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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Ratings: 145 |  Reviews: 18
Reviews by WTKeene:
Photo of WTKeene
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

UPDATE: Opened a bottle at my birthday party on 5/16/15. Still phenomenal in every way. Very berry forward, not particularly vinous as the flavor continues to evoke strawberries and raspberries more than red wine. Funk and tartness was slightly more pronounced than last time, and the mint qualities have subsided somewhat. Perfect way to celebrate my birthday.


Bottle shared with the ever generous Abbbp. Poured into a Prairie Teku glass. Proud to be first to review this ridiculous beer.

Appearance: Gorgeous crimson red and hazy, with a barely pink white head. Sizable at first, but fades relatively quickly into a particularly persistent crown.

Smell: OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. OH MY GOD. A 5 is too low a rating on this count. This is a 5.25. Loads of fruit, mostly strawberries but grapes do provide some sweetness to back it up. An unexpectedly large amount of mint too. As the beer warms up, the mint fades and a prominent wood, like fresh oak, appears in it's place. The fruit tones change from strawberry to raspberry seeds. It's just ridiculous how amazing this is.

Taste: Beautiful. Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful. Not particularly vinous considering the typical track that grapey beers take. Very fruity, with the same strawberry/grape flavors of the nose. Quite sour, and some light funk, but only a sipper because of how much you want to savor the beer. The mint is stronger on the nose than in the taste, but is still there. Some crackery malts provide a gorgeous backbone to play beautifully with the rest of the flavors.

Mouthfeel: A more perfect level of carbonation could not exist for a beer like this. Perfectly prickly and effervescent. Dry too, which is so nice.

Overall: While rating this beer, I was seriously considering rating appearance or mouthfeel at 4.75 just because I didn't want to give the beer a perfect 5. I didn't want this beer to live up to the hype. Hands down one of the best bottles I've ever had the privilege to try, but I really didn't feel like any beer was worthy of a perfect, across the board all-5 review. Then I realized that perfection does exist. Beer can be this good. 5s across the board is not to say this beer is perfect, or the best I've ever had, but every individual part of the beer, from appearance to smell to taste to mouthfeel, was deserving of something higher than 4.75.

I need more of this.

And once again, FIRST!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jegross2
3.35/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Reviewing The Lily, an American wild ale fermented in oak barrels with Tempranillo grapes from De Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.

Score: 70

2014 vintage bottle served in a stemmed Perennial wine glass and enjoyed on 06/23/14.

Appearance: Pours a translucent dark ruby color with a light purplish tinge with a half finger of cream color head that settles to a thick ring around the glass. Very good lacing and retention. 4.5/5

Smell: Graham crackers, strawberry jam and grape! Light oak and little raspberry too. Underneath the fruit character is a lactic acid backbone that is not too intense, but adds a nice zestiness and boldness to the nose. This beer reminds me of a better Madame Rose. I absolutely love the graham cracker and strawberry here! As it warms up, the nose sadly loses a little bit of its zing and brightness. Nonetheless, it remains pretty appealing. 4.5/5

Taste: Less lacto on taste than the nose, with the lacto character mostly limited to the finish. Strawberry seed jamminess, oak and grape upfront with a little vanilla too. Finishes with an unpleasantly funky rubber band flavor with unfortunate lasting power. The upfront flavor is really nice, but this beer leaves you with a lastingly, unpleasant taste in your mouth. As it warms, the funkiness softens a bit, but at the expense of some tartness and in tandem with an exacerbation of its under-carbonation. Based on the reviews and reputation of this beer, maybe I got an "off" bottle? 3/5

Mouthfeel: Thin-medium bodied, under-carbonated. Dry finish. Lasting funkiness. 2/5

Overall: Excellent smell and a good flavor absolutely marred by a unpleasantly funky finish and under-carbonation. Bottle variation? Maybe. But given the hype I'll stick to their more consistent bottles.

Cost: $15 for a 750 ml bottle.

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Photo of tectactoe
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

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

Photo of Marius
4.25/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at CBC 2016. Hazy ruby with a pink head. Cherries, lambic funk, fruit and vinegar sourness.

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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 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 stereosforgeeks
4.5/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of acurtis
4.24/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fthegiants
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.79/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep red, almost purple. Big white head. Thick collar.

Smell - I wouldn't know Tempranillo grapes without Jester King, and this smells just like that, but milder. Yogurty acidic aroma.

Taste - Tart up front. The grape flavor is very distinct again, but not as strong as Cerveza de Tempranillo. Yogurt flavor is strong again. That De Garde herbal/sour flavor builds into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium light body. Nice sourness. Well carbonated.

Overall - The fruit flavor is kinda subtle. Doesn't knock my socks off, but it's nice.

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Photo of Leftofthedial
4.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmgrub
5/5  rDev +10.6%

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 drone
3.95/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GRG1313
4.75/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of kbuzz
4.65/5  rDev +2.9%

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 HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of SveNss0N
4.6/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rlee1390
4.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Nice grapes, some ak as well. Not that tart.

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Photo of cestlavie
5/5  rDev +10.6%

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

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