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The Archer | de Garde Brewing

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Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by kscaldef on 12-11-2013

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Photo of Phineasco
4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Beersnake1
4.23/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of atrocity
4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aleigator
4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Kmat10
4.75/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Thishops4u
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cosmicevan
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.39/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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4.48/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of M_chav
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sweffin
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sour_Lord
5/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of fthegiants
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of kdown
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.97/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of kidzord
4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.35/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BNarc
4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of largadeer
4.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stevedore
4.27/5  rDev -3.4%
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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4.24/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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The Archer from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.42 out of 5 with 150 ratings
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