The Broken Truck
de Garde Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #7
Ranked #91
4.61 | pDev: 6.29%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
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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Benish from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev -6.9%
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
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CraftFan5 from New Jersey

4.16/5  rDev -9.8%
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
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benzalman from California

4.54/5  rDev -1.5%
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
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Bottle, blend 3, purchased at The Tin Bucket.

A clear copper with a dense, white head with good retention and minimal lacing, this looks solid. The nose is pretty excellent. Insanely funky with preserved lemon, earth, mushroom, petrichor, light honey, floral orange blossoms, grapefruit pith. The dry, dusty, mineraly funk is just awesome. Dried mushroom for days. Delicate elderflower funk notes are present.

The palate opens tart and lactic, a blend of earthy and mushroomy funk, complementing the sourness quite well. The sourness is reserved, not only for the style, but also given the age and the fact that this is an older de Garde. Remarkably well balanced, there are undercurrents of peach and pear. The funk on the palate is just fantastic, with layers of earth, leather, mushroom, cobwebs and must, and yes, some horseblanket as well. Drying, tart on the finish with a moderate carbonation, flavors of earth and mushroom linger. Highly recommended, especially for fans of the funk. Truly old world like.

Nov 14, 2020
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stevoj from Idaho

4/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at de Grade for 6th Anniversary. End of bottle pour.. Pale golde, light, effervescent. Aroma and taste offer notes of Apples, grapes, funk. Plenty of pucker left in this.

Nov 01, 2019
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GRG1313 from California

4.5/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What has become a standard to which others are compared for American Wild Ale. Too bad it's so limited as it should be enjoyed by all. A world class beer.

Sep 19, 2019
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GreatStoutman from Texas

4.84/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled 1/19 - beautiful straw color, thin cream head hangs out. Smells like citrus and bread, tastes similar with a lot of complexity. Really easy to drink with medium tartness. Love it

Sep 14, 2019
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BEER88 from Washington

4.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Almost a full 5! Extremely complex with all kinds of fruit/spice/earth. No adjunct beer but lots of aging in barrels. Bravo! Enjoyed a bottle at the brewery in tillamook. 2019 vintage!

Sep 03, 2019
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hopley from Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Batch 5, bottled January, 2019, drank over two nights in September, 2019 first from a Hill Farmstead stemmed wineglass, then from a Tree House Teku.

A beautiful looking beer that hit all the right notes from the look, feel and smell departments, same as others have described. The taste, again, hitting on those same descriptions, was good, but for me it ended up being just too acidic; I even had to ditch the last couple ounces as my stomach had had enough. Usually I'm ok with excessively wild wilds, etc. but the acidity for this version of BT (only one I've tried), was off the charts for me - it didn't actually taste "overly" acidic; the taste was really pretty good, it was more the effect that the acidic component had on my stomach. I have read this in a couple other reviews so not sure if this is typical of all BTs, or if it was more isolated to this batch. Or maybe some more time in the bottle would have helped? Either way, it was a bit of a disappointment, especially for a beer that I had waited so long to try and so eagerly anticipated.

Sep 02, 2019
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a slightly hazy golden yellow color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This smells like white wine, sour candy, peach, citrus, oak, and a deep dirty funk.

This has the complexity of actual Belgian lambic for sure, but maybe a bit more brash and aggressive than the most traditional takes. There's lots of white wine and white fruit flavors (white peach, white grape, etc). There's also bit of citrus rind and pepper, and definitely some spicy oak. This is so wonderfully delicious.

This is light bodied, clean, and very drinkable, with not a ton of lingering acidity.

This is definitely one of the best beers that de Garde has done - it's mighty good.

