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The Archer | de Garde Brewing

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4.41/5
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155 Ratings
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
degardebrewing.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#661
Reviews:
15
Ratings:
155
pDev:
7.71%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
146
Gots:
20
Trade:
4
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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
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.

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4.49/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +7.7%

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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

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

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4/5  rDev -9.3%

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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.

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4.71/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.98/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +2%

Photo of bennyman12
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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The Archer from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.41 out of 5 with 155 ratings
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