Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road - The Bruery
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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
2.95/5 rDev -25.5%
750mL bottle courtesy of Shane. Thanks!
A: Beautiful golden color with zero head and some moderate bubbles. Looks flat and dull out of the bottle.
N: Acetone, lemon zest, and whine wine vinegar. Grapefruit rind and some cheese. Oak.
T: Moderately sour with more of the vinegar. Not particularly complex.
M: Dense and lacking in carbonation. Needs a light body.
O: Not wonderful. Lacks complexity and there isn’t a whole lot to say about it, unfortunately. I know their wilds are better than this.
07-29-2013 15:01:35 | More by writerLJBerg
District of Columbia
2.95/5 rDev -25.5%
Appearance: Golden peach yellow with an enormous soft-drink fizzy head
Smell: Cheese and bananas, weird funky combo
Taste: Similar with the cheese and bananas, it was a bit off. Very light and a bit delicate.
Moutfeel: Aggressive carbonation with a light body
Overall: Very light with an odd funk, maybe a very slight gym sock element. Would not classify it as a gueuze and would not try it again.
02-05-2012 22:05:59 | More by craytonic
3.15/5 rDev -20.5%
Thanks to Andy for cracking this one. Poured into a chalice. This one pours with a clear golden color with just a little bit of white bubbles around the rim of the glass.
The aroma gives of a musty aroma that reminds me of an aged cheese with cellar funk and some hints of lemon and green apples. The pallet is somewhat tart up front with some a bit of a sweeter edge than I would prefer. A little bit light on the flavors with notes of lemon zest and must.
The body is light with soft carbonation. Overall this one is drinkable but not the best in it's class by any means. This enjoyable but I wouldn't seek it out again.
04-30-2012 02:12:32 | More by Bendurgin
3.3/5 rDev -16.7%
Straw & golden body, minimal head. Mild citrus, funky aroma. Taste has more funk and sourness, though the lacto dominates and there's a serious lack of acidity. Tastes kinda like white grape juice, and unfortunately won't improve much since the yeast is dead. Exactly how I remember it ~8 months ago.
Decent, not good.
07-29-2012 00:28:47 | More by brystmar
3.36/5 rDev -15.2%
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).
09-30-2013 02:07:00 | More by Gueuzedude
3.38/5 rDev -14.6%
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.
02-05-2012 23:07:53 | More by BearsOnAcid
3.38/5 rDev -14.6%
750 ml bottle served in a Jacobin tulip. Split with BA danielnovak3.
A: Pours a clear gold color with a light tangerine body. There are some floaties in there though. A thin head white head forms on the pour and redeces quickly to nothing.
S: Light oaky sweetness with some tart apple skin, some cherry and some funk.
T: Mildly tart fruity esters are up front with a slight sourness to them on the finish. Woody oak with some vanilla sweetness is there on the finish, but nothing really jumps out of the glass or lasts too long on the palate.
M: Light bodied with lower than average carbonation. Slightly tannic on the finish, but the flavors do not last long.
O: This just wasn't all there for me. It need some more carbonation and longer lasting flavors. It wasn't bad, but it was slightly lackluster.
03-13-2012 18:01:56 | More by Treebs
3.45/5 rDev -12.9%
A: Pours a cloudy straw/golden color with no head or trace of lace.
S: Big notes of vinegar, golden fruits and straw. Tart smelling and gueuzey.
T: Follows the nose with flavors of golden fruits, straw, a touch of acetone and sharp vinegar. It’s not as tart as I was expecting though. Other flavors include lemon peel, peach and fruit skins/tannins.
M: A very greasy mouthfeel and low carbonation. Body is heavy and viscous.
O: I wish it had a few more bubbles but the flavors were pretty good in this one. Nothing spectacular but refreshing enough.
04-30-2012 23:57:13 | More by scottfrie
3.48/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
08-18-2012 05:00:16 | More by aasher
3.48/5 rDev -12.1%
1008th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
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.
12-25-2011 20:00:48 | More by FosterJM
Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.