Imperial Boysen Bu | de Garde Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
degardebrewing.com

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly Imperial Boysenberry Bu Weisse

Added by scotv on 12-02-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
133
Reviews:
11
Avg:
4.5
pDev:
6.67%
 
 
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220
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Moses_Malone
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BEER88
4.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

No date on the bottle so I have no idea when it's from, poured gently into two tulips. Pour is dark purple jammy looking with a purple/pink fizzy head that eventually fades. The smell is incredible!! Berries, funk, and a strong barrel presence mainly. The taste follows the smell. Super jammy berries up front with oak midway followed by the tart funkiness. Feel is medium and fizzy. Overall this beer to me definitely deserves 4.75 if not higher! Cheers.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StoutElk_92
4.63/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of EltonSean
5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Boysen berries for days. Nice tartness. Deep deep purple color. Smells like when I was a kid going to my grandmas to pick Boysen berries. Awesome beer.

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Photo of newbeeraday
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brentk56
4.34/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: As others have noted, this is a massive gusher though I was able to save most of the beer; pours a very cloudy cranberry color, with a lot of sediment, as well as floaties and seeds; initially almost all foam, the head eventually fades without leaving much lace

Smell: Fruity and lactic, with strong boysenberry aromatics with a touch of lemon adding a citric edge

Taste: Assertive lactic sourness from the outset, with the boysenberry fruit building across the taste buds; citric lemon tones, through the middle, and a dry, oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and prickly, with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: Get the wild yeast under control here and this would be extraordinary all around; still, top notch

Thanks, JavaNoire, for the opportunity

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Photo of kidzord
4.41/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gtreid
4.35/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of domdomdomdom
4.49/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of devilfluff
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mklisz
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CUBeerBuff
4.02/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Jordy777
4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of worldsworstextra
4.82/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

So delicious. Has somewhat of a red wine appearance, like a very dark ruby color. Good amount of sediment, full bodied like other imperial bu's I have had. Nice lemon, yogurt, and funk presence with the boysenberries being the dominant flavor. Say what you will about de garde bu's not being overly complex, but their Berliners cannot be matched and I would take their Berliners over most american wild ales. No other brewery is able to incorporate fruit into their beer as well as de garde.

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Photo of sukwonee
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kylehay2004
4.42/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BA_Berto
4.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.61/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one heavily gushed, nearly erupted on opening. Once settled, the beer revealed itself as a deep dark red, with many little floaties, and seeds. There's a big head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells super strongly fruity. I haven't had this type of berry, but it feels kind of like a cherry and raspberry hybrid based on the aroma. The fruit is all I get in the aroma, other than some light lacto.

Like most of the bu's, this is fairly one note but delicious all the same. There's an outrageous amount of fruit, bold and expressive and very tart, with a bit of the typical Tillamook funk and the typical intense acidity. This is definitely classic deGarde.

This is lighter bodied, with a very crisp and juicy mouthfeel.

Another banger from deGarde. Like a lot of the Bu's, I crave a little more complexity. I can't complain too much though, with how tasty this is.

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Photo of brians52
4.25/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of leitmotif
4.28/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Imperial Boysen Bu from de Garde Brewing
4.5 out of 5 based on 133 ratings.
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