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Provisions Series: Mother Funker - The Bruery

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87 Reviews
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Reviews: 87
Hads: 376
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 18.26%
Wants: 82
Gots: 116 | FT: 5
Brewed by:
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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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Photo of DefenCorps
1.15/5  rDev -68.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Thank you, Devin.

Fucking putrid shit, more nail polish remover than I was expecting, less white wine vinegar than I was expecting, bracing, harsh acidity with no redeemable qualities, I have no idea what they were thinking. Apple cider vinegar. This would make a decent salad dressing if not for the acetone.The only think that makes this beer not a 1.0 is the existence of Trinity's Old Growth. Fucking awful, avoid this.

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Photo of Arbitrator
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared at a tasting.

A: Pours a clear, blond body with a very short-lived off-white cap.

S: Acetone, vinegar, bile/vomit, white wine, green apples. I'm trying to be kind here, but whoever thought this was an acceptable beer worthy of being released under their brand should be fired.

T: This is dominated by vinegar with a little bit of lactic acid that is almost an afterthought. White wine is noticeable, as are green apples, a touch of oak, and maybe some vanilla. Again, the vinegar rules over all.

M: Low-medium carbonation. Terrible mouthfeel; it's harsh, burning, unbearably acidic.

O: This is battery acid.

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Photo of largadeer
2.12/5  rDev -42.2%
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.

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Photo of Auracom
2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Another RS bottle. 4-5 oz. poured into a FFF Rastal on July 14th, 2012.

A - Absolutely flat, peach-colored brew here. No head, retention, or lacing, much akin to Oui Oui.

S - Super pungent lemon-lime and white wine vinegar notes. Almost a chemical solvent near the back that's rather unappealing

T - Straight lemon juice and vinegar. That's it.

M - Light body, carbonation is actually quite appropriate, dry finish.

D - Can't get much more single-note for a sour. Very tough to finish even the 6 oz. pour I started with, so the majority of the bottle went to waste. Would not revisit.

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Photo of SpeedwayJim
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle poured into a Bruery tulip.

Pours a light yellow-grain color with a thin white head and some spotty lacing on the way down. Thin collar throughout. The nose starts out troubling. There's some lemon and plenty of acetic acid; far more of the latter than I would like. The flavor has all sorts of acetic acid with some lemon pucker. Can't say I'm a fan. In fact, it's hard to get through much. Light body and loads and loads of sourness. I hope this was a bad bottle, as the acetic character here was way, way too much to handle.

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Photo of OldPenguinHunter
2.34/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

It looked good, then I smelled and tasted it. I have to agree fully with Craytonic, way too sour and one dimensional. I mean, I get the point of the beer, but it's not even that funky compared to the sourness of the beer.

This beer tastes like a lemon that was pulverized via grating over a rough, raw oak plank.

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Photo of TWStandley
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
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.

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Photo of craytonic
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance: yellow peach with little carbonation

Aroma: very sharp and sour, lots of acid and a touch of wheat / lemongrass

Taste: Tastes like acid, incredibly sour. Not particularly pleasant as it lacks character or dimension

Mouthfeel: thin, lacking in carbonation, but very sharp

Overall: outside of proof of how sour a beer can be there is no reason to consume this one. No complexity, depth, funk, etc. Perhaps the best argument that turning sour to 11 does not a good beer make; everything that is wrong with the "extreme" beer movement. I think if you try to be objective about the judging criteria it is below-average in almost every way; frankly I feel generous.

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Photo of WillCarrera
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

750 ml bottle, no bottled-on date, poured into a tulip glass.

A- Pours a clear light golden color, produces a wisp of white head that quickly dissipates, leaves no lacing.

S- Loads of vinegar and funk, also some oak and a sharp cheesy aroma along with some acetone, not very pleasant.

T- Gross, the dominant flavor is a repulsive acetic tartness and lemony citrus, there's actually a lot of sweetness hidden beneath the tartness. Has some oak and funk as well as a bit of cheesiness.

M- Medium-bodied, dry, very acidic feel.

O- Far more acetic than I would like, I really like sour beers but the problem isn't that this beer is too sour, the problem is that it's just a horrible and unbalanced vinegar onslaught, definitely the least enjoyable beer I've had from the Bruery, this is pretty gross stuff.

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Photo of Brew33
2.6/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Let me start this review by saying I love sour beers and I think the Bruery has one of the better sour programs in the US. That being said, this was a major miss.

