Spears - De Garde Brewing
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3.74/5 rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Growler from Zupan's on Belmont
A hazy, murky, reddish copper with a dense, dirty white head that falls off to a ring leaving nice lacing. The nose is dominated by gin and its botanicals. Juniper, pine, a light citrus are all present, along with a modest funk. As with all/most de Garde beers, this is a little messy with a mildly chewy/chalky yeast aroma. There is a moderate hop aroma as well, with citrus and lemon verbena, both of which pair really well with the gin character. Bright and refreshing, this is great.
The palate opens with a blend of gin flavors, yeast and a mild tannin character. Now, the tannins don't wholly work with the juniper and in some ways, this does taste a touch oxidized (especially the hops), with a mild soapiness, though I can't tell if that's from a poor fill or poor handling elsewhere. The mid-palate has flavors of honey, a little toffee and some pine. Mildly sweet on the finish with some gin flavors, this medium-light bodied beer is mildly carbonated. Solid on the palate. Solid, tasty stuff.
Serving type: growler
03-02-2014 06:25:34 | More by DefenCorps
2.73/5 rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2
Whoa, major gusher! Filled 3 large Belgian goblets before I was able to set the bottle down, and still lost a few ounces of foam at least. All 3 goblets almost all foam. Off-white, meringue like density, with larger bubbles on edges leaving chunky, foam lace.
Smell is big on the gin, with nice herbals and some sweet cereals behind it. Good, but if you sniff to deeply, the gin burns (and I like gin, so that isn't a bias to the spirit).
Taste is hot from the gin, dirty, and much less herbal than the nose. I suppose the brett contributes, but it really does taste like a cheap London dry, less the burn. But still drinks way stronger than 5%.
Mouthfeel is dry, medium-light bodied, a little gritty.
Drinkability isn't to high. The taste is very acrid, from the sharply dry, dirty brett to the cheap gin bite. Not good, I need to "power through" to drink it.
Serving type: bottle
02-04-2014 01:57:49 | More by ccrida
4.4/5 rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Bottle opened on 1.9.14
A - Huge gusher!!! Pours a cloudy light brown with a huge light tan head that never fades.
S - Gin, pine, and some oakiness. One of the best noses I have ever smelled, and I don't even really like Gin.
T - Same as the nose, but complex and very layered.
D - Tons of carbonation with a lighter body.
O - Over carbonated, but complex and unique with an amazing nose.
Serving type: bottle
01-28-2014 05:38:10 | More by HuskyinPDX
4.45/5 rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
12oz pour at Bailey's
A: Light golden color with a thin white head.
S: A lot going on here. Mostly hops and funk with notes of citrus.
T: Took me several sips to take in everything happening in this beer. Bright cirtusy, floral hops, a slight earthy funky tartness and gin. The gin barrel aging of this beer puts it over the top, its an easily identifiable component but it does not dominate or take away from the hops or funk one bit.
M: Dry, fine carbonation. The consistency reminded me of sparkling water. One of the best aspects of the beer.
O: If you ever the opportunity to try anything De Garde, don't think, just do it. This was like a more refined version of some of the earlier hoppy gin barrel stuff they've done and it exceeded my expectations. Outstanding.
Serving type: on-tap
01-07-2014 21:22:50 | More by anteater
4.59/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Review from on tap at brewery (from memory) and bottle.
A: on tap, pours a nice and clear golden color with a full, bright white head. Out of bottle, it's a little cloudy, especially towards the bottom. Tasty, but knocked appearance down a bit.
S: I really enjoy gin, so I found the flavor on this beer to be wonderful. A nicely balanced citrus hop aroma is paired with the strong botanicals from the gin. Not aggressive, but impossible to miss. On tap, the aroma was a 5.0, but a small deduction because the gin aroma from the bottle was a little more subdued.
T: The aroma pretty much follows through into the taste. The underlying pale is mellow and a great delivery mechanism for the bright hoppy citrus flavors and of course, more gin. This is a wild ale using true open fermentation and there is a mild funky complexity mid taste. It will be interesting to see what happens to the taste in a couple months.
M: Light, fairly highly carbonated. Appropriate for style.
O: Bright citrus flavor and gin - not much more to say. I hope they make this beer again, because I doubt my bottles last long. Another excellent beer from this new brewery.
Serving type: on-tap
12-29-2013 06:01:44 | More by oregonskibum
Spears from De Garde Brewing
90 out of 100 based on 18 ratings.