Beaucoup Berry Bu
de Garde Brewing

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Style:
Berliner Weisse
ABV:
not listed
Score:
96
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.61%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
64
From:
de Garde Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
96
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Notes: Our Berliner inspired ale, fermented and aged in red wine barrels, then refermented with black raspberries, red raspberries, boysenberries, and blackberries. A tart fruit extravaganza!
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 64 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of DrewZ926
4.84/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours deep ruby, almost like a Pinot noir. Nose is straight forward, huge berry wafts, raspberry, blackberry. Taste is like liquid jam, but with a refreshing clean lactic acid finish. Perfect blend of sweet and sour, tons of fresh berries and seeds. One of the best fruited Berliners out there.

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Photo of brewskifan55
4.25/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: A deep rich red (so different from the regular beers I try) with a pinkish foam around the edges.

S: Berries pop out all around with an oak-y red wine backdrop. Fantastic.

T: The berries continue with raspberries, blackberries and more with a sweet/sour tartness that goes on forever. Red wine characteristics give it a stately finish.

M: Low to medium with medium, dry carbonation.

O: Best sour I've ever tried. de Garde is a terrific brewer. I hope I get to try more of their expert line.

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

Enjoyed on 1/22/16 and reviewed from notes. Poured out of a brown 750 mL bottle with no dating that I can seem to find and into a classic Duvel chalice.

Appearance (4.25) - Pours a deep and unforgiving oxblood red--so dark it might as well be purple, but when held up to the light, it displays a distinctive crimson tone. Dark enough that I can't really get a line on how murky or clear the liquid is. However, the glowing pink effervescent head atop the body cannot be missed, although it is not for long, quickly slinking away to end up as a thin ringlet of bubbles around the edge of the glass and no lacing.

Smell (4.25) - The aroma is dominated by two main characteristics--lactic acidity hinting at the puckering sourness to come and a melange of generic berry aromatics. That is to say, it's hard to really pick out the distinct berries that make up this beer, just lots of red berry fruit tartness. Underneath those two primary characteristics is some hint of oaky tannin that I can only assume come from the wine barrel aging.

Taste (4.5) - Here, the berry aroma remains fairly well blended, with the occasional and fleeting hint of the individual fruits--mostly raspberry, but some blackberry as well. Unfortunately, I'm not personally familiar enough with the profile of a boysenberry to pick it out, but I do know it's a cross between (among other things) a raspberry and a blackberry, so it should be right at home with the raspberries and blackberries in this beer. Again, there is bracing tartness--not enamel peeling by any means, but assertive with notes of lactic and lemon acidity. It's also somewhat jammy, but not in your face or aggressive.

Mouthfeel (4.5) - Light-bodied and moderate in carbonation, it definitely imparts a certain amount of pucker to the tastebuds, and leaves a long, very dry finish that leaves you smacking your mouth to compensate for the perceived lack of moisture

Overall (4.5), my first fruited beer from de Garde, but their reputation precedes them and I'd had plenty of delicious non-fruited stuff to know that I was likely in for a treat. My only criticism would be that the mix of 4 different berries, all from a similar vein, really muddied up the fruit characteristic a little bit. It didn't make it any less delicious, but it did make it difficult to pinpoint the various berries used therein. Either way, a fantastic offering from dG--I can't wait to get my hands on more.

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Photo of cultclassic89
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This one reminded me of how Nocturn b2 was drinking maybe 6 months ago (fruits a bit more balanced with the base beer). It's not as intensely jammy as some other de Garde fruits, but still a fantastic beer.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.39/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

750 mL bottle. Deep purple with a pink head. Pretty. Smell is heavy on the raspberry and de Garde yeast. Taste isn't as dynamic. Mostly lemon sourness and that de Garde acidity. Berry fruit flavor in the back end. Oak. Light body. High carbonation. Too much. Not offensive. Just not exactly good.

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Photo of hyperboarder
3.6/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured more like grape juice than beer. Dark reddish purple, with a fizzy pink head that dissipates quickly to nothing but a couple bubble islands. Seriously odd hue for a beer, obviously from the berries. No lacing.

S - Berry city. I can't really differentiate the 4 they mention (red raspberries, black raspberries, boysenberries, and blackberries) but it's definitely a nice dark berry nose, perhaps more on the black raspberry side. Lactic tart undertones hinting at the berliner underneath.

T - Round tartness right up front. The fruit is well blended and a bit mild, just short of overpowered by lacto. Little to no sweetness. Like the other regular Bu's I've had it's a bit light on flavor. I wish there was a bit more to it, but it's about what I'd expect. Clean lactic tartness on the finish.

M - As expected, fairly thin. Appropriate for the style and fitting for the beer. Dry and clean.

Overall - One of the better non-imperial Bu's I've had. The berry blend is very Oregon and makes for an interesting beer all around. Not perfect, but very solid and unique. Very solid for the price point.

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Photo of emerge077
4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Thomas & Jenny for this one!
Pours a dark purplish red with momentary pinkish purple foam. Unfortunately the head fades to nothing almost immediately. Clarity and color are very nice though, looks like a berry wine.

Fruity blackberry/black raspberry juice aroma, hint of lactobacillus yogurt character.

Clean and crisp, tart lactic pucker, fruit juice at first with a drying aftertaste and lingering berry aftertaste. Light bodied, fruit juice dominates and as a result the carb ebbs away towards the end. Would be nice if it were a little more complex, it's a little more one-dimensional than other Bu iterations for some reason.

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Photo of PDXSOUR
4.5/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another amazing and tasty fruited bu from de Garde. When it comes to fruited sours de Garde is absolutely killing it! I love Cascade, RB, RR, Abbey, JK, Toolbox, etc etc but de Garde is #1 in my book. CHEERS!!

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Beaucoup Berry Bu from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 64 ratings