The Orchard
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American Wild Ale
Ranked #116
Ranked #2,622
4.51 | pDev: 6.43%
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States
The OrchardThe Orchard
Notes: A spontaneous wild ale aged in oak barrels with nectarines, peaches & apricots.
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4.67/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

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cbutova from Massachusetts, Sep 16, 2019
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4.27/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev -0.2%
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.

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Ciocanelu from Romania, May 21, 2018
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4.13/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Sabtos from Ohio, Apr 02, 2018
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5/5  rDev +10.9%
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?

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brewseidon from California, Mar 29, 2018
The Orchard from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 29 ratings