The Orchard
de Garde Brewing

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Wild Ale
Ranked #113
Ranked #2,160
4.47 | pDev: 6.94%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
The OrchardThe Orchard
Notes: A spontaneous wild ale aged in oak barrels with nectarines, peaches & apricots.
Reviews: 9 | Ratings: 36 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Rub_This_BBQ from Massachusetts

4.02/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

9/18 bottle
L slight haze not clear faint orange color, 2 finger head that fades quickly no lacing

S strong sour notes fades to stone fruits little wine note
T:sour leads the charge .hard to distinguish much else

F lowish carb

O: tasty and some nice sour notes, but not in my top from them.

Jun 21, 2021
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lucius10 from California

4.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Sweet and tart, peachy-apricot, hint of funk, and hint of oak barrel nose on this one! Taste follows with briny and tart stone-fruit upfront...and then a funky, oakey finish. Beautifully aged and well-balanced! This is fantastic!

Dec 07, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

4.32/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Here's a beer we drank the night before the Firestone Walker Festival 2018.

Pours the lightly cloudy slightly brighter yellow color. 1/3" white head. Brings plenty of apricot, then nectarine and peach to follow in lesser aromatic qualities. For 20 months spent in oak, this doesn't smell more oaky than a beer that spent half that time in an oak barrel. Nonetheless, its enjoyable regardless of the prospect of diminishing returns from oak aging for a long time.

Taste, hey this is probably indistinguishable from Bruery's Orchard, and that is a big win for everyone. All the stone fruit notes, but still apricot seems the most prominent and familiar. Carbonation fine as always for de garde. Not overly sour or acidic, but still above average in those departments. Won't strip enamel unless you soak it. The oak does probably contribute to the massive drying effect after all that fruit sourness. Didn't really seem all that funky or Tillamook-esque, but all that fruit will do that to a beer. Really liked this.

Nov 09, 2020
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brentk56 from North Carolina

4.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden color with a one finger head; a few streaks of lacing

Smell: Acetic apricot dominates with the sweeter peach and nectarine elements somewhat overwhelmed

Taste: Acetic sourness overwhelms, up front, with the apricot emerging as the dominant fruit flavor; peach and nectarine struggle to join into the fruit parade; oaky and sour, through the middle, with a puckery blast in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: The sourness has likely developed as the bottle has aged but I would prefer more balance with the fruit

Thanks, mintyg8r, for the opportunity

Jun 26, 2020
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.67/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A- 750ml pour to a becher with a hazy yellow body and a small, creamy-bubbly head rising up to one finger. Decent head retention. Small rings and webs of lacing.

S- Apricot madness. Nectarine bonanza. Dried apricot frenzy. Stone fruits dance out of the glass and fill the nose to complete saturation with earthy-woodsy hints of their stems and pits. After that is a hint of acidic sourness with lactic acid, lemon, grape and young lambic funk. A touch of oak.

T- The sourness really opens up to like Vigneronne battery acid level but it supports the insane level of apricot and nectarine flavor very nicely. Very, very sour. Peaches come out and the skin and flesh flavors are beyond orchard picked authentic; truly a sour nectar of the orchard. Funky hay, barnyard, cheese.

MF- Hits the palate with a light to medium body and a moderately low level of carbonation. An oily slickness throughout and just sour as can be compared to the other de Garde beers sampled. Slightly frothy and foamy texture.

Really really sour but also completely packed full of great stone fruit flavors which bring you back to the most ripe, best peaches, nectarines and apricots you have ever had. Beautifully done.

Sep 16, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.27/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottled Sept 2018. Thanks, Brian

A clear light orange with a dense off white head that falls off rapidly leaving little lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a delicious riot of stone fruit with lots of apricot, peach and nectarine. Apricot is most prominent with a mild almond like pit note. Minimal skin tannins. The base beer is sour with a modest lactic acidity. The palate opens sour and juicy with lots of apricot, and quite a bit of peach. Ripe and juicy with the sweetness tempering the sourness a little. Minimal funk, there's a lot of lactic acid here. A mild cooked fruit sweetness and preserved lemon sourness are present. Drying, juicy, fruity and sour, quenching even, on the finish. The high acidity does hinder drinkability, but the fruit makes amends.

Jun 09, 2019
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Ciocanelu from Romania

4.5/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sample at Mikkeller Beer Celebration Copenhagen 2018, Yellow Session. Aroma has lots of fruits, mostly ripe apricots, also intense floral notes. Taste is tart, floral with intense unripe stonefruit notes.

May 21, 2018
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.13/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Hazy pale orange-yellow with a fuzzy white ring.

Smell is incredibly intense. Fruity Pebble and frozen peach concentrate! Digging deeper and letting it warm, it develops a hint of sweaty, fresh fuzzy peach funk, horse blanket, and lemon sorbet.

Taste is Shockers and Spree with lemon and peach sorbet. There is just an extreme amount of stone fruit through this fizzy, stingingly thin sour body that finishes semi-dry

Wow, does de Garde excel at peach and stone fruit or what?! This is so expressive.

Apr 02, 2018
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brewseidon from California

5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Opaque, thick, and foggy. Looks a lot like a northeast IPA but smells and tastes completely different. Smells extraordinarily fruity (peaches, nectarine, and apricot) with the hint of sour beer lingering in the back. The taste does not betray the smell. It's like drinking beer distilled by fairies in some fantastical garden. Absolute delight. Goes down like juice. Is this even beer at this point?

Mar 29, 2018
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