Apricot Bu
de Garde Brewing

Apricot BuApricot Bu
Rate It
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Sour - Berliner Weisse
4.53 | pDev: 5.74%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Apricot BuApricot Bu
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 255 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of Fireman_RK
Fireman_RK from North Carolina

4.68/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Apricot, honey, pineapple juice hues with a thin white head
S: Straight stone fruits with a mild funk
T: Peach, apricot, and nectarine flavors that meld with a simple lactic tartness
F: Light and easy sipper
O: Another phenomenal Berliner Weisse by de Garde here. Not overly sour, but at the same time offers to tart punch and simple, yet delicious flavors you'd expect. Great beer for a sunny weekend afternoon

Oct 20, 2016
Photo of DefenCorps
DefenCorps from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks, Brian!

This, eh, beer looks and smells and tastes like apricot juice, so much so that you will find yourself picking out pieces of apricot from your beer. Insanely fruity, ripe, fresh and clean, pairing beautifully with a bright base beer that's a great blend of lactic acid and lemony sourness. On the palate as well, this is an apricot juice bomb, bright, fruity, tasty with minimal skin tannin. Drying, fruity, tart and refreshing on the finish, this is quite excellent.

Aug 09, 2016
Photo of danh53
danh53 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light orange color with aggressive, bright white head and large bubbles. Smell is band aid, rubber, very tart and puckering sour. The taste does not disappoint. All of the lactic sour notes are there. Bright acidity, apricot, lemon, oak. Vanilla coming out here and there. Mouth feel is light, but aggressively carbed. This beer has a ton of flavor. Drink at cellar temp to get the full apricot flavor. The sour overwhelms the fruit at cooler temps.

May 31, 2016
Photo of stakem
stakem from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Berliners by De Garde have a history of making me cringe because they are fiercely sour and flirt along the edges of just being too much for me to handle. But now, taking a closer look this might be the first berliner (not imperial version) ive had from them in quite a long time. It has a clean lactic tartness perfectly integrated with apricot/peachy juiciness and earthen/grassy notes. Light bodied, modestly carbonated and easily approachable and drinkable. Worth checking out.

Mar 08, 2016
Photo of Goldstar81
Goldstar81 from California

4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Do you like apricots? Do you like Berliner Weiss? Do you like lacto? Then look no further. Pours an opaque orangish milky yellow. A decent amount of carbonation. Smells like......well apricots. Kind like the sticky sugar of opening a bag of fresh dried apricots. Tastes like candy, dried apricots, lacto and a bit of that good ole tilamook funk. If you have been to Tilamook you know what I'm talking about. If you have one of these I would drink it sooner rather than later as the fruit is starting to fade just a little but still just outstanding. I'm getting the sense that this could end up being a yogurt bomb like blackberry Bu given more time. Overall this is an outstanding beer for a low ABV fruited Berliner Weiss. Worth seeking out.

Feb 02, 2016
Photo of rodbeermunch
rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.78/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A fresh pour of OJ to start your day. Oh, this is a berliner weisse? Well crank it up man. Jammy ass apricot aroma.

Holy crap, is this perfection? The ever rare 5 score in taste. Best in class. My God, I love this beer, perfectly tart mouthfeel, nice wheat grittiness at times, oaky minimal funk.

Best de garde beer I've ever had.

Dec 02, 2015
Photo of dar482
dar482 from New York

4.49/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer comes in a lively bright hazy yellow.

The aroma offers apricot skin, ripe stone fruit, tart quality, familiar funk, sweet fruits.

The flavor follows with tart apricot, fuzzy stone fresh stone fruit, a medium plus lemon tart, dry finish.

Sep 29, 2015
Photo of Pete_IV
Pete_IV from New York

4.59/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy tangerine/yellowish beer with a small bubbly white head that disappears quickly smells obviously of apricots and other tart fruits I also smell plums. Tastes just like apricots with a tartness that lingers and I think gets a bit more sour as time passes. This beer is great so flavorful and accurate to the fruit.

Sep 11, 2015
Photo of raiderandbeerfan
raiderandbeerfan from Nevada

4.79/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Am I supposed to dink this review appearance wise because it looks like pulpy orange juice? Not me, I think it looks dope as hell.

Aroma was pungent apricot, takes a second to kind of open up, get some air in it and let the big carbonation get out of the way.

Taste, wow, this is hella layered. Thick apricot vibe, light wheat grain bill, neutral oak, plenty of depth to the tart and sourness, not just lacto, a bunch going on, even some brett chalkiness at times. I don't know that I've ever had a better berlinner weisse, this is the best ever. Makes not have fou fune available at any time no big deal. Rusev crush.

Aug 31, 2015
Photo of Huhzubendah
Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.47/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Lunch. Thanks Paul.

Hazy orange body with a small head that rapidly fades to nil. Big time apricot aroma with additional notes of lacto, funk, oak. Juicy, tangy, puckering, sour, tasty. Nicely done.

Aug 30, 2015
Photo of AleToTheVictors
AleToTheVictors from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle from most recent release. Gift from a friend. Poured into De Garde tulip glass.

Look: Pours a beautiful, hazy orangey gold with a fizzy white head that dissipates almost immediately. Positively glows when sunlight hits the glass.

