Pooka | Brugge Brasserie

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Brugge Brasserie
Indiana, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.05/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odd - can't rectify what I had with the stellar reviews. A bit murky appearance, dull tone. Smell was berries, slight muddy malt, some tartness, but an odd vegetal / herbal back note. Flavor pretty much followed. Drinkable but not very good.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.49/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Great color on this one. Nose is firm belgian tones. Flavor is out of this world. Really smooth and pleasant boysenberry character with an extremely mild sour edge. This reminds me of Liefmans Kriek (which I used to drink a ton of). Stellar. Truly exceptional.

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Photo of PBRmeasap1980
4.16/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of jmarsh123
2.48/5  rDev -39.7%
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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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.35/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of baos
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


Served in a snifter glass.

A: Reddish almost looking like ruby red grapefruit juice but with a lot more ruby. Slightly hazy, not much head with bit of lace here and there.

S: Wheatiness bubble-gum-clove hints with a acidic aroma of sour grapes.

T: Sour Sour! but good sour, very tart with a puckering first sip. This is almost overpowering at first, but it really grows on you, and after a few drinks you can sort out the other belgian hints here and there.

M: Crisp medium-light body that's very refreshing.

O: I opted for the black after this one. If it were a bit more calm I would have gotten another one, but if you just want one really tart-refreshing bier go for this one.

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Photo of aasher
4.32/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

This beer poured a medium to light bodied creamy and cloudy raspberry red in color with a soapy one finger, off white head. The nose is comprised of tart berry, Belgian yeast character, some lacto, and a subtle berry sweetness. There is a light spice on the finish as well. The flavors are full of fresh, tart berry with a mild sweetness. It is off dry yet still has a nice creaminess in the flavor. It finishes with a moderate amount of Belgian yeast. It's delicious. It drinks between light and medium in body and leaves a nice jammy tartness behind in the aftertaste. This is very drinkable and a beer you've got to try. It's a tough choice between this and Harvey, but I love Harvey. This is a little fuller in body.

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Photo of Wadsey
3.61/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Brugge brasserie on April 4, 2011. Served a little too cold in a stemmed goblet.

A: Deep amber with pink highlights. Creamy pink head that leaves haphazard lacing clinging to the glass. Hazy and effervescent.

S: The serving temp hurts aroma. Light notes of tart berries, perhaps tart cherry and raspberry. A little sourness tickles the nose.

T: Sweet berries begin, but tart berries take over. Not a prickly sourness. Again, I can't make out particular berries, but cherry, raspberry and unripe strawberries are implied.

M: Creamy and medium-bodied. Finishes reasonably dry. Somewhat astringent.

D: Pookah is a competent interpretation of the style and easy-drinking, to boot. I wish I could buy a growler of it.

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Photo of sweemzander
4.42/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Tap pour at Brugge Brasserie. Poured into a stemmed goblet.

(A)- Pours a hazy pale purple to reddish color. Some white foam that went down to bubbles. Some lacing.

(S)- A really nice balance of tart fruits and a mild funky lactic bite. Otherwise a bit mellow, but nice.

(T)- Again, this has a really nice meshing of sour & acidic fruits with some very mild lactic sourness. Bits of Brett and dry oaky funk too.

(M)- A nice crisp carbonation level to it. A really nice balance too; not one aspect overpowers the other creating a rather refreshing wild overall.

(D)- A big surprise on my trip down to Indy to hang out with Kyle. This is a top notch wild ale that is definitely worth the trip to try if you live nearby. Very good stuff!

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Photo of Kasia
3.52/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

The Pookah is a sour berry beer, ideal for sipping as well as easily drinkable. It pairs well with the Belgian Endive Salad available at the brewery, making for a perfect summer day meal. Though I don't recommend drinking more than one as it left my mouth feeling dry as if I had eaten an entire roll of sweet tarts.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this at Winterfest...pretty excited to try this one out.

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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Photo of JamesS
4.7/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a very burgandy with some decent initial head and a bit of nice lacing. Very deep berry flavor with nice thick malts underneaht. Flavor profile has the berries dominating, but with a nice deep malt backbone and a wonderful sour/tart taste (I was told a white beer yeast was used, though, and not a brett). It went down exceptionally smooth with a wonderfully clean finish.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewpub. Enjoyed in a hybrid tulip/chalice.

A - Served with a finger of pink-white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind solid lacing. The body is a murky pink grapefruit or pink lemonade color, complete with some obvious suspended solids.

S - The aroma reminds me a lot of strawberry kombucha. My wife would love this one. I don't think I've ever had boysenberries on their own, but there's some overt fruit flavor mixed with light acetic acid over top of a graham cracker malt backbone. As it warms there is a growing note of horseblanket and diaper.

T - Taste has more acidity, with notes of lemons and under ripe berries. Definitely more fruity, although there is a bit of funky rotten character to it.

