The Anniversary | 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 blend of three years of golden wild ale aged in oak barrels.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 75
Photo of agalvin13
4.9/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Tasted next to a 2013 cantillon gueuze.

Definitely in contention to be considered in the top 5 american gueuzes out there. It was a lot sharper and had more citrus like acidity than the cantillon we drank along side it. Has a good amount of funk on the nose but a little less hay and barnyard compared to the cantillon but still has those qualities in spades. Every one at the tasting agreed this beer had a more intense flavor but the acidity made it a little less drinkable than the cantillon. I find this to be true of many sour acidic beers. The first few drinks are amazing until you start feeling a pucker in your jaw. However, these beers tend to be remembered long after you are done drinking them due to the intensity of their flavor. To me this was better than DDG, it had an earthier more natural funk to it and was much more typical of the belgian guezue style but with an american flair and more acidity. A+ beer. Until we meet again.

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Photo of imonhiatus
4.57/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

thank you so much to my man mark for sharing this with me after I opened my bottle in a drunken stupor and didn't remember a thing about it. such an incredible brew...amazing that this was brewed stateside. the nose is super barnyard funk and the taste is classic geueze with that American wild ale deGarde sour tart over the top. really enjoyable and opened up amazingly as it warmed. great body too.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.63/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Haze, fine bubbles, straw yellow. Rarely are lambic style beers beautiful; this follows suit. Smell is lemon rind, hay bales baking in the sun, washed rind cheese ... that Tillamook terroir. Pops with citrus and a deeper funk, some chewy grist as it warms. Flavor tranforms over the bottle, from bright citrus to a revealing more barnyard depths. A beautiful beer and a sign that the De Garde lambic style blending program is on track.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.38/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared at GRG1313's tasting.

Pours a murky light orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is sour with grain, fruit, funk, earth, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, earth, funk, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer that is super tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.49/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a straw-yellow, orange hued body, one finger white head with good retention; drops into a medium collar. Occasional splotches of lacing. Smells of lemon, oak, hay, must, mild hair perm (similar to Broken Truck), a bit of bready sweetness. It smells identical to Broken Truck. Flavour is similarly lemon-forward, some citrus peel, oak, must, moderate acidity, mild lactic character. Nice complexity; it is remarkably similar to Broken Truck, although as it warms up, it seems to lose a fair bit of intensity and complexity in comparison. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, substantial and soft; moderate depth. Seems to fall off as it warms up. Overall, a very nice blend, very similar to Broken Truck, and for your money, a better option.

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Photo of KevSal
4.78/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Split with my wife at fritti misto in hermosa beach.

What better beer to have on our anniversary.

Wow I'm glad they changed the style from American wild to gueze because this has to be the closest thing over ever had to an American gueze. Lemon zest in the flavor, amazing funk, highly recommend

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Photo of GRG1313
5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A recent beer tasting (5/15/15) of five relatively experienced beer drinkers, who admittedly have not tried all American Gueuzes, agreed that this was the best American Gueuze we'd ever tasted.

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Photo of kscaldef
4.7/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

2500th review

A: Nice golden color, not much head but a little. Slight haze. Lots of fine bubbles. Would be well to-style were it not for a substantial amount of particulate floating around. (Bottle had been refrigerated upright for a day before opening, so this is a bit odd.)

S: Hay, lemon, funk. Lovely.

T: Bright, citrusy, mild acidity. Second pour picks up a little bitterness and is a little less bright, but still quite good.

M: Nicely carbonated, light in the mouth, lingers pleasantly.

O: A very fine Tillambic. I'm not a believer that there's anything magical about the Senne valley. This is made in the traditional manner, and stands up to the best gueuze Belgium has to offer.

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Photo of anteater
4.69/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A: Clear golden, bubbly, small white head. Gorgeous.

S: I knew from experience that their lambic inspired ales (The Lucy, The Boysen etc...) have a bit of a strong aroma when the bottle is first opened. This is no exception, the funk is in your face big time. The funk is strong, the funk is a bit different, but the funk is uniquely de Garde, an the funk is amazing.

T: Gueuze. This is the closest American Wild I've had to real lambic. Beatification is up there too, but The Anniversary has more complexity/funk over extreme sourness. Lemon, hay, oak. Just the right amount of acidity. Holy hell, I savored every sip and enjoyed half the bottle for well almost two hours. This is one very funky beer, but so well balanced.

M: Perfect. Not too crisp, not too thick, just enough bubbles to compliment the taste.

O: Really phenomenal stuff. Similar to lambic in so many ways yet so uniquely "de Garde" at the same time. Remarkably balanced and so incredibly delicious.

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The Anniversary from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.52 out of 5 with 75 ratings