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Pooka - Brugge Brasserie

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Ratings: 78
Reviews: 23
rAvg: 4.13
pDev: 12.11%
Wants: 5
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brugge Brasserie visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: mynie on 05-24-2010

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on-tap at the Brugge Brasserie

A- Mild coppery red
S - Red wine vinigar, tart stone seed fruits
T- Sweet and tart! I would say this is a bit less tart than your average sour, but still gives a nice pucker. I can't distinguish the fruit, but I would say tart cherries.
M- Easy to drink. Nice light carbination.
O- A nice, accessable sour. Not too sour to turn off the younger sour drinks, but enough to hold the attention of those who have kicked back a few sours.

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A- Poured a pink grapefruit color with some light haze to it. One finger pinkish white head shows medium retention. Sheet style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Light acidic overtones to the front of the aroma. The boysenberry comes out more in the front than anywhere else. There is a light crackery backbone that only comes out toward the middle. Horseblanket really comes out toward the ending along with some light funk.

T- Begining of this beer is mostly a under ripe lemon and boysenberry sourness to it. The sourness is sharp, tart, then gone. Middle of the beer still has that crackery malt to it that feels like it has been soaked in lemon juice. The ending of the beer is mostly berry flavors and sourness. The funk is clean and nothing too souring.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little higher but works well for the beer. Boysenberry and sour funk left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly sourness, tart alcohol, and under ripe berry. Flavors are balanced for the style with a little added sourness. No off flavors were present with this beer. Medium high drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer was very drinkable. ABV was well hidden and never really came out. This sour had a little more control than some of the others I have had in the past. The boysenberry was a nice change of pace for things to brew with. Great job Brugge for making something out of the norm.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

On draft at Brugge

Pours cloudy reddish pink with a finger of white fluffy head that eventually fades into a ring.

Aroma: Sour berries with a little wheat tang. Nice but nothing over the top complex.

First sip leaves me very disappointed after all the good things I've heard about this beer. A little tart berry up front, but a big sweet middle section makes me think this beer is supremely under-attenuated. Most of the sour comes from a medicinal vineger taste. Finishes with a bit of oak, but not very dry at all. A complete mess.

Medium bodied with at least good carbonation to accentuate what sour is there.

One of my biggest disappointments in a while after hearing raves on this one. My friend who is local to Broad Ripple told me this beer changed since they started brewing it in house. I can only hope so because this was a complete under attentuated mess that I struggled to even get halfway through.

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On-tap at Brugge..

Pour is a beautiful red that I described as ruby red although my friend thought otherwise. It wasn't bright, it just seemed a little dull in a good way though. Had a big head with some amazing lacing and retention. Beautiful beer in the glass.
The nose is very fruity with some sour and earthy notes. Nothing real funky was detected.

Tastes real good. The fruit is dominant along with a rustic/earthy quality to it. I don't know what boysenberries taste like but they've no doubt left their mark. It's also pleasantly sour and tart as well. I like how the flavors were balanced overall.

I really enjoyed the beer and hope to try it again if it's around in the near future.

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I've been waiting a full year for Brugge to brew this again. Thank god they were able to manage enough boysenberries.

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First had a taste of this at 2010 Indy Micro Brew fest. Had a bigger pour of this at HBG4 party.

A- Looks like a girls mixed drink! Pinkish color with carbonation at the top. Thin head that left quick!

S- Smells pretty tart. Makes your lips pucker just smelling it. Lots of fruit, I guess boysenberry, aroma to it.

T- Like the nose, very sour/tart taste to it. Not as sour as other I've had, but still sour. The boysenberry gave it a fruity taste to it, that may have lessened or balanced out some of the tartness.

M- Light to Medium body. More carbonation than normal. A little dry taste to it.

D- Very interesting drink. The sourness makes you want to keep sipping the drink, but after a glass your ready to move on to something else. Can't wait to sample some of the western wild ales to compare.

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A - A solid pink beer with a thin white head. Nice lacing on the sides, head receded to a nice ring and partial cap.

S - Large berry smell, apparently this is made with pureed boysenberries, quite interesting. Light, tart smell evenly coats the nose.

T - Light, refreshing, and quite fruity. This is a sweet sour, with the sourness being present and the berries being the backbone. Unusual taste, almost like a pink lemonade.

M - Light, medium carbonation, feels right for the style.

D - This is a good, and different beer, would recommend that someone tries this if they want something new.

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reviewed from notes taken on 5/19/12.

poured into a hybrid tulip/snifter glass by barkeep at Brugge Brasserie.

Appearance: light red almost pink boided beer that is opaque & cloudy. It has a white head that stands about 1 finger high and about mid glass drops down to a small ring of head.

Smell: Fruity berries and sour / tart notes. Little bit of bubblegum and wheat in the nose that keep things interesting.

Taste: The first sip of this beer is like a tart punch in the mouth. The tartness is initally on the high end of moderately tart and then mellows to a moderately and very pleasant sour beer! The berries nicely balance to the sour as they offer a mild sweetness that does take away from the tartness. I get strawberry, lemon and raspberry fruit notes from this beer. Little bit of oak and funk to it on the back end of the beer as it warms. Its nice!

Mouthfeel: Medium body with light to moderate carbonation. Clean, crisp, refreshing, and super drinkable sour beer with a fairly dry finish to it. The mouthfeel of this beer compliments almost all aspects of the beer making it that much better!

Overall: I was really wowed by this sour brew. I really tried to get a growler of this beer to take home for my local tasting group. Thanks for a fantastic recommendation of a beer to try while in Indianapolis! Thanks Al (aasher)!

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