Saison Melange No. 3
de Garde Brewing

Saison Melange No. 3Saison Melange No. 3
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Belgian Saison
4.44 | pDev: 5.63%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Saison Melange No. 3Saison Melange No. 3
Notes: Blended from first use Gin and Wine barrels. Aged up to two years, providing a delicate Brettanomyces complexity to balance the characterful barrel contribution and expressive yeast notes. Tart, fruity, spicy, delicious.
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L -- Pours a very slightly hazy orange body with absolutely no head produced, even with a well-aerated pour. Looks like cider. This is probably due to age
S -- Nice, complex combo of funk, juniper, oak, berries, floral, bubblegum, and melon
T -- Fairly tart, but not overpoweringly so, upfront. This is quickly followed by more complex saison-like fruity yeast flavors and a barnyard funkiness. Getting hints of both gin and vermouth barrel, which makes for a very nuanced palate. Also getting all the standard wild ale fruitiness: tart cherry, cranberry, apple, etc
F -- Pretty slippery and cider like, I think again because of the year and a half of age on this bottle. No bitterness or lingering aftertaste. Minimal carb
O -- Tried this with four of my roommates and we all agreed that this is a very unique, special beer. Not something to drink every day, but not simply a 'novelty' either. I wish there were more breweries in the northeast taking the creative risks that DeGarde does....


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Holderness from Massachusetts, Nov 02, 2017
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4.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a hazy yellow color with white head on top. The smell had a good amount of funk on it. The taste was spicy with a bit more funky tartness going on. The feel was light bodied and dry. Overall it's a very good Saison!

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Knapp85 from Pennsylvania, Sep 03, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750mL bottle into a goblet.

Appearance: murky yellow hue with a huge head of ivory foam that dissipated pretty quickly. Not too bad.

Smell: sweet, a little funky, a little tart, a little oaky and with a little bit of stone fruit character that must be the result of a synthesis of all those elements. Quite good indeed.

Taste: a lot more funk than the aroma and a fair bit of diacetyl right up front; the tartness is moderately strong but slowly fades in favor of the funk. Less fruitiness than in the aroma, but overall a very interesting and dynamic flavor (if you like oaked Brett beers).

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and a satisfying creaminess.

Overall: this beer has an interesting balance of tartness and funk. I wouldn't necessarily want one everyday, but it's a nice treat to have one.

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flagmantho from Washington, May 06, 2017
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4.75/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a beautiful golden yellow with a very sizable white head made of fairly large bubbles. The head dissipates rather quickly and streams of tiny bubbles make this beer look like a champagne. Aromas and flavors are super complex yet totally perfectly balanced: there's lemon and lime citrus notes, white wine grapes and oaky wine qualities, even some floral and herbal vermouth qualities. Slightly tart. Just delicious.

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crob3888 from California, Mar 31, 2017
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4.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a snifter

A- pours a murky golden color with a one-finger foamy white head that has great retention and leaves some good lacing

S- gin dominates the aroma, tons of juniper berries, lemon pledge, spicy yeast, earthy brett, woody tannins

T- as with aroma, gin dominates the flavor with plenty of juniper up front, followed by lemon meringue, subtle white wine, spicy and earthy yeast, light brett, woody dry finish with a linger of gin

M- medium body with moderate carbonation leads to a bubble carbonation and a crisp spritzy finish

O- I'm not a gin drinker, but this was delicious. So refreshing with just enough tartness throughout, very well done

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Jan 07, 2017
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle from share. Pours out a cloudy pale golden color, pretty active, lively head. Aroma is sweet, fragrant, some citrus, some wood, and the yeast. Taste comes in tart, lemony, gentle barrel notes, flowery overtones. Still a saison at heart, with lots of extras added

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stevoj from Idaho, Nov 08, 2016
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4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden color. White head.

White wine flavors and gin flavors. Herbal and bright. Nice saison flavors. Earthy and clean. Some tannins. Lemons and other citrus fruits.

Very nice beer. Light bodied. Easy drinking. Very complex. Wow. Impressed.

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mothman from Minnesota, Aug 06, 2016
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4.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Looks delicious like all beer. Cloudy straw color with a big head that hangs around awhile. There is definitely gin in the nose balance by Brett, lemon, and spice (juniper maybe it is gin?). Complex and delicious. Taste is more of the tart lemon with a gin finish. Mouthfeel is light with with a dry finish. Starts out with a far bit of carbonation and then smooths out a bit as it sits (duh). Man this beer is really frinkin unique and good.

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Wolberjs from California, Apr 19, 2016
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4.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best saisons I have experienced. Nice barnyard notes that aren't overpowering. Lemon and hay lead way to the wine and gin barrels, with the gin barrels preventing the beer from being too sweet. Color not too distant from most saisons but probably less hazy, with a head that dissipates very quickly. Medium to high acidity levels.

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4.73/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Another excellent offering from de Garde. A nice blended wild farmhouse with notes of the wine and gin barrels it's aged in. Not too boozy or sour. Nice and tart. Pours a cloudy golden color with a nice white foamy head.

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ericdavidmorris from California, Mar 11, 2016
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