Provisions Series: Mother Funker - The Bruery

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Ratings: 372
Reviews: 89
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 17.46%
Wants: 85
Gots: 119 | FT: 5
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The Bruery visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Wild Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: FosterJM on 02-03-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by GrumpyJunglist:
Photo of GrumpyJunglist
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottled poured into a sniffer.

A: Poured a very bright golden yellow a little hazy almost transparent. It had a filmy white head that fizzled away within 30 seconds.

S: Big aroma of Chardonnay, oak, sour tones, and lots of funk.

T: Holy cow, this one you can tell spent a whole lot of time in the barrels. Big time vino influences, a lot of vinegar, tons of sour, a nice mild blonde finish.

M: Nice and mildly carbonated, but once you swallow it, the big boy kicks you in the mouth. Its warm going down afterwards.

O: this is a big boy sour for sure, jeebus is it sour. For the price you can't go wrong.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to SaucerSam for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of lemon and funk notes, as well as some light biscuit malt. The flavor is similar and is very sour. I get some strong lemon and orange citrus notes, but there is also a good bit of funk and some vinegar. Very acetic overall. Medium mouthfeel and low carbonation.

Photo of ehammond1
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

The Bruery Provisions
Orange, CA

A bright, glowing, clear, vibrant golden yellow color with a quickly forming, though small off-white head that eventually falls down to a thin film and leaves dots of stick down the glass. Looks thin, but perfectly appropriate.

The aroma is powerful, with lots of acidic sourness leaping out of the glass, big notes of lemon, white grapes and white wine, a slight hint of funk, and decent oak character, especially as the beer fully warms to room temperature.

This is a powerfully sour, acidic, wild ale, with big flavors of lemon, oak, white wine and white grapes, and vinegar present throughout. Hugely sour from start to finish. Simple, and not nearly as complex as some other wilds, but almost as sour as they come. As the back of the bottle simply states, "Not for the sour beer newbie!"

Light to medium body with moderate carbonation.

Not nearly as complex as the best sours in the world, but this is still a fantastically interesting beer--and yes, folks, its sour! This is what I was hoping this beer would taste like, and I'll happily drink this anytime.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out very yellow, nice big 1" of white head on it, worries about lack of carbonation are dispelled. Aroma of oak, massive lemony sourness, and definitely funky, but not the wet dog funky. Enjoyable.

Taste, puckering. Plenty of lemon acidity and vigor (not vinegar). The oak is there in sizeable form. The oak makes this dry, stone ground mustard like acidity interplay or something, but as a guy who loves mustard, bring it on! Doesn't really bring any fruit other than lemon into the flavor equation. Relatively light body, into which a souring steroid mechanism exists. Gobs of acetic acid, which I think works pretty well. This beer is going to be challenging to a lot of people. I like it, and it keeps getting better.

I've had 3 bottles of this so far. Melding the experience from both into one review, subsequent bottles will yield an edited review/score. The first bottle was on the low end carbonation wise, the next two really picked up

Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.34/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this in a trade. I shouldn't have. 750ml bottle into a Lost Abbey teku. Shared with schen9303.

Pours some light bubbles. Beer is an attractive goldenrod. No lace and thin legs. No good. Looks near flat except for some bubbles around the side of the glass.

Nose is pungent vinegar and lemon. Very acidic and pretty aromatic. Average.

Opens vinegar tartness. Some lemon acidity and more vinegar at the end. There's a very faint tropical pineapple going on somewhere but its mostly covered by the vinegar. Acidic finish with a sour aftertaste. Very one dimensional and that dimension's not too great.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Oily and slick and rather dull in the mouth. Filmy and dry going down. Aggressive finish with a lingering aftertaste. Pretty average again.

This isn't very good. I wouldn't have it again. Very one dimensional and instead of tasting funky and full of character, this just seems like a project gone wrong that they decided to bottle anyway. Overwhelming vinegar isn't what I'm looking for from my Wild Ales.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Brief head atop a clear yellow body. Nothing left after a bit.

Smell - Orange citrus. Intense acidity. Slightly acetic. Funky.

Taste - Really sour. Citrusy. Sharp funk cheesy flavor

Mouthfeel - Immensely sour. Medium low carbonation.

Overall - Not complex or interesting.