M - Medium body, spritzy carbonation, dry finish mixed with fruit acidity. I started getting some reflux after a while.

D - This is a pretty good wild ale, and definitely a promising start. I think this could use a little more time to sour and funk up, as it's still quite sweet and fruity at this stage. Very easy to drink, and the best beer we had at Brugge by far.

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Photo of jrallen34
4.04/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap the brewpub poured into a tulip...The beer looks like liquid grapefruit, I think its pretty ugly. A light pink head with great lacing...The aroma is light sweet fruit, I can't really place it. I'm told its boysenberry so I guess I need to eat some of those. A little tartness, but less than what I'm looking for...The taste is ok, a weird fruity sweetness, lightly tart, some oak comes through. Like a juice mixed with sparkling water. Its not bad, just not blowing my socks off. For Indy, I'm impressed, especially from what looks like a first wild attempt.

An average wild worth giving a shot, at the very least its sweet and highly drinkable.

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Photo of AgentZero
4/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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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Photo of Lukafer
4.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Comes to me pinkish red with a lot of carb and only a fraction of head. Smell is acidic, vinegary and fruitful. Taste is sour right off the bat, followed by some pomegranate and other fruits, delicious. This beer has a good amount of carb, it's puckering and very mouthwatering. Drinkability is exceptional, especially for a sour. If this was bottled I could drink this all day.

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Photo of HosP
3.81/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of mothman
3.96/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the Great Taste 2010

Pours a hazed grapefruit color. 1/2 finger of head.

Aroma: Tart and sour notes up front. Never ate boysenberries, but I can image that they are the fruit flavors I am tasting. It does remind me of grapefruits.

Taste: A lot like the aroma with the fruits showing and it being sour/tart. Some oak flavors and funk with horseblanket.

Mouthfeel: Sour/tart with a medium body and medium amount of carbonation. Ends tart, fairly clean.

Overall, a pretty interesting sour, since I have never had one with boysenberries. Glad I got to try this one. Pretty drinkable.

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Photo of EchoCharlieEcho
4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy, dusky pink with about 1/4'' white-pink head.

S: Tart and fruity. I've never had boysenberries, but I imagine this is pretty spot-on. Fresh, nothing artificial or cloying. A little funky underneath the tartness.

T: Quite tangy, fresh berries, a little sour and funky from the wild yeast. There is some muted earthiness from the wheat.

M: Crisp and a little dry. Quite refreshing. Medium to high carbonation.

D: This was a great drink after a salad for dinner on a very hot summer evening. Not too heavy or sweet even though the fruit is dominant. Don't miss this if you get a chance to visit Brugge.

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Photo of hansgruber
4.41/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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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Photo of kylehayworth
4.13/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This was the first beer I have had on my first visit here. I have been hearing a lot of whispers about this beer, and finally made it there to try it before the Ween concert.

A: It reminds me of Ocean spray Ruby Red Grapefruit in color perhaps a tinge darker and color that pops, with an amazing cotton candy head, even better then Freaktoberfest. This beer simply looks amazing.

S: It has a lot of tropical fruit injected with a sour and tart extract of some sort. Maybe the dust they put on Warheads candy. I can smell grapefruit but with a funkiness to it.

T: It taste very much how it smells, with a more dominant profile in the sour grapefruit/orangy taste. I have not had boysenberry outside of this beer, so I am not sure if that is for taste or color? Or what it adds to the beer?

M/D: The carbonation was great, and it left a good lingering tartness in your mouth, just long enough to make it extremely pleasing. The only thing downfall, is its extreme tart/sour flavor will weigh on your palate, not a bad thing. You just couldn't drink a lot in one night. After 2 of them, call it quits, and switch to their very bad kitty.

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Photo of wilwfu
4.71/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Quick mobile review. This thing is awesome, tart, looks like opaque pink grapefruit juice. Super drinkable and hazy, nice tart follow through on the tongue, everything you could want from a summertime wild, super refreshing... glad i stumbled across today

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Photo of mynie
4.51/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

An American Wheat ale infected with wild yeast and flavored with boysenberries. If someone offers to pour you such a beer and you refuse to try it then there is something gravely wrong with you.

Pours *thick*, as dense and gluggish as the thickest kriek I've ever encountered. It's a delectable shade of opaque red, like the best gumballs, and its head is a marshmellow pillow.

Smells exceedingly sour. A nice, candysour that is super intense and falling just short of where pleasure ticks over a space too far and becomes pain.

Tastes like Shock Tarts up front, moving into a supertart burniness, and ending on smoother finish that's like a traditional berry wheat mixed with lingering tang of Hawaiian Punch, with a little bit of baby aspirin tossed in. All of the regular yeast, and nearly all of the wheatmalt, are blotted out by the insanity that is the wild yeast.

This is one gorgeous, palette-wrecking whore of a fruitbeer.

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Pooka from Brugge Brasserie
4.11 out of 5 based on 89 ratings.
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