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Provisions Series: Gunga Galunga - The Bruery

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97 Ratings
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Ratings: 97
Reviews: 41
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 19.36%
Wants: 20
Gots: 39 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  7.70% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 08-18-2010)
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4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-20-2011 04:15:55 | More by Rempo
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11-19-2011 06:39:56 | More by Jstark5150
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California

2/5  rDev -42.2%

11-16-2011 06:15:29 | More by jerz
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Svalbard & Jan Mayen Islands

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-16-2011 01:25:39 | More by TheRealDBCooper
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +44.5%

11-15-2011 21:08:22 | More by thebouch01
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California

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 17:12:01 | More by MrFootstones
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California

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-15-2011 05:39:31 | More by bombadil
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Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 02:52:16 | More by Ineedabeerhere
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imperialking

Illinois

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-15-2011 02:33:21 | More by imperialking
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SonicAlligator

Washington

3/5  rDev -13.3%

11-15-2011 00:01:38 | More by SonicAlligator
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

1.75/5  rDev -49.4%

11-14-2011 22:45:07 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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JMRSN

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-14-2011 16:13:55 | More by JMRSN
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Kelton

Oregon

4/5  rDev +15.6%

11-14-2011 07:27:13 | More by Kelton
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billab914

Virginia

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. 750ml bottle shared at a recent tasting. It poured dark brown in color with a modest tan head to it.

The aroma has a herbal and citrusy flavor to it. I get the Kaffir lime citrus playing a pretty big role in the aroma. The spices give it more like a potpourri like flavor to me. Unfortunately I don't get much of the Brett or roasty flavors.

The taste shows more of the herbal and citrus flavors up front. In the finish a little bit of the roastiness with a slight chocolate flavor comes out. The lime citrus seems present throughout the flavor, which didn't really work well for me. It's unique at least.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a very interesting beer but not a great one. The lime and herbal flavors just didn't work for me and unfortunately seemed to dominate all the Brett and roasty flavors I was looking forward to . Cool to try but not something I'd want to have again.

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2011 20:32:17 | More by billab914
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ptykozoon

California

2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Mocha brown with a thick coffee colored layer.

???, nuts, honey. Very very light in the scent dept.

Coffee, earth, nuts, spices, a bit of brown sugar.

ABV hard to detect, standard carbonation and mouthfeel.

Never would have guessed this to be an AWA. Tastes like it belongs in a porter category. No brett infection detected, not particularly appealing.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2011 21:11:41 | More by ptykozoon
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Spider889

Ohio

2.73/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Big thanks to the crew at Brick Store for leaving me some of this stuff when I stopped through in July. But boy was I under-prepared for what this beer was!

A - Thin, but otherwise looks kinda like a stout. Great head leaving some spotty lace.

S - Wow, citrus is huge. Lemon is a big aroma component as is sage and lemongrass. Pithy. Also, weird.

T - Bitter and pithy. More hoppy than I'd like with everything else going on. Loads and loads... buttloads even?... of lime here.

O - A fun experiment but way too odd for a repeat.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2011 04:50:06 | More by Spider889
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MasterSki

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Someone brought this to Goose Island on Thursday - was it Tom? Served in a taster pint glass.

A - Creamy light mocha foam that settles to a thin cap and thicker collar, but minimal lace. Near-black body with a glint of brown at the fringes - surprisingly dark stuff.

S - Indian spices, cardamom, sage, ginger, and a hint of alcohol. I have no idea what the beer tastes like underneath all the spices - none of the brett and roast character that you'd expect.

T - Taste is pretty much the same, but with a bit of cocoa present. Lots of spices and herbal flavors. Alcohol is a little better hidden than the aroma.

M - Watery medium body, light grain character, warming alcohol, and medium-low carbonation.

D - This just isn't very good. Spices are overpowering and unpleasant. That being said, it isn't horrible and is pretty much average for the thankfully infrequently brewed "spiced wild ale" category.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2011 18:30:23 | More by MasterSki
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ChrisPro

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle thanks to route66pubs.

A - thunder jet black with a khaki head that lasts for minutes. Fantastic lacing.

S - complex is the word. Tea, licorice, juniper. Vanilla, coffee.

T - Light spicy sweetness with a bitter tea finish. Very interesting but super enjoyable.

M - smooth medium body. Light carb.

O - an awesome experiment that has potential. Would be cool to see some recipe adjustments, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 02:29:57 | More by ChrisPro
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SpdKilz

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had at last year’s Black Tuesday release party and had again recently at a small tasting put together by wedgie9. Thanks! Reviewed from notes.

Appearance – Pours into a Lost Abbey tulip with a rather ominous appearance. Quite a bit of head is achieved with a somewhat vigorous pour that dissipates slowly but leaves little lacing.

Smell – Lots of lime, basil, herbs, spices, and roasted malts. Little if any barnyard funk or any other sour/tartness.

Taste – Not sure why this is listed as an AWA. Taste is of herbs and spices, dark roasted malts, lime, and ginger. As the beer warms some licorice qualities come out as well. Not the most pleasant beer.

Mouthfeel – Medium bodied, creamy mouthfeel, decent carbonation.

