The Broken Truck
de Garde Brewing

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Style:
American Wild Ale
Ranked #6
ABV:
5%
Score:
100
Ranked #81
Avg:
4.63 | pDev: 6.48%
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
330
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de Garde Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
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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.
Reviews: 41 | Ratings: 330 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by AndyEdgar:
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4.71/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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Photo of doughanson78
5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Been a while since I've actually written a review. But this beer deserves it. And apparently nobody else will give their written opinion.

Aroma is classic geuze. Super funky, with hints of hay, grass, and barnyard funk. Light fruity notes.
The taste is the same. Funky and tart. Not overly sour or acidic like some de Garde can be to some folks.

This is a beautiful beer in everyway. Easily in my top 5 ever.
Definitely worth trading for. I've got another left and I'll still be ISO.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle into a Cantillon Zwanze taster. Enjoyed with friends.

Appearance: Hazy goldenrod, a loose white head dissipates fast but leaves a very persistent thin crown. No lacing to speak of.

Smell: Lots of funk, tart lemon rind and herb. Lots of oak, hints of vanilla. Hibiscus and lemon is the overwhelming flavor. Hints of rubber, light alcohol.

Taste: Hibiscus comes through stronger, really strong lemon here too. Herbal funk character evokes basil, perhaps. Oak and vanilla flavor on the finish, imagine a lemon cream type deal.

Mouthfeel: Bone dry, high carb. Exactly what I want in a beer like this.

Overall: If someone knows of a better brewer of American Lambic than De Garde, they're lying.

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Photo of Kurmaraja
4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smell had an initial sulphurous element - the notorious Tilla-funk or "cow farts" - that disippated with a bit of time and swirling. Carbonation is abundant, but not excessive, so decanting might be an option to consider. Regardless, if that initial note is there I definitely suggest waiting a few minutes at the very least before diving in. The funk is still quite heavy - damp hay and some wet loam, the pungent perfumed note of fermenting organic matter. Which isn't to say that it's all dirty; there's clean malt in the background with a juicy fruit (lemon, yuzu) and herbal notes. Closing with oak, vanilla. Perfect carb and acidity.

Oneof the few places really exploring what traditional lambic production methods imported to the US will deliver. Much more in the Cantillon vein than the less barnyard / rustic products from Allagash and Russian River.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.59/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle. Served in a stemmed glass.

Pours a light copper body, slightly hazy, one finger white head with good retention, not much lacing. Medium white collar. Smells of sweet funk, hay, tons of lemon, straw, oak, sweet pale malt. Honestly, there is a bit of hair perm smell to it, but in a good way as I can't find any better descriptor. Nice complexity to it. Smells moderately acidic as well, but balanced with the malt sweetness and citrus. Flavour is impressive; fairly tart with lemon, hay, oak, slight burnt rubber (in a good way), mild citrus, mild bread. Quite complex and really, really tasty. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, soft and substantial; nice depth to this beer. It holds up longer at room temperature than The Anniversary and even develops a bit more nuance to it as it warms. Overall, it's certainly not a 4.88 (rAvg as of this writing), but it's a very complex, nuanced and interesting geuze-type blend. I would say though, for the price of admission, The Anniversary is a far better option. Objectively though, it's a very good offering from De Garde and one of the better geuze-type AWAs out there.

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Photo of jaydoc
4.76/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Batch 1. de Garde has captured the essence of the Senne Valley yeast with this one. Beautiful golden haze. Barnyard and wheat aromas. Dry, mildly acidic, tart. Medium body mouthfeel. One of the best beers I've had to date.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer pours a light hay colored yellow, crystal clear (some haze @ the bottom), and is topped by a thin white head that doesn't lace. The nose is ripe - zesty citrus & funk, both quaffable and pungent. And the beer drinks with a heavy dose of culture to it, one that would make penicillin quiver, but also maintains a light, citrusy airiness to it when swished. There is undeniable palate-coating funk with each sip - this beer definitely "brings it" with forcefulness compared to the typical light bodied berliner bangers de garde puts out. Although medium bodied, it's booming with oak and funk and pillowed by generous carbonation. It's very easy drinking, some lingering aged hops in the finish. This beer carries sincere promise for age-ability, but the test of time will tell. I'd absolutely try this again and think for the price-point this is a serious contender for that coveted gueuzie dollar.

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Photo of anteater
4.89/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer pours clear, golden and bubbly. The aroma is out of this world and it hits you as soon as you open the bottle - massive funk, pungent and amazing. The taste follows with a heavy funk, balanced perfectly with acidity, lemon, oak. Basically this tastes like a gueuze in all the best ways while still maintaining its uniquely "de Garde" character. Mouthfeel is dry, high carb, really brings out the flavor. Overall, this is easily my favorite beer from de Garde and possibly the best beer I've ever had.

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5/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Casey3236
4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of seangibbs60
4.67/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of aaronyoung01
4.47/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of mrn1ceguy
4.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of michaeljstraub
4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.7/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.6/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

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4.69/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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4.64/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The Broken Truck from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 100 out of 100 with 330 ratings