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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

210 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 80
Gots: 92 | 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 Wowcoolman
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Wowcoolman, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of denimdemon
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

denimdemon, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of jsanford
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

jsanford, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of jmarsh123
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

jmarsh123, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of Treebs
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

Treebs, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of drabmuh
3.55/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

drabmuh, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of cpinto6
3/5  rDev -24.2%

cpinto6, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of tewaris
3.6/5  rDev -9.1%
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

tewaris, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of John11486
4/5  rDev +1%

John11486, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of Destral
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

Destral, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of orangesol
4/5  rDev +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.

orangesol, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +1%

imperialking, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of BeerThursdays
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

BeerThursdays, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of mu11igan
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

mu11igan, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.38/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

BearsOnAcid, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of craytonic
2.95/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

craytonic, Feb 05, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.83/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Thorpe429, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of StarRaptor
4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

StarRaptor, Feb 01, 2012
Photo of RSchaeffer
4/5  rDev +1%

RSchaeffer, Jan 30, 2012
Photo of groetman
4/5  rDev +1%

groetman, Jan 29, 2012
Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +1%

PhineasGage, Jan 27, 2012
Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

CelticAleMan, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

seeswo, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of hooliganlife
4.05/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

hooliganlife, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +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.

stakem, Jan 18, 2012
Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.