The Maison
de Garde Brewing

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American Wild Ale
Ranked #405
Ranked #6,843
4.28 | pDev: 4.44%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
The MaisonThe Maison
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Photo of Sabtos
4.88/5  rDev +14%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear shimmering burnt gold with a tall but tame lumpy light foam settling to a persistent bubbly blanket.

This has that very unique, almost grapefruit tartness you expect from the more old world masters of the koelschip, as neutral oak and herbal, allium-forward aged hops that are almost skunky fill in all the gaps. It's a little more nutty yet pungent and down to earth on the nose, while the palate has a very balanced acidity that brings hints of green apple and white grape.

The medium body, filled by a fluffy, airy carbonation, goes down super smoothly to a cleanly semi-dry finish. Formidably woody and funky with a tingly tartness, The Maison also surprisingly features a raw unabashedness in revealing its underlying beer body via some mildly bready, corny malt characteristics in the exhale.

This purely wild beer is so pleasantly easy to drink while being radically complex, it's easily an American Gueuze if ever there was such a thing outside of the Pajottenland.


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Photo of unlikelyspiderperson
4.02/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

An elegant bottle releases a beautiful sunshine golden liquid with lots of active carbonation producing a dense head of white foam.
The smell has notes of apricot and tangerine with sweet notes of light stone fruit and some tannic dryness like an underripe apple.
Taste carries a dry apricot/white peach note and some lightly floral characteristics.
Nice and crisp but there's a bit tooixj acidity and it sort of builds up a chalkiness over time.
Very nice beer, a little thin and a little acidic for my taste but the aroma is divine and the floral and fruity notes that come through in the taste are very pleasant

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Photo of cbutova
4.51/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- 750ml reveals a golden, hazy brew into a tasting glass. The head is short and foamy but has good retention and a small ring leaves spotty lacing.

S- Funky with gueuze and raw unblended lambic qualities. Barnyard straw and some sulfury, mineraly funk. The sours come off as mostly lactic with notes of lemon. Vinous barrel and grape stems and a bit cheesy too.

T- Follows up on the aroma very nicely with some hints of sour pale grapes and tart apples. Again it captures some character similar to lambics and gueuze very nicely with a raw funky, musty flavor. Wet vinous wood and grape stems/seeds come to mind. Really really sour but the funk and intense flavors compliment that well.

MF- A light and foamy, fluffy body. The carbonation is at a high level and it burns with sourness in the finish.

Overall after having a big sample of their sours over a weekend I am impressed with the depth and complexity of the sour base and in particular some of the funk and raw lambic character you find in the unblended lambics from Belgium.

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4.44/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Sam. Bottled July 2018. Fabulous beer.

A crystal clear golden orange with a white head with good retention and minimal lacing , this looks good. The nose is an expression of aggressive funk and barrel, with a very Oude lambiek like earth, dried mushroom and forest floor along with rotted lemon, grapefruit peel, clove and a little plastic. This really reminds me of a good Boon Lambic. A touch of sweetness is present in the back end. A mildly white wine like mineral note, along with a prominent tannin character, is present.

The palate opens with a prominent bitterness as well as a moderate sourness. Preserved and rotted lemon, wet wood , earth, a little vanillin are present up front. The mid palate has more of the lemon and lime notes, though not particularly bright, along with some clove. The bitterness brings to mind hops, and lots of them, with lemon and dried grapefruit peel notes. Drying on the finish with a touch of honey like sweetness, and a lingering tannic bite that, when paired with the bitterness, makes this feel almost quenching. Allowing this beer to breathe helps it a ton, too. Despite the aggressive flavors, the balance is exquisite here, making this particularly drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a blend of three different years of spontaneous wild beer, mature, woody, nuanced like crazy, oddly hoppy it seems, and drinks a little bit like a gueuze might, but its entirely unique to itself, really stoked to have had this so generously shared with me this past weekend, it was a highlight in a really killer session of bottle popping! really pale straw colored with a lavish airy white head on top with exceptional retention. smells like real mature brett, but without the aged hops and classic turbid mash profile of a traditional lambic, it doesnt have that mouthwatering iodine and oak tannin thing either, less acidity, the oak seems newer, more vanilla softness coming from it, and i defintiely get a nice pop of citrus and fresh herbs from the hops, it seems dry hopped and almost fresh at the end, an interesting twist on top of a very well aged and blended brew. the malt seems real light, white wheat and pils might be all, not as dense or structured as i have gotten used to in belgian lambic types, this might be that in spontaneity and vintage blending only. minerals and a little snap if bacterial acidity, super clean and not disruptive at all, and there is great balance here, its not just about the fermentation profile, although thats certainly the part that stands out to me as the most unique and interesting aspect of the beer. amazing depth of flavor and drinkability, i wish it wasnt rare or special so i could have this all the time, its really awesome stuff, and for how many people out there are trying to do this sort of thing now, it just stands out as better than everything else to me. i loved it!

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