Imperial Apricot Bu Weisse
de Garde Brewing

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Style:
Sour - Berliner Weisse
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
100
Avg:
4.59 | pDev: 6.75%
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
300
From:
de Garde Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
100
World-Class
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Reviews by Stevedore:
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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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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
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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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markcp from Iowa

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

Dec 07, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.5/5  rDev -2%

May 06, 2014
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huntermop from South Carolina

4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 24, 2015
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sblanton83 from Michigan

4.71/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

May 21, 2015
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chadwicktorres from District of Columbia

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Nov 17, 2014
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PZBREW from Oregon

5/5  rDev +8.9%

May 06, 2014
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McAndrew from North Carolina

4.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Jun 29, 2015
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jbwimer from Kansas

4.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Apr 20, 2015
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james582 from South Carolina

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

Apr 16, 2015
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IPAIsaac from Delaware

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

Feb 09, 2015
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JonathanC from California

4.63/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jul 24, 2015
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kristougher from North Carolina

4.48/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Jul 05, 2015
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Chibeerguy1 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Feb 23, 2015
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Mikeypnh from New Hampshire

4.62/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Jun 29, 2015
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WTKeene from New Mexico

4.5/5  rDev -2%

Jun 17, 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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mythaeus from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

May 01, 2017
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geuze_gone_wild from California

4.28/5  rDev -6.8%

Aug 24, 2014
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Nablock from Texas

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

Mar 23, 2015
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edhizdeid from Washington

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

Apr 13, 2016
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EB1 from California

4.44/5  rDev -3.3%

Dec 10, 2014
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jackmax from Washington

5/5  rDev +8.9%

Jun 20, 2014
Imperial Apricot Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 300 ratings