Photo of IKR
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden yellow color with a small white head that faded quickly. The color is nice but it has no head shortly after pouring.

Smell: Predominately barnyard funk with some fruity citrus notes. Very gueuze-like nose.

Taste: Fruity citrus notes pair up with barnyard funk notes. The beer finishes on a semi sweet note. No false advertising by the Bruery regarding the level of sour, this one is sour. But just as the hop heads say there is no such thing as too hoppy, I contend there is no such thing as too sour, 2 thumbs up from me.

Mouth-feel: Fairly light-bodied with a fairly low level of carbonation. The stillness seems to work with the level of sour, so while a little more carbonation might be nice, I can still live with the mouth-feel.

Overall: It's like a semi-sweet gueuze, one that's funky and sour. I have no regrets what so ever in purchasing this one.

Photo of thagr81us
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served from bottle into a Bruery tulip. Poured a hazy golden yellow orange with a minimal pure white head. Maintained nice lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, vinegar, sour, tart, lemon rine, and subtle earthy funk. The flavor was of sweet malt, vinegar, tart, lemon, lemon rine, sour, and fruit. It had a light feel on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was a good brew. Based on the name of this one I was really expecting a huge funk character to happen here. I was a little let down by this fact, but I was very happy with what I found in both the aroma and flavor. I do have a feeling I will be needing to go to the dentist have my teeth replaced after this bottle though. Definitely a must try for any sour/tart fan out there.

Photo of GRG1313
4.35/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Worthy of a review not just to help it get graded but because it's a really good beer and a must try from a California brewer.

Pours a bright and appealing golden yellow color with a small off-white head that fades quickly but very true to style.

The nose is huge assertive acidic sour with big citrus/lemon, white wine and hints of grapes, a funky undertone but with that nice funky tart sour nose which is think you know what's coming!

Mouthfeel is super tart, fresh, citric and puckery. (Is puckery a word?) - but you know what I mean. This one has you salivating from the acidic mouth albeit a nice acidic mouth with layers of character. Mouthfeel is medium carbonation and just about perfect with food. This one invites food.

Flavors follow the nose and gives what's expected and more - super tart/sour, acidic, with assertive flavors of lemon, tart green apples, white/green grapes, and wine vinegar. The sour is calling out to be consumed with food and I suspect would be amazing with a meal and almost too sour by itself in any quantity.

The beer is tart with sweet and sour and will gain in complexity with a bit of age. This is a "sour sour," be warned. However, it holds it's own with the best of Belgium and is one to try.

I find that it gets better and better as it gets some air. Just about perfect after around 10-15 minutes in the glass. Nice job guys.

Photo of SpdKilz
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A massive thanks to Chris (Cavery) for this beer.

Appearance – Pours a beautiful hazy bright golden color into my Bruery Snifter. After a vigorous pour there was very little head to speak of that dissipates almost immediately leaving zero lacing.

Smell – Lots of funk, lemon zest, green apple, massive acidic sourness, oak, and vinegar.

Taste – More like Mother Pucker. Huge acidic notes and white vinegar. This is palate destroying and holy cow tart. Lemon and green apple, barnyard funk, and oak. Not very complex; rather one sided. But one thing cannot be reiterated other than this is sour.

Mouthfeel – Lighter bodied, lower carbonation, finishes dry.

Overall – Not the best sour in the world, but man if you want a sour fix get yourself one of these. Have one left to see how it will age. I’ll need some Tums tonight!

Photo of TWStandley
2.45/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Straw yellow with a white head that dissapears instantly.

Holy funk in the nose.

Holy funk in the taste. Vinegar.

Yikes this one is an esophageal killer.

Interesting but too intense for me.

Photo of Rutager
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked this up at Provisions last May. Was bummed to hear today that they are shutting the place down.

Appearance. Pours yellow-gold with barely a skim of head.

Smell. Funky old wood and some sour light fruit ...maybe green grapes? A little hit of white vinegar as well.

Taste. Very sour, but not as bad as I was expecting from the way everyone whines about this one ;-P There's some apple cider vinegar, very light funk and a bit of wood, some light fruits like apples, maybe even a bit of peach, but they're drowned out by the sourness.

Mouthfeel. This is where this beer suffers most. Fairly thin body with almost no carbonation.

