maybe they should mass market this? It seems like it would go over very well along side the likes of Not Your Dad's, probably better than it will with the BA crowd.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3.71/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

- 2015 vintage
- 750mL bottle poured into wine glass on 16-May-15

Tasted similar to cola, but less sugary and more gingery. It served as a nice palette cleanser in our beer tasting.

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Photo of DovaliHops
3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Definitely looks like cola. Fizzy and dark. Small is pretty spot on too, just with a bit more lime. Taste is where it gets weird. After reading other peoples' reviews, I agree with both sides of opinions. I can see this tasting a lot like cola, and I can also see why people would think this tastes nothing like cola. I personally dig this beer. Wish it tasted a little less ginger/limey. Otherwise, a beer worth trying.

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Photo of cvm4
3.62/5  rDev +11.4%
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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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
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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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 johnInLA
3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My impression: Diet coke with lime.

While this beer does accomplish what it set out to be, "cola like", it seems a bit one dimensional.

Maybe barrel aging it in rum barrels, might add some needed complexity. As is, this one is not for me.

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Photo of rudzud
3.51/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a dark brown hue with a fat two finger head that fades to leave thin blanket. Very soda like.

S - Aromas of a spicy soda. Almost root beer like. Or sasparilla. No actual malts either, just sugars. Really interesting with nice light fruitiness.

T - Taste is similar to to the nose for a moment. Sugary sweet, incredibly bitter on the finish. There are lots of spice notes, almost wormwood like, oaky, odd dried berries (talking botanicals). Drinks boozy too, quite syrupy.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, sticky, soda like.

O - Overall this beer started very nice on the nose, however, the taste is way too sticky and sweet with very odd spice notes.

Serving type: bottle

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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 jlindros
3.45/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Split with rudzud

Fizzy head like a soda, almost no lacing, super dark color no real light.

Nose is interesting, weird earthy root sasafrass like spices, a fruity berry thing, mild vanilla and oaky, sweet syrupy thing, no malts just syrup.

Taste is very weird, bitter root almost wormwood bitter, earthy spices that really get weird and unpleasant, little syrupy, sticky but dry, more dried green very fruit like linden berry out goose berry. Finish very dry feeling but sweet tasting, bitter earthy root thing lingering, bitter nagging spices.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, more like syrupy soda than a beer no malt body, decent carb.

Overall eh.

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Photo of chrisjws
3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a Lost Abbey teku glass from a capped bottle.

A: Dark brown/black. Dark brown at the edges, very consistent with the appearance of cola. Aggressive pour resulted in two fingers of light brown head that dissipated quickly.
S: Caramel, molasses, ginger, lime. Resembles off brand grocery store colas a little bit.
T: Follows the nose, some sweetness followed by molasses, ginger and lime in the finish.
M: Lots of carbonation, not a huge mouthfeel. Sticky finish.
O: Interesting, but definitely not my deal. Interesting idea but doesn't do much for me.

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

750ml bottled poured into a pair of snifters. The brew appears a dark cola brown color with a creamy khaki head.

This smells exactly like coke. Honestly, ive had alot of beers that were designed to mimic something else and this just nails it. Im strangely impressed by how much this smells like soda.

This tastes like a more bitter, earthy herbal strange rootbeer but with a slight tang in the finish like ginger/lemon. (After reading the description after drinking it...duh, it was lime.)

This is light in body with moderate carbonation. I gotta hand it to the Bruery, they definitely nailed the cola aspect in the nose and taste was close. But lets be honest, if someone wants a cola, they are not reaching for this instead. Cut the horseshit with these mocktails and things designed to taste like anything but beer and get to work on making the beers we all have come to love/want more of.

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Photo of ebin6
3.32/5  rDev +2.2%
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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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 Keananmichael5
3.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is very not good tasting. I was exciting to taste because of the root beer beers that have been so good. This tasted not good at all. Lots of weird lime taste

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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 calitrie1486
3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Looked great in the glass. . . and was all downhill from there. Tasted like diet dogshyt with some extra carbonation at the end. Doesn't live up to its name or the classic movie it came from...

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Photo of d3brewing
3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Taster from Bruery tasting room on 6/13/15. Must have torched my taste buds before I drank this one. The color was deep brown with off white head that faded fast due to the small taster pour. Nose was spices, ginger, cinnamon, and some brown sugar sweetness. Taste was similar spiciness, it was messy and not sure what this beer wants to be. I don't get the cola flavor as advertised either. Will be cellaring a bottle or 2 to see where this beer ends up after it mellows.

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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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L'deracola from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.25 out of 5 with 156 ratings