de Garde Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #108
Ranked #1,460
4.37 | pDev: 5.95%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Notes: A golden wild ale, aged in oak wine barrels, then refermented on Oregon Blackberries. At blending, this was dry 'hopped' with Rosemary.
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andrewsaputo from Oregon

4.92/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

A seriously well done beer all around from the nose to the lingering tastes. True to it’s word and the brewer notes, this wild fermented beer has award winning character.

Jul 23, 2019
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.32/5  rDev -24%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

750 mL bottle. Bright red body. Smells of blackberry, rosemary, and some sort of oily aroma. Tastes of stronger rosemary. Almost medicinal when combined with the blackberry. Lightly sour. Earthy and a little bitter in the finish. Not bad all around. Maybe a little weird.

May 28, 2018
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Drank this one around the house a couple of weeks ago. Surprised I liked it, I was all like LOL Rosemary, this outta be good for a laugh.

Pours a color that looks a little bit like fruit punch. Good pinkish white head, 1/2". Impressive looking beer. Aroma was rosemary and sour fruit berries. We're 2 for 2.

Taste is a mix of dried and sour blackberries, cherries, lemon and rosemary, all put over a super dry virgin oak kind of feel. Hides alcohol, not overly acidic. This arrived with no fan fare or hype, but just kept being impressive the whole time. A great beer at a great price that from my perspective, was really flying under the radar the whole time. Its purchase was like an afterthought, but not again it won't be. Also worth noting, this did not have that foot like aroma that so many blackberry beers do.

Oct 17, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.42/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Vibrant, foggy ruby, darkening around the edges, topped by a light pink fluff that fades to a thin ring.

Spicy funk hits the nose first, quickly followed by an herbal complexity that's like a rosemary-mint combo supported by bright, fruity aromas of blackberry and blueberry.

Taste is a really interesting blend of sour blackberry and blueberry with wild herbs that are in no way a savory rosemary bomb or anything, but just present enough to add complexity, which includes notes reminiscent of wild mint and Thai basil.

Slick and thin, a light but widening carbonation comes to a semi-dry finish.


I had a 2019 vintage in February of 2020, and found it to be even more enjoyable with a stronger herbality that was quite welcome, considering the name and label and all. It still isn't quite delivering the distinct rosemary character I'm looking for, but the body is little thicker (for which I'll increase the score) and there's a bit more woody, nutty funk.

Oct 16, 2017
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danh53 from Florida

4.53/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beautiful dark berry color. Rosemary and blackberries really explode on the aroma. Blackberries take the lead on the taste and that's a good thing. Full berry flavor with a solid medium mouth feel, slight funk, lemon, and good carbonation. The barrel character is excellent as well giving off a nice vanilla note, red wine which really rounds off the flavor of the berries, and oak dryness o the finish. I feel like I could rate it even higher, but I'm not exactly sure what to do with the Rosemary. I can't decide if it was adding complexity or if it was just out of place. The beer is well balanced and never gets overwhelmed by the rosemary. I need to revisit this in the future and possibly raise this score even higher.

May 28, 2016
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a wonderfully rich, thick blackberry juice with a two finger pinkish purple head that faded to leave light lacing and a nice blanket.

S - Aromas of big rosemary, however, the blackberry is really pleasant and bright. Very nice wine notes, great house De Garde yeast. Very nice

T - Taste is similar to the nose, great blackberry jam, tart berries, almost blackberry lemonade like with nice light lemon finish. There is a nice vinous notes, the rosemary is light and subtle. Nice honey as well.

M - Mouthfeel is brightly carbonated, crisp.

O - Overall this beer was really good. Great berry notes with light rosemary notes. Absolutely delicious with a great nose. Wish I had more.

Serving type: bottle

Mar 04, 2016
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Thanks to rudzud
Super pink purple fizzy large head, little lacing, crazy maroon purple color.

Nose explodes with rosemary, and I mean just loads of rosemary, typical de garde funk house yeast, little vanilla oak barrel, little vinous notes and juicy berry, faint blackberry boisonberry, juicy berry.

Taste big juicy tart berry, boisonberry blackberry tart concentrated juice, a little blackberry lemonade tartness, lemon rind, big acidity and tart funk, incredible blackberry lemonade, again house yeast flavor, mild rosemary in the background, nice jammy fruit, light toasted oak and vinous. Touch of bitterness on the finish with tannic berry seed, nice acidic but slight flemmy funk.

Mouth is med bod, little flemmy nice acidity good carb.

Overall very good beer, rosemary was a really funk touch, berry jam was great, wish the barrel was a bit more but otherwise incredible.

Mar 04, 2016
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dddddddd from Washington

4.62/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great blend of tart blackberry with herbal rosemary. Rosemary is very present in both nose and taste providing an earthy and herbal backbone, and blends very well with the flavor of the berries. Beautiful color as with most of these types of De Garde beers.

Jan 21, 2016
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GRG1313 from California

4.69/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Wow. I suspect that most of you are too young to remember the Jello that separated into layers when chilled. Well, this beer looks like that! Dark raspberry red with purple tones and a bright pink thick "layer" head. Really cool looking (although, of course, head fades faster than you'd want).

Nose is all bright, acidic blackberry/raspberry tones with hints of rosemary which is wonderful to smell and very inviting.

Mouth feel is a strength - big, tart, bold, assertive, perfect carbonation; you want to gulp it, especially because of the

Flavor profile which is bright, acidic, rich, tart berry with undertoned complexities of Rosemary.

Finish is tart, acidic and dry. This is wonderful to drink by itself or with just about any food profile. This could replace a big white wine such is the great character of the acid.

Dec 24, 2015
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Ready4aHeady from New York

4.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful blueberry color... smell is rosemary and raspberry...taste is a delicious fruited sour, kind of a blueberry raspberry blend (which is probably blackberry!), with a nice bit of rosemary--amongst my favorite herbs, and a semi-dry finish.... Very tasty and keeps you coming back for more...a winning combination of flavors! (now what can they do with cilantro!!??)

Dec 05, 2015
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Kurmaraja from California

4.67/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Among my favorite De Garde beers (which is a long list). Take all the jamminess of something like black raz bu, moderate the acidity in the vein of the premiere beers, but add a savory note. This is Thanksgiving's perfect beer. Rich wine soaked fruit compote laced with rosemary.

Oct 15, 2015
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PDXSOUR from Oregon

4.77/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. One of my absolute favorites from de Garde. The smell of blackberry and rosemary is intoxicating. This flavors marry well together and produce an amazing taste. Wish I had more!

Oct 03, 2015
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anteater from Oregon

4.56/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep dark red/purple. Smells like black berry, pretty sour. Taste has a great balance between acidity and fruit, lots of blackberry but it blends well with the beer so its not all fruit. At the very end you start to notice the rosemary on your tongue, its the perfect amount. Bubbly, medium mouthfeel.

Aug 30, 2015
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