Harvey | Brugge Brasserie

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Brewed by:
Brugge Brasserie
Indiana, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Wild Ale made with blackberries.

Added by aasher on 05-13-2011

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 53
Photo of jeonseh
3.22/5  rDev -23.5%
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.

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Photo of qcbrewer
3.79/5  rDev -10%
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.

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Photo of homebrew311
4.25/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed from notes. Very active pours with tons of head that recedes quickly, healthy amount of lacing. The nose is full of blackberries with yeasty notes followed by heavy earthy funk. The taste is acidic up front which makes for a tart experience on the palate. The fruit comes through strong at the end. Very nice wild ale. This has super high carbonation with a medium body. Overall, a tasty sour with tons of blackberry.

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Photo of Florida9
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Very cloudy dirty reddish light brown in color. Forms an enormous pinkish tinted head. Leaves lots of clumpy lacing.

S: Tart with the distinct aroma of blackberries, fruit, and slight tartness.

T: Light sweetness with what seems to be a fairly aggressive tartness that fades over the course of the beer. Mild fruitiness and a good dose of berries.

M: Light bodied. Tart. Spry in the mouth. Carbonation bordering on heavy.

O: An impressive beer. Much better than I expected. Tart, yet the tartness is balanced by both the fruity flavor and the light sweetness. Enjoyable.

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Photo of Yetiman420
2.34/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Brugge 2/18/12.

Served in a proper Belgian tulip.

Red caramel in color.

Aroma is caramel toffee sweet which carries over in a major way to flavor. Flavor is overwhelming sweetness with a hint of sour. I over heard the server describing this as a "quick" sour. Other beers were great and I hate to be a hater but this one was unpallatably sweet for my wife and I who are very accustomed sour fans.

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Photo of ADTaber
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Brugge Brasserie, served in a tulip

A: pours a murky reddish orange with a thin whitish pink head that dissolve fairly quickly to a few islands and leaves some spotty lacing

S:  sweet blackberries as well as some other dark fruits, some  lacto and vinegar sourness, hint of malt

T: blackberry and dark fruit sweetness up front, lactic acid tartness with a hint of vinegar and dark fruit sourness, some malty sweetness on the back end

MF:  medium body, mild to moderate carbonation

O: great beer, was a little nervous about the sweetness upfront but this is perfectly balanced by the tartness, will defintely look for this again, hopefully they will end up bottling this soon.

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Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4.48/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A – This poured a nice ruby red with a big fluffy cotton candy-pink head.

S – Big berry! Slight funk which makes me excited.

T – Sweet and tart. I wouldn’t say sour, but it had a very nice blackberry tartness that went well with the slight funk. Sweet profile might be too strong for some, but I found it to be a nice balance.

M – This was light-bodied with a nice dry finish and a good amount of carbonation.

0 – This is a great Wild Ale. Went down smooth and easy… I cannot wait to go back to Brugge.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.83/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at FFF.

A - Pours a reddish color, white head, thin collar.

S - Light fruity tart notes, oak, some fruity sweetness in there as well. I'd say more sweet then tart, but still very enjoyable. The berry notes are really nice and enjoyable...not a "fake" fruity at all.

T - Sweet fruity notes, tastes like Star Burst candy...more sweetness and the tart notes kind of kick in near the middle and end. Finish is tart, light sweetness.

M - Light, good carbonation, dry finish.

O - This was really easy to drink and went down so fast. I'm wishing for a little more tartness, as the sweetness is a little too much to enjoy in mass quantities. That said, another enjoyable sour from Brugge.

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Photo of SpdKilz
4.5/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.58/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at Twenty Tap in Indy. It poured a very nice sparkly red-brown with just a bit of head and a bit of lacing as it went down. Very nice scent, with a nice hint of raspberries in the nose and a bit of spiciness. Very sweet malty flavor, with a great fruit/sour taste (hints of raspberries and cherries); extremely tart with a bit of ending spiciness. Goes down quite well considering it's tartness. Great sour!

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

Bright red sour ale with a bright white head that falls quickly in the goblet. Slightly sour nose with a clear but not overwhelming fruit. Light hop or spice underneath. Blackberry arrives in the mouth--light and refreshing summer beer--sourness is there, but light and compliments the blackberry fairly well. If you're looking for boundary pushing funk--this isn't it. But, it's a very nice, light beer that balances the sweet and sour.

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Photo of thagr81us
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of Preismj
4.67/5  rDev +10.9%
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).

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Photo of ElizabethCraig
4.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Had this on tap at Brugge this past weekend.

The appearance was translucent raspberry-brown with a rose/rose head. Pretty little thing!

Sour fruity/wild yeast scent off of the beer - this reminded me of a nicely winey-sour rye bread starter.

The taste was exceptional - a winey grape to a cheesy-fullness to a lingering tangy sour on the palate.

I'm a big fan of sour beers, and thought their beers overall never disappoint me, I was a particular fan of this beer. Quite sour, with a little bit of sweet to provide contrast.

I had this alongside their super-aged raw cow milk blue cheese, and I highly recommend the pairing.

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Photo of aasher
4.57/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

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Harvey from Brugge Brasserie
4.21 out of 5 based on 53 ratings.
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