Archer - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 79
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.46
pDev: 7.62%
Wants: 111
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Lambic - Fruit |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Lambic-style ale aged in oak barrels with pinot noir grapes.

(Beer added by: kscaldef on 12-11-2013)
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De Garde has murdered the various Bu varieties, but this right here was magnificent.

Served in a Cantillon Balloon glass

Color was gorgeous. 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, some sweet/sour berry flavors like a framboise (jammy!), and some nice prickly acidic smell with a light barnyard funk. The sour/fruit/tart smell balance reminded me of Side Project Fuzzy somehow, some kind of sensory memory was conjured up.

Mouthfeel was perfect, Jammy enough to somehow feel rich, while crisp and lively from the carb level. Feel was comparable to a framboise and was exceedingly enjoyable. It was nice that as extreme as this beer was it did not just burn out my tongue and gums like an 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, better than many. It was similar in a lot of dimensions to framboise, particularly between the sour and tart sensations it offered. One main distinction in my mind 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. The funk on this beer has yogurt character I have seen on other De Garde in addition to some barnyard which is also a bit different from framboise and other gueuze. All told, this was my favorite offering out the stellar De Garde beers I have tried.We followed it up with Vin Lee, another De Garde sour. Preferred this as I thought it a more balanced, subtle, and distinct sour. Both were great, but this is worth hunting down. I would guess this probably won't stay as Jammy for too long, drink em up!

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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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Archer from de Garde Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.