The Purple
de Garde Brewing

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de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
Wild Ale
Ranked #101
Ranked #1,420
4.37 | pDev: 4.81%
Yesterday at 09:04 PM
Dec 10, 2017
The PurpleThe Purple
Notes: Aged in Oak Wine Barrels with black & red raspberries.
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4.37 by smithj4 from New York on Yesterday at 09:04 PM
4.48 by shelby415 from Oregon on Dec 21, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Benish from Wisconsin

Poured deep purple with no translucence. Purplish head that lasted seconds. Heavy berries at the nose, very tart with some sweetness. The taste had a strong vinous quality; its very jammy, bursting with berry flavor. Acidity is mild and beer is bone-dry. Almost like a beer/red wine hybrids Huge improvement as it warms up, becomes flavorful, berries far more pronounced. Mouthfeel is smooth, minimal acidity. Could easily finish an entire bottle without destroying my enamel.

Nov 14, 2021
4.83 by goleeoh from Michigan on Mar 04, 2021
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4.54/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by lucius10 from California

Sweet and tart and jammy berry, sweet red wine, hint of funk, and hint of barrel nose on this one! Taste follows with a salty-sweet and fruity, raspberry tart swallow. This is so well-balanced and has a smooth, slightly dry finish. This is mildly acidic and has aged really well! Really good!

Sep 15, 2020
4.43 by BEER88 from Washington on Aug 25, 2020
5 by TallGuyCM from California on Jun 10, 2020
4.61 by Sirnickatnite from Texas on Apr 14, 2020
4.29 by SkiBum22 from New York on Feb 03, 2020
4.25 by rare_bird from Michigan on Jan 03, 2020
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4.5/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Sabtos from Ohio

Very dark purple body indeed. The roiling mauve sorbet-like head quickly settles to a burgundy wine-like surface. I wish that head stuck around longer, it strikes a beautiful contrast to the body.

The Purple has a prickly, sour effervescence delivering wild berries and dark oak tannins. It's potently sour, but somehow not offensively so. I mean, it really does perk up the ears and pucker up the throat. The smell has a softly round, buttery sort of wine oak, but the acidity in the beer just totally trounces that. Yet at the same time, I'm not getting heartburn vibes or that ominous sting down the throat.

It's a bit herbal, with a slick almost viscous body, finishing just semi-dry. But it's all black raspberries all the way, nearing blackberries. A deeper oaky wine character develops as it warms, becoming less sour and more delectable.

Jun 11, 2019
4.05 by 22Blue from Kansas on May 27, 2019
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4.64/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by GreesyFizeek from New York

This one pours a dark and thick looking purplish color, with a big head with purplish tints, and lots of lacing.

This smells like rich and deeply sour raspberry, with some brine, red wine, wheat, and leathery funk.

This is fairly absurd. There's quite a bit of raspberry here, and it's done so well - it's wildly sour, but there's some definite sweetness to temper it a bit. There's a bit of that creamy yogurty and lemony funk that I get out of most DeGarde beers. There's lots of red wine and barrel, too, with a bitter earthy, almost leather-like funk on the back end. This is top level stuff right here.

This is creamy, rich, and pretty thick, with a great level of drinkability.

This is wonderfully complex and just stupid delicious.

Apr 28, 2019
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4.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Beersnake1 from California

Poured from fridge temp. Wow - A beautiful dark purple (almost black) with amazing purplish-pink head. Absolutely gorgeous beer! Nose is insane. Raspberry, tart cherry, a hint of strawberry, leather. Taste is crazy. Quite mouth-puckering sour initially. Not sweet - a bitterness is there. Almost a citrus peel mixed with raspberries. Wheat and leather come in, along with some bready-yeast notes. Simply incredible. Mouthfeel is dry and sticky. Really coats the palate and doesn't wanna leave. Overall, a fantastic beer from an amazing brewery.

Apr 05, 2019
4.33 by Ice_Cream_And_IPAs from New York on Mar 24, 2019
4.25 by Hayley_86 from Netherlands on Mar 05, 2019
4.46 by Beerbom from California on Mar 05, 2019
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4.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
by BerryKumquat from California

L: Dank purple
S: Strong berry notes.
T: Initial weak rush of berries with oak notes that build up to a strong peak that fades off in a gentle curve.
F: Very light, berry flavors.

Feb 28, 2019
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4.24/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
by DefenCorps from Oregon

Thanks, Brian! August 2018 batch.

The beer pours dark purple with an incredibly purple colored head that's almost like concentrated beet juice. The nose is insanely jammy with so much black raspberry character that the anthocyanins lend an almost beet like character. This pairs quite nicely with the lemony sour base beer. As an aside, my 7 month old son has been eating a lot of beets, and I'd be lying I'd this beer didn't remind me of his dirty diapers. Red raspberries lend a fruity brightness and a mild seed note. The palate opens sour with lemon, limes and plenty of raspberry. Earthy, jammy, beet-like with mild seed tannins, all wonderfully expressed. The depth of the fruit character is really hard to overstate- it defines the beer. The base sour, lemony, mildly oaky, serves as an ample, if secondary backbone. Medium light in body and softly carbonated, this beer finishes lemony and with a large black raspberry note. Quite excellent, though the intensity hampers drinkability. This is one of those cases where the whole is less than the sum of the parts.

