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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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3.75/5  rDev -9%

spycow, Jun 14, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

Thorpe429, Feb 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

SocalKicks, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

jlindros, Mar 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

imperialking, Jul 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

yourefragile, Apr 20, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Gonzoillini, Mar 30, 2014
Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.4/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

HuskyinPDX, Jan 28, 2014
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2.73/5  rDev -33.7%
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.

ccrida, Feb 04, 2014
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4.41/5  rDev +7%
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!

Axnjxn, May 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

kscaldef, Feb 03, 2014
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3.74/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

DefenCorps, Mar 02, 2014
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3.26/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

rudzud, Mar 14, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

AlexFields, Apr 12, 2014
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Holland, Mar 31, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

akang, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +9.2%

Kurmaraja, Jan 04, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

mychalg9, Apr 14, 2014
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4.45/5  rDev +8%
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.

anteater, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

CoolEthan, Mar 16, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.9%

bauermj, Apr 15, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.2%

leftoverburrito, Feb 03, 2014
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Eighty, Feb 24, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -15%

gueuzegossage, May 06, 2014
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Spears from De Garde Brewing
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