Imperial Apricot Bu Weisse
de Garde Brewing

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Sour - Berliner Weisse
4.59 | pDev: 6.75%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 300 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Shared with a friend who luckily realized he still had this cellared when he moved! Tons of Apricot here....almost pulp at the bottom and poured a murky orange. Lots of tart fruit but not so tart that it was overwhelming. Amazing wild! Hope they make it again soon!

May 12, 2017
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ragnar3 from Iowa

4.52/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip. Huge apricot and other complimentary stone fruit on the nose and taste. Straight juice along with a bit of the typical de Garde funk. Outstanding.

May 01, 2017
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MikeM417 from Connecticut

4.84/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Wow, I can't believe that a Berliner Weiss can look liked this. It looks like a DDH Trillium aka Orange Juice. The mouthfeel is also much better in the Imperial version. Definitely one of the top sours I've had to date.

Apr 12, 2016
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zonker17 from Texas

4.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep golden color with no haze unless you get a bit of the bottom. Head gone within a minute. Smells sour with taste to match. The fruit flavors are present but not main stage. The sour is entirely lactic and delicious. No visible bubble but present with each mouthful. Outstanding.

Sep 23, 2015
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Quetzolcotl from Missouri

4.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Fuck is this an awesome fruit beer! It looks like apricot, it smells like apricot, it tastes like apricot! The balance of funk and fruit are top notch and sing in harmony. Did a side by side with this, Rare Barrel's Map of the Sun, and La Fosse by Side Project. DG took 1st, SP 2nd, and Map a distant 3rd. I have no idea how the brewer gets so much fruit character into this beer.

Sep 08, 2015
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Umberto last night, thanks man.

This pours a golden orange, much like the regular Apricot Bu. It is much hazier and thicker looking, however, with a half inch head, and a good amount of lacing.

Smells like just the best apricots you've ever eaten, like biting right into a sour apricot. Smells jammy, with a pretty sour and lactic aroma.

Like many of the De Garde berliners, I get a nice yogurty sourness here, a sourness of about 8/10. Definitely a bigger apricot presence than the standard Apricot Bu, so fleshy, so jammy, and so juicy- and clearly- so delicious.

This has a very juicy and tart mouthfeel, with a pretty high level of carbonation.

It's really hard to determine which Apricot Bu is better- standard or Imperial. I think in the end I give the slight edge to the regular Apricot Bu.

Jul 20, 2015
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cultclassic89 from Texas

4.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Absolutely delicious, definitely going in the top favorite beers. Such apricot.

Edit: Second favorite behind Nectarine Premiere, arguably just as good.

May 17, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.56/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Golden-orange body, very hazy, two finger white head with very short retention time, no film or lacing. Essentially looks like Apricot juice. Smells of straight up apricots, moderate lactic tartness, mild wheat aroma, but for the most part it is fresh apricot purée here. It's very similar to the regular Apricot Bu in that regard. Flavour is intense apricot, but not significantly different compared to the regular Apricot Bu. Strong lactic acid, mild yogurt. In that regard, the wheat seems to come out a bit more and balances out the straight up yogurt qualities. But essentially, if you're looking for sour apricots and no funk, you're in the right place. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, easy to drink despite it being quite tart due to the fruit sweetness. Overall, an excellent apricot sour, and met all the expectations that the base Apricot Bu set for this. This isn't necessarily different than the base Apricot in character, but it's excellent and seems to have more balance.

May 13, 2015
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This looks awesome, like a glass of hazy fruit juice. Smell is full of fresh fruit, unbelievable. The aroma lets you know it will be quite tart but clean, no funk like in a lambic or wild ale. Taste delivers with huge fruitiness and an enjoyable sourness. Berliner weisse may be my favorite sour beer style. It's extremely refreshing, sour but nut funky and very easy to drink with a low ABV. The perfect summer drink. And this one in particular is one of the best of the style I had so far. I will definitely check out more from the Bu series.

May 11, 2015
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Marius from Netherlands

4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amazing apricot aroma, with lambic funkiness and tart. Light bodied with little carbonation, but still quite refreshing. The aroma, though - out of this world.

May 10, 2015
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Svyturys30 from Illinois

4.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer was a wonderful medium yellow with no legs and a small head that vanished quickly.

This neer smalled like lacto and brett, slight sweet fruit stung the nostrils

This beer was lacto forward with some fruit coming through in the back

The mouthfeel was flat, needed a lot more carbination, IMO to make it shine

I would like to try this beer fresh to see if the fruit faded, or wasn't overly forward to begin with...

Apr 27, 2015
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DrunkAl from Illinois

4.59/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750 bottle. Amuses me that they call something that 5.5% imperial. Bright yellow/orange. Almost looks like it could be apricot purée in my glass. Intense apricot aroma. Very sour taste, but mixes well with the fruit. Really good stuff.

Mar 30, 2015
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Petcha from Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Brightly sour with great, but not overpowering, apricot presence. The amazing de garde creation of the imperial bu base beer shines through very nicely. Sublime

Mar 07, 2015
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chinchill from South Carolina

2.96/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shared bottle at RBWG-2015.
Aroma: smells like a sour ale.
Flavor: quite tart; mainly fruity; ample citrus.
Very tart (which I like), yet challenging.

