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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road - The Bruery

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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale RoadBatch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road

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BA SCORE
88
very good

220 Ratings
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Ratings: 220
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
Wants: 79
Gots: 90 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 220 | Reviews: 60
Reviews by Overlord:
Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from a tulip manufactured in October of 2008 by Chilean laborers conscripted to toil in the African Congo by Chinese overseers. The glass is mainly formed from deposits located in Lesotho. Drabmuh's name is emblazoned upon it.

Whoa, where'd the peach come from? I had Mrs. Overlord try a sip, to see what she thought, and she mentioned the same thing that struck me about this beer: sour, unripe quasi-sweet peaches.

Pours a very, very light golden yellow. Nice white foam topping, though it doesn't last long. Beer could use more bubbles.

Smells like peaches, unripe pears, a bit of ... I don't know ... apple peel, some very, very muted funk/barnyard notes, and a bit of ... I don't know ... kind of oak-y wine-i-ness.

Taste is very fruit forward. Surprised there's no fruit in this. The aforementioned peaches, pears (the apple notes vanish), a nice biting sour zing, and the funk which is so light in the nose is also pretty light in the flavor. Could maybe use a month or so to develop a bit of musty funkiness. Then again, I am just struck by the peach notes. Oak/wood is a nice contrast.

This is a very, very light beer. Not much carbonation, not much ... heft ... to it. Not a flavor bomb though it has a good medley of somewhat unexpected notes.

Going to get some more.

More User Reviews:
Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours completely flat with a mostly clear golden brown body with some suspended material. Smells of slightly acidic fruit, with quite a bit of pear. A bit of funk, but pretty light on that aspect. Taste has a nice tartness and slightly sweet fruitiness, with almost no funk presence at all. Actually tastes pretty good, but really lacks the complexity and funk that I look for in a gueuze. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, with a combination of sweet and tart. Overall, this is actually a pretty easy drinking tasty beer, but as a gueuze it falls way short. Still enjoyable though.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Saucer Sam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a few white bubbles. The aroma has a good bit of leathery funk to it, as well as some lemon notes and a bit of wheat. The flavor is similar. The funk notes are fairly strong, but I also get some tart, acidic lemon character. There is also a bit of leather, as well as some biscuit and oranges. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2011)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

Slightly hazed light golden orange with very little visible carbonation--almost none. There is a whisper of a white head, but then it's gone instantly. This leaves the glass clean and a touch oily on its way down.

The aroma truly shines, even before this beer is poured the aroma is spilling out from the bottleneck. The aroma is quite fruity (peaches, orange, and lemon) and also extremely funky with just a hint of sulfur at the beginning of each whiff. There's a stinging sourness throughout as well, bring it on! Just about perfect.

The flavor too is quite nice--the funky yeast plays a larger role than in the aroma, as the lemon and peach elements take a back seat. The funk is fabulous though! This is quite sour as well from sip to swallow. Nicely balanced, though awesomely funky.

The major detractor to this beer is its mouthfeel. It's lifeless, there's almost no carbonation here whatsoever.

With better carbonation, I think this beer has the elements to be phenomenal. But the mouthfeel is such an important element in a beer's success, that ultimately, this one just doesn't quite cut it.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a vibrant yellow with tons of miniscule bubbles all around, pristine white virgin like head to it, good lacing. Tart aroma, lemony, green apple.

Plenty sour taste, more lemon, light body, nice carbonation makes it so easy to drink. Grassy and peachy. No barnyard funkishness.

This one is going to be a prime contender for aging, really see only a diminished role for the lemon and green apple as it puckers up even more from what is a considerable amount to begin with.

Another total winner of a sour from the Bruery. This will sell out fast at Provisions. Like tart of darkness fast (damn I hope they make that beer again).

Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Scott for sending this my way!

A: Pours a clear orange color with a very small white fizzy head upon pouring that is gone in an instant. No lacing at all.

S: Nice stone fruit aromas, some peach and a little apricot, some green apple as well. There is a little bit of tartness and a slight funk as well.

T: A good bit of lemon and a little tart green apple. There is a slight mineraly taste and a little bit of oak.

M: Light to medium bodied with low carbonation, a bit more carbonation/bubbles I think would have helped a little bit.

O: A solid gueuze, not quite as good as some of the Belgian offerings, but easy drinking. I think a bit more carbonation really would have improved this one.

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange-peach color and no head to speak of.

Nice bright tart nose with nice bright fruity notes of peach, nectarine, pear, mango and lemon peel.

Nice flavor and fairly good balance. Bright fresh flavor and again Alot of the same fresh light fruity notes like the nose. Starts a bit tart but finishes smoothly.

Light bodied mouth with low carb.

