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

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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 warnerry
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
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. (592 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 aasher
3.47/5  rDev -8%
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. (522 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 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 brystmar
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks Jon!

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. (332 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 Rutager
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed May 13, 2012

Appearance. Pours a hazy peach-gold with just some large bubbles for a head that fades to a thin white ring.

Smell. Sweet apple juice, tart light fruits with some nice funk and a little wood.

Taste. Sour light fruits and lemon, some tartness, a little funk and a bit of wood.

Mouthfeel. Below medium body with medium-low carbonation.

Overall. Nice version of the gueuze. Fruity and light with some nice flavours. (443 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.62/5  rDev -4%
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 (577 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 scottfrie
3.45/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Snifter.

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. (565 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
3.17/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (625 characters)

Photo of andrewinski1
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Derek for grabbing this one for me! Poured into a chalice. The color is clear and golden. There is just about no head, only a few bubbles around the rim of the glass.

The aroma has some lemongrass tartness with some rubbery notes.

The taste starts out like a tame wild single, with some musty funk. The finish is more gueuze-like with a tart lemon-rind finish. There is some rubberyness in the flavor. The aftertaste leaves some grassiness.

This is light bodied with soft carbonation.

I like this one. Doesn't quite live up to my expectations as it doesn't quite scratch the gueuze itch, but it's a good wild. (623 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (365 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 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 jsanford
3.77/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a hazy gold with big soapy bubbles that fade to a still-looking beer.
Smell - Big, funky aromas of lemon juice, green apples, cheese, and oak barrels. Nice and earthy, but definitely lacking the complexity of the Belgians.
Taste - Similar to the nose, lots of tart green apple and lemon juice with a touch of oak, a good amount of cheese, and some overall "funk". Flavors is all in the front of the palate, though, this as no finish, almost like it falls off a cliff.
Mouthfeel - Very crisp, with a thin body and sharp carbonation.
Overall - A cool experiment that results in a decent Gueuze. While certainly lacking the complexity of the masters, this was pretty young. Wish I had a second bottle to age. (726 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark straw with lots of bubbles and a thin wispy white head with a bit of lacing.

Some funk to the aroma. Musty bleu cheese with some apple pear and lemon and a touch of brett.

Taste is a pretty close replica of nose. Not overwhelmingly sour, but there is sourness there. A little bit of that funky earthiness and more bleu cheese along with an apple fruit tartness. Not bad, but not terribly complex and the flavors clash at times.

Light on the mouthfeel with ample carbonation.

Middle of the road sour. Nothing outright bad about it, but it didn't really do too much for me either. Just sort of meh. (611 characters)

Photo of Treebs
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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. (809 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
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. (615 characters)

Photo of tewaris
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks Frank!

Bright lemon-orange color with poor clarity and a really fizzy head that disappeared within seconds. Most Gueuze have poor head retention in my short experience, but the head on this one was exceptionally quick to leave. While it could only be a cosmetic issue, others agreed that the beer became "flat" really fast, and it did affect the mouthfeel adversely.

Aroma is medium armpit funk and strong acid. Not reminiscent of Belgian examples in my opinion, but not bad either. Tastes funky and lemony with strong sourness that was quick to saturate my palate. Some fruity overtones here and there. Finishes clean but not as dry feeling as it could have been if the carbonation wasn't amiss.

Overall, I enjoyed it regardless of it's shortcomings.

2, 3, 4, 3, 4 (778 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 BearsOnAcid
3.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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. (358 characters)

Photo of craytonic
2.95/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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. (397 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (518 characters)

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