Puckerfish | Flying Fish Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Flying Fish Brewing Company
New Jersey, United States

Style: Flanders Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by Dithyramb on 11-28-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 4 |  Reviews: 4
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.48/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer has a full amber color to it and is fairly hazy. It is topped by a thin, light tan colored head. There seems to be lots of Bourbon-like aromatics in the aroma with notes of vanillin, a big coconut component, hot alcohol and lots of solvent-like notes. The solvent character actually seems a bit sweet some how at times and it mixes with and / or causes a fruitiness that seems to lurk underneath the other aromatic components.

The beer is sweet tasting up front, but it finishes with a massive solvent character that is a mix of acetone and paint thinner. There is some acetic-acid sourness to this beer up front that is quite nice and becomes more noticeable as my palate gets used to the aggressive solvent character (unfortunately the solvent notes never disappear though). The solvent does bring out some Bourbon like notes in the flavor as well. This is just weird. Did this beer ever come near a barrel, much less a Bourbon barrel? I can't actually tell in the end as these notes might just be a phantom of the aggressive solvent character. This is actually so interesting that it even makes it enjoyable and somewhat contemplative. Can't say I would want this particular batch again, but it was certainly a fun thing to try.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.2/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had been waiting for about a year to try this one since I missed it by a few days at the Grey Lodge back in 2006. I was able to get a glass at the Iron Hill Belgium Comes to Cooperstown event. The beer poured a copper redish color with a slight off white head. Hazy body. The nose was nice and tart, a touch of apples maybe. The taste is more of the same and very tasty at that. This does make you pucker a bit when the funk hits your lips and it lasts a bit. I would have to say that the wait was worth it for this one. It was my favorite out of all at the Iron Hill tasting.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.3/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As someone said, the history of this beer is taking lemons and turning it into lemonaid. And a very fine lemonaid it is. It was originally an old batch of the Abbey Dubbel they found which had soured. I'm not sure if there was anymore tweaking.

It very much tastes like an Flemish sour ale. There is a good bit of lemon tastes that follow it. Nice mouthfeel, but could be smoother for a cask.

Excellent sour beer. I guess if you missed it, you simply missed this one. I'm not sure if they will try to replicate it.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.87/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sampled several times while at the brewery on Friday night. Appears to be a branching out into this style, not sure if it is widely available. Couldn't find any other info out there about it just yet--so that is why there aren't any ABV listed. More to follow as I know more.

Pours an apple cidery brown with reddish hues and a clingy ring instead of a head. Aroma of the same, with an almost green apple aroma. Flavor was very tart with a quick wash of sourness just at the middle. Finished tart, with just enough malt cruising in the background to keep it honest. Interesting beer, especially from the FF folks.

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Puckerfish from Flying Fish Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.96 out of 5 with 4 ratings