Saison Desay; Side Project Pinot Noir Barrel - de Garde Brewing

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Saison Desay; Side Project Pinot Noir Barrel
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Ratings: 61
Reviews: 4
rAvg: 4.3
pDev: 11.4%
Wants: 16
Gots: 6 | FT: 1
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Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  6.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: deGardebrewing on 04-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 61 | Reviews: 4
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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.8/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy dull orange. Small white head. Uneven collar.

Smell - Very woody. Bright yeast and esters. A bit of wine.

Taste - Very woody again. Bright citrus. A little lemon. More distinctly red wine flavored here. Yeasty in the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. High carbonation.

Overall - Good stuff and a nice barrel character. Again, I think it's good, but I don't get the insane de Garde hype.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.09/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

AUG 31, 2014
Thank you, Brian. A shade darker than I remember the Chardonnay Desay being, this beer is copper colored with a definite pinkish hue, especially on the head. Retention and lacing are decent. The nose is plenty funky. Earth, manure, wet hay, barnyard, dry hay, this just smells like Tillamook A mild fruitiness with berries, preserved lemon along with a noticeable oak character (closer to a light-medium toast American oak?). Not particularly saison-esque, the phenols and spices are long gone. A touch of sulfur is present as well. The palate opens with a big, bright sourness, lactic, lemony and with a mild oak astringency. This does mask some of the funk complexity that I was able to discern on the nose, leaving this seem a little simpler than its Chardonnay barrel aged brother. Lemons, cloves, a fruitiness that’s reminiscent of not-yet-ripe raspberries and guavas, Drying and tannic on the finish with lingering tannins, a clean but brash raw oak flavor (minimal vanilla, though), this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and quite enjoyable on the palate. The lingering lactic and lemon peel character is quite enjoyable as well. Very nice stuff.

Photo of anteater
4.41/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A: Golden orange with some small bubbles on top

S: Funk and yeast, kind of dominated by a yeasty smell

T: Well the nose tells absolutely nothing about what this beer tastes like, it tastes amazing. A lot of the same funky, wheat, barnyard, aged cheese tastes I got from the desay blends but integrated so much better and taken to a higher level altogether. The pinot barrel gives it a a nice well rounded vinous quality and a touch of oak. Couldn't get over how good this tastes.

M: Medium body, wouldn't want anything else

O: Really impressed with this one. I had high hopes for a collab between two of the best breweries on earth right now and it more than lived up.

Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.56/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank alongside Chardonnay Barrel version.

A - Sort of reminded me of a blonde Rodenbach, with similar levels of opacity. Golden orange in colour.

S - Funky nose, with a little wood and musty apricot.

T - Great balance on the sourness. The fruit, wood, funk and tartness meld really nicely.

M - Thick enough to avoid being watery, yet not so thick as to hamper refreshingness.

O - Having seen the Chardonnay version receive more favourable reviews I was not expecting this beer to be as good as it was. This version has a lot more wood, funk and stone fruit which pairs really nicely with the more moderate tartness. This is probably the finest saison I've had to date.

Saison Desay; Side Project Pinot Noir Barrel from de Garde Brewing
94 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.