Provisions Series: Gunga Galunga - The Bruery

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 105
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 11.55%
Wants: 22
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Gunga Galunga is a black beer with Thai influence. Brewed with 100% brettanomyces, kaffir lime leaves and galanga root (also known as Thai ginger, but it's not too ginger-like). This smooth, dry and roasty beer has clear notes of fresh citrus, crushed herbs and will compliment a spicy curry beautifully.

ABV: 7.7%, IBU: 25, SRM: 30, Release: One time only
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Photo of FosterJM
3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

129th Review on BA
Bottle to Tulip

App- A big dark pour with some ruby highlights in the light. Poured a very dark brown almost black with a big 2 finger pillowy head.

Smell- After it got passed around the room and I finally got to smell it. I get the lime of course, honey, almond and yeast.

Taste- A bold mix of flavors in this glass. It's quite different but not bad. I find it to be above an average beer just a lot to get used to.

Mouth- Its a medium bodied beer with what seems to be a mid/high carb level. Its presents kind of in a semi-dry wine sort of way.

Drink- Its a fine beer in its own way. Unique, raw, different and it aims to be. Not for everyone, but some beers aren't and that's okay. I was split on my comfort level of this beer but ill say it was a 70/30 like/dislike. (794 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Served in a snifter.

Really interesting beer. I'll start off with that. Also, i actually liked this quite a bit. Pours black with a single-finger head. The nose brings some basil, lime, and menthol. Strange, but pretty interested. A bit of roasted character fills in the background.

Taste is basil and lime. Maybe it's just me, but I like what The Bruery does with basil. Roasted malt character and lime there as well. A slight touch of chocolate. Body is medium and has nice carbonation. Light and really easy-drinking. An interesting concoction. (575 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.18/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by drabmuh at a local tasting. Thanks Matt!

A: Dark brown in color, with a healthy, beige head. The appearance is the best aspect of this beer.

S: Extremely spicy, herbal, vegetal. Whoa!

T: Over the top. While I appreciate the extreme nature of this beer, as well as pushing the limits of brewing and what a beer can be, this is just hard to drink. It's incredibly spicy and vegetal, with an odd assortment of garden herbs present throughout the aroma and flavor.

M: Medium body with fairly low carbonation. Again, this is an oddity.

D: A pleasure to sample. I commend Patrick Rue and The Bruery for pushing the limits of craft brewing and embracing creativity. However, that doesn't mean I can, or would want to drink more than a couple ounces of this. (773 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 12/12/10 notes. Had at a local tasting thanks to drabmuh; thanks Matt.

a - Pours a black color with an inch of tan head and light carbonation.

s - Smells of lime, roasted malts, and some herbs or spice. A bit odd.

t - Tastes of lime, roasted malts, spices, and chocolate. Also some weird mint/herb in the aftertaste?

m - Medium body and low carbonation, smooth and creamy.

d - An odd spiced fruit beer. The lime and roasted malts were kind of weird together. Glad I got to try it but probably wouldn't seek it out again. (530 characters)

Photo of AgentZero
2.4/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Thanks to Jason for sharing this one.

A - It's brown, somewhat murky and dead looking.

S - Spiced all to hell, not something I generally care for in beers, but kind of what I suspected, doesn't mean it smelled good. A little bit like tea, with something I can't quite identify.

T - Bizzare herb taste, bit of mint, and just way spiced. Different, but not in a good way. Don't like it.

M - Medium bodied and carbonated, mouthfeel was fairly unnoticable.

D - Hard to drink given the poor tasting experience, won't have this again. (534 characters)

Photo of jrallen34
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

750ml bottle poured into my Narke tulip...Pours a dark brown with a really light tan head. The head settles to a light soapy head, pour lacing...The aroma is not my thing at all, tons of spice, reminds me of a Christmas beer, black licorice, eucyaliptis (too strong), ginger, and nutmeg on the back. Does not make me want to drink this at all...The taste is really light, thankfully. There is light spice, but I'm just bored. The ginger comes through mostly.

Not disappointed as I had no expectations. (502 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.97/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very dark brown almost black with a half finger of tan head and left a little lacing sticking to the glass. The aroma was quite intresting consisting of spices, herbal, ginger, lime leafs, roastiness, chocolate malts, and slight coffee notes as well. The ginger and lime leaves were a bit more potent on the palate with some mint character alongside roasty herbal coffee accents but still had chocolate malt flavors. The brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had a herbal, spice, slight sweet and mild astringent, but earthy finish; very intresting. It drank decent considering the madness going on but to me its one that I would be done with after one bottle. Its still worth trying. (719 characters)

Photo of Overlord
2.38/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I gave this to some folks in trades. Several of them specifically wanted it. Hmm....I hope it agrees more with them.

Pours a murky brown. Light tan foam.

Smells boozy, with some grassy lime notes, and some roasted herbal spices. Oooo ... so .... herbal.

Taste has a weird mint aftertaste, lime, that medicinal/herb undercurrent, some grass/yeastiness. If you like those flavors, perhaps you'll like this more than I did. Finishes bone dry. Any sort of sweetness might have livened this up.

Well carbonated.

I don't know what to say. I feel like the brilliant brewers over at the Bruery (say that three times real fast) swing for the fences a lot. They hit way more than their fair share of home runs (we know about B. Tuesday, Melange 3, Oude Tart, etc., but Premiere from this batch of releases was fantastic) but they strike out every once in a while, too. (864 characters)

Photo of Arbitrator
2.02/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. I don't know who shared this... Nanoslug? To the surprisingly effeminate, suddenly beardless Adam (who has great legs): thanks.

