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The Archer - de Garde Brewing

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88 Ratings
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Ratings: 88
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.47
pDev: 7.38%
Wants: 122
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 88 | Reviews: 5
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4.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

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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4.59/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Hazy red amber. Golden color when held to the light

Smell - Fruity , wine aroma, funk, oak

Taste - dark fruit flavors, wine, pleasant sourness, very complex, just very well executed and balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, small bubbles, light

Overall - This was an amazingly well crafted beer, very harmonious and delicious, drinkable buy very complex, overall one of the best DeGarde beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

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4.63/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

massive gusher but I accounted for it. hazy red pour . smell is big on the oak and pinot noir. it also has that funky musky aroma. taste is ....wow. big sour taste at first. lots of pinot flavor. oak isn't super prevalent in the flavor. Damn good. world class beer my friends. medium body and carbonation.

overall lovely and very recommended.

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4.44/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by jmgrub. Thanks.

A: Pours after an initial small gush a hazy blush reddish with white bubbles around the rim leaving a few spots of lace.

N: Jammy fruit, oak, juniper, cranberry tartness.

T: Tart fruit with some faint cheese funk, oaky and vinous.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Tart, fruity and dry finish.

O: Impressive. Nice aroma and fruity tartness.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pinkish red amber. Golden color in direct light. A variety of colors. The bottle gushes but the head doesn't last on the surface.

Smell - I can't pinpoint that de Garde sour aroma and flavor, but this one has it. Fruity grape aroma.

Taste - Gritty cracker malt. Grapes. Intense de Garde sour flavor. I still can't figure it out. Oak. Some dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel - Strong sourness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I can't parse the flavors in these de Garde beers, but for the first time, I think the sour flavor they produce works.

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The Archer from de Garde Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 88 ratings.