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De Garde / Side Project Saison Desay - Pinot Noir Barrel

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RATINGS: 19   MEAN: 3.85/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.58   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 204   ABV: 6.8%
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Sour farmhouse ale aged in pinot noir barrels


2.1
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
MrChopin (3347) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 21, 2014 [ Bottle ][ ½ of 75cl ][ Home ][ Thanks GT! ][ tulip ][ 9/20/14 ]
Hazy orange-honey body with fizzy, large white head, drops to ring. Rubbery plastic and unripe berries in the nose, tons of way-too-young green aspects, hot alcohol and acids. Fruity red-berry, high acid front palate, mid burns, plastic and vegetal, bright but muddled, shit-ton of rind. More a collection of elements than one final product, slick and coating with no heft, and carbonation an afterthought. Another disappointment in the Desay lineup, hopefully De Garde delivers elsewhere.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
GT2 (8464) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 20, 2014
[ Bottle ][ 75cl ][ brainlair ][ Trade ][ Chardonnay Stemware ][ 9.20.14 ]
>> Pours a full haze strawberry blonde with medium white foam and speckled lacing. Nose is rich strawberry, yellow rose, saltwater, chlorine, strawberry tart, white strawberry, underripe melon. Taste is bubbly and highly acidic up front. Tons of lemon and lime, low salt, flashes of chlorine and chemical. Feels like a green, unfinished beer. A bit disappointing.

>!< chemical, chlorine, green, underripe flavors

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dyan (21) - Oregon, USA - AUG 31, 2014
Thank you, Brian. A shade darker than I remember the Chardonnay Desay being, this beer is copper colored with a definite pinkish hue, especially on the head. Retention and lacing are decent. The nose is plenty funky. Earth, manure, wet hay, barnyard, dry hay, this just smells like Tillamook A mild fruitiness with berries, preserved lemon along with a noticeable oak character (closer to a light-medium toast American oak?). Not particularly saison-esque, the phenols and spices are long gone. A touch of sulfur is present as well. The palate opens with a big, bright sourness, lactic, lemony and with a mild oak astringency. This does mask some of the funk complexity that I was able to discern on the nose, leaving this seem a little simpler than its Chardonnay barrel aged brother. Lemons, cloves, a fruitiness that’s reminiscent of not-yet-ripe raspberries and guavas, Drying and tannic on the finish with lingering tannins, a clean but brash raw oak flavor (minimal vanilla, though), this beer is light in body, moderately carbonated and quite enjoyable on the palate. The lingering lactic and lemon peel character is quite enjoyable as well. Very nice stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
djd07 (3646) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 30, 2014
Bottle thanks to Chow. Pours a cloudy dark orange with small off white head. The aroma is strong citrus, oak, funk. Medium mouthfeel with nice dry fruit, oak, lingering dry finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Koelschtrinker (10710) - Köln (Cologne), GERMANY - AUG 20, 2014
Deutlich fruchtiger, primär säuerlicher Antrunk. Vollmundig, hell, wenig bitter. Die Säuerlichkeit ist vollmundig, rund, weicher als die Chardonnay Version. 10/11/11/10/10/11

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2155) - Petaluma, California, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Thanks Dustin, again. Aroma has barf and cats. But there are also notes of citrus and phenol. Flavor is lovely, mango and watermelon, sweet grapes, resin. Tastes more like a Riesling than any red wine. Pleasant lactic greek yogurt sourness.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jtclockwork (8491) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 14, 2014
Bottle shared by Bobby at weekly tasting. Pours yellow gold white head. Nose/taste of grape, sour funk, oak and wine. Medium body. Touch of cheesy funk on the nose.

4.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
vtafro (3489) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 13, 2014
Bottle. Hazy golden pour with white head. Red wine, oak, and light yeast and tart fruit aromas. Oaky, light wine and Brett fruit tones.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
PhillyCraft (3257) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 18, 2014
Bottle at Ryans, Poured bright gold with medium to large head. Some nice lace to her. Aromas and flavor were barn brett, wet oak, basement funk, sour fruit skins, and grain. As it warmed, it became filled with sour peach flavors. Really tasty meh. Try dis

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jredmond (5352) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 14, 2014
Bottle at Ryan’s July 2014 tasting. Pours a hazy body with white lacing. Aroma is sour fruits, oak and tart funk character. Really nice soft nose - as the wine barrels compliment the fruity flavors extremely well. Mouthfeel is soft and tart with notes of sour fruit - peach, apricot, lemon grapes, funky barn character and oak. Great sour funky ale.


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