de Garde / SARA / Jester King - Elements Of Composition | de Garde Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
de Garde / SARA / Jester King - Elements Of Compositionde Garde / SARA / Jester King - Elements Of Composition
de Garde / SARA / Jester King - Elements Of Compositionde Garde / SARA / Jester King - Elements Of Composition

Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Three year old, 100% spontaneously-fermented beer from de Garde was blended with two year old, 100% spontaneously-fermented beer from Jester King, and a mature, foudre-aged saison from Sante Adairius.

User Reviews & Ratings
Reviews: 8 | Ratings: 56
Photo of jlindros
4.31/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed at GAB bottle share

Nice fizzy foamy head 1/2 finger retains well, little lacing, hazy golden orange color

Nose big funk, barnyard sour weird funk, armpit gym sock, little citrus fruity, little wheat malt

Taste very tart acidic funky, wheat malt, lemony citrus like, mineral, decent mild funk, bready, funky,

Mouth med bod, decent carb

 348 characters

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.76/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

among the best beers i have ever had. huge thanks to my buddy for waiting in line for one at the source, and bringing it back, saving it for us, and sharing it at such an opportune time! this was a real treat. its a collaborative lambic essentially, where various wild threads from each of these heavyweight breweries contribute something special. it comes together incredible well, and is special because a careful taster can quite easily pick out some distinct elements from each brewery. i think the most obvious individual contribution is the jester king yeast culture, even though their beer is spontaneous here, a lot of their wild ones all have a similar yeast element, and while its more mature here and obviously working in conjunction with the other threads, its very familiar and obvious to me in here, delicate and musty and sparkling. i also get a familiar wood profile from the sante beer, it reminds me of a fair few other wood aged beers i have had from them, something about the soft edges and the weight of the wood, its unique to them and its obvious in this beer. the synergy between all the beers though is what makes this special, it really tastes like lambic, with a wonderful maturity from the old de garde beer, aged hop character, tons of wood, lightly medicinal funk, some bacterial acidity, and suggestions of all kinds of fruits from clementines to lemons to white wine grapes to peaches and even pineapple juice, its enormously compelling and delicious. sourness is high, this is sour beer for sure, but there is enough bretty wildness to make it interesting, the acidity is clean and both wood and wheat malt mellow it well. carbonation is quite good for a beer of this maturity, and it keeps evolving as long as a minute or more after the swallow, almost new again and different on each sip as i work through my glass. if you like the lambics of the old world, this is a must. its like when mcgregor fought mayweather in an attempt to legitimize ufc compared to boxing. in a lot of ways this legitimizes american wild ale next to the very best of the old world. its cool that these guys got together, i cant think of another industry where three of the top players collaborate on something like this. impressive product, unforgettable really. stoked to have experience this most special beer. if you have one i am sure it will age well, but i would hate to risk it, this was as close to perfect as it gets!

 2,438 characters

Photo of amano_h
4.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Smell: Cheesecloth. Wet oak. Pungent white pepper. Faint horseblanket. Hay. Sunstruck leather. Wheatgrass. Lemon zest. Soured milk.

Taste: Assorted cheese plate. Muted funky oak. Lemongrass. Tart lemons. White pepper. Somewhere in between white grape must and pale stonefruit flesh. Faint lacto.

Feel: Mineral-like consistency. Medium-light bodied. Crisp. Clean. Zesty. Gentle, soft carbonation.

Overall: The Avengers of Funk a.k.a. The Three Funk-migos a.k.a. Funkmaster(s) Brett did not disappoint. Despite its decisively American DNA, this beer is Bruxellois to its spiritual core; the super cheesy, minerally, grainy barnyard funk ubiquitous to almost all the critically acclaimed spontaneously fermented brews of the Zenne Valley is amicably replicated within this brew. The clean zesty finish unaccompanied by any sort of rounded or sharp acidity and/or a final hurrah of oak or brett-inspired funk, is probably what separates this American Wild/Farmhouse Ale from its sour Belgian counterparts; whereas these elements are definitely present in small amounts, they tend to trail off toward the end, leaving nothing but a refreshing dry sensation on the palate.

 1,172 characters

Photo of Stevedore
4.3/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, from de Garde. Served in a stemmed glass. Pours a bright clear straw yellow body, slight orange hue, one finger thick white head, good retention, not much lacing. Smell is lactic acid, lemon, floral, touch of cobweb, bit of oak. It's actually fairly acidic, and I have to assume this is from the de Garde contribution. Minerality seems to come out of SARA's contribution. Flavour is a bit subdued, nice lemon tartness, floral notes, light funk, oak. It's in a way like the first Broken Truck, but not so complex, and certainly not an aggressive beer. A pleasure to drink just the same. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, good carbonation, slightly prickly and refreshing, slight dry floral notes on the backend. A very good wild, didn't quite meet the lofty expectations, but made for an enjoyable drinking experience.

 825 characters

Photo of rabbott2
4.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Definitely the real deal. A phenomenal lemony, funky, grassy barrel aged sour. The complexity of this was fantastic and this is worthy of the hype. Perfect amount of tartness.

 178 characters

Photo of Ready4aHeady
4.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Batch-probably the only one they'll ever do---, poured into tulip glass, drank the bomber myself...definitely more nuanced as it warmed up, and while a delicious AWA, not sure the sum was greater than the parts... Certainly more concentrated than its entry level brothers from these same breweries, but fell way short of my benchmark for this category--Le Sarrasin...
Get one if you can, but not sure its worth its current asking price...

 438 characters

Photo of eppie82
4.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I had this right after having Cantillon Gueuze 100% Lambic Bio, and EoC was clearly superior. It was similar to the Cantillon in a sense that color was similar (clear, yellow liquid), and some familiar smell and taste notes were there: barnyard funk, smelly cheese, wheatgrass, light lemon… but with EoC, it was like the Cantillon on steroids: stronger aroma, more barnyard funk and stronger flavor, fuller mouthfeel that lingered longer.

Among the very best sours I've ever had. This is a giant on the beer scene and deserving of the reputation it has.

 559 characters

Photo of PDXSOUR
5/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Absolute game changer. Its really not fair that a beer be this amazing and there be so little of it available. If you ever have the pleasure of sampling this fine elixir cherish every sip til the last drop.

 206 characters

de Garde / SARA / Jester King - Elements Of Composition from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 4.49 out of 5 with 56 ratings