Feb 28, 2015
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cosmicevan from New York

4.67/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle picked up by my buddy Barry when he was in town, enjoyed from a degarde dimpled mug.

a - wow. My glass is apricot orange, thin fizzy head is gone quick leaving what looks like a fruit juice. Can't believe this is a beer.

s - nose is ripe apricot. Really nice.

t/m/o - I have had the pleasure of having this beer a few times in the past along with a bunch of other bus and imperial bus and this is one of my favs. Really nice apricot with a hint of eggy sourness. The ultimate in refreshment. Overall there is a lot of hype around degarde, but for good reason. This is one of the many shining examples of why everyone is so degarde crazy.

Feb 01, 2015
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jegross2 from Illinois

4.65/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Reviewing the Imperial Apricot Bu from de Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.

Score: 98

2014 vintage bottle served in a Surly Darkness chalice and enjoyed on 01/09/15.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy apricot color with nice fade and tons of floating particulate. Minimal head off the pour, which totally settles. 2/5

Smell: Apricot for days plus some oak. Quite lovely. It's simple, but incredibly appetizing. 5/5

Taste: Tart apricot with a good pucker factor on the mid, which gets more intense as it warms. Notes of lemon too. A little vanilla, oak, and wine character on the finish too. Super lovely mix. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, mild carbonation. Lovely sourness, without a heavy acidic character. Very dry finish. 4.75/5

Overall: Another home run of a fruited Bu Weisse from de Garde! This one rivals the likes of West Ashley and Fou Foune in deliciousness, albeit less complex than either.

Cost: $10 for a 750 ml bottle.

Jan 10, 2015
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nmann08 from Virginia

4.04/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a bottle, pours a very cloudy pale orange color with a thin wispy head and good carbonation.

The nose is heavy apricots, tart, tropical fruit, a little chalk and candy. The flavor is pretty sour, puckering, dominated by apricots, other tropical fruit, a little grass and some lemon. The finish is clean, fresh fruit, but very tart and makes it difficult to drink alot of this at once. A bit intense tartness wise.

Dec 29, 2014
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jakewatt135 from Oregon

4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First had this at de garde winter release an was not impressed. Was an older bottle release. Today I had this on tap from the recent release and wow! Much more apricot flavor and aroma. Beautiful beer

Nov 24, 2014
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abeeronthebeach from California

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A - The liquid pours a wonderful apricot hue, before sitting thick, glowing and burnished orange in the glass.

S - Scent is sour, like unripe apricot or the tartness of apricot juice. A little funk, but it stays well in the background.

T - The beer washes into the mouth thick and flavoursome. A little watery sweetness comes first; fruity, apricot notes make up the body, with a refreshing, bracing hit of sourness to finish. A wonderfully refreshing beer well-suited to summer-drinking. It's certainly tart but nowhere near as sour as something like an Almanac, allowing the fruit to come through which I really like. It's not overly sweet, in fact I'd actually like it a little sweeter. I also thought the oak barrel aging could have had a more prominent effect as I found this influence pretty difficult to discern.

M - The word nectar springs to mind and I think I'll stick with it. This is thick, smooth and satisfying. Did I mention smooth?

O - Apricot character was definitely stamped all over this beer. You'd expect this to be top notch and it is. Definitely beats out the Fou'Foune I had recently on tap. Having said that I did feel that it lacked wood, and I personally would have like a little more residual sweetness.

Jun 10, 2014
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rlee1390 from Indiana

4.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation, one finger head

S-Holy apricots. Apricots everywhere. The citrus is amazing. Some grass and mild tart notes as well.

T-Amazing apricots. The flavor is spot on. More tart than sour and a slight grass.

M-Medium to lighter, some carbonation.

O-Wow. This was spot on. If it was a tad more sour the beer would have been perfect as this might have been the best apricot beer I've ever had.

Jun 03, 2014
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UCLABrewN84 from California

4.16/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at the Revenge Of Instant Replay bottleshare held at Instant Replay in Canoga Park, CA.

Pours a murky whitish-orange with a foamy bone head that fades to nothing. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, fresh apricot, and apricot nectar aromas. Taste is much the same with slightly sour apricot fruit and apricot nectar flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is very tasty but has a slightly better apricot presence in the aroma to me.

May 26, 2014
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Rifugium from North Dakota

4.47/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This has got to be one of the most unique beers I've had to date. I shared this one at a recent tasting alongside the Imperial Hop Bu, which paled in comparison.

Popping the cap revealed a goopy ring of what was presumably apricot residue around the rim of the bottle mouth. Pouring yielded an orange-copper color, murky but bright, with pours past the middle of the bottle giving quite a large amount of pulpy apricot floaties. A fluffy white head receded to a small ring, lacing the glass nicely. In the nose, apricot dominated, with lesser notes of oak and wildflowers, lightly toasted wheat. The taste was no joke...apricots and lots of them, more pronounced than in any other apricot beer I've ever tasted, a mix of fresh apricot meat and candied apricot, more sugary sweet than tart/sour; secondary flavors of fresh oak, toasted wheat, and some hay funk. Medium body, juicy mouthfeel. Overall: amazing. I would foam-dome this all day every day if I could.

May 18, 2014
Imperial Apricot Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 300 ratings