The Lily | de Garde Brewing

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The LilyThe Lily

Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
One of the oldest barrels from our stock, a lambic influenced sour ale.

We added a hefty harvest of whole cluster Southern Oregon grown Tempranillo grapes from a favorite vineyard. Big rustic and spicy fruit aromas with a bracing acidity, and earthy backdrop.

We expect this beer to evolve positively in the bottle over a long period, but the brightness and fruit character is very enjoyable now!

Added by kscaldef on 02-03-2014

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Photo of Shogun250
4.46/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Rimbimhoot
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Sabtos
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beware: she's a purple gusher, this one. A truly mesmerizing dark purple body has a bubbly, insanely active fizz that somehow does not overflow once poured into the glass, even though it came rushing out of the bottle. This purple fuzz settles to a creamy pastel purple collar. Thick chunks of mauve sediment comes out from the bottom of the bottle and sinks to the bottom of the glass if it makes it out, just like a bottle of wine.

A good amount of barnyard and cow pasture funk wafts off the nose in this grapey sour by de Garde. The smell largely consists of the funk, with an earthy and grassy aroma, but on the tail end is a splash of red grape.

Taste is tart but lightly sour. Deep red grape and Cabernet Sauvignon flavors are dominant, with a touch of red gummies in the mix. Funk is all over it though, but deftly measured and conservatively present. I feel like I'm back in Tillamook drinking on the patio, truly--if you've been, you know exactly what I'm talking about. Finish has a tanniny wine oak dryness.

A nice crisp fizz remains throughout the body, even after gushing. Body is medium-light, and finish is semi-dry.

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Photo of swanfungus
4.54/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of MFMB
4.55/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3. Got on a gusher on our hands! Pours a deep maroon with a foamy light pink head. Nose is beautiful. Light oak, red wine, dark stone fruits and floral tones. If a blind taste testing I'd swear I'd stumbled on a dry rice red wine except for the carbonation of course. Tart grape notes, oak and floral all present and a bit of funk and mustiness to follow.some spicy pepper like quality to it as well. Good crabonation and super dry finish to it. A quality brew that blurs the line between wine and beer. A real treat.

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Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BaldPeakEric
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of avas
4.42/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3.

A: Pours a beautiful dark violet bordering on magenta color with about a finger of soapy pink head. Bottle gushed a bit upon opening.. Nothing dangerous, but I'm glad I opened it over the sink... Carbonation appears very lively and effervescent post-gush, so I don't expect it to be a problem...

S: Funky and fruity. I get some vinegar, barnyard, and a lot of tart berry and earthy grape skin aroma. Smells dry and raw and a bit acidic, like some sort of organic, unfiltered wine. Moderate intensity on the nose--honestly, not as explosive as I was expecting for a 7% fruited wild ale. But what is there is quite pleasant.

T: Whoa. Really mind-blowing to have a beer taste like this. Extremely vinous and fruit-forward with a huge dusty/earthy/raw grapeskin flavor and texture coming through. Barnyard funk is there, but it's supportive rather than dominant. Medium-plus oak overall with some vanillin flavor and lotsa tannic woodiness. There's definitely some sweetness to this beer mid-taste, but the barrel dries it out really really nicely on the finish. Less acidity on the taste than I expected based on the nose.

M: Medium feel with lively and effervescent yet supple carbonation that evolves and bursts through the sip. Beer has a medium weight to it, more significant than most wild ales, but is really carried along by the assertive carbonation (which helps really distance it from its more vinous characteristics as well). Finishes well on the dry side, a little chalky and mineral-y.

O: A truly wonderful mix of wine and wild ale characteristics. I'm not much of a wine drinker, but this reminds me of some of the more fruit-forward light reds I've tried. It's a little sweet, rich, tannic, and oak-forward. The 'wild' aspects of the flavor perfectly complement the intense grape presence to really make this seem like something you might be served on some farm in the south of France, next to a pile of hay and a meadow full of wildflowers. Well done.

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Photo of ragnar3
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of beer_guy_nc
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of redfox405
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of PA-Michigander
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
4/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of oline73
4.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Narthax
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.67/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

good heavens this is good! thanks to my man for bringing this one over! its crazy good, and i really think tempranillo grapes are perfect for wild ale. i have had two others with them, one from jester king and one from black project, and both were superb, but this one is really really special, possibly my favorite beer from a particularly heady session! deep purple, and i mean as purple as it gets, melted crayon looking, totally saturated, clear for the most part, but so densely violet than its hard to see through it. the head is bubbly like champagne but it lasts, and its trying to be white, but its stained pink from the fruit. super lively pour, this beer is really active, insanely appealing in the glass. aroma is sharp and fruity, there is some funky lambic type acidity right away, a tannic wood profile and with the fruit, it almost seems like good spanish wine is blended right into this thing, almost in a 50/50 proportion to the beer. my mouth waters like crazy. the flavor just blows me away, so impressive. the fruit is really fresh and juicy and forward in this, but there is a beer in here too, super oaky, mineral heavy, and with a nice bretty funk and not too much acidity, beautiful wild ale as its heart, but taken somewhere special by the fruit and the time in wood. the grapes are so pungent, and the mouthfeel is like a wine in terms of density, but its carbonated fantastically, and this really sings in my mouth. some of the best wild beer ive ever had, and for the handful of hyped up beers from these guys that didnt do this to me, its a treat to have one that does. im smitten over this, a really special beer!

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.09/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shared with the group. Cheers mangs.

Gorgeous ruby / purple hue with a pinkish collar. Welch's grape juice. Spritzy and fruity. By de Garde standards, lacking tartness, body, depth. One dimensional. By normal standards, a solid offering. Really vinous. Pretty good but could use a few minor tweaks.

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Photo of doremite
3.83/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BNarc
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ScottP
4.77/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Prost76
4.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mctizzz
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, batch 3, served in a snifter glass. This one gushed immediately, whoops. So would be beware of that. Pours a dark purple body, two finger light white head, short retention, no lacing. Smell is incredibly vinous, rich red grapes much like a red wine; light vanillin and oak backs it up. Moderate acetic acidity, moderately tannic. Flavour follows; a red vinous character dominates, along with a moderate acetic tartness and a lively carbonation that lets you know you're not actually drinking red wine. Mild oak funk, leather, and touch of lemon rounds things out. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, slightly dry as apropos for what the brewer is trying to accomplish; good dry finish. A beer that meets at the roads between beer and wine closer than most others I've tried.

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Photo of cosmicevan
4.28/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

think I had the last batch of this, but who remembers...this is the newest one. had alongside the newest the archer...deep purple color, welches grapejuice the archer VERY vinous but with some nice sweetness and not as dry, but big grapeskin finish. nice. really wine this wine with some carbonation? cool stuff.

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Photo of Thishops4u
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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