The Boysenberry
de Garde Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #83
Ranked #1,072
4.41 | pDev: 8.62%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Notes: Formerly known as The Boysen
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 92 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Stevedore from Oregon

2.87/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

From the summer 2018 release. The bottle gushed massively upon the slightest movement of the cork and pretty much sprayed dark reddish-purple beer all over in a 10 foot radius. I've never seen anything like it. After cleanup, there was perhaps 1/4 of the beer still left in the bottle. That tasted fairly vinegary, with a big tart boysenberry aroma and flavour, slightly seedy, touch of oak and vinous character. It's solid, although the vinegar is way too much even by De Garde standards. Well then. Lighter bodied, a bit dry, big vinegar on the finish. Something clearly went wrong with this bottling and I would recommend avoiding the 2018 batch.

Dec 29, 2018
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Dactrius from Wisconsin

2.28/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

"Gusher" doesn't properly describe what happened when I opened this beer. It didn't quickly start coming out like a standard gusher, it simply immediately had 75-80% of the bottle all over the table, floor, and my clothes. If I hadn't been using the type of wine opener I was I assume the cork would've flown up and dented my ceiling. The beer had a very nice, dark color all over my clothes. For the tiny amount left to drink, the beer had a strong vinegar note that was completely off putting. I recommend you open this beer outside while wearing a poncho.

Dec 28, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Vibrant opaque purple with a large, neon magenta airy foam that rapidly, loudly fizzles out to a bubbling purple cauldron with no retaining head.

Smell is oddly funky of dry wood and stinky cheese with a bit of straw before some uncooked blackberry, raspberry and rhubarb pie fillings accent brightly but fleetingly.

Taste is shockingly woody and funky at first. The wood is nutty, kind of like cashew butter, and the funk is mild barnyard and blue cheese. But then in comes a gigantic malic acidity of boysenberry--bright red, gushing and tart fruit through and through--it's an herbal expression somewhere between blueberry and raspberry. The acidity is way up there as de Garde is wont to do, but also tolerably malic and not acetic.

The body is medium, not too light, with a crisp but softening carbonation before a bone dry finish.

Oct 31, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the source on our Oregon camping trip last month. I think it was only a 2 bottle max, but was very happy that The Purple was 4 bottles because I preferred it more. Not that this is a shitty beer or anything.

Pours a mixture of a flanders like bruin/red/purple character to it color wise (brown/dark red). Small thin 1/4" off white head on the top. The aroma had a burnt berry vibe to it, it wasn't the juiciness a lot of fruit beers tend to kick down, this one was just as much brown malt feels as it was boysenberry feels. Maybe a little more bitter than your average de garde wile ale.

The taste was a decent sour character around 6.5 on the 10pt scale, good gritty texture to the malt base, nice earthy feel to it without it being too malty or weighing the beer down from where the focus is. Good oak contribution as well. Some wine like feels (red) to be sure.

While its a good beer, it was probably my least favorite of the trip. $18 a bottle I believe.
EDIT: Bottle color was better, adjusted appearance from 3.75 to 4.5

Aug 30, 2018
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csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

4.43/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wow boysenberry has a pretty unique affect, not only is its saturated but mild flavor balanced with the tart base beer but aslo adds a pillowy softness uncommon to sours.

Aug 30, 2018
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KettleBellFreak from Tennessee

4.87/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of my favorite beers I've ever drank.

Beautiful purple color, deep violet foam, no legs. Smell is sour funk, red wine, grape soda, boysenberry, burnt sugar, grassy, earthy, oak and barrel character. Taste reflects smell perfectly. Girlfriend bailed snd I drsnk the whole 750 myself, save a few sips, without a problem. Perfectly drinkable. Great alcohol content for the brew.

First from de garde. Praying it isnt the last.

Aug 13, 2018
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Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.74/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

The beer pours a deep purple with a medium pink head that recedes pretty quickly. It has medium carbonation. The beer smells of lacto, raspberry, blackberry, Boysenberry, whipped cream, and light funk. It tastes tart with lacto, raspberry, blackberry, Boysenberry, whipped cream, and light funk. The feel is medium. This an amazing wild ale from De Garde, I cant get enough of this one.

May 06, 2018
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dddddddd from Washington

4.67/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a deep magenta/purple with a quickly dissipating head. Smelled slightly sweet with the fruit. Taste was jammy, sour, and actually funky, which surprised me. Awesome beer! I've become a believer in boysenberries and this is probably my second favorite boysenberry based sour behind another of De Garde's beers: Beaucoup Violet. This was funkier and less sweet with a little tannic bitterness, definitely more complex.

Sep 14, 2015
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anteater from Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Just opened a bottle of The Boysen about ~7 months after being released and this one has improved big time with just a little bit of age. Juicy fruit character melded deeply with a complex funky and acidic base. No off aroma at all.

Dec 12, 2014
The Boysenberry from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 92 ratings