Imperial Nectarine Bu
de Garde Brewing

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4.46 | pDev: 7.62%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 63 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of gibgink
4.77/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to Jacinta for the share at Pulling Nails b4 release. This looks, smells, and tastes like nectarine juice with all the pulp in the world added.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, served in a stemmed glass.

Peach flesh-coloured body, one finger white head, great retention and great lacing. Beautiful beer. Smells of an obscene amount of stonefruit, moderate lactic acidity, wheat, a bit of cereal grain. The stonefruit is similarly super tart, but without that particular apricot skin aroma that I get from Imperial Apricot Bu. Flavour is a bit more heavy on the wheat and lactic acidity, with the stonefruit still having a strong immeasurable presence. It smells so good, and it integrates more with everything else on the flavour. Some oaky lightness comes along as well. Mouthfeel is medium-lighter bodied, good carbonation, crisp and dry, lots of nectarine tartness on the finish. Another big DG stone fruited bu, I can never say anything bad about these.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an opaque nectarine color. No lacing. No head.

S - Straight up nectarines.

T - Tart nectarine start to finish with a slightly acidic twang. Lots of puckering nectarine funk on the back end.

M - Very dry on the top of the tongue while the rest of your mouth salivates profusely.

O - Didn't think I would like this, but do.

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Photo of cpetrone84
2.77/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

Pour is hazed peach in color with a white head that fizzes away immediately. Nose is highly acidic, bitter, with notes of tart nectarine. Flavor has a much brighter and riper nectarine, the insanely high co2 is still there, the acidity flattens out the bright fruit a bit. Finish is thin and highly carbed and a touch sweet but the nectarine lingers in a good way with a long finish.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy bright yellow golden color with little fizzy white head. Funk, tartness, citrus, lemon zest and orange-like aromas on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied, dances on the palate. Finishes tart and dry.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.6/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

BOOM let's do it. faretheewell final grateful dead show with a side of phish...popped this filled dg ipa style glass and took my first sips as terrapin started.

a - murky yellow, like a glass of OJ.

s - deep juicy nectarine

t/m/o - the lady fairly lept at him...juice. nectarines. happiness. prickly carb. great drinker...all hail de Garde

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.71/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Murky orange color. Bits of fruit in the glass. Smell is terrific.tons of nectarine juice. It's definitely different from other bus. Still sour but not as acidic. Amount of fruit is amped up. Juicy. Finishes dry. So drinkable. Love this but it is more juice like than any other De garde.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm obviously an outlier here in not enjoying this immensely - though it's still very tasty - so I thought I'd offer some rationale.

First, it's murky as hell, not particularly radiant, lower carb. Not a pretty looking beer. Looks like a dull fruit juice with some lingering bubbles from an aggressive pour. Imperial Marion and Beaucoup Violet are some of the most beautiful beers you'll ever see. Compared to them, this is lacking.

Smell and taste, to me, just fall into pure juice. If I wanted fruit juice, I'd drink fruit juice. The complexity and "beeriness" that made, say, Stone Bu so great is missing or just extremely toned down. If you want a JUICE bomb, then maybe this is for you. I want something more.

The acidity is toned down a bit and the body seems to be dialed up a bit on this last batches of bu, so the feel is great.

Overall, Nectarine Premiere, for me, is the winner - truly astounding. This fails to standout from the Bu pack. A good beer, but not a surprising or great one IMHO.

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Imperial Nectarine Bu from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 63 ratings