Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Loak | de Garde Brewing

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
very good
11 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
de Garde Brewing
Oregon, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by oregonskibum on 05-31-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 128
Reviews by Petcha:
Photo of Petcha
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

More User Reviews:
Photo of Wowcoolman
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Dry and astringent, smells like durian, puckering.

50 characters

Photo of tectactoe
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Cynic-ale
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of stereosforgeeks
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of mdaschaf
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of UWBadgerFan4Life
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of blabaer
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

 393 characters

Photo of jmgrub
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of Bunuelian
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of GRG1313
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of EliotRosewater
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of jegross2
2.57/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

 1,798 characters

Photo of CEDAMA
5/5  rDev +33%

Photo of cdean801
4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of cavemanlawyer
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of largadeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of SveNss0N
2.6/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Eighty
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of WeisGuy
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Canada_Dan
4.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ShanePB
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Loak from de Garde Brewing
3.76 out of 5 based on 128 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!