Imperial Stone Bu
de Garde Brewing

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Berliner Weisse
4.53 | pDev: 5.96%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Imperial Stone BuImperial Stone Bu
Notes: A Berliner Weisse inspired ale, aged in oak barrels with peaches and apricots.
Reviews: 12 | Ratings: 142 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of rudzud
4.21/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade, shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice hazy golden hue with a thin white head that fades to leave thin wisps and a light halo.

S - Aromas of nice acidic tartness, really juicy stone fruits, apricots and peaches galore. Nice pit tartness, little bit of oak barrels.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, big bold juicy stone fruit. Loads of vinegar tartness. Nice gummy apricot candy with very nice apricot tartness. Juicy, not jammy.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, crisp, little flemmy.

O - Overall this was a rather solid fruit beer with some very nice tartness.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of jlindros
3.58/5  rDev -21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to rudzud

Big fizzy head fades quickly, no lacing, murky orange apricot color

Nose some good and some bad, tons of apricot and stone fruit, big acidic vinegar, but a sulfur and jammy apricot jelly candy, but loads of apricot

Taste brings loads of peach apricot candy, tart sour apricot preserve and sour candy, big apricot sour candy gummy worm thing, fair acidic.

Mouth is med bod, little flemmy, fluffy carb but big acidity

Overall nothing like the great de gardes from before, like apricot sour gummy worm thing, big acidity, little off aromas, not big juice bomb.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.84/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Opaque golden orange hues with a thin white foamy head
S: Stone fruits - apricots, nectarines, and a bit of funk
T: Nicely tart with the signature de Garde acidity and a tantalizing mild funk; complemented by a supporting cast of apricots, tangerines, and peaches
F: Smooth and soft with a light carb
O: Deliciously juicy, aromatic, and smooth Berliner from de Garde. Exceptionally crafted and easy drinking - the perfect summer beer

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Thanks Brad!

Super hazy, bright yellow body with a thin white collar. Aromas of apricot and peach. Earthy, funky, tart. Absolutely delicious. Medium-high acetic character. Bright and juicy. Wonderful.

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

Really hazy peach color with white head. Aroma has lots of stone fruits but also some farmhouse funk. Quite sour and dry, slightly acidic as well. Medium body with high effervescence. Another great berliner from de Garde.

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Photo of stakem
3.89/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Thanks Tommyguz for sharing this with me. Bomber into a snifter appears a hazy pale yellow color with a white cap.

The nose has a wonderful display of peach/apricot pit character - jam packed with fruitiness before a bit of lemony lactic feel and then stronger acidic nature.

The taste is just cripplingly sour. It almost hurts with a sharp bite that immediately induces heartburn and your mouth to salivate. Despite this overpowering sourness, it somehow still showcases a brilliant, natural peach/apricot flavor of juice, skins and pits.

This is light in body with modest carbonation. The fruited nature of this is
beautiful but its sheer acidity really hurts this beer overall for me. When I think Berliner, I think a tart beer that I could drink by the gallon - not something that hurts my teeth/throat after 5oz. But hey, im probably just a puss.

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Photo of John_M
4.16/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Arch Bridge yesterday.

The beer pours a hazy orange amber color, looking more like a glass of orange juice than beer (no surprise there, based on previous experiences with of dG stone fruit wild ales). As is typical, there wasn't much in the way of head retention or lacing. On the nose, there was again the predictable amazing aroma of fresh fruit. Peach and apricot literally erupt from the glass, along with some light lime and vanilla as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, but it clearly dominated by the sour component in this beer. There was enough fruit and light vanilla for me to enjoy this once, but it was hard not to grimace a bit over the sour level in this beer. Mouthfeel was medium bodied otherwise, but with the beer delivering considerable flavor for such a low abv. beer.

Had this beer previously at the brewery, and the current version seemed to have a bit less fruit and a bit more sourness than what I encountered at dG. An impressive beer, no doubt, but the level of sour in this beer was just a bit too much for me. The 4 ounce glass I ordered at AB was as much as I could handle.

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

My favorite De Garde. No other brewery is able to incorporate fruit into their beer so well as De Garde and this beer explodes with peach and apricot flavors. Drinking this beer is comparable to biting into a fresh apricot. Tartness, mouthfeel, and appearance are perfect. Glad I was able to snag another bottle.

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Photo of mothman
4.34/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Side by side with the regular stone bu.

No head. Darker peach orange color.

This one is less sour and tart and more fruit. Tons of peach and apricots.

Very enjoyable. Very drinkable.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.93/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Favorite de Garde Bu! The fruit is just insane here.

Edit: Tied second favorite with Imperial Apricot, behind Nectarine Premiere. So much fruit juice.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.44/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to mrbubbler for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, peach, apricot, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour peach and apricot flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with phenomenal sour stone fruit aromas and flavors.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Immense skin and under-ripe fruit character upfront, moving into juicy pulp. Carbonation gives it a creamy body. Initial punch of fruit acidity abates and gives you a sense of the barrel and bugs. Side by side with DFPF it's noticeably deeper, more rustic. More complex yet less streamlined if that makes sense.

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Imperial Stone Bu from de Garde Brewing
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