Special Violet | 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): 6.40%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.


Added by ThatsThatDude on 08-17-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#1,098
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
55
pDev:
3.42%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
9
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 55 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of bouncepass
4.31/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dactrius
4.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Stinger80OH
4.41/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of shelby415
4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.42/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

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Photo of Beerbom
4.21/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mltobin
4.54/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Texasfan549
4.33/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of kjkinsey
4.27/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mike
4.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of rcjennings
4.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Ryota888
4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

nice deep color. tart and dry not a fruit Jam but nice load of blackberry and oak coats the tongue.. well rounded flavors.

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Photo of rudzud
4.07/5  rDev -7.1%
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

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Photo of jlindros
4.15/5  rDev -5.3%
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

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of HaveUSeenMyCellar
4.51/5  rDev +3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Sabtos
4.16/5  rDev -5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Photo of atrocity
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.29/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of NickThePyro
4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of SadMachine
4.35/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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Special Violet from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.38 out of 5 with 55 ratings