Stone Bu | de Garde Brewing

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Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Berliner Weisse

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Berliner Weisse inspired beer aged in oak barrels with prodigious amounts of Oregon grown Peaches and Apricots.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 19 | Ratings: 218
Photo of RAlmeida77
4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this when I was on a de Garde kick.

Look is, hazy and just amazing. Aroma is funk, sour and stone fruits. Apricot and nectarine galore! Taste is so good...apricot, stone fruit with some lactic sourness. Finishes dry making me want more. Overall, an outstanding brew.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.35/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015 vintage, poured from the bottle into a taster. Tart peaches and nectarines with a touch of oak and the classic de Garde funk. Solid but not spectacular.

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Photo of danh53
3.38/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Smelled like dirty socks. Its been in my fridge, but I wonder if I kept it too long. Drink fresh is my advice. The mouth feel and balance were there, but I expected more fruit in the taste. The funk also made its presence known in the taste and not in a good way. My buddy who isn't really into craft beer liked it so it wasn't a lost cause. I'd like to try a fresh bottle sometime, because I've liked all the other De Garde fruited beers I've tried.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This one is about as good as it gets. Tons of peach and apricot on the nose and taste. Good acidity, but not overpowering. INcredible carb and amazing balance despite the tartness. This ranks up there with Veritas 015 and Fou for me.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.72/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Unfortunately, this beer was not like the other fruit varieties of de Garde Bu's that I've had. Apricot, Nectarine, Raz, they've all had great, unique characteristics. This Stone Bu wasn't able to differentiate itself from the base by much at all IMO. Not bad, but not that great.

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Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.23/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Super clear color. The nose is mainly a subtle sour. Taste has some juicy and sour notes followed by some fruityness. Finish is sour. Basically sour all the way through. Solid sour all the way through.

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Photo of mothman
4.28/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pale yellow. White head.

Lots of fresh sour fruit. Peaches and apricots show so much. Very bright and clean. Light funk. Lemon acidity.

Another winner. Very drinkable. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of dddddddd
4.5/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Peach, apricot, and sour tartness! Light yellow and translucent in appearance, with a present but quickly dissipating. Smells lightly of apricots and peaches. Taste follows with a very tart punch. Relatively light and crisp. Very refreshing beer!

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Photo of cdJensen
5/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is a dream come true. I just had it again for about the 5th time and it hasn't lost any luster. One of my favorite beers hands down and kills Imperial Stone Bu.

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Photo of IrishColonial
3.89/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Way too sour. I find this happens with a lot of De Garde Bu's. If you drink one fresh, it is a fruity and delicious berliner. If you drink one six months down the road, sometimes it becomes a sour lacto bomb that overcomes some of the awesome fruit flavor. Not sure why this is but it is regrettable. Drink these fresh.

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Photo of deschutes_fan
4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

750mL Bottle

- Pours hazy a pale golden orange, head quickly dissipates.
- Smell is of a sweet, pungent peach and some mild funk notes.
- Taste is of a very juicy apricot and peach combo mixed with quite the tart puckering punch. Fruity, yet crisp. Flavors fade quickly, leaving you wanting another drink.
- Overall a fantastic stone fruited light sour. For me, a perfect balance of juicy fruit and sourness. Not the most complex, but that is consistent with the style.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter 3/4/2015.

A- Beautiful hazy orange-yellow body with a one finger white head, nice longevity and retention. Eventually disappears after about 5 minutes into what looks like hazy peach goodness.

S- Amazing peach and apricot juiciness, with a nice stone pit aroma to make things more interesting. Wheat, lactobacillus and plenty of tartness abound in this beer. Smells great.

F- As hard as it is to believe, it tastes even better than it smells. Crisp peach and apricot fruity flavours, earthy stone pit, wheat, lactobacillus, minerals, even a mild bit of funk that is a bit stronger than usual as far as Bu's go. Delicious stone fruit juice.

