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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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4.11/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

liamt07, Mar 12, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev 0%

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.

thagr81us, Mar 11, 2013
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4.03/5  rDev +1.8%

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.

Sammy, Mar 10, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

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Azrael, Feb 09, 2013
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2.88/5  rDev -27.3%

Thanks to capra12 for this one. 750ml bottle poured into a Cantillon tulip. Shared with schen9303.

Cap comes off layered with a thick, orange-yellow scum. Beer pours a coarse, 1 finger white head that collapses quickly. Beer is an attractive, clear orange-yellow. Lacing is non0existent. No real legs either. Pretty blah.

Nose is light vinegar, fresh lemon, mellow sour peaches. Some light soapiness mixed in for good measure. Not the most aromatic. Not offensively bad but nothing stands out either.

Opens tart lemon and peach. Some sweet citrus, passion fruit and starfruit towards the middle with a rather sweet, fruity finish. Aftertaste is a slight funk with a touch of tropical fruit. Almost completely missing the funkiness of a typical gueuze as well as the big tartness. Too sweet for the style also.

Light bodied with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively in the mouth and abrasive and sparkling going down. Finishes soft with a lingering, mellow aftertaste. Wish this one was a big drier and not as oily. Still decent though.

To characterize this as a gueuze is doing it a disservice as it doesn't compare to the Cantillon, Drie Fonteinen, Girardin and even Hansenns and Lindemanns of the gueuze world. The funk component is almost completely missing from the nose and flavor and the feel just doesn't excite the palate. A decent beer overall but in the style, its way overmatched by its Belgian brethren.

SpeedwayJim, Jan 26, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

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.

4DAloveofSTOUT, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Duff27
3.58/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

Duff27, Jan 04, 2013
Batch 50: Grand Funk Ale Road from The Bruery
89 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.