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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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Reviews: 60
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 80
Gots: 92 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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 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 UCLABrewN84
3.94/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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

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Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of womencantsail
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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

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Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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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 stakem
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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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 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 Halcyondays
3.86/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy orange yellow with a minimal white head. Below average retention, no lace. A fair amount of floaties are in the beer.

S: Peaches, apricot, honey, light amount of wildflowers.

T: Lots of lemon, has some good complex fruit flavours, big stone fruit on the finish. Light note of pineapple juice in there as well. Not really traditional gueuze flavours, no one will mistake this for Belgian, but an enjoyable effort.

M: Medium acidity, light hints of acetic. Light-bodied with a mild, crisp carbonation.

O: It's good, it's not really good unfortunately which makes it a bit of a disappointment because of the price. An interesting beer to age I would think though.

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Photo of johnnnniee
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of liamt07
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
4.17/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5


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.

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Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Almost no head, bubbles as a collar. Yellow colored body.

Tart lemony aroma. Clean, fresh.

Clean on the tongue. Easy drinking somehow? Almost has a sweet finish to it. Lemons. 2.0 on the sour scale.

Little carbonation, still a medium mouthfeel.

Confusing but overall a good beer. The no head/carbonation didn't do to much damage. Worth a try.

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Photo of aasher
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Gobzilla
4.12/5  rDev +7.9%
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!!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle opened on 4.12. Thanks Bobby.

A - Pours a clear bright orange with a few large white bubbles that are gone almost instantly.

S - Funk, green apples and some white grapes.

T - Slight funk, mild gree apple again and grapes.

D - Lower carbonation with a very thin body.

O - Smooth and easy drinking. I was expecting a bit more of a funk punch, pretty mild.

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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 thagr81us
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to duff27 for the share! Thanks duff!

poured into snifter glass.

reviewed from notes taken 01/03/13.

Appearance: yellow bodied beer with no head.

Smell: lemon sourness, maybe a hint of dusty funk. Nose is farily bright and fresh.

Taste: lemons, oranges, and light green apple. hints of earthiness, a touch of dusty funk. The beer has a sweet wheat aftertaste that was a little weird, but not off putting. Maybe best described as honey and wheat.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with low carbonation. easy drinking and a little flat.

Overall: This was a tasty beer, but the beer was almost flat. I dont really think this was a Gueuze, I would say closer to, but quite a Berlinner wiess bier. Its kind of an "inbetweener beer" that does really fit into one beer style, but could be close with a few different beer styles.

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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
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