Imperial Boysen Bu
de Garde Brewing

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From:
de Garde Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Berliner Weisse
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.58 | pDev: 6.33%
Reviews:
11
Ratings:
129
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Jun 10, 2020
Added:
Dec 02, 2013
Wants:
  216
Gots:
  12
SCORE
100
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Imperial Boysen BuImperial Boysen Bu
Notes: Formerly Imperial Boysenberry Bu Weisse
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Rated: 5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 10, 2020
 
Rated: 4.1 by 22Blue from Kansas

Apr 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.73 by Fireman_RK from North Carolina

Jan 15, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.35 by Burgh1328 from Arizona

Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.74 by kash2112 from Arizona

Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Aug 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by Narthax from Texas

Jun 05, 2017
 
Rated: 4.02 by Moses_Malone from District of Columbia

May 07, 2017
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Reviewed by BEER88 from North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +3.7%
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.
Apr 15, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by fthegiants from California

Feb 11, 2017
 
Rated: 4.63 by StoutElk_92 from Massachusetts

Dec 31, 2016
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Reviewed by EltonSean from Illinois

5/5  rDev +9.2%
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.
Dec 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Nov 20, 2016
 
Rated: 4.34 by Stinger80OH from Ohio

Oct 16, 2016
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.34/5  rDev -5.2%
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
Sep 11, 2016
 
Rated: 4.41 by kidzord from Illinois

Sep 06, 2016
 
Rated: 4.35 by Gtreid from Florida

Jul 02, 2016
 
Rated: 4.49 by dddddddd from Washington

Jun 29, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by devilfluff from New Jersey

May 30, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by mklisz from New Hampshire

May 24, 2016
 
Rated: 4.02 by CUBeerBuff from Washington

May 07, 2016
 
Rated: 4.62 by Jordy777 from Illinois

Apr 27, 2016
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Reviewed by worldsworstextra from California

4.82/5  rDev +5.2%
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.
Apr 08, 2016
 
Rated: 4.5 by sukwonee from Washington

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.42 by kylehay2004 from Illinois

Apr 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4.46 by BA_Berto from New York

Jan 18, 2016
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Reviewed by GreesyFizeek from New York

4.61/5  rDev +0.7%
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.
Jan 16, 2016
 
Rated: 4.25 by brians52 from Virginia

Oct 04, 2015
 
Rated: 4.59 by UWBadgerFan4Life from Wisconsin

Sep 06, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by atrocity from Virginia

Sep 02, 2015
 
Rated: 4.28 by leitmotif from Romania

Aug 31, 2015
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Reviewed by Ciocanelu from Romania

4.4/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Dark pink, murky color with pink head. Nice berry aroma with a lactic note. Taste is quite sour with the fruit more in the background. Light body and very dry. Another good Berliner from De Garde.
Aug 31, 2015
 
Rated: 4.44 by BeersAndBears from Georgia

Aug 31, 2015
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

4.17/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Thanks to jmgrub for sharing this one at the LA Beer Talk bottle share.

Pours a murky crimson red with a foamy reddish-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, berry, berry juice, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour berry, berry juice, and earth flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with nice fresh sour berry qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.
Aug 24, 2015
 
Rated: 4.44 by jaymo18 from Virginia

Aug 20, 2015
 
Rated: 4.5 by JMFP from Delaware

Aug 10, 2015
 
Rated: 4.44 by GoBeerGo from New Hampshire

Aug 08, 2015
 
Rated: 4.27 by Dirtinabottle from New York

Aug 03, 2015
 
Rated: 4.52 by JonathanC from California

Jul 24, 2015
Imperial Boysen Bu from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 140 ratings