Imperial Apricot Bu Weisse | de Garde Brewing

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Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Berliner Weissbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Port_Seat on 05-05-2014

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Reviews:
20
Ratings:
281
Avg:
4.49
pDev:
27.17%
 
 
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274
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Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 281
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4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

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Photo of Rifugium
4.47/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.67/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.85/5  rDev +8%

Photo of t2grogan
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of CavemanRamblin
4.84/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of SkiBum22
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mctizzz
4.77/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Marius
4.62/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of catboy
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%

Photo of sourdog
4.73/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Cynic-ale
4.34/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chinchill
2.96/5  rDev -34.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -10.9%

Photo of switzer
4.52/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alesmither
4.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ciocanelu
4.65/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of fthegiants
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of markcp
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kylo76
4.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jmgrub
4.75/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of rhong187
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of zonker17
4.49/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of bouncepass
4.5/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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Imperial Apricot Bu Weisse from de Garde Brewing
4.49 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
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