Overall – This is worse than I remember it being (granted I had a couple variations of BT in me by the time I had this at the BT release party). What an odd beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 00:16:24 | More by SpdKilz
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Mora2000

Texas

4.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a ton of stuff going on in this beer and I doubt I was able to pick out the majority of it. A complex, unique beer.

The beer pours a dark brown color with a nice-sized tan head. The aroma is heavy on the chocolate, ginger and mint. The flavor is just as complex with some other added notes. I get a ton of chocolate and mint notes as well as some ginger, lime and other herbal notes. There are also some nice roasted malt notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2011 02:07:35 | More by Mora2000
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AlexFields

Tennessee

2.55/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to moz9 for this bottle. Poured July 2011.

Nice looking beer. The appearance is the best thing about it. Black in color, for some reason it reminds me of black wood, with a very nice head on top.

Big mint on the nose, woah. The beer is black in color but the nose only suggests green things--mint, weird leaves, pine needles. Smells a little bit like rotting trash too. Maybe a little sourness, but I'm not sure if that's from the rotting trash and mint or from wild yeast/bacteria.

Well, the taste is a little better than the nose. All the mint and leaves and so on from the nose are also in the flavor, but there's some roasty stout or porter like malt flavors there too that stop the the odd flavors from being sickeningly minty/piney. I thought this was supposed to be a sour, but it isn't. Very slightly tart on the finish, but it's not sour.

This reminds me a lot of Lucky Bucket's Certified Evil, though this isn't nearly as terrible as that one. Drinkable and interesting the first time but I don't really want to have it again.

5.1/10

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 18:11:28 | More by AlexFields
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably my highlight of yesterday's Pittsburgh BA gathering at Bocktown, filled a portion of my sample glass with a dark cola russet brown with ruby highlights like cocoa tan head dwindled fairly quickly. Aroma was inviting with layers of citrus with kafir lime additions and spiced with Thai ginger, dark roasts weren't typical in the sense that I didn't get a loat of chocolate or coffee roast. More funky notes with a hint of plastic phenols some where saying band aid but I wasn't feeling it was overbearing to that point. Flavor was excellent there was something piney and spicy that I couldn't put my finger on, I'm guessing this was the Thai ginger that I've never tasted. A really unique beer and I guess it's the type of brew that drives us to seek out these interesting different brews. The dark malts provided a nice layer of dryness with hints of malt sweetness but the beers highlight was the interplay of citrus from the Kafir lime and the Galunga aka spicy ginger notes. I didn't get much phenolics, but the brett did it's job keeping the funk flowing and this beer interesting with hints of lactic acidity. As an American Wild ale I didn't find those overbearing in the sour side of the spectrum actually well balanced and well crafted. Carbonation was lively somewhat effervescent with a dry finish and medium bodied texture. Overall excellent beer, that gives me a bit more faith in the Bruery.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2011 20:30:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at Redlight Redlight; January 2011
This beer pours from the bottle with a black color and a lightly browned, dark tan colored head. The aroma has a very bright, floral ginger-like not to it that seems to have a citrus-like component to it. The nose is really, really spiced and I am finding it quite difficult to get any sense of the base beer at all.

The flavor is much the same with a big ginger flavor as well as some solid lime-like flavors that provide some extra piquancy. The finish sees a hint of roasted character coming thorugh as welll as a touch of cocoa-like dusty grain notes and some toasted whole grain notes that add some rustic, brown bread character to the end of the beer.

I can’t remember the last time I had a beer that was so devoid of malt, hop and yeast character; devoid is perhaps the wrong word, as the malt & yeast character is here, there is just so much spiciness here that it drowns out the base beer almost completely. If you enjoy ginger and lime flavors then you will like this beer; luckily I do like these flavors and they were so over the top here that I found myself enjoying this quite a bit. I would bet that this has some great culinary uses, and given that I likely wouldn’t want to tackle anywhere near a full bottle of this, that would be a prudent use.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 15:01:55 | More by Gueuzedude
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

2.17/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured into chalice. Pours 1/2 finger of fizzy beige head. Color is a surprising jet black. Good retention, but no lace.

Aroma: Limes, spices, chocolate, odd funk. Very unique beer.

Taste: I get an odd chalky flavor and some green beans. Chocolate, limes, maybe brett. Odd. Kind of minty. Some booze shows.

Mouthfeel: Creamy, smooth, fizzy, and roasted. Medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends kind of clean.

Overall, I wasn't too impressed with this one. Not really enjoyable. Not something for me and not something I would ever recommend.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:34:53 | More by mothman
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

750mL bottle poured into a snifter. Thanks to Kyle for sharing!

(A)- Pours a dark brown, almost black color. Some tan foam & bubbles.

(S)- Very spicy. Vanilla, raisin, anise, licorice and molasses. Has just a slightly funky background to it.

(T)- Again, very spicy like the smell, but has a raisin, anise, and licorice profile. Slightly funky.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Very spicy with some moderate bitterness. Rich.

(D)- A very different and unique beer. Spicy and exotic. The Brett that is supposed to be in here is very much hidden, but age could help bring that out.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2011 17:11:31 | More by sweemzander
Provisions Series: Gunga Galunga from The Bruery
79 out of 100 based on 97 ratings.