The Lily - de Garde Brewing

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Ratings: 69
Reviews: 5
rAvg: 4.6
pDev: 7.39%
Wants: 218
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
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de Garde Brewing visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kscaldef on 02-03-2014

One of the oldest barrels from our stock, a lambic influenced sour ale.

We added a hefty harvest of whole cluster Southern Oregon grown Tempranillo grapes from a favorite vineyard. Big rustic and spicy fruit aromas with a bracing acidity, and earthy backdrop.

We expect this beer to evolve positively in the bottle over a long period, but the brightness and fruit character is very enjoyable now!
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Photo of jegross2
3.35/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewing The Lily, an American wild ale fermented in oak barrels with Tempranillo grapes from De Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.

Score: 70

2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Perennial wine glass and enjoyed on 06/23/14.

Appearance: Pours a translucent dark ruby color with a light purplish tinge with a half finger of cream color head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Very good lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Graham crackers, strawberry jam and grape! Light oak and little raspberry too. Underneath the fruit character is a lactic acid backbone that is not too intense, but adds a nice zestiness and boldness to the nose. This beer reminds me of a better Madame Rose. I absolutely love the graham cracker and strawberry here! As it warms up, the nose sadly loses a little bit of its zing and brightness. Nonetheless, it remains pretty appealing. 4.5/5

Taste: Less lacto on taste than the nose, with the lacto character mostly limited to the finish. Strawberry seed jamminess, oak and grape upfront with a little vanilla too. Finishes with an unpleasantly funky rubber band flavor with unfortunate lasting power. The upfront flavor is really nice, but this beer leaves you with a lastingly, unpleasant taste in your mouth. As it warms, the funkiness softens a bit, but at the expense of some tartness and in tandem with an exacerbation of its under-carbonation. Based on the reviews and reputation of this beer, maybe I got an "off" bottle? 3/5

Mouthfeel: Thin-medium bodied, under-carbonated. Dry finish. Lasting funkiness. 2/5

Overall: Excellent smell and a good flavor absolutely marred by a unpleasantly funky finish and under-carbonation. Bottle variation? Maybe. But given the hype I'll stick to their more consistent bottles.

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

Photo of WTKeene
5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

UPDATE: Opened a bottle at my birthday party on 5/16/15. Still phenomenal in every way. Very berry forward, not particularly vinous as the flavor continues to evoke strawberries and raspberries more than red wine. Funk and tartness was slightly more pronounced than last time, and the mint qualities have subsided somewhat. Perfect way to celebrate my birthday.

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Bottle shared with the ever generous Abbbp. Poured into a Prairie Teku glass. Proud to be first to review this ridiculous beer.

Appearance: Gorgeous crimson red and hazy, with a barely pink white head. Sizable at first, but fades relatively quickly into a particularly persistent crown.

Smell: OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. A 5 is too low a rating on this count. This is a 5.25. Loads of fruit, mostly strawberries but grapes do provide some sweetness to back it up. An unexpectedly large amount of mint too. As the beer warms up, the mint fades and a prominent wood, like fresh oak, appears in it's place. The fruit tones change from strawberry to raspberry seeds. It's just ridiculous how amazing this is.

Taste: Beautiful. Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful. Not particularly vinous considering the typical track that grapey beers take. Very fruity, with the same strawberry/grape flavors of the nose. Quite sour, and some light funk, but only a sipper because of how much you want to savor the beer. The mint is stronger on the nose than in the taste, but is still there. Some crackery malts provide a gorgeous backbone to play beautifully with the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: A more perfect level of carbonation could not exist for a beer like this. Perfectly prickly and effervescent. Dry too, which is so nice.

Overall: While rating this beer, I was seriously considering rating appearance or mouthfeel at 4.75 just because I didn't want to give the beer a perfect 5. I didn't want this beer to live up to the hype. Hands down one of the best bottles I've ever had the privilege to try, but I really didn't feel like any beer was worthy of a perfect, across the board all-5 review. Then I realized that perfection does exist. Beer can be this good. 5s across the board is not to say this beer is perfect, or the best I've ever had, but every individual part of the beer, from appearance to smell to taste to mouthfeel, was deserving of something higher than 4.75.

I need more of this.

And once again, FIRST!

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red, almost purple. Big white head. Thick collar.

Smell - I wouldn't know Tempranillo grapes without Jester King, and this smells just like that, but milder. Yogurty acidic aroma.

Taste - Tart up front. The grape flavor is very distinct again, but not as strong as Cerveza de Tempranillo. Yogurt flavor is strong again. That De Garde herbal/sour flavor builds into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Nice sourness. Well carbonated.

Overall - The fruit flavor is kinda subtle. Doesn't knock my socks off, but it's nice.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.7/5  rDev +2.2%

Reviewed from notes. 750ml shared by a special someone - thanks.

A: Pours a hazy rouge with a thin white head which fades to the rim a leaves spotty lace.

N: Brightly floral, explosive fruits and vinous sweetness.

T: Sharply sour, red grape skins, earthy, funk.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Dry and prickly finish.

O: Stunningly good. Should mature well.

Photo of John_M
4.15/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Recently sampled during a bottle share in Oregon City.

The beer is attractive enough, with a lovely light reddish rose color. On the nose there's some noticeable light fruit, wine and a hint of lemon and vanilla. On the palate, to no great surprise, the sour component is intense. You pick up the light fruit and wine as well, but the sours in this beer really dominates. The beer is very light on it's feet, and frankly, I was surprised to see that the abv. was as high as 7%.

Shrug. An interesting beer, but the sour component is just too much for me.

The Lily from de Garde Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 69 ratings.