Aug 08, 2019
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.46/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

for how hyped up this particular one is, it is nowhere near my favorite beer from de garde so far, and frankly nowhere near the objective best, if thats not nitpicking at this point (all of them being so fantastic). i love the story of this, but from the bottle, it didnt blow me away to the extent that some of their others have, especially some of the fruited ones. its really sour, more acidic than i remember most of them being, and that slows down drinkability a bit for sure, even with the amazing carbonation, soft round mouthfeel, and relative dryness to finish, its still just a slow sipper for me, which is probably how lambic should be anyway, but its sour enough to be harsh in the belly, and thats over the line for my preferences. perhaps this is a product of it being in the bottle too long, being a lambic type i was in no rush to open it, but not all of these age favorably apparently. the yeast profile under the acid is fantastic, musty bretty and funky, with distinct juicy fruitiness to it, white wine, apricots, even ripe pears, its rustic and interesting, but with the acid its pretty aggressive. the oak is sturdy here too, grounding and dense all the way through which i really like, it seems sort of oddly hoppy, like they definitely didnt use hops aged down to zero alpha acid, and if they did, there are some weird organic compounds in the mix here somehow. its got like a fruity linger in the finish i dont normally associate with the style. despite the developed brett and heavy wood, this doesnt seem as mature to me as i would have expected for something modeled on gueuze with the different vintages in the blend, less of the iodine medicinal character than the old world ones bring, and less of the hayloft agricultural harvest rustic character, this is almost too refined to fit that bill, not a criticism just a commentary. i think id like it more if the sourness were less, and dont get me wrong i still love it, but i would take a great many of their other beers before i took this one in a hypothetical draft of their best beers. always a treat to have their stuff though, and i can safely cross off this bucket list brew for now...

edit: this was leagues better the second time around for me, less acidity, a lot more nuance to the wild yeast profile, and with a fresh hoppy character to it at the end, tons of white wine, elderflower, and even white peach, its goegeous, and was a standout from a heavy session of amazing beers. not sure why it didnt taste like this the first time around, but i hve a raise a few scores to reflect how good it was this time. huge thanks to my buddy for sharing his bottle!

Jan 18, 2019
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pmarlowe from Virginia

4.39/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Batch 4. Bottled 1/18.

A: Pours a pale golden, somewhat hazy, with two fingers of white foamy head. Very good retention and some dots and streaks of lacing. Champagne-like effervescence.

S: Musty and dusty (in a good way) like a wine cellar, moderate amount of earthy funk, and light apple and graininess. A very appealing and elegant expression of Brett.

T: Upfront, light apple, tartness, sweet graininess, and earthy barnyard upfront; followed by light earthy funk, apple, and some sweet maltiness. Almost no sourness.

M: Medium body, medium and fizzy carbonation.

O: Amazing, Bretty nose. The taste is a bit subdued but still enjoyable.

Jan 16, 2019
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Vidblain from Minnesota

4.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This bottle came out of left field - a tremendous and very welcome surprise. One of the newer members of our share group is a form member of the Urban Family team and has a deep selection of brewery bottles and west coast stuff - including, apparently, this specific bottle.

The beer pours a light gold, mostly transparently, with a hugely funky nose. It's fairly sour and funky, with a medium mouth feel, and a bit of tartness. Slightly acetic, though my stomach had been suffering all evening long from sours. The finish does not linger, so it's fairly pleasantly clean.

Fantastic - this stands up to hype and reputation. I'm quite thankful, having been able to try it.

Nov 05, 2018
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Zach_Attack from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

04/2016 - This is a superb American representation of a gueuze; incredible minerality on the nose, plus funk, barnyard, oak; the palate is lightly creamy, funky, earthy, and a touch of lemon zest; so excited to see how this matures!

Sep 26, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pineapple juice yellow with a large fuzzy white froth that dies quickly to a lightly spotty film.

Smell is pungent, sweaty apricot, aged hops, grapefruit and weed.

Taste is smoother than the nose suggests, but still pungent of peach and grapefruit, sort of like the 2013 Vigneronne we just had before it. Actually this is better, but the Vig seemed a bit off, as though it hadn't aged well. This BT also has a touch of lemon rind. As it warms, and you get closer to the sediment, the oaky funky actually becomes a bit cedary--very unique!

Effervescent froth runs through the prickly, wildly complex and tart medium body with a semi-dry finish.


May 24, 2018
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edthehead from New York

4.94/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

B3. Massive oak, funk, tart, acidic, rustic lambic/gueuze. Dark golden oaky appearance, long lasting head, and delicate lacing. Lemon and grapefruit rind lingers on the palate. Full bodied acidic mouth feel. So satisfying!

