The Purple Kriek | de Garde Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
degardebrewing.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Spontaneous Wild Ale, fermented and aged in Oak Barrels for an average of 20 months. Refermented in Oak Tanks with fresh Black and Red Raspberries, as well as Montmorency and Morello Cherries.

Added by yeaprolly on 11-16-2015

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
22
Ratings:
147
pDev:
6.55%
 
 
Wants:
38
Gots:
26
Trade:
5
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Ratings: 147 |  Reviews: 22
Photo of csmrx7
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

De garde really knocked this out of the park. Great earthy base kriek that is livened up with the raspberry. They really seem to be able to get this nice natural jam like flavor that isn't overly sweet but presents the fruit. The sour base beer is top notch as usual.

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Photo of GreatStoutman
4.77/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Beautiful deep red color is not quite purple, but it’s nice. Wine-like body, flat but with enough sour/acidity to give it decent mouth feel.

Fruit flavors are bright and delicious. Perfect balance of berries, but maybe favors the cherries.

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Photo of rodmanfor3
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of PhineasMcClintock
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BirdsandHops
4.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of vfgccp
4.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Ristaccia
4.42/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Dizzy242
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BarleyAndBrett
3.75/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PSU_Mike
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grover37
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of krl2112
4.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbutova
4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Sonny!

A- 750ml poured into a funky de Garde becher with a brilliant deep purple body and a several finger purple head that has a thick creamy texture and super retention. Spotty lace coats the glass.

S- All of those fruits rise out of the glass with intense strength alongside a sour lactic acid ferment. Raspberry comes out of the gate strongest with the cherries following that up with the intense acidity.

T- The fruits balance out somewhat compared to the aroma with a stronger sour cherry presence opening up for the bright raspberries. Slight hints of the seeds and earthy fruit pits but mostly the beer presents the juicy and flavorful fruit notes with a fairly intense lactic sourness. Vinous and just a bit of oak.

MF- Medium bodied with an acidic slickness and a high level carbonation. A creamy and foamy consistency.

Bright raspberries and cherries alongside a sour lactic acid base.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.31/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date: about a year ago
Palate Contaminants: bitter beer

The appearance is somewhere in the space between plum and red. So, points for that. Pretty opaque, not letting much light through. Hardly any carbonation, but it doesn't quite look completely flat.

Main smell is funky cherries. And those cherries have some depth, too. Moderately sweet, and slightly soapy. It might not be notably complex, but the cherries are excellent.

The taste is fascinating. Lots of sour cherries (and minimal funkiness). Slight cinnamon. There's also something like a cherry syrup that I can't quite put my finger on. Raspberry puree. Intensity if moderate-heavy. Again, it's not super complex, but what's there is good. And it gets sweeter, and there's even more depth to the fruit tastes, as it warms up.

Still not a lot of carbonation with a swish. Sweet and sour cherries linger for quite a while, and the rasperries poke through occasionally. I should've had some sort of sweet-sauced Chinese food tonight.

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Photo of Moses_Malone
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of durlta
4.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of 2beerdogs
4.19/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of warrendietrich2001
4.44/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of CBrodbeck
4.28/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattreitz49
4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of jason_nwx
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sk8sean86
5/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of billab914
4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of BaldPeakEric
4.7/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

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The Purple Kriek from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.43 out of 5 with 147 ratings