The Archer | de Garde Brewing

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Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States | website

Style: Lambic - Fruit

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Lambic-style ale aged in oak barrels with pinot noir grapes.

Added by kscaldef on 12-11-2013

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129
Avg:
4.44
pDev:
26.13%
 
 
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Reviews: 10 | Ratings: 129
Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Nachojon
4.85/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of mothman
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Photo of bennyman12
4.89/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

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Photo of sendsilk
3.84/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.92/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of landhoney
4.59/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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 ....wow. 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.

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Photo of wethorseblanket
4.44/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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The Archer from de Garde Brewing
4.44 out of 5 based on 129 ratings.
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