M- Medium bodied, soft but substantial with plenty of lasting juicy stone fruit flavours. Very easy to crush at what, 4.4%?

O- My new favourite beer from De Garde. Everything that Apricot Bu was, but even more delicious.

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Photo of dar482
4.96/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

The beer literally exudes pure apricot and peaches on the front palate. It's hard to explain how fruity and pure the beer tastes. Then onto a lemon tart quality and a really light mouthfeel. Dry and clean on the back.

Hands down the best apricot sour we had at our intensive tasting of the style.

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Photo of Rutager
4.72/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A fellow beard shared this with me and the rest of the house after I did the same with a different bottle at the De Garde tasting room. The apricot seemed to be there a bit more than the peach, but both were so there. Stellar stuff, the best of the day which is saying a lot. We also joked that a beardless man has probably never stepped in the place. Virtually true, I'm sure. :D Cheers,

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.44/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks you, Brian.

A mildly hazy light orange with a dense white head that falls off to a ring rapidly leaving little lacing, this looks decent. The nose is loaded with stone fruit with apricot and peaches, the apricots being the more noticeable of the two with a blend of plenty of flesh with some skin and pit tannins. This works quite nicely with the mildly frothy, yogurty lactic character that's present.

The palate opens with a pleasant fruity tartness and flavor, glorious in how bright it is. Focused heavily on the apricot, it approaches Fou'foune in intensity. Semi-ripe peach character is present on the mid-palate with a mild peachy, vanilla like character. Yogurt and buttermilk are present towards the finish. The palate is just a shade green, but that's driven by how driven it is by the apricot flavors - I occasionally get a mild sulfury note from stone fruit, especially if I eat too much too soon, and this beer has those characteristics. Light in body, crisply (but not overly so) carbonated, this beer is a treat on the palate. Highly recommended. Given my love for apricots, I think I just might prefer this over the also excellent Berry Bu that preceded it.

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Photo of McNazz
4.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Orange straw color. Beautiful cloudy haze with a slight lacing

Smell: Like smashing peaches and apricots to your nose. The fruit is very apparent.

Taste: You can pick up both the peach and apricot but overwhelmingly you perceive the blend of both which is a fantastic pairing. Nice and delicate tartness on the back end. Another De Garde homerun.

Feel: Slight bubbly mouth, wheat and oak picked up.

Overall: Straight up beer mimosa. This beer is world class.

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Photo of jlindros
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud for sharing.

Light fizzy head, no lacing, murky peach yellow color.

Nose big stone fruit, peach and apricot, big fresh fruit, very little malt, nothing really else. No berlinnerweisse.

Taste brings lots of peach, grassy peach and apricot, also mild fake stone fruit. Needs to be drunk fresh, faint acetobacter, nice juicy fruit thought and mild tartness. Finish is flemmy and little tart, nice fruity peach and apricot late, fruit flesh, little skin, juicy.

Mouth is med bod, lighter but decent carb.

Overall mixed, some great points but some not so great, very little berlinerweiss flavours, but great fruit.

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Photo of rudzud
4.41/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros and Threelions.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with next to no head that leaves hardly any wisps.

S - Aromas of rich tart stone fruit. Bright peach and apricot, not much Berliner notes.

T - Taste is very tart, solid stone fruit, really nice peach and apricot notes, juicy, stone fruit, the peach level is intense, delicious, good pleasant peach flavour, candy peach, fresh flesh.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, acid level is good, nice.

O - Overall this beer was delicious, great peach notes, pleasant and aromatic. Really good.

Serving type: Bottle

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Photo of John_M
4.25/5  rDev -6.4%

On tap at at the recent release event at the brewery.

A lot going on in this beer. I get a lot of tropical fruit up front on the palate (mostly peach i would say), but the beer dries out quickly, and the finish is dry and lightly sour. This was very easy to drink, and I appreciated the dialed down sour and easy drinkability. Very nice beeer.

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Stone Bu from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.54 out of 5 with 218 ratings