Smell - Poured chilled, lactic quality comes through along with very fresh stone fruit. Fruit becomes more pronounced when it has chance to warm a bit. Not surprising, but take note to let it sit for a bit if stored at standard refrigerator temp.

Taste - Apricots for days and lactic tartness. Only slightly sweet.

Feel - The cloudy consistency hints at the large amount of fruit packed in which gives it a nice medium mouthfeel. Tingly carbonation makes it prickle the tongue a bit. Very drinkable.

Overall - Another solid fruited berliner from De Garde who does the style better than anyone IMHO. I have a suspicion this beer might do even better with just a bit more time in the bottle. Highly recommended.

Aug 16, 2015
Photo of GreesyFizeek
GreesyFizeek from New York

4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry last night, thanks man.

This one pours a golden orange-ish color, with a fizzy quickly diminishing head, and not a whole lot of lacing.

This one smells uber sour, tons of lactic character bracing my nostrils, with lots of fleshy apricot.

This is a tiny bit-one note, but it's still delicious so I don't really care. About a 9/10 on the sour scale, very very sour, with a great lactic yogurt character that runs through a lot of De Garde beers. Despite the heavy, heavy sourness, the apricot character is still allowed to shine through nicely, fleshy and just the tiniest bit of sweet apricot jam.

This is incredibly drinkable, despite the heavy sourness, with a higher, prickly level of carbonation.

As expected, another great Bu. Not the most complex sour ever, but it doesn't matter, because it tastes great.

Jul 20, 2015
Photo of jlindros
jlindros from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head fades practically instantly, great solid cartoon color of peach apricot, murky as Hell.

Nose is so much apricot and stone fruit, very mild funky fruit, mostly dried almost candied apricot, and stone fruit jelly. Faint baking spice in the background.

Taste brings a big tart sour fruit, almost but not quite gland smashing tartness, almost there, apricot and stone fruit, fleshy almost sour peach but more apricot, dried candied and fleshy fruit, and little. Mild baking spice notes are in the background, mostly drowned by the fruit and sourness. Finish is sweet and sticky with mild flemmy feel, mild sourness and tart fruit lingering.

Mouth is med bod, nice soft fluffy feel, and decent carb.

Overall pretty nice, quite yeasty and juicy.

Nov 19, 2014
Photo of rudzud
rudzud from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and shared at a party at JLindros's place. Poured into a Kate the Great snifter. Reviewed from notes.

A - Poured a hazy apricot juice with a nice one finger head that fades quickly to leave small bubbles. Appears to be quite acidic.

S - Aromas really pop. LOADS of dried apricots and flesh, apricot jelly, stone fruit pits, dried stone fruits, apricot candies. Really aromatic.

T - Taste is super, super sour and tart apricots. Dried apricots mostly with nice juicy sour stone fruits. The house yeast (which the three of us really don't care for) keeps trying to make itself known but the fruit easily overpowers it.

M - Mouthfeel is tart and crisp with pleasant carbonation

O - Overall, this was a delicious berliner from De Garde, possibly my favourite that they've done so far. Tasty.

Serving Type: Bottle

Nov 19, 2014
Photo of Stevedore
Stevedore from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Poured into a Side Project stemmed glass 9/28/2014.

A- Beautiful hazy peach/apricot flesh-coloured body. It's almost pulpy in appearance, like a mimosa. Three finger white head that quickly reduces to a thin collar, and shortly after that, becomes quite still. No lacing to be found. Stylistically, it's about what I expected but I still find its cloudy qualities to be quite fascinating. [4.25]

S- Served chilled, it starts out with quite a bit of tart yogurt lactate, whiffs of the base wheat, and a light citrus acidity and hints of stone fruit that really takes over as it warms up. Very delightful in how stone fruit-forward it is. Ultimately, at cellar temp and warmer, it becomes a very fruit-forward beer. [4.5]

F- Apricots on top, the Bu base in the middle providing a little bit of grainy wheat and a lot of tart yogurt lactate, finishing with a nice stone fruit tartness. It's like these Haribo peach rings, but quite tart. [4.5]

M- Brilliant. Medium, almost on the verge of full body, very pulpy with a semi-milkshake consistency. Its tart enough that it makes my mouth water, but not so tart that you can only drink a few ounces of it at a time just so you don't get heartburn. Very crisp and refreshing; it's dangerously easy to dome the entire bottle, in fact that's what I'll end up doing. [4.75]

O- The first De Garde beer I've taken quite a liking to so far. The base beer works quite well for the apricots here, giving the stone fruits a nearly blank canvas to shine while adding a nice grainy wheat flavour and a good bit of tartness. Overall a very, very tasty fruit Berliner. [4.5]

Final score: 4.51

Sep 29, 2014
Photo of UCLABrewN84
UCLABrewN84 from California

4.4/5  rDev -2.9%

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky orange with no head. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with malt, apricot, apricot puree, and apricot nectar aromas. Taste is much the same with sour apricot, apricot puree, and apricot nectar flavors on the finish. There is a medium 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 with fantastic fresh apricot qualities all around that make this one super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

Sep 14, 2014
Photo of 22uesday
22uesday from Oregon

4.75/5  rDev +4.9%

Perhaps the purest Apricot flavor I've ever had in a beer. Up there with Aurelian Lure.

De Garde has been hitting home runs with their bu program and this is a grand slam.

Sep 05, 2014
Apricot Bu from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 99 out of 100 with 255 ratings