The Bruery Beauregarde (2013)

 
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Formerly brewed at The Bruery
Style: Sour/Wild Ale
Placentia, California USA
Serve in Snifter, Tulip, Tumbler

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RATINGS: 121   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.75/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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Another brand new sour ale! Beauregarde is our first ever use of blueberries and we couldn’t be happier with how this beer turned out. We added an incredible amount of fruit to our barrel aged, sour blonde ale and the result is just as expected. A lovely shade of reddish purple with flavors of tart blueberries, just in time for summer. Perfect along side a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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3.7
Scopey (17069) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 20, 2013
Bottle at Bruce’s, thanks to Ken. It pours hazy reddish-purple with a small white head. The nose is wood, juicy berry, jammy, vanilla, coconut and mild acidity. The taste is tart, acidic, jammy, sherbet, lemon, lime, wood and grape skin with a dry, tart finish. Medium body and fine, prickly carbonation. Crisp, juicy and tart, but perhaps a bit too acidic. Tasty though.

3.9
tectactoe (3126) - Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2013
UPDATED: APR 2, 2015 Bottle: Complete opaque fuchsia & indigo with a pink tinted head that pops and fizzles away in moments. Aroma is vinegar, sour lemon, and lightly sweet & tart blueberry notes. Mildly acidic, smells very tart & fruity. Lacto notes, too. Taste is blueberry, cherry skins, and lemon fresh up front with a very light graininess. Mild sweetness mid-palate. Tartness grows heavy in the finish with lots of vinegar notes. Finish is very sour & puckering with a light bit of oak and cotton funk. Dry, fruity aftertaste. Lovely stuff for sourheads like me.

3.6
Ferris (18212) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle - Berries and soured oak. Orange and cloudy red with little head. Sour and very acidic with blueberries peeking through. Acidity builds as you drink, I would recommend sharing.

3.3
mcberko (20847) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 17, 2013
750mL bottle, pours a beautiful reddish colour with a small off-white head. Aroma brings out loads of blueberries, a little vanilla, and oak. Flavour brings out loads of blueberries, some acetic notes, oak, and some vinegar. Starts off with lots of the blueberries, but ends up very acidic and vinegary. Pretty nice to start, but the finish isn’t that pleasant. Better than some of The Bruery’s sour abominations, but amongst their better ones. Decent stuff.

3.6
maneliquor (3514) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - OCT 17, 2013
Bottle cheers to Ken. A fine looking beer. Beetroot red with a firm, foamy and slightly pink head. Nose is a mixed bag of berries with clean funk to it. A touch soapy. Light tart with sweet berries. A little sugary and quite sweet. Too acidic for my liking but I can understand the appeal. Different. Solid

3.7
Leighton (23679) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 15, 2013
Bottle shared at Bruce’s in London - many thanks to Kenneth. Pours cloudy purple with a frothy, off-white head. Tangy and acidic berries in the nose. Light to medium sweet flavor with more tangy berries, some bitter berry skin, mild funk. Medium bodied with fine, massaging carbonation. Good sour bite to finish, further tangy berries, mellow bitterness. Good one.

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TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2013
750 ml bottle courtesy of a trade with daknole. Thanks, Dak. Pours a nice rich berry hued color, reddish purple glow has some decent haziness, lively carbonation throughout the body. Some frothy pinkish head atop stays as a mellow ring, laces ok. Deep, darker gorgeous glow and color, blueberry and crimson, glowing well. Aromas are firmly sour, richer lactic edge throws lemon, firmer blueberry, some cranberry and raspberry. Gentle red wine grows, a bit tannic, red grapes and melow funkiness. Firmer lactic and yogurty sourness hits the nose quickly. Very nice, a bit sharp and sour. Initial is sour and berry driven up front, seedy and pulpy blueberries and juice, sour and red grapes. Some raspberry, gentle red wine, firmer oak starts to flow in. Bigger lactic slant, yogurty and lemony, some straw, fuzzy. A decent carbonation hits the palate into the middle and backend, giving some nice effervescence, upping the sourness, dryness. Some white grape, melon, more gentle fruit mixes into that blueberry and fruit addition, showing a more gentle Blonde Sour base beneath. Backend is a bit more tannic, blueberry skin, oak, lingering stronger lactic vibe keeps pushing, a bit fuzzy, a touch acidic in that backend but quite enjoyable. Lingering blueberry fruit and skin, more melon, white grape, lemon, and gentle tangerine, citrus into that backend. Really nice play here for my palate, perhaps a bit sharp for others. Melon and honeydew dance in and out, some white grape, against a bigger lactic, blueberry, and touches of cranberry, blackberry sour berry fruit. As far as sours go, it really works for me. It’s lighter in body, a touch more agressive, but also has some really good play among fruit and never becomes an acedic bomb. It’s sour, but offers some good fruit and berry play, blueberries, some melon and honeycrisp, white grape complexity intermingles, perhaps much more interesting adding a blonde sour in with such a richer fruit addition presence. Nose is solid, beer is quite pretty, beer tastes great, has some solid complexity and agressiveness. Nice stuff.

3.5
madvike (3320) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 7, 2013
Bottle shared by cbfobes...thanks Brandon! - Pours hazy purple with a thin white head. Nose is fruity, but I don’t really get blueberries. Light vinegar tartness--pleasant. Taste is real yogurty, with light fruit, and light tartness. Again, wouldn’t have picked out blueberry had I not known it was in here, but it’s light and pretty tasty. Well-carbonated with a medium body.

3.9
gEUS (1637) - Linden, BELGIUM - OCT 7, 2013
750 ml bottle - kindly shared by FX Cannelle, sampled with Dennoman, and Romain VeryNiceGuy at the pre-BBF13 tasting. Pours light ruby red with a pinkish hue and small head. Aroma of cherries, almond nuts, some floral notes (subtle hyacinth), raspberry and - I kid you not - red beet. Light body with a light sweet touch to it but acidity is from the mid very present, probably too present :-). Taste = tart forest strawberry. Overall: nice flavours going on, but acidity level a bit too high.

3.5
jbeatty (1267) - New York, USA - OCT 3, 2013
Bottle, 10/03/2013. Pours deep purplish red, thin white fizzy head dies to stillness within a minute or so. Aroma is fruity, blueberry with berry skin, sweet tartness cutting through round lactic bouquet laced with vanilla, wood and oak in the end. Taste almost overwhelms initially with puckering sourness, takes some time to get accustomed to, revealing sweet tart berries, mildly acetic biting finish, dry finish with faint oak. Medium body. Far from my favorite Bruery sour but decent enough.


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