It pours a bright yellow with very little carbonation. An aggressive pour yielded NO head at all and just a few bubbles. The aroma was down right sour. Acetic, lactic, lemony, with a strong hit of Acetone.

Not even the aroma could prepare me for the flavor. It was a sour mess. Acetone dominates. This was like an experiment gone bad. I love my sours to be be just that but this was unbelievable. Just sour, puckering, bitter, nail polish remover. It was actually painful to drink.

The mouthfeel was thin and lifeless. Tough to get down and really didn't help my enjoyment out.

A rare miss for the Bruery. Just because you can do something doesn't mean you should.

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Photo of MasterSki
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by spycow I think? Served in a 3 Floyds tasting snifter.

A - Quick-dissolving white foam dissipates to nothing. Lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - I've had this beer before, but this bottle was better than I remembered. There's still insane acetobacter and nostril-singing tartness but the nail polish has subsided a fair bit.

T - Taste has a bit more depth, with lemon and fierce vinegar flavors supplemented by some stone fruits. There's still a touch of glue and nail polish present, but there's actual flavor this time.

M - Super acidity, dry, and puckering, with very low carbonation. Body is medium-light and seems sufficient for 6%.

D - This has definitely improved, but it's still far to sour and acidic to drink in any appreciable quantity. A bit of carbonation spritz would go a long way here.

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Photo of kscaldef
2.66/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Epic Bruery sour/wild tasting, 3/4/2012

Very flat pour, golden, slightly cloudy, no head. Minimal carbonation on display. Very sour, with vinegar and acetone notes. Not much aroma, just a general sharpness. Acetone tempered as it warmed up. Not very impressed with this one.


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Photo of stakem
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Cheers and a big thanks to Brett for sending this to me. Poured into a matching Bruery snifter, the brew appears a clear light golden yellow color. A vigorous pour down the middle of the glass produces a half finger of white bubbles that quickly fade. There is no lacing effect and a violent swirl hardly revives some bubbles out of solution.

The smell of this brew includes acetone, apple cider vinegar, some lemony essence, fruit, alcohol and funk. The warmer it gets, the more a bit of earth comes out but the major character to this brew's aroma is a mixture of nail polish remover coupled with apple cider vinegar. When looking past the scent of the vinegar, a bit of a fruity character with more focus on apple skins comes forward but it is faint.

The taste is wild. Very acidic and funky. Unfortunately, this is the type of sour that I don't really dig. It is heavy on the apple cider vinegar and nail polish remover. After a couple of sips, I was running for some food to try and help me get through the glass. An hour later, my glass is still half full. The flavor is very acidic but lacks any depth to it. A straight pour of apple cider and nail polish remover with the faintest hint of barrel presence across the back is what this brew is in a nutshell.

Unfortunately, in a sea of bruery creations I love. This one is a flop. If they were going for a light/shallow extremely sour brew that completely lacks complexity, they nailed it. I however could hardly finish my glass and am happy to have someone to share the rest of the bottle with. While I am happy I have another one of these to revisit down the road, I am not that eager to see what happens. Currently is is thin and fizzy with the carbonation. Luckily the 6% alcohol is fairly well hidden behind the acidity. If you are in the mood for minor touch of fruit and straight sour pain, seek this one out.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.77/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2



A: The color of watered down apple juice with a fleeting bubbly white head.

S: Smells like apple cider vinegar with a light cheesiness and notes of earth. There's a little stone fruit in there with some lemon as well. There's just a little oak. This smells pretty nice.

T: The flavor has a lot of white and apple cider vinegar with a strong acetic acidity. Fruit reminds me of apricot and lemon. There's a light cheesiness and a little oak. The finish is intensely acetic with lighter citric notes and lingering fruit. Taste-wise this is pretty good, but the acetic acidity is detrimental.

M: I've been really disappointed with the carbonation levels on the Bruery's sours. How hard is it to condition a 6% sour? It shouldn't be at all difficult, but their sours are consistently low in carbonation and the beers suffer for it. This beer is all but flat, heavy, and lifeless, when it should be effervescent and lifting off the palate. I can't help but think the low carbonation is intentional, and if that's the case I really don't understand the reasoning behind it.

Overall: Far too acetic to be enjoyable. 4 ounces is more than enough. Props to The Bruery for recognizing the beer's faults and selling it at a lower price than their other sour beers. We're going to use the remaining 15 ounces to make salad dressing later this week.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.8/5  rDev -23.7%
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.

