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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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very good

61 Reviews
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Reviews: 61
Hads: 228
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 80
Gots: 92 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
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.
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Reviews: 61 | Hads: 228
Reviews by vacax:
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.39/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Sampled March 2012
After popping the cap, I get a distinct smell of apricots. A vigorous pour into my large Triple Karmeliet yields a quickly disappearing, initially one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a nice gold color with amber accents that shows a hint of haze and a bright gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells nicely lactic and a touch like grapefruit or lemons when smelled directly, though indirectly I still get scents of apricots or perhaps even some peach blossom notes. The nose definitely has a floral, flower nectar like character to it, and this morphs into a sort of pear cider like note the more I explore the aroma. There is perhaps a touch of oxidized grain / malt character to the nose and when you really start to dig some funky, phenolic notes that are akin to cured plastic and a touch of cracker like malt become just noticeable. Actually the cracker like grain aromas becomes fairly noticeable now that I have placed it. As the beer warms up a touch of acetic character becomes noticeable as well.

Lightly carbonated for something vaguely representative of a Gueuze, but it still has some prickly to the texture. A solid up front lactic character morphs into a fruity tasting acidity that finishes somewhat akin to pear cider. The body certainly has a viscous quality to it that keeps it from being watery, but it really seems to be want to coupled with an effervescent carbonation that just isn’t here. The cider like character is a pretty major contributor to the flavor and it really seems to need something else here to balance it out. Despite being aged in a barrel, this has very subtle wood influences, which is perfectly inline with something that is trying to be Lambic like; the wood perhaps accentuates the pale, hay-like, toasted character here and it perhaps provides a touch of astringency in the finish, but it is really quite subtle over all.

This is an interesting experiment, a couple years ago I would have evaluated this much differently, but there are now enough American attempts at something like this that this seems quite a bit lackluster in comparison; compared directly to a Lambic, it is even more lackluster, or perhaps simplistic is a better descriptor. It definitely could use quite a bit more carbonation in my mind, as this would make this a much more aromatic beer and the extra carbonation would help to liven up the texture. In addition the funk character really seems to be a bit lacking and this plays up the cidery touches of oxidation that play a fairly prominent role in this beer; nicely enough the oxidation at this point boosts the overall perception of fruit in this beer, but it seems a touch out of place. I do like that the oak / wood character plays an almost non-existent role here (as it should in a Gueuze / Lambic type beer). Despite being a bit overly critical of this beer, I am enjoying this. I love that the Bruery took the chance to recreate this beer, and I completely understand how hard of an undertaking this was; I really wish that I had been able to try Al’s original attempt as I would guess what I am currently drinking is quite different (and like I said this is understandably so).

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Photo of t2grogan
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of t8000shx
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of gregmoscetti
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of Callmecoon
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of 1Adam12
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of jaminjohnson
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of ehammond1
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +18.6%
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).

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Photo of SPRichard
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of jmadrigal2
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Nickqb7
4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of MrVonzipper
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of tylermains
2.75/5  rDev -28%

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.87/5  rDev -24.9%
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.

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Photo of joshwith
5/5  rDev +30.9%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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Photo of Crazydaddyo
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Kylo76
4.19/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.