The Broken Truck
de Garde Brewing

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de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #5
Ranked #86
4.58 | pDev: 6.33%
May 01, 2022
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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4.02 by Affinity from Missouri on May 01, 2022
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4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by JohnnyHopps from Indiana

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
4.5 by not2quick from Missouri on Jan 20, 2022
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4.9/5  rDev +7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
by jb_4226 from Texas

#103, good stuff!

Jan 18, 2022
4.5 by Bum4ever from California on Jan 03, 2022
4.44 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Dec 28, 2021
4.53 by MaximumYuks from Oregon on Dec 22, 2021
4.4 by GeorgeAKeim from Oregon on Dec 18, 2021
4.46 by paresis from Massachusetts on Oct 29, 2021
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4.67/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bret27 from California

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
4.48 by allenson21 from New York on Aug 28, 2021
4.28 by dmb987 from New York on Jul 30, 2021
4.53 by Lucoli from New York on Jul 24, 2021
4.51 by clay23 from New York on Jul 24, 2021
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4.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by npolachek from New York

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
4.85 by MJSFS from Florida on May 05, 2021
4.1 by duceswild from Heard & McDonald Islands on May 03, 2021
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4.29/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Benish from Wisconsin

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
4.31 by oddlandf from Washington on Apr 19, 2021
4.25 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts on Mar 27, 2021
4 by TimG_0913 from Delaware on Mar 07, 2021
4.6 by goleeoh from Michigan on Mar 04, 2021
4.5 by cp45 from New Jersey on Feb 19, 2021
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4.16/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
by CraftFan5 from New Jersey

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
5 by Yungcoolship from Wisconsin on Feb 05, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by benzalman from California

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
4.49 by mdaschaf from Indiana on Jan 03, 2021
4.2 by SG_H44 from Korea (South) on Jan 02, 2021
4.66 by Zaximus from Colorado on Jan 01, 2021
4.5 by Nedster10 from Michigan on Dec 31, 2020
4.46 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Dec 25, 2020
4.17 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Nov 30, 2020
4.21 by farnold from New York on Nov 15, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by DefenCorps from Oregon

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
4.44 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut on Nov 06, 2020
4.33 by David_Menendez from Pennsylvania on Oct 03, 2020
4.5 by jheimbigner from Washington on Sep 19, 2020
4.84 by Hopelessly0 from California on Aug 22, 2020
4.43 by Eziel from Ohio on Jul 30, 2020
4.75 by MTKATL from Georgia on Jul 27, 2020
The Broken Truck from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 380 ratings