DeGarde Spruce Desay

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A sour and fruity farmhouse inspired beer fermented and aged in oak wine barrels blended with two year old earthy and rustic farmhouse beer barrels. After blending, this was conditioned on spruce tips, resulting in a fruity, spicy beer with pronounced spruce tip character and a balanced acidity. Lovely.

Final Rating: 4.49/5
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750mL bottle into a DeGarde tulip glass. Acquired in a trade.

Pours initially a clear golden amber body, as the dregs start to mix in it gets a tad hazy, head is off white in color, 2 finger and pretty gushing but fizzy and reduces fairly quickly to leave no lacing and a little ring of retention.

Interesting aromas, the spruce is definitely there!! Smells like an alpine forest, a good amount of spruce and pine, herbs, with some funk and citrus, lactic tartness.

This is one of the most interesting beers I’ve tasted, in 500+ reviews I’ve never tasted a beer that incorporates such a unique taste so elegantly – very apparent spruce/pine/almost rosemary-ish spices upfront and on the follow through, very tart, borderline sour otherwise, heavy lactic tartness, light oak, citrus, a drying tartness on the finish. Medium-light, crisp body with high carbonation and a tart aftertaste.

Overall very unique, I really like how to spruce worked here. It’s like drinking a sour Christmas tree but in a good way.

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