Loak
de Garde Brewing

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Style:
American Wild Ale
ABV:
11.7%
Score:
90
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 15.59%
Reviews:
12
Ratings:
130
From:
de Garde Brewing
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  50
Gots
  11
SCORE
90
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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.32/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

i wanted a lot more from this one, with the rarity of their beer, at least here in colorado, and the small format, which i had never seen before this one, i expected something quite spectacular, but it seems like age may have gotten the best of this one, if it was ever even that good. its a mess right now, overly acidic, like too developed there, so that its more of a red wine vinegar complexion than anything else, very little nuance to the fermentation profile at all, which is usually what makes these de garde beers so compelling. dark brown from the bottle with an airy tan head on it that quickly dissipates, leaving a slick and still glass, not as heavy and dense as i thought it might be for its alcohol strength, which is pretty exposed both in aroma and flavor (our bottle says 11.5%, not the 11.7% listed here, they must have made this a few times, not sure how old it is). its also interesting that its aged in bourbon barrels, both the nose and the taste suggest red wine to me, any richness, vanilla, or barrel char from the bourbon is lost to the astringent acidity in here. there is a woodiness, but it doesnt serve to mellow the sourness or the booziness, so this one is hard to drink. some neat elements to this like the chocolate notes from the grain and a dried cherry thing right in the middle, even rum and raisin notes to it, but this ends up being a major disappointment, perhaps better when it was brand new, but now its a casualty of the cellar. its hard when you expect greatness to even like anything less, but the reputation these guys have created for themselves with such great beers most of the time has set that standard. bummer about this one.

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Photo of cpetrone84
1.84/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pour is black with a small bubbly tan head. Nose is bile acid and cherry cola with hints of dry leathery brett. Flavor is a little better, not much, butyric acid, notes of dark malt, cherry cola, quite sour, moderate acidity in finish, body is fairly heavy, super high carb, oily finish.

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Photo of juan_malamunga
4.76/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Tulip
L: good lacing and a thin head to the last drop
S: more barrel this time than the first.
T: good acidity that dried the mouth and the barrel came through
F: chewy, clingy, dry

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

375 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Dark brown body. Medium off-white head.

Smell - Very weird. A dark malt funk. Not sure how else to describe. Nutty, maybe?

Taste - This is weird, too. Kinda nutty. Maybe some chocolate. Gets sour and a little vinegary. Woody, too.

Mouthfeel - Medium heavy body. Well carbonated.

Overall - What a weird flavor. Not sure I dig it.

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Photo of jlindros
4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another thanks ot rudzud for sharing.

No real head, super dark molasses brown beer faint brown light.

Nose is big brown soured malts, nice tart fruity almost cherry like, nice vanilla barrel, little bourbon note, nice acidic bite and lacto and other souring agents. Faint flash of funky cheese note. Faint booze as well.

Taste starts with sweet malts, sour brown malts, tangy funk, little funk, lacto and maybe pedio funk. Then done vanilla barrel, little bourbon note, sour cherries little tangy fruit. Then little booze, warmth and taste. Flemmy syrupy finish, tangy, acidic bite, bit more cherry and barrel notes, lacto sour feel.

Mouth is heavy, syrupy, flemmy, boozy, acidic, decent carb though.

Overall not bad, decent souring and fruit, bit to flemmy and acidic, decent barrel, tasty but not great.

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Photo of rudzud
4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shared with JLindros.

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a nice garnet hue with a thin quarter inch head that fades to leave a creamy halo light wisps.

S - Aromas of little booze, little bourbon, light cherry, maybe some lacto, genetic sour fruits, nice genetic wild notes. Flashes of funky cheese.

T - Taste is sweet sour cherries, dark, bourbon, barrel, lacto, lightly flemmy, alright booze. Nice ode bruin type style wild. Dark heavy boozy pleasant.

M - Mouthfeel is a bit heavy, boozy, flemmy, syrupy, light carbonation, acidic.

O - Overall this beer had it's ups and downs. Glad to try it but I wish it was better.

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Photo of jegross2
2.57/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Reviewing Loak from De Garde Brewing out of Tillamook, Oregon.

Score: 65

2014 vintage bottle served in a Kate the Great snifter and enjoyed on 05/08/14.

