The Lily - De Garde Brewing
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5/5 rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
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!
Serving type: bottle
05-04-2014 01:28:08 | More by WTKeene
The Lily from De Garde Brewing
99 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.