Overall. More carbonation would have really perked this beer up a little. Tasted fine for me, but I do like me some sour. Glad I only picked up the one bottle.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a slightly dirty pale yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with minimal retention. Aroma of sour and vinegar notes with light funky ester. Taste is rather sour with quiet a bit of acidic notes and some vinegar notes can also be detected. Light funky notes are more or less interesting. Body is about average with low carbonation. I thought this one was lacking complexity and came out more as a one-dimensional acidic and sour beer with limited funky notes.

Photo of EgadBananas
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark blonde color, with a small bubbly head, admittedly forced. Some bubbles streaming on the side. Head dissipated quickly and the carbonation seemed to fizzle out fast.

Aroma was sour, acidic, lactic, slightly woody. There's not really much of a funk, just sour.

Taste followed the smell: sour, acid, oak, lactic acid. It's the sour notes nicely, but again, there's no funk to it, so it just assaults the palate without rewarding it.

It goes from slightly bubbly, to flat and flaccid. It's rough.

It's got it's moments, but it's really just an unbalanced assault of sour.

Photo of jmarsh123
3.51/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear gold with a small head and little retention or lacing.

Smells like lactic acid that had a little lemon added to it.

Holy Cow this is INSANELY SOUR. A little lemon and citrus up front and then the enamel on my teeth was gone. This is the Spinal Tap of sour beers. Fairly one dimensional with notes of sour, sour, extreme sour and more sour. Finishes very dry and puckers the tongue well after it's swallowed.

Low to medium mouthfeel and carbonation.

I like extreme beers and I like extreme sourness. This may have been my limit. I certainly enjoyed it, but it is not balanced at all and definitely something I glad I split several ways. I'm going to go eat a bottle of tums now.

Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear pale blond topped by a thin, bubbly head that disappears fast.

Smell: A ton of acetone and acetic acid, stomach bile, cheap chardonnay and apple cider vinegar. Smells pretty awful.

Palate: Harsh, burning acidity. Largely acetic, though there are lactic notes here as well. Acetone, buttery chardonnay, white vinegar. Curiously sweet despite the savage acidity. Carbonation is medium-low, par for the course for Bruery sours. This wasn't enjoyable at all.

Photo of spicelab
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750mL bottle shared at a tasting.

Cloudy pineapple with a modest white head.

Aromas and flavours are a blend of lemon sorbet, pineapple sorbet, mango sorbet and sherbety sour granny-smith apples.

Feel is syrupy on entry, ultimately giving way to a proper ripping tartness.

Wow. This is done really well. Appears to have polarised people a bit, but I felt it was a fairly straightforward, well contained and plenty satisfying sour assault.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.74/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

750 mL courtesy of Overlord, much appreciated. Pours a slightly hazed gold color with a small white head. No lacing and poor retention...not too uncommon on a sour though.

I can smell this bitch from a mile away...sour as funk. Wow; clean and tart, mouthwateringly so. I haven’t smelled anything like this since I had a Captain Lawrence Barrel Select at least a year ago.

It profiles the tartness perfectly; nothing else gets in the way. The sourness is just so impressively clean. Like SweeTarts dissolved in pickle juice. One-dimensional for sure, but in a very delicious way. I love it...super light malts, salty sourness and puckering tartness. Yummy yummy yummy.

Photo of ShanePB
4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to smarcoly for sending this one my way. I opened it and shared with a friend on his birthday since him and I are always looking for the most sour beer we can find. Notes transcribed from footage.

750 ml bottle
Served into a chalice

A: Semi-hazy golden yellow color with a thin and fizzy white head that dissipated quickly. No lace or retention at all, though not so atypical considering the style.

S: Lemon, hay, funk, white vinegar, citrus and plenty of oak/barrel notes. There's a lot going on here and wow you can tell this is going to be pretty damn tart.

T: Initial wash of sweet citrus that doesn't really seem very sour at all coats the palate. As soon as it hits the back palate and you swallow, a rush of tart/sour covers your mouth. It even makes the back of your jaw tingle, super sour and I love it. Plenty of lemon, orange and the oak comes through more in the finish to dry things out. Talk about enamel-ripping.

M: Lower carbonation than I expected but not flat at all. I prefer my sours to have high carbonation to break things up. Perhaps this could use a little more conditioning in the bottle but it's not bad.

