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Vin Lee - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 103
Reviews: 7
rAvg: 4.41
pDev: 7.94%
Wants: 89
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  9.70% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: anteater on 02-03-2014

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Ratings: 103 | Reviews: 7
Reviews by DefenCorps:
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4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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Appearance - Brown body with some reddish tint. Big off-white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Cherry and grapes. Lots of red wine. Some brown nutty malts. A little bit of acetic notes.

Taste - Same blend of cherry and red wine. Really sour. Oaky. Caramel malts, reminiscent of a Flanders.

Mouthfeel - Really sour, just about too sour. Well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Excellent, but a little too sour for me.

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Reviewing Vin Lee from De Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.

Score: 91

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.

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FULL DISCLOSURE: This bottle was stored in a refrigerator for a few hours after receiving before consumption. Upon opening, the bottle literally gushed like a fountain (think Diet Coke & mentos experiment). I lost about 2/3 of the bottle to my table and floor. For this, I will reflect the "Overall" section accordingly. It sucks because this beer is really good.

A: Dark red body with a foamy, fluffy white/off-white head sitting atop. Minor lacing.

S: Red grapes, oak, dry red wine tannins, funk and some slight lactic notes.

T: Plenty of funk and tartness up front. Juicy red grapes, oak with hints of vanilla.

M: For as carbonated as the bottle was, the mouth feel is spot-on. Soft carbonation that leaves a mild dryness on the palate. Complementary to the flavors and style.

It's a shame my bottle gushed almost to the point of no return because all-in-all this beer is wonderful. Recommendation: leave sit in a refrigerator for at least 48 hours before opening. Next time, I'll follow my own advice. I was just too eager to taste my first De Garde.

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Vin Lee from de Garde Brewing
97 out of 100 based on 103 ratings.