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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85
very good

60 Reviews
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Reviews: 60
Hads: 227
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 4.51%
Wants: 80
Gots: 91 | FT: 3
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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.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.53/5  rDev +20.2%
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). (636 characters)

Photo of Overlord
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (1,296 characters)

Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fairly clear golden-orange color with a thin layer of frothy white head. The head fades down pretty quickly leaving behind very little lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of sourness, funk, green apple and other light fruits, lemon, and some oak.

T - Starts off with some sharp sourness and funk with some acidic lemon and some green apple tartness. Through the middle, some oak comes through with a touch of vanilla, other light fruit sweetness and some more funk and wild yeasts. The finish is a mix of sourness, funk, light acidity, lemon, vanilla, and oak.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate-mild carbonation. Feels smooth with a tart and sour finish.

D - Very drinkable. I really like the tartness and sourness of this one. Nice balance and complexity from start to end. (783 characters)

Photo of phichifiji00
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, golden/straw color, pours very thin white head that fades instantly. Moderate lacing.

Smell: barnyard funk, citrus, earthy, lemon, grapefruit, acidic, white wine, brett.

Taste: Barnyard funk, brett, sour apples, pear, citrus, lemon, grapefruit, acidic, tart, white wine, apple cider.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, light carbonation, slightly acidic, a bit tart, crisp, zesty.

Overall: A very tasty gueuze. The carbonation is a bit low as is the sour level. Nonetheless, drinkability is high. Hopefully this beer will improve with bottle aging. (562 characters)

Photo of drink1121
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy yellow. Little-no head.
S- Light funk/tart in the nose. I get lemon peel, pear and apple as well. There is a slight barnyard in the background.
T- Nothing really is dominating here. I get a little tropical fruit, lemon and tart apple.
M- On the fuller body side of things for the style. Pretty slippery on the tongue as well.
This has great potential. Its pretty green right now, but I really think this has the chance to be something special in a year or two. That is why I went 4.5 over the 4.0 overall. (532 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear deep golden color with a miniscule head that dissipates almost instantly. Smells of tart citrus, lemons and oranges with a bit of funk. Taste is citric tart up front with lots of lemons and green apples. A bit of oak tannin and vanilla pop in for a second then, there's a nice candy sweetness that does a great job balancing the tart. Sweet and sour linger on the palette long after each sip. Medium body with moderate level of carbonation and a sugary tart mouthfeel. That is a nice sour beer, it could use a few more bubbles but damn that's tasty. (571 characters)

Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12/9/2011

Bottle opened by Overlord at the motel of broken dreams.

A: Yellow orange with a diminutive white head.

S: Lactic and earthy with pronounced notes of cheese and leather. Brackish and musty, with earth and barnyard characteristics. Fruit is reminiscent of lemon.

T: Tart and salty immediately with evident leather. The beer has a moderate lactic sourness with some lemon and apple. There's a light citric acidity with an acetic element in the terminus.

M: Lower medium body with low carbonation.

Overall: This is very drinkable and damn enjoyable. I think a higher level of carbonation would do the beer much credit. (631 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: poured a pale golden orange in color with pale yellow highlights and had a very thin head that left a little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: all kinds of fruit aroma like apple, pineapple, and citrus orange with nice bretty funky barnyard character, and hints of acidity; great nose.

T: the pineapple apple character carried onto the palate alongside the bretty funky flavor, a bit of citrus, slight oaky vanilla notes, and mild sour bite.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a low amount of carbonation which had a fruity, bretty funky, oaky, citrusy, and slight sour finish.

O: it was a pretty solid attempt at a gueuze with a nice fruit forward flavor and was easy to drink. More please!! (708 characters)

Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle thanks to BigTomZ. This one was poured into my petit Duvel tulip.

Grand Funk Aleroad pours super cloudy, with a color that bounces between orange and tangerine, depending on just how well lit it is. Maybe a finger of fizzy white foam comes together at the top of the glass, but it quickly and cleanly disappears. Later pours introduce noticeable pieces of sediment into the beer. The nose is very nice, chock full of peaches, lemon zest, and that unmistakable brett funk. All of the aromas are present in roughly equal measure. The flavor starts off with some stone fruit sweetness, still predominantly peach here. The citric lemon note is highlighted here by a light tartness that wasn't present in the nose. A potent barnyard funk provides the close. Overall the mouthfeel is a little too slick, though I'm not sure whether I'd chalk it up to too full of a body or not enough carbonation. Regardless, GFAR is a solid attempt at a Gueze style beer, and I'm going to try and get my hands on some more to age for a while, because I think it could turn into something great. (1,088 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
4.07/5  rDev +8%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of Sammy
4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (413 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (379 characters)

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

Consumed on 7/28 as a break from the BA DarkLords during the NYC Voltron tasting!!! thanks jon for bringing this one along.

a - transparent yellow with small head.

s - nice citric blast.

t - great gueuze with good citrus.

m - easy drinker

o - overall super under rated in my opinion. i've had this one before and loved it then and love it now. (348 characters)

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

I brought this one to our recent gueuze tasting.

