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Spears - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 9.47%
Wants: 16
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wild pale ale fermented and aged in gin barrels.

(Beer added by: oregonskibum on 12-29-2013)
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look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle . thanks Tommy!

massive gusher like all de Gardes, pours very carbonated murky golden color with a huge head. smell of oak and gin barrels and some brett. taste is quite dry and the gin barrel flavor is prevalent. gin barrels are the new hottness and for good reason. finishes quite dry . so tasty. carbonation is very high , body is mild.

overall just another absolutely world class beer from de garde. so good!

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Another rudzud share, thanks Matt.

Huge huge pillowy head takes up 3/4 of the glass, fades slowly with messy collapsing head, tons of messy lacing, murky gray orange color.

Nose is loaded With Brett funk, horse hair funk, as well as mild pineapple and tropical fruit funk, swirling it brings a bit of gin and juniper, lemon rind and citrus, some wheat like malt.

Taste floral and lots of citrus, lemon rind up the wazoo and funky horse blanket Brett overpowers that even, just all lemon zest and Brett. Very mild juniper gin note in the background, and mild wheaty malt toasty. Bitterness ramps with lemon rind ave little spicy bitterness. Finish dries but stays sticky, more lemon rind bitterness increases, little juniper gin late.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, way too much carb.

Overall interesting Brett and lemon rind, but just not the beer it was supposed to be, very little gin, too much bitterness, way over carbonated, etc.

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Received in a trade, split with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip after four pour offs....this was a gusher with explosive carbonation. Murky grey hidden hue with the five finger white head that fades to leave nice lacing.

S - Aromas of brett galore, not much gin unfortunately. This is mostly a brett bomb. Light citrus lemon notes

T - Taste is loads of brett, lemons, definitely gin. Nice botanicals, faint alcohol, the lemon is nice here, good and bright. Still disappointed, bitter citrus and funky brett

M - Mouthfeel is very carbonated, distractingly so.

O - Overall this beer was an epic disappointment. Really a shame I was looking forward to this beer. Just a brett bomb though instead of being a nice gin beer.

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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.

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Spears from de Garde Brewing
91 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.