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RATINGS: 16   MEAN: 4.12/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.89/5   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Sour ale with blueberries, aged in oak barrels.

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4.2
ClarkVV (6839) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 30, 2017
750mL bottle shared 7/8/17.
Highly clear, blueberry pulp-violet with deep ruby-magenta hues and a quickly fizzling ring of violet-specked beige bubbles.
Pure blueberry skin and pulp with trailing acidity. Vanilla worked in there as well, perhaps from the oak? It plays against the sharper, fruitier blueberry notes nicely, softening and sweetening them a bit, while a bit of lactic acid, very moderate for De Garde creeps in, as well. No alcohol and little/no acetic character. Again, just like the apricot gose, it's as if they've added the very essence of the fruit right in to the glass. Huge and sniffable and yet I believe it's still integrated enough with the beer, though it's obviously very fruit-forward and meant to be front-and-center, not just a tiny part of the beer. So while some may take issue with that, the fruit is just done too well for me to do so.
Very dry in the mouth with plentiful fruit tannin. Good tartness to it with a very moderate lactic character and no real acetic presence. Very tightly carbonated, as all De Gardes, helping to concentrate what sugar is present and disperse the acidity on the finish. Again, the blueberry character is second to none and there's a pleasant, moderately oaky character adding light wood, vanilla and maybe a bit more dryness than necessary. Really the only fault I can find here is that the high attenuation plus fruit tannin and acidity plus the oak leaves it just a touch too dry/thin, but it's a minor complaint and this stuff is still incredibly well-done. Worth trying for the aroma alone.

3.9
WillRunForBeer (2735) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2017
First taste of my two hour stint at Adam’s crazy 5000th rate Magnum extravaganza by the lake. Shared by Conor. Thanks! Pours purple with a pinkish purple head. Aroma is big wild blueberry, slight sour wheat. Flavor is tart blueberry, lemon, moderate funk, oak. A really good blueberry beer.

4.1
AirForceHops (7702) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2017
Conor with this 750 ml bottle share! Aroma is a crazy amount of blueberry. From the path of the I could smell tons of blueberry very mild sourness. Taste is a wonderful balance of sour funk and blueberry. Berry forward with just enough sourness that doesn’t overwhelm my palate. This is exceptional!

3.9
AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 8, 2017
75CL from Conor. Pours rather still w/o any huge amount of head. Looks like straight blueberry juice. This smells insane. Yeah, super duper sour but with a load of blueberry which is surprising how little these impart on the palate. It has a slight fig quality to it but then you get a finish which is straight hand-picked blueberries. sour is muted, oak is hidden. Nice solid beer.

3.5
Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - MAY 8, 2017
Bottle, very strongly tart, which hurts this brew. Dark blue pour, tons of blueberry aroma, but the taste is just overwhelmingly tart.

4.1
gephross100 (943) - Bellaire, Texas, USA - APR 9, 2017
Bottle thanks to Jonathan. Pours purple with no head. Blueberry preserve nose. Jammy as fuck. Medium lacto sourness.

3.9
djd07 (15356) - Houston, Texas, USA - APR 7, 2017
Bottle thanks to Grant. Pours a dark purple with small pinkish white head that lasts. The aroma is berry, funk, oak, mineral. Medium body, jammy, berry, oak, nice funk, light acidity, very nice.

4.3
vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2017
Bottle. Purple pour with pink head. Blueberry aromas, tart, wine, oak aromas. Light oak, tart blueberries, tart fruit, wine and sour fruitz

4.2
jtclockwork (17102) - , New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2017
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2017 Bottle - pours purple white head - nose and taste blueberry, wine, oak, funk and jam - medium body

4.1
RobertDale (6764) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - FEB 24, 2017
At RateBeer Best. Pours dark purple with a very small pinkish head. Aroma of berries, wood, and funk. Taste is tart blueberries, oak, and funk. Very delicious.


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