Vin Lee | de Garde Brewing

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

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.70%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by anteater on 02-03-2014

BEER STATS
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
144
Avg:
4.02
pDev:
12.94%
 
 
Wants:
92
Gots:
15
For Trade:
2
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750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brown body with some reddish tint. Big off-white head. Thick collar.

Smell - Cherry and grapes. Lots of red wine. Some brown nutty malts. A little bit of acetic notes.

Taste - Same blend of cherry and red wine. Really sour. Oaky. Caramel malts, reminiscent of a Flanders.

Mouthfeel - Really sour, just about too sour. Well carbonated. Medium body.

Overall - Excellent, but a little too sour for me.

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My first real beer-wine hybrid!

My bottle is labeled 7.4% abv, so the recipe must have changed substantially from what's pictured above and, I assume, reviewed by most of the folks below.

Garnet colored and slightly cloudy. No head.
Smells like Lambrusco (mi piace lambrusco)
Tart off the bat then follows with a burst of Pinot before the tannins and oak hit hard.
Oh, yeah! This is a beer frontier worth exploring.

Molto buono!

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Reviewing Vin Lee from De Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.

Score: 91

2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Schramm's snifter and enjoyed on 03/05/14. Review is from iPhone notes

Appearance: From the second the bottle was opened, this beer gushed like none other. Within ten (10) or fifteen (15) seconds, we lost seventy-five percent (75%) or more of the bottle to the carpet. Be forewarned; have a bucket ready when you open yours! Pours a murky brownish-red color with yellowish fade towards the edges. Not much head or retention. Very cloudy/murky in appearance. 3.5/5

Smell: Smells like your run of the mill sour brown ale with a nice grape twist. Lots of vanilla and oak, vinegar, cherry, and red grapes. Some yeast too, and a little funk. A touch vinous. Graham cracker too as it warms up. As the beer warms up, the aroma increasingly approaches a cherry-grape pie quality. Above average integration. A little PDO at first, but not much and it fades out as the beer breathes. 4/5

Taste: Tart cherries and oak, with a little vinegar toward the finish and an underlying grape flavor. A bit dank for a sour. Mildly bitter finish, good tartness. Some graham crack in the finish too. A sugary-tart grape flavor lingers. Nice integration. 4.25/5

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, good carbonation. Tart, dry. Has a nice sweetness to balance the tartness too. 4/5

Overall: Good, but not great. De Garde makes better beers, but this is a solid example of their deep line up. It is basically a well-made flanders-style beer with a heavy grape twist. I would definitely drink this one again if given the chance, but would not go out of my way to acquire it.

Cost: $14 for a 500 ml bottle.

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4.02 out of 5 based on 144 ratings.
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