The Archer
de Garde Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #54
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4.41 | pDev: 7.48%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Notes: A Spontaneous Wild Ale, fermented and aged in Oak Barrels for an average of 24 months. Refermented in Oak Tanks with fresh Pinot Noir grapes from a favorite Oregon Vineyard.
Reviews: 21 | Ratings: 180 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Another beer consumed at the Firestone Walker Pre Party 2017.

Pours that color in between red and pink. Rose somewhat. Made a sizeable 1"+ lighter shade of pink head. Good retention. Nose was Tillamook pasture, grapes, lemon, oak, yogurt.

Taste was cool, had this small impression that it was raspberry and grape, but I think perhaps maybe that Pinot Noir has kind of a drying effect more than other grapes similar to how raspberry does it more than other berries. Dry oak tannin like character helps too I bet. Normal de garde sourness. Lemon and straw for days. Hint of cranberry. Definitely one that comes pretty close to being a wine/beer hybrid mashup if not actually being one.

This one is all Oregon. Oregon flora for sure. Hits its stride as having the Goldilocks amount of fruit, wood, sourness, carbonation. 24 months in barrels can often create too much of a woody ride, but this really did well with extended barrel aging, refermenting and blending.

Jul 17, 2020
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.83/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Mostly clear glowing red with a fuzzy bright white head.

Super funky with an airy fizz, this one features woody, seedy strawberry and candied lemon peel with toasted oak and all kinds of farmhouse funk, hay and straw, finishing paper dry. All that said, it's a little watery and light in feel and flavor, relative to other de Garde funk bombs.

Dec 24, 2019
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crazy delicious. Cranberry hue with light pink head that recedes nicely. Very pungent funk and wine notes. Taste follows very well. Not overly tart great mix of notes. Finishes dry and crisp.

Nov 21, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thank you, Sam.

A mildly hazy pink with a dense white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a delicious blend of pinot noir grapes and a grassy funk on a lactic base beer. Funky, earthy, grassy with a soft vanilla note. The palate opens sour with plenty of grassy funk to go with the fruity Pinot noir grapes. Delicately fruity with a nice tannic feel. Earthy, mildly mushroom like notes are present. Drying, sour on the finish with a lingering grape character, this beer is excellent.

May 05, 2019
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JOSEPHthayer from Colorado

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Better than fine wine.
My favorite beers are Wild Ales and this fits the bill.
Had it on tap and bottled. Both are tasty and best while on the beach on that Tillamook county coast!

Nov 21, 2018
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JLK7299 from North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this the other night at a bottle share with a friend of a friend who brought it from Oregon. You don’t see many beers with Pinot Noir grapes but this one makes you wish there were more!

Sep 03, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.53/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Purple, some what hazy, with big fluffy, pillowy white head that recedes quickly. Medium high carbonation.
Smell: Tart, funk, jam, red wine, and grapes.
Taste: Very tart, floral, red wine, jammy, and grapes.
Mouthfeel: Medium to full. Lots of wine barrel.
Overall: A great oak aged sour from De Garde.

Oct 08, 2017
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Beersnake1 from California

4.23/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from fridge temperature and shared at a tasting. Color is a beautiful pinkish with nice carbonation. The smell is sour, funky, and full of sweet grapes. Amazing. Taste is bitter grapes, plum peel, slight metallic (not off putting), and a little bit of vitamin juice (strangely not off putting either). It tasted young, but it was really nice. Mouthfeel was really nice. Overall a fantastic beer from de Garde.

Aug 19, 2017
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aleigator from Germany

4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a sparkly dark red to lilac color with a small, fizzy head, which vanishes entirely, immediately after pouring.

Nose is full of moldy, earthen wine grapes, offering just a spark of fruity sweetness, embraced by a light tartness. The grapes turn riper and juicier once the glass opens up, balanced by an almost smoky stone pit quality.

