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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
89
very good

216 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 216
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.66%
Wants: 79
Gots: 91 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Gueuze |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-20-2011)
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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev +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.

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -3%
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 Texasfan549
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of GRG1313
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of kjkinsey
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a honey color; very cloudy with hardly any carbonation and no head or lacing

Smell: Cheesy, cidery, lemony, funky and tart but with a hint of underlying toffee

Taste: Lactic sourness, up front, with layers of green apple, stone fruit and lemon along with just a hint of toffee that develops in the middle; cheesy funk arrives at mid-palate and builds, after the swallow, to complement the other elements

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body; flat but somewhat puckery

Overall: A beer dearly in need of carbonation but otherwise an interesting and complex geuze

Photo of ygtbsm94
2.25/5  rDev -43%

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 Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of largadeer
3.63/5  rDev -8.1%
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 JAHMUR
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Bruery tulip. At the time of this review, this is the #31 beer on the "Top Beers - Gueuze" list on beeradvocate.com

Beer is yellow, really hazy, undercarbonated for sure, big bubbles, no head, very murky, no retention no lacing. An aggressive pour forms a head for a few seconds but swirling does nothing.

Aroma is sweet, acetic, succinic, lactic, oak, a lot of lactic, cheese.

Beer is light in body and bright on the palate, a seriously drinkable beer. It is tart and sour without overwhelming. The lactic creaminess and cheesiness comes through a lot. Not my favorite sour from them but a good one.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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 Rochefort10nh
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.36/5  rDev -14.9%
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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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.