Appearance: Pours a dark brown burgundy color with a thin layer of tan head. Excellent lacing, good retention. 3.75/5

Smell: Poo poo, bleu cheese funkiness, chocolate and cherry funk, with a hint of coffee. Sharp sweet caramel too. The funk is the last and first thing you smell on this nose, and it is not pleasant. The poo poo character dies down as the beer breathes, but the other funkiness does not. 1/5

Taste: The taste starts off unpleasant, but either layers nicely or mellows out as it warms up. Initially, this beer has a sharp, unpleasant sweetness upfront that quickly turns tart, and then finishes with a nice bitter coffee flavor. That initial taste sensation is like a rickety roller coaster that jerks you around flavor-wise. Cherry, oak, bourbon and light caramel, with a coffee and chocolate finish. The tartness in the middle gets crisper as the beer warms and layer. The sharp upfront sweetness also mellows out over time, and melds more seamlessly with the tartness. The bitter coffee and chocolate finish is quite lovely, and is the only thing enticing me to keep sipping at first. 3/5

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, appropriate carbonation. Super dry finish. Sweet and sourish upfront, then mildly bitter on the finish. 3.5/5

Overall: This beer was flat out weird. The nose was one of the most unpleasant ones I have experienced in a long time, and the taste is initially subpar save for an excellent finish that was more or less this beer's only saving grace. De Garde makes a lot of really tasty beer, but this is one of their rare early misses (along with their Cornelio Nunez Porter).

Cost: $10 for a 375 ml bottle.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 2.10.14
Thanks C!

A - Pours a dark brown with amber highlights. A few tan bubbles form making a small ring around the edges.

S - Lots of bourbon, vanilla, oak, coconut, caramel.

T - Tart bourbon, oaky, roasted coffee beans.

D - Low carbonation with a medium body.

O - The nose is insanely good. More tart and roasted on the tongue. Good and unique but not my favorite style.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375ml bottle into an allagash tulip

dark brown pour with a inch thick light foamy head. smell of strawberries and oak. taste of oak, bourbon, sweet fruits, slight tartness, just a lot going on and a lot different than most other beers youve had...but par for the course for de garde. such a complex beer. 11.5% is almost not believable as tastes like 6-7%. body is mild as well as carbonation.

overall just another super complex beer from the masters at de garde.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.85/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12.7 oz bottle, thanks, Brian!

Pouring a dark reddish brown with a dense, brown head with decent retention and minimal lacing, this looks good. The nose is boozy, bourbony, sour and faintly acetic . A woody, tannic character is also quite strong. Vanilla, mild bourbon, unsweetened cocoa, a mild funk and lactic acid round out the nose.

The palate opens with a blend of cocoa dusted dark caramel sweetness, a fruity red wine character , a meaty, lactic bite, pronouncedly so. The mid palate has flavors of coffee, earthy funk and a little roast. Strongly lactic on the finish with a boozy warmth, this beer is medium in body and rather over carbonated. The high carbonation does detract from the feel. Oaky tannins linger on in the finish, drying the palate , along with a bit of preserved lemon. For a de Garde beer, this is quite clean - not messy and frothy/ yeasty like most - and that's an interesting characteristic, as it allows the funk and fermentation byproducts to shine. It does, however, also reveal a rather ordinary base beer. Still, this is solid, but it's amazing how much better Loak Bean was.

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Photo of PZBREW
4.83/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

excited to try this too
a. dark browm. almost black. a little bit of dark paper foam that goes away fast. some little bubbles left.
s. smells good. some coffee and fruit. lots of acid. rich with a lot of stuff.
t. really great. strong acid. coffe and chocolate. red fruits. tasty and complex.
m. medium thick. not heavy. makes it fresh and tasty. very good
o. I like this a lot. maybe as good as the other beer I had. will try again when I can.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wild oak aged imperial stout.

Arrives in a 12 oz snifter.
A: very thin light tan head, quickly dissipates. No lacing. Dark brown with an amber tint at the edge. Looks like flat cola
S: sour tart cherry, dark fruits. Some red wine notes.
T: moderately tart, but not overwhelming. Balanced. Barrel aging is very subtle, as are the roasty notes from the stout base. Does not come across as an imperial stout. Incredibly well balanced and flavorable. Great finish.
M: for the lack of a head, the carbonation itself is spot on. Could use a little more body for the style.
O/D: for their first beer, this one is a huge winner. Great flavor, balanced, and incredibly easy to drink. Maybe a bit too much so at 11%!

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Loak from de Garde Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 130 ratings