Drinks soft and refreshing with a nice, mineralic effervescence during its finish. Unfolds a far reaching tartness, which stays in an amazingly subtle balance to all other ingredients the whole time.

Grapes undold on the palate from the very first moment and won't leave it till the end. A very well nuanced, crisp tartness joins in, together with moldy earth, a mineralic touch and lemon zest. An undenyable sweetness from the grapes sets itself atop of the mellow sourness during the finish, and establishes a long lasting interplay with its counterpart, numbing the teeth a little while producing a luscious amount of grape pulp.

This exceeds my expecations and interpretation of an AWA by miles. This is superb. Complex, balanced, full of nuances, pretty much on the same level as top tier lambics. Its natural and complex grape richness is simply outstanding. As well as its sourness - I am still figuring out their funk profile since this my first beer from them, but it seems crisp, clean with just a little funk and light mineralic undertone.

Jun 03, 2017
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cosmicevan from New York

4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

think I had the last batch of this, but who remembers...this is the newest one. had alongside the newest the lily...deep plum color...VERY vinous. dry. nice. lightly sour. tasty beverage.

Mar 03, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.39/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

huge thanks to my homie for sharing this one with me, obviously their beer is all super hyped up, and access to it has been tricky, so this was a fun one to share, and highly anticipated. its purple to crimson in color, really soaked with color from the pinot grapes, and it has a nice creamy layer on top, thick but settling out before too long. not all the way clear, but not real hazy either. the grapes are awesome here, less winey than they come across in a lot of other beers, more fresh fruit to me than wine treatment, and thats a really unique feature. some plum and some jam and maybe even some cherry, highly dosed, delicious. almost reminds me of them tempranillo grape wild ale jester king used to make, just a different grape obviously, its that saturated. the wild yeast profile is awesome too, mature brett strains, likely in conjunction with one another, very funky and dry for how much fruit is here in the taste, and not all that sour, just a little pucker right at the finish, quite clean from a yeast standpoint. it has a certain bigger body to it than others, maybe something from the grapes or the wood, but this feels richer than a lot of other wheat based wild beers, and i appreciate it for being a little more substantial, i think it lets the fruit hang around a little longer, and sort of swing from front to back without feeling rushed on the palate. carbonation is decent, but not quite as lively as it could be, still, i cant stop ripping through my glass of this! easily the best offering i have had from de garde so far (albeit a real limited sample size), and one of the better wine grape beers i can recall, up there with some of the better italian stuff to be frank. super impressive beer overall, honored it was shared with me!

Feb 26, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml capped bottle, batch 2. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a medium-darker reddish-purple body, one finger white head, good retention, bits of lacing. An effervescent beer, but not overly so. Smells of bits of grape must, light funk, moderate lactic acidity, light grain, and also a bit of fruity grapes. On the palate, this is mostly a moderate lactic acidity, dry grape must, light grape, and a bit of an odd slightly metallic astringency on the backend that could be from the oak or the grapes; I'm not sure. But it does detract a bit from this one. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, again with the astringency on the backend. It bothers me a little bit, although this does smell fairly nice. Finishes fairly sour on the backend. Overall, not quite what I was expecting, considering people talk this one up, and side by side with The Peach- it's not close. Still, an interesting lambic-style ale to drink.

Aug 15, 2016
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Nachojon from Oregon

4.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I absolutely loved the complexity here. The Tillambic is insane, the oak, insane, the the pinot grapes, insane. One of if not the best de Garde beer at the anniversary. Killer.

May 03, 2016
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mothman from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Ruby purple pink color.

Tons of grape and tannin flavors. Nice amount of wine characteristics. Red and white. Oaky. Funk and fruit with some tartness.

Lighter bodied. Nice carbonation. Good feel.

Really solid.

Apr 30, 2016
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bennyman12 from Missouri

4.89/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Wow--I thought vin lee was about as good as a beer-wine hybrid could be, but this is on another level in terms of the quality of the grape presence, complexity of the base beer, and interaction between. Maybe the most sophisticated beer I've had.

