Chat D'Or | de Garde Brewing

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Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 10.40%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
An amber/golden wild ale, aged in a mix of Rye Whiskey, Chardonnay and Genever barrels for 10-18 months.

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 43
Photo of cbutova
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks for the bottle, Juan.

A- Hazy pale yellow body with a foamy white head. The cap makes it up a finger high with fair retention eventually leaving a small ring and spotty lace.

S- Lactic acid bacteria rules the land and it blends in with vinous pale fruits, a bit of funky barnyard, apricot, wet light toast oak and yogurt.

T- Again the sourness from the flora takes the helm with plenty of yogurty lactic acid and more of a vinegar presence here. Lemons, vinaigrette, sour plum, white wine, a touch of sweetness, woody oak and grapes. The grains are quiet beyond a hint of cereal.

MF- Fluffy and creamy light-medium body. Smooth and silky high end carbonation. Ends rather sour.

Quite the sour. The blending takes much of the individual barrels out of play but funk and sour star.

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Photo of tshanahan
5/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had this De Garde at a share a long time ago, near the end. As drunk as I was it still stood out to me and I had to trade for a bottle, which I am now reviewing. Smell is unreal, I sniffed through my nose at least five times before I could bring myself to sip it. Candied, floral, Tillamook funk. Taste follows, amazing. Slightly stone fruity, tart, not sour, crisp, very well carbonated for a De Garde. ISO

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Photo of mothman
4.59/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

White head. Dark gold color. Very funky and sour. Big fruit flavor. Muskmelon, apricot, honeydew. The right balance of tart, funk, and fruit. Can't taste the 10.4% at all. Drinks very easy.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.14/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Rado for sharing this one at hopodyssey's tasting.

Pours a hazy orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is slightly sour with grain, fruit, white wine, and acidic aromas. Taste is much the same with sour grain, fruit, white wine, acidic, and wood flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of acidity on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with solid barrel aged qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottle. Hazy burnt orange with a small white head. No real lacing, minimal retention. Aromas of booze, oak, funk, and whiskey. Flavors start with a blast of the rye whiskey cask, followed by a nice pucker and then some drying buttery oak flavors. Certainly one of the more interesting beers from de Garde I've personally had.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.66/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Very strong!
Doesn't taste that way, but strong flavor.
Lots of oak and spices, some fruit. Maybe melon.
Some earth character and forests.
Medium carbonation. Makes it easier to drink.
Fuzzy looking. Not that pretty. Not too bad.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clearish golden pour, thin white head. Lots going on here, big barrel aroma, funk, white wine, light lacto-citrus. Medium tartness on the palate, wine barrel shines out the most, but there is some chewiness from the rye in there too, adding to the complexity but detracting from the crispness of the mouthfeel. I had no idea that this beer was 10.4% while drinking it, the booze is definitely not detectable in that regard...again, maybe the overall relative thickness of the body would be the only indication that this was an "imperial wild ale." Nice overall.

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Chat D'Or from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 43 ratings