Imperial Vin Bu: Merlot | de Garde Brewing

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Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by kscaldef on 05-04-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 4 | Ratings: 51
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange-red with a foamy off-white 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 sour with grain, floral, red wine, and wood aromas. Taste is much the same with sour floral, red wine, wood, and acidic 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 pretty good beer with a nice mix of sour and wine barrel aged characteristics that are slightly better in the smell to me.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured from a bottle into a snifter glass.

Appearance: A hazy red with hints of orange. A pale pink head fizzes away into a think crown, little to no lacing.

Smell: Hints of mint, lots of sour fruits, not sure I get merlot grapes specifically but still very nice.

Taste: Very, very tasty. Lots of citrus, really blood orange more than anything else. Tart in a very pleasant, refreshing kind of way. Perhaps hints of grape toward the finish, but nothing like say, Jester King’s Biere de Merlot. A little bit of that mint flavor I sometimes find in berliners is present here too. A crackery type malt is barely there, overtaken by the blood orange and grapes. A little bit of bretty funk comes through as it warms up as well.

Mouthfeel: Prickly carb but not excessive, and actually a bit low for the style. Dry, of course, and not a very long linger.

Overall: Another winner from De Garde. Not my favorite of their grape sours (I have eyes only for The Lily) but still an excellent beer by any stretch of the imagination. Delicious.

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Photo of Florida9
3.68/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: not sure how how I feel about this one. On the one hand it is a lovely shade of mauve. Sort of like pink lemonade. On the other it is cloudy grayish oxidized pink. Oddly, my drinking partner had a stable fluffy white head while my glass had absolutely nothing.

S: aroma can summed up in one word: fart. Seriously, I have nothing else to say about it. It smells like a fart.

T: taste is far more impressive. It is very vinous. But in a good, quite unique way. Slightly tart. Slightly tannic. Then there is the Berliner aspect. Lightly lemony with a wheat undertone. Quite interesting.

M: light side of medium in body. Tart and tannic.

O: a very curious beer. Aside from the aroma, it's one that works.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Ruby body. Slight haze. Medium white head. Thin collar.

Smell - Fruity. Grainy. Berry aroma. Light on that standard De Garde aroma.

Taste - Nice berry fruit flavor. Grainy. Light grape, almost a wine flavor. Mild sourness.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Pleasant tartness.

Overall - Doesn't have the intense De Garde sourness I'm used to, which is nice. Very nice and pleasant sourness.

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Imperial Vin Bu: Merlot from de Garde Brewing
4 out of 5 based on 51 ratings.
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