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Vin Lee - de Garde Brewing

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Reviews: 8
Hads: 107
Avg: 4.01
pDev: 14.21%
Wants: 93
Gots: 9 | 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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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

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
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