Petit Desay | de Garde Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
degardebrewing.com

Style: Belgian Saison

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Tart farmhouse ale.

BEER STATS
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31
Ratings:
320
pDev:
6.6%
 
 
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31
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68
Trade:
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Photo of BEERchitect
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Inspired by the Belgian Saison, the rustic brewing team at de Garde must have the deepest farmhouse pushing to the brink of civilization kind of idea while on the verge of the wild when making their sour saison.

Foggy gold and swirling with a dainty looses froth, Petit Desay pours with nearly the exuberance of champagne. Its captivating scent comes over the senses with a fruitiness that hinges on grape, pear, citrus, melon and apple. Though winey and cidery, its early maltiness is crisp with a wafer thin dryness and a hint of sourdough and agave.

As the ale washes over the middle palate, the flavors bounce on the tongue like pop rocks. Crisp green apple, white grape and under ripened berries begin to show the beer's wine and cider influence while the juiciness of honeydew and pear add a gentle sweetness to buffer against the brazen acidity that build upon. Piquant oak flavors seem weathered like attic woods or cellar-like conditions that float above the tastebuds in a retro-olfactory sense. Peppery with a light grassy tone seems grapefruit-like and of lime moving forward into a light briny margarita kind of way.

Medium light on the palate, the low gravity beer trends dry, crisp and highly refreshing with a quick afterglow of sour sangria and margarita along with a whimsical character of extended oak aged chardonnay. Petit Desay is a controlled but wild kind of saison that barely fits the style.

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Photo of bobv
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This has been in my fridge for almost 3 years. Hmm, cap came off without a sound. There are signs of possible leakage with two stains running down the label. Oh well, here goes:

Vigorous pour yields a 3/4 inch off white head over a medium amber body with a bit of sticky lacing. Nose of grapefruit, funk, and oak. Taste mirrors nose somewhat with high acidity. Nice feel for a questionable bottle. Overall, I'm very surprised there was any head or mouthfeel after the way it opened. Not bad, but I'm thinking it could have been better. Cheers!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.02/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've had a few of these over the last 2 or so years. Another one of those "saisons" that might as well just be called a wild ale. Light orange in color with a 1/2" white head. Quickly recedes. Plenty of citrus and sourness in the nose, oak is readily apparent, and these have a breath of Oregon funk to it.

Taste, just super sour, acidic and enjoyable. Also love how this doesn't have a small niche, its good in summer, its good at the end of a tasting, its good pretty much anywhere in between. Yes, it is a glorified wild ale, the subtlety of a traditional saison and the dry back end are often swallowed up by the vast amount of citrus, sour, tart and citric acid notes.

But its still a joy to drink, still relatively inexpensive, still reliable every time I've had it.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.39/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

So well put together, this beer makes me weak in the knees. I wish I could drink this every day. Just a clean, amazing saion in oak with tons of flavor.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nose of lemon, faint funk, citrus, oak, straw. Taste stone fruit, zest, citrus, tart, hint sulfur, funk, clean acidity. Medium body with soft carbo; nice Saison!

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

25 oz bottle

I miscalculated my pour and did not allot enough room for head. Essentially poured a half finger of off white head into my glass. Dissipated quickly due to my shitty pour. The body is a very hazy burnt orange, with a lot of hues of brown as well. Visibility is zero. So far, it looks like a farmhouse.

Very bright nose on this beer. Relatively light, not too much astringent sour on the nose. Possibly some light fruit notes, pear, apple. Maybe just a hair of clove, it’s not too yeasty. Possibly a touch of banana. Maybe some citrus, lemon. It’s a light aroma, but very refreshing and clean.

Definitely hits tart up front, finishing with the smallest bit of yeast, and a little funk. Definitely some of that light fruit in here, apple, pear. Perhaps a white wine yeast is used in combo with the farmhouse yeast. Really not too much of the classic farmhouse taste, although, that style can vary. Overall a very bright, clean, refreshing beer. I’m not huge on sours, so it’s hard for me to grade this, but it is very nice. At least a 4, maybe a 4.25.

Mouthfeel is puckering, as would be expected. Medium bodies, starts off thin, then fills your mouth. Carbonation is hard to tell because of the twang, it seems medium-low. Overall a very appropriate mouthfeel.

