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Harvey - Brugge Brasserie

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53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 4.32
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 17
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Brugge Brasserie visit their website
Indiana, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wild Ale made with blackberries.

(Beer added by: aasher on 05-13-2011)
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Reviews by 1Adam12:
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

1Adam12, Jan 27, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jisom123, Aug 22, 2012
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3.24/5  rDev -25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Dark ruby red with an opaque body. Small trails of carbonation up the goblet

S - Tart blackberry sweet tarts

T - Tart up front with a slight Belgian yeast that gives it a bubblegum and clove. The blueberries are there but a bit overtaken by the Belgian yeast aspects. Not as tart as I had it previously

M - Syrupy sweet body with a softness from the Belgian yeast

O - Feel like they toned this down to have for the restaurant crowd instead of the beer one . Really soft overall and felt this batch was just an ok sour instead of one of the better ones.

jeonseh, Nov 17, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

DanFromIndy, Mar 20, 2014
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3.79/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

So, Maybe this is just me, but I expected way more funk, way more sour, and far more puckering of the cheeks. This is extremely tasty, but more on a juice level than a wild ale. In short, I expected more.

A: served in a tulip. Deep amber hue, very nice head first poured, and a smattering of lacing as the beer is consumed.

S: malt and sugar on the nose. A little sweet cherry, with some apple spicing.

T: a lot of apple, caramel, and tons of sugar. Wild yeast is evident in the dash of citrus mixed in. Very pleasurable, but far too much like juice carbonated juice.

M: very nicely carbonated, and the malt is balanced well with the wild yeast. The carbonation attacks the back of the throat at first, but dissipates quickly. A little malty on the after taste, but mixes well with the sweetness left on the lips.

O: maybe this just hasn't aged long enough? I fully believe the previous reviews before me, but this is seemingly far too sugary to be correct. I'm not indicating a good wild ale shouldn't have sugary sweetness - this is just too much. I will glad try this again in the future to see if this may have just been a youngster.

qcbrewer, Aug 29, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Gonzoillini, Nov 02, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Oops, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks goes out to my boy aasher for bringing this DONG with him to the Down South Beer Tasting to share with the group! Many thanks Al! Served from growler into a Mikkeller taster flute. Poured a pinkish red with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, blackberry, tart, and dark fruit. The flavor sweet malt, blackberry, fruit, and sour fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with mild carbonation. Overall this was an extremely good brew. Al told me he was bringing a highly rated DONG with him that I would love. I really wanted to prove him wrong, but I am unable to. This thing was very nice. While the flavor and aroma on this one were not as complex as most of the American Wild Ales I've had in the past, all of the components in this one work extremely well together making this one of the highlights for the night for me. A really well done brew from a brewery I never knew existed. Massive thanks for the chance to try this one buddy!

thagr81us, Oct 10, 2011
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

Riggsenater, Feb 17, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap today at Three Floyds.

Appearance – Given in a tulip. A very lovely color - a deep pink/red hue and about two fingers of big fluffy head.

Smell – Raspberries and blackberries, slight funk and earthiness, tartness.

Taste – Exactly as the nose. Nice tart blackberry flavor, less barnyard funk than the aroma but a bit more tart which is welcomed. Not insanely sour, but a nice mouth puckering from the fruits. A bit of sweetness midway through, yet also some nice acidity. Overall, extremely drinkable.

Mouthfeel – Medium to lighter bodied, nice carbonation.

Overall – A very good AWA. Nice and easy to drink. Would be curious how a bottle of this would age (perhaps get a bit more tart?). Wish I could have stayed longer and gotten another.

SpdKilz, Jan 28, 2012
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4.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a: nice purple haze, thick with a light purple/tan head. little retention. nice lacing. Looks like carbonated grape juice.

s: fruity esters creep off the rim. yeasty. strong sour scent and a a super sweet creamy aroma. strong scent on the nose. Blackberry detectable and easily pinpointed on this one.

t: wow. Blackberry warhead. intially the lips pucker on the extreme sour (hints of cheese-like flavors...nice sour notes), and then you relax into the blissfully sweet blackberry. finishes crip and bitter and leaves you begging for more. just fantastic.

m: creamy, thick. coats the palette well. nice carbonation makes the flavors pop.

o: this is just a tremendous wild. wish i could have tried the older sibling too, though I don't leave Brugge Brasserie sad since i got the chance with this one. Wish I grabbed a growler (assuming they do fills).

Preismj, Aug 06, 2011
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4.25/5  rDev -1.6%

ddedhed, Oct 29, 2013
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5/5  rDev +15.7%

smchenry75, Dec 17, 2011
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

JMUbrewz, Nov 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev -7.4%

HumanParaquat, Jul 28, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

cosmonick, Jan 02, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jadler16, May 02, 2014
Photo of aasher
4.58/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This blackberry wild (the sister beer of Pookah) was enjoyed at the brewpub. It pours a very bright and moderately clear red in color with a one finger light pink head. It smells of light berry sweetness with a touch of tartness. The tartness strengthens as the beer warms. It tastes of very fresh, sweet berries with a nice and light tart finish. The drinkability of this beer is through the roof. The flavors are multifaceted and overly appealing. It drinks so well and disappears too quickly. The flavors are so sharp that it makes your mouth water for the next sip. Top notch beer from Brugge. It really, really makes me look forward to trying Pookah.

Edit: More recent batches feature a more pronounced tartness in both the nose and flavor.

aasher, May 13, 2011
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4.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Brugge Brasserie last weekend. Served in a tulip.

Pours a nice reddish-purple with a great white head that is slightly tinted with a bit of red. Good retention and a bit of lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose was lightly tart with a bit of wheat and some blackberry character. The flavor took it to the next level, with a bit of wheat and grain coming in below tart berry character and a light lactic acidity. Light body with good carbonation and a dry, slightly-acidic finish. Really nicely done. Highly enjoyable.

Thorpe429, Sep 28, 2011
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4.75/5  rDev +10%

biggied, Dec 15, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brugge Brasserie.
Served in a nice big tulip.

Orange-tinted pink body sits beneath a rosey pink head of 3 fingers. Good retention and lacing on this-- very impressed.
Smells of blackberries, black and red raspberries, and a touch of sweet malty vinegar (if that makes sense). The flavor adds a great tart fruitiness that really helps this come across as smooth and enjoyable! The acetic acidity is perfect to make this quite a quaffable American sour.

Lots of fruit sweetness with a great tart bite and a firm carbonation helpthis medium bodied beer along.

I'm very impressed-- this is certainly the best blackberry sour I've had.

AleWatcher, Jan 19, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jul 15, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

Tittles, Aug 12, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +4.2%

zrab11, Dec 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -13.2%

ajzy, Jul 16, 2013
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Harvey from Brugge Brasserie
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