Imperial Blu Bu
de Garde Brewing

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Berliner Weisse
4.39 | pDev: 4.56%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a light purplish color, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

This smells like very sour blueberry, with a bit that classic DeGarde yogurty lactic funk.

Like most Bu variants, this is pretty simple, but very tasty. The blueberry is expressed well, and is very sour, with a bit of prickly lemon rind. There's also that nice yogurty DeGarde funk that I love.

This is light bodied, crisp and clean, with a good level of drinkability and a typical level of carbonation.

I had heard the Bu beers weren't aging all that well. That may be true for some, but this is still holding up very nicely.

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Photo of BEER88
4.66/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light purple/reddish murky from the stirred up dregs. Inch of pinkish head. Smell is straight blueberries and funk (delightfull). Taste is blueberries and tartness with barnyard funk in the back. Feel is smooth full and effervescent leaving blueberries to linger until the next sip!

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Photo of brentk56
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a pinkish color with a one finger mauve head; decent retention and a smattering of lace

Smell: Blueberry, with hints of lemon, wheat and oak; somewhat funky

Taste: Blueberry forward with lactic tartness building; funky, through the middle, with an dry oaky finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

Overall: An excellent blueberry sour

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great share with the guys. Beautiful bluish purple hue with nary a head. Aromas of blueberry, funk. Gentle sweetness imparted from the fruit character. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of John_M
4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at de Garde today.

The beer pour a somewhat murky reddish purple color with good head retention and lacing. As this is a dG bu beer, the nose comes as no surprise. There is a huge aroma of blueberry, vanilla, light lemon, and a hint of barnyard funk. The flavor profile replicates the nose, and while there's a considerable sour component, there's more than enough fruit in this excellent beer to handle it. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, but with a long, moderately sour, fruit infused finish. Alcohol is completely undetectable.

Pretty good beer, but I wasn't wowed by it. In many ways, it reminded me of the dG violet a tried some months back. That being said, this is yet another solid, well crafted fruited sour from the talented brewer at dG.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Another fairly standard de Garde beer.

Nothing noteworthy on the look or smell department.

The taste is very sour with a noticeable fruit presence, though it is not apparent that this is a blueberry fruited beer.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Served in a snifter glass.

Pours a medium purple-pink body, one finger light pink head, particularly good retention for a Bu, fair amount of lacing. Smells of blueberries, a bit of lemon, wheat, lactic acid, oak, mild funk. Flavour is impressive; there is quite a bit of blueberry which is impressive for a fruit that is usually so subtle in beer. Lactic acid tartness, oak, a bit of funk. It's not complicated, but it's nicely well-rounded with the fruity sweetness and flavour and the lactic acid. Mouthfeel is medium-lower bodied, good carbonation, very easy to drink. Overall, very tasty blueberry-forward beer with a lot of drinkability.

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Photo of dar482
4.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

The beer offers a big pop of melted plastic, Sweet Tart sour qualities, intense berries, berry seed and bitterness, with a light mouthfeel with refreshing carbonation with the berry and tart qualities.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.22/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The best blueberry beer I've had in terms of capturing the look and the flavor. Light lemony aspect with the tartness and color of blueberry. The lactic nature is fairly light as is the granular aspect of the Berliner. Very balanced and smooth.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.78/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

huge thanks to my buddy barry for picking up a mixed case for me when he was out visitig the area. enjoyed from a degarde wine glass.

a - popped the cap whaffed the bottle opening and shortly thereafter, the brew began to rise. gentle pour filled the glass with a deep crimson purple. really glows to the light...almost magenta. massive frothy gorgeous pink head built and retracted in an almost single motion with tons of fizzy carbonation popping off. no lace...
the second pour was way more purple.

s - ocean spray. fresh ripe blueberry with a splash of summer. has a nice softness from the oak.

t/m/o - what can i my BU! big mouthfuls of blueberry but washed over with oak to even it out and then fizzed out as a berliner. kind of like a cross between a fruit soda/seltzer and beer. really happy to have this whole bottle for myself since i have a hard time not taking gulps every time i raise the glass to my mouth. uber refreshing. one of the best beers i have had from degarde.

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Imperial Blu Bu from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 115 ratings