Overall my favorite Geuze I've had so far. A style I'm not a big fan of. But this one is pretty good.

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Enormous waftng geuze aroma, pleasant. Yellow bodied, lots of yeast chunks, of course particularly at the last sample. Smooth mouthfeel. The potential tartness, which increases by sample, is well malted, so that drinkability is very good. A very good geuze.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.87/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Thanks to capra12 for this one. 750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Cap comes off layered with a thick, orange-yellow scum. Beer pours a coarse, 1 finger white head that collapses quickly. Beer is an attractive, clear orange-yellow. Lacing is non0existent. No real legs either. Pretty blah.

Nose is light vinegar, fresh lemon, mellow sour peaches. Some light soapiness mixed in for good measure. Not the most aromatic. Not offensively bad but nothing stands out either.

Opens tart lemon and peach. Some sweet citrus, passion fruit and starfruit towards the middle with a rather sweet, fruity finish. Aftertaste is a slight funk with a touch of tropical fruit. Almost completely missing the funkiness of a typical gueuze as well as the big tartness. Too sweet for the style also.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and abrasive and sparkling going down. Finishes soft with a lingering, mellow aftertaste. Wish this one was a big drier and not as oily. Still decent though.

To characterize this as a gueuze is doing it a disservice as it doesn't compare to the Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin and even Hansenns and Lindemanns of the gueuze world. The funk component is almost completely missing from the nose and flavor and the feel just doesn't excite the palate. A decent beer overall but in the style, its way overmatched by its Belgian brethren.

Photo of hooliganlife
4.07/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a bit of a golden yellow, with some haze in it. little to not head

very dominant on the lemon and oak. lots of tartness through out. very vivid and bright. i really enjoyed the scent.

taste is similar however a bit more muted. nice light sourness but with an added sweetness through out.

very light carbonation, which is really hurting the flavor i think. taste comes off flat because of it. nothing pops out.

overall though, a tasty gueuze that i would happily drink again.

Photo of IKR
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straw-yellow with a small white head. Good looking beer.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk.

Taste: Citrus and some slight funk. The sourness is fairly muted, more of a slight tartness.

Mouth-feel: Light to medium body with a fairly low level of carbonation.

Overall: The taste profile is good but I would prefer the sour be turned up a notch or two. I plan on sitting on a couple to see if time kicks up the intensity of the sour.

Photo of thagr81us
3.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery snifter. Poured a golden yellow-orange that had a minimal white head that subsided to none quickly. Maintain minimal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised sweet malt, tart, fruit, acetic acid, wood, earth, and funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, tart, vinegar, fruit, wood, and subtle funk. It had a light feel on the palate with low carbonation. Overall this was a fairly good brew. Based on the name I was seriously expecting to be completely overwhelmed by funk. However what I found was a rather acidic offering. This was a pretty nice thing though if you ask my palate. I was able to easily crush the full bottle of this. Nice job on this one.

Photo of CooperEllis
3.99/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

From ridglens/HayesEz. Split with a couple of the tasting group and my wife. 750ml into wine stemware.

Certainly better as it warms. Honey and funk in the nose. Molted hay.

Flavor is very fruity, very little wood, very little sour. Nice pepper notes, but there is undeniable sweetness. I equate that light sugar smack at the end with honey, but that could also be from the nose.

I don't know if this is just style but mouthfeel on Gueuze has really been hitting the spot lately. This is crisp and clean at the finish. Nice level of cabonation.

Having just had Resurgum last night, this wasn't to the level and suffers in this review.

(186th)

Photo of Rutager
3.84/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed May 13, 2012

Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-gold with just some large bubbles for a head that fades to a thin white ring.

Smell. Sweet apple juice, tart light fruits with some nice funk and a little wood.

Taste. Sour light fruits and lemon, some tartness, a little funk and a bit of wood.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice version of the gueuze. Fruity and light with some nice flavours.

Photo of jsanford
3.77/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold with big soapy bubbles that fade to a still-looking beer.
Smell - Big, funky aromas of lemon juice, green apples, cheese, and oak barrels. Nice and earthy, but definitely lacking the complexity of the Belgians.
Taste - Similar to the nose, lots of tart green apple and lemon juice with a touch of oak, a good amount of cheese, and some overall "funk". Flavors is all in the front of the palate, though, this as no finish, almost like it falls off a cliff.
Mouthfeel - Very crisp, with a thin body and sharp carbonation.
Overall - A cool experiment that results in a decent Gueuze. While certainly lacking the complexity of the masters, this was pretty young. Wish I had a second bottle to age.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.57/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark straw with lots of bubbles and a thin wispy white head with a bit of lacing.

Some funk to the aroma. Musty bleu cheese with some apple pear and lemon and a touch of brett.

