madmitch76 (15309) - , Essex, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
30th September 2014
Craft Clerkenwell. Bottle tasting. Thanks to the Bois. Murky cherry red beer, small pink head. Palate is light and dry and crisp. Tasty cherries and berries. Good sherbet seltzer in the mix. Trace of citrus before the light finish. Tart but drinkable. Nice.
Theydon_Bois (9125) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - OCT 12, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle split at CBC Clerko, from an IP trade with Don, 30/09/14.
Opaque bloody mary burgundy-esque colouration with little in the way of a head.
Nose is sour red berry mash, tarte berry, light smoke, bitter raspberry.
Taste comprises boysenberry compote, straw, acidic notes, tangy red berries.
Medium bodied, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Solid ’Linner, great balance and depth, lots of tangy berry goodness.
Scopey (7058) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 1, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Mr Bois - cheers. Gusher! It pours deep cloudy red with minimal head. The nose is earthy, funky, grape must, berry skin, cherry, raspberry pip and sherbet. The taste is crisp, tart, acidic, lactic, raspberry, cherry, redcurrant, sherbet and fresh fruit cocktail with a dry, tart finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Crisp, tart and super-fruity. One of De Garde’s best.
Leighton (11322) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 30, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared in London - big thanks to Colin. Pours soupy, bloody purple with a creamy pink head. Vibrant tart berry aroma with nips of wood, leather and mouldy funk. Light-medium sweet flavor with strong sourness, rich berries, raspberries, mild grassy bitterness. Medium bodied with fine, fizzy carbonation. Cleansing sour berry finish, lightly tannic, with some old wood, leathery fruits, raspberry, cherry. Solid. Very refreshing, quenching.
jtclockwork (8594) - , New Jersey, USA - JUL 27, 2014
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle at Bobby’s tasting. 20th De Garde rating. Pours purplish pink head. Nose/taste of tart boysenberry, oak, red wine, funky acid. Touch of fruit loops in the nose. Medium body.
vtafro (3567) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 26, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Ruby pour with white head. Raspberry, cherry funk, other oak aromas. Dark berry funk, other tart tones.
deekyn (1210) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2014 A - pours hazy pink with high pink head. S - damn! The nose is strong amazing boysenberries, so jammy. Fresh tart berries and a sweet rich jam. Then you get that fantastic de garde funk(yogurt, cheese funk, their yeast profile and wet grass) also notes of bell pepper, grape skins, acetic acid, lemon juice. M light tart dry. Sticky end. T the taste is amazing and so balanced. Great combo of sweet jammy Boysenberries along with tart fresh berries (skin and seeds and all). Some hay, wet wood, yogurt and cheese funk. Some tart apple juice and wet forest. O - a stand out from de garde. Complex and such a statement from the berries as de garde house cultures. so damn good.
vyvvy (4025) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the 1st anniversary - Pours purple with a white head. The aroma has lots of boysenberry and is very lush and even pithy. There seems to be an added tarness - probably from wine barrels. It has a medium / light body with mild carbonation. The flavor starts with lots of berries, tartness, wine notes, citrus and deep dark berries. The finish is a bit maltier and has some oak notes. Very lush and delicious beer.
douglas88 (6126) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Anniversary Event. Pours a deep purple...color with a medium white head. A wonderful nose of fresh berries, oak, a bit of funk. The flavor is great: it just works with a fairly soft Berliner base and fresh huge fruit addition. Funky, some sawdust, more berries. Could drink tons.
ericdevin (827) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - MAY 4, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft at de Garde, Tillamook. Pours a brilliant purple-red, decent amount of light purple head. Aroma positively sparkles, lively and at the ready, but very clean. Body is lively and quite tart, but both the quality of the fruit and the berries are there, not over the top, but refined. One of de Garde’s better beers and that’s really saying something.