Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road - The Bruery

Not Rated.
Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale RoadBatch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road

Educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

61 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 61
Hads: 228
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 13.35%
Wants: 80
Gots: 92 | FT: 5
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.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 61 | Hads: 228
Photo of ngeunit1
4.32/5  rDev +13.1%
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 +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.

 417 characters

Photo of jsanford
3.77/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

 726 characters

Photo of jmarsh123
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
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 -11.8%
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 -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.

 615 characters

Photo of tewaris
3.54/5  rDev -7.3%
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 +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.

 853 characters

Photo of BearsOnAcid
3.36/5  rDev -12%
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 -22.8%
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 +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.

 518 characters

Photo of hooliganlife
4.07/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

 480 characters

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.

 1,234 characters

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

 1,077 characters

Photo of axeman9182
4.09/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

 1,088 characters

Photo of callmemickey
3.62/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

 588 characters

Photo of Sean9689
3.92/5  rDev +2.6%
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!

 722 characters

Photo of Phelps
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

 1,145 characters

Photo of alpinebryant
3.57/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a stale looking pale marigold orange with no head at all, no bubbles.

S: Aroma of funky green apple, sweet pear and a dosing of sweet malt

T: Tons of green apple up front, fruity funkified Riesling grapes with some age. This tastes eerily similar to my 3278 Wild Ales from Wyeast strains - this is a good thing. Plenty of straw , hay, brett and lacto all combined. This is where 3278 shines in showing all of these profiles.

M: Very light in mouthfeel, light on the carb. Very similar to other experiences I have had with this yeast strain even though this is from East Coast Labs.

O: I enjoy the taste for sure. I do not know that it has met my expectations because I have a cellar full of sours that are better than this that I brewed myself. That said , it is still very enjoyable, just no fresh peach flavors like my homebrew wild 3278 strain Peach Wild.

 871 characters

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

1008th Review on BA
Bottle to Bruery Tulip
750 Ml

App- A clear apple juice orange/yellow with a bit of gold mixed in. No head, no bubbles or cling behind it.

Smell- A very juice like nose. Has alot of oaky leather behind it. A small touch of funk with with a little bit of sweet behind it. You could say a little damp with some earthy leaves.

Taste- I must say I really did expect more from this one. A little above average but not much more. Very juicy with a lot of citrus. Tempered fruits from apple and pear. Had a seemingly large of oaky malt behind it w/o a balance.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with a low medium carbontion. Lacked a prickly carbonation to make this shine. I would think more bubbles would make this one pop a bit more.

Drink- Damn I so wanted this to be more than what it was. I wanted that dry, funky, hay, barn, dampness. Its much like just a fruity malty beer. I probably wont spring for a 2nd bottle of this one.

 947 characters

Photo of billshmeinke
3.69/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reiew from notes.

Poured into a Bruery tulip.
Clear golden, honey like color. Almost, no head. No head or lacing left behind. 2.5
Quite a nose. Hay, funk, tart acidity, lactic sourness. Nice floral notes as well. Smells great. 3.5
Tastes of lactic sourness, hints of some acetic sourness, nice round oaky/tannic/vanilla notes. 4
Mouth feel is full, only slightly carbonated. Round and super well balanced. 3
Should be more carbonated, and I’d like a bit more tartness. Otherwise the roundness and smoothness are quite nice. 4

 528 characters

Photo of Verecund
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

December 12, 2011.

Slightly hazy, pale yellow. Just about flat. The second pour does yield a short-lived quarter-finger head.

Very pleasing nose. Salty peach, lemon, pineapple funk, some lactic acidity and soft vinegar.

Lightly sour; salty and watery; some of the same fruit notes found on the nose (lemon, pineapple, peach). Vanilla oak on the finish. Despite having many of the same elements, it's not really altogether similar to gueuze.

Medium-light in body, but flat and virtually lifeless. Very quaffable, nonetheless.

A little restrained, a little salty, lightly fruity. The nose shines, but the flavor is a little watery for me. Like others, I'm hoping this improves with age, but it's very easy-drinking already.

 729 characters

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.

 631 characters

Photo of CharlieMurphy
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with yeast and all, I like the yeast. The color of fou foune - warm glowing midnight sun. Zero head, only a single baby geyser releasing bubbles periodically from the center.

S: Well yeah... sour. I quaffed quite a bit trying to pick out specific fruits and could not. Seems pretty light and neutral. Peach if I had to guess.

T: Layers of varying sourness. Still seems pretty young and thin. I also get some pickled vinegar sourness in there unfortunately and this is also what seems to be the lingering impression.

M: Low carbonation as expected from the pour. The sourness doesn't seem to accumulate and take away from the drinkability (+). The thinness also seems to contribute to this (-).

O: Looking to lay a bunch down and try no sooner than once yearly until its to my peak preference. This has got to have a long cellar life and I'd think it could sour more.

 881 characters

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.

 444 characters

firstprev| 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
86 out of 100 based on 61 ratings.