Black Raz Bu
de Garde Brewing

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Berliner Weisse
4.56 | pDev: 6.8%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews by deekyn:
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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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Photo of rudzud
4.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shared with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a wonderful black raspberry hue with a thin head that fades to leave a purple halo. 4.5

S - Aromas of buttery oak up front, light vinegar, then black raspberry. Not bad, but, I want more raspberry! 4

T - Taste is nice and tart with seedy raspberry notes, the oak barrel gets awfully buttery which is very distracting. Loads of malt vinegar, really acidic, the black raspberry is there but held back by the barrel notes. Unfortunate. 4.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, sharp. 4.25

O - Overall this beer was nice, but the buttery oak kind of missed this one up. Hmmmm 4

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of tom10101
2.93/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle (750 ml). From Jose, thanks! Split-5 ways (6 if we include the drain).

Appearance: Dark reddish-purple with a medium pinkish-purple head and some lacing. The head disappear rather quickly though.

Aroma: Burst of black raspberries, and it’s not leafy but really fruit forward. And it’s not jammy, it’s just like fresh picked raspberry. Acidic. After a while though, the raspberry fades a bit and there’s rubber-ish notes but the aroma is really enticing for the first few minutes.

Taste: That’s were it starts to get bad. It tastes like cheap raspberry vinegar. It wasn’t leafy in the aroma, but here it is a bit. Notes of carboard too. But most of all, this is way too friggin sour.

Palate: And here’s the nightmare. Light body, but it’s not just watery, it’s worst than that... water has more body than this. It’s like sublimated vinegar. Short puckering finish.

Overall: Enticing aroma, but taste of vinegar and atrocious mouthfeel. Poor drinkability, especially for a 4.4 % abv beer. Grossly overrated. It’s the 18th bottle I try from De Garde and either we have really really bad luck or it’s the most overrated brewery out there. We had a few decent/good beers from them but the vast majority had something "off" and they were bad or worst.

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Photo of Olright
5/5  rDev +9.6%

Simply superb

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.85/5  rDev +6.4%

draft @ de garde

thick raspberry feel and taste. crazy mouthfeel. liquid jam. some tart sourness. possibly better than VSB. absolutely phenomenal

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Photo of Stevedore
4.4/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle, highly anticipated. Poured into a Side Project stemmed glass 10/4/2014.

A- Dark purple, slightly pink-reddish body, two finger purple head. Beautiful. Good retention, solid lacing. [4.25]

S- Blackberries, raspberries, lots of yogurty lactate, a bit of wheaty sharpness. For the most part this is all fruit and yogurt here. Sort of like a parfait, to think about it... [4.25]

F- Straight up blackberry jam, yogurt lactate making for a solid acidity here, grainy wheat sweetness, some musty oak. Not a lot of funk or complexity. This is what I very much expected it to be. [4.5]

M- Solidly medium bodied, a bit custardy, not watery at all. Good carbonation, very yogurty towards the end tempered by some blackberry tartness. [4.25]

O- Still not getting the 4.66-level goodness (as of this writing). This certainly is not NG Very Sour Blackberry good. Still, this is another example of how good the base Bu is in terms of providing a blank canvas for fruits. Apricot and Black Raz are simply excellent. But it does depend on the fruit... [4.5]

Final score: 4.41

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Photo of Marco_Gtz
4.28/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.47/5  rDev -2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Nablock
4/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edhizdeid
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.41/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Kevin_Young
4.58/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Locke
4.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Raziel313
4.3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of deschutes_fan
4.9/5  rDev +7.5%

750mL Bottle, Happy B-Day to me.

Tremendous beer... jammy and vibrant berry tartness, thick for the style, but still refreshingly light, sour, and dry. Good complexity for such a lighter beer, goes down way to quickly, leaves one wanting another glass.

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4.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of zookerman182
4.77/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Appearance is a cloudy purple with a bubbly purple head.
aroma is oak, wood tannins, unripe raspberry and blackberry.
Flavor is perfectly tart, prominent raspberry flavor, perfectly balanced.
Mouthfeel is perfect carbonation with a lingering tartness.
this is the perfect balance of sour and refreshing.
De garde is amazing.

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4.75/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.53/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

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4.5/5  rDev -1.3%

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5/5  rDev +9.6%

Black Raz Bu from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 252 ratings