Imperial Raz Bu
de Garde Brewing

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
4.55 | pDev: 6.81%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: A Berliner inspired ale aged in oak barrels with raspberries.
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 148 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Ciocanelu from Romania

3.95/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hazy rust color with light pink head. Aroma has fermented fruits with pits, seeds and leaves, earthy notes and some vinegar. Taste is sour, acidic, acetic, really woody with lots of fermented fruit notes. Light body, really dry. Not bad but it's way past it's prime.

Dec 07, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I have mixed feelings about this beer. Its a good beer. But a berliner weisse? Eh, that is kinda tricky. Pours light red and purple, cool looking. No skimp on fruit here. What is head is kinda pinkish and super thin and vanishing. Aroma was fruit berries and sourness. Some dry kind of oak I guess possible.

Taste, very sour. Too sour for a berliner. I mean, I like it, but this is a wild ale. I miss the soft tones and light tartness. This is acidic AF, and tastes like burning. But it is still a good tasting burn, the berries are nice and legit Oregon in a bottle. Wheat gets dominated here. If you like 'em fruity, sour and acidic this is your jam. I liked it, but I wouldn't reach for it in berliner type situations. This one is better a little later in the day and when it is less hot.

Sep 19, 2017
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boilermakerbrew from Indiana

3.71/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First off, beware. This was a huge gusher! It was a solid 6-12 inches of purple fountain out of the bottle. Not shaken and cold.

A- Pours a very deep purple and very hazy in the glass. Little to no head forms, so there is very little lacing from the collar of foam.

S- Deep raspberry scent is most prominent and really the only scent here. There is a slight bit of acidic sourness. A touch of funk peeks in for a bit, but then a huge red wine scent kicks in. Basically, this smells like a raspberry forward, semi-sour, semi-dry red wine.

T- Starts off with a bang of tart raspberry and sour red wine flavor, very similar to the scent. At the back end of the drink, the base sour wheat flavor takes over and provides a dry sourness that kicks the raspberry off of the palate. The level of sour in the flavor is moderate to strong, but not in an off putting way. The flavor is very jammy and fruit forward at first before is becomes almost lambic-like at the end.

M- This beer is very effervescent and light on the tongue. Aside from being a huge gusher, this beer actually feels great on the tongue. It is very drinkable, thirst quenching, and smooth.

Overall, I'm a little confused at this beer. When it gushed all over my floor it made the room wreak of slightly soured red wine. The glass I was able to salvage from the gushing was pretty good, but the sour red wine still persisted and kind of overtook the raspberry fruitiness at the beginning of the drink.

Jun 26, 2015
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More_betterness from California

4.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Deep murky burgundy with a pink head that recedes quickly. Looks like a glass of raspberry juice.

S: HUGE raspberry notes. Literally smells like a glass full of freshly purred raspberries. A hint of lactic acidity as it warms but this one is all about its namesake fruit, and it's awesome.

T: Big surprise.. Huge raspberry flavor. Wonderful sweet and lightly tart fresh fruit character pairs perfectly with the acidity of the base beer. The faintest hint of bready wheat at the very end of each taste.

M: Medium bodied and highly effervescent. Long palate coating acidic finish.

O: I love raspberries so this one was right in my wheelhouse. The fruit is amplified perfectly by the base beer. Can't wait to try this one again.

Apr 22, 2015
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from the recent release

A deep reddish purple with a dense, purple head, this looks great. The nose is nothing but magnificent raspberry jamminess, intense, fruity, deep, layered and complex. Leathery, bright, pulpy, this is incredibly fragrant. The essence of ripe raspberries is captured beautifully in this beer.

The palate opens with a brilliant raspberry character. Fresh, fruity, clean and jammy with moderate fruity sweetness, a pronounced raspberry acidity and sourness. The mid-palate brings out the deep complexity of the fruit - a touch of leather, a little seed tannins, pulp, even a little vanilla. Drying and tart on the finish, the base lactic sourness is completely hidden and masked by the brilliant fruit expression. Very highly recommended.

Apr 18, 2015
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jakewatt135 from Oregon

5/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Another amazing raspberry beer from de Garde. Hands down one of my favorites. Only thing more beautiful than the flavor is the smell. Handfuls of raspberries to the face, reminds me of berry picking on sauvie island.

Mar 02, 2015
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cpetrone84 from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -18.7%

Pour is a deep opaque red with a white head and pink hue. Nose is extremely rich and seedy raspberry, almost pie like, with a touch of creamy lactic acid in back. Taste is similar, lots of seedy raspberry, very rich flavors, fairly tart, lacto towards the back of the palate. Creamy light body, moderate carbonation, dry finish, gets a bit acetic and acidic hot in the back.

Sep 25, 2014
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Imperial Raspberry Bu, a Berliner weiss from De Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.

Score: 97

December 2012 vintage bottle served in a stemmed De Garde glass and enjoyed on 01/12/14.

Appearance: Pours a murky pinkish red color with a finger-plus of head that settles to a nice layer. Poor lacing and retention. Lovely lovely color. 4.75/5

Smell: Huge candied raspberry nose with a mineral water backbone. Hint of lemon, dash of vinegar. Simple, but incredibly appealing and bright/fresh smelling. 4.75/5

Taste: Big, tart raspberry character throughout, with a good pucker upfront and dry finish. Light vinegar and zesty lemon. Tastes just like it smells. Simple, but incredibly delicious. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, good carbonation. Awesome tartness upfront, with a lovely, dry finish. Residuals sweetness too. Nice sweet and sour mix. 4.75/5

Overall: De Garde is simply killing it with Berliners. Seek this beer out!

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

May 31, 2014
Imperial Raz Bu from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 148 ratings