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Photo of jbuddle
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter, a bit lifeless and flat golden yellow. No head, very little carbonation. The smell is probably the best attribute - unripe apples, apple cider vinegar, acetone, acetic acid. Now I like sours a lot, but I wasn't ready for this. An onslaught of over the top brutal sour. It's kind of like that time you thought it was a good idea to take a big bite of crab apple. Pretty one dimensional, don't get much oak, just a hint of lemony citrus in there but it's hard to pick out much after the sourness and acetone rip you up.

If they set out to make a painfully sour brew, then bravo, but it's more or less pure acidity. Although the lack of much carbonation seems like a flaw, I can't even imagine how much more intense the sour would be with the usual 3 to 4 volumes of c02.

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Photo of Etan
2.9/5  rDev -21%
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.

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Photo of Rutager
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Photo of ales4baldo
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quick notes taken at a tasting

has a cloudy look to it. Pours thin. Goldish look.

smell is super citrus. Lemon and orange.

Taste is sour as hell and super stingy. Lemon has a strong presence.

Mouthful is really weird. Lots of sour and lemon and salt. All over the place.

Not a good beer. This should sit for a while. Too sour and salty. Nothing great.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Bruery tulip. Beer is yellow, hazy, almost still, low carbonation, almost no head, no lacing.

Aroma is sharp, sweet, cheese and acetone and acetic acid.

Beer is thin and bright, dry and solventy on the finish. Lemon and sweet up front, while I think there is some acetobacter character in this beer it hasn't taken over, drinkable but really pushing it on the sour scale.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle split with some peeps at Northdown Cafe & Bar.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, fizzy white head, spotty lace.

S - Light nail polish, lemons, huge sharp tartness. Not very "funky", just straight up sharp sour/tart notes that destroy my nostrils.

T - More nail polish, citrus, lemon peel, sharp tart/sour notes, vinegar, lots of acetone. This beer has a huge "pucker-factor"...almost too much. Finish is lemon and vinegar sourness.

M - Light body, good carbonation, lemon tart finish.

O - This beer is far from being balanced like I've previously read. Huge acetone, vinegar, nail polish mixed with a huge lemon sourness. If you're not a fan of acetone, avoid this beer. I thought it was okay, but not anywhere near awesome and/or great...lower in the pack of Bruery sours (which are then lower then most of my other favorite American Wilds). Meh.

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Photo of waltersrj
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2012 Vintage

Pour: Golden honey yellow/orange with a small and effervescent white head. Slightly cloudy.

Nose: Lemon, granny smith green apple, white vinegar, acetone (like nail polish), some funk and white grape, and must.

Taste: Strongly tart, very vinegary, green apple, slight funk, drying oak, lemon, and white grapes.

Mouthfeel: Slightly drying, well carbonated.

Overall: A decent sour, very tart but one dimensional. Not bad, split it for sure!

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Photo of mdfb79
3.22/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got a few bottles of this being in the RS this year. 750ml bottle poured into my Bruery tulip because I can.

a - Pours a murky bright orange-yellow color with a few white bubbles of head and low to moderate carbonation. I poured this one very aggressively as I heard about the carbonation issues, but still couldn't get much head at all.

s - Smells of vinegar, tart apples, sour apple cider, light oak, some funk, earthy notes, light citrus, and some fruity malts. Much better than I was expecting; I actually like the nose quite a bit. A tiny bit of funk but a ton of sour fruits, especially apple, which works really well.

t - Tastes of vinegar, very acedic, extremely tart apples and fruity malts, very soured apple cider, light oak, sour lemons, and lightly of what I imagine nail polish remover tastes like. Insanely sour taste… a bit too sour. A major step down from the nose.

m - Light, think body and low carbonation. The beer is nearly flat which is disappointing, and again a ton of vinegar/acedic notes.

o - Overall I must say this beer is better than I was expecting based on some of the reviews and based on what I heard from friends, but that still doesn't make it a good beer. I actually liked the nose of this one a lot, as it has a ton of sour fruits and some light funk to it. Unfortunately the taste is just too much...super sour and vinegary, past the point of being enjoyable; felt like it was like they just tried to make it taste as sour as they could. I liked the color of the beer too, but the lack fo carbonation hurts it quite a bit too in the mouthfeel. A sour with a really nice nose and an average taste, as the sourness just makes it too much to handle. A little less in the taste and this one could have been a winner. Tough to get through a glass of this one and I have half a bomber left. Would recommend sharing a bottle.

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Provisions Series: Mother Funker from The Bruery
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