De Garde & Jackie O’s ‘With Friends Like These’ BA Wild Ale w Muscat Grapes


40969237_947100962140716_406199864913821696_n“A Wild Ale fermented & aged in oak with late harvest Muscat grapes. Brewed & blended by de Garde Brewing in Tillamook, Oregon with special help from our friends at Jackie O’s. Enjoy with friends of your own. Do not drink bourbon with Brad.”

Glassware: Stemmed Tulip.

Appearance: Golden orange with a heavy haze. It forms a thumb of fizzy white head which gradually recedes to a film leaving a wet and streaky lace down the walls.

Aroma: Displays a fresh citrus profile i.e freshly cut lemon, orange peel, grapefruit and white grape juice (yes we know it’s not citrus but it ties in with it so well!). It has a distinct saison-esque spiciness, a bit like white pepper and woody spice…the latter maybe more of an adjunct scent from the time spent in oak barrels. Mild tartness, low acidity. Quite approachable!

Flavour: Super refreshing. Oodles of candied citrus, fruit tingles, sweet grape juice and orange peel upfront. The middle is where it’s at! It develops a delicious candy-like flavour – kind of like grape flavoured sherbet with a soft oak tannin and tart citrus notes in support. The finish is nice and smooth, fruity and revealing a barnyard mustiness on the back end.

Mouthfeel: Light on with a spritzy texture. Mild-medium body. Sourness/acidity is quite low. Very smashy for 6.4% AbV.

Overall: Outstanding drop. Although we love our muscat grapes the more subtle use of them here as opposed to ‘The Lucy’ is why we would favour it. That along with its approachable character and fine aroma and flavour. Very very impressive.