Provisions Series: Gunga Galunga | The Bruery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Bruery
California, United States
thebruery.com

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.70%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by womencantsail on 08-18-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
18.75%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
37
For Trade:
0
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1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

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1.75/5  rDev -50.3%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

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2/5  rDev -43.2%

Photo of Arbitrator
2.02/5  rDev -42.6%
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....

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Photo of mothman
2.21/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Photo of Overlord
2.38/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

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Photo of AgentZero
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -29%

Photo of AlexFields
2.54/5  rDev -27.8%
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

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2.59/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of billab914
2.93/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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