Imperial Vin Bu: Merlot
de Garde Brewing

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de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Berliner Weisse
4.19 | pDev: 7.16%
Jul 27, 2016
May 05, 2014
Notes: None
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Rated: 3.74 by IrishColonial from Texas

Jul 27, 2016
Rated: 4.11 by Guzzle_McBrew from Connecticut

Dec 14, 2015
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Reviewed by UCLABrewN84 from California

3.81/5  rDev -9.1%
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.
Jun 01, 2015
Rated: 4.02 by AlexFields from Tennessee

May 09, 2015
Rated: 4.37 by BT_Bobandy from Ohio

Apr 27, 2015
Rated: 4.25 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by oline73 from Maryland

Dec 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by BDeibs from Colorado

Nov 18, 2014
Rated: 4 by GRG1313 from California

Nov 17, 2014
Rated: 4 by POTABLE83 from New York

Oct 30, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by akang from California

Oct 30, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by kbhess from New Jersey

Oct 12, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by FranzBC from Oregon

Oct 09, 2014
Rated: 4 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts

Oct 01, 2014
Rated: 4 by imperialking from Illinois

Sep 29, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by tom10101 from Canada (QC)

Sep 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Boozecamel from Canada (BC)

Sep 14, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Rutager from Canada (BC)

Sep 13, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by SocalKicks from California

Sep 07, 2014
Rated: 4 by sendsilk from Florida

Aug 27, 2014
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Reviewed by WTKeene from New Mexico

4.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.
Aug 20, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by ShanePB from Pennsylvania

Aug 14, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by cp45 from New Jersey

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 4 by Moc513 from New York

Jul 24, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by iL0VEbeer from New Jersey

Jul 21, 2014
Rated: 4 by LoveStout from New York

Jul 13, 2014
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Reviewed by Florida9 from Illinois

3.68/5  rDev -12.2%
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.
Jul 12, 2014
Rated: 4 by acurtis from New Jersey

Jul 11, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by Resuin from Massachusetts

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 4.5 by my_knew_craft from Massachusetts

Jul 09, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by LopeJuice from New York

Jul 07, 2014
Rated: 5 by CEDAMA from California

Jul 04, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by ShaneTheWalrus from Oregon

Jun 16, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by BARFLYB from Pennsylvania

Jun 15, 2014
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Reviewed by Alieniloquium from Florida

3.73/5  rDev -11%
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.
Jun 11, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by DaveHack from Pennsylvania

Jun 05, 2014
Rated: 4 by Knapp85 from Pennsylvania

Jun 05, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by ArchEnemyBrew from Washington

May 19, 2014
Rated: 4.25 by Shmeal from Oregon

May 08, 2014
Imperial Vin Bu: Merlot from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 51 ratings