Vin Lee - De Garde Brewing
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Ratings: 19 | Reviews: 2 | Show All Ratings:
4.39/5 rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Thank you, Brian.
I dreamed last night of drinking a clear de Garde beer. When I pulled this out of the cellar (carefully!) Tonight, I noticed a clear beer, and my palms turned sweaty in anticipation. Then, as I (carefully!) proceeded to open the bottle, my hopes were cruelly dashed. Churning like my stomach would on a crossing of the Drake Passage, this is rather messy. But not to fear! an hour later, this has quietened considerably, resulting in a hazy, murky reddish brown beer with no head.
The nose is great. Lemony sourness, a pronounced grape note with earth, must, musk, tannins and a little mineral, this is one helluva beer. A touch of sulfur is present, amplifying the musk. The base beer with its dusty notes is great too. The palate opens with a clean, lemony sourness, bright and clear. This is followed by a pretty incredibly vinous palate. Musky Pinot Noir grapes moderately fruity and floral palate, earthy, mildly minerally, are present. What, to me, is most surprising is the refinement on the palate. De Garde's beers have always come across as delicious but messy. This one is delicious and clean with pretty good focus. The sourness is clean and the funk complements the beer rather than being a scattershot blend of all things funky. Drying and lemony on the finish with a moderate grape skin tannin, this need is medium light in body and highly carbonated. Allowing the carbonation to dissipate does improve the palate. A particularly impressive effort.
Serving type: bottle
03-09-2014 06:28:09 | More by DefenCorps
4.09/5 rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Reviewing Vin Lee from De Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.
2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Schramm's snifter and enjoyed on 03/05/14. Review is from iPhone notes
Appearance: From the second the bottle was opened, this beer gushed like none other. Within ten (10) or fifteen (15) seconds, we lost seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the bottle to the carpet. Be forewarned; have a bucket ready when you open yours! Pours a murky brownish-red color with yellowish fade towards the edges. Not much head or retention. Very cloudy/murky in appearance. 3.5/5
Smell: Smells like your run of the mill sour brown ale with a nice grape twist. Lots of vanilla and oak, vinegar, cherry, and red grapes. Some yeast too, and a little funk. A touch vinous. Graham cracker too as it warms up. As the beer warms up, the aroma increasingly approaches a cherry-grape pie quality. Above average integration. A little PDO at first, but not much and it fades out as the beer breathes. 4/5
Taste: Tart cherries and oak, with a little vinegar toward the finish and an underlying grape flavor. A bit dank for a sour. Mildly bitter finish, good tartness. Some graham crack in the finish too. A sugary-tart grape flavor lingers. Nice integration. 4.25/5
Mouthfeel: Light bodied, good carbonation. Tart, dry. Has a nice sweetness to balance the tartness too. 4/5
Overall: Good, but not great. De Garde makes better beers, but this is a solid example of their deep line up. It is basically a well-made flanders-style beer with a heavy grape twist. I would definitely drink this one again if given the chance, but would not go out of my way to acquire it.
Cost: $14 for a 500 ml bottle.
Serving type: bottle
03-06-2014 07:00:32 | More by jegross2
4.74/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
A: Semi clear reddish brown with a thin white head
S: Funky yeast and pretty intense sour
T: Big juicy cherry and grape flavors, really nice wine barrel and mouth puckering sour
M: Really juicy at first and ends on a slightly dry finish and tingles the tongue
O: Phenomenal wine barrel sour
Serving type: bottle
02-03-2014 01:11:27 | More by anteater
Vin Lee from De Garde Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 19 ratings.