Drinkability is pretty high. The sourness is not over the top, and it’s a very bright, refreshing beer.

The appearance actually turned out pretty good. The body was nice from the beginning, and I got some pretty decent lacing.

Overall this is a really nice beer. Kinda turned into an apple bomb, but that was not a bad thing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

this is great beer by any measure, dont get me wrong, but i definitely am not as high on this one as other obviously are. its more basic than the others i have recently had, and has that (now entirely) generic, yet still really delicious hop profile of citra and mosaic. it has that classic murky straw color, thicker, without much carbonation activity, but my hotel room glassware might not help much here. very fruity from the hops, lots of brett, but not as clean and refined as some others, less finished it seems, but the hops are really forward in the nose, heavy dry hop, a little of the cat pee thing, but really fresh and juicy too, lemons and limes. there is definitely some wheat in here, this has that sort of high density rustic nature to it, a little raw here, but i like the malt base, its fresh and more substantial than is common i think in these types of beers. flavored as much by the hops as by the yeast, and maybe less interesting overall than many of their other beers. one of their more available brews from what it looks like, a really nice introduction to what they do, but perhaps not anything memorable. its cool that they sell it so affordably, i was surprised to see bottles for seven or eight bucks, good on them for keeping it reasonable. i will continue to seek out more of their beers, but this, on the whole, is not their most captivating work, as good as it is.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2016-05-22
750ml bottle served in a large snifter. Can't find a date on the bottle.

Pours a hazy yellow-amber with a small, lazy head and lots of fine, fast carbonation. As I bring it in for a sniff, I can hear the carbonation going off like rice krispies. Smell is funk, slight lemon, hay and greens.

Taste is tarter than the aroma suggests, very nice actually. Lemony/grapefruity with a hint of pale stonefruit. Also some vegetation and just a note of orange juice. Interesting and tasty.

Mouthfeel is dry and lively. Overall, very nice beer.

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Photo of GoneARye
4.49/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle. Pours a pale amber, fairly clear and refined. Smell is intoxicating and intriguing: hay, some funk, maybe some brett, and some light fruity notes as well. You can tell this will be tart because a deep inhalation tickles the back of the nose. The taste is explosively tart and unique. Great farmhouse funk and barnyard notes. Crispness like an apple, but malty at the same time. The finish gives way to a blonde malt base and lingers at the edges of the tongue. Mouthfeel is good - light carbonation and lots of pucker power. Would absolutely by this again - it's just hard to get in my area. Would love to visit the brewery.

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Photo of Moose90
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Typical 750ml De Garde bottle poured into 16oz tulip for tasting

A — Flows out of the bottle into the glass, leading to a bright white head on top of a hazy yellowish orange body of beer. It fades a bit quickly and doesn't leave much lace behind.

S — Lightly fruity and tart, balanced with some peppery Saison yeast character. Balanced notes of lemon, pepper, and light honey. Somewhat juicy while still maintaining its dryness.

T — Much like the nose, though a bit more sour is introduced here, loads of light lemon, some sour funk. There is enough of a grainy malt base here but it does get somewhat lost in translation.

M — Obviously carbed up, it drinks a bit champagne like and is quite refreshing.

O — Nicely done from De Garde again, there is a nice balance of flavors here, but it does err on the sour side of the spectrum, which is fine by me.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thank you to de Garde for sending a few beers up to Seattle. Tasted 16 June 2015.

Pours lightly-hazy orange. One finger or white head, gone pretty quick, and not much lacing.

Smell is lemon tart and saison yeast, in perfect harmony. But it's so much more than that. The two together are better than either would be on its own, a perfect blend. I get alternating waves of tart citrus, then juicy floral saison, then back to some sweet lemons. Outstanding.

Taste is similarly delicious, a combo of sour and saison, with all the good parts of each. It's a touch heavy on the sour for my taste, and I'd like the grains and yeast to shine through more brightly. Sweet, tart, fruity, spicy. Yum.

Prickly carbonation, buzzing up and stirring up all those flavors, keeping things moving to give each one a chance to shine. Light body, smooth dry acidic finish.