Aside from the mouth feel, this beer was simply stellar. Like the back of the bottle says, this is NOT one for a sour newbie. I love seeking out the most sour beers I can get and this certainly sits high atop the pile. Tasty and so damn sour.

Photo of oline73
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden amber color with only a slight layer of carbonation that goes away completely.

Smell: This is one sour smelling beer. Tart lemon notes along with some mineral like funk. Definitely getting some white vinegar as well.

Taste: Just as sour as the smell indicated. Lemon and white vinegar tartness, this one burns a bit on the way down. The funk level isn't very high, but the sourness level is off the chart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with not enough carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: This beer is really sour, heart burn inducing in fact. I enjoyed the taste, but the mouthfeel was rather underwhelming.

Photo of wethorseblanket
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours an egg yolk yellow with a very unusual ghost-like, pale white-ish, large bubbled head which fades to the rim as it sits and warms.

N: Big tannic oak up front, sour, some floral notes along with lemons, funk and grass/fresh hay.

T: Wow - which comes first? Punch then pucker or pucker then punch? Could be a tie. Oaky tannins, sour vinegar, acetic acid. Straight arrow pointedly tart with a lemony finish and mildly throat clenching.

M: Fairly low carbonation and aside from the astringency, this is lite bodied. Sour + tart goes in circles.

O: Mostly just lovely. With some age, what will this be like? Hmmm.

Photo of Etan
2.9/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

750ml received in a trade last year. Into a snifter.

A: Light straw-colored body, no head.

S. Old hay funk, mild tropical brett, piercing acetic sourness, lactic notes.

T. Very sour. Lots of vinegary acid, heavy lemon, lactic in the finish.

M. Flat, light-bodied.

O: Lack of carbonation and the overly heavy acetic character doom this one to a low rating.

Photo of claspada
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow color with a thin white soapy head which leaves some spotty lacing as is recedes.

Aromas begin with plenty of lemon and some acetic acid. As it warms you some more generic funky esters.

The tastes begin with with sour lemon and a strong vinegar presence. As it warms the former flavors are supplemented by some sweeter stone fruitiness.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with lower than expected carbonation. Finish is pretty darn sour as expected.

Overall this is a nice sour beer but fairly one dimensional right now. Tons of acidic acid and lemon juice flavors with minimal funk for a beer called Mother Funker. Probably should have saved this for a couple of years to see where it would have gone. A bit too sweet and juicy right now.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip.

3.0 A: Lightly hazed golden wheat color. Just about a finger of white, short-lived head and no lacing.

3.5 S: Oh boy, this has some pucker to it. Tons of lactic acid and a good amount of acetic as well. Peachy fruitiness along with some lemon and apple. Actually, this has some apple cider vinegar notes to it. Underneath all the acid is a musty rotting wood-type funkiness.

4.0 T: Yep, very acidic, but still quite pleasant. Apple cider vinegar, balsalmic vinegar, peach, lemon apricot, and pear. Lots of tangy lactic acid as well - tons really. A bit of musty funk too, but nothing compared to the acid. Some tannic-free oakiness to finish.

3.0 M: Medium body. A bit lower carbonation than I'd prefer. This isn't very spritzy or creamy. Pucker filled aftertaste.

3.5 D: This is one sour ass beer. I forsee much time spent on the pot tomorrow. Still, very tasty. I like the vinegary notes.

Photo of RoninTK3
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Thanks again GRG1313!

A - Yellow/gold with no head. A slight bit of murk, but pretty transparent.

S - Funk and some tartness. A hint of lemon. I don't get a ton of aroma from this.

T - Very sour with quite a bit of funkiness. Very acidic with lots of lemon, grapes, sour apple, and tangerine. Maybe a bit of pineapple. A hint of saltiness in the aftertaste. This is definitely sour, but not unbearably so. I didn't get a lot of vinegar like others have mentioned. Maybe it has mellowed out a bit, but I think this is an excellent sour.

M - Light bodied with medium carbonation. Very acidic.

Really enjoying this one. I couldn't drink a ton of it, but I'd certainly have it again. Went into it cautiously with some of the complaints on here, but I think this is an excellent sour.

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Provisions Series: Mother Funker from The Bruery
85 out of 100 based on 372 ratings.