Saison Desay; Side Project Chardonnay Barrel | de Garde Brewing

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de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by deGardebrewing on 04-30-2014

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 5 | Ratings: 78
Photo of mdfb79
4.2/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From 03/14/15 notes. Was a slow but long gusher. 750ml bottle to a taster.

Pours a hazy deep orange color with two fingers plus of fluffy off white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lemons, white wine, oak, grass, tart fruity malts, bread, spice, cloves, pepper, citrus, and earthy notes. Lightly tart, lightly funky, really nice and refreshing. medium body and moderate carbonation, easy to drink. Overall very good, especially the taste; would like to have it again.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

AUG 17, 2014
Thanks, Brian! Pouring a clear copper with a dense, off-white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. The nose is surprisingly subdued but leans on a blend of funk and grass with some white wine incorporated in there. Not as buttery as some of the other Chardonnay barrel-aged butter bombs I’ve had. Mildly sulfury, moderately grainy and with a pleasant spice character; a blend of clove and a little plastic with some white pepper. Dried lemon peel, a moderate lactic acid bite and a faint barnyard note are present. Nice stuff. The palate opens bright, tart, clean and refreshing with a blend of yogurt, lemon peel and a bit of clove. This is followed by a juicy mid-palate showcasing a blend of honey, white wine and fruit (apricots and melons). Maybe some juniper too? Drying, snappy and crisp of the finish with a really refreshing blend of yogurt, cleansing lactic acid and brightening citrus, this beer is light in body, crisply carbonated and a treat on the palate. Highly recommended.

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Photo of abeeronthebeach
4.36/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank alongside Pinot Noir Barrel version.

A - Brilliant orange with rapidly dispersing head.

S - Tarter than the PN with more of a lemon acidity.

T - Apricot is present here too, however the flavours are cleaner - less wood and funk - which made this beer less interesting.

M - Mouthfeel feels pretty much spot on, with the carbonation being fairly gentle.

O - Well-constructed beer, with sour, clean and refreshing flavours. I preferred the more pronounced elements of wood, funk and fruitiness in the Pinot Noir barrel version, however.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.46/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bomber into a snifter alongside my best drinking buddy Abbbp.

Appearance: Hazy, orange/peach color with a small white fizzy head that disappears quickly and doesn’t leave any lacing to speak of.

Smell: Loads of funk, brett, quite vinous too. The brett isn’t a farmhouse thing, it’s more fruity.

Taste: Tart, so much that it hits me in the jaw at first, but it mellows out and becomes quite sessionable. Some crackery malt comes through toward the end. Somewhat vinous, but not anything that screams Chardonnay to me. The sour is a more lactic sour than anything else, which is very nice. Relatively dry.

Mouthfeel: Relatively low carbonation, which I kind of like for this beer. Lingers a while.

Overall: Another great offering from De Garde and Side Project. This is very nice. Looking forward to trying the pinot noir version.

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Photo of anteater
4.44/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle

A: Golden yellow with some small bubbles on top

S: Funk and yeast, a little bit of white wine

T: Amazing taste. A lot of the same funky, wheat, barnyard, aged cheese tastes I got from the desay blends but integrated so much better and taken to a higher level altogether. The white wine presence is minor but crucial to the balance and deliciousness.

M: Medium body, a little juicy

O: This was pretty similar to the pinot barrel version overall, but different enough that I could enjoy them both as different experiences. I prefer this one over pinot by just a little bit, though both fantastic.

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Saison Desay; Side Project Chardonnay Barrel from de Garde Brewing
4.34 out of 5 based on 78 ratings.
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