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Birra Basta | The Bruery

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Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States

Style: French Bière de Garde

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by beagle75:
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3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a growler into a tulip glass.

A: Slightly hazy, light orange-amber color with over one finger of rapidly collapsing white foam head. Scant lacing remains on the glass.

S: Fresh herbaceous character is featured, with a neutral malt backbone that is understated alongside an odd nutty quality. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins off-dry, with refined pale and crystal malts. Acidity is moderate and tangy, while earthy hop aromatics are mild. Nuttiness is savory in the middle, while the finish is brief with a thread of golden raisin. No alcohol is detected.

M: Medium viscosity, acidic on the palate but refreshing, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: The savory qualities of this beer are demonstrative, possessing the potential to pair in a contributory way alongside a variety of foods. It also possesses a palate-cleansing charm that would be lost on a bare palate. By itself it is relatively unremarkable, nuanced but not particularly memorable.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of womencantsail
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bruery

A: This one pours a murky golden orange color with a small white head.

S: Smells pretty sweet. Lots of bread and a bit of the zucchini comes through. A bit of lemon peel and fennel. The cedar doesn't really come through all that much, thankfully.

T: Only a little bit of cedar on the flavor as well as a slight vanilla note. There is definitely some sweet toffee and caramel flavor. A little pepper, fennel, and a sweet starchy flavor I can only guess is zucchini.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: I was expecting a bit of a disaster, but this was quite good. It was too sweet for what I expect from a biere de garde, but nice otherwise.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of FosterJM
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

927th Review on BA
Draft to taster

@Bruery Provisions

App- A good orange with a yellow center. Very little head and fell to a ring of small popping bubbles.

Smell- More malt forward with a couple whiffs of spice and some vegetal notes.

Taste- A good malt spicy Bier de Garde. This wasnt as buttery as most. The vegetal notes comes in more on the taste. A little unbalanced but flavorful.

Mouth- A light medium body with a lighter medium carbonation level and a little spice on the finish.

Drink- This was pretty tasty. I am not sold on the style but if anyone in my backyard could make this work it would be The Bruery.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a goblet. Reviewed from notes taken at Beachwood BBQ.

A: Pours a one finger head of slight cream, decent thickness, and bad retention. Colour is a caramel-copper.

Sm: Bacteria, wild yeast, and slight lactic notes. Mild to moderate in strength.

T: Yeasty in a great way. Very bacteria-laden and wild without being too sour. Fantastic. It's exceptionally complex, with layers of lactic yeasty notes. Very well built and balanced.

Mf: Smoth and wet. Suits the flavour incredibly well.

Dr: Very drinkable and nice. I'd have it again at a lower price. Quite lovely.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky burnt orange or rusty color, but a bit lighter. Pretty good head and some lacing that hung around for a bit.

aroma is spicy, herbal, bready and green-y. A bit dull though, hard to pick out.

Anise up front in the taste, but it comes and goes rather quickly. Some vegetal hints, but nothing off putting. It seems the zuke adds to the body, which is kind of spongy. Not really, but it's kinda like velvet, but not as smooth. Chewy? Hmm...
Good spice and Belgian yeast going on around the end. I can see this pairing well with any pasta dish I can think of

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Phelps
3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the December 2011 Clusterfork. Brewed in partnership with Pizzeria Basta in Boulder, Colo., this one’s made with fennel seed, roasted zucchini, cedar chips and lemon peel. Poured into a champagne flute.

Apricot-gold, almost clear. One finger of creamy white froth eventually fades to a medium-sized ring.

Pear syrup in the nose. It’s nice and sweet, but backed by an odd, peppery quality — black pepper, maybe fennel. Soft and delicate.

With the combination of ingredients in here, I expected something weird, but this is a pretty normal biere de garde. There might be some vegetable notes from zucchini and hints of fennel, but they’re hidden behind more normal stuff: pears, flowers, roses, pepper. Like a sweet saison.

High, pinching carbonation and an equal amount of fizz. Medium body. Some alcohol in the nose. Fairly sweet throughout. Spritzy.

For a pizza beer, Birra Basta isn’t that weird, and is actually surprisingly tasty. Not weird enough for me.

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Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


On tap at Provisions.

A: Straw yellow gold with a big mousse-like head. Very good retention and lots of lacing.

S: Grainy malt with strong fennel seed and cedar notes. I get a touch of zucchini and soft fruity esters that bring pear and apple to mind. I do get some lemon peel as well.

T: The beer has a light fugacious sweetness up front with notes of orange, lemon, pear, and apple. Malt is grain and biscuit. I get a little coriander and vanilla as well.

M: Upper light body with high carbonation.

Overall: A unique and enjoyable interpretation of the style, at least in a 4 ounce serving.

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Photo of Rollzroyce21
3/5  rDev -17.8%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Murrhey
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Taster at Bruery Provisions, poured in a tulip glass

A: Lighter, nice head but little retention.

S: Some veggie smell, I swore it was pizza-y.

T: Very good, finished crisp.

M: Bit thin.

O: Strange type of beer, I want experiment more with Biere de Gardes.

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of denver10
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a white head. An aroma dominated by the fennel, unique though not sure I am a fan. Flavor is much more balanced, a touch tart, a little fruity, and some of the fennel. Medium bodied. Overall, not a bad brew. Quite balanced in flavor and enjoyable, but not a standout that has me craving more.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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Birra Basta from The Bruery
Beer rating: 3.65 out of 5 with 37 ratings