A: Pours a dark brown color. Even a small pour is opaque. It's capped with some tan foam.

S: This smells interesting. The kaffir lime is quite noticeable, as well as a base roast. It's also menthol-y and carries a hint of booze. It actually reminds of some after-dinner olamo paan ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paan ) in its aroma.

T: Yes, paan. Lime, menthol, some roast, a basil light leafiness. It's interesting, but altogether gross.

M: Medium-bodied. Semi-dry. I'm not even sure what's wrong here, but I don't like it. The mentholy flavor makes it unappealing.

D: This beer was an interesting experiment, and that's kind of it. It's not horribly offensive, but it doesn't pass for good, either. largadeer managed to pronounce this as a beer that was "not palatable" and "not something I wanted to finish" and admitted that "I couldn't drink enough of it to review," but it's "not an F, maybe a B-," which makes exactly zero sense. But then, it physically pains him not to give everything an A+. This is not the worst beer I've ever tried, but if you don't even want to drink it.... (1,249 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What an odd beer....beer served in a Bruery tulip. Beer is black with a thin broken head of small bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass with moderate carbonation.

Beer smells like lime and basil, oh boy, here we go.

Beer is medium in body and bright in the mouth with big citrus and finishes with a basily sense. Its not as bad as some other basil, or heavily spiced beers I've had recently, but its quite good overall. Drinkability is good and I'd have it again at a tasting but overall its just an OK beer. I like the rarity of it. (542 characters)

Photo of billshmeinke
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Bruery tulip.

Dark black beer that light cannot penetrate. Half an inch of fluffy/rocky beige head.

The nose is ridiculous, lime, mint, and a touch of banana. Mostly a harmonious marriage of mint and lime though with some dark malt underlying.

The taste is chocolaty at first then minty then a hit of lime. Wow, this is so weird/interesting and good. This would be so amazing with Thai food. The mint/sage/herbs and lime with the dark chocolaty malt meld surprisingly well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with smooth and subtle carbonation. Just right for the beer. Surprisingly creamy.

Where did this beer come from??? Seriously like nothing I have ever had... ever. I think I love this beer. It's like when you meet someone you don't complete understand, but something about them is so intriguing that you know you need to spend more time with them to figure out exactly why you are so intrigued. Sorry to get all RoCo here, but yeah, this beer kicks ass! I'm gonna go order some Thai food. (1,011 characters)

Photo of berebrando
4.23/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours deep black with a thin head of medium sized beige bubbles. the bubbles dissipate quickly, leaving a temporary lacing that clears after a few minutes. this dark ale smells deeply of dark chocolate, walnuts and some slight boozy alcohol scents. I taste a lot of chocolate, something oddly spicy like ginger (but not like ginger), and a very unique and refreshing pucker on the tail end of the taste. it feels great in my mouth and I plan on drinking it all, making it drinkable. if you find this, try it out... (514 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle at Black Tuesday.

A: The pour is a dark brown color, maybe black if you're feeling generous, with a couple finger's worth of tan head.

S: The roast is the primary aroma to this one along with some definite herbal notes. The lime leaves really comes through (giving an almost basil character) and there's a bit of lime zest too.

T: Not shockingly, the flavor is very similar to the aroma. Lots of roast with a fairly high level of bitterness. The lime notes are subtle, but the herb notes are quite strong.

M: The body is medium with a fairly high level of carbonation to it. Fairly dry on the finish.

D: As you might expect, this was interesting. It was surprisingly mild in flavor for a beer with such an array of ingredients. (748 characters)

Photo of pastradul
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to otakuale for sharing this as well!

poured into a deschutes tulip.

pours a very deep dark brown with a light mocha head that is very fluffy.

the aroma is lots of spice with a mild malty medium coffee roast type smell.

the taste is lots of spice followed my the medium body malt. Some mild chocolate and coffee coming through a tad. The dominating flavor is the spices though.

Very similar to the TREAT by midnight sun... just without the pumkpin part. (465 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
4.35/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle, picked up at the Provisions store, got to love the Caddyshack reference,

A: Pours a deep brown with a frothy full tan head. Lots of lace.

S: Interesting mix, definitely Asian inspired. Lime, ginger, and a bit of teriyaki sauce with some chocolate malt.

T: The galanga (blue ginger) stands out a bit with some limeade sweetness. Bitter malt on the back end, very fruity.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy and very easy carbonation. Light and springy on the palate.

D: The lime adds a lot of ease to this beer, very drinkable for how dark it is and the higher ABV. Good show by The Bruery in their Provisions series, all three have been stand out efforts. (664 characters)

Photo of corregidore
4.33/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The Dalai Lama himself would enjoy this crisp and refreshing beer.

Don't be fooled by the initial pour. While this beer pours dark and with a thick hazelnut head, its flavor has the depth of a dark ale that leaves your palate clean and with a hint of citrus. Full-bodied and with an excellent, bright mouth feel, this beer would pair well with strong foods like Thai, with lighter fare like chicken dishes, or even with a fresh dinner salad.

Robust flavor. A light aftertaste. This smooth tasting beer is enjoyable and easy to drink.

This beer is so enjoyable, in fact, that I think I'll have another right now - so I've got that goin' for me, which is nice... (664 characters)

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Provisions Series: Gunga Galunga from The Bruery
81 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.