The Bluest
de Garde Brewing

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From:
de Garde Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Style:
Wild Ale
Ranked #81
ABV:
7%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,186
Avg:
4.39 | pDev: 6.15%
Reviews:
6
Ratings:
44
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 22, 2022
Added:
Sep 01, 2016
Wants:
  16
Gots:
  8
SCORE
96
World-Class
Notes: A wild ale, aged in oak with Blueberries.
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Rated: 4.25 by cp45 from New Jersey

Jul 22, 2022
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Rated by hopley from Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
2019 batch, 7% ABV, drank April, 2022.
Apr 14, 2022
 
Rated: 4.32 by crobinso from Colorado

Apr 17, 2021
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Reviewed by SierraNevallagash from Maine

4.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Thank you mintyg8r for this longtime want!

8/18 Vintage - poured into a Chianti stem at 45°F.

Pours a stunning, fully saturated jet-purple colour, topped with a finger of foamy deep pink head with fairly good retention. A few streams of ultra-fast effervescence can be seen rising upwards.

Nose: Unbelievably intense, deep, pungent aromas of blueberry pie filling, blueberry compote, blueberry flesh, blueberry skin, vanilla cream, flaky pastry, goat cheese, jammy petite syrah, musty white oak, barnyard, manure, lemon zest, buttery chardonnay...it's a blueberry pie with a dollop of cream sitting in a stable.

Palate: The Bluest greets the palate dry, with a rustic coarse grain base beneath it. The acidity is so incredibly tame - almost not even sour, just tangy, sweaty, and sharp, but without pucker. A whole field full of concentrated blueberry - not sweet, but fleshy and fruity with a huge tannic akin presence, lending all that berry character. As it opens, a kiss of sweetness emerges. Notes of drying grass, wet hay, damp musty white oak, coolship funk, goat cheese, fruit-on-the-bttom blueberry yogurt before you stir, bitter leafy hops, horsey funk, and musty brett. At this point, it's drinking 100% like lambic. The tartness disappears, emphasising the musty brett, tannic berry skins and seeds, splintery oak, and some spicy, leafy, herbal character. These bitter notes come together through the finish, lingering on while the dry blueberry and oak cast a long shadow.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is relatively light-bodied, but there's a lot of presence. Between the fruit, the funk, and the bitter, there's definitely some weight behind it. Effervescence very lively and quite soft - almost fluffy. Some fruity cling holds onto the palate, as does the bitterness and a residual oily coating.

Overall: This is pretty wildly far from what I imagined. I expected this to be a fairly sour, jammy, sweet blueberry wild. No no no... This is one notch away from straight up blueberry lambic. It's almost paradoxical. The nose is intensely sweet, jammy blueberry pie filling, with a big funky blanket over it, but then it opens a up dry, with pure, complex lambic funk, with a big blueberry blanket over it. There's a touch of residual sweetness, and loads and loads of blueberry character, but the name of the game is funk with this one, and it's done almost flawlessly. This is a true gem of a beer. One-of-a-kind.
Feb 12, 2021
 
Rated: 4.24 by StoutSnob40 from California

Oct 07, 2020
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Reviewed by lucius10 from California

4.42/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Sweet and tart, fruity blueberry, and hint of oak barrel nose on this one! Taste follows with some blueberry jamminess upfront and then a tart berry and oak-barrel funky swallow. A little acidic on the finish, but otherwise well-balanced and a joy to drink. This is really good!
Aug 19, 2020
 