Taste is a pretty close replica of nose. Not overwhelmingly sour, but there is sourness there. A little bit of that funky earthiness and more bleu cheese along with an apple fruit tartness. Not bad, but not terribly complex and the flavors clash at times.

Light on the mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Middle of the road sour. Nothing outright bad about it, but it didn't really do too much for me either. Just sort of meh.

Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow pour with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Pleasantly funky nose, pineapple and barnyard, light graininess, lactic and citrus sourness. Palate has a really nice lemon sourness, light lacto, pineapple fruitiness. It's sweeter than I'd like, however. Light body, not much carbonation at this point; hopefully that aspect improves. Nice finish, lactic with a little lingering oak. Pretty good stuff, hopefully age will improve it.

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Light hazy yellow pour with a tightly packed head that fizzes out to nothing. Looks legit.

Pear and apple cider identified right off the bat in the aroma. Subtle brett funk.

Cidery tart flavor. Slight vinegar. Touch of lemon. Subtle, light, not much to say about it, but it's an easy beer to put away. Sort of disappointing given the man behind this beer.

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by Sammy, 750ml into a tulip.

Unfiltered browned yellow, with some chunks of yeast. Only a wee bit of head and lacing. Nose is relatively malty, some oak, lemon and tart citrus, mild spice character but the fruity notes are quite nice. Taste has again a really nice malt profile, citrus character, mild oak and tartness is quite gentle. Medium body, medium low carbonation. A beautiful beer, easily consumed with enough complexity to keep me entertained.

Photo of aasher
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of muskabeatz, thanks Evan!

Gueuze for a Remedy.

This one pours a flat bright gold with very little carbonation or activity. The nose smells like a slightly sour pear juice. It almost has some cucumber to it as well. The flavors are light and sour, slightly watery. Again it has sour pear to it. I like it. It's too lit but this is like the lager of Gueuze/sours. It is simple and kind of plain but has nice flavor. It is as sessionable as a non Berliner sour could be. It's a decent beer, but no Gueuze.

Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by craytonic. Served in a Cantillon tumbler.

Pours a clear deep golden color with a good fizzy white head and a bit in the way of lace. The nose is quite cheesy and brings a good dosage of funk to go with that. Low-to-moderate acidity. I really dig the cheesiness.

The flavor pulls back and loses some of the funk that was so promising in the nose. Some lemon and citrus and lactic sourness throughout the finish. Light body and a nice, dry finish. Solid beer. I'm excited to see how this one develops.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.74/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to duff27 for the share! Thanks duff!

poured into snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken 01/03/13.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with no head.

Smell: lemon sourness, maybe a hint of dusty funk. Nose is farily bright and fresh.

Taste: lemons, oranges, and light green apple. hints of earthiness, a touch of dusty funk. The beer has a sweet wheat aftertaste that was a little weird, but not off putting. Maybe best described as honey and wheat.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. easy drinking and a little flat.

Overall: This was a tasty beer, but the beer was almost flat. I dont really think this was a Gueuze, I would say closer to, but quite a Berlinner wiess bier. Its kind of an "inbetweener beer" that does really fit into one beer style, but could be close with a few different beer styles.

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly carbonated hazed orange cold with a small white head. A really nice nose. Quite a bit of funk with some grass, green apple, lemon, and lemon peel. There’s even a bit of peach to it. The flavor has quite a bit of peach, melon, and some slight sweetness. A light grass and funk note, and a moderate tartness (could use more).

Looking forward to seeing how this one ages.

Photo of FosterJM
3.47/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1008th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

App- A clear apple juice orange/yellow with a bit of gold mixed in. No head, no bubbles or cling behind it.

Smell- A very juice like nose. Has alot of oaky leather behind it. A small touch of funk with with a little bit of sweet behind it. You could say a little damp with some earthy leaves.

Taste- I must say I really did expect more from this one. A little above average but not much more. Very juicy with a lot of citrus. Tempered fruits from apple and pear. Had a seemingly large of oaky malt behind it w/o a balance.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a low medium carbontion. Lacked a prickly carbonation to make this shine. I would think more bubbles would make this one pop a bit more.

Drink- Damn I so wanted this to be more than what it was. I wanted that dry, funky, hay, barn, dampness. Its much like just a fruity malty beer. I probably wont spring for a 2nd bottle of this one.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.12. Thanks Bobby.

A - Pours a clear bright orange with a few large white bubbles that are gone almost instantly.

S - Funk, green apples and some white grapes.

T - Slight funk, mild gree apple again and grapes.

D - Lower carbonation with a very thin body.

O - Smooth and easy drinking. I was expecting a bit more of a funk punch, pretty mild.

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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 220 ratings.