Saison Premiere
de Garde Brewing

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Style:
Farmhouse Ale - Saison
ABV:
6%
Score:
93
Avg:
4.2 | pDev: 9.29%
Reviews:
17
Ratings:
149
From:
de Garde Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
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SCORE
93
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Saison PremiereSaison Premiere
Notes: A wild farmhouse ale aged in oak wine barrels.
Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 149 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.89/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one July 28, 2017. Didn't really stand out, but hey, an average de garde beer is a very good beer.

Nice golden honey color, ample clarity to it, not a hint of trub anywhere. Doesn't make much in the way of a head, retention of that small little 1/8" whiteness. Aroma is tart, sour, white wine barrel and Tillamook pasture.

Taste is a moderately acidic wine like beer coming close to hybrid territory because of how much the white wine barrel impacts this. Makes it seem more like a wild ale than a saison, but they're total line steppers over here anyways. Lots of the usual lemon, green apple and grapefruit sour and bitterness beyond all that wood. Your chardonnay loving beer hating day drunk friend could be into this. I'm into this, but it didn't set itself apart. Its sourness is pretty sharp. As many of the reviews note, you could really classify this a couple different ways before I would think saison was the most accurate one. Still dry on the back end though.

Aug 10, 2020
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Matthew. Thanks man!

Pale yellow body, mild to medium haze with a fleeting white apex. Aromas of barnyard funk, lemon, grapefruit rind, and a general outdoors summer quality. Piquant, elegant, tart, delicious. Another lovely beer from de Garde.

Mar 30, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.6/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Milky pale yellow-peach with essentially no head, as it foams up but rapidly dies off, settling quickly to a still looking beer, or even fruit puree.

Damn, I get all manner of powerful lemon! Holy shit...it's a really acidic sour of peaches and apricots with a note of sweet but earthy carrot juice in the background.

May 20, 2017
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crob3888 from California

4.75/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the bottle purchased about 3 weeks ago at the brewery. Soft hazy yellow with a fluffy and almost fizzy bone white head. Aroma and flavors of tart wine-like Chardonnay style oak complexity, fleshy fruit, lots of lemon spritzer qualities. Super cleansing bubbles on the tongue. What a remarkable and wonderful saison/wild ale!

Aug 27, 2016
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Taybeh from Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

From a mini-growler into a chardonnay glass. Pours a very hazy pale dull yellow with a little crown of white head that subsides after a minute. Nose is passion fruit, nectarine, crab apples, bready biscuit. Taste follows...fairly sour and none of the yeast notes I'd expect from a saison, though setting that aside, this is quite tasty. Nice progression: it starts with a biscuity welcome, almost a little chewy, then you get some passion fruit pulp with a little hint of sour and funk sneaking in and on the back half it gets increasingly sour with some lemon, crabapples, etc. All in all, it seems more like a Berliner, but it has more depth and body. Not a ton of complexity in the flavor department, but it is still very tasty and very well crafted...though it doesn't taste like any saison I've ever tried. Carbonation isn't very high, sourness invites a decent pucker, flavor notes are surprisingly round and really sit right up making it easy to savor. I'd be very happy to drink this regularly, especially in the summer.

Aug 04, 2016
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dar482 from New York

4.18/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The aroma offers nectarine, orange zest, Sweet Tart candy, and a light funk.

The flavor follows with nectarine juice, apricot, citrus zest and citrus seeds, more funk, more Sweet Tarts with a dry finish.

Jan 12, 2016
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zeledonia from Washington

4.2/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 10 Jan 2015.

Pours a cloudy medium wheat yellow. Little head, gone quick, no lacing. Not surprising for a sour, but still on the low side.

Smell is light and fragrant, vinous like white wine.

Taste is lovely. Not as clean or as complex as some of their other beers, but still really good. Solid lemony sour, hard to dig out the saison characteristics, though I think that's typical. Rounded and very fruity in the finish.

Feel is amazing. Light-bodied but mouth-filling, with sizzling carbonation that stirs, pops, and leaves me wanting more when it finally fades. Wow.

Really good stuff. Not de Garde's best, but that's a high bar!

Jan 10, 2016
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draheim from Washington

4.06/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL into a tulip. Pours a hazy pale yellow w/ almost zero head, lazy carb.

Aroma is tart and biscuity. Lemons, tart green apples, pale malt.

Taste follows nose. Pale biscuity malt, puckering sour apples (even crab apples), lemony acidity.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, dry and refreshing.

Overall closer to a Berliner than a saison, but still enjoyable.

Dec 27, 2015
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mactrail from Washington

2.49/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yellow brew with a faint veil of foam that evaporates quickly. Fairly flat in the mouth, though the tongue stabbing acidity makes it hard to tell. The aroma is actually rather inviting-- a fruity Saison smell with the unmistakable vinegar right behind.

This is not tart, it's sour. The main flavor is lemon juice. I have actually had less acidic lemons. Seriously, this would be the star ingredient in Greek avgolemono soup. As some kind of beer, I just don't see the point in this. How do you review this as a Saison? BA needs a category for sours, not just the American Wild Ale. From the 750 ml bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

Dec 02, 2015
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Moose90 from Washington

2.92/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750ml De Garde bottle poured into two Off-Color stemmed glasses.