Dec 21, 2015
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sendsilk from Florida

3.84/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

After finally getting a chance to try this beer I was let down. I just had higher aspirations due to the hype preceding this beer. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't that great.

Dec 08, 2015
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Guzzle_McBrew from Connecticut

4.92/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

De Garde has murdered the various Bu varieties, but this right here was magnificent.

Served in a Cantillon Balloon glass

Looks great- A bright red tone with some pink hues from medium carbonation. Head poured with a half inch of foam than settled a bit but stayed visible.

Smell was vinous grapes, light berry, prickly lemon and light barnyard funk.

Mouthfeel was perfect, Jammy enough to somehow feel rich, while crisp and lively from the carb level. It was nice that as extreme as this beer was it did not just burn out my tongue and gums like some acid/vinegar bomb.

Taste was funky and crisp with some nice grape contributions. The Jammy fruit flavor is present throughout smell and taste, and made it hard for me to believe it was pinot grapes and not a wine-barreled berry beer. The tart was strong, nice acid that gave me a good pucker, but no so much to overrule the jammy flavor. The carb and potent acidity allowed this to drink like some kind of sparkling fruit drink like a mimosa or something, popping the fruit flavor and tartness into my nose. Sour was a light yogurt flavor I have found in many De Garde beers, with a little more horse blanket/barnyard funk that was probably more of a smell characteristic.

Overall this bottle banged with many of my favorite Belgian Lambic offerings. This was still markedly American in execution- more intense tart flavor and fruit flavor, a little less balance. The awesome jammy and vinous flavors totally allowed for the more extreme sensations here, however, and what you get is a lot of everything without too much of anything. All told, this was my favorite offering out the stellar De Garde beers I have tried. This is worth hunting down, although I think the existing bottle count may be extremely low.

Revisited again 5/25 - the beer is a little thinner with more nucleation- really lively and tart. Fruit has become more subtle as one would expect with age. Still great, a good amount different.

Nov 24, 2014
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landhoney from Florida

4.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Appearance - Hazy red amber. Golden color when held to the light

Smell - Fruity , wine aroma, funk, oak

Taste - dark fruit flavors, wine, pleasant sourness, very complex, just very well executed and balanced.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, small bubbles, light

Overall - This was an amazingly well crafted beer, very harmonious and delicious, drinkable buy very complex, overall one of the best DeGarde beers I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

May 23, 2014
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Axnjxn from North Carolina

4.63/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

750 ml bottle into a snifter.

massive gusher but I accounted for it. hazy red pour . smell is big on the oak and pinot noir. it also has that funky musky aroma. taste is big sour taste at first. lots of pinot flavor. oak isn't super prevalent in the flavor. Damn good. world class beer my friends. medium body and carbonation.

overall lovely and very recommended.

Mar 19, 2014
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wethorseblanket from California

4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle generously shared by jmgrub. Thanks.

A: Pours after an initial small gush a hazy blush reddish with white bubbles around the rim leaving a few spots of lace.

N: Jammy fruit, oak, juniper, cranberry tartness.

T: Tart fruit with some faint cheese funk, oaky and vinous.

M: Moderate body and medium carbonation. Tart, fruity and dry finish.

O: Impressive. Nice aroma and fruity tartness.

Feb 16, 2014
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Alieniloquium from Florida

4/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pinkish red amber. Golden color in direct light. A variety of colors. The bottle gushes but the head doesn't last on the surface.

Smell - I can't pinpoint that de Garde sour aroma and flavor, but this one has it. Fruity grape aroma.

Taste - Gritty cracker malt. Grapes. Intense de Garde sour flavor. I still can't figure it out. Oak. Some dark fruit flavors.

Mouthfeel - Strong sourness. Medium carbonation.

Overall - I can't parse the flavors in these de Garde beers, but for the first time, I think the sour flavor they produce works.

Feb 04, 2014
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