Special Violet
de Garde Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #123
Ranked #1,811
4.39 | pDev: 3.42%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
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Notes: A wild red ale, spontaneously inoculated in our coolship before fermentation and extended aging in oak. At maturity, this was transferred to secondary oak tank for refermentation with a variety of whole, locally grown Blackberries. It shows a vibrant maroon color and pink head with an amber tint, with characterful fruit notes leading into a Brett dominated, wood aged red finish.
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tasted in a Rastal Teku from a 1 pint 9.4 fl oz bottle on June 15, 2018. A wild red ale brewed with boysenberries and blackberries. Highly recommended.

Jul 09, 2018
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.07/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Received in a trade and shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice dark brown almost garnet with a thin off white head that fades to leave light lacing and wisps.

S - Aromas of buttery oak, tannic seed, red berries, light tartness, juicy fruit, light plastic.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, very floral fruity, nice jammy notes, good light tart seedy berries, good oaky barrel notes. Nice lightly sweet fruits. Very tart finish.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, medium body, flemmy.

O - Overall this was a rather tart wild ale. Really berry forward along with nice oak. Not a huge fan of the nose.

Serving Type: bottle

Dec 03, 2017
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to rudzud
Big fizzy purple head fades quickly, little lacing, dark brown purple ish rosy color

Nose big fruity tart notes, big berry, typical de garde like yeast thing, big boisonberry pie, vanilla cake batter, little buttery oak, lots of berry seed

Taste brings tart berry, big blackberry and boisonberry, seed, tart acidic funk, big acetic acid, buttery oak and vanilla cake batter base malt, tannic berry wine, dry flemmy thing, lingering acidity

Mouth is med bod, tons of fluffy carb over carbonated too,

Overall pretty nice, not incredible like some see gardes are

Dec 03, 2017
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Dark but vibrant purple with some clarity and a soft, pastel mauve blanket.

Seedy, jammy blackberry introduces the nose with a spicy funk abutting dark, dry peppery oak. It's like a forest floor with bush berries nearby, as well as hints of overripe plum, soft cheese, and leafy wood.

There is so much blackberry flavor--tart, sour, mature and juicy! Peppery, dry oak makes its appearance here as well in a complex, deep green woody showcase, with a thin body yet crisp carbonation capping off this tantalizing wild. Funky acid just teases and tickles the throat with tons of berry.

Oct 16, 2017
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

4.71/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Violet hue indeed. Such a beautiful beer. Pinkish lavender head with long lasting retention. The aroma is alluring. Dark berries and floral notes with hints of funk. Jammy, fruity. Light to medium tartness. Light in body. Each drink beseeches another. Another elegant and amazing beer from a world class operation.

Feb 09, 2017
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, served in a teku glass. Pours a frothy purple-reddish body, thick one finger pink head, lingers quite a while, nice retention and plenty of lacing. Smells of rich jammy blackberries, with a distinct wild berry aroma, strong lactic acidity, touch of oak and vinous character, touch of lemon rounds things out. It's not too leathery or funky, with the fruit and acidity taking full center stage even on the palate. Medium body, lighter carbonation, intense jammy sourness on the finish. Overall, another sour and fruit-forward beer from De Garde; not particularly complex but if you want sour fruit, this is one way to go.

Nov 20, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

4.06/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle courtesy of Joel. .Deep, dark purple pour with matching purple head. Big jelly jar aromas and a bit of the impending sourness. Taste arrives with e the expected sweetness, huge berry flavor, and the normal de Garde pucker. Really nice

Sep 26, 2016
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.57/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bottle shared by Barry last night, thanks as always dude.

This pours a real nice and vivid dark reddish purple, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

Smells super strongly of tart and incredibly juicy blackberry, with boysenberry secondarily, but still strong, with lots of spicy oak, and a hint of funk on the finish.

This is yet another absurd De Garde fruit expression. It's got a bit more funk than the usual Bu-style offering, with a dirty funk on the finish, and tons of juicy blackberry and boysenberry up front. It starts a little sweet, juicy, and fleshy, then comes a more tart and sour blackberry skin flavor. It's just straight sour blackberry pie filling. Wonderful.

This is lighter bodied, but not thin, just full of life, with a good level of carbonation.

I like this better than the majority of the Bu's I've had from DeGarde- it's got a bit more fine complexity to it.

Sep 04, 2016
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johnny_chimpo from Washington

4.46/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this both on tap and then out of the bottle. On tap it was good, but not great -- something lacking in mouth feel. Out of the bottle, this was much better. Lots of berries, and more brett than I'm used to with de Garde offerings. Nice balance and complexity.

Aug 31, 2016
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