The Lucy
de Garde Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #32
Ranked #482
4.46 | pDev: 5.83%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
The LucyThe Lucy
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4.39/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sam! Bottled Jan 2019.

A clear yellow with a dense white head with good retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is really dominated by the vinous notes, with a floral and lemony fruit, bright and refreshing paired with an herbal and spicy skin and seed tannin note. Almost a little mace and toasted cumin like. The base pale sour also has a mild clove note that complements the spice the Muscat grapes give. A touch dusty, this is bright and refreshing.

The palate opens sour and funky with the funk pairing seamlessly with the grapes. Mushroom, wet forest floor, a little wet horseblanket, wet straw, pairing well with a brooding cumin, clove and mace note. Acidity is shockingly reserved, with a nice lemon and mildly lactic note. Preserved lemon, pepper, a light roasted jalapeno note. Drying, tart on the finish with bright lemon, with tannins well integrated. Light in body, crisply carbonated, this is excellent.

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4.1/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

20 April 2020 - Beer #73

Corona Day #39

Price: $23.00 at Other Half Brewing

Appearance: 4 - looks like my wife poured me a glass of white wine. Completely transparent with lots of bubbles and nearly no head.

Nose: 4 - lots of grape, but also some mildly unpleasant wet blanket, cat piss funk.

Taste: 4 - if I didn't know better I'd say it was a glass of champagne. It really doesn't taste like beer at all. It's very bubbly white wine. I mean this IS white wine.

Mouth: 5 - tons of action here. Extremely bubbly and acidic. Tingly to the max.

Overall: 4 - I prefer beer to wine, but this is a nice change of pace.

Stay safe out there, team.


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CraftFan5 from New Jersey, May 04, 2020
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4.15/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shimmering engagement ring gold with a fuzzy off-white foam settling to an uneven ring.

Up front is stinky, pungent funk, yet softly so, developing towards a dusty walnut and oak character before the fruit comes in. The grape is actually mimicking raspberry-lemon Gushers, as the softly frothy light body comes to a crisply semi-dry finish bringing out a hint of floral Tahitian vanilla and pink Starburst. There's even notes of guava at times.

A grape PNW wild ale bringing so many candy notes combined with that classic dG funk? Quite unique!

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Sabtos from Ohio, Jan 07, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Golden yellow body and slightly hazy. A foamy one finger head lacking much retention. Tiny ring around the edges leaves rare spots of lace.

S- Funky and ripe sour bugs. A bit cheesy. Sour muscat grapes and big grape skin character. Not as funky as other de Garde beers so far.

T- Less funk and lambic character here, not cheesy just a bit of the funky, hay and barnyard to it. Big juicy grapes. Tons of great grape skin, phenolic bitter goodness. Not much seed or stem character. Lemon notes and plenty of lactic acid. Very oaky and vinous.

MF- Light bodied with a slightly foamy and puffy texture. Medium level of carbonation and very sour.

Grapes and vinous oak quality with less of the funk and lambic character found in some of their other sours. Very sour with great usage of these grapes.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Sep 16, 2019
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3.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

750ml bottle served in a weird little glass at my air B&B. Bought it at the brewery yesterday. Bottled 1/19.

Pours a honey amber color with no head and medium to high carbonation. Smell is tart, a little lemon, a little wood, and little white wine.

Taste is wine and wood with a bitter flavor. Has some kind of a menthol flavor or character of some sort -- not sure why that comes to mind.

Mouthfeel is thick, sticky, and kind of flat. Overall, it's pretty good.

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snaotheus from Washington, Aug 27, 2019
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4.67/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Rich, deep golden yellow.
S: Strong but subtle muscat grape.
T: An excellent rush of muscat grape notes that rises to the top with fizz as the body and slowly fades away with a subtle taste of grapes at the end.
F: Much like a white wine, very light and delicate.
O: Excellent bottle. Can't go wrong if you want something like and drinkable but also enjoyable to many.

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BerryKumquat from California, Jun 14, 2019
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4.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Heavy oak barrel notes on the nose. Knew right away it would be a very funky farmhouse type of beer. Poured almost golden yellow color. Moderate head with pretty good head retention. Taste definitely follows the nose. Notes of lemon grass and grapes come through for me. At first it was super dry and acidic however as the beer warmed up it became a lot more well rounded and balanced for me. Still enjoyed every sip of it.

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RyanBeer14 from California, Jun 07, 2019
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Aroma has damp wood, cellar notes and some yeast funk. Taste is yeasty with brett notes, cellar funk, bitter woody finish.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 21, 2018
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4.19/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Bottle from Rick. Hazy golden pour, soft, bubbly head. Tart fruity aroma, grapes. Taste is the brett first, white grapes coming in after. Mild tartness and sweetness, beautiful feel. Really good.

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stevoj from Idaho, Mar 11, 2018
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4.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice crystal clear honey amber hue with a thin white head that fades slowly to leave light wisps and a thin halo.

S - Aromas of house yeast, light barrels and funk. There is a ton of Muscat grapes. Smells more like wild concord grapes.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, fair amount of house yeast and spice, nice light oak, good vinous notes. There is loads of grapes, both flesh and skin. Again there is lots of sweeter, musty grapes. Taste reminds me of the wild grapes I grew up with.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, crisp, clean.

