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The Archer - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.45
pDev: 7.64%
Wants: 110
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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de Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kscaldef on 12-11-2013

Lambic-style ale aged in oak barrels with pinot noir grapes.
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De Garde has murdered the various Bu varieties, but this right here was magnificent.

Served in a Cantillon Balloon glass

Looks great- A bright red tone with some pink hues from medium carbonation. Head poured with a half inch of foam than settled a bit but stayed visible.

Smell was vinous grapes, light berry, prickly lemon and light barnyard funk. The sour/fruit/tart smell balance reminded me of Side Project Fuzzy somehow.

Mouthfeel was perfect, Jammy enough to somehow feel rich, while crisp and lively from the carb level. It was nice that as extreme as this beer was it did not just burn out my tongue and gums like some acid/vinegar bomb.

Taste was fruit, tart, clean/crisp, and sour, in that order. The Jammy fruit flavor is present throughout smell and taste, and made it hard for me to believe it was pinot grapes and not a wine-barreled berry beer. The tart was strong, nice acid that gave me a good pucker, but no so much to overrule the jammy flavor. The carb and potent acidity allowed this to drink like some kind of sparkling fruit drink like a mimosa or something, popping the fruit flavor and tartness into my nose. Sour was a light yogurt flavor I have found in many De Garde beers, with a little more horse blanket/barnyard funk that was probably more of a smell characteristic.

Overall this bottle banged with many of my favorite Belgian Lambic offerings. One main distinction between this anda Framboise is that this was still markedly American in execution- more intense tart flavor and fruit flavor, a little less balance. The awesome jammy and vinous flavors totally allowed for the more extreme sensations here, however, and what you get is a lot of everything without too much of anything. All told, this was my favorite offering out the stellar De Garde beers I have tried. This is worth hunting down, although I think the existing bottle count may be extremely low.

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The Archer from de Garde Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 80 ratings.