A - Pours hazy golden orange with a small white head leaving light lace down the glass.

S - Smells of fresh cut lemons, peaches, oak, leather and some funky cheese. Not as funky as I was expecting it to be, more fruity really.

T - Starts off with a bright lemon zest twang quickly giving way to hints of funky cheese, peaches, oak and some wet leather. A touch of spice develops as it sits in the glass. Finish is pretty dry, lingering for some time. Not the typical gueuze but still pretty solid none the less.

M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Quite the tart feel leaving the pallet dried out after each sip.

O - For being this young I really enjoyed this one. I am glad I have a few more of these in the cellar. Can't wait to see how this one develops over the next few years. (853 characters)

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

Thanks to Orangesol for sharing one of these at a recent tasting. Poured into a taster glass, the brew appears a haze straw yellow color with a slim white frothy lacing for a cap. Some spotty lacing sticks to the glass and a light swirl agitates some bubbles from solution.

The smell of this brew is cheesy enough that I wrote cheese as a descriptor 3 times. There is some funk mingled with lemony rinds and a solid herbal component. This brew smells quite earthy to me and almost a bit dirty as it warns up and breaths.

The taste is lemony with a minor fruit to rindy oil component. Stinky cheese is present along with herbs and funk. As it warns up, more citrus zest flavoring comes out and mingles with the tartness throughout. Not a bad offering by any means, just unique and a bit different from the norm.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. It had a light oily feel to it that almost cools the mouth with a lasting cling. The coolness is almost menthol like which is interesting and increases the ease of drinkability. A good arrangement of flavor an worth trying if you have the chance. My only complaint is that this seems a little one-noted and not as complex as you would expect for the style. (1,234 characters)

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

Thanks to orangesol for sharing this...enjoyed from a cervoise.

The color is sunny golden with thick haze and tiny bead with spots of lace clinging. The smell is fruity, lemony and slightly floral with some nice sour esters from the wild yeast and other funky organisms. The odor is sour but a nice woody presence augments it. The feel is good with dry, slightly sour tinge and fruity acidity with a moderately high amount of carbonation and subtle tannic/acidic tinge with spicy accent and toasted finish.

The GFA is a somewhat lactic sour flavor with tangy and dry aspect from the start. There is a lemony and kumquat flavor with subtle tropical note giving a little complexity as the woody note seems to provide a gentle earthy, yet faint spice in the background. This is a tasty beer with slight green quality and tangy taste from the yeast, perhaps some wheat too.

Overall I liked this a lot it is good and would probably benefit from a little age - the acidity is not over the top and the gentle tropical sweetness in the mix makes it pretty high in drinkability (1,077 characters)

Photo of CooperEllis
3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
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) (648 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle shared by drabmuh. Thanks Matt.

The beer appears an apricot hue with minimal head that rapidly fades to nothing. The aroma offers apricots, funk. Smells acetic. The flavor is a lesser Fou' Foune. I wonder if any apricots were used in the brewing process? Gueuze character with some stone fruits, a touch of lemon, wild yeast. I expected the finish to be lactic, acetic, and slightly harsh, but there is no bite at all. Quite drinkable and refreshing. Overall, a solid beer. (481 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.96/5  rDev +5%
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. (696 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle pour at the Bruery Reserve Society initiation party at The Phoenix Club in Anaheim, CA.

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a tan head that fades to nothing. No lacing on this one. Smell is of sour, tart, and funky aromas with slight vinegar notes. Taste is the same and is very tart and funky. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good gueuze that is pretty tasty. (417 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml purchased from the Reserve Society. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, very bright and hazy, quick dissipating white head, some bubbles here and there, almost flat.

S - Solid funky aroma, light to medium levels of tart/sour notes, slight sweetness in there as well. Perahps some citrus notes in there too.

T - More of the same from the nose. Nice tartness, light sour, some fruity citrus sweetness. Super-easy to drink and very enjoyable.

M - Light, almost flat, refreshing, semi-dry finish.

O - This one really surprised me. It's just a very easy-drinking Wild that I could drink all day long. The sour/tart notes are there enough to enjoy without fatiguing my palate. Give it a try! (722 characters)

Photo of mdaschaf
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (466 characters)

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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.