O - Overall this beer was rather solid. Nice really musty grape notes. Just really solid.

Serving type: bottle

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rudzud from Massachusetts, Feb 03, 2016
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4.18/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to rudzud

Light fizzy head, light lacing that slowly slides downwards, crystal clear tan honey color.

Nose big Muscat grape, musty like concord earthy grape, fair sour golden, little malt, tart lemony and lacto, little peppery note, plenty of funk, some toasted vanilla oak in the background.

Taste brings tons more tart funk, lemony, lacto sour funk, fruity funk, musty grape, Muscat light but more musty concord grape, tart grape, little malt, sour blond malt, mild to fair acidity, light toasty barrel notes, weird fruity esters too I think. Finish sticky flemmy tart lemony funk and musty white concord grape lingering.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, decent carb, sticky and flemmy.

Overall pretty nice but not great.

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jlindros from Massachusetts, Feb 03, 2016
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3.63/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

notes from 3/16/15

4 - 3.5 - 3.5 - 4 - 3.75
murky yellow, spotty lace. nose is.muscat grapes w all spice. still funky and weird but this time tastes less weird but still white wine grape with weird spicing, but enjoyable. just weird.

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imonhiatus from New Jersey, Sep 27, 2015
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4.56/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Translucent golden color with an off white head off the pour. Smell was grapes and oak and grain. Sour with some grape sweetness at first with some wheat/grain bringing some balance to the flavor as it warmed up... It definitely became much more enjoyable as it warmed past 55 degrees.

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dddddddd from Washington, Sep 06, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle. Served in a teku glass.

Pours a darker orange-copper body, one finger white head with decent retention and not much lacing. Smells moderately earthy and funky in a background of wheat, tart acetic acid, not much lacto, oak, bright fruit skin, not much citrus. I don't get a ton of grape or vinous character from it, but it's quite earthy. Not cheesy. Flavour is mild-moderate acetic tartness, oak, stonefruit skin, earthy funk. Again, I didn't get much vinous character out of this. It's more of a earthy, stonefruited wild ale to me. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, a bit lighter, very easy to drink, good crisp carbonation. Overall, interesting enough AWA that was different than I would expect based on what went into it- I tried this without knowing what the treatment was- and I didn't get the grapes or much vinous character. This was nevertheless very tasty.

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Stevedore from Wisconsin, Aug 19, 2015
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5/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pretty unbelievable brew! Crisp, complex, funky, fruity, juicy, dirty horse blanket!

This is probably one of my favorite De Garde's I've sampled. This beer is much more complex then a typical Bu.. This beer has a mouthfeel and complexity of what you would expect from a cantillon.

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ATeamMusic from California, Aug 16, 2015
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4.73/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottle shared by Umberto last night.

This one pours a golden dark-ish yellow, with a very small head, and basically no lacing.

This one smells like tart, damp and funky grapes, Moscato, oak, and slightly leathery funk.

This is one of the more complex De Garde beers I've ever had. I like the Bu's that I've had, but this is another level of complexity, not just a fruit bomb. There's a nice level of basement funk here, funky and earthy, behind a really nice dry grape character, grape skins and grape juice, with some nice oak character as well. It's fairly tart, probably about a 6/10.

This is medium bodied, with a tart and dry mouthfeel, and a moderate level of carbonation. It's very drinkable.

One of the better AWA's I've ever had, De Garde really brought it with this one.

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GreesyFizeek from New York, Aug 14, 2015
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4.4/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing this one; first de Garde beer and it was awesome.

Awesome sour, amazing taste. Would love to have again. Tons of tart and sour dark fruits.

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mdfb79 from New York, Jul 10, 2015
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4.89/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Wonderful expression of grape with some other complex fruitiness. The funky/tart component had a great balance. The mouthfeel was fantastic, very crisp and refreshing, despite the overall complexity of the beer. Lucy is a dazzling beauty.

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HeadyTheElder from Louisiana, May 09, 2015
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4.23/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The aroma hits of sage, oregano, and savory herbs. Good amount of funk.

The flavor follows with apricot, stone fruit, white grapes, a medium tart and funk. Those savory green herbs come back.

One of the better De Garde beers I've, mostly for how interesting it is.

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dar482 from New York, Feb 09, 2015
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4.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Lucy looks like a golden cider in the glass. The nose is Riesling, oak and a touch of funk. Some woody notes at the outset, bright and slightly sweet grape and apple notes follow, and the finish drys out with oak. Could use a touch more carb as with some other De Gardes, but a small ding. This is a top notch wild ale that is light, complex and endlessly drinkable.

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jjdc from District of Columbia, Feb 09, 2015
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4.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The was almost as official as the Archer. A little more brackish as it warmed up, but overall the experience was comparable to Belgian Lambic on some levels. Tasty grape presence.

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Guzzle_McBrew from Connecticut, Jan 19, 2015
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4.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Popped this open and it was mostly flat if not completely. Moving passed that it's a great beer. Interesting aroma, off putting at first but opened up nicely after a bit out of the bottle. Lots of nice grape and oak going on and a nice level of acidity. Enjoyable beer, but would've liked more carb.

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