Aug 28, 2017
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Shogun250 from Vermont

4.79/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Rating is for B1 poured 8 Wow didn't think this was going to live up to the hype, but I thought it was geuzey, rich, acidic, but not over the top. Had some citrus qualities. For the price I think DDG B2 is still a better get but I think if it was straight up I would take this. Great american styled geuze, lambic. One of a kind.

Aug 10, 2017
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RAlmeida77 from Massachusetts

4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 3 poured into de Garde shooter glass. Pours semi clear with minimal head that dissipates quick. Aroma is funk and oak. Flavor is an explosion of funk and oak...lots of barrel in this yet so perfectly balanced. Feel is high carb, light on the palate. Champagne like. Overall, outstanding wild ale. Funky, tart and oaky.

Jun 25, 2017
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gcamparone from Rhode Island

4.59/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 3 poured from a 750mL bottle into a De Garde snifter. Thanks Ryan for sharing this bottle!

Pours a hazy golden orange body with a twin finger white head that reduces slowly to leave a ring of retention and spotty lacing.

On the nose, lots of woody oak, comes through with a funky saison yeast aroma.. grassy, citrus and lactic, spices, funk, yeasty, grassy, and an almost cedar-like smell.

On the tongue is a nicely balanced tartness with tons of oaky saison notes, funky barnyard, spices, green apple, and a cedary taste come through, white wine, champagne-like but not too dry. Medium-high carbonation and easy drinking, medium-light body.

This was totally worth the hype and I'm glad I got to try it. A superbly balanced and flavorful wild.

Jun 24, 2017
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Lochnessmonster from Florida

4.56/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shockingly tasty - I know it's very highly rated, but for some reason I just didn't trust it to be as good as it was. Very easy drinking with a wonderful overall flavor. Probably my favorite de Garde to date.

Jan 30, 2017
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Ready4aHeady from New York

4.6/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2 is a delicious beer with just the right amount of sour, funk, and barrel presence... pillowy and light but with a nice full mouthfeel.... very balanced with complex flavors that keep coming for minutes after you swallow.... worthy of the hype!

Nov 27, 2016
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danh53 from Florida

4.57/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Light orange color with no head. Intense aroma. Tart with stone fruit, lemon, oak, green apple. Apple becomes more pronounced on the taste as it warms. Aggressive oak barrel, tannins, and lactic acid. Grapefruit, lemon. Mouth feel is medium to full. It's a little too acidic to be elite, but this is a fantastic beer. It reminds me of a lot of side project beers because it is so intense and sour.

Oct 26, 2016
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AMCimpi from New York

4.72/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Batch 2

A: Golden straw with some head that doesn't want to stick around.
S: Bleu cheese, green apples, pears, lemon peel, oak tannins, musty cellar.
T: Every sip is different. The initial is of earthy, bleu cheese funky, dirty dishwater. Dive into the second and here comes some of those green apples, but with the skin still on there and some of the pears. Third sip brings out the lemon peel and the oak. It has that aged beer taste, hard to explain, but if you've drank older vintages of gueuze you get what I'm saying.
M: It has that heavy lactic acid burn, very dry finish. Mouthfeel is a little muddled for me, starts out medium but because of that aggressive sour, leaves a little watery at the very end. Now I'm not rating it low for this, because it's still awesome, but after the DDG's soft, pillowy mouthfeel, I kind of wanted that.
O: This beer is killer. So reminiscent of a Cantillon Gueuze to me. A ton of funk and such depth of flavors. Super complex and just a pleasure to drink.

Oct 14, 2016
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YodersBeerEmporium from Iowa

4.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to my buddy Mat for tracking this down and sharing! This was Batch 1 and it didn't disappoint! Tons of juicy tart fruit! Would love to try batch 2 as well!

Sep 17, 2016
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lupercmda from North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Pours a nice golden lemony yellow with a nice 1 inch head in the snifter. Smells of lemony rind with a nice funky sour smell. Taste is like the smell with a nice smooth tartness and a wonderful oak barrel finish. A awesome beer.

Sep 17, 2016
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