The Broken Truck
de Garde Brewing

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de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #82
4.58 | pDev: 6.33%
Apr 25, 2023
May 19, 2015
The Broken TruckThe Broken Truck
Notes: Shortly after we started distributing, we had our cursed old brewery truck break down while carrying a load of kegs to our distributor. Our distributor was about to close for the weekend, and we had no way to get them there in time, and nowhere to store them in good condition during the opressively hot weather. As is our habit during times of stress, we sought a cold beer at the newly opened taproom and growler station around the corner, Tin Bucket. After chatting with the owner, he expressed his disappointment at not being able to get our beer. To cut it short, he and his partner bought the entire truckload, saving not just the beer, but quite literally our business.

This beer is for them. We worked with them to blend this from three different years of our lambic inspired barrels. We chose a blend with a beautiful and expressive Brett character that has only blossomed during its extended conditioning. Our favorite beer to date.
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Rated: 4.68 by notchucknorris from California

Apr 25, 2023
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Man if I had to put potentially the best beers of 2022 against each other, it might be this and that Gueuze from New Glarus. Whooo boy, some good'uns. This is the '22 bottle.

Pours yellow out on the river. Summer winding down, let's finish it up. Hits some amazing funky sour spontaneous notes. And they said it couldn't be done on this side of the pond. Just a delight to smell. The best of what Tilamook has to offer. Boasts fresh french oak feels, bugs, grapefruit, lemon rind, bleu cheese, green apple yogurt. The gang's all here.

The taste was such a nice thing, great bottle on one of those awesome yet sad close to summer beers. Made it memorable. Its vibrant, fresh cut hay and oak alongside some citrus wedges like you just stomped some kids at youth soccer. One of the best expressions of brett ever in a beer. Sawft body too, never felt too acidic or sour. This is honestly better than most Belgian gueuzes. I realize given the demographics of beer nerds, they're going to keep fetishizing Western Europe, but I'll be more than happy to take any of these Wisconsin and Oregon gems off your hands.
Mar 13, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by Skellbop from New York

Nov 27, 2022
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Reviewed by WickedBeer from Alabama

4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Opened up No. 6 (1/20), 7 (1/21), and 8 (1/22) together and tasted side-by-side.

All three boasted a beautiful golden yellow on the pour, with frothy, aromatic head that was slow to settle into the body of the beer.

No.6 brought notes of lemon zest, oak, and white grape must on a sweet, musty backbone. No. 7 came on sweeter, with more of a citrus candy quality and a bit less Brett character. The oak component had more of a "freshly cut" aroma to it, and preceded notes of bleu cheese that I didn't get on No.6. No.8 was probably the most distinctly unique; white wine like with 7, but more of a grapefruit-specific citrus quality and a deeper complexity of wet hay and an overall better balance of sweet & funky.

The palate on all three of these were led predominantly with drying tannin and bitter citrus peel. The oakiness was relatively similar amongst the three and bolstered the flavor influence from the yeast bill, however while No.8 showed its youth with the least amount of bitterness, 7 & 8 had comparable dryness and a more noticeable citrusy bitterness. No. 6 was also had the highest level of residual puckering tartness.

Light-bodied, dry, and lightly bitter mouthfeel to all three. As mentioned, varying levels of tartness / acid, but all very soft in their carbonation and smooth in the finish.

Overall, I'm honestly surprised with how similar each vintage of these beers was. Each had their own unique nuances, but when broken down you could find very similar characteristics on both the nose and the palate with both, characterizing a predominance of fresh oak, Brett, bitter citrus, drying tannin, and a noticeable albeit subtle funky/cheesy quality on the backbone. Definitely fun to have these all side-by-side.
Nov 06, 2022
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Reviewed by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
OG batch 1 Broken Truck.
Classic de Garde taste, similar in quality to all of the "Bu" beers that were bottled during the brewery's infancy.
It lacks the nuance of Trevor's newer offerings; minimal funk, lesser barrel treatment, aggressively sour.
Overall, a legendary beer whose story was greater than its contents.
Nov 01, 2022
Rated: 4.59 by Zekenyce from New Jersey

Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 4.52 by timmy2b from New York

Aug 30, 2022
Rated: 4.63 by JAWS from New York

Jun 22, 2022
Rated: 4.57 by crobinso from Colorado

Jun 13, 2022
Rated: 4.02 by Affinity from Missouri

May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Appearance - The beer, from a double sealed bottle, poured a golden color with an aggressively bubbled white head.

