Category Archives: de Garde Brewing

de Garde The Law of Winter

Brewery: de Garde Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A spontaneous Wild Ale aged in oak barrels for three years with cider apples, vanilla beans, cinnamon, allspice, ginger & orange zest. Bottled still.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.91
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and capped bottle, bottled still in November 2019. Poured into an Alvinne teku glass.
Appearance: It was a hazy golden colour with only a minimal white head and no lacing.
Aroma: Sweet, apple cider, vanilla, orange zest, almost perfumy, with a splash of cinnamon on the finish.
Taste: Sour, tart, apple, cidery, grapefruit, orange, funky, oak, vanilla, perfumy, with some light spice notes.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with very soft carbonation.
Overall: Interesting wintery holiday aroma and flavours. But I think that the combination especially of orange zest and vanilla was perhaps too perfumy for me. It was mostly fine on the aroma, but too much on the flavour. The apple cidery notes were good though.

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de Garde Ivy

Brewery: de Garde Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A spontaneous Wild Ale aged in oak barrels for two years.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.31
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. corked and capped bottle, with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into an Alvinne teku glass.
Appearance: A very slightly hazy golden orange colour with a big two finger white head that had good retention and left nice lacing.
Aroma: Lightly tart, funky, musty, damp wood, citrus, lemon zest, lime, wet straw.
Taste: Sour, lightly tart, funky, hay, oak, grapefruit, honey, stone fruit, peach, lime, citrus peel, light bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Balanced and enjoyable with good aroma and flavours.

de Garde The Apricot

Brewery: de Garde Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 6.5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A spontaneous Wild Ale aged in oak barrels with apricots.

My rating: 4
My beeradvocate.com rating: 4.32
My ratebeer.com rating: 4.2

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle with no clear bottled on or best before date. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy straw yellow colour with an almost two finger white head that dissipated fairly quickly to a ring around the glass while leaving only sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Candied and tart, almost like sour peach gummy rings.
Taste: Tart, sour, apricot, peach, candied, oak and some light funk.
Mouthfeel: Acidic, light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation.
Overall: Very nice with those sour fruit gummy candy aroma and flavours. A lot more sour in the taste than the aroma suggests, but also not a lot of funkiness.

de Garde The Little Peach

Brewery: de Garde Brewing
Country: USA
ABV: 5%
Style: American Wild Ale

Brewer Description: (from bottle) A spontaneous Wild Ale aged in oak barrels with Oregon peaches.

My rating: 3
My beeradvocate.com rating: 3.98
My ratebeer.com rating: 3.8

Intro: A 1 pint 9.4 fl. oz. bottle, bottled in January 2018. Poured into a 3 Fonteinen stemmed glass.
Appearance: A cloudy straw yellow colour with a two finger white head that dissipated quickly and left sparse to no lacing.
Aroma: Tart and sweet, ripe peach, apricot, oak and light funk.
Taste: Tart, sour, unripe peach, lemon juice, oak and funk.
Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with moderate prickly carbonation.
Overall: Aroma was amazing but taste didn’t quite match the aroma. Still quite nice though, and easy to drink.