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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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very good

219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 12.41%
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:
Beer added by: womencantsail on 11-20-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 219 | Reviews: 60
Photo of Thorpe429
3.87/5  rDev -2%
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 StarRaptor
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of RSchaeffer
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of groetman
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of PhineasGage
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of CelticAleMan
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of seeswo
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of hooliganlife
4.07/5  rDev +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.

Photo of stakem
4/5  rDev +1.3%
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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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of jIsh
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of ZX6Chris
2/5  rDev -49.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Domeshot14
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of stevenocheltree
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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 MikeRMII
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle thanks to BigTomZ. This one was poured into my petit Duvel tulip.

Grand Funk Aleroad pours super cloudy, with a color that bounces between orange and tangerine, depending on just how well lit it is. Maybe a finger of fizzy white foam comes together at the top of the glass, but it quickly and cleanly disappears. Later pours introduce noticeable pieces of sediment into the beer. The nose is very nice, chock full of peaches, lemon zest, and that unmistakable brett funk. All of the aromas are present in roughly equal measure. The flavor starts off with some stone fruit sweetness, still predominantly peach here. The citric lemon note is highlighted here by a light tartness that wasn't present in the nose. A potent barnyard funk provides the close. Overall the mouthfeel is a little too slick, though I'm not sure whether I'd chalk it up to too full of a body or not enough carbonation. Regardless, GFAR is a solid attempt at a Gueze style beer, and I'm going to try and get my hands on some more to age for a while, because I think it could turn into something great.

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of callmemickey
3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Opened 1/3/2012

A: Hazy golden yellow body. No signs of a head.
S: Funky, lemon-citric nose, with strong hints of oak and leather.
T: The taste is quite a fall off compared to the nose. Rather one-note with a funky cheesy-oak. Strong lactic sourness. The citric notes all but disappeared.
M: Medium bodied, a tad under-carbonated and somewhat sticky on the palate.
O: An interesting take on the gueuze by the Bruery. It’s nice to see that they tried to do this right with the three batches and the blending. Ultimately, it’s not an elite gueuze, but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml purchased from the Reserve Society. Poured into Darkness tulip.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, very bright and hazy, quick dissipating white head, some bubbles here and there, almost flat.

S - Solid funky aroma, light to medium levels of tart/sour notes, slight sweetness in there as well. Perahps some citrus notes in there too.

T - More of the same from the nose. Nice tartness, light sour, some fruity citrus sweetness. Super-easy to drink and very enjoyable.

M - Light, almost flat, refreshing, semi-dry finish.

O - This one really surprised me. It's just a very easy-drinking Wild that I could drink all day long. The sour/tart notes are there enough to enjoy without fatiguing my palate. Give it a try!

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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4/5  rDev +1.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into my Bruery tulip.

A tale of two pours: the first is gorgeous, a perfectly clear sunglow yellow; the second a hazy apricot riddled with chunky yeast. In both a vigorous pour begets some airy white bubbles that pop away within seconds.

Funky! Starts with a respectable amount of hay, followed by white vinegar, green apple and lemon. A touch of tropical fruit, maybe pineapple or peach, adds sweetness, as does honey.

Lemon and lemon peel emerge in the flavor along with vinous oak. Barnyard funk is subdued, but vinegar tartness isn’t — this thing is sour. However, there’s a fruity sweetness that balances things out nicely. An apple cider note also makes things a little more interesting.

Nearly flat. Carbonation is just a subtle, tingly suggestion. Tartness is fairly big, but doesn’t have the enamel-ripping power of, say, Cantillon’s gueze. Nice, medium body.

Grand Funk Aleroad won’t give Belgian gueuze brewers pause -- it lacks the complex funk and major tartness that makes the style what it is. That said, I like it. My other bottles will be hanging out for a year or two to allow the tartness to develop.

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Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
88 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.