Smell - The brett character came out in the nose with a degree of bitterness.

Taste - Grass, green apples, and a brett character that really stands out. The finish had a bitter earthy quality. It was not particularly sour, but it definitely brought the funk.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation was aggressive, quickly sweeping away any sweetness.

Overall - No fruits or adjuncts are needed. This was great.
Mar 13, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by not2quick from Missouri

Jan 20, 2022
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Rated by jb_4226 from Texas

4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
#103, good stuff!
Jan 18, 2022
Rated: 4.5 by Bum4ever from California

Jan 03, 2022
Rated: 4.44 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Dec 28, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by MaximumYuks from Oregon

Dec 22, 2021
Rated: 4.4 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon

Dec 18, 2021
Rated: 4.46 by paresis from Massachusetts

Oct 29, 2021
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Reviewed by bret27 from California

4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Bottle courtesy of chardlogic.
1/21 bottling.
#7 batch I believe.
Label states blended from the last four years.
Really great blend. Tastes like an authentic aged gueuze from one of the Belgian masters.
Sep 05, 2021
Rated: 4.48 by allenson21 from New York

Aug 28, 2021
Rated: 4.28 by dmb987 from New York

Jul 30, 2021
Rated: 4.53 by Lucoli from New York

Jul 24, 2021
Rated: 4.51 by clay23 from New York

Jul 24, 2021
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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Solid beer - great balance to everything. Also great color to this beer and amazing offering. Looks like straw and has a dankness. Tastes like Belgium from Oregon.
May 31, 2021
Rated: 4.85 by MJSFS from Florida

May 05, 2021
Rated: 4.1 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands

May 03, 2021
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Reviewed by Benish from Utah

4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
It poured a hazy peach color with a foamy white head. The nose is earthy, musty and very floral with notes of lemon and melon. The taste is surprisingly bitter with heavy notes of grapefruit pith. Minimally sour but still has that lambic funk with a cider quality and mild lactic acidity. The mouthfeel is light bodied with mild acidity. Its actually not harsh on the palate, quite easy to drink.

Overall: its a great beer. Not as complex as I expected, but its simplicity is not a bad thing. Its quite similar to to FFG Last Four Winters in Wisconsin and New Glarus Vintage series. It would be fun to have them all side by side.
Apr 26, 2021
Rated: 4.31 by oddlandf from Washington

Apr 19, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

Mar 27, 2021
Rated: 4 by TimG_0913 from Delaware

Mar 07, 2021
Rated: 4.6 by goleeoh from Michigan

Mar 04, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by cp45 from New Jersey

Feb 19, 2021
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Reviewed by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
7 February 2021 - Beer #227 - BA Top 250 Alert!

Acquired via trade
Rank: #86 on Beer Advocate

Appearance: 5 - looks a bit like apple juice. It's as clear as can be with a lovely, fluffy white head.

Nose: 4 - smells just like The Lily. White wine. EXTREMELY funky.

Taste: 4 - weird, it's actually kind of bitter. It's very sout, but it's got this vinegary quality to it. Good, but not amazing. Like a fine gueuze.

Mouth: 5 - bubbles galore. Impressive how it doesn't feel overly carbonated despite the bubbles.

Overall: 4 - tasty, well made, but odd.

Feb 08, 2021
Rated: 5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin

Feb 05, 2021
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Reviewed by benzalman from California

4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Really awesome and complex offering from De Garde. As a member, this beer is one of the ones I most look forward to each and every year. Absolutely worth seeking out.
Jan 04, 2021
Rated: 4.49 by mdaschaf from Indiana

Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 4.2 by SG_H44 from Korea (South)

Jan 02, 2021
Rated: 4.66 by Zaximus from Colorado

Jan 01, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Nedster10 from Michigan

Dec 31, 2020
Rated: 4.46 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Dec 25, 2020
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