Rated: 4 by Eziel from Ohio

Jul 30, 2020
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
bottle service at the brewery in tillamook, an absolute stunning. they have a huge bottle list here and we couldnt decide, so i narrowed it down a little and let my wife choose. boy was this a great pick! she reckons its the best beer shes ever had, which is saying something, and i would certainly put it among say my top 25, maybe higher, its incredible, as good as any blueberry beer i have ever known, but just as impressive as a wild beer, which is often the case with these guys. bottle from august 2018, deep violet in color into the branded lambic glasses, a fizzy inch of pink bubbles on the top of each, basically no sediment until the very bottom, gorgeous in the glasses on the table, awesome presentation at the source. the nose is the absolute essence of the blueberry, with some tang from the skins and the sweetness from the flesh, juicy and as real as it gets, from nature, high summer. there is nuance here of vanilla, rich red wine, earthy minerals, and a fully wild fermentation, farmy and only moderately sour, with all kinds of bretty weirdness happening, magically well refined. the flavor is blueberries first and last, their fullest expression, but there is a lot going on here, and we sip slowly as to let this warm, extend the experience, and not miss a thing. i definitely get a little hint of cinnamon and black pepper among all the wood, right at the apex of the flavor, a soft vanilla note too in there but this is never sweet. the density of the natural blueberry is insane, the its so pure, no secondary fruit character like there can sometimes be, its just blueberry, immaculate. the beer is very mature and funky and interesting on the fermentation side, lambic-esque as it warms, truly unique in this regard though, and so dry in the end for all the fruit, not sure i have known this ratio of fruit intensity to finishing dryness ever before, its mind blowing. as good a blueberry beer as there is in the world, maybe as good of a fruited wild ale too. ill remember this one forever!
Jul 07, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours purple with a two finger mauve head that fades while leaving a few squiggles

Smell: The oak is prominent and creates a very rustic overlay to the lactic blueberry tones

Taste: Lactic blueberry forward with a hint of pie crust underneath; the oak builds, in the mid-palate, bringing a very rustic and tannic edge to the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Not as fruity as some other blueberry wilds but quite an interesting take

Thanks, mintyg8r, for the opportunity
Jun 24, 2020
 
Rated: 4.17 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

Jun 14, 2020
 
Rated: 5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 08, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by BerryKumquat from California

Feb 12, 2020
 
Rated: 4.29 by HopBelT from Belgium

Jan 12, 2020
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Dark purple, nearing clear ruby under sunlight, with a tall pastel mauve foam head dying to a persistently thick blanket.

The medium body has a big time fluffy frothiness that delivers funky pungent oak and an acid that's not too high for a blueberry sour. A nice sort of buttery pie crust-like character hides behind drying tanniny blueberry, which is distinct of the fruit, instead of just becoming the generic tartness that often is the case in blueberry wilds.

The oak is splintery and almost has a char or even peat undertone to it. This comes out most potently in aroma and there it's a little unusual. But overall the beer is a joy.

Bottled 4/19
Jan 01, 2020
 
Rated: 4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2019
 
Rated: 4.05 by vfgccp from New York

Sep 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands

Aug 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.44 by YvesB from Belgium

Aug 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.25 by desint from Belgium

Aug 26, 2019
 
Rated: 4.13 by samEBC from Belgium

Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.18 by Benish from Utah

Aug 02, 2019
 
Rated: 4.52 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Jun 01, 2019
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.16/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle. Solid carbonation, darker reddish body, one finger white head. Mild blueberry, moderate acetic acidity, light leather, light on the carbonation, mildly fruity finish. Balanced, not particularly acetic or fruity. Not the best from them, but a solidly constructed fruited wild nonetheless.
May 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.27 by brewskis from Indiana

Dec 23, 2018
 
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Dec 16, 2018
 
Rated: 4.59 by dhammar from Oregon

Sep 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.57 by Dr_Fox from Utah

May 04, 2018
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Rated by brewseidon from California

5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Smells, tastes, and lingers like wild blueberries. Reminds me of the blueberries you can pick in the North Cascades while hiking. Bloody good.
Mar 29, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by TboneRN from Minnesota

Jan 28, 2018
 
Rated: 4.5 by Beerbom from California

Jan 23, 2018
 
Rated: 4.91 by jason_nwx from Oregon

Dec 10, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by IrishColonial from Texas

Nov 21, 2017
 
Rated: 4.27 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Oct 17, 2017
 
Rated: 4.75 by NickThePyro from Washington

Sep 25, 2017
 
Rated: 4.85 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Sep 20, 2017
 
Rated: 4.31 by dddddddd from Washington

May 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4 by GRG1313 from California

May 03, 2017
 
Rated: 4.33 by PSU_Mike from Pennsylvania

Apr 22, 2017
 
Rated: 4.5 by t2grogan from Arizona

Apr 16, 2017
 
Rated: 4.25 by aasher from Indiana

Mar 11, 2017
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