De Garde Avenue Number 1 is a two year Wild Farmhouse blend ale with cherries aged in Oak Barrels. Blended with AltBrau & New Avenue for Youth
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 750mL bottle into a DeGarde Tulip glass. Acquired as an extra from cdJensen, thank you sir!
Pours a dark cherry colored body, pretty hazy to the point of being opaque. Off-white, lightly pink tinted head reduces slowly to leave solid lacing and good retention. Really nice looking.
On the nose.. cherries, cherries, cherries, very potent and fresh cherries dominate.. not artificial at all, very reminiscent of a Belgian Kriek. Slightly medicinal, but I love that aroma.
On the tongue, the cherries aren’t as dominating but definitely present in the form of sour cherry warheads, drying, tart lactic acid, wine-ish, finishes with an ever so slight oak note. Finish is crisp, clean, and refreshing. Medium high carbonation.
Overall a delightful beer, very nicely blended to incorporate a perfect amount of cherry flavor. Pretty sour but not enough to take over the fruit notes.