Vin Lee - De Garde Brewing
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4.39/5 rDev -0.2%
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
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Vin Lee from De Garde Brewing
96 out of 100 based on 77 ratings.