Wow, this is yummy. The two pieces come together, and the tart fruit works so well with the warmth of the saison yeast. My only complaint is that I wish that saison came through more. But this is really good stuff.

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Photo of MattyB203
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"A tart farmhouse ale" doesn't even begin to capture how tart this beer is. I found it almost undrinkable when chilled because of the bite and had to wait for it to warm up significantly in order to enjoy the other flavors and bring the level of tartness down to a manageable level. At that point the beer was pretty great - lots and lots of lemon.

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Photo of Jmamay22
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aged about 6 months. Pours a copper colored orange amber and very clear. White head quickly dissipates to a collar, but manages to leave rings of lacing. Scent gives a nice earthy base upon which there are the lactic acid high notes. No acetic character.

Taste has an initial vanilla sweetness that gives way to a strong lactic acid. Undertones of wood and earthy mushrooms. Nice orchard fruit flavor of pear and apple. The vanilla sweet flavor keeps the acidity from going overboard. Light mouthfeel with fine carbonation bubbles. Very easy drinking and enjoyable with some depth of flavor.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.55/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into tulip. Thanks again for grabbing me a bottle, Abel.

A: Despite a rather vigorous pour, this beer pours a clear honey-amber color with a super fizzy and thin light tan head that quickly disappeared into nothing.
S: Musty and lightly funk notes of stone fruits, wildflowers, and dry grains. There are notes of a tart acidity that gives off a citrus quality. Lightly creamy and bready smelling as well.
T: Taste is a combination of bright tart acidity with hints of mineral water, wheat, citrus and faintly sweet stone fruit. Very light and tart. The finish contains notes of peach, apricot, and musty damp basement, and the aftertaste is full of green apple and bready yeast. Flavors are candy-like overall.
M: Bright, acidic, tart, drying, and light mouthfeel with a medium-light body and very active scrubbing carbonation.
O: Light flavors mixed with a strong acidic tartness. Light and clean overall. For a light sour this hits the spot, but it is a bit acidic at times.

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Photo of ryannosaurus
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazed deep gold. 1 finger of white head disappears quickly

Aroma is a little faint, I'm getting some apple, orange, wood, and horsie

Taste is very tart, unripe orange /green apple / rhubarb-like with a strong earthy and oak elements supporting. Not much going on hop wise, as is appropriate for the style, some stone fruit notes lurking in the back end

Mouthfeel is fairly light, slightly astringent, good amount of carbonation

Very well done farm house, with strong tart fruit elements. Really no faults I can find with this one, although a bit more intensely tart than other beers I've tried in the style, it wears that tartness well. I don't see a date code on the bottle, got it 6/19/15 at Portland's NWIPA bottle shop. Further aging might round it out a bit, but it is fine right now, particularly if you love sour.

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Photo of Bugs318
4.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: bright orange with a fizzy white head, that rises quickly and dissipated even faster. No head remaining by the time the bottle is set down.
S: wafts lemon, zest, acidic citrus notes.
T: moderately high acidic tartness is predominant. Somewhat like a green jolly rancher, with a liquid spread across the palate. Good if fairly one dimensional here.
M: Medium bodied with a fairly low carbonation, but it all works well.
O: no real saison resemblance. Far more similar to a Berliner, and fine, if a bit one dimensional.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a glass.

Pours a dark burnt orange body, two finger effervescent white head that dies out fairly quickly, leaving a minimal collar. No lacing. It pops very quickly, and then disappears as quickly as it pops.

Smells of freshly squeezed orange, tart vinegar, mild citrus, a bit of lemon peel. Not complicated, but the orange certainly pops out a bit. Mild funk, really in the form of slightly rotting lemon peel- but in a good way. Not complex, but smells refreshing.

Flavour is similar, though a bit more well rounded and interesting. Orange pulp, tart citric acid, no lactate, mild green apple jolly rancher tartness, lemon. It's very nice and refreshing; not particularly funky, quite tart- more so than the regular Bu Weisse.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lower carbonation but more than plenty of carbonation to keep a good bit of depth; tart oranges finishes it out.