Feb 25, 2019
4.33 by M_chav from New Mexico on Feb 19, 2019
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4.21/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by TheBrewsky from California

Bottle August of 2018. This batch is 6.5%abv. First time having a de Garde offering, and I am stoked.
L: Pours a deep purple in color. Very dark when it settles. From a simple pour, about 3 fingers of a loosely packed vibrant purple/pink color. Nice frothy/creamy ring around the edge of the glass with heaps of residual lacing on the glass.
S: The first thing I notice is the tart raspberry aroma. I smelled it from when I first corked the bottle. Smells tart, acidic, and very fruity. Others note it as jammy, and I agree that the raspberry jam presence is definitely there.
T: Tons of tart raspberry flavor. It starts rather puckering, then comes the sweet/fruity aspect that reminisces of jam. Oak barrel is underlying but integral to the flavor platform. Finish is florally, dry and somewhat acidic, with a raspberry funk aftertaste. I am coming back, because as it warms to room temp, the oak is becoming increasingly more dominant.
F: Medium in both body and weight. Carbonation is well done, giving a perfect fizzle on the tongue. Normally I would say that carbonation seems high, but it works well with beers in this style. The more I drink it, the more I appreciate the feel and heft to the beer despite the carbonation.
O: Very enjoyable. I am really enjoying this beer. Though I don't see myself drinking something like this daily, I think it is a worthy offering to have now and then. I look forward to having more from de Garde, and more in this style for that matter. Cheers!

Feb 05, 2019
4.5 by NickThePyro from Washington on Dec 28, 2018
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4.31/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

Had this in August, took a camping trip to Oregon, take care of some gramamamama stuff, visit de garde. So, hold on to your corn cob pipe, but the purple pours a purple color with a pink head that is relatively big, 3/4" with a level of retention I did not see coming. Bravo. Aroma, I dunno, smells purple, that means berries, blackberries, boysenberries, raspberries, blueberries, they might be all in here.

Taste, hey this is delicious stuff. Fruit box dark berries and a good 7.5/10 on the sour scale punch. Acidity is around a 6 and its pretty nice. Nice dry oak companion flavor with it. Its on tap, but the carbonation is lively and appropriate. Within that dry wood aspect is a little bit of Tillamook agrarian society, which is delightful. Has all that red wine meets blackberry meets raspberry dryness. I would definitely let red wine drinkers check this out. I think I ended up leaving with 2-4 bottles of this because I dug it so much. If I buy multiples after having it, that means its good shit. I mean, sometimes I take a chance on something I haven't had, but when I have it in hand, and it makes me purchase multiples? Dat boy good.

Dec 28, 2018
4.42 by AMCimpi from New York on Dec 28, 2018
4.35 by ScottP from New Hampshire on Dec 25, 2018
4.47 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire on Dec 25, 2018
4.25 by jschott75 from Illinois on Dec 23, 2018
4.25 by acurtis from New Jersey on Nov 18, 2018
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4.44/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

I absolutely love this beer. Brilliantly balanced, yet bold and memorable. Perfect amount of fruit to balance the base beer and the wonderful complexity of the bacteria.

Oct 20, 2018
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4.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Stevedore from Oregon

750ml bottle, snifter glass. Darker purple body, one finger pink head, good retention and not much lacing. Smell is bright jammy raspberry, moderate acetic acidity, a bit of cheesy funk, as well as a dry, tart and lactic raspberry aroma. Follows on the palate, big raspberry flavour and tartness which is buttressed by a moderate acetic acidity, without acetone. It's a clean raspberry flavour and acidity, lighter medium body, good carbonation, refreshingly tart with a nice complexity.

Oct 14, 2018
4.34 by rcjennings from Ohio on Sep 29, 2018
4.5 by TCOlson from Minnesota on Sep 12, 2018
4.25 by Ssippisam from Minnesota on Sep 04, 2018
4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Sep 04, 2018
4.25 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts on Jul 28, 2018
3.75 by BarleyAndBrett from California on Jul 21, 2018
4.29 by mattreitz49 from Florida on May 07, 2018
4.68 by Dr_Fox from Utah on May 04, 2018
4.21 by vfgccp from New York on Apr 22, 2018
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4.07/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by stevoj from Idaho

750ml bottle courtesy of Toby. Deep, rich grape-y purple body with small bubbly head. Berries dominate the aroma, taste brings more berry sweetness, and the normal funk/sour of a de Garde beer. Oak barrel accents throughout. Nice!

Mar 01, 2018
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