Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road - The Bruery
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Reviews by tewaris:
3.6/5 rDev -9.1%
Bright lemon-orange color with poor clarity and a really fizzy head that disappeared within seconds. Most Gueuze have poor head retention in my short experience, but the head on this one was exceptionally quick to leave. While it could only be a cosmetic issue, others agreed that the beer became "flat" really fast, and it did affect the mouthfeel adversely.
Aroma is medium armpit funk and strong acid. Not reminiscent of Belgian examples in my opinion, but not bad either. Tastes funky and lemony with strong sourness that was quick to saturate my palate. Some fruity overtones here and there. Finishes clean but not as dry feeling as it could have been if the carbonation wasn't amiss.
Overall, I enjoyed it regardless of it's shortcomings.
2, 3, 4, 3, 4
02-18-2012 21:28:42 | More by tewaris
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev -7.1%
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.
11-07-2012 03:27:00 | More by warnerry
4/5 rDev +1%
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.
11-09-2012 03:45:29 | More by Mora2000
3.73/5 rDev -5.8%
The Bruery Provisions
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.
11-27-2011 17:11:16 | More by ehammond1
4.53/5 rDev +14.4%
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).
11-22-2011 18:29:15 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
05-09-2012 01:47:15 | More by mdaschaf
3.9/5 rDev -1.5%
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.
11-26-2011 05:43:43 | More by MrVonzipper
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
03-10-2013 21:50:18 | More by Sammy
2.88/5 rDev -27.3%
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.
01-26-2013 03:03:46 | More by SpeedwayJim
4.05/5 rDev +2.3%
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.
01-21-2012 02:59:41 | More by hooliganlife
3.58/5 rDev -9.6%
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.
11-22-2011 01:00:52 | More by IKR
3.96/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-11-2013 22:49:08 | More by thagr81us
Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
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