Overall, a very tasty farmhouse ale that is quite a bit more sour and tart compared to it's rustic Belgian counterparts. It's really more of a simple American Wild Ale. This does well for the remainder of the variations that the brewer takes. I'm particularly impressed by how citric and how much orange flavour comes across.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by ygtbsm94. Hazy orange body with a thin head that rapidly fades. Oranges, tart citrus, funk. Funky, tart, medium high acidity. Tasty.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.7/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a pale golden yellow with off white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is really bright, their yeast gets a bit plasticy fairly often and this has a hint of that, lots of lemon, and faint farmhouse note. Flavor is cleaner, higher acidity, tons of bright lemon, faint farmhouse yeast, fairly tart finish. High carb light body, fairly dry.

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Photo of rab53
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Coarse effervescent head that dissipates almost immediately. Medium golden with fairly flat body. Acetic sourness dominates. Dare I say one-dimensional.

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Photo of draheim
4.31/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL into a tulip. Pours a cloudy golden copper w/ a thin head that settles to a narrow collar around the glass, no lacing.

Aroma is brightly tart and funky. Green apples, sour white grapes. Literally mouthwatering.

Taste is perfectly tart and dry. Sour but not vinegary, sharp and clean and balanced. An underlying sweetness deftly counters the tart component. Can't stop sipping this.

Mouthfeel is likewise balanced and satisfying. Nice carbonation keeps it light on the palate.

Overall another favorite beer from de Garde. I know we are probably just getting their standard shelf beers right now in Seattle, and I can only imagine the special things they are doing in smaller batches. But this is really outstanding stuff. If I brewed, this is the kind of beer I'd want to make.

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Photo of M-Fox24
4.25/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: Orange, murky yellow/gold pour, with a small to medium sized head…good retention

S: Acidic, sour, tart, and fruity goodness work their way through the nostrils. Along with notes of sour grapes/grapefruit, peach, apricots, citrus, vinegar, and brett

T: Taste is that of grapes, (tart) green apples, peach, lemon, nectarines…fruit. All accompanied by a subtle white wine and faint dryness feel: excellent

M: Light to medium mouthfeel and body that has a gentle dryness to it/gentle white wine feel

O: Great (all-encompassing) beer, to which I would recommend to anyone a fan of the genre

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Photo of kevanb
3.86/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

650ml bottle poured into a de Garde snifter glass.


The beer pours a copper color, hazy but with decent clarity and a finger or so of off-white head, no retention or lace. The aroma is nice, funky, lemony, light stone fruits, a touch of pale grain and grassy wheat. Super simple, a lot more sour than I was expecting, the saison base is hardly recognizable, to me this more of an American Wild Ale. The flavors echo that sentiment, sour and tart fruit, lemons, apricots, wildflower, funk, pale grain, light vinegar, delicate and bright but simplistic and refreshing. The mouthfeel is nice, bubbly, lively, zippy and crisp, coats decently, not overly abrasive, clean finish.


Verdict: A nice tart Saison / Farmhouse or American Wild Ale, whatever it wants to be called. Bright, fruity and refreshing, though simple and lacking depth or a nice oaky character. Pleasant, but nothing too special.

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Photo of brianmandell
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Golden pour, slightly hazy with no head. Nose of lemon, stone fruit and lactic acid. The flavor is similar to the nose and fairly straightforward. The yeast is surprisingly fruity with apricot and lemon. Only a hint of funk from some grassy/hay flavors. Slightly sweet and quite sour. Bready malts appear in the aftertaste. Somewhat undercarbonated, making for a thin mouthfeel. I'm not sure I'd call this a saison as its probably closer to a berliner weisse. Very enjoyable and easy to drink.

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Photo of notchucknorris
4.41/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly chill hazed apricot color with a crackling cream colored head that simmers down to nothing before you realize it was there. I wouldn't really call it a looker, but that really doesn't mean much.

S: Back on track. Light hints of peach and apricot, spiced green apple and a ripe, cheesy funk. A faint wet hay/wheat smell lingers without coming forward too much. Smells incredible.

T: Opens with a lemon/green apple tartness with a good citric smack of sourness on the back of the tongue. Smooth wheat, cranberry and red apple on the finish. Leaves a lingering lactic sourness on the finish. Light but slightly slick body with racy carbonation. Love this.

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Petit Desay from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.24 out of 5 with 320 ratings