A — Pours out with a hazy golden yellow hue. There is a bubbly white head initially, but it fades and disappears and leaves no lacing behind whatsoever. Looks extremely hazy in the glass, not really attractive.

S — Smell is dominated by tart lemon and is highly acidic. Overall it is incredibly bright and citrus forward with notes of lemon, lime, white vinegar, loads of acetic.

T — Tough to describe this one, unfortunately it is overpowered and dominated by sour, this is a great showcase of tart acidity, but it undoubtedly overshadows whatever flavors it might have intended to have had. Big sour tones of lemon juice, lime juice, white vinegar, and acetic acid.

M — Effervescent and bright, tingling, pucker inducing.

O — I was able to get though the bottle, but unfortunately this was far and away the worst offering I have had from De Garde, I typically love their stuff, but this one was over the top, unnecessarily sour and quite a mess.

Nov 29, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.97/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 750mL bottle into a tulip.

Appearance: cloudy yellow hue with a very thin layer of foam which dissipates very quickly. Color is good, and although lack of head isn't unusual in a sour it's not great for a saison.

Smell: an interesting fruity tartness that is reminiscent of sour apple and, interestingly, rhubarb. I like it.

Taste: powerfully tart with a little bit of sweet malt and more of that green-apple-meets-rhubarb character. I like it, although it's not especially complex or saison-ey.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a light carbonation and interesting prickliness. Not especially creamy, though.

Overall: this one has a lot of pucker, so for me the drinkability is quite high. I like this beer a lot but, boy, does it have some bite!

Nov 17, 2015
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S32 from California

4.47/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pretty great saison. Not my favorite de garde but something I could drink all day any day.

Color is a murky yellow with a nice head that quickly clears. Smells of lemon, lacto, and has that de garde funk to it. Taste is quite tart, hints of white wine grapes and a little citrus. Mouth feel could have used a tinge more carbonation. Finishes dry and stays on the tongue for a bit.

De garde does it again!

Nov 16, 2015
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Mehinaman from Washington

4.17/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Very solid saison. Sour, but not mouth puckering. Tastes or lemon and grape. Not the best saison I have ever had, but I would certainly drink it again

Nov 13, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to JM03 for hooking me up with a bomber of this several months back. Poured into a 22oz snifter, the brew appears a clear golden color with quick dissolving head.

This smells of wild sourness somewhat fruity. A touch of lactic yogurt and spoiled grain character like sour mashed grain. Upon closer inspection lots more lemony fruitness.

The taste is very tart and lemony with greek yogurt. There is a yeastiness to this suggesting sour mash almost like spoiled grain meets sourkraut, cream corn and grapefruit juice. Sounds strange but quite good.

This is medium bodied with modest carbonation. It is sharp and lactic sour with solid sour mash profile. Some good stuff though not the barrel aged saison I was expecting.

Sep 23, 2015
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More_betterness from California

4.16/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear copper body topped with a fizzy one finger head. Head recedes quickly, reminding me more of an AWA than the adjunct heavy saisons I'm used to.

S: Lemon zest, peach, and musty funk upfront. A hint of white grape skins and vinegar as it warms.

T: Big hit of acidity followed by tart apricot and peach. Would have guessed there was some kind of stone fruit added if tasting blind. Oaky white wine closes things out.

M: Medium bodied and effervescent, with a tannic, drying finish that lingers after each sip.

O: Great beer that I would gladly drink again. Firmly toeing that AWA line that many "saisons" seem to be flirting with, and that's not necessarily a bad thing!

Sep 23, 2015
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle shared at the Malt House while waiting for Great Taste tickets.

Appears lighter orange, a bit of yellow hue, one finger white head with good retention, no lacing. Thin white collar persists for the most part. Smells of lemon, a bit of citrus, mostly tart vinegar, white wine grape sweetness, small bit of oak, a fair amount of lactic acid, earthy and slightly herbal. Flavour consists of white wine, oak, mild lactic acid, some vinegar, a bit of citrus, mild amounts of funk. It's tart and sour, but with a fair amount of complexity. The feel is medium bodied, good carbonation, dry, refreshing. Overall, a solid tarter saison with a nice complexity to it, drinkable and refreshing. Very solid.

May 03, 2015
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DefenCorps from Oregon

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

On tap at the brewery and again out of a bottle at home.

A clear light orange with a dense white head with decent retention, this looks great. The nose is a blend of lemony sounds, earthy and mushroom funk, moderate lactic character, a touch off cow pie and a mild white wine character. Not particularly saison like, there isn't much of the dry, crisp, cracker and spice that the clean versions exhibit. Mild stone fruit character with apricots present

The palate opens sour, juicy and lemony with semi ripe yellow peaches, dry and mineraly white wine, and a mild floral flavor. The mid palate keeps the focus on the sour elements, with preserved lemons, a mild lactic acid flavor. Oak add a touch of vanilla. Drying and sour on the finish with a lingering apricot flavor, this is juicy and refreshing. Pretty darned excellent.

Mar 29, 2015
Saison Premiere from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 149 ratings