Tableau Rouge | de Garde Brewing

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Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A wild red ale fermented and aged extensively in oak foeder. Bold Brettanomyces character with a brisk acidity. Subtle notes of tart red fruit marry with delicate oak tannins to make this characterful to savor, but approachable enough to have several.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 105
Photo of BEERchitect
4.1/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Playing off the Flemish styles of red and brown ale, the Pacific Northwest brewers are not without inspiration diving head first into a sour red style that's laced with oak and dark fruit. Its brunt of microfloral deepens its sourness and promotes burgundy wine aspirations.

de Garde's Tableau Rouge's autumn stained rust body carries burnt orange and tawny brown edges as its scent rolls off the rim of the tulip with dried citrus, cider, dark fruit corkish must and a vinous red wine twang. To taste, its the robust toasty and nutty sweetness that greets the front of the tongue before the sourness and more earthen tones develop.

But over the course of the middle palate, the ale dries and its sweetness dissolves. Dried lemon and lime begin to link up with the intense sourness of crabapple while its deep and dark cherry, plum, blackberry and currant character provides and surprisingly rich taste. A pep of cocoa and peanut skins charge in late, en route to a finish of light leather and weathered oak.

Medium-bodied, the beer's upfront creaminess quickly recedes to a dry cider and sour wine finish. Its peppery acidity tightens the taste and promotes a light medicinal taste with fruit and damp burlap alive in a short aftertaste.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.2/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Wild red from a fouder - one of the few De Garde beers to see some limited distribution. Pop the cap and a big burst of fruit jumps out at you. Primarily strawberry and cherry, but perhaps a touch of raspberry and currant as well. That moves into a musty pasture funk. The flavor is more muted on the fruit (though this may be a factor of age; it's approaching a year in bottle), still delivers strawberry / cherry, but there's a strong leather and cocoa note in the middle, finishing in the Tillamook cow pastures. Moderate acidity, no vinegar. This strikes me as a fruitier, lighter version of an early release, Loak.

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Photo of CraftFan5
4.4/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into a champagne flute.

A - A bit browner than I expected, as I thought it would be more reddish like a Flanders. It's a burnt orange with an off-white head. Head is sticking around for a while, which is nice.

N - Ooo I smell the tartness. Cherries, raspberries, maybe apples? Yummy!

T - Very tart! Not as sweet as a Flanders, which I think is good. Honestly it's not very complex, but I get that strong foundation that's important for a good sour. I still get a hint of cherry, but not much else other than the sourness.

M - Lots of bubbles, and it's somewhat buttery without being smooth. Very dry on the finish.

O - Another winner from de Garde. Haven't had anything from them I haven't liked. Got one more.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Joe for this one!
Dark reddish orange, lightly hazed, finely beaded carb.
Overripe fruit aroma, funky pineapple Brett.
Tart crabapple, light toasted malt. True to the Flanders tradition of blending old sour beer and young malty beer to achieve a balance. Overall this is more of a Flanders Red style wise. Interesting and worth a try.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.44/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Deep hazy amber. Medium khaki head and a thin collar.

Smell - Kinda acidic and malty. Oaky. Musty. Eh.

Taste - Pleasant tartness. Malty, although it's been completely dried out. Comes off as toasty. Very oaky in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Well carbonated. Dry. Moderate sourness.

Overall - Pleasant, although not a lot going on.

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Photo of Moose90
4.33/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22oz bottle

A – Copper hued amber, thin white head, lacing is minimal and almost nonexistent.

S – Tart, bright fruits, cherry, cranberry, lime, tangerine, vinegar, musty, oaky.

T – Sour, crisp, dry, lemon juice and rind, salty, caramel sweetness.

M – High carbonation and effervescence, almost champagne like, clean finish.

O – Very complex, yet approachable and tasty, tart and unique.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.74/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Adding writing after aging. Still really good! Like drinking dry red wine in Europe. Wish it was less expensive, but very fruity sour and tasty so I won't complain.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.77/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Volcanic Bottle Shoppe in Hood River.

A hazy red with a thin, off white head, this looks decent. The nose is a nerdy, vinegar heavy Flemish red, with plenty of red wine, earth, leather, sherry, grape must, moderate oak tannins, moderate vanilla. Quite complex!

The palate is stomach churning site but enough fruitiness to make seem like a good idea. Red wine, red wine vinegar, leather, earth, vanilla,as well as potent lemony sourness. Sour cherries and some stone fruit character is present as well. The mid palate is dominated by the vinegar brightness, very fruity and flavorful. Drying and sour on the finish, this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and very, very sour. Imagine what newer Oude Tart would be if it was clean and not an unholy mess and this is what it'd be. Delicious. Recommended.

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Tableau Rouge from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.15 out of 5 with 105 ratings