The Archer
de Garde Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #53
Ranked #621
4.42 | pDev: 7.47%
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.
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Reviews by StonedTrippin:
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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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Photo of Guzzle_McBrew
4.92/5  rDev +11.3%
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 oldmankoch
4.44/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of seangibbs60
4.54/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of DefenCorps
4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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3.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.79/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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4.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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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

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3.75/5  rDev -15.2%

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4.21/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of landhoney
4.59/5  rDev +3.8%
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 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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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sendsilk
3.84/5  rDev -13.1%
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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4.06/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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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

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

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5/5  rDev +13.1%

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4.07/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

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4.5/5  rDev +1.8%

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4/5  rDev -9.5%

The Archer from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 176 ratings